Category Archives: Outdoor Writing

Writing Tips – 14 Ways to Improve Your Craft

Everyone writes—not everyone writes well.  Better writing will improve your chances for success in many areas of life.  Perhaps you will never pen a novel, essay or short story, but you may create a letter, a blog post, a memo, … Continue reading

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Amicalola – A New Poem

  Amicalola White tumult hugs Jagged rocks. Violent, leaping liquid Slices green and gray, Adorning ordinary granite As shimmering sunlight shows. Steady, calming roar, Cool, refreshing breeze. ************************* Ever and always: Flowing, Falling, Tumbling, Cascading, Dripping, Spraying, Beautiful mountain breath, … Continue reading

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Christian Books for Kindle: 99 Cents or Less

Don’t you just love getting something for free—or real cheap?  Technology continues to drive the cost of books down, and Amazon Kindle has been a big player.  Many have also embraced the ebook download craze with their Nooks, iPhones or … Continue reading

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Recapping 2011

Thanks so much for following my blog in 2011.  Hard to believe this will be my 110th post.  I continue to change up my blog, to improve the content and to create topics relevant to you, the reader.  The challenge … Continue reading

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Keeping Your Family History Alive

I love to study my family’s history.  It all started when I discovered the dilapidated photo of my great-great grandfather Britton (see below) who was a private in the Civil War.  I also discovered a booklet written by a great-great … Continue reading

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Bulletproof Birds

For many, the sport of hunting can be controversial.  Perhaps I can write a future article on the virtues of hunting.  But I can understand people’s point of view when they observe outdoor channel stars high-fiving and performing a jovial … Continue reading

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A Short Story Gift for You

I can’t think of a better way to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War than to write a short story involving one of the battles fought in Spotsylvania, Virginia.  I credit the inspiration for this story to … Continue reading

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God Revealed in Nature

Just wanted to share about a new book I discovered, God Revealed in Nature by Pat, Harry and Amy Franklin.  Pat is a retired elementary schoolteacher and Harry is a retired journalist.  The book showcases a collection of family poems, most … Continue reading

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The Guide – an Update

One year has passed since the debut of my novel, The Guide.  It’s been an adventure, and I’ve learned a lot.  I would like to thank all of you who have purchased a copy and shown an interest in my … Continue reading

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Great Summer Reads – 2011

The cool hand of fall tugs softly on my arm as the summer of 2011 releases its warm touch.  I don’t know about your location, but the temperatures in Atlanta, Georgia have been frequenting the 70s and 80s.  I love … Continue reading

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A New Poem – Blinking Forest

A few weeks ago, I was walking my dog down a trail through the woods.  As it grew darker, lightning bugs materialized all around me, and that encounter planted the idea for the poem below.  I hope you enjoy, and … Continue reading

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Wild at Heart Book Review

Was Jesus just a nice guy or was he a wild guy?  This is a question John Eldredge strives to answer through his book, Wild at Heart.  And the question applies to us as men today.  Wild at Heart was … Continue reading

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Verdict in: Amazon Kindle Guilty

The verdict is in and Amazon’s Kindle has been found guilty—guilty of being the best e-book reader I’ve ever owned.  My beautiful wife presented me this device last Christmas, and I’ve found it rather difficult to put down.  I had … Continue reading

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Undaunted Courage – A Book Review

Climb aboard the historic canoes of this country’s two greatest explorers and experience their journey up the Missouri River, over the Great Divide and to the Pacific Ocean.  Stephen Ambrose has written a wonderful book—Undaunted Courage—about the journeys of Lewis … Continue reading

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Resurrection

I’ve been prodding my wife to share a poem related to God and nature.  She finally delivered, and I’m proud to post her work here.  Thanks Hun! Resurrection by Laura Johnson But for a few pitiful vestiges of summer past, … Continue reading

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Hunting the Long Beard

The eyes of outer space beamed down through the tree canopy, shouting out their heavenly messages.  Stoically, I leaned against a hard, medium size Southern Pine while listening to the fading night sounds.  Like others before, this tree would be … Continue reading

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An Outdoor Short Story

I recently befriended a fellow blogger, a southern boy from Alabama.  Rusty Cockrell is a wonderful outdoor writer and an avid outdoorsman.  I just had to share one of his stories about nature.  It’s a 3 part story–a short read, … Continue reading

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Ancient Flight – A Poem

We first visited Lake Guntersville State Park in February, 2010, and I was inspired to write this poem about the eagle.  One need not spend a long time in the wild to realize the struggle that exists there—the struggle to … Continue reading

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Awaken Oh Night

There is something magical about an early morning turkey hunt or deer hunt.  The woods take on new life as the sun peaks over the horizon; it transforms.  Those early morning hunts inspired me to write a poem.  The dawn … Continue reading

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All Things Bright and Beautiful

I found this poem in a book called Song of Creation, by Carl Brenders.  This book contains some great poems about God and His creation.       All Things Bright and Beautiful By Cecil Francis Alexander, 1818 – 1895 … Continue reading

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