Sunday, June 9, 2024

The Messenger

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North Country life can sometimes feel overwhelmingly hard; cold climate, harsh winters, economically challenging, limited career opportunities, lack of adequate housing and services, an unending array of environmental issues and regulatory quagmires, blackflies.

I’ve never been a particularly religious man, at least not overtly. But every once in a while, even a seasoned Adirondack Outlaw survivor’s soul benefits from an uplifting message. Sometimes that messenger appears quite unexpectedly, and in the strangest of places.

One such experience came my way this past winter. For the story that message inspired, click the link & read on.  

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A veteran north country writer & story teller raised in Saranac Lake, Dick enjoys “Living in the Day I Am In”, and then writing about it. A severely speech impaired 3x cancer survivor, his pen is his voice. He shares many of his Adirondack Outlaw adventures & tales here. Read the rest on his blog @

5 Responses

  1. Arthur F Dodson says:

    Thank you Mr Monroe, God bless .

  2. Gary N. Lee Lee says:

    Great story, put a couple packets of yeast in once and a while and you won’t need your tank pumped, prayers answered. Mine has been 24 years without a pump and lots of use.

    • Thank you, Gary, but I’m not sure your remedy is a universal gospel. As a homeowner, I’ve used a monthly dose of yeast/RIDEX religiously for the last 35+ years. My tank still benefits from a yearly pump out, or at least every two. Usage, flow rates & other slope/soil/environmental percolation factors must come into play. I must have lost track when COVID hit, because as it turned out mine hadn’t been done since 2019 and, despite my regular RIDEX use, rebelled in protest, which, in mid-January, quickly became a serious “chat with God” moment.

  3. David Bower says:

    God moves in amazing ways, and His angels work among us in many forms. God bless you, Mr. Monroe.

  4. Raymond Budnick says:

    Thank You for this article. The web of the framework of the Adirondacks is built from many peoples. This is true diversity and inclusion.

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