Why is constantly changing. The reason is different each day, each moment. It can mean so much, and be so simple, fix so much in the heart.
Imagine a stream seventy yards broad divided by a pebbly island, running over seductive riffles and swirling into deep, quiet pools where the good salmon goes to smoke his pipe after meals. Set such a stream amid fields of breast-high crops surrounded by hills of pine, throw in where you please quiet water, log-fenced meadows, and a hundred-foot bluff just to keep the scenery from growing too monotonous, and you will get some faint notion of the Clackamas. -Rudyard Kipling
The Deschutes River is one of the crown jewels of Oregon . It has a blue-ribbon rainbow trout fishery, and its summer steelheading is among the best anywhere. -Scott Richmond
My worst day of flyfishing was better than my best day at work- bumper sticker.
" In our family, there was no clear line between religion and fly fishing"
Norman Maclean (1976)
"Many of us probably would be better fishermen if we did not spend so much time watching and waiting for the world to become perfect."
-- Norman Maclean- A River Runs Through It
"Trout waters can be very personal places. The best trout streams are the ones you grow up with and then grow old with. Eventually they become like a familiar shotgun, or a faithful old setter, or a comfortable pair of shoes."
from "Upon the Earth Below" by Gordon MacQuarrie
THE STARFISH POEM
Once upon a time there was a wise man
who used to go to the ocean
to do his writing.
He had a habit of walking
on the beach
before he began his work.
One day he was walking along
As he looked down the beach,
he saw a human
figure moving like a dancer.
He smiled to himself to think
of someone who would
dance to the day.
So he began to walk faster
to catch up.
As he got closer, he saw
that it was a young man
and the young man wasn't dancing,
but instead he was reaching
down to the shore,
picking up something
and very gently throwing it
into the ocean.
As he got closer he called out,
"Good morning! What are you doing?"
The young man paused,
looked up and replied,
"Throwing starfish in the ocean."
"I guess I should have asked,
why are you throwing starfish in the ocean?"
"The sun is up and the tide is going out.
And if I don't throw them in they'll die."
"But, young man, don't you realize that
there are miles and miles of beach
and starfish all along it.
You can't possibly make a difference!"
The young man listened politely.
Then bent down, picked up another starfish
and threw it into the sea,
past the breaking waves and said-
"It made a difference for that one."
"I wake up every morning determined both to change the world and have one hell of a good time. Sometimes this makes planning the day a little difficult."
-- E.B. White
"Responsibility is the price of greatness."
-- Winston Churchill.
"I want to live deep and suck the marrow out of life."
-- Henry David Thoreau
"there are NO ordinary moments"
-- Dan Milman