One Year Ago

We arrived in Lindsborg on a Monday morning, one year ago today. We had spent the night before in Dodge City, and eager to see our new home, we left bright and early and got to Lindsborg by mid-morning. We did some household shopping during the afternoon and had a pizza dinner with George and … Read more

Black Swallowtail Butterfly

Sheryl took a couple of great pictures of a black swallowtail butterfly that was fluttering around our back yard a few days ago. I contributed a couple of early fall flower images, and the result is a small set of flower and butterfly images up at Flickr; a couple of samples are shown below: ::

Running from Rita

Today there have been reports of extremely bad traffic leaving the Houston area as folks try to evacuate in advance of hurricane Rita. The visuals on TV show mile after mile of stop and go traffic, and one report said there was gridlock for a 100 mile stretch of highway. I’ve seen a traffic jam … Read more

Mt. Zion National Park

After we left the Bridgeport area, we drove across Nevada and into southeastern Utah. We spent the night a few miles east of Mt. Zion National Park, and had enough time for a short visit to the park before sunset. We had been there once before, back in 1987, and did remember part of the … Read more

Monarch Butterfly Photo

I was lucky enough to get a reasonably nice picture of a Monarch Butterfly perched on one of the flowers on our back deck. At first I wasn’t sure if it was a Monarch or Viceroy Butterfly, but now I know Viceroys have a dark horizontal stripe towards the bottom of their wings, and Monarchs … Read more

Bridgeport and Twin Lakes Area

We love the area near Bridgeport and Twin Lakes California, and go there every chance we get. Fortune found us there in early July this year, where we spent the night before continuing our journey home to Lindsborg. Like we’ve seen so many other times this year, the water levels in the area creeks and … Read more

Looking Back 4 Years

We were visiting Lindsborg back on 9/11, and due to the disruption in air travel we ended up driving back home to San Jose. Stunned by the events of that day, we took our time driving and were able to make a few stops along the way. The attitude at the Grand Canyon was hushed … Read more

Even in Darkness

One of the stories that hit me the hardest was relayed by one of the local political leaders, Jefferson Parish President Aaron Broussard. Apologies if you haven’t heard this before; it’s like a punch in the gut. “The guy who runs this building I’m in, emergency management, he’s responsible for everything. His mother was trapped … Read more

Not My America

I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to adequately express my feelings concerning the events of the past two weeks. I’ve had a range of emotions and responses, and one of them is, quite frankly, anger about the flawed initial response to the disaster. I’ve read a variety of first-person accounts, from both residents … Read more

Letter from New Orleans

I’ve seen reports in local papers that folks affected by Katrina are starting to make their way to our part of the country, and more are expected in the days ahead. To them, a warm heartland welcome! With that in mind, I thought I’d share this open letter from one of the reporters from the … Read more