Archive for July 10th, 2014

10
Jul
14

Running wires to…………

“Every time I hear a politician use the word ‘stimulus’ my mind flashes back to high school biology class, when I touched battery wires to a dead frog and made it twitch.” Robert Kiyosaki

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10
Jul
14

Beauty’s Shadow Pulls My Eyes

Brilliant beauty on the one hand saturates my eyes, while beauty’s shadow darkens the wall over there. Both of the same beauty, must I pick one or the other? Dear Dahlia don’t be jealous.

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10
Jul
14

Life’s Memories: I owe it all to Lenny

old garage-vintage-image-photography-SwittersBI was in the old neighborhood, where I spent my younger years (7-21 y/o) today. As I turned up the street, I immediately recalled why I owed Lenny. 

Some years ago, in this blog, I mentioned that Lenny partly got me into fly fishing by supplying me my very first fly (a Tied Down Caddis). Yes, Lenny helped prime the pump in my early years with the flies and my Dad bought me a J.C. Higgins (Ted Williams addition) fly/spin combo rod/reel at Sears & Roebuck. That I do owe Lenny for.

But, the images of the old garage and the old archway reminded me of another reason I use to owe Lenny. The garage and the archway were once covered with ivy. One day walking home from school, Lenny being far more observant than me, noted two yellow jacket nests, one in each growth of ivy at the top of the aforementioned structures. Lenny, the ever adventurous ‘friend’ walked over to the garage and picked up a stick and commenced to jabbing at the nest. I stood across the street dumb struck by his crazy courage. He turned and walked up to the archway and jabbed at the nest there.

Lenny unleashed a mighty storm of yellow jackets that were not the least bit interested in him, but rather made a ‘bee line’ en masse across the street and commenced to attacking me. Off I ran screaming, yelling, crying, frothing toward home which was a good hundred yards up the street. All along the way, I was continually stung and Lenny, bringing up the rear, was not.

My Mom and a neighbor lady arrived and with garden hose hosed me down and eventually freed me of the yellow jackets and my clothing. Pain, shock, humiliation and a huge dose of anger for Lenny were my conditions. I swelled up, I was miserable and I wanted Lenny to pay. In the end, his life’s decisions caught up with him and he paid in many unfortunate ways.

I owe Lenny for the fly fishing and I guess I don’t feel the need to owe him for the yellow jackets. The stings came first and the outdoor pursuits came later. Later Lenny often ran afoul of his parents, school authorities and later the law. But, I always think of Lenny first and foremost about fly fishing and today it was more the yellow jackets.

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10
Jul
14

Morning Renewal

Early Morning in the Garden

The sun is low, the sounds save the chirping birds and cawing crows are muted. I survey the beds, the blooms, the orderliness of it all always under siege from the weeds…’where did they come from over night?’…it is a peaceful time that also lets you self assess your mind, your heart, your body. As I water the plants, I seem to tend to me as well. Is everything really alright? Peace and love to all seems right this morning.

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10
Jul
14

Practicing Night Photography

My good friend Joe at Impulsive Snapshots is focusing on the Moon as it comes full. How cool

10
Jul
14

RAJU’s Salvation: Wildlife SOS

SAVING RAJU…HEARTWARMING DON’T YOU THINK?

raju




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