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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 […]

‘Boo in the Mist

January 29, 2016


A Word You Don’t Hear Much Anymore I have a good friend, Tavish, a beer drinking/fly fishing/photography buddy. He’s one of the people who followed me up the Elwah. Recently his dad, Bill,  gave him an old fly rod that was in turn acquired from Bills’s neighbor’s grandfather years ago. Although Bill fished the rod […]

Finding Buddha on the Sauk

January 28, 2016


What Do You Mean You Cannot Buy Beer Before 6 AM? I work like a dog between two jobs and never get to do any of the things that I’m working so hard to get to do. Been there? So when my buddy Buddha (I have many metaphysical friends) posts about fishing the Sauk on […]

The World Needs More Poutine

October 28, 2015


“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.” Anne of Green Gables I don’t care what that old poet said, October is the cruelest month, because here in Washington,  October brings 4 species of salmon, sea-run cutthroat trout, and steelhead into the rivers.  The native trout feel the hunger of winter […]

The Balefire Servers’ Manual

September 6, 2015


Have a chance to think about another space, and then last night a good friend pulled out a bottle of Balefire pyment, was pretty sure that was all gone. So, I’ve been dusting off and looking at some old documents. When you aren’t ready for it, it’s hard to tell good luck from bad. When […]

Thoreau’s A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers

November 4, 2014


Banner image is an abandoned mill on the Winnepesaukee River, just upstream of the Merrimack. I’ve never caught anything but bass in these wild waters. Click for full-sized image. The Long-Lost Battle of Anadromous Conservation Recently, I picked up a book by Thoreau, A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers, partly because it’s been […]