There are times when an e-mail and picture make my day. This morning is a time…a smile to the ears and a nod of the heart.

Backstory…almost 20 years ago I wanted to fish the Wilson River for steelhead. My regular guide, Jon Winter, was ailing. I stopped into a fishing store that advertised “Hire Fishing Guides.” Never heard of the guy, someone named Chris Vertopoulos. He made it on time [not all guides do, but short of a mishap I do since I am prideful of never turning in a paper late!] We had a great time, hit it off just fine. That started our fishing together. Try to get to Portland to fish with him more than occasionally.

Then. I saw again the film, “Zorba The Greek.” One of my favorites because Zorba is my hero…a true free spirit who danced in a coffin. He soared in spirit and reached out to help others. And then it hit me, Chris was a similar spirit, although we can leave out the coffin bit. So, he became Zorba. And because he appreciates my own journey, I am Padre.

This morning, and I want to share, Zorba and Heather are visiting Zorba’s family in Greece. They’re having a great time. I asked him to wave to his namesake, as he might appear spiritually. This note and picture capture it. Go, Zorba! In August he and I will bring Brian with us to battle the Fall Chinook Salmon on the Columbia out of Astoria. We will both help Brian, verbally mind you, when the fish is on and he wants it to come to the net, to “LIFT UP…REEL DOWN!” The best mantra to all fisher folk who want their fishing to shift to catching is put this way, “Tight Lines and Singing Reels.”

Ah, Monday has begun just right. Note he is now self-acclaimed Zorba II, in honor of Zorba I
Greetings from Mykonos, Greece.
Heather insisted I pose for a pic in front of this building.
Cheers, Zorba II


About Mark H Miller

Diane and I live in Leander, Texas. This past June 17, 2015 I celebrated the 49th anniversary of my ordination. We returned to Texas after three years in Washington, during which I served as interim minister in Bellevue/Eastgate and Mercer Island. Am planning to begin a 5th novel that will have my protagonist, Tricia Gleason, serve a year in licensed ministry in Snoqualmie, Washington. The novel, "The Lemon Drop Didn't Melt," will find Tricia wrestling with ministry challenges. None of which more daunting than someone wanting her breathing to stop. All the published novels are available on Amazon and Amazon Kindle under Mark Henry Miller. A primary goal in our return to Texas is to make sure grandchildren get lots of attention--here and in Chicago and Washington, D.C. Traveling is definitely an activity that will not slow down. With that, of course, fishing will happen. To that the t-shirt is apt, "I fish; therefore I am." In addition to novels, the book of Blogs, "Voice Of My Heart," is also available on Amazon.
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