Unstuck at Elevation

Here's another contest entry with a local publication. I didn't win, but I got first runner-up, so I'm happy. http://www.elevationoutdoors.com/unstuck-at-elevation/

“Northern Double Header”

I've been having luck getting fishing stories published, especially catching northern pike on the central Wisconsin mill pond where I grew up. Badger Sportsman is one of my favorite magazines. I was thrilled when they accepted the following story. CLICK HERE to see the article.  

“Container Homes” Article for On Common Ground Magazine

This was a great assignment because it combined repurposing surplus materials to build affordable housing - a win/win in my book. You can read the article here, if you'd like.

“Big Fish!”

I entered this story in a contest with Sportsmans News, which is the publication for Sportsmans Warehouse, where I get most of my gear.  I never heard anything in return. I was surprised when I was reading the digital version and saw the story on the back pages. (pp52 & 54)   Click here to view

“Death of a Small Town”

I wrote the following story for a writing contest whose theme was Two Worlds. It made me think of how the small town that I grew up in differed from when my father grew up in the same town.     I stood in the middle of my family’s garage and travelled back in time,

By |January 5th, 2017|Tags: , |

“What I’m Thankful For”

DECEMBER 2016 THE WRITE STUFF PAGE  NCW Essay Contest Winner by Kurt Buss As a Baby Boomer, I’ve lived long enough to be thankful for many things—and I’m most thankful for that. With Cuba in the news following Castro’s death I’m reminded of the Cold War, and how close the world came to nuclear annihilation

By |December 7th, 2016|Tags: , , |

Guest Post on BoomerCafe.com

The BoomerCafe is a great place to connect with other Baby Boomers who are enjoying this time in life by staying fit and having fun. They were gracious enough to publish my post about climbing a 14er with my kids. Click here if you'd like to see the post.  

By |November 19th, 2016|Tags: , , |

“Bringing It All Back Home”

I worked for many years in the building deconstruction and material reuse business, taking apart structures and re-purposing the components. I had the opportunity to write a feature article on the subject for the Boulder Green Building Journal, so I took it. Click here to view the PDF file

Natural Home “Eco-Expert”

I always loved this publication. It had a Southwest tone to it. It was nicely produced. I was happy when a friend of mine who worked there asked me if I'd respond to a question in their "Eco-Experts" section where readers pose questions and invited "experts" respond. It was a relatively easy question that I

By |November 11th, 2015|Tags: , , |

The Crazy Shepherd Years

First Issue | The Crazy Shepherd The original Crazy Shepherd editors: Karen Gerrity, Petr Kotz, Jim McCarter, Bill Lueders and myself (seated). "Holy the lone juggernaut! Holy the vast lamb of the middle class! Holy the crazy shepherds of rebellion..."  Allen Ginsberg, "Footnote to Howl" (1955) In May of 1982 the first issue of The Crazy