Poking Fun

I came across this slightly foolish idea in Scott Cunningham’s book Earth Power. It’s an awesome book which I highly recommend. However, in his section on fire magic, Cunningham quite seriously implies that burning a sample of tobacco as a symbol for the problem of smoking is a good idea. I got a good laugh out of it. Sometimes,

For the symbols think a moment – if you overeat, take a portion of your favourite food and throw it onto the fire. Smoking, drinking the same.

It could be worse, he might have suggested drinking the alcohol!

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“No I’m not smoking. I’m just burning this cigarette as a magical symbol of my desire to quit!”

My Return to Angling: First Rainbow Trout

It has been a long time since I last went fishing. I used to when I was a kid and my father would take my brother an I out in an old, top heavy motorboat. I remember receiving a green tackle box for my birthday one year, and the obsession that it sparked in me.

Last week, I was hiking by a local lake and saw two anglers at the shore. On an impulse I returned to town and purchased a rod and tackle.

Today, I had an opportunity to stop by a promising site on my way home from out of town. It was an overcast, yet warm day which threatened rain and I had the small beach to myself. Only three casts in and dinner arrived at the end of my line in the form of a 12″ rainbow trout.

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The Great Outdoors

With the returning of spring, I have felt a renewed need to spend time in forests which surround my home in Kootenays. Hiking has become a necessity for me since I moved back to Nelson one year ago. Hiking and other outdoor activities help to balance me, despite the pressure and stress I feel from college and family life. In communing with nature and the forest, I find myself renewed. There is nothing else like it.

Today, while fishing for trout in a local lake, I over turned a stone in search of worms. Look who was underneath.

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