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Fly fishing is a sport long dominated by men, both domestic and internationally. Advertisements traditionally target married white males, approximately 40 years old. Equipment has been designed for men by men, and fishing is routinely considered a manly blood sport. Fishing trips were for the boys, and when we were children, grandpa took us fishing, and brought the fish home for the women to cook. Yet despite the proliferation of these ideas, nothing could be further from the truth. Women have participated and added to the sport, and continue to do so daily.
April showers bring May flowers, vibrant and colorful, and of course fragrant. The scent of blossoming gardens wafting through the air of a warm spring day is a common and memorable event in Old Town, and will sometimes trigger a memory of times long gone, and places of our past. Your sense of smell is one of your senses most closely associated with memory. Each person’s memory and sense of smell are unique, which is why someone smelling homemade chocolate chip cookies baking can trigger fond memories of their childhood while someone else might be turned off thinking about a past job working long hours at a bakery.
As April begins to roll in and around our nation's capital, we're reminded that we're entering a new season. Spring reminds us all that life and beauty renews itself each year in the form of dogwood and cherry blossoms, newly sprouting leaves and green grass, and the arrival of daylight savings time and the start of longer days and increasingly shorter nights. The robin calling just before daybreak, the warm, moist breeze wafting in from the river, and cool mornings that gradually give way to warmer afternoons.