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Sam Neumann is an author, photographer, and student of the otter way of life. This is his blog. Head to the top menu for more info or check out the most recent posts below.

The End

“The end.” That feels good to write. I’ve never actually written it at the end of anything before, because it’s unnecessary and redundant. But I wanted to try it this time, the way we all like trying quaint, old-timey things every now and then, and damn if there isn’t a certain satisfaction in those two words. Anyway, I finished another novel.…

The Return of Bob Ross Fridays

Springtime is back and so is Bob Ross Friday. It’s Friday afternoon and it’s beautiful outside – if you’re at work, you’re not actually working. Come kill 5 minutes with me, Bob, and his painting “Twin Falls.” In this clip, Bob gets into the fan brush AND Titanium White in one swift motion. It’s almost too much to handle. Happy weekend,…

The Otter Lodge Guide to Being a Sports Fan

Ah, March Madness is upon us, that magical time when we root for the underdog, stare at the TV for 8-hour increments, and gleefully steal company time. It’s the return of Selection Sunday, the Boss Button, and hordes of spittle-screaming fans everywhere. Stars will be born, dreams will be broken, and Luther Vandross will again become relevant for one night.…

Photoramble: Make Them Bleed

“Somebody may beat me, but they’re going to have to bleed to do it.” – Steve Prefontaine   Heard this quote from friend of the Lodge Chris Sheckman. A good reminder on focusing on what you can control. You can’t control how talented you are, or how naturally fast or strong you are, or what kind of genes your parents passed along. You…

Simple Writing Tip: Less is More

You have to write. You may not like it, but it’s a fact of life – somewhere in your professional or personal life, you’re going to have to string a few sentences together in the hope of creating a coherent thought. For most of us, this occasion occurs almost every day (hello EMAIL!), and at the very least rears its head on…