Merry Christmas

For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. – Isaiah 9:6

But thou, Beth-lehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting. – Micah 5:2

For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. – Luke 2:11-14

Rusty Gates

Rusty Gates passed away today. The Anglers of the Au Sable home page and the Gates Lodge fishing report page bears the sad news:

Just a couple of months ago, I was on my September fishing outing and my cheap wading boots actually fell apart while floating the North Branch. I drove to Gates Lodge the next morning, and bought a new pair of boots. Rusty was working at the counter, and nothing seemed any different from all my other visits. As one of the most adamant protectors of the Au Sable, a prolific fly fisherman, and a generally nice guy – he will be missed in more ways than one.

Here are some links to read and remember him by:


Recent articles:

Links for the day

Some interesting items floating around the Internet lately….

There is some hub-bub going on regarding the misinformation around changing fishing regulations on the AuSable.

For Christians, you might get your toes stepped on when reading this:

Seeing as the world is supposed to end in 2012, here are some tips to survive (sarcasm implied here):

More practically, I saw something to help survive the winter on Lifehacker. A Russian drink called Sbiten, which sounds like an herbal water:

And lastly, in this funny commercial, there’s something I definitely don’t want in my coffee :

Solace in creation

Saw this post over at John Piper’s blog:

Piper provides a quote from a lecture given by Charles Haddon Spurgeon in regards to gaining solace by experiencing God’s creation first hand. I took a look at the whole lecture, and found Spurgeon mentioned streams and “the trouts,” a favorite place of mine.

The ferns and the rabbits, the streams and the trouts, the fir trees and the squirrels, the primroses and the violets, the farm-yard, the new-mown hay, and the fragrant hops—these are the best medicine for hypochondriacs, the surest tonics for the declining, the best refreshments for the weary.

You can read the entire lecture here: