Posts Tagged ‘prose


The Garden Gate

“Kind hearts are the gardens, Kind thoughts are the roods, Kind words are the flowers, Kind deeds are the fruits. Take care of your garden and keep out the weeds. Fill it with sunshine, kind words and deeds.”

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

“Back on its golden hinges, the gate of memory swings, and my heart goes into the garden and walks with olden things.”

Ella Wheeler Wilcox

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Odd Ramblings: Richard Brautigan, Trout Fishing in America

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This, for me, is part of the fun with blogging. Discoveries beyond the sought after. This morning, I was going to post the above image of a beautiful Rainbow Trout my son Tony caught in Oregon. I noted the spotted, olive back and thought to myself I need to find a quote, poem, something about the beautiful topside of a spotted trout. A long shot I figured.

I started perusing the net for ideas and for some reason I repeatedly came upon links to one Richard Brautigan. Not being particularly well read, I wasn’t sure who this writer was but hey he had written something called Trout Fishing in America. I found a link to many of Brautigan’s writings and was beset with a curious assortment of quotes from what had to be the 60’s. A total throw back for my mind to the Tom Wolfe, Tom Robbins…the wildly poetic, fanciful, different way of saying things, imagining things. It certainly challenged my early morning mindset.

Then I came upon an interesting bio piece on Richard Brautigan on the writing process for Trout Fishing in America that involved fly fishing, camping, travel, writing on an old typewriter and found it most fascinating. Check out the links and explore a bit. The bio is particularly interesting regarding the writing process. More Tragic Brautigan

It is interesting how one thing leads to another and a discovery is made that at a minimum gives momentary delight or perhaps opens the door to something more exploratory in the future.

Aren’t those spots on the Trout’s olive back beautiful. Maybe that’s all I had to say.


No Name Creek Tumbles On

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A no name creek, tumbling along, unknown to most. Much like many souls, daily tumbling through life unnoticed. (I was almost poetic there wasn’t I) Not labeled on a map, etching through a dense forest only recognized far below by a culvert that runs beneath a roadway to the mighty Columbia River.

Deep Pass Gorge Mark O'Connor(Mark O’Connor, Deep Pass Gorge)


Spring Sprung…Winter Has Rung!

Do you remember when Spring

Sprung to wipe away the Winter doldrums

Well now Winter has Rung

And the Colors are harder to see

As the Cold closes in

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SwittersB Spreading the Good JuJu

Recently, I have been blessed to be the recipient of a few awards that recognize what a razzle-dazzle guy SwittersB is. Yesterday, Nicole at NMNPHX nominated me for the One Lovely Blog Award. Now lately, I have been receiving these nods of approval and I have to say that it is satisfying to be acknowledged, but a bit humbling given how many creative writers, photographers, innovators there are out there. So thank you Nicole…very much.

That said, I have some followup requirements to see through: tell you a few unsolicited /quirky things about SwittersB and to point toward other notable, inspiring blogs that are equally One Lovely Blog and deserving of an award.

Some Titillating (well maybe they shouldn’t be titillating) Tidbits about SwittersB:

1. My two most favorite places to camp are East Lake (Oregon) & Leighton Lake (B.C.). I have many others, but settled upon those two.

2. I do not care for liver & onions, squash, yams, sushi or cauliflower.

3. I am quite allergic to Penny the Cat, but endure the symptoms because she is so sweet.

4. I become ill at the mere mention of Judge Judy, let alone hearing her voice.

5. I love old movies from the 1940’s, particularly Film Noir.

6. My photography goals: better understand depth of field and do better macro work that makes you go ‘wow, he finally figured it out’.

7. Few food items rise to a medium rare steak and beer (the minute I hear vegan I think of brusel sprouts).

Now here is where I point toward other enjoyable blogs and nominate them for the One Lovely Blog Award.1. The Wanderlust Gene  2. Water Color Candy  3. Creativity Aroused  4. This Little Light  5. Cindy’s Cancers 6.Living and Lovin 7. Dogs Make Everything Better


Writings: Hot Flashes & Plucking At Wisps of Nature

  I came upon this wonderful piece of writing The Auguries of Innocence, over at Under Our Boot Soles. Give it a read and enjoy the humor, provocation of thought about nature and what is wild. Most people that visit this site are hell bent on getting as far from human contact as possible while wetting a line. Yet, I think most are equally capable of patiently indulging the back yard garden, tending to some live planting or admiring the changing leaves in a city park. It is good we slow down enough to enjoy the present rather than suffer wanderlust so often we look past the beauty, the ‘wilderness’ that was before us. Enjoy the link and be thankful if you don’t suffer hot flashes, because your Summers will be filled with relentless air conditioning and your Winters with open windows. 


The Take (The Prelude)


The Take. A tap, a smack, a pull somewhere from deep below or up on top. The rod bends, the line stretches, the pulse quickens. The swirl at the top, the first glimpse. A routine fish or an epic memory unfolding? How nice if one can take in the beauty, the angles ‘the moment’ rather than only worry about the mechanics of it all. The water’s surface is always a changing canvas of motion. Here a beautiful disruption between shadows and light, on the edge of giving delight.



A Photo & Prose: You Should Slow Down

How much we look at that time piece in anticipation of the next block of time we must accommodate. Looking ahead often means we ignore the present. Do that over and over, and much is missed.



Life: In The Crucible……………….

“The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.” Elisabeth Kübler-Ross

In one of those quiet rooms in a hospital; down the hallway from some harsh reality. SwittersB

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