Downtown Perspective

“Eventually, all things merge into one, and a river runs through it. The river was cut by the world’s great flood and runs over rocks from the basement of time. On some of the rocks are timeless raindrops. Under the rocks are the words, and some of the words are theirs. I am haunted by waters.”   – Norman Maclean, A River Runs Through It

This quote struck me the first time I laid eyes on it, partially because I am an angler and partially because it is such a beautiful arrangement of words that sum up life. Universally speaking, the words penned by Norman Maclean 40 years ago in his semi-autobiographical novel translate to so many aspects of our lives. You don’t have to enjoy fly-fishing to appreciate the trials of a family dynamic and their love for fishing or the abundance of metaphors that Maclean laced throughout his story. Similarly, it does not take a literary genius to see that the story talks about fishing and relationships but it speaks to the pursuit of the meaning of life and the different paths that each of us take in that journey.  Read More