Poking Fun

I came across this slightly foolish idea in Scott Cunningham’s book Earth Power. It’s an awesome book which I highly recommend. However, in his section on fire magic, Cunningham quite seriously implies that burning a sample of tobacco as a symbol for the problem of smoking is a good idea. I got a good laugh out of it. Sometimes,

For the symbols think a moment – if you overeat, take a portion of your favourite food and throw it onto the fire. Smoking, drinking the same.

It could be worse, he might have suggested drinking the alcohol!


“No I’m not smoking. I’m just burning this cigarette as a magical symbol of my desire to quit!”

My Return to Angling: First Rainbow Trout

It has been a long time since I last went fishing. I used to when I was a kid and my father would take my brother an I out in an old, top heavy motorboat. I remember receiving a green tackle box for my birthday one year, and the obsession that it sparked in me.

Last week, I was hiking by a local lake and saw two anglers at the shore. On an impulse I returned to town and purchased a rod and tackle.

Today, I had an opportunity to stop by a promising site on my way home from out of town. It was an overcast, yet warm day which threatened rain and I had the small beach to myself. Only three casts in and dinner arrived at the end of my line in the form of a 12″ rainbow trout.


The Great Outdoors

With the returning of spring, I have felt a renewed need to spend time in forests which surround my home in Kootenays. Hiking has become a necessity for me since I moved back to Nelson one year ago. Hiking and other outdoor activities help to balance me, despite the pressure and stress I feel from college and family life. In communing with nature and the forest, I find myself renewed. There is nothing else like it.

Today, while fishing for trout in a local lake, I over turned a stone in search of worms. Look who was underneath.