Thank you for stopping by the Torg Stories site. I’m an ex-basketball coach and English teacher turned writer, filmmaker, podcaster, and professor. Originally from a small town called Winamac, Indiana, now I split my time between Asheville, North Carolina where I live with my family and New York City where I teach First Year Writing at St. John’s University in Queens. Torg Stories have found their way into the world taking many forms including…
Pat Conroy called The Coach’s Wife, “One of the best books about basketball and coaching I have ever read with a love story so complicated and wonderful it will have book groups talking about it for years.”
Thanks to Pat. I learned a lot about writing from reading his work, and I’m thankful to be able to keep hearing from him via his books.
Horseshoe is Midwestern Gothic collection of stories with themes about love, sin, guilt, and redemption.
In Love on the Big Screen, Zuke is a college freshman whose understanding of love has been shaped by late-80’s romantic comedies.
The Mushroom Hunter is about my father and his buddies’ passion for hunting morel mushrooms.
Click here to watch “The Mushroom Hunter” free online.
Have less. Live More: Torg Stories Podcast with Yukon and Bean
Welcome to the Torg Stories podcast at TheTorg.com. September 15, 2016 edition.
This week I talked to Angie and Nelson Stegall. These two are known as Yukon and Bean on their website. Angie and Nelson were a big part of the catalyst that inspired my family and I to raft 140 miles of the French Broad River. They made essentially the same trip we made except for while we went home every night to work on our movie, these two camped.
Their life philosophy is to have less and live more. Because they are a tenant on a farm living in a 250 square foot trailer, we met at the Penrose Access Area on the French Broad and near the town of Brevard. Dupont Forest, home of some of my favorite waterfalls in the state, is and one of my favorite spots in the area, Dupont Forest. You’ll hear the occasional car drive by and several times a small airplane. I started off by asking these two how they met.
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Yukon and Bean on their Raft
We four NC Torgs have completed our trip on the French Broad River. We are now doing interviews with a variety of people knowledgeable about the French Broad including a geologist, biologist, fish hatchery superintendent, water quality testers, and more!
If you have questions, comments or ideas for our French Broad River movie, we’d love to hear from you.
Do you even know the names of the trees in your backyard?
I came across that question in an article written by Jennifer Frick-Ruppert, a biologist and professor of environmental studies at Brevard College. Her question grabbed my attention and caused me to think about the 147 miles of water I’d passed through with my family on our recent French Broad River rafting trip. I knew I couldn’t name all of the trees in my backyard and certainly not many of the organisms big or small that live in the French Broad River. I got in touch with Jennifer and she said she was willing to tell me about organisms that live in the water and their importance to the region of Western North Carolina. I learned a lot talking to Jennifer. Hope you enjoy our conversation!
I talk biodiversity and the French Broad River with Professor Jennifer Frick-Ruppert of Brevard College
Two of Professor Jennifer Frick-Ruppert’s books have been published with more on the way:
Mountain Nature: A Seasonal Natural History of the Southern Appalachians
Waterways: Sailing the Southeastern Coast
Click here to learn more about Professor Frick-Ruppert’s books on her Amazon page.
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Along with my wife Megan and our two daughters, we have completed our goal to raft 149 miles of the French Broad River from the headwaters in Rosman, North Carolina to what is called the Rankin Bottoms located just northeast of Newport, Tennessee.
The trip was a part of our project to make a movie about the French Broad River, the people who use it, and the social and political issues that surround it.
The rafting trip was just the first phase of this project. I am now writing about the river and continuing to interview those related to the French Broad. This includes Brevard College Professor of Environmental Science Jennifer Frick-Ruppert and University of North Carolina Asheville geologist Jackie Langille. I will continue to post the periodic update about our French Broad River movie project.
Got questions, comments or ideas for our French Broad River movie?