My five years of experience in journalism have resulted in hundreds of stories on a wide variety of subjects. Below are some selections from my years working full-time at Arkansas Business and freelancing for Arkansas Times, as well as some personal work.

ARKANSAS BUSINESS

{Following are excerpts from my writing experience at Arkansas Business, the state's leading weekly business newspaper.}


HOT SPRINGS TUNNEL

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The darkness is absolute. Steam fogs your vision as it curls off the surface of water that rushes past your feet. Your boot slips on stone made slick by the rushing water. The ceiling is far above your head and sometimes, in your flashlight's glare, you spot the tendrils of seeds that have grown in piles of sediment but won't survive past germination. You hear the gurgling of waterfalls created by long-built-up deposits of minerals. (Click image for full story on ArkansasBusiness.com or read it here.)


ROCK ISLAND RAILROAD

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As the song says, the Chicago Rock Island & Pacific Railroad - known by most as simply the Rock Island - was "a mighty good road." It was the road to ride: By the middle of the 20th century, the Rock Island had 8,000 miles of track across the United States, with 700 in Arkansas. Now there's little left of the Rock's empire save for a few stretches of tracks, old depots, derelict bridges and memories. (Click image for full story on ArkansasBusiness.com or read it here.)

THE FATE OF THE YMCA

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In a fitness-obsessed country with dozens of different health clubs and gyms available in every city, one institution is struggling to maintain its identity and relevance: the YMCA. In its heyday, the Y had seven facilities of various sizes around Little Rock. In 2012, it has none. (Click image for full story on ArkansasBusiness.com or read it here.)


ARKANSAS TIMES

I wrote several stories for Arkansas Times, a weekly news and entertainment publication, under the pseudonym Philip Provost. Following is one example.


GEORGE TAKEI INTERVIEW

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Arkansas Times: What do you remember from your family's time at the Rohwer War Relocation Center in southeast Arkansas?
George Takei: I was very young at that time. I got there when I was 5 years old. I must confess, my real memories are fun memories. Catching pollywogs in the creek, catching ants and putting them in pickle jars. (Click image for full story on ArkTimes.com or read it here.)


BLOGS

I maintain a couple of blogs catering to some of my hobbies. While not professional in nature, they are indicative of my writing and photography skills.


TIME FISHING

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While I haven't updated it in a while, Time Fishing represents several years of historical writing and photography. Click the image to visit.


THE ASSORTMENT

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My more frequently updated blog has to do with one of my major hobbies, toy collecting. I also greatly enjoy up-close photography and you can see some examples of it here. Click the image to visit.


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