Postcard from a hiatus

Fellow fisher on a local pond

I haven’t fallen off the planet.

I haven’t run out of ideas for blog posts, let alone stopped thinking about people, other animals, and the living world we share.

And I haven’t forgotten about all of you, or the good conversations we have here.

I have simply been on hiatus, focusing my time, energy, and attention elsewhere.

Amidst other work, I am writing my dissertation on how people—especially hunters—talk and think about wolves in the western Great Lakes region: Wisconsin and Minnesota in particular. Why this topic? Because I like to steer clear of complexity and controversy, naturally.

I am also digging deep into other questions, making decisions about where my work and writing—and my life, for that matter—are headed next. I expect I’ll have more to say on that front at some point.

Meanwhile, there may be more quiet spells here on my blog.

But there will be some creative ruckus, too.

Maybe some essays of the kind I once posted regularly. Maybe some briefer postcards from my mind and heart. Maybe a poem now and then. Maybe some photography. Up next, a reprint of a thought-provoking article by a fellow vegan-turned-hunter, this one hailing from Australia.

I hope you find some tasty morsels in the mixed bag to come.



  1. Carol Eberhard says:

    So good to see an e-mail notice in my inbox alerting me to a new blog post! Best of luck on your new ventures wherever they shall take you. Hubby and I will be shifting gears a bit in the next year or so, settling a bit deeper into retirement pursuits. Best of luck to you, always!

  2. Christine says:

    What a delight to receive notification of your post today. To me, a hiatus is a time to regroup, sort things out, re-think paths or maybe just one path. So I say to you, as others have said to me, take the time you need, your readers will be waiting patiently.

  3. Phillip says:

    Tovar, it’s great to see a new post from you (and glad I kept your link active). Of course I’m keeping touch on the Facebook, so I know you still exist.

    I’m really looking forward to seeing what you have to say re: wolves. It’s an issue I really know little about (I can only be involved in so many battles…), and for all my opinions on the topic, they’re largely uneducated.

    • Tovar says:

      Thanks, Phillip. I, too, am looking forward to seeing what I have say about wolves. There’s a lot to say, and I’ll only say a small part of it.

      I think you’ll enjoy the forthcoming reprint from my Australian friend…

    • Tovar says:

      Thanks for the link, Russell. Interesting article.

      I’m afraid I knew nothing about Thylacines, so had to look it up. Sorry to learn that we drove such a creature extinct, and so recently.

  4. Dan Williams says:

    ” . . . like to steer clear of complexity and controversy.” LOL! Hey Tov, after you tackle the topic of wolves in the western Great Lakes region, here’s some other topics for you to take on:

    1) Antler restrictions in VT
    2) The Israeli/Palestine conflict
    3) Coke vs Pepsi
    4) Sox/Yankees – why can’t we all just get along?

    • Tovar says:

      Thanks for the list, Dan.

      1) Silliness.
      2) Serious business.
      3) Neither. Drink real beverages and eat real food.
      4) Silliness. 😉

      • Dan Williams says:

        Wow that was quick! Succinct and to the point. While I disagree with your analysis of #4 . . . I think the rest is spot-on. Regarding #1 . . . I’ve lived in NH for eight years now which is about the same amount of time that VT’s had ARs. I consistently see more and bigger bucks in NH. The takeaway for me is that ARs are only a partial solution at best – a temporary band-aid given certain circumstances. The bigger issue is habitat.

  5. Donal Carbaugh says:

    Looking forward to whatever the future may bring but especially the creative ruckus, or is that rucki!? Keep up your fine works Tovar! From a farm above Rochester…

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