A Float Trip

“That trip changed my life, Dad.” The speaker was none other than my son Benjamin, born on this very day 38 years ago. There’s that “calendar date to ground me in what’s important” thing again. Ben was speaking of a trip that he and I had taken several...

Last Man Standing

Come on Parnell.  Lighten up a bit.  You’re too much of an optimist to dwell on the bottom. Particularly in this season of celebration.  Let’s have some fun to start the new year with! So, here’s another one you might ask about.  What does this have to do...

Another Book?

Yep.  Another book, this one for a cause.  And, a brief diversion from river ranting.  For now. Privilege and Privation, a Love Story, is a book commissioned by the Community Foundation of the Ozarks to focus on personalizing, understanding,...

Environmental Summitry

I’m optimistic and inspired today.   I was invited to offer and sign Pig Farm at the 3rd Annual Arkansas Environmental Policy Summit in Little Rock last month.   The program featured former Colorado Governor Bill Ritter as keynote speaker. ...

Everyone Is A Leader

Ok, I’m going out on a limb here, and hopefully won’t lose too many of you. I’m feeling emotional today as it is our twin grand babies 3rd birthday, joining us prematurely just three years past. What do they have to do with water quality? Only...

Art Inspired

The first thing you will notice about my new novel, PIG FARM, released just this month, is the front cover.  And then, the shocking back cover.  The provocative art of Amber Hansen has inspired my writing and speaking. It has pushed me to take chances, to...

Pig Farm, The Book Not The Travesty

This date needs no further introduction.  It is the official release date of my new novel, PIG FARM.   FROM THE ENDORSERS: “Parnell’s stories reflect an organic sense of the people, land, water, culture and history of the distinctive Ozarks region.” “Todd Parnell has...

Pig Farm: A Teaser

A teaser.  A heads up. A precursor of things to come. Like the first day of Autumn.  No matter how hot or pleasant, rainy or cold, humid or dry, it says winter is on the horizon. I have a new novel on the horizon too.  Pig Farm.  It is a fictional account...

Our National Regression

As you may have deduced by now, when possible, I like to pick significant family dates within my bi-weekly blog discipline to post.  It grounds me to what’s most important in my life.  This date happens to by my wife Betty’s big number 70. Happy Birthday,...