Category Archives: John Wackman blog

Two Paragraphs that Kick Ass

Thomas Friedman’s column in yesterday’s Sunday New York Times was one of those that pressed play and made me want to pump my fist.  Maybe like my friends who went to a Van Halen concert this weekend. Here are two … Continue reading

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Dumb & Dumber

My friend Linda is a wealth of aphorisms and wisdom gleaned from the women in her family–her mother and her aunts.  I keep a list of phrases passed down through the family tree. “It’s better to rust out than to … Continue reading

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How does this make sense #1?

Below is the brilliant illustration in the new post at SalmonGuy.org.                                      His caption reads: “Madness, hypocrisy, shameful.” It’s the kind of picture that illuminates the illogic of one piece of the world’s vast energy puzzle.  The subject is the proposed … Continue reading

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Upstream Battle: Science, Politics & Salmon

Don Fowler is a man with an insatiable curiosity about our planet–and the intelligence and energy to go with it.  He has been my correspondent for all things critical in the Western zones of North America.  You’ve read about him … Continue reading

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Bold Nebraska

When I heard the news last week that TransCanada would re-route the Keystone XL pipeline away from the Sandhills, I thought immediately of my friend Mo Harvey.  I knew that the pressure had mostly come from within the state of … Continue reading

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Maps & Legends

R.E.M. announced its breakup a few days ago. Their songs and their sound captivated me through the 80s and 90s. An outspoken band, they buried their meanings in poetry and their lyrics in the mix. Let’s put our heads together, … Continue reading

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North Knife

A quite amazing string of posts have been appearing on facebook and in my gmail via kickstarter almost daily since last week.  Photos of polar bears and beluga whales along with short, in-the-moment accounts, even some witty verse. They’re coming … Continue reading

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We didn’t have the green thing back then

My brother sent me the provocative little story below.   It’s been zinging around the internet for a while with no writer’s credit. Overall I find it equal parts cranky and clever–a combination of “good old days” hagiography and the kind … Continue reading

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Fire on the Mountain

I am back from an epic 5-day, fifteen-mile solo hike on the Appalachian Trail. That is correct: I made about 3 miles a day.  Damned impressive, I know. I consider this an accomplishment–and here is why:  along the way I … Continue reading

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Bees by the Truckload

“When you’re ready, I have a honey bee story that should blow you away.” That was Don Fowler writing to me in January. He’s a forestry consultant who lives in British Columbia and travels frequently. Mostly on the trail of … Continue reading

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