May 7, 2009
I’m here walking along the Grand River in Grand Haven, Mich. It’s 10:36 a.m. with a cold breeze blowing in off of the river, and a bank of fog is sitting just a bit farther out. The smoke bellows from atop an old factory just to the north with no one in sight, except for the little birdies flying in circles around me and the odd salmon that jump periodically as their splashes echo in surround sound. I feel like I’m reliving a moment in time that has been captured before in an old novel or the movie “A River Runs Through It.” Even though I can’t really remember it. Time is at a standstill, and I am OK with it. Sometimes life at home seems to be going so fast — too fast for that matter.
May 25, 2007
I look outside my window and there's not a cloud in the sky. Another sunny day and my view is exquisite from the 22nd floor. Directly down below me sits the Grand River and across the way sits the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum. I must admit I'm feeling a little discombobulated here in Grand Rapids, Mich., doing taped interviews for the documentary movie "Eco-Warriors: Guardians of Surf," a film about the environment and surfers who are contributing in preserving our oceans.
September 17, 2004
CATHARINE COOPER Desert scents, released by the night's rain, permeate the narrow walls of Ventana Canyon and fill my nostrils with the heady fragrance of wet creosote and paloverde. My friend, Laurie Lee, and I climb rock-laden slopes in soft early light, chattering the full gamut of guys, kids, friends, parents, work and travel. A special topic takes precedent this morning -- the meetings of the preceding day and the formation of the Grand Canyon River Runners Assn.
September 13, 2002
CHASING DOWN THE MUSE "Every beginning is some other beginning's end." These words from a song by the group Green Day play in my mind as I take my morning walk this first week of September. The shafts of sunlight filter down to the earth through gray cloud cover. Walking along the edge of the sea, sand crunching soft beneath my feet, I reflect on the past three months -- beginnings, endings, and new beginnings. The time has passed with such speed.