Reflections on Ice

I took my snow boot liners out for washing and the boots themselves went in the shower. The sled’s about to be locked away in the basement. This week the tip-ups and jig lines will be worked over in preparation for next season. All in all, I’m just saying that the ice fishing season has […]

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Serenity Now

I stumbled downhill through the persistent snow that still blanketed the forest floor here on the lake’s south slope. It wasn’t really easy to get the big sled down here without a trail but that’s what keeps this spot mine alone all winter long.     I had little light left and I would reach […]

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The Spiders of January

      “Watch out for spiders!” Susan warned as I left to go ice fishing a few days ago. She knows the history of arachnids that sneak into camp and into sleeping bags when least expected. Yes, even in mid-winter. But it was particularly cold today, the high only reaching about 20. I wasn’t […]

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Longing for Ice

  When I was a little kid in Newfoundland, Canada, I followed dad on the adventures he thought we should go on – adventures to far off places and strange country that I now know were neither far off nor all that strange. We went up and down streams for mud trout, drove down to […]

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Minnesota

It’s a land of 10,000 lakes, a place of resurgent wildlife and a place of grand summer vacations. Almost no-one goes there who doesn’t have to between November and April. I’m leaving for Minnesota in a little less than two weeks. I feel compelled to test the limits once again and attempt a long-distance solo […]

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A Captive to my Art

Well, it’s about like I’d said last time. I’m chained to the writing desk, trying to fulfill the commitment I’ve made to the few out there awaiting a book, a commitment to have a volume available during the month of March. To be honest though, I’m not even sure at this point when exactly The […]

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Travels in Civilization

I’m just in from a week on Long Island, having my book scrutinized, economized and criticized by good friends. I should be bold enough now to seek out some criticism from those who are not friends. Aside from the practical aspects of the trip, it’s always good to spend time with the Kohl family who […]

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