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Living in the Plague Year*

(*Daniel Defoe’s A Journal of the Plague Year was published in 1722. It recounts the experiences of one man during the Bubonic Plague in London in the year 1665). If nothing else, the COVID-19 pandemic highlights how we perceive the dynamic nature of time and events. And it will certainly…

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Mister Smith Goes to Alaska

Harry Smith, formerly of CBS News and currently with NBC News, reported on a trip to Alaska where he covered the controversy of the Pebble Mine. This was no puff piece or a screed. His reporting demonstrated clearly the costs to the land, waters, and fish that would result if…

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Autocracy: Rules for Survival

Last night while driving to an appointment I heard Rachel Maddow on Sirius satellite radio discuss a November 2016 article by Masha Gessen related to the forthcoming Trump presidency. Gessen is a Russian-American journalist who has written extensively about Russia under Vladimir Putin. She took both Hillary Clinton and Barack…

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Posted in Environmental

The Beauty of Fish Scales

I came across this post on fish scales (rigid plates that provide protection for the fish). While that may sound like a topic of interest only to an ichthyologist, this is about the aesthetic of fish scales. They are absolutely beautiful. In a world of climate change and climate-change denial…

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Life Lessons from Norman Maclean

Scotch or bourbon – with ice, water or club soda. That’s before dinner and those are your only choices. At least that’s one of the rules for alcoholic drinks Norman Maclean (author of A River Runs Through It) gave writer Rebecca McCarthy in her wonderful remembrance of a summer spent…

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The Eleven Nations

The United States today aren’t – united that is. Riven by partisan conflict, lack of agreement on the role of governance in our society, and a loss of faith in the institutions that provide the structure for society – we seem to be fracturing into separate nations. Some states even…

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Posted in Gear

Patagonia Wader Work Station

Fly fishing at its core is a simple sport. Rod, reel (and if using Tenkara not even a reel), line, leader and fly are all that are needed to begin. Throw in a couple more flies – even though Yvon Chouinard spent a year using only one fly, and a…

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Orvis Moment of Chill

Orvis has released a series of short daily videos for this holiday season that are intended to provide a relaxing time-out from the stresses associated with the holiday season; they work just as much for the sturm und drang of the impeachment season. The video below is the kickoff video…

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Thanksgiving 2019

Thanksgiving is, or at least should be, a time for a reflection and giving thanks for all we have. This year for me has been more intense than any I’ve experienced. As I’ve written about, the majority of this year has been spent recovering from my heart attack on January…

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Now, the Military

As he has done with the Department of Justice and the Department of State, Donald Trump has now corrupted the Department of Defense and the US military. Violating the chain of command and and inserting himself in decisions related to both proven and alleged war crimes means that good order…

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