November Train

NovemberBlew in like a southwest trainGiving us hope and thanksFor much needed rainFollowing OctoberWith record rainfallMaybe our droughtWon’t be bad after allKeep fingers crossedThis time of yearOur plants need the rainOur water is dear

Forest Fire of Color

I’m so gladYou were sparedLeft to growYour leaves aglowRain has startedPray for moreForests dryConsumed by fireAction neededBy you and me Prevent the treesCatastrophe

It’s Never Too Late

Governments are fiddle-yWhile Earth burnsLiterallyA show of forceLet’s use our PowerChange our courseIt’s been foreverSince all good peopleCame togetherIt starts at homeWhat we can doWe’re not aloneRide a bikeAvoid the carWalk and hikeDIYAvoid packagingMake dolphins smileUse your handsUp-cycle, reuseYou’ll be gladIf everyoneDid one small partWhat a great start

Smoke Signal Telegraph

Today is the first day where Sierra forest fire smoke has caused our blue sky’s to turn an ominous orange. Its not too bad, but I expect we will now be in a pattern for the next two months. It never used to be this way – last August was the first time I’ve experienced such heavy smoke in the 39 years I’ve lived…

Revolution: Spaceship Earth

I’m reading a great book about the American Revolution by Rick Atkinson called “The British Are Coming”. I’m interested because using Ancestry, I found out that I have some British and German relatives who were in America before, during and after the Revolution. As we approach August, Summer is already 1/3rd done. Back to School sales start and swim meets go through their final…

The Freedom of Getting Older

When I was young I had to spend a lot of time investing in my career, then young family. I also had my own one man consulting business. In my 20’s, when just out of college, I’d say for 10 years being cool or hip was important. That was a very silly waste of time. That meant I had no time to actually do…


The most beautiful placeThat I’ve ever seenIs a part of heavenCalled Telluride We drove from Mesa VerdeAfter a gorgeous hikeOn hiway 1 – 4 – 5The most beautiful pike ChorusTellurideAlways in my heartTellurideAlways on my mind We saw aspens aglowGold, crimson and copperAlong the wayTo Telluride When we arrivedWe saw aspens in snowI could have diedAnd that would have been alright

Silent Night, STARRY NIGHT

Thanksgiving will be full of thanks this year. Even with the pandemic – the promise of a vaccine looms large – and when I say loom – this time its a good thing!

Malthusian Spectre

Malthusian Spectre A house of cards A building implodes A highway crash With 36 cars A wooden boat Whose hull is on fire A sputtering plane That’s run out of gas A once proud nation Burned just like Rome An orange sky Polluted and dark The polar ice caps Turning to water A long line of dominoes Rapidly falling Pedestrian struck In the crosswalk…

A Harvest Moon Prayer

Grand County, Colorado A year ago we spent part of September in Denver, and then because we were driving through Boulder, Ft. Collins, Steamboat Springs and Grand Junction – that we would extend our vacation and drive all the way home – via Park City, Utah. We are very glad that we did. The only problem with Autumn in recent years has been all…