MARK ALAN JICHA lives with his wife, Susan Shipman, on a small barrier island off the Georgia coast and frequents a cabin away on his 100-acre forest preserve in the Altamaha River swamp every chance he gets. His son, Charlie, absconded back to California in 2013, where he is a graduate student in San Diego to prepare for a career in scenic design. Mark, an Ohio native who received his degree in American history at Kenyon College in 1974, moved to the Eastern Washington to work as a surveyor in the US Forest Service in the Cour d' Alene National Forest and park ranger on Mt. Spokane State Park. Relocating south in 1980 he was employed as a reporter or editor at a string of weeklies and dailies in South Carolina and Georgia, finally becoming editor and publisher of The Southeast Georgian before that newspaper was swallowed by a competitor, now the Camden County Tribune & Georgian. Finally, he published is own humor magazine for ten years before retiring in 2007, when he built an off-grid, solar-powered cabin at Penholloway Swamp at McMillan Creek.

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