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Breaking Down Camp - (1998)

Breaking Down Camp 

Copyright Lark Ritchie, 1998. All rights reserved.


Sometimes it is the simplest of things, subtle, almost unrecognizable rituals that move us; cause us the greatest reflection, allowing a reintegration of personal-life activities and career experiences, extending awareness and adding value to our…

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Added by William Lark Ritchie on July 19, 2015 at 12:02am — No Comments

Reciprocity in the Wilderness - A Fishing Story

Copyright Lark Ritchie 1997. 

This Article was featured on...

'The Ultimate Sportsman' Website, and

the Paperback Edition of the same name (November 1998) ISBN: 0-9668789-0-6

Each of us has within ourselves the ability to create life-memories and experiences for someone else,and through that, add to our own life-experiences. The wilderness can be an important element in a reciprocal…

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Added by William Lark Ritchie on July 18, 2015 at 11:46pm — 1 Comment

The Music Of Spring

Today, I was at a celebration of a friend's fiftieth wedding anniversary, and got talking to a few other friends who encouraged me to post more of my stories...

After getting home, and thinking about it, I decided to re-post a few here at Kamazooie, because the old site (Geocities.com) I used back then closed in 2009, and the stories are now only archived and cannot be edited, or new stories added.

If you have the interest, you can find more by…

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Added by William Lark Ritchie on July 18, 2015 at 9:00pm — 2 Comments

First Communion - Last Communion

On a Thursday evening in May, in the Spring of 1961, my mother fried some pike fillets and sent me with them to the Lady Minto Hospital. I brought them to my grandfather, who lay there in the last stages of cancer. I was twelve years old, and he, sixty seven.

"Hello", I said, as I entered his room. He opened his eyes and looked up with a short reply. "Hi Boy, sit…

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Added by William Lark Ritchie on November 16, 2012 at 2:30pm — 2 Comments

If you knew Lloyd.... his story, and my thoughts

I met Lloyd Romanello in 1980. He was one of my first hunting clients when I began a hunting and guiding service in the Timmins area of Northeastern Ontario.

We quickly became friends because of a number of things. He was a man who loved the outdoors, was a natural leader, a former sergeant in the U.S. Army, who cared for his crew in the service, and a very considerate person. While on the hunts with me. He'd…

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Added by William Lark Ritchie on November 16, 2012 at 2:30pm — No Comments

A Favourite Thought-Topic For Me - Evolution of Humankind

On October 14, 2012, my son Allan and I toured New York City's American Museum of Natural History. We were on a three-day father-son vacation, covering off the Federal Reserve Bank, The United States Court of International Trade, the United Nations Building, including a pre-American-Revolution church cemetery, among other sites and sights.

I had wanted to see the Museum's Hall of Human Origins... you know.. skulls and bones 'n…

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Added by William Lark Ritchie on November 13, 2012 at 8:30am — 1 Comment

I Wonder Where Wonder Originates.

93/03/24 4:15 am- The sun was yet to appear.

The procedure wasn't anywhere close to the leading edge. The people in the lab were not the stereotypical scientists we imagined in the 'fifties and 'sixties; the guys in white lab coats who carried carrying notebooks and were so 'official'.

These were kids, between 23 and 28 years of age. They were playing.

At the same time, they were…

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Added by William Lark Ritchie on January 11, 2012 at 2:30pm — No Comments

If You Knew Lloyd

If You Know Lloyd.... 


This following essay, by Lloyd Romanello of Parma, Ohio, portrays the personal meaning behind the wilderness experience. Short, sweet, and laden deep with words unwritten. Some personal introspection on Lloyds words will uncover much more than a description of a hunt.

- Lark. 



A Favourite Vacation 

Copyright Lloyd…

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Added by William Lark Ritchie on April 4, 2001 at 7:00am — No Comments

Yesterday I watched...

Sometimes thoughts are not so much words, but impressions.





Copyright March 16, 2000, All Rights Reserved.

Yesterday, at 4:00 p.m. I watched a nine-year old girl get hit by a truck.

Impressions...

At a stopsign... redlight.... Beautiful little girl,crossing, wandering thoughtless in front of my truck, her brother behind, and an adult behind him...

Crossed the lane I was in, proceeded into the next lane

out of the corner of my eye,, a red…

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Added by William Lark Ritchie on March 15, 2000 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Thought Near Christmas (1998)

Thoughts Near Christmas

Copyright Lark Ritchie, 1998. All rights reserved.

This past Saturday (December 19, 1998) marked the beginning of winter in this region of Northern Ontario. Although today is the first day of winter (Dec 21st) on Saturday, we experienced our first two inches of snow.

Normally, we can expect our snow to fall and stay sometime during the first or second week of November. I expect this is the snow that will stay until some time in late April. We came…

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Added by William Lark Ritchie on December 21, 1999 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Birthfathers and Searching

© 1996, 1997, 1999 Lark Ritchie.



In a series of questions and e-mails over the 'net, the question arose 'Why do we not see many bdad's searching?' and second to that, 'Have they kept these things secret from their families?" Here are some thoughts... Mind you they are not the only responses... each person is unique, each circumstance different, each decision carried out in the best way, at that time, and for a chosen life...

Why Do We See Less Birth Fathers…

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Added by William Lark Ritchie on March 8, 1999 at 10:30am — No Comments

The Adoption/Post Adoption Experience

© 1996, 1997, 1998, Lark Ritchie.

Adoption is an emotional experience.

It's also a physical experience, a biological and a psychological experience.

Between 1994 and 1998, I acted as a facilitator for an adoption support group in Timmins Ontario. I was also what I call a 'friend' (and sometimes a self imposed facilitator) in the membership of an internet group called 'CANADopt'.

In those roles, and in my own experiences, I have come to see the issues surrounding…

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Added by William Lark Ritchie on September 14, 1998 at 11:30pm — No Comments

The Value of Post Adoption Support Groups

© 1998 Lark Ritchie.

Sharing Post Adoption Issues...

Meets the Third Tuesday of Each Month

7:00 P.M. At 600 Toke Street North Timmins, Ontario, Canada

This Group has since disbanded.



The support group 'Sharing Post Adoption Issues' operated in Timmins for four years, and evolved from an earlier group that existed for some years before. The group provides resources to and supports individuals and families related by adoption. The following essay is…

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Added by William Lark Ritchie on January 18, 1998 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Hunting as a Separate Reality

Copyright Lark Ritchie 1997.

I find hunting similar to the experience of the internet computer user, in that it places the individual in "real time", creating a an intense focus that brings us to a different reality. This intense focus is one aspect that makes hunting so attractive to one who has experienced it. But there are subtle differences that I would like make more clear.

Today's world places us in a frame of mind in which we are constantly concerned about the future or…

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Added by William Lark Ritchie on September 21, 1997 at 6:00pm — No Comments

What About Meeting New People?

Copyright Lark Ritchie 1997.

One of the things I enjoy is a difference of opinions.

Another thing I enjoy is looking at how other people see the world.

Combining these two enjoyments with a passion for communication has up to this point given me opportunities to take on or discard values that I would never have considered evaluating, had such opportunities not been encountered. Why do I consider this important?

Sometimes we hold behaviour and human…

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Added by William Lark Ritchie on August 14, 1997 at 11:00pm — No Comments

Hunting as a Separate Reality

Copyright Lark Ritchie 1997. 

I find hunting similar to the experience of the internet computer user, in that it places the individual in "real time", creating a an intense focus that brings us to a different reality. This intense focus is one aspect that makes hunting so attractive to one who has experienced it. But there are subtle differences that I would like make more clear.

Today's world places us in a frame of mind in which we are constantly concerned about the future or…

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Added by William Lark Ritchie on July 12, 1997 at 7:30am — No Comments

Gifts of Guides

The Gifts of Guides

Copyright Lark Ritchie 1995. 1996.

Symbolic Gifts

The gifts of a guide are an axe, a knife, a pair of boots, a compass, a gun, ideas, and the spiritual or mystical gifts of life itself. Although some are tangible and some are not, they are all functional as well as symbolic. They do not have to be given or received serially or chronologically. Some may not be recognized as gifts until long after they are given or received.

A gift is something…

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Added by William Lark Ritchie on September 2, 1996 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Switches

 

Copyright Lark Ritchie 1995. 1996. 1997.

I have switches in my thinking. I think we all do.

By a switch I am talking about a switch in the sense of a light switch, a toggle switch which turns a light either on or off. Switches can only be either on or off. Another sense of a switch, is the railway switch. Similarly it allows one or the other direction possibilities; move the train into track one, or move the train into track two. The switch can never move the train in…

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Added by William Lark Ritchie on May 21, 1996 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Self Direction



Copyright Lark Ritchie 1995. 1996. 1997.

On a Listserver, an adoptee once wrote...

"i watched a movie on adoption one day and remember seeing the agency worker setting the file on the desk in front of the adoptee and saying to him, 'I'll be back in exactly five minutes' and walked out the door.' The adoptee stared at his wife, and they knew what they were supposed to do.

"When my brother,daughter and I went to (adoption agency) to get info on my bsiblings, the case…

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Added by William Lark Ritchie on August 23, 1995 at 11:00pm — No Comments

Musings: Visiting a University of Toronto Lab - 1993

93/03/24 4:15 am

The procedure wasn't anywhere close to the leading edge. The people in the lab were not the stereotype scientists we imagine, in white lab coats and carrying notebooks.

They were kids, between 23 and 28 years of age. They were playing. At the same time, they were learning to become the next frontrunners in the biological sciences.

I was visiting in a University of Toronto laboratory, watching post grads Jim, Austin and Elizabeth extracting chromosomal…

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Added by William Lark Ritchie on March 24, 1993 at 4:30am — No Comments

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Experience is not what happens to you, its what you do with what happens to you.

    Aldous Huxley

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