Friday, August 28, 2015

8.26.15 - For Tom Zbyszewski, Andrew Zajac, and Richard Wheeler

For those of you farther from home, the three young firefighters remembered above, recently lost their lives while keeping our community safe. Famous is a poem that Tom Zbyszewski, a local kid working summer fires, performed in his state finals for Poetry Out Loud in the spring of 2013. He may also have performed it here at Twisp's Merc Theater, as I swear that I can picture him reciting it.

In any case, it is a fine poem and a worthy tribute (I hope) to the everyday but still heroic efforts that our firefighters and many others make to keep others safe -- even at times at great cost. A humble kind of service that is inherently heroic of course, but never demanding of any particular praise or recognition. Thank you all for your service and rest in peace.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015


I was humorously a bit swamped by a return from vacation and the consuming nature of a certain illustration project when I finished this strip for August 19. The days have been "off" in a wholly different way since the start of more localized wildfires that same afternoon, and updating the website took a backseat to many other things of an immediate concern. The comic to be posted this coming Friday speaks to our communities continued grrr-attitude and hoped-for resilience. 

Friday, August 7, 2015

7.29.15 and 8.5.15

 Two in a row! (He exclaimed... thusly masking the fact that he forgot to post last week's strip to the Harts Pass homepage). Enjoy!

Friday, July 24, 2015


Thankfully, real wolverines don't haul around this much stuff, or have to work, or get their kits to numerous summer activities... but my parenting/people perspective does seem to slip its way into the strip every so often :) Hope that your own summer's are going Grand and definitely don't miss out on splashing in a mountain lake or two!

Friday, July 17, 2015


This past week marks the one-year anniversary of the start of last summer's Carleton Complex wildfire. Although extremely dry and fairly warm so far, the land is healing and the rebuilding is well underway. This weeks' edition of the Methow Valley News, promises to be dedicated in some small way to remembering last summer's fires.

Friday, July 10, 2015


Tips for Graceful Aging No. 1: Life might just be a little easier with four feet and a less obvious waistline.