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The curious deer

The curious deer

Marty’s photo of the day #3630: Every morning before work, I take my dog, Nellie, to a clearing in the woods by my house, and we attempt to play Frisbee. Yesterday, we had a very curious (and I think very pregnant) doe hanging around. First, I had to talk the deer out of Deb’s garden, […]

Fitger’s Inn, now and in 2056

Fitger’s Inn, now and in 2056

Marty’s photo of the day #3616: If you’ve read either Time Is Irreverent or Hits, Heathens, and Hippos: Stories from an Agent, Activist, and Adventurer, you know a little about Fitger’s. The historic Duluth landmark used to be the Fitger Brewing Company, but now it is a boutique hotel, a bookstore, and a collection of […]

The spring moose

The spring moose

Marty’s photo of the day #3607: This photo is an hour old. Last night, Deb and I were taking part in our evening “porch” (our tradition of sitting on the front porch each evening with liquid refreshments, recapping the day’s events), when Deb spotted a black figure in the woods directly in front of us. […]

How’s the war?

How’s the war?

Marty’s photo of the day #3564: This excerpt from my first book, Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents, tells the story: Our adventure began on Friday, April 11, 2003, when we landed at Kuching Airport. Our guide, Bayang, picked us up with the Borneo Adventure van. He was a muscular, round-faced man in […]

Dogs and heights

Dogs and heights

Marty’s photo of the day #3555: One of the ways dogs are like humans is that some are afraid of heights and others are not. I’ll never forget, many years ago, when Deb and I rented a Forest Service lookout tower in northwestern Montana. Our Labrador retriever climbed right to the top, but I had […]

My COVID-19 vaccination: the reaction and the whining

My COVID-19 vaccination: the reaction and the whining

I had never had a reaction to a shot before, but after I got my Moderna COVID-19 vaccine on Tuesday, I felt like I had gone several rounds with a heavyweight boxer. My wife, Deb, on the other hand, didn’t have any reaction to the shot she got at the same time. From what we’ve […]

Evolution in progress?

Evolution in progress?

Marty’s photo of the day #3548: This excerpt from the Australia chapter in my first book, Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents, explains the shot: Earlier in this chapter, I promised to introduce you to a bizarre creature that would eliminate all reasonable doubts of evolution. I found such a creature—in fact, oodles […]

La Villa de Castrotorafe

La Villa de Castrotorafe

Marty’s photo of the day #3530: For today’s post, we go all the way back to my first book, Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents, for this short excerpt: Our goal for the day was to reach the town of Cangas de Onis near the Atlantic Ocean’s Bay of Biscay. Although we had […]

My romantic comedy wedding

My romantic comedy wedding

Marty’s photo of the day #3529: The following excerpt from my newly published sixth book, Hits, Heathens, and Hippos: Stories from an Agent, Activist, and Adventurer, takes place in northern Minnesota: Our ceremony could have been right out of a romantic comedy. On the lakeshore, in front of the cabin, is a round washing-machine-sized rock […]

Lizards think I’m ugly

Lizards think I’m ugly

Marty’s photo of the day #3528: The following excerpt from my newly published sixth book, Hits, Heathens, and Hippos: Stories from an Agent, Activist, and Adventurer, takes place in Australia: I had decided to hike up every river within a ten-mile stretch of Queensland coast. Since all the rivers dropped down from the mountains, I […]

Drunk shopping

Drunk shopping

Marty’s photo of the day #3527: The following excerpt from my newly published sixth book, “Hits, Heathens, and Hippos: Stories from an Agent, Activist, and Adventurer,” takes place in Cangas de Onís, Spain: Once we finished our excellent meal, the man from behind the bar walked over and introduced himself as Angel, one of the […]

What is it like to be attacked by a hippo?

What is it like to be attacked by a hippo?

Marty’s photo of the day #3526: What is it like to be attacked by a hippo? This excerpt from my newly published sixth book, Hits, Heathens, and Hippos: Stories from an Agent, Activist, and Adventurer, will put you in the canoe with Deb and me. The adventure takes place in Zimbabwe: As the sun dropped […]

Defying death in Borneo

Defying death in Borneo

Marty’s photo of the day #3525: One of the chapters in my newly published sixth book, Hits, Heathens, and Hippos: Stories from an Agent, Activist, and Adventurer, follows Deb and me on a death-defying backpacking trip in Borneo with the Iban, a tribe once famous for headhunting. Here’s an excerpt from that chapter. Johnathan was […]

The princess and her pillows

The princess and her pillows

Marty’s photo of the day #3518: Dogs are all about routines, and Nellie only needs to observe something twice before declaring it a routine. One of her favorite routines happens at bedtime. My wife, Deb, always precedes me into bed by a few minutes, taking her pillow, stacking my three pillows to the side, and […]

New York City stories

New York City stories

Marty’s photo of the day #3511: I took this photo of New York City several years ago, when I was on a college speaking tour. My soon-to-be-released humorous memoir, Hits, Heathens, and Hippos: Stories from an Agent, Activist, and Adventurer, features several stories that revolve around New York City, including my trips there when I […]

Date night and dingo-mode

Date night and dingo-mode

Marty’s photos of the day #3505: Like many of you, the COVID-19 pandemic has kept Deb and me at home for eleven months and counting (and I’m holding off on a haircut until I get my vaccine). So the other day, I proposed that we dress up, have a fancy dinner, and attend a concert, […]

Owl adventure Pt 2

Owl adventure Pt 2

Marty’s photo of the day #3487: My writing room is on the second floor of our house, and it features two walls that are mostly windows. The view of the Bitterroot Mountains and the forest below is wonderful, especially at sunrise. Two years ago a great horned owl landed on a branch right outside one […]

Owl adventure Pt 1

Owl adventure Pt 1

Marty’s photo of the day #3486: My writing room is on the second floor of our house, and it features two walls that are mostly windows. The view of the Bitterroot Mountains and the forest below is wonderful, especially at sunrise. Two years ago a great horned owl landed on a branch right outside one […]

Hits, Heathens, and Hippos cover reveal

Hits, Heathens, and Hippos cover reveal

Just arrived! The cover for my sixth book: Hits, Heathens, and Hippos. I don’t have a publication date yet, as I’m still evaluating publishing options. It could be as early as February or as late as November. I also have some great back cover blurbs from celebrities. Here’s one of them: “Hits, Heathens, and Hippos […]

The Alaska Highway

The Alaska Highway

Marty’s photo of the day #3473: This is Alaska Highway, somewhere in British Columbia. Here’s what I wrote about the highway in my first book, Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents: An hour or so later we reached the town of Dawson Creek, British Columbia, and the official start of the Alaska Highway. […]

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