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Deerhair Mouse

By Evan Swensen| 09/20/2021
We were filming a segment for Alaska Outdoors television show when I accomplished three, I’ve-never-done-before things on one pike in a Southwest Alaska lake. It was a windy day. Too windy to fly-fish, too windy to film. I was prepared for big ...

Alone With Bears

By Evan Swensen| 09/13/2021
There is one segment of Alaska Outdoors television show that has drawn a great deal of comment. It is the one recording me spending one day and night hiking and camping alone in bear country. The segment opens with a scene of me parting company with ...

The Wrong Reasons

By Evan Swensen| 09/07/2021
We had just completed our week of making television shows and were waiting around the lodge for our flight back to Anchorage. During the week, we’d been treated to the best fishing Alaska has to offer. Each day we’d fly to a remote stream...

Best Self-Help Books to Guide You Through Life

By Rodrigo Adrian| 08/27/2021
Best Self-Help Books Are you looking for the best way to improve your life? I’m sure you are, because, well, who isn’t. We tend to spend a lot of time figuring out how to care for and improve ourselves in the best possible way. Most of us have di...

Rin Tin Tin

By Valerie Winans| 03/29/2021
Valerie Winans Dog’s Best Friend Author Masterminds Member A blanket of gray covered the earth. It was cold and rainy. Dave looked out the big window—the one I like to look out from the comfort of the top of the sofa—and said, “It’s...

Truth and Lies

By Mary Ann Poll| 03/24/2021
Mary Ann Poll: America’s Lady of Supernatural Thrillers Author Masterminds Charter Member Once there were two men, Truth, and Lies. They both professed love for a woman named Wisdom, and both asked for her hand in marriage. Lies said to Wisdom. “...

The Matter of the Missing Phantom-Four

By Steve Levi| 03/19/2021
Steve Levi: Master Of The Impossible Crime Author Masterminds Charter Member Heinz Noonan, the “Bearded Holmes” of the Sandersonville Police Department, was in the last place on earth he ever thought he would be. But, in reality, he was n...

Barry St. Bernard

By Valerie Winans| 03/15/2021
Valerie Winans: Dog’s Best Friend Author Masterminds Member I love snow! I love the wet, the cold, the soft and fluffy, the hard and crystal like. I love snow. I like to push my face down deep into a snow bank and rub my face back and forth. The on...

The Perfection of Imperfection

By Mary Flint| 02/26/2021
Mary Flint: America’s Most Promising Science Fiction Writer Author Masterminds Charter Member As a musician, I spend hours a day learning and practicing a piece of music with the ultimate goal of reaching perfection. But what, the question coul...

The Night Ed Almost Shot Me

By Evan Swensen| 02/23/2021
Evan Swensen Author Masterminds Charter Member Ed and I were hunting from a lodge located on a lake at the base of Mt. Susitna. The lodge, in its first year of operation, catered to hunter clients from Germany. Lodge management invited me to check th...

Grow Greener Spiritually

By Rebecca Wetzler| 02/15/2021
Rebecca Wetzler Purposeful overcomer sharing the fruit of faith Author Masterminds Charter Member Spring is still a ways off, but it’s nice to know the bright time of the year will be here soon after several months of the dark cold. As temperat...