Rural Thoughts

This webpage is being called “Rural Thoughts.” We have lived in a very rural household in the very southeastern tip of Illinois for the last 26 years. But we do have access to what can almost be called an “urban” area - Paducah, Kentucky, plus Metropolis and Brookport, Illinois. But even our “urban” areas are pretty rural in character compared with the truly large metropolitan areas such as Chicago.

New Hampshire voting

The polls haven't closed in New Hampshire, but both NBC and PBS are reporting about "exit" polls, (are those the same ones that didn't work on John Kerry's presidential non-election?) which technically don't give the election results, but, when you add them all up, you can have a good sense about a trend particularly when one is pretty strong.

Birds around the feeder and yard

Last night and today we had occasional snows and it turned colder. The snow was less than an inch, but it was very pretty and covered the ground. With the temperatures plummeting, I think the birds knew that the ground would be freezing up, and they were looking for whatever food they can find. That brought a lot of birds to the feeder and around the yard.

presidential races interesting

I love how the republicans are just beating each other up. Rubio still has to be considered the main contender because he is just so much easier on the eyes than the others. Of course, he has to nominally please the ears, and he has a hard time doing that, because his speaking skills are, um, not that great.

Iowa results not surprising

I am not surprised by any of the Iowa caucus results on either side. The only thing I disagree with the mainstream pundits about is that they are spinning this as Rubio "exceeding expectations," and thus, coming out it while not a winner, with some wind at his back.

I had predicted a few months ago on Twitter that I thought Rubio was the guy that the Republican party would eventually get behind. He's young, attractive, and, uh.....young and attractive. That seems to be about as good as the republicans can do at this time. But, that is something.

My Fantasy Dream Band

I have started to write the history of my learning about and participating in music throughout my life. Music has always been a critical part of my life, and at one time or another, the source of my income.

I have made recordings all along the way. When I was younger - late teens, early twenties, which would have been in the early 70's, making decent recordings wasn't as easy as it is now. And, many of the tapes made back then haven't survived though time. But, as time and technology has progressed, recording has become easier and easier for individuals and bands.

Wendell Berry's book "Harlan Hubbard, Life and Work"

I recently finished reading the Wendell Berry book "Harlan Hubbard: Life and Work." Mr. Berry tells an interesting story of his meeting and getting to know the Hubbards, as well as his view of the life story of the couple. Hubbard is an increasingly important Kentucky artist who died in 1989. Of course, his work lives on.

migrants arriving today

When I went outside in the early morning light this morning I heard a summer tanager calling. This was the first of the year that I have heard. A little later, when I walked down the hill to look at a patch of crested iris blooming along a little waterway on our property, I heard a common yellowthroat. Again, this is my first encounter with that species this season. I think I heard a hooded warbler in the front yard, although it had an accent. (Yes, birds have accents just like people). But I had heard one of them passing through in early April.

migrants arriving today

When I went outside in the early morning light this morning I heard a summer tanager calling. This was the first of the year that I have heard. A little later, when I walked down the hill to look at a patch of crested iris blooming along a little waterway on our property, I heard a common yellowthroat. Again, this is my first encounter with that species this season. I think I heard a hooded warbler in the front yard, although it had an accent. (Yes, birds have accents just like people). But I had heard one of them passing through in early April.

First political posting in a year and half

Wow, I don't know why it has taken me a year and half to write another political post. For the most part, that is what I wrote about primarily for over 6 years. It isn't that I haven't been paying attention to politics - to the contrary. My interest is as high now as ever. I guess I just haven't felt like writing about it. But I have been building up in my mind to write about this for awhile, and today I have the time and I'm going to jot down some thoughts.

first neotropical migrants this year earlier than normal

I was surprised to step outside my house on Saturday, April 4, 2015, and hear a white eyed vireo calling from the hedge in our front yard. Later that day I heard a northern parula in the yard. It was a week before I heard them again. It was at this time that I also was hearing the first american toads trilling. As far as the white eyed vireo goes, it is a about 3 weeks earlier than the year before.

more spring things

On Saturday morning last week I came home from work early afternoon to hear a white eyed vireo. This was my first encounter with them this spring. They are usually one of the early arrivals. On Monday morning, I heard a chuck-will's widow as well as the whiporwills. This is the only time I have heard them so far this spring. I'm sure this one was just passing through.

more signs of spring

In the last week, starting approximately a week ago, there has been several arrivals of spring things, even though tonight they call for a freeze.

signs of spring!

I can't believe that I haven't published anything on this page since November. There have been a number of reasons for that, the harsh winter being one of them. But we are coming out of winter now. I try to keep track of some signs of spring that I find noteworthy.

Yeiser Art Center in Paducah, KY once again practices censorship but is called on it by local artists

This last weekend was the opening of the "Member's Show" of the Yeiser Art Center in Paducah, Kentucky. This annual event is held in and sponsored by the Yeiser Art Center, the city art organization in Paducah. It is open to all members (who are willing to cough up an entry fee). There is good participation from the membership as a matter of course.

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