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“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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FISHING BUDDIES

By Joel M. Vance   There is a photograph in the Vance archives of a man, his back to the camera, standing at the edge of the Macon Lake, a Shakespeare fiberglass fly rod in hand, tickling the edge of the water weeds with a popping bug, teasing the bluegills lurking there.   The man […]

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ANYONE FOR SECONDS?

By Joel M. Vance   It is 1958 and a popular movie on the screens of drive-in movies all over America is ...

ANTIFA, ANYONE?

By Joel M. Vance   I grew up in an era when the word “antifa” did not exist. In today’s surreal world, ...