“I once described myself as looking like Robert Redford would look if he looked like me. Well, Bobby and I both have gotten much older and while I can’t promise to be cute anymore I can promise that this little electronic hangout will offer you a few minutes that will be interesting, funny, educational or aggravating, sometimes all at once.

Come back often—it’ll change frequently.

For 60 years I’ve been batting the keys of various writing machines, turning out news, fiction and humor about the outdoors and the indoors. I’ve published seven books and one book-on-tape. The ones still in print are for sale here. I put up universally-acclaimed tomato salsa every year, but it’s not for sale. Talk nice and I might give you some.

Read the blog page to get mad, sad, happy—anything but bored. The photos are ones I like out of thousands of images I’ve taken all over the country. Marty, my wife of 54 years, and I have five children, eight dogs (at last count), four canoes/kayaks, a bunch of shotguns, guitars, mandolins and banjos, and a hell of a lot of fun.

Join us for a while…”

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Trophy Fish

By Joel M. Vance My Uncle Al wasn’t imaginative enough to nickname the pike—calling it Scarface, for example.  To him it was just “that goddam fish!” but he was obsessed by it. It was a northern pike he had hooked and lost twice, a pike of a size not seen by him or any other […]

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Play a Little Song

By Joel M. Vance The Starlight was the Birch Lake local dance hall.  On Saturday nights the Jack Pine Mellotones filled ...

Sounds of Yesteryear

If you can tell me who the Dixie Dewdrop was or have heard of the Gully Jumpers, Possum Hunters or ...