Monday, September 28, 2015

Welcome Autumn

Welcome Autumn, my favorite time of year.  Cool evenings and not-too-warm days, beautiful colors and less mowing.  A perfect season since I'm not particularly a hot weather person.  In fact I tolerate cold much better. Speaking of which-it won't be long before we're all going to be wishing for summer's return.  But I'm ready.  Snow blower is good to go and there's plenty of wood on hand.  All I have to do is research heating oil prices.

In the mean time I'll enjoy autumn. 

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Random Observations

1. I just read a short article in the National Wildlife magazine about a property owner's chore that gets closer every day-getting rid of leaves.  The crux of the article was don't do it.  Leave (no pun intended) them on the ground.  They'll help fertilize the lawn and they're good for wildlife.  You can mulch them with a mulching mower in the spring and help the lawn even more.

This sounds like an excellent idea to me.  I spend many hours roaming around my property with a backpack blower blowing leaves into the woods only to have a lot of them return over the winter by winter winds.  This year I'll try to cut down on that.  I'll save time, gas and a lot of aggravation.  I'll let you know how it works next spring!

2. I just read a news item that is of some concern to me.  Rupert Murdoch, owner of Fox TV station, has purchased the National Geographic magazine from the National Geographic Society.  I note that this is of some concern because Murdoch is an extreme conservative who calls into question the scientific facts of global warming, evolution and the need for energy conservation.  Will future National Geographic articles reflect his anti science views?  I hope not.  If so, that will be the end of a long tradition of legitimate scientific inquiry.


Wednesday, September 16, 2015


Forty eight years ago today Sandi and I started out on a long journey together.  It has been quite a trip with many ups and downs-but by far more good times than not. I hope there are many more years to go. 

Another journey started out 9 years ago today.  Our son Peter and Jen began their life together.  They too have had their share of good times and I'm sure there are many more years for them.

Friday, September 11, 2015

Where were you?

Aside from ordinary life events such as weddings, births, deaths, etc. there are certain other things of a more global nature that happen during the course of a person's life. Those events are burned into your memory pretty much forever.

For example I can recall the details of my whereabouts when President Kennedy was assassinated, when the first space shuttle exploded and the tragedy at Sandy Hook School.

Today marks the fourth such event-the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.  I remember the day very well although it happened exactly 14 years ago.  School had been cancelled at Sandy Hook because a delivery truck had taken down power lines.  I had to go to the central office to help call parents to tell them there'd be no school.  It was when I was driving home that I first heard the news of the day's events.  When I got home I turned on TV and pretty much stayed there the rest of the day.

I would like to think we're safer today as a result of measures that have been put in place to safeguard us against another such attack.  And I do believe that we are much safer now than we were before.  Unfortunately, the dangers we face these days are from within.  Dangers like lunatics getting their hands on firearms have still gone unaddressed.  That's a problem.

Maybe the coming year will see some progress.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

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Saturday, September 5, 2015

Anarchy or law? What's it to be?

Have you been following that case of the Kentucky town clerk named Kim Davis who was recently jailed for contempt for not carrying out the duties of her office by refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay people?  She claims that in spite of recent Supreme Court rulings, it goes against her moral code. 

Let's take her logic to its ultimate conclusion.  This means that it's OK for anyone to ignore the law of the land if it violates their particular code of ethics.  In other words anarchy.  A basic lawless society where each lives by his/her own standards regardless of whether or not it violates another person's rights.

She deserves to be in jail.  She's an idiot.

But here's what's worse.  There are a significant number of people who actually support her actions.  Have they thoroughly thought this out?   Clearly not.  More idiots...and they vote.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Note to My Blog Readers

First, Happy September 1st.  This is one of the nicer months of the year in my opinion and there's a lot going on both historically and personally. 

Second, today Brooke and Courtney are headed back to school.  Yesterday we spent the morning at the Bent of the River Audubon Center in Southbury. It's a beautiful area of 800 acres and if you like hiking and nature, it's a must see.

To see pictures of our hike and to learn more about what went on in September throughout history, visit my web site