Thanks For All The Fish!

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Image courtesy of Holly Berry

Hey there, strangers!

I wish I could say that I’m adding this post because I am, at long last, returning to blogging here at Fish & Bicycles.

I really do wish I could say that. I miss it terribly.

Sadly, my life path has taken a rather unfortunate turn.

In July 2018, just a few months after my last post here, I was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, aka ALS, aka Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

I remain proud of the work I did here, but mostly it was a heck of a lot fun, a great vehicle for maintaining a regular writing practice, the birthplace of my photography pursuits (posting now to my Instagram account), and an occasional outlet for venting about politics.

Alas, the past year and a half has been pretty much all-consuming, and it’s just not in the cards for me to return here to blog.

That said, I HAVE been writing. In fact, I’m nearing completion of the first draft of a memoir that will provide all the details of my journey since diagnosis, it will be published right here on WordPress.com, and I will return to Fish & Bicycles one last time to add a link to the memoir.

Stay tuned!

 

Ode To Autumn Leaves

IMG_1175on a late-October hike
along the roaring Nooksack River
autumn leaves
— mostly Bigleaf Maple —
drifting down from the trees
in a beautiful, unplanned aerial show
to their final resting places
… some would say

but no rest here, really

each falling leaf
as unique as snowflakes
flying stem-first
some traverse across the sky
others travel downward in wide or tight spirals
some, make it to the river bed
others to the trail
and others still, caught on a branch
like our leaf here
held in a kind of limbo

bringing her attention to the falling leaves,
i say to my wife,
“look, next stop decay”
but, she says, “no,
first they land in a big pile
with their friends”

Take A Swim In These!

Na Pali

  

Listen to the river sing sweet songs to rock my soul.

  

Teddy Bear Cove -> Chuckanut Bay -> San Juan Islands

  

Before The Fall

Before The Fall