Heat Envelops Half USA Put a Frying Pan on the Sidewalk and Crack an Egg

| July 2, 2018

Monday Morning Sidewalk

NOTE – Your assignment this week is: Tie your most patriotic fly and show it to us! Mine will be out on Instagram tomorrow.Wave that Red-White-and-Blue!

Best of Monday Mornings to you today. It’s the first Sidewalk of July 2018. We are smack dab in the middle of a true Texas heatwave, and it has spread throughout the USA toward the east-northeast … what’s that old saying? Come hell, or high water? We have the hell, I’d rather have the high water.

I believe change in most ways, is a good thing. And that’s what we’ll be doing if you choose to ride along for the next … however long … and in so many changing ways. Time values have suddenly changed, and excuses now evaporate like the sweat on our brow.

Up to now, the last year left little time for rhythm, grace or change. It was all grind and grit. What happens now, with determination, drive and a bit more time is:

  • more radical stories for the fly fishing readers
  • more stories for other topics — got one? I am interested in all “other” topics
  • book reviews (since they are stacked here to my eyeballs!)
  • continuing shameless promotion of fly fishing and other fly fishers and guides
  • tackling the PODCASTING format

That last one “tackling the PODCASTING format” is noteworthy. I started down that road before the popular YouTube broadcasting of videos completely blew away the podcasting idea for me – about eight years ago now. And now, the coming of the podcast as a viable and popular alternative for story telling has blossomed into a huge – H U G E – media phenomena that I find the most challenging of all. Telling a story with no visual aids and no written words for reading? It’s daunting to say the least, and that’s why I have two fantastic interviews from my time with Chuck Naiser sitting here gathering digital dust. So I’m going to learn how to do that – fried vocal cords be damned.

Next Monday will be the last from Texas for awhile. I am heading to New Hampshire on a soulful mission with a man I am lucky to have as a friend. Actually it is his mission that I am fortunate to be a part of, but it should go a long way toward my own new outlook and toward one of the “bucket list” laments I expressed when diagnosed on July 7, 2015. That lament? not seeing nearly enough of the United States. There still are other things on that list, so maybe it’s time to shrink it down a little? Time does tell …

Thanks for reading today! I am on the water now, working on a new story tentatively titled, “The Original Sinner.” No, that’s not autobiographical! Have a great week, and be sure to check your calendar for all those Texas Fly Fishing Club meetings coming up at their regular scheduled times.

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Category: Adventure, Body-Mind-Soul, Book Reviews, Culture on the Skids

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