“Mike is coming Sunday,” Marc told us as he headed back to his apartment. “Cool,” I said. “Looking forward to it.” Mike would be Mike Snyder of WildWise Botanicals. Marc is our oldest son who became involved in clearing an … Read More


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Isn’t it wonderful when things work out? The past year and a half Jan and I have been Covid hermits. We even had the bug early on and we are vaccinated but we have been spending a lot of our … Read More

Soups On

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I’ve told this story before. But this summer is another summer of gold so I’m taking another stab at it. The chanterelle mushroom. The spots of bright gold pop up through the moss in our yards as if Jesse James … Read More


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There was a time when I didn’t know what the hell I was going to do. I was LOST. I had met Jan and given up the rock and roll highway. Now, what was I going to do? I had … Read More

The Path

When Jan and I decided to build a house we had no idea of the journey we were about to embark on. We knew we wanted to live in the woods and I wanted a place that had some kind … Read More

Butterfly Garden

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Here come the machines. Marc hurried into the house to tell me there were people marking our trees. “Here we go again,” I  thought to myself. Time to plead with the power company not to cut a 30-foot path through … Read More

Folk Song

We had arrived at the gravel bar but Ralph was nowhere to be found. We went to the low water slab that crossed Huzzah Creek, stuck our heads over the side and hollered ”Ralph are you down there?” It took … Read More


We were in Colorado’s Flat. Top Mountains when a large flock of sheep stopped us in the middle of the dusty road back to Oak Creek. Billy and I had spent the afternoon trying to catch a brook trout in the … Read More


The morning breeze was warm and full of promise as our guide pulled a fly out of my fly box. He smiled at me and said in his jubilant Yucatan drawl “This is good fly” he laughed. “Good for nothing.” That … Read More

Summer Gold

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It was a late afternoon in a favorite parking lot on Current River when I ran into Mark Wagner, one of my fly fishing companions. We exchanged the usual kind of river information when Mark said he wasn’t really there to … Read More

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