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April 8, 2018

The ‘Glades of My Youth

To summon a memory of the music of the wild that whirled from our woods each night of my childhood, is, for me, a way to recall all of Florida’s…

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April 7, 2018

Musings on Storycraft

Book Review of  “The Drop (A Harry Bosch Novel)”  by Michael Connelly I just finished my new favorite work by Michael Connelly: “The Drop,” a Harry Bosch mystery from 2011….

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June 28, 2017

Hike Like a Deer Hunter

Or How to Skulk In the Woods Our first lesson is stillness. Not easy, perhaps, to generate or even locate deep quietude in frenetic modern times. But nature doesn’t tend…

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May 16, 2017

Orwell’s Last Resort

Optimistic subtext in 1984 A literary pilgrimage can be rather fraught. One might journey to a famed writer’s studio or home, only to make a utterly unwished discovery – something…

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October 13, 2016

Three Family-Style Sierra Resorts

Smaller, family-friendly ski resorts offer their own more-affordable charms at Lake Tahoe. Cross-country skiing reigns at Tahoe-Donner; Soda Springs offers Planet Kids. Granlibakken has snowplay, sledding and a modest ski…

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October 13, 2016

New Habitat for Waterfowl, Human Recreation

That darned pair of mute swans steadily out-maneuvered me. Plus, a breeze from the west slowed my kayak as I tried to position myself between a setting sun and that…

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August 17, 2016


Sacramento Bee, August 17, 2016 Paul McHugh, Outdoors Writer California’s link to the Hawaiian sport of surfing goes back more than a century. Bay Area adventurer and writer Jack London…

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August 3, 2016

Take a Ride in a Time Machine

…with wings The Sacramento Bee, August 3, 2016 Paul McHugh, Outdoors Writer Stearman biplanes are sailboats of the skies. Not only because their tails have big, curved rudders that appear…

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June 22, 2016

Next Door

Sacramento Bee, June 22, 2016 Paul McHugh, Outdoors Writer Hey there, breeze-seekers! Sure is growing warm ’round Sacramento. I suspect that you’d love to find a way to play around…

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February 3, 2016

Badger Pass

Sacramento Bee, February 3, 2016 Paul McHugh, Outdoors Writer, Special to the Bee As a legend has it, the magic Scots village of Brigadoon comes to life once each century –…