A public journal of my life in the Pacific Northwest. Topics will range from whatever sport I’m doing at the time to gardening to random thoughts. Or whatever’s bugging me. Using this as a substitute for http://www.everyfrog.com for now.

Guess I should expand more on an “About Me” … should I ever want to make this somewhat of a professional site for a side gig… which there is some potential for that in the next few years.

I grew up in Cincinnati, OH and studied magazine journalism at Ohio University, graduating in 2001. After a year of freelance work for local magazines, writing copy for the local morning show of the Cincinnati CBS affiliate, and slinging Bloomin’ Onions at Outback Steakhouse, all while searching for a full-time journalism job located anywhere in America, I moved to Washington State in June 2002.

I had been hired to be a reporter for a small paper on the Kitsap Peninsula, west of Seattle, covering three small communities and two Native American tribes, plus fire and police beat. I worked at the North Kitsap Herald for nearly four years before taking my current gig as an information officer for the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission.

I still write stories and take pictures like a journalist, but also take on whatever project the boss tosses my way, whether it be helping coordinate an event, construct something, manage something… My co-workers have developed specialities; I’m more of a jack-of-all-trades. In my work, I’ve found more satisfaction in taking pictures, managing projects and writing grants. But the biggest satisfaction is the opportunity to engage with tribal leaders and support their work.

Outside of work, I volunteer in my community. Currently, I’m a member of Olympic Mountain Rescue, both as a rescuer and grant writer. Previously, I helped develop the Bremerton Farmers Market and for a blink of time, was a board member of the Kitsap Community Food Co-op.