Middle River Dispatches is a gumbo of posts about fly-fishing, conservation, politics and days afield.

The tradition of the Lilydeer continues

A few years ago my very clever wife made this very special Christmas gift.

the tiny Lilydeer

the tiny Lilydeer

The two small horns are Lily’s puppy teeth.

It graces our home as a reminder of the magic that is Christmas.

The simple things really are the best!

Here’s hoping this finds you safe, happy and in the company of those you love.

Merry Christmas to you and yours!

Don’t React, Respond

Thanksgiving 2015

For the last few years I have been posting this Thanksgiving day quote from Theodore Roosevelt. I have yet to find one better on this day.

Some of what I am thankful for...

Some of what I am thankful for…

“Let us remember that, as much has been given us, much will be expected from us, and that true homage comes from the heart as well as from the lips, and shows itself in deeds.”

Theodore Roosevelt, Thanksgiving, 1903

And never forget on this day and every day, paraphrasing Winston Churchill, we enjoy Thanksgiving because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would do us harm. For them I am eternally thankful.

Happy Thanksgiving.

 

Serving the best we could

“I just served as best I could.”

This video is a powerful reminder that there are many among us who still deserve the recognition.

Migration

Update: On Jan. 3, 2015 Middle River Dispatch moved to new servers.

A new year, a new set of servers.

I can’t resist trying to figure stuff out on my own.

Thanks to Nick, Austin and Cory at GoDaddy for the great tech support!

Tom and Lily search for new water

Crossing over to new servers…

 

There will still be some clean up of minor glitches from past posts, but we are up and running.

 

Lilydeer Christmas Magic

a tiny Lilydeer

a tiny Lilydeer

My very clever wife made this very special Christmas gift two years ago. The two small horns are Lily’s puppy teeth.

It graces our home as a reminder of the magic that is Christmas.

The simple things really are the best!

Here’s hoping this finds you safe, happy and in the company of those you love.

Merry Christmas to you and yours!