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finding the calm in the storm

So much of what I see, read, hear, fight against … so much of my world and what I share here is about the evil forces and their assault on everything we appreciate about our world. Once in a while a supremely positive note comes my way. I need those. You probably do as well. As I read the mantra below I was inspired to do as it instructed. But where? Where in my current world is the right place to connect with my spirituality, nature, the cosmos …? Recalling when I was most at peace and in harmony with the natural world took me to the Pacific Coast. Walking, jogging, laying and playing on the sandy beaches with […]

fire season has arrived

Not my favorite part of the year, but rather inevitable. First off, I am no fan of hot weather. Secondly I am sensitive to forest fire smoke … makes my eyes burn and respiratory system complain. So I watch the reports with greater than average interest… and spend more time indoors with high-performance air filters running. I have done significant experimenting with available Internet tools for fire and air quality monitoring. I share my favorites here. If you find one or more of value to you, I recommend bookmarking them yourself. – Ted https://www.star.nesdis.noaa.gov/jpss/mapper/#zoom=5/date=2021Jul11/lat=39.5/lon=-98.4/tcon=true/granon=false/bordon=true/view=asc/l1on=false/satval1=SNPP/sensval1=Aerosols/prodval1=aod/levval1=null/op1=1/l2on=false/satval2=SNPP/sensval2=Land/prodval2=frp/levval2=null/op2=1/l3on=false/satval3=SNPP/sensval3=Land/prodval3=frp/levval3=null/op3=1 https://www.airnow.gov/?city=Darby&state=MT&country=USA https://gis.dnrc.mt.gov/apps/firemap/ http://svc.mt.gov/deq/todaysair/ https://rammb-slider.cira.colostate.edu/?sat=goes-17&sec=full_disk&x=12248&y=3480&z=2&angle=0&im=48&ts=2&st=0&et=0&speed=250&motion=loop&maps%5Bborders%5D=white&lat=0&p%5B0%5D=geocolor&p%5B1%5D=band_02&opacity%5B0%5D=1&opacity%5B1%5D=0.5&pause=0&slider=-1&hide_controls=0&mouse_draw=0&follow_feature=0&follow_hide=0&s=rammb-slider&draw_color=FFD700&draw_width=6 https://fire.airnow.gov/ https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/

perfect protective pooch

My puppy is now over two years old. I spent most of that time teaching him to be welcoming and accepting of strangers who approached our home, car or selves. He is a pit/shepherd – both breeds capable of being not good with strangers – and both capable of backing up any animosity with hurtfulness. My job was to raise this puppy into a dog that posed no threat to good people. Numerous UPS and FedEx drivers helped, along with myriad friends and strangers. He “got it”. If my body language said they were good, They Were Good. When I told him they were good, They Were Good. He did no extraneous barking; no aggressive posturing … ever. I […]

March 20th is Spring Equinox

Let’s celebrate … let’s make today somehow memorable. Your wall calendars and media might call today “first day of spring” or some other trivializing phrase, as if it is a meaningless Hallmark holiday. Do not confuse it with other fabricated events on your pre-printed calendar. Mankind has paid attention to solstices and equinoxes throughout our history. The days have been getting longer since the winter solstice, and will continue growing until the summer solstice June 21st. Wednesday is exactly half-way in between. It defines the shift from snow-cold-snow-cold to robins, flowers, butterflies and shedding jackets during the day. Pessimists say The Bitterroot has three seasons: snow, flood and smoke. I suppose we had better broadcast it like that lest we […]

eagle identification wild goose chase

The chickens squawked urgently – a loud and clear threat alarm. I dashed to the window. Holey smokes! Looked like an eagle standing in their yard. I scrambled into the chicken yard to watch him fly away. (Him, her, I have no idea. I’ll just use the generic male terminology for simplicity’s sake.) Yep, BIG … REALLY BIG. Blue flashes on both shoulders and a patch on the tail. He landed in a tree 100 meters away. I took several photos with my Canon camera zoomed in quite a bit. I figured one or more of them would not be blurred beyond recognition. I snapped a few pictures and kept an eye on him until he flew off away […]

super special solstice ~ December 21st

Monday will be the shortest day of the year. The sun will be reborn ~ emerge from its cave ~ signal a new year ~~~ There have been many ways to perceive and often celebrate the winter solstice. We should at least NOTICE IT. Really exciting for astronomers and celestial naturalists of all stripes is the coincidental alignment of Jupiter and Saturn on this day. Really pumping it up for astrologists is the further coincidence of transitioning to The Age Of Aquarius. Some are predicting MAJOR CHANGES or fantastic drama for this day. A bit hard for me to reach that level of excitement, but it most certainly deserves notice, perhaps celebration – maybe a good bottle of wine […]

Autumn on our homestead

With four days of rain predicted and reasonable certainty that both the summer and the Indian Summer are history, I saw this morning as my last chance to seed the areas my construction projects this year laid bare. I have been trying to buy or borrow a real harrow to work the seeds under cover, but nothing worked out. So I made my own along the lines of cheap, scrappy farm yard stuff. Old boards. Fence scrap. Screws. Chain. Ingenuity. It worked just fine. It has been almost a decade since I sold off my 20-year business, The Gentleman Farmer with tractors, implements, good-will and customer list. Our Bunkhouse homestead demanded a snow plow so I have a Polaris […]

open the window – let new information in

Knowledge that explains events better than our prior understanding of how things worked is a welcome breath of fresh air. But open windows make us vulnerable. Stuff we don’t want can fly or blow into our safe, controlled spaces. It is absolutely natural to analyze, categorize and permanently store information about everything in our known world so we can focus our senses on the new and extraordinary which could pose fresh threats or opportunities. This pre-judging that a tree will always act like a tree, a road will always be a road, water can be counted on to behave like water and so on MUST be how animals operate or they would be completely unable to function. Deceivers work […]

Driving Miss Laura

Eastern USofA sunrise August 27th, 2020In 1993 multiple government agencies began experimenting with HAARP – High-Frequency Active Auroral Research Program. The usual suspects included DARPA, USAF, and USNavy. Their test facility was far from prying eyes in Gakona, Alaska. What they learned in the next 20 years has been applied globally with at 9 stations around the world for years. They added a movable one built into a ship since then and I don’t know how many others. Each sends a city’s-worth of electricity into Earth’s atmosphere in microwave form to steer the weather this way and that creating epic storms, flooding, blizzards and breaking every natural disaster record around the world for a decade or more now. The GOES-16 […]

heat wave viewed from space

The geo-stationary satellite positioned over the Pacific Ocean off the coast of North America (named GOES-17) provides a moving video loop of our weather from a space-oriented view. You and I can watch it on the Internet anytime we want. I often do. In this video I describe what I see, and what you can see if you look. Nature did not create this heat wave, nor the record-breaking floods, rains, snowfalls, droughts, hurricanes, or any of the epic weather we have experienced in the last decade. I describe a bit on how to read the map. I did study meteorology and working outdoors most of my life required I develop a weather eye. Watch for yourself. Come to your […]

Bunkhouse flowers beginning to bloom

I wandered around our yard snapping photos of the various flowers blessing our yard. I share here for your visual pleasure. I admit that artfully cropped close-ups do give the impression we live in a super garden. The reality is not quite like that.

summer solstice – this year’s longest day

Today is the summer solstice. Celebrate it. Go dance in the sunshine… Or walk… Or play… We are in it, but few know, having been disconnected from nature and the real world. For most of human existence, people knew seasonal cycles from direct experience. They paid attention because summer, winter, spring and fall mattered. Today experts tell them what they need to know, there’s an app for that covers much of their research, and food comes from grocery stores completely disconnected in their minds from farmers, agriculture, seasons and shipping technologies. In our location, today is the longest day of the year. Tonight is the shortest night of the year. The sun will not set over The North Pole […]