Brian Hartz

I am a freelance journalist and author. I enjoy tennis, sailing, and creative writing, and spending time with my dog and cats.


The Gulf at Dusk

The Gulf at Dusk

The sun sets over the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Cedar Key, Florida, June 17, 2014.

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IU Med Students Earn Hester Fellowships

Two Indiana University School of Medicine students interested in pursuing careers in pediatric oncology research are recipients of the Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center’s Merilyn Hester Fellowship for the upcoming 2014-15 academic year. You can read my article about them here:

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New Clips

Just added some fresh new writing samples to the site. Check out my Clips page to read a review of Horizon Yachts’ new PC60 Skylounge power catamaran, or find out how to prepare for a trip to The Bahamas by boat. You can also view the April and May Racing Roundup columns I wrote for Southern Boating magazine.

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Quote of the day, Jan. 10

Very well said.

The First Amendment Blog

Roger Ebert, on freedom of speech (1990)

“Of what use is freedom of speech to those who fear to offend?”

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10 of the Greatest Essays on Writing Ever Written

A wonderful summary!

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Why We Are Tied to the Ocean

From the Jan. 8, 2014, edition of Scuttlebutt Sailing News:

“I really don’t know why it is that all of us are so committed to the sea, except I think it is because in addition to the fact that the sea changes and the light changes, and ships change, it is because we all came from the sea. And it is an interesting biological fact that all of us have, in our veins the exact same percentage of salt in our blood that exists in the ocean, and, therefore, we have salt in our blood, in our sweat, in our tears. We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea, whether it is to sail or to watch it we are going back from whence we came.” – John F. Kennedy, speaking at a dinner for the America’s Cup in September 1962


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