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Global Skywatch

pink super moon shot

At 0400 hours (4:00 AM) this morning Scooter (aka: Beagle Brain, BLAB – Beagle Lab cross) bugged me to let her go outside. Experience has taught me to honor those requests. I saw this big, fat moon and remembered this was the night of this year’s largest super moon. So I shot it. I fetched my trusty Canon SX740HS camera with image stabilization and 40x zoom to take a couple of moon shots. It is pretty hard to hold a steady sight picture with a palm-sized camera, on an object 224,865 miles away, moving at a speed of 2,288 miles per hour, during the day. Harder still in the middle of the night when I would just as soon […]

March 19th is the Spring Equinox

Let’s celebrate … let’s make today somehow memorable. Your wall calendars and media might call today “first day of spring” or some other trivializing phrase, as if it is a meaningless Hallmark holiday. Do not confuse it with other fabricated events on your pre-printed calendar. Mankind has paid attention to solstices and equinoxes throughout our history. The days have been getting longer since the winter solstice, and will continue growing until the summer solstice June 21st. Wednesday is exactly half-way in between. It defines the shift from snow-cold-snow-cold to robins, flowers, butterflies and shedding jackets during the day. Pessimists say The Bitterroot has three seasons: snow, flood and smoke. I suppose we had better broadcast it like that lest we […]

playing in the mud

Sean called his Darby Adult Ed class “Mud Made Mankind”. He gave us a wonderful introduction to working with clay, glazes, potter’s wheel and much more. We found ways to mold clay that didn’t work. We found ways that did. He was a wonderful teacher, cheerleader and assistant. I entered the class with a specific project in mind. I didn’t care if was the only creation I made, but I was focused on getting this one done. As you can see here, we pulled it off… and I do mean WE … Sean was a big help in many ways. I have a carnivorous pitcher plant that seems to like its home, rewarding me with a fly-free laundry room […]

Spring full moon

My organic gardening mentor encouraged us to plant on every full moon. Not so much that it favored the plants themselves, but because it organized us to do regular plantings whether that was seeds, bare-root, or transplants. Get something started every full moon and you will always have a good garden. In Montana that assumes you have a greenhouse. We simply have too much winter cold to allow year-round outdoor plantings. What a blessed place I grew up in where we could. Lovely Nature was unfortunately taken over by lazy minds. Today, March 9th is a full moon. That is my trigger to consider planting something. Other signals from nature: The little budgies have returned to our neighborhood. The glaciers […]

getting lost in the woods

I share this article, following with my comments. California couple who vanished for nearly a week found alive from commanderzero.com You know, stereotypes are not always accurate…but…they save time and the exist for a reason. Part of me wants to say that this is a case of ‘academics’ who know their way around a college campus but have a total disconnect from the real world and it’s real world consequences. INVERNESS, Calif. (AP) — An academic couple who got lost during a Valentine’s Day hike in the woods of Northern California was found Saturday by rescuers who spent almost a week looking for them and had given up hopes of finding them alive. Carol Kiparsky, 77, and Ian Irwin, 72, […]

communicating with cattle

Trombone style comms We sing nature’s tunes.

today is the winter solstice

The Winter Solstice happened mid-day today. It is the shortest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. The North Pole is leaning as far towards the sun as it will until this time next year. It is also considered officially as the first day of winter. Even though the days will now start getting longer, the cooling of the northern surface has just begun. In his book The Hero With a Thousand Faces, Joseph Campbell noted the similarities with the central divine spirit in many of the world’s religions. Others observed that those similarities can be explained if the stories are linked to what the stars and our planet are doing at this pivotal time. Returning to the […]

Darby Adult Ed calendar is up

I have contributed numerous classes to the community, most through the Darby Adult Education program in southwestern Montana. An interesting array of people share their skills and passions with others in this nice little community. This Spring Semester is no exception. We have many nice choices in front of us for new experiences, knowledge, training, friendships and fun. I am bringing my first-level Amateur Radio class back by popular demand. I must be nearing 50 people I have helped earn their FCC Technician or General Class licenses. My guarantee: If you attend every class and study a few hours a week, you will pass the FCC Technician Exam at the end regardless of your technical background or lack thereof. I […]

musical A=440 Hz vs A=432 Hz

I am a lifelong music lover, and in particular, trombone, swing, big band and symphonic. I also enjoyed plenty of 70’s rock. The more recent headbanging stuff: nah. In my teens, I enjoyed practicing and singing in a church choir with my mom. What is in all that?  What makes us like, dislike, love and hate various musical forms?  More importantly, what effect does listening and/or creating music have on us? Can the base tuning frequency change IT ALL?  Apparently so. Read on. According to the 432 advocates, those who would rule the world figured that out, THEY changed the standard tuning frequency OVER THE PROTESTS of the knowledgeable music community.  Power brokers changing musical foundation against the wishes of […]

reminder day

Today the politicians remind us who is in charge of our lives. We scurry around tediously readjusting our time-pieces and spend a week adjusting our circadian rhythms because we allow the lowest common denominator to make our laws.

plantain

Since I strongly dislike uninformative teaser headlines, I put the topic right up there. I am impressed that this hearty “weed” grows well in our somewhat harsh Montana environment, particularly in abused driveway ‘soil’ and similar tough ecosystems. I’m promising myself to begin learning more about the healthy harvesting that lies unused right before my eyes … and under my feet. I can begin making such promises now that I am ALMOST caught up with the rush I have been in developing our current homestead to a basic operational level.   This common driveway weed is also one of the most powerful natural medicines 07/13/2016 / By usafeaturesmedia (Homesteading.news) It’s known to pop up as a persistent weed in gardens, on […]

Anthropogenic climate change

In regular English that is “man-made global warming”. Either way, it is a scam to corral the common folk while the elites burn jet fuel, yacht fuel and power for their multiple mansions at prodigious rates. It turns out that man-made climate change is indeed very real. Colorado State University publishes the geo-stationary satellite video clips that give us the show in real time. I created this little video clip to share with you how to read the satellite images, and how their engineered movement of equatorial air to the poles alters the natural balance of things… not to mention how their deliberate off-shore movement of moist air AWAY from California creates the devastating drought and related fires in that […]

GOES 17 – understanding the satellite’s viewpoint

This view of the Earth is so informative that I keep it programmed in Firefox as my Home Page. Unless I’m rushing off somewhere specific, I get this image of our area from a cosmic perch every time I fire up my Internet browser. In my video below I go over some of the finer points of what can be learned by looking down at our segment of Earth from The Heavens. Obviously we can see moisture and major storm activity, but thoughtful study reveals so much more. For decades they denied this activity. Recently the geoengineers discontinued their denials and began bragging about it. What they admit to or brag about has little impact on those who choose to […]

dam + ladder

Beagle Brain, aka: Scooter, our Beagle/Lab cross, the BLAB, inherited the beagle willingness to follow her nose wherever it leads, whenever she can. Our containment fence was not up to the task. She would challenge it. I would fix it. Rinse and Repeat. FINALLY I shut her exit down while the rented backhoe was available with a dam and its backwater flooding where the fence crossed the creek. Yay! Success! BUT The tiny dam I rebuild every spring to enable my irrigation to draw from what little bit the upstream irrigators leave in Bunkhouse Creek posed no barrier to the little trout living in the year-round stream. My Scooter dam and culvert, however, did make a barrier… One I was […]