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Second COVID-19 Vaccine Shot: Minor Reactions

Yesterday (2/23) I received my second COVID-19 vaccine shot at St. Clare’s Hospital in Lakewood. The 20-mile trip was easy and quick – in spite of the morning rush-hour time of my appointment. There were far fewer people this time, with everyone in for the second injection – I assumed…

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Barry Lopez’s Last Interview

Sometimes called the modern Thoreau, Barry Lopez had a reporter’s insights and a naturalist’s focus on the relationships between humanity and the natural world. He was a writer of both fiction and non-fiction, but is perhaps best known for his non-fiction book on the fragile Arctic, Arctic Dreams (1986), which…

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Posted in Commentary and Reflections

Thoughts on Birthdays

Andy Rooney is credited with saying that “life is like a roll of toilet paper. The closer it gets to the end, the faster it goes.” There is a good deal of truth in that statement whether he said it or not, but there is a big “but” – and…

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We Lost the Line

The second day of the impeachment trial of ex-President Donald Trump focused on recreating the events and timeline of the insurrection on January 6th, 2021. The House managers presentations contained many shocking and terrifying images. But among the elements of those presentations the one that has chilled me most were…

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Posted in Technique and Tips

Better Casting Leads to More Privacy

No fly fisher goes looking for crowds, at least none I’ve met. One of the attractions of the sport is finding a stream or beach where no one else is in the vicinity. A place where the casting and fishing is only a part, even if the greatest part, of…

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The Health Impacts of Climate Change

Cathy Whitlock, PhD, is a paleoecologist at Montana State University in Bozeman. She has written over 200 peer-reviewed articles for scientific journals, and was the lead authorĀ  of the 2017 Montana Climate assessment, that among other findings forecast continued decreasing winter snowpack; increasing numbers of wildland fires; increased forest mortality,…

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COVID-19 Vaccine – First Shot

Through a bit of luck and timing, I got my first COVID-19 vaccine shot (Moderna) yesterday (January 23rd). It only took a drive of 20 miles to Lakewood to get to the facility, but it was a quick and easy trip. On Friday, a family friend informed us that CHI…

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Bernie’s Mittens

When the news has been grim, as it has been for the last year, humor is desperately needed. And thanks to Bernie Sanders, some of that humor has been found. Bernie’s wore mittens, and his only warm jacket, at Biden’s inauguration, and this has become a thing – specifically, a…

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1% for the Planet

I have long admired 1% for the Planet. Founded by Yvon Chouinard (Patagonia) and Craig Matthews (Blue Ribbon Flies) in 2002, its goal was to help protect the planet by giving 1% of each of their annual sales – whether or not profitable – tp the work of environmental protection…

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Posted in Commentary and Reflections

Democracy on a Knife Edge

For a civil society to exist, there has to be agreement on some facts. There can be no democracy without a civil society. So here are a number of facts. Joe Biden was elected as President on November 3rd, 2020 – there was no steal. Without the government and other…

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