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THE FLOW OF FISHING
Psychologists describe a “flow activity” as one where the person performing the activity is in the mental state of being fully immersed with a feeling of energized focus that is so pervasive that the person loses track of time. If we are lucky, each of us has occasions when we get in a “state
down at my watch and realize three hours have passed in what seemed like only minutes. I am in such a state of immersed bliss that I forget to eat the sandwiches I packed. As I think back on my life’s journey, many of my most precious memories are of fishing. Memories of fish caught and fish that got away; fish that could not be enticed into biting, no matter what lure we used; memories of laughter and stories shared with friends and family. So after a long winter and at times dreary spring, the month of May — for me and anyone who gets the flow of fishing — is the time to get out and wet the lines. It bears remembering after a year of dealing with COVID-19 that our time here on Earth is short, so we should all make sure that we are carving time out of our busy lives to “go with the flow” as often as we can.
of flow.” It could be working in the garden, playing softball, listening to music, tinkering with an engine, playing a musical instrument — the list of possibilities is endless. For me, from as far back as I can remember, fishing has been my flow activity. I come by my affection for fishing honestly; my father loved to fish, as did his father. One of my earliest memories is being with my dad and brother in a rowboat out on Elk Lake in Michigan. With a Zebco fishing pole in my hands, I recall peering over the side of the boat into to the crystal-clear water, my imagination lighting up as I conjured up images of the fantastical creatures swimming beneath us. I enjoy the whole process of fishing — getting the fishing tackle ready, talking about fishing, planning where to fish,
John and his brother David fishing on Elk Lake in Michigan
and getting in the car to drive to the lake or marina. But it’s not until the boat stops and the line goes in the water that the flow begins. With the bait in the water, the rod and reel held firmly in my hands, my gaze is fixed on the rod tip, waiting for the sign of a bite. Then, if the conditions are right and luck is with me, the fish takes the bait, and the fight is on. Reel too fast, and the hook will pull out of the fish’s mouth, but if you don’t reel fast enough, the fish will wriggle free. With the rod bent under the weight of the fish, my heartbeat quickens until the net slips under the fish and I lift it out of the water. When I am fishing, and the fish are biting, I will look
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STAYING SAFE ON THE WATER Courses for Experienced and Novice Boaters
DIANE MCMAHON Our former client and forever friend, Diane McMahon, is one of the most inspiring women we have had the privilege of working for. With twinkling eyes and a smile, Diane remains positive no matter what curveball is thrown her way. How does she do it? Diane says that when life seems insurmountable, God comes to her rescue: “One day at a time, one moment at a time, one problem at a time … that is all anyone can do. After you reach this point and can do nothing more, you hand the problems off to God and let Him take over … then you get your ‘hands off the wheel’ and let God do the driving.” This insight and faith have helped Diane through many challenges in her life, both big and small. Diane and her soul mate, Kevin, aka Santa Claus, have been married for nearly 50 years. As Mr. and Mrs. Claus, the couple provides love and comfort to sick children by visiting many children’s hospitals during the Christmas season. Diane is the embodiment of grace, kindness, and compassion.
Before boating season kicks into high gear, consider taking a boating safety course.
Whether you are a novice boater or someone who has been on the water for years, you can always learn something new from a Safe Boating Course. Qualified volunteer organizations, such as the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, U.S. Power Squadron, and others, sponsor many courses, and many state boating agencies also provide classes. Courses cover many aspects of boating safety, including boat handling, reading the weather, and electronic navigation skills. The most popular basic courses generally have from 6–13 lessons to provide a foundation of operational and safety instruction. Best of all, you can mix and match the courses to suit your needs and can take the course from the comfort of home. There are also courses for more comprehensive and in-depth learning, building a natural progression of knowledge. The courses typically run 6–8 weeks. Ohio Boater Safety Course In Ohio, anyone born on or after Jan. 1, 1982, must successfully complete a boater safety course approved by The ODNR Division of Parks and Watercraft to operate a motorized vessel with greater than 10 hp. Boaters are required to carry their boater education certificate as proof of boater education. Boating Safety for Kids The Spirit of America offers youth education programs for middle school-aged kids. Blending the fun of safe boating with educational opportunities, this unique program provides participants with experiential learning on the water. There are summer programs at the Vermillion River Reservation, Splash Zone in Oberlin, and at the Lorain Harbor Boat Club this summer in June and July.
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WHAT IS ‘FLOW’? And How Can You Achieve It?
Rinehardt Family’s Favorite Fish Fry Recipe
Hillary started preparing fish this way over 20 years ago on a family trip to Marathon Key with John Sr. and the whole Rinehardt clan. The key is to use plain Panko breadcrumbs. It is healthier and tastier than deep- fried fish. The fish stays tender and flavorful inside the crispy coating. Serve with oven roasted potato wedges and plenty of fresh lemon wedges. You can dip the fish in your favorite tartar sauce or mix up the easy homemade recipe below. You can use this same preparation for chicken fingers or peeled slices of eggplant. Delicious!
We all have off days when we just can’t seem to bring ourselves to focus on the task at hand, whether that be typing up reports at work or fixing the fence in the backyard. While those days are certainly frustrating to endure, we rue them all the more because we know that on other days, we’re capable of tearing through our work like a well-sharpened machete tears through jungle vines. On those days, we are experiencing what psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi called “flow.” Flow is a real psychological phenomenon, in which we become so focused on the task at hand that the world around us simply melts away. Flow can occur during almost any activity, from writing a report to running a marathon. Whatever someone is doing when they experience flow, it tends to cause feelings of increased satisfaction and happiness. When flow happens in the workplace, it can lead to company loyalty and higher productivity from workers. That said, it’s rare that someone purposefully brings themselves to a point where they experience flow. More often than not, flow is something that simply happens rather than something that is fostered and practiced. Nevertheless, if you want to create circumstances where flow is more likely to happen, there are a few tips you can keep in mind. 1. Identify your passions, interests, and skills. You’re more likely to experience flow when you’re in the middle of an activity that you enjoy and that you’re good at. 2. Stretch your skill set. Flow often happens when we’re pushing or challenging ourselves. You don’t want to overwhelm yourself, but that sweet spot between “too easy” and “too hard” will be where the most flow moments are. 3. Have a clear goal in mind for the task and stay focused on the process of getting there. 4. Avoid interruptions. Anything that takes you away from the task at hand will disrupt your flow. Whatever it is you’re focused on today, this week, this month, or this year, we hope you experience as many moments of flow as possible!
INGREDIENTS • Canola oil, olive oil, or other vegetable oil • Flour, seasoned generously with salt and pepper • Fish fillets cut into 3–4- inch strips (any white fish will work) • 1 egg, lightly beaten with a splash of water in a shallow dish
• Japanese-style panko breadcrumbs • Salt and pepper to taste Easy Tartar Sauce • 1 cup of your favorite mayo • 1/4 cup sweet pickle relish • Juice of 1 lemon • Dash of cayenne pepper or dill (optional)
1. Heat a frying pan (nonstick works best) over medium heat until hot. Add oil to coat the entire bottom of the pan. 2. Mix flour, salt, and pepper in a shallow dish or plastic bag. Dredge fish pieces in the seasoned flour, dusting off excess. 3. Dip the fish in the egg wash and then into the panko breadcrumbs, making sure the fish is well-coated. 4. When the oil is shimmering but not smoking, add the fish fillets to the pan, being careful not to over crowd. Cook for 2–3 minutes per side until golden brown. Place on a baking sheet, season with salt and pepper, and continue cooking remaining fillets. 5. Keep warm in a 250 F oven until ready to serve and make tartar sauce if desired.
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INSIDE THIS EDITION
The Flow of Fishing
Inspiration Corner Staying Safe on the Water
How You Can Achieve ‘Flow’? Rinehardt Family’s Favorite Fish Fry Recipe
Australian Wombats Are Saving the Day!
AUSTRALIAN WOMBATS IN CHARGE
Saving Lives One Hole at a Time
and they found it! According to Australia’s ABC News, one group of wombats was discovered on a farm in New South Wales, which was situated over a large underground reservoir. So, the wombats went to work. One farmer, Ted Finnie, reported that wombats dug a hole roughly 4 meters deep by 20 meters wide (or about 65 feet). Their incredible work made this source of water remarkably accessible. At this particular watering hole, Finnie captured all sorts of creatures on camera — birds, emus, possums, echidnas, and monitor lizards — congregating around the wombats’ creation. What isn’t known is how, exactly, the wombats discovered the water, but they surmise the animals likely picked up on environmental clues and dug until they found what they were looking for. Interestingly enough, wombats have been known to help other animals in the past. During the Australian fires, countless animals were left searching for refuge, and they found it in wombat burrows. While the wombats weren’t exactly welcoming other species into their homes with open arms, they seemed to “tolerate” the visitors, as one ecologist with the University of Adelaide noted. It was a case of accidental heroism, much like their search for water, but it was heroism nonetheless.
Remember the Australian wildfires of 2019–2020? These fires ravaged large areas of the country, displacing and leaving countless animals to fight for survival. To make matters worse, swaths of the country have been dealing with drought. It’s one challenge after another for humans and animals alike. But one species has taken matters into its own “hands.” Numerous wombats have been discovered digging holes in search of water —
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