Take a look at the pic above. A close one, and focus at the middle of the pool just below the horizontal line of white water, just below the good sized rock. See any trout? Peer more closely, but you won’t see any. But trout are swimming in that water. I know, because I pulled one out of there a few weeks ago.At least 90% of the trout I catch I never see, until ...Read More
I’m a decent stream fisherman for trout. On my last Sierra trip, in 13 hours of fishing I pulled in 43 trout, some up to 15”. That’s pretty good for smaller Sierra streams. No brag, just fact. (Kudos to the first that gets that allusion about “no brag”). Then came McGee Creek.Read More
Mike Scott, a friend from high school daze, took this pic of a New Mexico sunrise when he had to get up. Sunrises and sunsets so blend beauty and brevity. Their glory changes almost by the second—I’ve often called Sheila to see one, and in the 20 seconds before she gets there it’s changed, or gone. That’s life—as slow as it seems to go looking ahead, it’s fast in the passing. When I ...Read More
Does the difference between how you appear on the outside contradict what you value on the inside? Most of us have a gap there, where these two contradict one another. Back in college, I contemplated suicide because I couldn’t figure out which was the real me. My heart that loved God, or my behavior that denied my stated faith? Then a recent event reminded me ...Read More
A cheap plaster of Paris plaque, much like the one above, imprinted on my values early one. Just 2” X 3” at most, dark brown. But I believed it, tried to live it, and certainly saw it occur. Then yesterday a friend Donna posted a quote from Mother Teresa, “I used to believe that prayer changes things. Now I know that prayer changes us and we change things.”A nice discussion followed with diverging ideas, where ...Read More
Our biker crew recently rode through Las Vegas on I-15 with the temp a bit above 100, and in a strange manner, I enjoyed the warmth. I tried to remember that a few days later when we pulled out of Alpine WY with the temp at 30, but it soon dropped to 28, and stayed like that for an hour. In a strange manner, I embraced that too. We drove past a lot of alfalfa fields, many newly mown, and the scent reminded me of the hay barn at our old family farm.Half a mile before we saw the truck, I knew...Read More
My wife and I lived in Newbury Park, next to Thousand Oaks, for six years until we returned to Temecula just over a year ago. After we moved, a science teacher at our former school and I had this Facebook discussion, just after a hike she took in the open country in Newbury.
Leilani: A flock of green parrots just flew by! Have a great day, birds!
Tim: We have a couple of escaped parrots who live in some tall eucalyptus trees about 100 ft. away. Love to watch them!
L: Parrots are very hardy (her science background came out here, and made this post): they are not invasive, and as long as they have food sources they will be fine. They can tolerate low temperatures, surprisingly....
T: They seem to...Read More
I first knew her as Peggy Yadon, from our church’s high school youth group. She now goes by Peggy Yadon Nilson, and told a story about how her grandson, Jack, announced the answer that has puzzled people for eons, “God only eats bologna sandwiches. Because he likes them.”I long ago accepted God’s deity, but have wondered about his diet for some time. Puzzle solved, thanks to a convinced four year old. But why does Jack have that confidence? His mom provided the answer, “That’s all Jack wants to eat,” so he created God in his own image.Don’t we all...Read More