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A Pirate’s Exile:  Comic-con and the San Diego Zoo
By September 27, 2014 Read More →

A Pirate’s Exile: Comic-con and the San Diego Zoo

Eatonville, WA, September, 27, 2014-Those of you who have been following what I do and where I go have seen me do a few different things but in the big picture, there are two ways I visit somewhere.  Either it’s a week or two and similar to a tourist vacation (like Boston or DC) or it’s a couple of months while I look for work and money (like Colorado or Washington state).  San Diego was a flat out vacation.  I didn’t bother to look for work or money.  I budgeted out a decent amount and just enjoyed myself.  My hosts, Steve and Kaelyn, are friends from NC who relocated a few years ago.  We all worked and played together back […]

A Pirate’s Exile: Lost in the City of Angels
By August 19, 2014 Read More →

A Pirate’s Exile: Lost in the City of Angels

Eatonville, WA, August 18th, 2014-Los Angeles is not for the faint of heart.  It is a dichotomy of how stunningly beautiful and depressingly ugly life can be.  As I pulled into the LA Greyhound terminal, I had a dollar to my name.  I traded it for quarters and called my Uncle Mickey.  Uncle Mickey is my Grandma’s brother and also one of the most local Angelenos around.  He has been in the same apartment in San Pedro since the late ’70s.  He and his neighbor, Jessica, came to pick me up.  It was late and I hadn’t eaten much in the last three days.  I hadn’t slept well in nearly three days and the combination of hunger and exhaustion made […]

The Edenton Ladies: Women, Tea, and Politics in Revolutionary North Carolina

The Edenton Ladies: Women, Tea, and Politics in Revolutionary North Carolina

Cynthia Kierner, Ph.D.   ELIZABETH CITY, NC August 11, 2014 – Join the Museum of the Albemarle for a lecture and book signing for the upcoming exhibit “Steeped in Time”on Friday, September 26, 2014 at 10 a.m. Cynthia S. Kierner, Ph.D., History Professor and Ph.D. Program Director at George Mason University will present The Edenton Tea Ladies: Women, Tea, and Politics in Revolutionary North Carolina. Dr. Kierner’s talk is based on the essay she wrote for the book North Carolina Women: Their Lives and Times, Volume I. Dr. Kierner is a specialist in the fields of early America, women and gender, and early southern history, she is the author or editor of eight books, including Scandal at Bizarre: Rumor and […]

The Literacy Council of Buncombe County announces its featured author for the 7th Annual Authors for Literacy Dinner & Silent Auction

The Literacy Council of Buncombe County announces its featured author for the 7th Annual Authors for Literacy Dinner & Silent Auction

James Patterson to keynote 2014 Authors for Literacy Dinner and Silent Auction September 5, 2014 | 6 p.m. Renaissance Asheville Hotel ASHEVILLE, NC July 31, 2014 – The Authors for Literacy auction will include distinctive art and crafts, autographed and rare books, and excursions in Asheville and beyond. The evening will also include a live auction opportunity to support the Literacy Council of Buncombe County’s programs. Click here to learn more about James Patterson’s national youth literacy initiative, readkiddoread. Spend One-on-One Time with James Patterson! Author James Patterson has made a donation of $500 to the Literacy Council of Buncombe County in preparation for his engagement as the keynote speaker for the organization’s Sept. 5 Authors for Literacy Dinner and […]

“Pirates, Redcoats, Ghosts and More” by John Hirchak

“Pirates, Redcoats, Ghosts and More” by John Hirchak

CHARLESTON, SC July 29, 2014 – Situated on the banks of the Cape Fear River, Wilmington is awash in unusual tales and legends. A prevalent pirate hideaway, the area harbored the infamous Blackbeard and the cunning Calico Jack Rackham. Since its initial settlement, the region has witnessed an abundance of fantastical lore, including passionately fought duels, explosive train wrecks, Revolutionary and Civil War heroes and some legends that are said to take the form of apparitions. At the local Cape Fear Wine & Beer pub, the ghost of a fallen redcoat can’t seem to get enough of a frothy porter brewed from yeast salvaged from an early nineteenth-century shipwreck. Wonder at these and other fascinating and strange tales as local […]

A Pirate’s Exile:  Bussing across the U.S.A.
By July 27, 2014 Read More →

A Pirate’s Exile: Bussing across the U.S.A.

San Diego, CA, July 27th, 2014-Crossing the country on a bus is something everyone should try to do more often. It’s a reasonably affordable way to actually see things. I rode the Greyhound from Wilmington, NC to Los Angeles, CA with a slight layover for Bonnaroo and a little Salem, VA vacation. You read about the festival previously and leaving the farm in Coffee County and the campsite was a pretty bittersweet moment for me. It was so much fun, you just wanted to go back and start over. Unfortunately, if you stick around after the music stops, it’s time to clean. I briefly considered trying to hitch a ride to LA or Denver from the festival but jumped into […]

A Pirate’s Exile:  Bonnaroovian Adventures
By July 13, 2014 Read More →

A Pirate’s Exile: Bonnaroovian Adventures

San Pedro, CA, July 13th, 2014-I left North Carolina on a Greyhound from Wilmington headed towards Roanoke, VA. It was a 14 hour ride but it was overnight and really not that bad, to be honest. People complain about the bus but they’re air conditioned, some have wifi and all have a bathroom. You do have to share a little personal space but it isn’t bad at all. I was on my way to what would be one of the coolest things I’ve ever experienced. Bonnaroo is a 4 day music and art festival in Manchester, TN. I’d never been to a festival before and was a little anxious to get started. I was also a little bit nervous. I […]

A Pirate’s Exile: Tarheel Escapades
By June 24, 2014 Read More →

A Pirate’s Exile: Tarheel Escapades

San Pedro, CA, June, 23, 2014-I don’t like to fly. Something about the entire process just makes me want to scream out loud about how crazy we all must be in order to pack ourselves into what amounts to a pile of metal and hurl ourselves into the air. Despite my misgivings about defying gravity, I made the decision to buy a round trip ticket to NC from Denver after talking it out with several of my friends. I needed to downsize my bags and my guitar needed to be put in a closet after sustaining some road wear. I packed the things I wanted to leave, along with the essentials and flew to Jacksonville, where my friend Steve and […]

A Pirate’s Exile: Colorado Crazy
By June 2, 2014 Read More →

A Pirate’s Exile: Colorado Crazy

Sneads Ferry, NC, June 2, 2014-On March 1st, I came into Denver on the Amtrak for the first time. I was staying with a friend in Arvada and after a 44 hour train trip that had drunks, cops, wifi hijackers and some crazy conversation, I needed to sleep for a day or two. It wound up being two. I did some laundry and caught up with my buddy, Taylor, while starting to look for work. Last winter, Taylor took an Elk in Wyoming and that first night, we split a backstrap and I started to fall in love with the state of Colorado. It was the first Elk I’d ever tasted. I have to admit that I was pretty broke […]

A Pirates Exile: Things to Remember
By May 4, 2014 Read More →

A Pirates Exile: Things to Remember

Denver, Colorado, May 3, 2014-Well, it finally happened. I stayed so long in one place that the articles I’ve been writing have caught up to me. When we left off, I was on the Amtrak headed to Denver with no clue what awaited me. Rather than stumble through a sloppy recollection of the last two months just to give you guys something to read, I’ve decided to change things up for now. I spent 6 weeks in the Rockies at a ski resort, cooking at a restaurant and I’m currently starting week 4 in Denver. Suffice it to say that the only way I can do Colorado justice is to split it into two articles, the mountains and the city. […]

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