Tom’s Blog: Life

Memorial Day

Memorial Day

Honoring those who gave their lives during the wars, all the wars. Too many wars. The red poppies symbolizing blood spilled. Blood. Used to be Decoration Day - a day to put flowers on the graves of the civil war dead, both blue and gray. Flowers. Not a day for ... Read More
Read any good books lately?

Read any good books lately?

I am a reader, a slow one but a reader none the less. In this fast paced world of social media many of us are losing the patience to, and forfeiting the joy of curling up with a good book. The thing is we get all of our information in ... Read More
Ah-Ara-Wack

Ah-Ara-Wack

Quiet.  On the beach with Otto. No wind so the cold doesn’t penetrate. Sun. Tide is low exposing the beach with the rocks and pebbles that I detested when first introduced, brought up on the fine sands of the south shore.  Now they welcome me with more color and texture ... Read More
Jack Pangburn

Jack Pangburn

September 20, 2016 – Tuesday At the Long Island Trout Unlimited meeting tonight, Sol announced that our friend and colleague Jack Pangburn passed away. Sadness overcame the room. When the guys planned the first LI Fly Fishing Expo last spring, they invited Jack to be a part of it.  He ... Read More
Buy this book!

Potage?

My good friend and childhood fishing partner, Dave O’Connell, just published his first book:  Potage, A Cook’s Primer. I love the book (and Dave) and want to let all of you out there know about it. It's about much more than soup, so please read on. I had to think ... Read More
Indian-Horse by Richard-Wagamese

Mystery of Life

I have always had an appreciation for the native american heritage and history.  I came across this book by Richard Wagamese and could not put it down.  It is not about fly fishing or fishing for that matter, but rather the story of a life. A native american life in ... Read More
Company-A-89,-May-1967

Armistice Day

Anybody out there see yourself in this photo?  May 1967 at Great Lakes Naval Training Center.  Drop me a line if you do. That is me to the right of the Company Commander. It is called Veteran's Day now, ever since 1954. The original holiday was to celebrate the end ... Read More
Manny-on-the Willowemoc-Pastels-by-Boyd-Shockley

Life is painting a picture…

not doing a sum  Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. Too many of us have been taught that success means having the highest score so we become compulsively competitive - always trying to be right, always working for more, always striving for the next achievement. Consider this: Success may not be defined as the ... Read More
The Meaning of Life

The Meaning of Life

I am thinking about my next project and was considering a fishing-related book on the meaning of life:  contemplative, reflective, maybe even spiritual. As is often the case, there is nothing new under the sun.  As I began making notes and doing some research, I came across a 2002 publication ... Read More
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