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Sunday
Apr222018

'Bad' Weather

Not surprisingly, raging storms account for some of my most vivid memories. Perhaps at the top of the list is the time I watched softball-size hail pound down, only to bounce 10 or 15 feet into the air. Yes, it caused all kinds of damage to homes and cars, including my own. Yet I felt privileged to see what most people haven’t and never will: the spectacular consequence of updrafts pushing hailstones back up through thunderclouds until they grew to almost four inches in diameter, before pelting the Earth with a fury that seems almost—but is not— malevolent.

Yes, indeed, weather can be dangerous. But it isn’t “bad.” Weather is what it is: A meteorological symphony orchestrated by nature and a reminder that, as much as we would like to think otherwise, we are not in control around here.

I love “bad weather,” as long as I’m not in danger from a tornado or hurricane. I love the crack of thunder and the flash of lightning. I love snow that blows sideways and ice pellets that rattle off the windows. I love the showy side of nature. And, even though I’m not a student or a teacher anymore, I still feel a little tingle of joy when I hear snow days announced on the radio. Maybe there’s something to that Pavlov theory after all.

Excerpt from Fish, Frogs, and Fireflies: Growing Up With Nature. Photos are mine, as was the decked crunched by huge branch from an old oak tree.

Friday
Apr202018

Decisions. Decisions. I think that I'll just buy all three.

Sunday
Apr082018

Reviews At Amazon For My Books

Better Bass Fishing: "Probably one of the best books ever written on bass fishing. I got more out of this book than I have the last 10 books I have read on the subject. I would love for the author to follow up with a 2nd book on bass. I recommend this book to anyone who wants to fish for bass or even those of us who have been for many years. There's something for everyone in this book."

Why We Fish: "I read this book about 1/2 way through, then ordered 4 more. I gave them, as gifts, to friends. Some of the contributors are folks I hold in very high regard, as well as Mr. Montgomery himself. I keep referring back to certain passages occasionally, primarily to gain insight from someone else's perspective. I do recommend this book. My friends have thanked me several times."

Fish, Frogs, and Fireflies: "This book was amazing - perfect summer reading for adults and kids alike! I read it first and enjoyed it and then we read it as a family at bedtime with our 7-year-old, taking turns reading chapters. His favorite chapter was about the toads escaping and he is still giggling about some of the other stories too. It brings back so many childhood memories - back when the outdoors meant so much more. I'm so glad we read it - and we will re-read it - lest we forget. We laughed (and cried...bringing Mom up the mountain!) and I'm so happy to have been introduced to this wonderful book."

Friday
Mar232018

Why We Fish:

We don't live to fish; we fish to live.

Monday
Mar192018

Kids Know Why We Fish: It's Fun!