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This page includes writings and material not directly related to my book, Roads Less Traveled. 

 Stories All Around Us: Over the last decade, I've spent a lot of time telling the stories of interesting people. And the more I look, the more stories I find. I wrote this essay for The Bridge, a community newspaper in Montpelier, VT.  
How I Don't Write: In which I talk about my process for writing nonfiction profile pieces -- which, to be honest, involves a lot more not writing than writing. Think of it as a tour of the sausage factory.
Clamshell Memories: In 2006, I was assigned to write an article for New Hampshire Magazine on the 30th anniversary of the Clamshell Alliance's efforts to block construction of a nuclear power plant at Seabrook, NH. Thanks to this assignment, I got the chance to interview several former Clams. Here are transcripts of some of those interviews.  
Interview with Guy Chichester: The late Guy Chichester was a longtime environmental activist and one of the founders of the Clamshell Alliance. The Clams fought a nonviolent protest campaign against plans to build a nuclear power plant in Seabrook, NH. (He died in 2009 at age 73.) In this interview, Chichester shares his recollections of the movement.  
Interview with Cathy Wolff, writer and reporter who handled much of the press-relations work for the Alliance.  
  Interview with Arnie Alpert, Executive Director of the American Friends Service Committee's New Hampshire office. His activism began in the Clamshell Alliance.  
An interview with Bill Pence: If you're interested in the movie-distribution business and how it affects the films you see, you'll want to read this. For an article on the Nugget Theater in Hanover, NH, I interviewed Bill Pence, who books films for the Nugget. Bill is a veteran of the film industry. He was the co-founder of the Telluride Film Festival, and used to head an international film-distribution company. He had a lot to say about the challenges of booking movies in today's film industry climate.  
An Old Cowhand in the Granite State A profile of Skip Gorman, musician and storyteller who specializes in re-creating the music and culture of the real cowboys of the Old West. We're not talkin' Gene Autry here. Originally published in Kearsarge Magazine. (This link will take you to Kearsarge's archive. Hope you'll come back when you're done.) 

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