"The real trick to life is not to be in the know, but to be in the mystery."
-Fred Alan Wolf

18 December 2011


Homer, Mink Pond, 1891

Only the swimming haunted his dreams, all other sports had been discarded. Perhaps swimming was dancing in the water, he thought. To swim under lily pads seeing their green slender stalks wavering as you passed, to swim under upraised logs, past schools of sunfish and bluegills, to swim through reed beds past wriggling water snakes and miniature turtles, to swim in small lakes, big lakes, Lake Michigan, to swim in small farm ponds, creeks, giant rivers where one was easily swept along easily by the current …

- Jim Harrison, from "The Man Who Gave Up His Name"

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