Monthly Archives: May 2014

The First Big Trip

All in all we probably hiked just short of 5 miles.  The dogs were at their limit.  The kids could have probably done a little more.  A couple of weeks back, I had gone to a lecture by a UT … Continue reading

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The Res

A trip down the Trinity to Lake Livingston, I picked up the kids for an overnight at the Alabama Coushatta tribal lands.  We stayed in a little cabin, actually a green wooden one room structure on wheels with electricity and … Continue reading

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Big Lake Bottom Natural Wildlife Preserve

This area near Palestine) is very hard to find and undeveloped.  There are no signs.

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A Little Water Hole and Some Healing Springs

A trip out to Lampasas and Colorado Bend State Park.  Water levels were definitely low – last year the Colorado River ran dry in a few spots, and the lake level downstream (Lake Buchanan) was so low that the hydroelectric … Continue reading

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Level

Some Lake Water Levels    

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Much To Do About Water: Part 2

Panel: Industrial Water Needs Energy is one of the biggest consumers of water (25%).  In the US, this fraction may be just under 50% (Sanders and Webber, 2012). Panel: Desalination and Brackish Water   Panel: A $56 Billion Political Process … Continue reading

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Much To Do About Water: Part 1

It was the 2014 Water Summit, an Austin gathering of Texas big thinkers sponsored every other year by the The Academy of Medicine Engineering and Science of Texas.  I headed off to attend, this time avoiding the parking fees and … Continue reading

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The Natural State, the Social Contract, Animals and the Environment

The blackberries are out in full bloom down here.  I have used my daily 1 mile walks with the dogs to glean handfuls of them as I explore different areas.  I should probably think ahead and freeze some, or make … Continue reading

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In Defense of Less

A lot of political stuff going on right now, and some important tragedies (2000 dead in a landslide in Afghanistan, over 200 dead in a mine in Turkey, over 200 young dead in a ferry crash in Korea, over 200 … Continue reading

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Constructive Radical Thoughts

Trying to explain to a kid why quadratic equations matter… It’s all about relationships. When you look at things simply, you can see that for example, as you eat food, you put on weight. One assumes a relationship, and on … Continue reading

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