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Labor Day historically marks the beginning of the fall campaign season and this one is already in full swing. The battle for the Presidency between McCain-Palin and Obama-Biden will be hard fought and is expected to produce the largest voter turnout in U.S. history.

Light Tackle and Small fish Equal BIG FUN

Most conversations I have with fellow outdoorsmen end with the same comment: “Man just how poor are you?” It is understandable as most of what I do is viewed as a poor man’s passion. Instead of stalking moster bucks I chase around little rabbits, I choose traditional archery equipment instead of the latest in cutting edge technology, and catfishing is preferred over flyfishing and bassfishing. So I just shrug the comment off and dare them to take a chance at having fun the poor way. After I finally badger them into going with me I hear the next comment almost every time: “Wow that was a blast! I didn’t know that could be so much fun.”

Link has been found between greatness and left-handedness

The next President of the United States will be left handed. No, I

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The teaching of goodness does not age

The edges of the path were adorned with ferns, holly, and other flora, with a canopy of imposing Douglas Firs towering overhead. Our 10-minute walk into these memorable woods had brought us to a small outcrop where the trees opened to frame a panoramic view of the beautiful Nisqually Valley below. In the distance the valley stretched to the shores of Puget Sound near Tacoma, Washington.

Honing your Hunting Skill in the Summertime

No matter what strikes your natural fancy you are one of two types of outdoorsmen; warm or cold. Whether you are a bird watcher or fishermen, deer hunter or kayaker, hiker or archer you prefer either the long warm days of spring and summer or the cool crisp days of fall and winter. I’m not saying you can’t enjoy the great outdoors year round, when you’re favorite time of the year approaches you begin to get antsy, are unsettled, and drive who ever lives with you up the wall in your fanatic anticipation of its arrival. If, like me, the falling of leaves and temperatures is a sacred occurrence because it announces the cure to your summer time blues, I have the prescription for an earlier than expected recovery. Summertime can be a great time to hone your hunting skills.

Our love of tomatoes can be found in our DNA

As I picked our first ripe tomato last week my mind drifted back to the first time I picked a tomato off the vine. I was six years old and did not know the difference between a green tomato and a ripe tomato. I selected and ate a big, somewhat juicy, green tomato. It didn

You are never too old to be a blood donor

During the few minutes it will take to read this column approximately 100 people somewhere in the United States and Canada will need a blood transfusion. To be precise someone needs blood every two seconds, according to The Nationwide Blood Collection and Utilization Survey Report released by the Department of Health & Human Services in 2005.

Memories of Granny Shafer are cherished

A few weeks ago I received an unexpected package from my sister. It contained a video of some family activities filmed 53 years ago, in the summer of 1955, with an 8 millimeter movie camera. In 1955 we didn

Cooling off with a Clermont canoeing adventure

The hot muggy days of summer are now upon us. The heat and ultra high humidity turn everything that is not air conditioned into a sauna. This combination takes your breath away and makes going outside unpleasant. Arriving home from a day’s work, nothing would be better than a refreshing dip into a cool pool, but like most of us I don’t have a one.


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