Go Fish A Fort Worth attorney travels in pursuit of the big one. IN 1984, ON THE HAFFJARDARA RIVER IN ICELAND, RALPH DUGGINS cast a line against 30-mile-per-hour gusts, working to catch an Atlantic salmon. “I had to forget the wind and get with it pretty quickly if I was going to be able to get my fly out there,” Duggins said. It was his first time fly-fishing—and a cold introduction—but after a couple of days with no luck, Duggins finally hauled in a beauty, marking the beginning of a beloved hobby. Even now, decades after that trip, Duggins maintains that patience is one of the most challenging aspects of fly-fishing. This doesn’t stop him from pursuing the sport—and the next great catch. Duggins, a partner in Cantey Hanger in Fort Worth, has a love for nature that dates back to his childhood in Missouri, where he grew up visiting his grandparents’ Ozark lodge on the Gasconade River. Using a cane pole and live bait, he would fish with his grandfather, Dru Pippins, who, for many years, served as chair of the Missouri Conservation Commission. Today, Duggins is vice chair of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission, and his passion for outdoor recreation remains strong—especially when it comes to fly-fishing. Duggins returned to Iceland several times following his initial excursion, and the prospect of more Atlantic salmon has taken him to the Ponoi River in Russia. In Colorado, Montana, and Alaska, he fishes for trout. And he fondly recalls visits to the Florida Keys, where he has used a fly rod to land tarpon—boney fish that can weigh more than 100 pounds. Closer to home, in Rockport, Duggins pursues redfish. “It’s gotten crowded because so many people enjoy it, but it can be darn good,” Duggins said of the local hotspot. When it comes to selecting gear and prepping for a fishing trip, Duggins says he considers location and what kind of fish he is after. Hooks and lines come in a variety of sizes, and the method of fishing also varies. Flats fishing, where tarpon, permit, and bone fish feed in shallow waters, usually requires a boat; trout fishing, on the other hand, allows more opportunities for wading right into rivers and streams. And then there are the flies—used to attract fish by imitating something appetizing—that come in a wide variety of hues and styles. Some of them float, some of them sink. All are designed with a specific catch in mind. While Duggins does not tie his own flies—claiming he is “not that dexterous or patient”—he thoughtfully considers which type to use, making adjustments as needed. “You have to change presentations and flies depending on where you’re fishing, what the wind’s doing, what the sun’s doing, what the current’s doing, what the fish are eating or happen to be interested in,” Duggins said. The true thrill begins once a fish takes a fly. Duggins says landing a larger species, like a tarpon, can take 30 to 45 minutes, as the fish fights. “To me, the best part of the enjoyment of fishing is seeing a fish rise to a surface fly and, after being hooked, jump.” Duggins returns his catches to the water. As much as he enjoys angling, Duggins would be content doing just about anything in the open air. He hunts quail and elk, but has no qualms about going home empty-handed as long as he had an opportunity to observe the environment. And he likes sharing that enthusiasm with others, taking his twin sons on fishing outings and encouraging everyone to explore and enjoy the magnificent outdoors. After all, as Duggins says, “Life’s better outside.” HANNAH KIDDOO Divine Calling How a Dallas attorney combines law and ministry. MANY LAWYERS CHOOSE HOBBIES THAT OFFER A MUCH-NEEDED AND DESERVED BREAK FROM THE PRACTICE OF LAW. But for 69-year-old Dallas attorney Rosemary Redmond, her legal career and second occupation as a pastor go hand-in-hand. “I know that law and spirituality cannot be separated,” Redmond said. “Because the law is serving people and their needs, just like the ministry, I think we’re really called to law. A calling to the law is just as much a calling from God as any other calling.” As a student attending St. Mary’s University School of Law in the late 1960s, Redmond became close friends with several nuns who studied theology in the summers. She continued to focus on her law path, working for the Texas General Land Office for two years after being admitted to the bar. But without the strong religious community she had grown accustomed to, Redmond felt that something was missing. So, in 1972, she joined the Catholic religious order of the School Sisters of Notre Dame. “I felt like they were really serving the world,” Redmond said of the sisters. “I wanted to use my law in a way that would directly help people through a religious organization that would place me with those kinds of opportunities.” Six years later, Redmond decided not to take final vows as a sister because, she said, she likely would have had to give up her law practice to take on leadership roles within the church due to declining enrollment. She continued practicing law and giving guest sermons whenever she could, and did—and continues to do—much work for elderly poor through the Dallas Area Agency on Aging. In 2009, the tides of Redmond’s life began to change. She was invited to give a guest sermon at the First Christian Church of Ennis, near Fort Worth. Redmond says she focused the message on “how faith can move a mountain” by giving the congregation 10 ways in which they had already overcome significant obstacles by relying on their belief in God. Not long after, the church invited her to be its pastor. The transcript of that sermon wound up in the hands of a professor at Brite Divinity School at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth. He passed it along to Brite’s admissions department, and, in January 2010, Redmond started working toward her Master of Divinity. After 4 1/2 years of intense study—which she had to re-teach herself how to do, often giving up social outings with friends—Redmond graduated on May 9, 2014, and will be ordained this fall. “I’ve been a full-time pastor, a full-time attorney, and a fulltime student,” she said. “Looking back on it now, I can’t even believe I did it. I loved every minute of it. Fortunately, all three areas never went into crisis simultaneously. Age is not an obstacle; it’s just an excuse. If there’s a dream there, go do that. The time will pass faster than you will possibly think.” Redmond has continued as pastor of First Christian, which includes preparing weekly Sunday school lessons, preparing and delivering the sermon each Sunday, visiting ill members in the hospital, helping members with family troubles, and encouraging the congregation to serve others through various projects, such as donating rice and beans to local senior citizens. “We are called by Jesus to serve the poor,” Redmond said. “The goal is to keep focused on Jesus as a person and what he did and what he said. I think that’s a real need today because we tend to make Jesus into our own image.” LINDSAY STAFFORD MADER TEXAS PEOPLE Melinda Jayson Melinda G. Jayson, Dallas Elected to fellowships in the College of Commercial Arbitrators and the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators in London. Gregg Costa 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, Galveston Appointed by President Barack Obama and confirmed by the U.S. Senate to the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals. Cathleen Parsley Texas State Office of Administrative Hearings, Austin Reappointed as chief administrative law judge for the Texas State Office of Administrative Hearings by Gov. Rick Perry. Robert B. Wilson Robert B. Wilson Law Office, Lubbock Appointed as a standing trustee of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Texas.
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