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Hermit: The Mysterious Life of Jim Whyte

When Jim Whyte settled outside the slate mining town of Monson, Maine in 1895, people hardly knew what to make of him. And almost 130 years later, we still don’t. A world traveler that spoke six languages fluently, Whyte came to town with sacks full of money and a fierce desire to keep to himself. It was clear that Whyte was hiding from something–enough to make the FBI come looking. But even the Feds couldn’t imagine how Whyte, who lost every penny he had when WWI broke out, amassed another fortune before he died. Read more…

In Search of Jim Whyte

In Search of Jim Whyte

This book tells the story of how I first encountered the story of Jim Whyte and how it it inspired my book Hermit: The Mysterious Life of Jim Whyte.  What was I able to find out about Jim Whyte? What are some of the mysteries we will never know? What other secrets did I learn about after my book was published?  This addendum will be of special interest to those who’ve read “Hermit.” It also includes the first chapter of the book, so potential readers can gat a flavor for how I told the tale. Read more…

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Appalachian Odyssey: A 28-year Hike on America’s Trail

When two friends went for a one-day hike in Maine in 1985, they had no idea they were actually starting a 2,100 mile, 28-year adventure. Inspired by the author’s trail journals, Appalachian Odyssey is not a “how to” guide, but an enduring story told through a refreshing blend of history, photography and wit. This Appalachian Trail book is an uplifting reminder that the most meaningful accomplishments in life rarely happen overnight but are achieved by making steady progress toward our goals. Read more…

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Blazing Ahead: Benton MacKaye, Myron Avery and the Rivalry that Built the Appalachian Trail

The Appalachian Trail is one of America’s most revered resources, a project of near-mythic proportions combining rugged natural beauty and human determination. But few know the story behind the creation of the world’s longest hiking-only trail. The proposal could have died in the pages of a journal had it not been for the efforts of many people―including two, in particular: Benton MacKaye and Myron Avery. While the two men shared a common goal, their vastly different personalities meant it was only a matter of time before these sometimes allies, sometimes adversaries had a falling out. Read more…

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Blast: My Return to Mount St. Helens

In 1987, seven years after the incredible eruption, I climbed Mount Saint Helens to observe the detestation first hand. In September, 2017, I returned to explore the mountain again. “Blast” tells (and shows) the story of the geologic events leading up to the eruption, the condition of the area when I first encountered it and the amazing transformation of the immediate blast zone and the transition zones miles beyond. Read more…

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A Hike in the Woods

A complete guide to choosing gear and clothing for day hiking including: * How to choose hiking boots, day packs and performance clothing for staying dry and comfortable on the trail * Tips for navigating and what to do if you lose your way * Tips for hiking safely * Creating a first aid kit for day hikes This handy book is packed with tips you’ll appreciate, whether you’re hiking with another hiking buddy or a whole family. Read more…

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You Sold Your Book Where?

It’s never been easier to be an author and it’s never been harder to sell books. With over one million eBooks and an estimated 600,000 to one million more published in print every year, it’s increasingly difficult to break through the clutter to get noticed and generate sales. Many authors rely heavily on social media to make an impact. But that space is getting crowded, too. And with so many new authors, bookstores, libraries, and other traditional venues are harder to secure for appearances. Read more…