Browsing All Posts filed under »Essays«

Dandelion Wine – Wake Up and Live

January 18, 2017


Some authors I read all at once, some I parse out over a lifetime, knowing they will write no more, savoring it like a case of wine you sample from every decade or so, appreciating each new sip more than the last. Ray Bradbury is one of those authors. How he feels about  Waukeegan, is […]

My First Rod

June 24, 2016


Thanks to Mike Sepelak for the image.  Check out his blog: My first rod was a lifetime in coming. When I was in high school, my dad and his work buddies started taking an annual fishing trip upstate, and they decided I was of age to do man stuff. In preparation for this trip […]

Shooting Bellevue

May 23, 2016


In Search of a City’s Soul My new job is in downtown Bellevue. Geographically Bellevue is to Seattle as Oakland is to San Francisco. However, Bellevue is a little more upscale. From the freeway, I always thought the shiny glass buildings set on the horizon amongst the trees looked a movie set that Godzilla was […]

Storycrafting 2 – Assembling a Story

May 16, 2016


In which I pontificate out loud hoping that if I can’t solve your story problems, at least I can solve mine. Storycrafting 1 Dream Storming Almost all of my stories start with dreams. Only recently have I been able to consciously craft a story from an idea. For example, a while ago I was in […]

Storycrafting 1 – The Hero’s Journey

May 14, 2016


Just some ramblings about other peoples’ good works and how to apply them to the things you might be trying to do. I was talking to a friend of mine who had a premise and was interested in turning that into a story. So he asked me if I had any “story outlines.” Of course […]

The Land of Dreams

May 13, 2016


What Happened to the American Dream? Years ago I was in Moscow teaching Aikido. I was actually had my 25th  birthday there. I remember it because that was the day Boris Yeltsin got elected and all of my friends sang “Happy Birthday” to me, in English, but not the old standard − they sang the […]

73 Fly Fishing Blogs

February 21, 2016


I got invited recently to a closed Facebook group, Fly Fishing Bloggers. On that page is an Excel spreadsheet listing bloggers and their blogs. I thought this was interesting information, but hard to access and impossible for  general audiences to find. Therefore, I thought since somebody else had done a lot of the work (thank […]