Making Memories

As early as I can remember, I have been in love with fishing. Now that my son is old enough, we go fishing all the time! Last night we got into a nest of bluegill and had fishing action all evening until dark. One of the keys to success on catching smaller fish with smaller mouths, such as the bluegill or sunfish, is to use smaller hooks. As I showcase in the picture below, I use a number 10 Aberdeen hook from Tru-Turn or Eagle Claw. These are also knows as “Cricket Hooks”. They have a long shaft and a small circumference to the hook making them good for fishing for bluegill or sunfish, or any species for that matter, of any size. We typically use Dillies, or small Canadian Night-crawlers, and have some inexpensive fun in the outdoors! I have to say it is a challenge fishing with that little Transformers rod and reel package he has but that makes it all the more fun!

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As you can see from the pictures below, my son and I have had fun the past two weekends now that I am back in town. There is something magical, even mystical, about fishing on a lake as the sun sets on the day. What a fun time it is to love nature and spend time with the ones we love.

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Summer Camp

I just finished my days with Camp Agape, an annual summer bereavement camp for kids. I have volunteered at for the past three years. We had a lot of fun this year and helped 27 kids from ages 7-12 process through the grief of loosing a loved one in the recent past. We had archery, fishing, swimming, and low ropes courses and more. I had a blast. Here is a picture of me carrying my guitar and walking to breakfast one morning. This camp was a good reminder that kids are our future. We have to include them in outdoor activites if we ever expect them to turn off the TV or put down the video game controller. Although parts of this camp were emotionally challenging for everyone, as we have all experienced the loss of a loved one, I wouldn’t trade the opportunity to positively impact the lives of our young people today. I remembered the seeds both of my grandfathers instilled in me. They encouraged me to live my life to the fullest and follow my passion. I am thankful and grateful for what they taught me every day.

photoLearn more about Camp Agape at http://www.campagapetexas.org/

 

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New FREE eBook Launch

Last week I launched a new e-book, The Best of the Outdoors.Just sign up to my e-mail list on the upper right corner of this page and get a FREE copy! This is a great compilation of some of my best writing articles on subjucts such as positive thinking in the outdoors, hunting, archery, bowfishing, and more. Download your copy now! ——>>>>>>

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Gun Rights vs. Mental Health Issues

I get fired up about Second Amendment rights as most of use due in the wake of school shootings and other public tragedies like the one yesterday in the Northwest. To sum up my feelings and position, its fairly simple. Mental health and wellness needs to be at the top of the debate, not gun control. You can’t prevent people who are hellbent on doing massive destruction to their surroundings from doing so in most cases. As someone who has suffered from major depression and OCD issues in the past, I have personally seen the way mental health conditions have been treated since I was a patient in the system and went through many different medications before finding the right ones for me. I think more can be done to help those who are in need of mental health care. It is not a gun issue, its a people issue. Having more guns there to stop a threat from escalating and law abiding citizens possessing those guns are the way to approach this situation in my opinion. If you are concerned about our Second Amendment rights, check out link below by clicking on the image.

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