reflections from the belly of the whale

This could be titled Phlegm 3, but I got tired of the nasty connotations of that word. As I have sat at home today, thinking, praying, pondering, and being generally disgusted at how little I can do, I had these thoughts, mostly as a result of my time in the hospital. If I am physically... Continue Reading →

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release

It has been so long since I've visited a troutstream, I've almost forgotten the wonder of it. So in order to remind myself, I went back to an old post:, exercitatione: As the sun rises the mist morphs from pink to a dull white turning brighter as it moves downstream to the sun. All the... Continue Reading →

invisible (not all just a lie)

So. Some things cannot be seen by the naked eye. Some naked eyes choose not to see. Some others choose not to be seen. There's quite a vicious cycle in there somewhere. This is the root of politicians and pundits feeding the public "alternative facts," "fake news," and "revisionist history." When people choose not to... Continue Reading →

invisible (to the other guy)

How many people have either wondered if they were, or wished they were, or maybe wished they were not, invisible, at one point or another? That one girl or guy that doesn't seem to know you exist; that car that pulls into your laneĀ as though you weren't in it; or that gathering where you're standing... Continue Reading →

yellowstone musings – 5

Last night we stayed in a rustic cabin at Colter Bay, Grand Teton National Park. No tv, no wifi, no radio, no cell service. Glorious. It has a metal roof, so when a shower comes through the valley, we enjoy the audio benefits without the downside of being cold, wet or miserable. And we engage... Continue Reading →

yellowstone musings – 4

Our next stop would be the most fascinating yet. Given the source of what we were witnessing, I repeatedly wondered how Dante Alighieri would have described it. We saw multitudes of hydrothermal land features: geysers, vents, fumaroles, boiling ponds, paint pots. Ridiculous. Colorful. All the result of the fact that thousands of feet below was... Continue Reading →

yellowstone musings – 3

Our first encounter with bison was our sighting of a small herd snacking at a stream in a valley. Calves were frolicking around the huge beasts without a care that there were cars lined up on the road above to gawk and wonder how close they could get with their respective soul-grabbing devices. The Tetunka... Continue Reading →

yellowstone musings – 2

I awakened to sunlight streaming through the blinds at 5:47 a.m., and made sausage and egg biscuits for MCL as they got up and began readying for the day. I think I woke up at least 4 times to use the bathroom in the night, and on the last trip I may have broken my... Continue Reading →

yellowstone musings – 1

Family Vacation. The phrase divines images of rv's, wood sided station wagons, rambunctious kids, Chevy Chase and Christie Brinkley, and lifelong memories - good and bad. One of the top bucket list destinations for the classic family vacation is Yellowstone National Park. Halfway between the equator and the North Pole, if a nature lover thought... Continue Reading →

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