My Writing Tools: Unruled 3.5″x5.5″ Moleskine Hardcover Notebook

The Quest I've carried a notebook since 1995, and as long as I've had one in my pocket, I've also been on a search for the ultimate notebook. Many types and styles have been in my pocket and bag over the years, but I could never find a style that was both consistently available and … Read more

19 Jars of Apple Butter: Canning 2010

The Joy of Real Apples I love apple butter. Raised on it in the South, I carried my love for apple butter to Oregon. It turns out that one of the great pleasures of Northwest life is not only the amazing apples we grow here, but the phenomenal apple butter we can make from those … Read more

My Writing Tools

The camera, of course, was too busy taking the shot to actually be in the shot. Writing is a craft, and like any craft, tools matter. When you get down to absolute basics, sure, you can scribble on a moist napkin with a pencil stub, but day to day, that ain't gonna cut it. The … Read more

My Writing Tools: The Hi-Tec-C Cavalier Writing & Editing Pens

The Quest Years ago, a much dafter version of me did all my writing in pencil. It was tough to see, faded, smudged, and often left me frustrated, as it's not uncommon for me to break lead. Then I fiddled with ballpoint pens for years, pretty much because I happened to have a bunch. In … Read more