When my dad reached age 90, I asked him, “If you had to do it over again what you do differently?”
Without a moment’s hesitation he answered, “I’d have gone fishing more often.”
It’s good advice. Steve, my brother Don, and I went fishing last Friday afternoon. The weather was cool, the breezes were slight, and it was an all-around good day for fishing—but as my dad also often said, “Every day is a good day for fishing.”
We fished off the dam at the old Wild Rose Mill—doing it the lazy way as we sat on folding chairs, and as the old timers of my generation would said, “Shot the breeze” as we watched bobbers dance on slight ripple in the pond.
Donald almost immediately caught an undersized small-mouth bass that put up a considerable fight with its splashing and thrashing. He returned it to the water. Now I’m not one to give extra powers to such creatures as fish, but I think this is what happened.
That little small- mouth bass, with a sore mouth from the hook that had been removed, quickly spread the word among the other bass, perch, bluegills, and the occasionally trout that they should avoid what appeared to be a free lunch dangling over them and was there for the taking.
The message must have spread quickly, for the rest of the afternoon we got not one more fish, indeed not one more bite.
THE OLD TIMER SAYS: Don’t confuse fishing with catching fish. Fishing is always good; catching fish can be a problem.
BOOK OF THE WEEK: Want to learn more about one-room country schools that many of us attended when we were kids? Check out my daughter’s book, ONE ROOM SCHOOLS: STORIES FROM THE DAYS OF 1 ROOM, 1 TEACHER, 8 GRADES by Susan Apps-Bodilly. (Wisconsin Historical Society Press) Sue writes about student experiences, the role of the teacher, and what life was like in these little buildings sprinkled across Wisconsin, and in many parts of the country.
Purchase Jerry’s DVDS and his Books from the Patterson Memorial Library in Wild Rose, Wisconsin (a fund raiser for them):
The library now has available signed copies of Jerry’s DVDs, Emmy Winner, A Farm Winter with Jerry Apps and Jerry Apps a Farm Story.
Also available are several of Jerry’s signed books including The Quiet Season (on which the DVD A Farm Winter is based), as well as Rural Wit and Wisdom and Old Farm, (which are related to the DVD Jerry Apps a Farm Story). Also available is Jerry’s new novel, The Great Sand Fracas of Ames County.
Contact the library for prices and special package deals.
Patterson Memorial Library
500 Division Street
September 16, 11:00-11:45. Larry Meiller Show, Wisconsin Public Radio. Wisconsin agricultural history.
September 17, 11:-a.m. St. Luke’s Church, Middleton, WI Limping Through Life
September 19, Stonefield Village, Cassville. Wisconsin agricultural history (11:30), Whispers and Shadows (2:30)
September 23, 6:00 p.m. Patterson Memorial Library, Wild Rose. Wisconsin Agriculture: A History.
September 26, 10:30 -2:00, Dregne’s, Westby, Book signing.
October 4, 1-3 p.m. Readers Realm bookstore, Montello. Ag. History
October 7, 6:30 p.m. Reedsburg Library, Whispers and Shadows
October 11, 10-12:00 a,m. Heartland Forum, Chicago.
October 11, 3:00 p.m. Old World Wisconsin-Wisconsin Ag. History
October 12, 6:00 p.m. Coloma Historical Society. Limping Through Life
October 15, Prairie du Sac Library, Whispers and Shadows
October 17, 9-4 Teaching writing workshop at The Clearing, Ellison Bay, WI
October 17, 4:30-6:00 p.m. The Clearing. Book signing, Whispers and Shadows, Wisconsin Agriculture: A History.
October 23, 10-11:00 a.m. Wisconsin Historical Society Museum (on the square). Whispers and Shadows. Wisconsin Book Festival.
October 23, 3:30 p.m. Wisconsin Historical Society Auditorium (On UW Campus) Wisconsin Agriculture: A History. Wisconsin Book Festival.
October 25, 2:00 p.m. Schlitz Nature Center, Milwaukee with Boswell Books. Whispers and Shadows.
October 29, Brown County Library. Premier of TV Documentary,” The Land With Jerry Apps. “ Book signing, Whispers and Shadows.
November 1, 2:00 p.m. Gard Theater, Spring Green. Ag History and Wisconsin Place Names (a Robert Gard book).
November 5, 7:00 p.m. Baraboo Library, Whispers and Shadows.
November 7, Edgerton Book Festival, The Land (TV documentary) and Whispers and Shadows
November 10, 6:00 p.m. Wausau Public Library, Wisconsin Agriculture: A History.
November 12, 7:00 p.m. Bellville High School Auditorium with Bellville Public Library. Wisconsin Agriculture: A History
November 14, 9:30 -11:30 a.m. Sheboygan County Historical Research Center. Wisconsin Agriculture: A History.
November 15, 9:15 Midvale Lutheran Church, The Land (TV documentary) plus discussion of Whispers and Shadows.
November 17, 7:00 p.m. Hotel Red (1501 Monroe Street- corner of Regent and Monroe, Madison.) “Wisconsin Agriculture: A History, a discussion with Doug Moe. Sponsored by Mystery to me Bookstore. Book signing to follow.
November 18, Preview of TV Documentary, “The Land With Jerry Apps” Wild Rose High School Auditorium. Whispers and Shadows book signing. (Time to be announced)