Getting here:

Two years ago I was in Bar Harbor for the Maine Press Association’s annual meeting, where I was the recipient of an award for environmental reporting. After five years as a small-town reporter and more than 20 as a freelance journalist, I had come to feel that non-fiction no longer meets the needs of a civil society where most citizens use information for entertainment and self-justification.

I left the conference and turned toward town, hoping for a cup of coffee and some retail distraction. Instead, I saw the sign for College of the Atlantic. After a few minutes on this beautiful and energized campus, I knew what my next step would be. Since then, my path has continued to become clearer, and to contain all the twists and turns I hoped it would.

Favorite class:

I don’t think I can pick a favorite class. They have all risen to the top, for different reasons. Marine Biology brought two dozen diverse students to the intertidal environment; Introduction to Guitar gave me discipline and a new musical voice; Advance Projects in Art and an Independent Study in Screenwriting helped me clarify a major project; The Politics of Israel taught me how to read and listen in new ways; Principles of Comedic Improvisation gave me tools for dramatic writing and everyday living; Creative Writing opened new doors for expression; Marvelous Terrible Place exposed me to the people, history and ecology of a world on the edge; and Ornithology got me out of bed in the morning, listening to the beautiful language of birds. Not bad for one year of classes. I can’t wait to see what’s next.


Because of my prior work experience, I am not required to do an internship. Instead, I spent part of this summer aboard the SSV Corwith Cramer as part of a SEA Semester program, studying Historic Ports of Western Europe, learning to be part of a ship’s crew, and helping with SEA’s science mission.

Senior project:

One of the reasons I am at COA is because college opens new doors and can alter one’s path. That said, my current intention is to complete a full-length screenplay and submit it to at least one festival competition. 

Life on Mount Desert Island:

The photograph on this page shows me aboard COA’s research vessel, Osprey, returning from a visit to the college’s research station at Mount Desert Rock. One reason I am smiling is that I am looking at my campus. COA invites us to see ourselves in a wider context. Mount Desert Island provides a diverse community of human societies and natural environments to explore.

Activities, traditions, celebrations:

I sing in three choruses and have been MC for a number of Open Mic sessions. I also serve on the Steering Committee that oversees the school’s central governing body, the weekly All College Meeting, and will be ACM moderator this fall. My work-study gig in the Thorndike Library has given me a chance to learn about new research tools and to meet more of my fellow students. It’s a great way to learn eveyone’s names.

Passions & motivations:

I want to help human beings see ourselves in context, as only one group of animals in a wide creation.

Adventures yet to come:

For now, I’m content to fill my life with this adventure.

Best meal on campus:

Seitan Reuben, and I’m an omnivore.

COA might be the right college for you if...

… you’re not afraid of the unknown.


As a word person, I had to look this one up. Every day is a passing moment. How each one folds into the next and how we translate all those moments into a life well lived, that’s the intersection between observable reality and magic.
e·phem·er·a (noun)
  1. things that exist or are used or enjoyed for only a short time.
    • items of collectible memorabilia, typically written or printed ones, that were originally expected to have only short-term usefulness or popularity.

Which came first, the chicken or the egg?

I don’t know. I wasn’t there.