Once upon a time I didn’t need a reason to go fishing. It was compelling, exciting, mysterious and what I’d learned from my dad to do with free time. I just wanted to see the bobber dive and feel a heavy pulse on the line. There was joy in catching bluegills and trout and […]Read more "Why We Fish"
About a year ago I wrote a piece that is still one of my own favorite articles. Unfortunately, editors didn’t love it as much as I did and so it never found a home beyond my computer. Maybe I just didn’t do a good job of placing it. It seems the best I can do […]Read more "Libertarian Park 2"
About a year ago I wrote a piece that still is one of my own favorite articles, Libertarian Park. Unfortunately, editors didn’t love it as much as I did and so it never found a home beyond my computer. Maybe I just didn’t do a good job of placing it. It seems the […]Read more "Libertarian Park 1"
I hope that people who attempt to read The Dying Fish will see it through to the end. The simple-minded first half, chronicling day to day life in the woods, is setting the stage for something grander in the second half. Hopefully, something worth your time. A few years back, I picked up a […]Read more "Aldo Leopold Revisited"
The morning’s run actually began with a walk, just trying to loosen up the legs after last night’s speed lap around North Park here in the Pittsburgh suburbs. The run also began with rain. Pavement passed under my feet through the first mile and a half, the rain splashing loudly and heading quickly to the […]Read more "The Life Aquatic"
I titled this piece “Exploratory Fishing” but I probably could have just called it “Fishing.” Almost all of my fishing is exploratory because the very joy of the sport is the search for new places to wet a line and determination of who hides just below the reflective surface. Yesterday morning began with a rushed […]Read more "Exploratory Fishing"
Last time around I began to offer an opinion on global warming, a subject of great interest to me and great importance to many lifeforms such as the brook trout. I proposed 3 distinct central questions that really need to be dealt with instead of simply opining that you do or do not believe in […]Read more "Change"