Robert U. Montgomery

Speed Trap . . . Slow Down!

Speed Trap . . . Slow Down!


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This blind worship at the altar of speed bleeds into every aspect of our lives, especially for our children. Because we’ve learned we don’t have to wait, we dart recklessly in and out of traffic, cutting in front of other cars so we can launch from a stoplight one second before they do. We have no patience for waiting in lines, common courtesy, or even listening.

That’s why the attention span of students grows progressively shorter. That’s why movies must contain explosions, car chases, and gun battles if they expect to succeed at the box office. That’s why print media are on the decline, and that’s also why participation in fishing flattened in some states and declined in others during the first decade of the 21st century.

Actually “wait” for a fish to bite? No thank you!

Tournament angling has helped keep the sport vital, through its emphasis on faster boats and the need to cover as much water as possible during the hours of competition. Anglers “burn” spinnerbaits. Tackle innovators create reels with higher and higher gear ratios to speed retrieves even more. ESPN and other cable networks glamorize fishing events with helicopter coverage and heart-pounding music.

Am I a tournament angler? No, I am not. Competitors must put their fish in the boat as quickly and efficiently as possible. I like to play with mine, to watch them jump and tail-walk and, yes, sometimes throw the bait. If anything, I am the un-tournament angler.

I certainly do recognize the many contributions tournament fishermen have made to the sport, ranging from boat and tackle innovations to creation of a vocal constituency that finances and promotes conservation of our natural resources. I am an ardent supporter of fishing tournaments and happy to share the water with them.

Still, I believe faster is not always the best way in fishing, and from that I’ve learned it isn’t always the best way in life either. Those who don’t see that miss out on the many pleasures of the journey, as they focus single-mindedly on the destination. We each have only a limited amount of time in this life. Why rush it?

(Excerpt from the essay "Speed Trap . . . Slow Down" in
Why We Fish.)

Who Let the Frogs Out?

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Who Let the Frogs Out? is a fun-packed mystery for young readers, with eye-popping illustrations that make the story even more enjoyable. Bobby and his friends are afraid that they are going to be in big trouble with his grandparents because someone turned loose about a gazillion frogs in the house.

Have you ever been blamed for something you didn't do? Bobby, Benny, Matt, and Carl, also known as The Four Musketeers, are sure they will be blamed for the frogs' escape, while they are staying at MamMa and PapPa's house. After all, they did catch the frogs and bring them in the house. But they were in a terrarium, with a lid on the top! Who could have done it? No, who
would have done it? All of them love coming to the farm during summer vacation. They love sleeping on feather beds and catching big catfish in the pond. They especially love eating MamMa's apple pie and homemade ice cream.

And now this might mean that they won't be invited to come back.
Carl is especially scared. After all, he likes to play jokes on the rest of the gang. During a sleepover once, he put worms in Matt's pants pockets. But he insists that he didn't do it. So, who did? Maybe Ol' Fred, the dog, and Ol' Marge, the cat, know. But they're not telling!

This is the second in a series of books entitled, "Growing Up With Nature." The first was
Who Let the Bugs Out? The series focuses on outdoor adventures and experiences. It reveals interesting information about animals and insects and amazing facts about nature. You don't want to miss out on The Four Musketeers' adventures!

Who Let the Frogs Out? is perfect for you if enjoy:

  • Playing outside

  • Having adventures

  • Solving mysteries

  • Exploring nature

  • Learning about animals

You can find
Who Let the Frogs Out? and Who Let the Bugs Out? and all of author Robert U. Montgomery's other books at Amazon and other booksellers.


Nourishing the Soul

My New Book to Benefit Meals on Wheels and Senior Centers

The value of the national Meals on Wheels program transcends delivering meals to home-bound recipients. In
Nourishing the Soul--- the Real Value of Meals on Wheels, author Robert U. Montgomery documents how it improves life emotionally, spiritually, and even physically for volunteers, as well as recipients.

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December 1963

Additionally, I was aided and abetted in my survival by the Beatles, who also came into my life in 1963. On Dec. 26, “I Want to Hold Your Hand” and “I Saw Her Standing There” were released in the United States, igniting Beatlemania. No, I didn’t yell, scream, or swoon as so many teen girls did when John, Paul, Ringo, and George appeared on the “Ed Sullivan Show” in February of 1964.

But I do remember sitting on my bed in the new house that I hated and actually feeling pleasure surge through my body as I listened to those songs on my transistor radio. During those days of crewcuts and Elvis pompadours, I recall the delight that I took in seeing one brave soul wear a shaggy Beatles wig to school.

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'She Makes Me Smile Every Day'

Ursa

With Ursa (in photo), a stray Lab-mix pup I adopted in 1998, I began to understand that dogs are at their finest and happiest when we treat them as companions instead of just pets. As a consequence, we are better and happier too. I'm not sure how this happened. Call it sudden insight coupled with long-overdue maturity on my part. Certainly Ursa needed no epiphany to consider herself my companion, just as Squeaky and Happy didn't decades before.

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