Jul 022024
 

Here’s another blog post from my days publishing small town newspapers Back during my newspaper days on the Pacific Northwest coast, my headquarters was in Aberdeen, Washington, in Grays Harbor, which is located at the bottom of the Olympic Peninsula. Aberdeen is an old seaport and lumber mill town, and Gray’s Harbor is the largest […]

May 072024
 

Here is anothre blog from my days publishing small town newspapers. Publishing small-town newspapers on the Pacific Northwest coast and in Arizona was a lot of fun, and I like to think that sometimes my publications made a difference in the communities they served. I gained a reputation for stepping on toes, and that was […]

Apr 052024
 

In a blog post a couple of days ago, I told you that I was going to be a guest on Tony and Peggy and Barthel’s Stressless Camping podcast. We met this fun and entertaining RV couple years ago, and I enjoyed visiting with them again for the podcast. We talked about my nonfiction travel […]

Newspaper Days Reboot

 Posted by at 12:15 am  Nick's Blog
Feb 122024
 

For much of my working life I published small town weekly newspapers on the Pacific Northwest coast and in northern Arizona’s White Mountains. A while back I wrote about those days in a series of blog posts that readers seemed to enjoy, and I have had several requests from new blog readers to repeat the […]

The Drought Is Over

 Posted by at 12:50 am  Nick's Blog
Feb 062024
 

Most of Alabama has been suffering from a severe drought for months now, but I’m pretty sure that’s over after the last two weeks. Between the heavy rains we got the last week of January and more rain on Sunday, with accumulations of two to three inches or more both times, and another storm that […]

Cold Case Solved

 Posted by at 1:05 am  Nick's Blog
Jun 212023
 

I’ve told you many stories from my years publishing small town newspapers on the Pacific Northwest coast and in Arizona, but there are other stories that remain untold for one reason or another. Here is one that was a long time coming. Whether you are a healthcare worker, a first responder, a schoolteacher, or a […]

Nov 132022
 

Except for dealing with Hurricane Nicole, pretty much all I’ve done for the last week is read through and make corrections to several chapters of my new Big Lake book. That’s an awful lot of words and I still have more to go, I think one or two more chapters before I print them out […]

The Big 50!

 Posted by at 12:43 am  Nick's Blog
Aug 162022
 

I have a birthday coming up in the next few weeks, but that’s not the reason for today’s blog title. That birthday happened almost 20 years ago. But I achieved another milestone yesterday when Pucker Factor, the 11th book in my John Lee Quarrels mystery series, went live on Amazon. This is my 50th book, […]

Newport Bayfront

 Posted by at 12:15 am  Nick's Blog
Feb 192022
 

Note: Here is a blog from our days as fulltime RVers, about one of our favorite places on the magnificent Oregon coast.  We love wandering around the waterfront in Newport, Oregon. If we ever hang up the keys and decide to settle down in the Pacific Northwest, this would be the place. U.S. Highway 101 […]

Nov 092021
 

Anybody who’s ever had to deal with the public on a daily basis can tell you that some people can be very hard to handle. Whether you’re working behind the counter in a retail store, as a service technician, a nurse, a school teacher, a first responder, or anybody else, believe me, they all have […]

No Ghosts, No Goblins

 Posted by at 12:20 am  Nick's Blog
Nov 012021
 

This is our fifth Halloween in our house here in Edgewater, Florida, and every year we buy candy for the trick or treaters. And not once have we had a ghost or goblin or anybody else show up at our door in or out of costume. I think that tradition has pretty much gone by […]

Sep 202021
 

We love getting off the interstate highways and taking the two-lane roads whenever we can. As I have said many times before, a Denny’s or a chain hotel at an interstate exit in Kansas is no different than one in Michigan or California. But the two-lane roads will take you to the real America. Small […]

Thousand Trails Advice

 Posted by at 12:17 am  Nick's Blog
Jul 232021
 

A longtime reader contacted me yesterday saying they are considering a Thousand Trails campground membership and asking me for my thoughts on the matter. Thousand Trails is like any other membership campground system. If you use it, it can be a good deal, and if you don’t, it’s a waste of time and money. We […]

July Q&A

 Posted by at 12:46 am  Nick's Blog
Jul 022021
 

I’m back with more questions from blog readers about RVing, what’s happening in our lives since we hung up the keys, and all kinds of other things. While I try to answer all questions individually, I also share some here occasionally. Q. We subscribed to your Gypsy Journal until you quit and trust your recommendations. […]

May 262021
 

In a previous Newspaper Days blog post titled How I Did It, I shared with you how I started out with one small town weekly newspaper and wound up with seven of them on the Pacific Northwest Coast. Now, let me tell you about how someone I knew managed to fail miserably in the same […]

Mar 092021
 

When we tell people that we were fulltime RVers, one question they frequently ask us is what is our favorite place in the country. That’s like asking a parent which child is their favorite. We have so many “favorites” that I could never choose just one. One winter Terry and I made our first visit […]

Feb 022021
 

In a Newspaper Days blog post last month, I talked about a fellow who got busted for fleeing from the cops and how he proved just how dumb he was when he got to court. Several readers thought that was funny, and someone who watches the TV show Court Cam asked if I had any […]

Adding To My Resume

 Posted by at 12:36 am  Nick's Blog
Nov 092020
 

I have done quite a few things to earn a buck in my life, and some of them have been a bit bizarre while others have been rather mundane. I think the shortest job I ever had was about four hours. Right after I got out of the Army a thousand years ago, I got […]

August Q&A

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
Aug 262020
 

I’m back with more questions from blog readers about RVing, what’s happening in our lives since we hung up the keys, and all kinds of other things. While I try to answer all questions individually, I also share some here occasionally. Q. We are new fulltimers and want to replace the two recliners in our […]

Aug 132020
 

Back during my newspaper days on the Pacific Northwest coast, my headquarters was in Aberdeen, Washington, in Grays Harbor, which is located at the bottom of the Olympic Peninsula. Aberdeen is an old seaport and lumber mill town, and Gray’s Harbor is the largest natural deep water port north of San Francisco, and there is […]