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SEJ Journal, Spring 2013
Goal-Setting 101: You Must Lose a Fly to Catch a Trout - IMG_0012


Early in my freelance career, a successful writer giving a talk about his six-figure income reminded me that I am a business owner. Hearing this made me sit up a little straighter and remember the “free” part of freelancing — choosing my work. But of course, with freedom comes responsibility.

As business owners, we must make a business plan that plays to our talents, enthusiasm and energy. Every year since 2000, when I left my staff newspaper job and started freelancing full-time, I list business goals, by hand, in spiral-bound notebooks I keep.

Appalachia journal, Winter/Spring 2013

Going up there and being blown on is nothing. We never do much climbing while we are there, but we eat our luncheon, etc., very much as at home. It is after we get home that we really go over the mountain, if ever.
—Henry David Thoreau, in a letter to a friend

This is an answer to those who ask why, if I’m so smart, I hike alone.
   I came from a big, noisy, family full of males. It operated on the principle that problems resolve through loud arguments and even tantrums. Maybe sometimes they must. But I did not realize when I left...

Connecticut Woodlands Fall 2012
Father of the Everglades - Coe_sitting_Everglades_HMSF

How did Ernest F. Coe evolve from a New Haven landscaper who cultivated exotic plants for Connecticut’s front yards into the man who fought to preserve South Florida?

On December 6, 1947, President Harry S. Truman stood on a palm-decorated podium in the Everglades, the huge marsh that makes up southern Florida. There, he dedicated Everglades National Park. The government would protect part of the land of subtropical orchids, poisonous trees, alligators, crocodiles, mosquitoes, anhingas and other bright-colored birds, and more, from ravenous plant...

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