The fox on the roof

We live next to an undeveloped piece of hillside that slopes upward. We have a shed next to the house and its roof slopes down to ground level on the side away from the house. This morning we awoke to a family of five foxes cavorting on the roof of the shed. Mamma, pappa and three young ones. We think that they are hungry and are eying our two cats as a meal. Strangely our two cats are not afraid. I much prefer the fox and family to FOX and Friends.

Discharge of firearms prohibited, next 1 mile

In addition to this blog, for the past twelve months I have written a monthly column for the local newspaper, The Spectrum. I was dissatisfied with some of their edits and the fact that all the feedback I received from readers was negative, never positive. Since I was running out of ideas that might appeal to their audience and facing an upcoming deadline for a Christmas article, I decided to resign from the writers’ group. Last year for Christmas, they published some of my poems, including Utah in Winter, but this year I was fresh out of ideas.

Yesterday my wife and I went for a walk on BLM land where I had spent 18 months picking up litter and then writing about in article entitled BLM land. Most of the litter I found was related to firearms and I suggested in my article that three steps were necessary to keep the land litter free. Ban the sale of alcohol in glass containers, provide cheap and convenient trash disposal for residents and restrict where guns might be discharged. I never expected that the use of guns would be restricted, but now there is a new, bright red and white sign at the entrance to the BLM land that says, “Discharge of firearms prohibited, next 1 mile.” There is a firing range about one mile from the entrance to the BLM land. That exactly coincides with the area that I cleaned up.  Coincidence perhaps, or maybe just maybe, my article did some good. The area where we walked appeared to be relatively litter free. There is also a smaller sign that says, “No dumping.”


Early TV

I Love Lucy

I Love Lucy (Photo credit: Thomas Hawk)

During the 1950s in Chicago, if my memory serves me correctly, we had our choice of four channels: CBS on 2, NBC on 5, ABC on 7 and WGN on 9. Most shows were 30 minutes long and most people watched the hit shows, like I Love Lucy at 7:00 pm on Monday nights. Now there are so many channels that most people are watching different shows. My point is that in the early days of television, TV united us culturally while today TV is a divider.

Solar eclipse

Total Solar eclipse 1999 in France. * Addition...

Total Solar eclipse 1999 in France. * Additional noise reduction performed by Diliff. Original image by Luc Viatour. Français : L’éclipse totale de soleil en 1999 faite en France. * Réduction du bruit réalisée par Diliff. Image d’origine Luc Viatour. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

We watched the solar eclipse last night although we did not have the best view of it which was a few miles away. The distance from the earth to the moon varies and this time the moon was a bit too far away. When I was younger, there was a ring of fire eclipse where the moon was the perfect distance from earth. The moon was the same apparent size as the sun and the corona was very visible. In fact, the sun was visible through some lunar craters at the very edge of the moon’s edge. That was very spectacular, but I don’t recall whether or not I saw it in person or just read about it.