Things Continue to Spiral Downward …

My brother fell from his hospital bed (he passed out) and started to  have pains and numbness. When these issues increased, he was rushed for Xrays and then a CT scan.

It looks like this will be my brother's legs for the rest of his life.

Things are not getting better. I’ve already closed my store; I  doubt that I will have time to update you on this blog.

It’s interesting that NOW I have more readers than I did during  the  3 years I wrote articles regularly! I’ll leave the items up for  your  reading pleasure.

Best wishes for a wonderful holiday season!


Published in: on December 18, 2011 at 11:42 am  Comments Off on Things Continue to Spiral Downward …  

Conditions Are Grave ….

Sorry for the lapse in writing; I’ve missed you.  However, conditions with my

Things Aren't Improving; A New Hospital May Help


brother have gotten worse … with no improvement in sight.

The most worrying thing is that my mother is 86 years of age and she has to discuss everything with the doctor because she is ‘next-of-kin. ‘  It is taking quite a toll on her.

My brother will be transferred to a new hospital soon; we pray for some change.


Published in: on November 6, 2011 at 8:51 pm  Comments Off on Conditions Are Grave ….  

Thanks for Your Patience

Sorry, I haven’t been able to post this past week.


My brother is threatening to commit suicide and we are struggling with his problems now.

If you have any suggestions for getting someone who sees the world as hopeless,  (58 years of age, unmarried, no friends, lost his job and probably his house), to see that things will get better, please let me know.  We’re worn out and haven’t made a dent.


Published in: on June 19, 2011 at 11:20 pm  Comments Off on Thanks for Your Patience  

Out-of-Town: a Family Reunion

By the time you read this, I will be on my way back from to a family reunion!

Hope to stop and visit with some fish along the way!


I’ll be back … & writing again soon!


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Published in: on May 2, 2011 at 11:51 am  Comments Off on Out-of-Town: a Family Reunion  

Today’s Joke: Women in the Military

A Quote from Elayne Boosler  

Women Can Be Just as Tough as Men!

We have women in the military but they don’t put them in the front lines.  They don’t know if we can fight, if we can kill.  I think we can.

All the general has to do is walk over to the women and say, “You see the enemy over there?  They say you look fat in your uniforms.”

Come back soon for more profound thoughts on the issues of the day!


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Published in: on January 18, 2011 at 9:50 pm  Comments Off on Today’s Joke: Women in the Military  


Sorry a new article didn’t arrive on Monday morning!  On New Year’s Day, I fell and landed on my left knee & left wrist.

I’m still recovering.

— Marylouise

Published in: on January 3, 2011 at 4:12 pm  Comments Off on Oops!  

Politics from the Grave

Subject: In Lieu of Flowers

This was in a recent edition of the Rome (GA) News Tribune.


Mr. Donald Charles Unsworth

“Mr. Donald Charles Unsworth, age 78, of Charlton Street, Rome, died Monday evening following a brief illness.

A memorial service will be held Monday, 1 pm, in the Thomas B Griffin Memorial Chapel of the Daniels Funeral Home with Rev. Bert Brooks officiating.

The family will receive friends on Thursday from 6 pm to 8 pm, at other hours they may be contacted at the residence.

In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requested that donations be sent to the American Cancer Society or to the campaign of who ever (sic)  is running against President Barak Obama in 2012.

A complete obituary will be published ….”



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Published in: on September 26, 2010 at 7:57 am  Comments (1)  

Salt-Water Fishing – The Wilder Side of Angling!

As a native of the Houston-area, I grew up on salt-water fishing. In fact, I was 8 or 10 before I tried landing lunkers from fresh water.

Frankly, it seemed pretty tame in comparison to salt-water fishing.  As I’ve grown older, I’ve come to appreciate the slower tempo of freshwater fishing.

The Differences Between Salt and Freshwater Fishing

In many ways, salt and freshwater fishing are the same: you use a line,

I Wish I had a Dime for Every Hour We Spent on the Galveston Jetties! *

bait, rod, hook and wait patiently. However, the tackle and tactics are different. Generally, the tackle is heavier-duty and rod/reel combinations seem heavier and capable of holding more line. With freshwater fishing, catching a “pounder” is considered great fishing – in most areas.  When angling on the salty side of fishing, many species of under-sized fish must be tossed back (to grow up).  You can keep the fish that meet minimum length/weight restrictions. Some anglers are surprised to hear there are two kinds of salt-water fishing: offshore (perhaps 15 to 30 miles out in the gulf) and shallow bay fishing. We usually went bay fishing (off a pier, dike or jetty), unless we got lucky and were  invited to go offshore on someone’s boat.

Getting Started in Salt-Water

It’s best  to try salt-water fishing with someone who already knows ‘the ropes;’  this can be a co-worker or an uncle.  The idea is to save some time climbing the learning curve! Fishing tackle and equipment for salt-water tends to be more expensive than for freshwater.  It’s a good idea to use someone else’s tackle before buying your own. Ask questions about why they use ‘this leader’ or ‘that reel.’  It can save you time and money when selecting your own. Another way to learn good habits from the onset is to go on fishing with an experienced salt-water guide. Ask for recommendations, then call and ask questions.

Boat Charters for Beginners

You will want a guide that can meet your needs as a client.  I find that going on a boat charter, although expensive, is a great way to learn.  In general, they limit the number in the boat,  provide all equipment and even clean the fish!


‘Ocean Angler’ used by permission of Vantage Point Graphics!


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Published in: on January 23, 2010 at 7:40 am  Comments (1)  

Part 2: How to Catch Cutthroat Trout

How To Catch Cutthroat Trout

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This handsome boy is always hungry! ***

Depending on where you fish, it’s possible to get a crack at the sea trout that have moved back into fresh water.  Generally, it takes a few years for the fish to mature before they  return to spawn. The adult cutthroats feed and spawn from fall through  spring. They prefer water between 55 and 62 degrees.

These fish, even after years in salt water, have no problem finding their home waters.  They spawn in the months of April through June.

What Cutthroat Trout Eat

By July, the first of the young cutthroats are leaving the gravel nests of their birth.  Always hungry, cutthroats seem to bite everything: lures, flies and live bait!

This branch of the trout family eats lots of insects; fly fishing is a great way to enjoy successful angling.  In Alaska, these fish are the most common trout species in the state.

Younger cutthroats, spend their days in lakes, hiding in and around submerged logs and vegetation.  They rush from their hiding places to snag insects and small fish (they’ve been known to eat other fish, up to  1/4 th their size)!

By the time they reach 14″ in length, they give up this slow process to a meal and turn into predators of smaller fish.

Where Cutthroats Hide

Here are some of the most common ways to catch cutthroats:

  • Looking for trophy size?  In land-locked lakes, troll off of steep shorelines.*
  • Spinners & spoons are great for lakes with deep pools. Fish deeply here & along steep shorelines (with plenty of vegetation).
  • In small inlet streams, use wet or dry flies.
  • The combination of a muddler minnow** and underwater vegetation is a winner for the cutthroat angler.  Make sure your line sinks quickly.


Remember that cutthroats prefer the deeper pools of water; they don’t like extreme water temperature changes (deeper waters remain a more constant temperature).

When fishing deeply, remember that light only penetrates so far down. Use larger lures or bait — so the fish have an easy time finding them.

Please fish responsibly! These beautiful creatures are endangered in some areas.  Check their status in the waters where you plan to fish!

* According to the Alaska Dept of Fish & Game

** Muddler minnows are artificial flies that are very popular.

*** Used by permission of Vantage Point Concepts.  This image is part of the Wild Wings Artwork Collection.


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