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To All First Time Visitors

I've noticed a significant increase in the number of first time visitors in the past 30 days.

First & foremost: Welcome!

As a brief intro; I've been blogging since 1999. I have a degree in Earth & Environmental Science, and have twice taken the Susquehanna River to the #1 spot on American Rivers annual "Most Endangered" list; first in 2005 and again in 2011. I stopped counting when I hit the 2,000 mile mark paddling on the Susquehanna.

When it comes to my favorite river and the environmental challenges it continues to face, I've forgotten more than most of the newly-ordained "experts" out there. To that end, I've scaled back my public activism over the past few years out of sheer frustration at the (mostly) clueless cacophony coming from the new crop of wannabes seeking their 15 seconds of...whatever.

Unfortunately, I'm getting restless again.

Stay tuned.

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Saturday, January 5, 2013

A Lump of Coal...for Me?


Having three children - all 21+ - who enjoy trying new beers and wines has an added plus; they can do all the sampling for me and report back on anything they think I should try. No calories, no cost...and nothing to pour down the drain if I don't like it.

This Christmas, I received a small sampler of several new stouts to try. I give a solid thumbs-up to "Lump of Coal", an English Ale brewed and bottled in the UK. Described on the back label as "liquid consolation" to "take the edge off of that grim family gathering, that cheerless annual festival of alienation", I'd highly recommend trying a glass or bottle if you ever see it offered at your local watering hole.

Busy weekend ahead, folks.  Later.

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