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November 26, 2008

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Merwin: I'm Thankful For Fishing

There's just a bit of snow on the ground and the trees are  bare. It's that gray time of year between the colors of Fall and the  deep white of Winter here in northern New England.          

Inside the house, meanwhile, the pies are baked, potatoes  set out to peel, and a big turkey is ready for the oven. Various  family members and friends will start arriving tonight and more in the  morning, ages ranging from 90 down to 12. It is that, I think, for  which I am most thankful, for a close and extended family that often  serves as a stabilizing anchor in a turbulent world.           

Fishing is that sort of anchor, too; not quite as  important, perhaps, but close. In good times and bad, fishing--any  fishing--is a refuge from a world of care. We can escape with rod and  reel in hand, chasing hope for an hour or a day, and come back somehow  refreshed, better able to deal with whatever cares a particular day  might bring. So I am thankful for fishing.           And a Happy Thanksgiving to all of you.


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Happy Thanksgiving John - hope you found enough chairs.

Dr. Ralph

I'm thankful for fishing too... it has always been an escape from the worries and troubles of my life and a quite time communing with nature. The sound of a babbling brook and the tranquility of wading a creek as if I were ten years old always makes me smile. It is one of my greatest pleasures and I am blessed to have it so much a part of my life. Happy Thanksgiving to everyone at Field & Stream who also bring joy to my little world.