I read about a guide in Gray’s Sporting Journal and I keep thinking about it

So, the angling editor wrote about a time when a guide told him his secret to success: he made his sports pick their own flies, because then they cared about them more and they fished with more purpose and the experience was more memorable that way.

Well this really got me thinking as a teacher first. It’s so important for a student to know why something he is learning is important to him personally.

I think I’m also drawn to this little anecdote because I like ‘picking’ with my brother- driving around and finding something interesting.

Then I thought about how it’s very easy to care about something we pick- also how we sometimes care for things we don’t pick, though.

When you love somebody you don’t lose your freedom to pick- it just isn’t as important anymore. You’re happy just to be with that other person, so that everything she picks makes you happy and you care about it.

That’s the mystery, eh? How much do we pick our love and why is it that we don’t care as much about picking afterwards? You can pull at the picking end of the thread or the loving end and you’ll just make that knot tighter, I think.


I have some opinions about grammar and communication

I’m not a grammarian. I maintain that many grammatical rules guide clear, strong communication- others are just pedantic markers for status. It’s really interesting to me that many educated folks with massive lexicons and loads of knowledge can’t say anything memorable or really meaningful while other less educated folks with limited vocabularies have a real way with words and powerful insight. It’s often the case that when you’re emotionally overwhelmed grammar goes out the window- the shout for joy, the barbaric yawp, the speaking in tongues.

I wonder where is the voice coming from (for your consideration, that’s the title of a great Rudy Wiebe story, and, no, I’m not going to reorder and phrase that sentence so it doesn’t end in a preposition). That’s a really deep born or made sort of question I suppose. Well, every form of communication has benefits and constraints. What I like about people who have a way with words with a limited vocabulary is how it’s necessary for them to use words metaphorically with surprising and colourful combinations. I just think the grammarian impulse is often misdirected energy. If you care enough about that inchoate feeling or idea in your heart, you’ll get closer to that still small voice.