Looking Out the Window

We recently had a blow of edgy, dangerous thunderstorms. The sporting event on TV had been interrupted by a weather bulletin.

The weatherman appeared to be operating in an overly excited state; darting around the Doppler radar map, pointing out a line of dangerous storms here; possible rotation there, occasionally warning viewers in specific locales that they should be in their safe places. It was valuable, important, potentially life-saving work. Technology put to good use. But the broadcaster seemed to be enjoying himself a bit too much.IMG_9878


I grew up on Herring Street in a small house that faced southwest; the approach route of most mean-edged summer storms. My idea of checking the weather was to look out the window; a practical approach I adapted to my general outlook on life. That explains many things.

A Christmas Note

A reminder, from Luke

“And so it was, that while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manager; because there was no room for them in the inn. And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for behold,  I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you;  Ye shall find th babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.”

I like presents and candy and eggnog as much as the next guy. But it’s important to remember: No Christ child; no Christmas.

John Glenn: Hero

My earliest memories include a man I never met: John Glenn.

He was a person I grew to greatly admire; not so much for his accomplishments, which were tremendous. But for what he came to represent. An American hero. A hero from my youth who stretched into my adulthood.

I’ve no doubt Col. Glenn had his faults and frailties, like any man. But I can ignore that. Friendship 7. A grainy B&W TV image. Nothing fires a kid’s imitation like a flaming rocket. Three times around the earth. A loosened heat shield the engineers feared would not hold. A lifetime in the limelight. A ride on the Space Shuttle. Hero.

God speed, indeed, John Glenn.

On the Katy Trail; Surviving the Heat, Garvin

If  you enjoy biking, travel, adventure, wine, history, train rides and more check out my recent story for USATODAY.com about Missouri’s Katy Trail State Park at http://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/destinations/2016/06/24/katy-trail-statepark/86294304/. #KatyTrail #biking #VisitMo #outdoorsIMG_6680

Summertime is fun but the heat can be a killer. Don’t be a victim. Learn how to avoid (and treat) heat-related problems at The Courier-Journal Kentuckiana Outdoors http://www.courier-journal.com/topic/885cfea0-d87f-4f3b-ac8c-56edb8b184e6/kentuckiana-outdoors/. #heatdangers #CJoutdoors

Good fishing friends are hard to find. Don’t take them for granted. My friend Terry Garvin was one of a kind. More at http://www.kentuckymonthly.com/explore/field-notes/fishing-with-garvin/. #flyfishing #onthecreekIMG_8059

Get outside. Be Safe. Have fun.