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Something greater perhaps…

“With Nature as the symbol of all of harmony and beauty that is known to man…where the Reign of Mystery supersedes the Reign of Law.” Henry Drummond (Snake River, Idaho)



Sincerely listen beyond the rhetoric…

‘If we could all hear one another’s prayers, God might be relieved of some of his burdens.’ Ashleigh Brilliant


tall firs in a Portland…

Oregon park (Sellwood)

“The forest is not merely an expression or representation of sacredness, the forest is sacredness itself. Nature is not merely created by God, nature is God.” Richard Nelson

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happy ground cover…

“Flowers are the sweetest things God ever made, and forgot to put a soul into.” 

Henry Beecher, Life Thoughts, 1858



Seeking strength to….

“The world breaks every one and afterward many are strong at the broken places.”

Ernest Hemingway


Have you ever sat in one of those hospital quiet rooms with windows that afford a view? Places you go to collect your wits, your focus, your (their) reality. Serious events are unfolding, life wobbles in the moment. Death looms. You look outward, upward and you pray toward what you daily ignore or take for granted. Now you pray and ask for life, mercy, easing of pain, strength for you to endure what is surely coming in the days….the hours ahead.

Afterwards, after the punch in the gut, the jolt to the heart, the reeling then numbness of loss, do you think to revisit that place in you that made you look up and ask something beyond the reality of the moment? No, probably back to the old self sufficient, positive thinking, self actualization mantras. Well be assured someday again you will be staring out that window, somewhere, and yet again asking for strength and courage beyond all the positive self promotions.  Forewarned is forearmed.

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Damaged, but new growth is possible….

“Miracles… seem to me to rest not so much upon… healing power coming suddenly near us from afar but upon our perceptions being made finer, so that, for a moment, our eyes can see and our ears can hear what is there around us always.”    Willa Cather, Death Comes For the Archbishop



Amen Brother

“I carry my own church about under my own hat, said I. Bricks and mortar won’t make a staircase to heaven. I believe with your Master that the human heart is the best temple.” Arthur Conan Doyle

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True Religion of the Outdoors: Step Toward the Light

“Outdoor adventure and other recreational practices can express, evoke, and reinforce religious perceptions and orientations to natural and social worlds. Some participants in them understand nature itself to be sacred in some way and believe that facilitating human connections to nature is the most important aspect of their chosen practice. Such activities can be construed by scholars as “nature religion,” and profitably analyzed by comparing characteristics commonly associated with religion to the beliefs and practices of participants engaged in these activities.”

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“Aquatic Nature Religion” three case studies that explore the religious, or religion-resembling aspects, of surfing, fly fishing, and whitewater kayaking. These studies provocatively ….conventional understandings of religion and pose anew the boundary question: Where does religion end and phenomena that are not religious begin?” Bron Raymond Taylor

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“Nature worship is often considered the primitive source of modern religious beliefs and can be found….Common to most forms of nature worship is a spiritual focus on the individual’s connection and influence on some aspects of the natural world and reverence towards it.”  (Wiki)

In its simplest manifestations for me, the outdoors is a sanctuary that renews, provides some indefinable spirituality and draws me more than any four walls of a church. I am not attempting to compete with formal religion or some Gaia/Pagan fantasy nor present the fervor of an ecobot.


I simply derive the strength and clarity for life from being outdoors more often than not. A True Religion for me and for many in my extended family. Whether it is fly fishing, hiking, backpacking, gardening or photography, being away from the pavement, urban sounds and the clock is an open door toward peace of mind and heart. 

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Nature….A Sacred Place

I feel sorry for those cut off from Nature. I feel sorry for those that use it as a vehicle to infringe upon my Liberty while professing to cherish it. A balance seems needed by those that trample upon Nature and those that trample upon Liberty. Lest you think the well intentioned fanatics on either end are a bit confused…I believe not. The intent is controlling some aspect of your life. I have had enough of the planners and glassy eyed believers. I have had enough of the abusers. Both sides need to wake up.

Came upon this in a park in Fairview, Oregon during the family’s Easter celebration nearby. To me, ‘Sacred’ means respect and reverence and a lot less noise.


Every Day In May Topic: Fish Philosophy

I fish to connect. I strive, of course, to connect the fly to the fish. But also, to connect with my spiritual side, my predatory side, just more of me. Over the years, ‘me’ has blurred and faded where it shouldn’t. Fly fishing has always brought degrees of clarity.

Fly fishing is observation, exploration and movement. While I take a place in my ‘chapel’ I settle in and look about. I say my prayers and attempt to become at one with beauty, with the purpose, with my place in all this. It is so much easier there.

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Yes, I love the big fish…the fine specimen. But, I marvel at the little gems as well that lay across your palm waiting for the hook’s removal. I will admit to a hierarchy of preferred fish, but I enjoy them all and would love to expand the variety some day.

I am predominantly a Catch and Release fly fisher. Wild is sacred. Hatchery more often than not gets a pass because beyond a little salmon, sturgeon, halibut & fish and chips, I don’t eat much fish. Do I kill fish? Yes, rarely. Coming back from Sitka, I’ve got the freezer box full of a little bit of Kings, Silvers, Sea Bass and Halibut. Notice I said a little bit. I’ve brought too much fish home before. Even after giving lots away and eating some, I still ended up with freezer burned fish. That is a waste. I just don’t feel the urge to kill a few fish, gut them and fry them up. I did as a kid, but stopped along the way after I’d kill the first fish and then not catch another one all day or the next. Seemed unnecessary, silly even. The put ‘n take fisheries encourage such nonsense.

The Quick Release…usually on the fish’s terms.

I guess that, in a circuitous route, points to my ‘fish philosophy’: at peace on the water, respect for the resource, connected to self and to something bigger.

Tomorrow’s Every Day in May Challenge Topic: Achievements (The Final Day…Whew!) 

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