Astronomy Picture of the Day

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Travelogue for the Universe: Rerun Psalm 101 & an Apple Year

For the last day of April, 2014

A Rerun of Psalm 101
Which led me to post a story called
An Apple Year.
The turbulent weather hitting people hard.
The challenges of life...

Travelogue for the Universe: Psalm Challenge 101: Psalm Challenge 101   Psalm 101 King James Version (KJV) 101 I will sing of mercy and judgment: unto thee, O Lord , will I ...

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Rabbits & Robins & Waiting for Spring

Fred saw 3 rabbits up in the garden space,

They were scrounging and running around...good size.
We have seen a lot of Robins, Big big Robins,
Starlings already building, building,
Blackbirds of all kinds poking into the muddy hill
For worms that lived to be eaten.

I love hearing the birds in the spring,
Why not post a video I did for Mom of songbirds,
Specifically that hopeful spring tone, full of liquid sounds.
The Sea part of the video is for Levon who missed the concert
That we missed, hanging out and telling anyone who would listen that
We had been to Levon's barn/house/studio
And clearly Levon was the most disappointed person there that night.

Still waiting for true spring...
I call this movie,
Take a time out.

Monday, April 28, 2014

David Letterman - Ray LaMontagne: "Supernova"

Ray is so special...
We saw him with Levon Helm at the Flynn-will never forget Ray doing..."Tears of Rage"

Fred saw this

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Moonalice Commercial_2014-04-25_Pioneertown, CA

Random post, for fun,
They have woven commercials and art together...
Visual and auditory input,
Add cowboys,
images ingrained in our collective baby boomer brains,
and mix,
<3 i="" moonalice="" nbsp="">

Holly Williams, "Waiting On June"


As I watched Holly Williams again,
this video showed up...
leading me to a tearjerker beautiful tribute to Holly's grandparents,
and all about
aging, love,
war, faith,

Sunday Music from Nashville's Grand Old Opry Link to Holly Williams

Great tune...

Friday, April 25, 2014

Friday Night Musik

For Friday....Bow Thayer et al...

buy this album!

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Guitar players, inventors, Les Travelled Roads...

Les Paul Foundation interview...incredible history, well worth the hour:
It is in the margin    =========================>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

 Fast Forward... And Bow Thayer has a new album out... Here is a taste of his Great style...

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

A few more #fracking opinions/articles, links...

Opinion page Times Argus:
appropriately entitled "need to hear the truth"

From unbiased Vermont public radio...

Local Radio. #Fracking calls?

Hard to compete with shows like WDEV has...
in the category of
Vermont local Radio,
Mark's show is one of my favorites.
He certainly has a liberal mindset and proudly declares his viewpoints.
Likewise, he is tough and complementary with his Comrades and opposing thinkers alike.

The gaz group posted an opportunity to call into the Gov, who has been a big gaz pipeline supporter.

Please be respectful if you choose to call...
likewise if you want to listen, look for WDEV, Waterbury...should be able tp stream it.

Spread the word. You have another chance to let him know in case he forgot. You should make an informed statement before you ask your question. Try to word your questions well.

Friday April 25 10:10 AM Eastern Daylight saving time The Mark Johnson Show WDEV Radio 550 AM Waterbury
96.1 FM Warren

Call in: 877-291-8255 or send comments/questions


Gaz Updates...Fracking is not what it's cracked up to be...

Some updates from the fracking info neighborhood...

You know, just because you cannot see underground, does not mean fracking does no underground damage. Come on, it is common sense, you blow toxic crap into the Earth's heart and something else crumbles and roars. How about backing away from this insane fracking and here are some affirmations which I am personally grateful for.

nice job, Kiara...

Editorial from my co fracking fighter...

Last night, Steve Wark told the Salisbury Select board about their plans for Phase 3.
When he was questioned by a reporter for the local paper, he dismissively said “Oh, you have been listening to the demagogues.”
Was he implying that the reporter had been listening to Shumlin?
noun \หˆde-mษ™-หŒgรคg\
: a political leader who tries to get support by making false claims and promises and using arguments based on emotion rather than reason
Or was he referring to the Vermonters who see through those false claims and promises?
: a leader championing the cause of the common people.
One thing we do know is that name calling has no place in civil discourse. If you are attempting to steal someone’s land, you might try a different approach.

-- ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------


an article...keep it on the other side the lake, dude!



more from NY state...
This one is from Essex County, NY

Monday, March 11, 2013

Deb Malaney, Chairperson
Sue Montgomery-Corey, Vice-Chairperson

SCOZZAFAVA: Jody I just saw I think in yesterday’s Press Republican or it might have been the Post Star I can’t remember, but the IP the nature gas line, can you; what would the IDA’s role be in that? Issue some of the bonds or how’s that?
(IDA seems to be Industrial Development Association, as best as I can tell.)

OLCOTT: We what can I say in public?

SCOZZAFAVA: I think there were some comments there from your Chair, I believe.

OLCOTT: We are involved, the IDA cannot, I will say this and this is legal, the IDA cannot issue tax exempt bonds for the transition line itself. The IDA could, hypothetically come into the program to issue bonds for the conversion of their equipment from oil to gas.

SCOZZAFAVA: Well I just; I mean I read the article and then I saw some of the blogs that, you know it’s hard to believe that people don’t realize; some people I think the majority of the people do, the importance of International Paper Company to this County and especially Southern Essex County, because just want they pay in property tax would; if they were to pull out of here it would be devastating the number of jobs, the people that they employ, many of them from my community. Yeah Southern Essex County, you know you would have to move if they moved because they are just critical to the future of this County and to Ticonderoga and Moriah and Crown Point and every town that surrounds it. So, anything that we can do to help make this possible I was glad to see the IDA is involved and anything that this Board can do or any of us can do we should be doing it.

OLCOTT: I agree, I would say that the negativity that we have seen and you guys have probably seen is more that it’s a dedicated line to International Paper and people, the residents are more upset that they may not have access to natural gas in the future. Which is still negotiable.

SCOZZAFAVA: The State of Vermont, New York State, Essex County, Warren County, I mean the impact, the spinoff from that mill being located there. Even into Vermont, the spinoff; I guess about 20% of their raw lumber comes out of Vermont. I mean we need to all get on board with this and do anything and everything that we can to see that it happens. That’s my own feeling, not to mention that my wife worked there for 33 years, which is a good thing. They never would hire me, I don’t know why.

  1. Are you kidding? It's not reliable?

From Vermont Law School...


From NY state on economics of gaz...



The predictions of free flowing gaz like a fountain of plenty are wrong...

All for indebted to our stop gaz group for being vigilant seekers of the truth.


Geese taking off one fine spring morning
From the archives

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

The Sound

The Sound

  Finally got the record player out of the box.
It was much easier to comprehend playing records than
Burning cd's although that is the next step.
The first record was Janis Joplin live (2 Records).
Like my instinct, I grabbed the top most side.
Random choice.
Half Moon the first tune.
I listened to some more and then had Bob Dylan's greatest hits volume 2
Ready for Fred when he got home from work.
When I paint my masterpiece...ahhh.

The sounds, the words, came right back to me.
The records a little warped but you can't tell.
I love the sound of the needle dropping into the groove.
A new beginning, back to the future.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Spring archives

With Spring comes flowers.

Thankfully everything dormant

Soon to be blooming
Restoring our faith

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Easter Wishes

Easter Wishes

Peace and prosperity,
Health and comfort,
Well fed and giving
To those who have not.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Spring Storm Photos

Guest photos by Fred...

Yesterday's storm started with a thick layer of ice bound with icing thick heavy wet snow.
Totals varied.
These from Monkton,Vermont.
Thx Fred<3 div="" glad="" it.="" made="" you="">

Willy's Pond

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Travel warnings Vermont

Flooding in Vermont...

I saw a few photos and thought I would post the 
Website gor Vermont weather

Be careful traveling anywhere up in the North Country.
The snow pack is melting,
Warm temperatures
Ground still frozen
A boatload of rain today
The ice in Lake Champlain dropped.
Don't drive over questionable roads!
Be careful!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Tuesday Music Link....Forget about Tax day...Goin to California....Jason Bonham interview...

Jason Bonham....

A familiar tune,
Close your eyes,
Crank it up,
go back in time.
Years melt away,
I took a bus to California,
with about enough money for bus fare,
$68 I believe.
one way. I was meeting friends out there
and we were driving back.
(That's the summer I lived in Des Plaines, Il
with Kadi and her family.
I worked at the record warehouse (vinyl...).
1977, I had flunked out of engineering school
where we cranked Led Zeppelin on speakers we handed up from the 12th floor to the roof.

In a momentary dispair, I decided I would visit my sister,
see what California was about.
I went with another friend who went total California on me.
She had to have flowers in her hair as we crossed over at Lake Tahoe.
She shed her shoes and was wearing some gauzy blouse...
She kept singing this song.
Today as I heard it,
understanding the lyrics better,
I just knew it would be perfect for Tuesday.


Monday, April 14, 2014

Music for Monday

As I searched for something to post,
I looked for Beth Hart & Joe Bonamassa,
Live from Amsterdam,
2 cd
Here is one.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Neurological Healing

Neurological Healing

Is possible,
Or at least a beginning,
A human adaptation,
Thanks to spinal cord, neurological research,
We humans are beginning to understand more each day.

Thanks to Christopher &  Dana Reeve
For daring to suggest

I worked on a neuro floor at the hospital.
We saw all kinds of injuries, insults, diseases, trauma 
Genetic, toxic, bacterial, viral, unknown, 
Sometimes having no disease but symptoms and very convincingly,
Confusing the doctors.

We always held out hope,
That things would be better,
Like Star Trek...
Stroke? MS? Brain injury?
Wave the healing wand.

Instead we often were holding the hands of patients & family.
Often sad, sometimes lonely, sometimes broken people.

For myself and those who fight Multiple Sclerosis,
We welcome neuro healing,
We embrace the Reeves and brave hard working researchers,

The news this week of men who were paralyzed,
Pioneers in research,
 fostering our hope
For neuro healing.

Saturday, April 12, 2014


Futile Necessity

Fighting the pipeline,
Feels like
A futile necessity.

Meaning an effort, 
No Matter how much effort you expend,
You cannot truly affect.

Meaning a belief I have,
Which if the belief was
The other way around,
I couldn't live with myself.

So early on,
I watched
My mother's face,
Typing letters,
Lots of letters,
On a typewriter,
She typed So fast,
And never messed up.

She saved the Osprey with her
Futile necessity,
She fed a young African girl,
She fed us.

I see the world a lot like
She saw through her eyes
Or so I believe.

I still cannot believe people saying
Pipeline, pipeline...
Gotta have it...

No thought or a care in the world.
That smells.
Now futile or not,
This post must go up.

Also adding a video I did of the bridge at Crown Point.
The ferry was nice 2 take pictures from.

There was 3 feet of ice covering the lake this winter.
What if their imaginary pipeline was under all that?

Now what if Canadian gaz gets to run a pipeline
Under the lake?
They will keep going to NYC, that's what,
And they'll add power shuttles.

Bad idea all around.
Feeling my futility today. Meg

Friday, April 11, 2014

Gaz Dump

Am Finding,

Through no fault of my own,

Only the genetic predisposition to right the wrongs,

Learned by my parents, siblings, friends and all the teachers along my path of circles...

So my goal is to dump as much anti pipeline stuff as I can before 11:11 this morning...

Cleaning my mailbox periodically avoids the daily grind that robs my energy

aka energy suck.

Already I am extending the time.

Ok, make i 12:30...why affiliate it with the
 magical 11:11 anyway?

I want to dump it all here,
clean out a bazillion spams to find those gems like this EPA conference at Columbia Law school:

How many of you hip fracking fighters near NYC saw that one?
You might want to check out the fracking info.

 For local Addison county, VT news, (tongue in cheek)
I regularly got to York County, Maine's only newspaper...

Thanks to Rising Tide & Vermont Digger
And the landowners/farmers of Monkton, Vermont, and Peter Galbraith...

This one really hits below the belt...
NY newspaper says yippee, International paper company of Ticonderoga, NY got some guys to say,
Yeah, Canadians, run a pipeline through pristine farmland where poor farmers live,
Then go under Lake Champlain,
once described as the 6th great lake by the presently conspicuously absent.

NY state?....Run it down your own side of the lake. Better yet, run liquid on rails...
Discard this article as totally useless:

OK, for those of you who really want to go deep...

The pipeline wanters haven't even got the environmental permits yet...
I told Fred, what if we strutted into the town office and said we were going to do something,
wait, I did that and was reprimanded.
and we didn't have the enviro permits..."Get out is all I would hear....

So re-focusing,
(do you see how hard it is when every day we are bombarded with new permits to contest,
weird foreign lawyer language, the corporations have all the rights, all the cards, foreign or local,
and oddly the environmental people are divided into common people like myself and this odd strata of elite extreme money saturated, no on, and comment if you like...did you know every piece of water touches every other?This is big.)

Written comments will be accepted at the address below until the close of the public comment period on May 2, 2014 at 4:30 p.m. Comments may also be faxed to (802) 828-1544 or e-mailed to All comments received by the above date will be considered in the formulation of the final determination.
A public meeting is scheduled on April 29, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. at the Champlain Valley Union High School, Room 160 located at 369 CVU Road in Hinesburg, VT. The public meeting is an opportunity for the public to provide comments in person on the draft permit. Written comments will still be accepted through the close of the public notice period as specified above.
All comments must be received by the Department no later than 4:30 p.m. on that date. For information on the application, access to related documents, including the permit fact sheet and the draft permit, the Vermont Water Quality Standards (including §1-03 Vermont’s Anti-degradation Policy) or the Vermont Standards and Specifications for Erosion Prevention and Sediment Control (2006), interested persons should contact:
Vermont Agency of Natural Resources - Department of Environmental Conservation
Watershed Management Division
Attn: Jenna Calvi
Main Building, Second Floor
One National Life Drive
Montpelier, VT 05620-3522
Telephone: 802-490-6166

Here is the Section 410 Water Quality Certification permit re-notice to go along with the storm-water re-notice

OK...Wake up!
There is more...
Essex, NY county likes the thought of a pipeline over the river and through the woods and under the lake, as long as it's nimby!
(NY likes International Paper in spite of the Odours du jour of a paper mill and untold pollution into our beloved lake...)

Link above from Channel 3 website...

Oh, and here is a pro gaz advertisement Story by the same channel. Oh and note that natural gaz can be transported by rail...and prices went through the roof last year
like maple steam rising from the sugar shack :<{

That is all for today. I am fracking weary...
Do you see what we are fighting?

We want the Lake, the land to be intact,
We don't want no hydrofrack,
pipelines give me a heart attack,
don't let those nasty land agents come back,
I like to drink my water,
fresh and clear,
Don't want you pipeline,
Get out of here...

Friday Nacht Musik! Neues!

New Music...

Friday's choice.

Glenn Hughes, Jason Bonham...

have some more names to learn

California Breed...

Brand new video, released Wednesday.

Check them out & preorder the new album

Have a great weekend...

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Travelogue for the Universe: Lightning

One more rerun for spring...

Travelogue for the Universe: Lightning: I was born of the lightning and the thunder and the rain. And when the dry spells happen, there the rain is once again. Sometimes too much...

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Travelogue for the Universe: Rumble

More archives...
I liked this one,
scary too.

Travelogue for the Universe: Rumble: Rumble Rumbling Thunder, The winds must have woke me up in the night, Growing, Gusting, Pelting the house with rain, Like the weat...

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

The Season of Lightning & Thunder

Lightning & Thunder...

Bloody exhausted from shuffling tax papers yesterday,
their getting a lot of money already
and all this hassle when I cannot do much else.
Energy suck. I am confident the next generation will abandon
some of this,
or will the idiocy of IRS laws live on and on...?

Wanted to post a link to my posts about Lightning ...
tis the season.

Be careful. I saw a fireball in Illinois once.
People in New England sometimes get complacent.
Today the air actually smelled warm,
that collides with that undulating cold air mass
over the north pole.

We need lightning,
it freshens the air and does things...I do not doubt.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Taxes, Taxes


Tis the season indeed.

Sifting through the paper rubble of another year,
Would drive anyone to take some cheer.

Receipts and envelopes,
Second pages left blank,
Dead trees all around me,
Wasting paper, and my time.
It's taxes, why should any of it rhyme?

Privacy notices lie.
They gave up my stuff,
Now I have to tell them what they already know,
And pay taxes
I'm gruff

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Psalm Challenge...150...the final

The final Psalm...

Psalm 150

Douay-Rheims 1899 American Edition (DRA)

150 Praise ye the Lord in his holy places: praise ye him in the firmament of his power.
Praise ye him for his mighty acts: praise ye him according to the multitude of his greatness.
Praise him with sound of trumpet: praise him with psaltery and harp.
Praise him with timbrel and choir: praise him with strings and organs.
Praise him on high sounding cymbals: praise him on cymbals of joy: let every spirit praise the Lord. Alleluia.
Douay-Rheims 1899 American Edition (DRA)by Public Domain

My notes: I joined the Psalm Challenge started by a German blogger who lives in Greece.
I read the entries, week after week.
From Israel, Canada, all over.
So midway I started studying each psalm.
Then I added my comments,
never knew there were so many versions.
never knew bibles may have copyrights ? huh?
I became the only one after awhile which turned into my journey
the Psalms say so much about life,
Hardships, trials, despair, faith, triumph,
Finding the light
In the dark.

I heard this song yesterday on the radio live from NYC via wifi/dsl
44 years after Dr. Martin Luther King was assassinated,
and Sam Moore was singing his heart out
for a lost friend.
I wanted to see the video
and found it.

All last night and today I was fighting the html
finally able to post this yt link,
I liked when Rosanne Cash said her father read the Psalms.
Psalms, songs, music, lyrics,

dreaming of summer

Summer dreaming
On such a dreary day.
Camel's Hump from Guinea road,
 Charlotte, Vermont

Friday, April 4, 2014

Friday Nacht Musik

YT link and 
how shows were "back then..."
Very entertaining.

My favorite singer of all times...Janis Joplin.
at 27 she accomplished so much.
Then she was gone.
If only...

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Magical Middlebury

middlebury is a magical place,

full of energies,
River, Commerce, Commodities,
Travel hub for the Western side of Vermont,
home of middlebury college.
i got to work in the town for a few years,
you feel the granite, slate, the bricks, 
you smell the money.
The money smells clean, fresh,
smart people,
successful people,
wealthy people go to school here.
Ski, hockey, the Arts.
So it was shocking to me that the college would be so pro-Canadian gas pipeline.
You know, the one I rant about the land agents threatened elders and poor farmers
to gut/ no, to Gore their property for public good.
because the college is home to so many gifted students...the top of the top,
you know that leads many to a life of illumination,
free reign, no brakes, full on satire...
The kind I loved in the 1970's with the Harvard Lampoon.
Those days were over,
or were they?
After our fracking fighting weary copatriots got and email this morning,
WTF was being heard shouted through the valley.
one after another logged on to dial up or satellite or some other way,
and opened this...

by Magical Middlebury College studentia...
Ah, to be young again.
<3 nbsp="">

As I tried to post the
Wtf article
Was it a spoof?
Well, adobe didn't make it easy
And Maybe they don't want me posting the best bit of humor
I have read in awhile.
I tried to find a link at their plaid & felt website.
And failed.

So trust me, it's funny.
I feel compelled to at least say something.

Still laughing

Mi'kmaq Women Shut Down Energy Minister Briefing

We sit at our computers,

using words & bytes & testimony,
We claim rights to land
the town would just as soon give away
to fossil suckers,
sucking the guts from our Mother Earth,
then running pipelines
through our neighbor's yard,
through the aquifer that gives us our drinking water,
the pristine countryside I fell in love with
so many years ago,
was not supposed to become slave to energy brokers,
Canadian (therefore not suspect...most Canadians are good people...)
No, I refer to the energy czars of Canada's monopolistic ownership.

Just had a dose of sunshine...fresh air.
This video I watched last night,
thankful the woman born of thunder
is drumming  to these 
fossil suckers.

Spring Brings

Spring Brings

Sunlight & Shadows

birds migrating northward,
Insects buzzing groggily,
Mary Lou' s Bear
Waking from a winter's nap,
No back to the cave again.

The geese will honk 
The smell of skunk,
The warm soft rain,
Finally welcome again.

The seasons change
This winter a bear,
Never underestimate Vermont winter,
Each one is cold & rare.

I don't care if this doesn't rhyme,
The Sunlight is reward enough,
It's been a long, long time.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014


An Earthquake hit,
A big one off the South American coast
I wanted to post this Tsunami warning.

Be safe,
Seel high ground.
Was it triggered by the solar flares?

Share photos on twitter with Twitpic

April Fool & March update

April Fool's Day

Is it worldwide?
Where a joke is played,
Sometimes not so funny.
Certainly it is not funny being the Fool.

Somehow we stumble through
the laugh,
or joke,
or evil deed,
however it falls on the spectrum of trickery
depending on the Trickster.

I always secretly hope no one does it,
and then, humanlike,
secretly hoping someone does,
that action makes a chain reaction
Come on, it's just one day...

March Update...

Out like a Lamb...????
A cold southern wind
40 ish °f.
Cold but warming

friends would attest to the fact that
lambing is no easy feat...
The terminology...refers more to the personality of the lamb,
gentle, quiet...

Well, it is finally a tiny bit
Warmer... certainly the warmest we have seen in awhile...

The ice went out on Lewis Creek 
once already this winter.
 Rain, Rain, go away, 
You just make ice jams,
Let the ice melt slow today..........

January 2014 Lewis Creek, Charlotte, VT