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The Magic Trick of the Century!

You almost won’t believe it until you’ve watched it several times. In the last century, the area around Terrebonne Bay, Louisiana (often referred to as Interior Lafourche), has flipped from being 90% land (1916) to 90% water (2016). This video shows how quickly and dramatically the landscape of south Louisiana changed to accommodate the oil, gas, and sulphur mining operations that fragmented large areas of marsh, and triggered and exacerbated subsequent land loss in the decades following. The communities who lived in the area migrated northward as the seas and surge ate away at the marsh. Today, all but a few close-knit communities and a handful of Native American tribes have abandoned the once prosperous marsh lands in search of safety and security farther from shore. For them, it’s a century-long trick with no magic. Continue reading The Magic Trick of the Century!

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The Great Galveston Hurricane of 1900: A Review of “Isaac’s Storm”

Erik Larson’s 1999 “Isaac’s Storm” guides readers through the experience of the most deadly storm in U.S. history. Here are my thoughts on the novel and it’s translation into modern times. Continue reading The Great Galveston Hurricane of 1900: A Review of “Isaac’s Storm”

Epic Map Fails (News Edition)

During my morning catch-up routine, I was floored by this gem of a graphic:   MSN isn’t the first news station to botch a map. In fact, it’s a regular occurrence at FOX and CNN. It’s not a surprise considering the U.S. is next to last in the world when it comes to geography. Here’s a collection of some of the most epic map fails.    Continue reading Epic Map Fails (News Edition)

Killing U.S. Softly – Mapping preventable death in America

Well it’s that time of the year. Finals. Which means that the volume of work exploding off my laptop and onto the webosphere has quadrupled. Here I bring you a humble poster. An assessment, really, of preventable disease and death in America. It’s the culmination of four months of research and design.  Enjoy.  Continue reading Killing U.S. Softly – Mapping preventable death in America

My book now available on NOOK, Amazon Kindle

My fiction short-story, “The Bottom of Mt. Vesuvius,” is now on sale for e-readers through both Barnes and Noble NOOK and Amazon Kindle. The best part? It’s still only 99 cents! You may also download the Kindle app for free on your PC, mac or ipad. To purchase the story through Barnes and Noble, click here. To purchase through Amazon.com for your Kindle, click here (PRIME members can read for free). .  Continue reading My book now available on NOOK, Amazon Kindle

Amazon Kindle publishes my short fiction, The Bottom of Mt. Vesuvius

Amazon.com has published my short fiction story, The Bottom of Mt. Vesuvius, through Kindle. Prime Members can read it for free here, or Kindle users can buy it here for 99 cents! My first published short story description can be found on the Amazon.com page: “A man with nothing to lose awaits the deadly eruption of Mt. Vesuvius.” Hurry and get yours now! -30- Continue reading Amazon Kindle publishes my short fiction, The Bottom of Mt. Vesuvius

Dec. 15 is Free to Tweet Day #freetotweet

Today I am competing for one of 22 $5,000 scholarships celebrating the birthday of the first amendment. So here a few reasons of why the first amendment is so important to me:   When I was 12, I was nearly expelled from school (suspended for 10 days) for writing “Mississippi Sucks” on a section divider in my notebook. When my teacher asked me why I did it, I said I had a first-amendment right to say it. Turns out schools can write their own rules. That is wrong. Money is not speech. It never has been and never should be. Saying … Continue reading Dec. 15 is Free to Tweet Day #freetotweet