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About John Urban

Like his protagonist, John Urban has worked as a college professor and he sails the waters of Southern New England on an old wooden sailboat that he restored. He is a regular contributor to the blog Write On The Water, and his short stories have appeared in the anthologies Seasmoke and Deadfall. The ocean was his desired destination from an early age. As a boy living a landlocked life in Western Massachusetts, nights were dedicated to reading about boats and watching Flipper and weekends were spent boating and fishing, April-to-October, on Long Island Sound. Thoughts of a career at sea ended early after a stint at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy, but the circle of life has come around some years later in the form of the fictional world of Steve Decatur. Urban lives just outside Boston and spends his summers near the waters edge of Buzzards Bay and Rhode Island Sound. A Single Deadly Truth, published on Amazon Kindle, is Urban's debut novel. As second Steve Decatur mystery, Masters of Rhode Island, is due out later this year.

How Much Snow?

by John Urban How deep is the snow? Way deep. Blowing Snow was the title of my blog post two weeks ago. Seemed we had a lot of white stuff way back then. At the time we were telling friends … Continue reading

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Blowing Snow

by John M. Urban Winter is here, folks. Snow, cold weather, blistering winds, more snow. Yes, mighty lucky up here in the northern latitudes. We’re a humble people so we don’t want to brag about just how well we have … Continue reading

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Midnight On The Bay

by John Urban (A summer evening at rest; Cuttyhunk Harbor, Buzzards Bay) As I sat down to write today’s post I read Christine Kling’s most recent blog entry once again. It’s dark here at home and the stars I see … Continue reading

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Gerda

Gerda. It’s a lovely name, don’t you think. The Gerda III – a lovely name and a lovely boat. In early December of last year I began work at Mystic Seaport. Mystic, a maritime museum housing a collection of more … Continue reading

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Christmas – Content is King

Content is King. Ted Turner was the first to speak these words, back in the 1980s, and it is no less true today. Technology remains exciting to us all, but content is still the thing. Smart phones of all sizes … Continue reading

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Distracted Driving – Land & Water

Distracted driving. Could the problem get any worse? Erratic lane changes, oncoming traffic bearing down on you, last minute braking. It seems the only remaining hope we have is that all these drivers will some day hit the road simultaneously … Continue reading

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Boating, Golf, & Ethanol

By John Urban As a general rule, boating and golf do not mix. This is not a absolute and I have known a few brave souls who participate in both activities. There are, however, several factors that work against taking-up … Continue reading

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Red Right Returning

Red right returning, a basic element of the boating rules of the road that nearly everyone remembers. At least until they get on the water. Up here in New England, this year’s recreational boating season has concluded. A cold front … Continue reading

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Zeke Emanuel, Creativity & Aging

Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel succeeded in starting a discussion. His article in The Atlantic “Why I Hope to Die at 75” is intended to startle the reader, and it does. As head of the Department of Medical Ethics & Health Policy … Continue reading

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The Green Flash

Late last week I spent some time on the Florida Gulf Coast watching beautiful blue sky days end with magnificent sunsets. No luck, though, in terms of seeing the Green Flash. Not long ago, I questioned the existence of the … Continue reading

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