One Cast, Two Fish Story

Its not often a fish is caught on the first cast. Two fish with one cast is, well, unusual and has the makings of another fish tale. This one is special as it’s one of dad’s oft fished lakes. It’s still hard to think that while I was fishing, dad was taking his last breaths.Continue reading “One Cast, Two Fish Story”

A Snowblowing Life Principle That Works

  Please follow this flowing stream of words around a few bends of thought. The southernmost neighbor asked a friend if he could use his tractor and snow blower for our driveway. I think he saved us all a lot of money. I sent him a text “hey neighbor, awesome job blowing out the drive. IContinue reading “A Snowblowing Life Principle That Works”

I’m in Chaage (yep, totally in charge)

Chaage: my young grandsons word for Charge This morning seemed like a good time to shovel some snow off the roof. It’s knee deep up there and the skylights are covered. There is heat loss around a skylight, ice dams build up and any melting water backs up under the shingles and leaks into theContinue reading “I’m in Chaage (yep, totally in charge)”

A Good Morning From Northern Wisconsin

My morning reading, prayer and meditation time was interrupted when I looked out the window. My first thought as if a voice whispered in my ear… “you can share this with the world”. My second thought “I only have my sleep shorts on. 99 seconds later my camera was on a tripod and I wasContinue reading “A Good Morning From Northern Wisconsin”

The Beholden

Counter to popular opinion it’s there weather (intended) anyone validates the event or not. If a tree falls in the forest…Yes it made a sound. Yes I caught a big fish; quite a few actually. Maybe the bigger questions: “Do we look?” Where does importance lie? With us? A whole lot of people saw thisContinue reading “The Beholden”

What does -20F look like?

Words and numbers tend to be abstract to most of us unless we have been there. Stories help and pictures even more. I remember a wide eyed 15 year old kid at a gas station in Georgia asking me to roll my window down and saying “you guys are never going to believe this butContinue reading “What does -20F look like?”

Just Add Frosting

I’m not cutting this weed today; it’s too pretty. Every object seems oddly beautiful dressed in white. The freezing temperatures mixed with a warm heavy fog created thick blankets of stunning crystals. For this event, all wears white! I threw a camera into the car, drove and shot, admired the white world, and 166 picturesContinue reading “Just Add Frosting”

Go Dangerous

It’s now trout season and the hunt will be on for some rainbows and maybe a brown or some square tails through the ice. Who is with me for another adventure? This is much more than a fishing obsession. It’s more about adventure, living on the edge, and venturing into dangerous territories of life. Let’sContinue reading “Go Dangerous”

Enter the Mentored Mentor

It’s Sunday afternoon with a couple of hours of bright sunlight left. My wife is in a novel for a while, it’s unseasonably warm and the day is too good to stay inside. What does one do in January in northern Minnesota? The list isn’t very long in my case. I do have several passions,Continue reading “Enter the Mentored Mentor”

Ice Fishing and Christmas

New ice in northern Minnesota. Literally a thin skin on the water with unbelievable strength. Four inches of clear ice and a small car can drive on it (if there are no cracks, thin spots, snow ice, no wind to buckle it, no springs underneath, you don’t drive too fast, and other unforeseen issues)  ifContinue reading “Ice Fishing and Christmas”