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  • 19 Sep 2012 11:17 AM | Ben (Administrator)
    The act of giving becomes enduring and sustainable when all individuals and cultures involved feel like they are both the giver and the receiver.

    Sustainable giving is an equilibrium.  Keeping the pendulum in the middle and following these 10 Guidelines helps to assure a meaningful and enduring experience.
  • 11 Sep 2012 12:18 PM | Ben (Administrator)
    One of the funnest fishes to catch (either by accident or by design) is the payara (pie-aw-ruh).  The payara will attack sub-service lures about 18 inches below the water surface.  Blue and silver minnows work best in my experience.  You will most likely catch them in fast current waters (especially when they join with other tributaries).
  • 08 Sep 2012 9:52 AM | Ben (Administrator)

    Over the past five years we have developed some guidelines for sustainable local and international development.  Here are the 10 truths (or guidelines) for sustainable development:

    1. To learn, to care, and to act are the guiding principles of sustainable development.
    2. Long-lasting impact comes through friendship and one-to-one relationships.
    3. People are inspired to take action when they truly listen, observe, learn, and understand.
    4. The act of giving becomes enduring and sustainable when all individuals and cultures involved feel like they are both the giver and the receiver.
    5. It is unwise to do for [others] what they can do for themselves (Flynn, 2010).
    6. Buy-in comes through local leadership; ongoing support comes from the community; funding and resources come from everyone.
    7. Positive change requires patience and persistence.
    8. Wisdom comes from making mistakes; correcting them; sharing them; and staying on task.
    9. Sustainability increases when local leadership, training, accountability, and self-sufficiency are maximized.
    10. Development is fun, rewarding, and challenging.
    © 2012 Ben Nolte
  • 21 Aug 2012 12:21 PM | Ben (Administrator)
    In October and November of 2011, the water levels were at the perfect level for catching peacock bass.  When the water is descending and is at mid-level, the peacock bass jump on everything in sight.  2012 appears to be no exception.  We expect the water levels to be perfect this fall.
  • 20 Nov 2010 10:55 AM | Ben (Administrator)
    Russ caught a 22 lb peacock bass using a white Zara Super Spook. near the village of Tapera along the Rio Negro.
  • 21 Feb 2010 12:23 PM | Ben (Administrator)
    Chris was fishing for peacock bass, but caught a 10 lb. aruana (arowana) instead.

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