• Lifestyle,  The Whiskey Ledger

    The Whiskey Ledger with Bourbon Apprentice

    Last March – 2019…the year before COVID that sadly seems like a distant memory – I took a trip to Kentucky with my wife and another couple. Although it was only for three days, and there were no beaches or waves to be seen, it still ranks up there as one of my all-time favorite vacations. After all, it’s an adult Disney World of sorts. I’ve gone back and forth in my head about where to take this entry of the Ledger…do I want to go the history route, or do I want to reminisce? If you’ve read any of my previous columns, I think you know what direction we’re…

  • Lifestyle

    The Path to the Farm Or When I Fought The Ghost Naked

    The path to the farmhouse was unimpressive, just a gap in the cornfield that disappeared into the stalks. The only thing beyond the usual was the banged up mail box with the Stars and Stripes painted on it, the lid dangling by just one rivet after fending off the relentless attack of nocturnal beer bottles. Those heat seekers of the night were forever launched by the anonymous backhanded gunners who rolled the roads between Black Creek and Lucama...

  • Lifestyle

    Bringing Autumn Indoors

    Happy October! Cooler weather, sweaters, bonfires, pumpkins, and all the spookiness. During this season, I love to bring the outdoors inside, by using pumpkins, dried florals, wood tones, and moody colors. I wanted to give you some practical tips for decorating during the fall season and how to incorporate in Halloween.

  • Fishing,  Lifestyle

    Lords of the Fly, Monte Burke

    I enjoyed reading this book.  It is not what I expected at all.  Most of the books and literature I have read on fishing have either been technical or more often reflective essays or stories about the experience in more of a romantic or Zen kind of way...

  • Lifestyle

    North Carolina State Toast

    North Carolina stands alone among the other 49 states for an exceptional reason. Granted North Carolina has many reasons that make it a stand out state, but for this article, we will focus on the one thing this state has the others do not. That is a state toast.

  • Hunting,  Beyond the Mason-Dixon

    Turkey in Old Mexico

    When someone asks me, “Why did you go all the way to Mexico just to shoot a turkey?”, the answer is simple: the experience. The flight down to El Paso, the border crossing, traveling through a truly authentic “border town”, being stopped by the “Federales” on the trip back from camp, and all the great food, followed by some excellent turkey hunting made it a trip truly filled full of experiences. While some better than others, but nonetheless, experiences...

  • Lifestyle

    From Alaska to Africa: The Art of Rebekah Knight

    If you collect sporting or wildlife art, you are familiar with Rebekah Knight. If not, allow me to introduce you to this Missouri based artist. I have had the pleasure of knowing Rebekah for several years, and aside from being a talented artist, she also has a passion for wildlife and wildlife conservation. She recently had a break in her busy painting and travel schedule, so she graciously gave me a bit of her time for an interview.

  • Lifestyle,  The Whiskey Ledger

    The Whiskey Ledger with Bourbon Apprentice

    “Dad, what are you doing? Why do you do that?” This is a pretty regular question from my 11-year-old daughter as I’m nosing my bourbon one nostril at a time. “Because he’s a ______,” answers my wife before I can respond (you can insert, “nerd,” “idiot,” “tool” or other descriptive noun of your choosing). No matter how much grief I get, there will be no quit in my game.

  • Hunting,  Beyond the Mason-Dixon,  Lifestyle

    The Wild Fowl Tastes of Twain

    When speaking about Mark Twain (1835-1910), we usually think of him putting pen to paper and not holding a fork. Twain loved to eat. Most people traveling throughout Europe would say the food is exquisite. Whether one is in Spain, France, or Italy, the cuisine is supposed to be the pinnacle of culinary refinement. However, for Twain it was far from it. Twain made it clear while traveling in the 1870s that he preferred and longed for good, ol’ American food.

  • Lifestyle,  The Whiskey Ledger

    The Whiskey Ledger with Bourbon Apprentice

    Summertime is upon us, and it’s not always appealing to drink whiskey neat, so we should talk a bit about ways to continue enjoying the juice while keeping yourself cool and refreshed through the season. I’ve spent the last few months at Feathers & Whiskey telling you a bit about why I love bourbon and what turned me on to America’s Spirit, but I haven’t spent much time talking about how I drink it or how I’d recommend you enjoy it. To be honest, I probably won’t make any recommendations for you. I subscribe to the “you do you” philosophy...