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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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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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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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Posted in Commentary and Reflections Environmental

Memory and The Return of Chum Salmon

Distractions abound in contemporary society with the increasing depravity in most aspects of public life – think big time business, entertainment, politics, and sport. And now that it’s almost December, the endless ads for luxury cars, snooping servants masquerading as home electronics, and Christmas music that has been playing in…

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A November Morning

There are times when one is reminded that life is fragile and fleeting. Tuesday, two days ago, was one such day. I came downstairs with the dogs a bit after 6 AM. As I looked out the window, I saw two fire trucks and the Medic One ambulance.  Given their…

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A Wedding Message for Kayte and Nate

Last weekend, Terri and I traveled to St. Louis to attend the wedding of my niece Kayte to her fiancé, Nate. While there was no opportunity to offer my thoughts on their marriage there, I decided to write them here. Kayte, the first time I saw you I think you…

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Social Security Scare Tactics for Younger Workers

The owners, the rich elites who own this country and have been waging various wars of terror on the American people since this country’s founding, are doing what they’ve always done of playing one group off the other while they increase their already obscene amounts of wealth. One of their…

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A Belated Remembrance

Everyone we know or have known, at least for more than just a casual acquaintance, touches us in ways that we may not always understand at the time. Memories of those we have known fade into dim recesses, remaining forgotten until an event or circumstance triggers a flood of memories…

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Thank You for Your Service

Today is Memorial Day. Memorial Day has its roots in a time before the American Civil War. Families in the rural south conducted religious services and picnics in family graveyards, where the graves were decorated with flowers. The first ceremony related to the Civil War occurred in June 1861 in…

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Social Media, Ambassadors, and Hero Shots

I came across an opinion piece in the Sweetwater Now, written by the owner of the Wyoming Fishing Company in southwest Wyoming. I’ve not read an opinion piece related to fly fishing so pointed in its criticism of a specific individual. And that’s what I think makes me uncomfortable. The…

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