Posted in Commentary and Reflections

Land of the Free and the Home of Mass Murder

Between yesterday and early this morning there were two more mass shootings, with at least 29 dead and dozens more wounded. The shooter surrendered in El Paso, while he was among the dead in Dayton. In both instances, it appears the shooter was an angry young white man who used…

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Posted in Commentary and Reflections Environmental

EPA Fails to Protect Bristol Bay

The political appointees in the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) this week withdrew proposed Clean Water Act safeguards for Bristol Bay. This action reverses years-long efforts by the EPA that began with the start of a study in 2010 and culminated with proposed standards in 2014 that would have protected Bristol…

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Blues Plus 52

The St. Louis I grew up in was always a baseball town – still is.  But there were other professional teams in football and basketball – though in neither sport was the team history as long in St. Louis or as storied as the baseball Cardinals. The Cardinals football team…

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The Road Back: Sound to Narrows

I’ve written about my heart attack in January and my journey to recovery. This is another report on that journey, but one that is brighter and marks what feels like a personal accomplishment. My wife and I joined a group of our friends yesterday for the Sound to Narrows race;…

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In the Heart of the Rockies

Conservation Hawks has released a new film that focuses on the northern Rocky Mountains, from Yellowstone north towards Glacier National Park. Known for its mountains, rivers, wildlife and amazing natural beauty, the area faces the threats of climate change as does everywhere else. “In The Heart Of The Rockies” looks…

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Notes on the Road to Recovery

It’s now been a a few weeks past three months since my heart attack. As I indicated in my first post, there were some bumps on the road to recovery, specifically my second hospitalization and a couple visits to the emergency room. All were due to fluid problems in the…

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A Heart’s Journey

There are moments when the conceits and distractions of our lives are ripped away. In those moments we confront the realities of our own existence. Such a moment occurred for me on January 22nd, 2019. On that day, I had a heart attack. Even now, many weeks later, there is…

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Posted in Commentary and Reflections Technique and Tips

Form in Fly Casting and Life

I work out at the local YMCA four times per week. Two of the days I do TRX. TRX, which is a suspension trainer, looks to be a simple and straightforward apparatus for exercise. However, as I caution students when I’m instructing (I’m on the volunteer staff), it is a…

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Posted in Gear

Hooks for Local Saltwater

Justin Waters is a fly-fishing guide on Hood Canal and is the owner of All-Waters Fly Fishing. I met Justin when he worked at the Gig Harbor Fly Shop. I’ve always been grateful to Justin for the information he has always been willing to share. In particular, he was the…

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Choosing Christmas: 2018

A friend of mine told me last week he would be glad when Christmas has come and gone. I can understand his point. Christmas lights and other decorations began showing up in stores in October. Christmas music has been playing for just about as long on some radio stations, and…

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