Wind for power

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Wouldn’t it be great to use these windmills throughout the world to harness the power of the wind?  I’ve seem them in Germany too but I’m not sure who else uses them.

Colorado windmills-3How would these devices work in a hurricane environment?  Would they stand up against the ferocious winds?

Maybe someone smarter than I can share some light on the subject; but I was thinking of ways people without electricity – like those affected by Hurricane Michael, could use power generators like windmills – probably on a smaller scale.

However, I understand it would not be safe to generate power while the grid is not safe.  But maybe there is something that can be done to have power more available in respective communities or in homes – while being safe.

Colorado welcome signWhile traveling from Kansas to Colorado at night we could see red lights spread out everywhere.  First thought was maybe they are alien landing lights across the open plains.  Well, I knew better, and confirmed they were windmills.  I was impressed with the red lights though.

Colorado windmills-1Well, during the day we could see how massive these windmills are.  They amaze me.  I  could just sit there and watch them.  To me, they seem so peaceful, maybe hypnotic.

When we think about the power of the wind – like in a hurricane – it is so destructive and doesn’t provide much value to quality of life.  However, wind is power and provides power for good to those who receive the benefit – like from the windmills.

Let’s keep harnessing the power of the wind for power – and quality of life.

Blessings!

Ron

Kansas Light and Land

Kansas interstate at sunset-1Traveling through the open roads, watching the sun aglow,

Opening the lanes to see, but also as the night closes in;

It glows so bright, not even the squint will negate,

The overwhelming light from above, as it begins to set.

Kansas open land

Along the land the cattle settle in,

Even they await the rest from their day’s work;

Of adorning the land and living peacefully,

Doing what they do, living life as designed.

Kansas interstate at sunset

Say goodnight to the fields and the life,

That adorns the land and those traveling along.

I’ll see you in the morning on this side of the globe,

If you rise early enough, my light to behold.

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Arise I do, looking beyond, behold the cast of the sun;

It begins its glow over the road so it seems,

I know, it breaks the horizon as it raises its rays,

And across the way it casts its beams.

Kansas sunrise at corn field

Through the night one wonders what daylight will reveal;

Then as the sun casts its morning glow,

I see life that was just alone and still.

Kansas corn field at dawn

But now the color adorns the way,

Cast by the light of a beautiful day.

Kansas silos and corn fields

Everything seems fresh from its rest through the night,

We see new life in each of us.

We must be on our way traveling along,

From place to place to where life goes.

Kansas, Colby silo
Silo at Colby, Kansas

And we make the best of the day, awaiting the time,

When the sun settles in the west, closing its day’s glow.

We again welcome the dawn – anew in our new place.

Blessings!

Ron

Countryside treasures

180921 Countryside from Illinois to Kansas K89B2347I enjoy traveling the less-beaten path (roadways) to gather a few thoughts while observing reflections of the country life – how it appears so peaceful and fulfilling – at least on the surface.

180921 Countryside from Illinois to Kansas K89B2344You see, we don’t really know what’s inside each house, barn silo or lifestyle.  We only see through our vision and what our minds interpret.

180921 Countryside from Illinois to KansasThank you to all those who dedicate themselves toward providing a living from the land and who make it available to others.

180921 Countryside from Illinois to Kansas K89B2341While riding the back roads this week it becomes evident some of the tranquil and crop-producing land gives way to modern living or commercialization.

180921 Countryside from Illinois to Kansas - bridge - K89B2328Regardless, let’s be thankful for the back roads and way-of-life for millions of our friends and families who maintain much of our countryside – and treasures.  Let’s enjoy the journey too.

180921 Countryside from Illinois to Kansas K89B2346

Blessings!

Ron

Florida’s Music

Florida music with natureI enjoy this image I saw at a Florida welcome center, Osceola National Forest, highlighting Florida’s music.

The trumpeting of sandhill cranes, croaking of bull gators and grunting of pig frogs – part of the natural habitat.

Interstate 10 goes through the Osceola National Forest near Lake City, Florida.  It’s not far from the Suwannee River where Stephen Foster was inspired.

According to VisitFlorida: “On the banks of the Suwannee River, the Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park brings camping, canoeing and hiking along this historic river together with living folk culture. The park, named for the composer of Florida’s state song, “Old Folks at Home” (better known as “Way Down Upon the Suwannee River”).

I can see how one like Stephen Foster would be inspired to write.  The following words came to my mind just by looking at the nature photo and driving over the Suwanee River (I see a future post about this river coming.)

“Oh the music to my hears, of the things we hold dear,                                                              Some we may naturally like and some may create fear.                                                            The soft, gentle flow of rain and water,                                                                                    Create an environment that you don’t want to bother.” – Ron Tittle

The caption of the artwork states:

Among the towering trees of Fanny Bay Swamp, listen for the splash of the turtle sliding off its log.

Look for the “trees with knees”! The cypress trees and swamp are home to many of the plants and animals we may see within the Florida forest.

Notice the different plants and animals that live in this ecosystem compared to the pines and flatwoods.

Listen closely, beyond the noisy creatures and soft sound of the wind – enjoying the music of cypress swamps.

“When you try to change any single thing, you find it hitched to everything else in the universe.”  – John Muir

Blessings!

Ron

Biloxi – storm magnet or leisure spot?

Biloxi Beach

Biloxi, Mississippi is a favorite spot for people to relax along the Gulf Coast.  The beautiful beaches and southern charm enhance the blend of the sun and surf.

Biloxi sign

Just like life though, beauty, peace and pleasure are sometimes interrupted by periods of adversity and storms.  Similarly, Biloxi was impacted by Hurricane Gordon this week.  According to The Weather Channel, Gordon made landfall just below hurricane strength late Tuesday near the Alabama and Mississippi border, about 30 miles east of Biloxi.  https://wxch.nl/2MPG6Jn

Biloxi Beach with sailboat

Biloxi Beach lot
Some of the Gulf Coast landscape at Biloxi was changed from the affects of previous hurricanes.  Some homes were destroyed as well as foliage but the area remains picturesque.  

I’m sure those who live along the coast, or those visiting, are thankful the hurricane this week was not like the ones they’ve experienced in the past – such as Hurricane Katrina.

Regardless, every storm is unique in itself, disrupting the peaceful life – creating stress and havoc in the paths.  Once again though, people pick up the pieces and press forward – rebuilding as necessary and return to enjoying the leisure we all hold dear.

Biloxi Beach road

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Biloxi Beach with sailboat-2It reminds me that no matter the storms of life – the blue, clear skies remain above the clouds.  Let’s appreciate the beauty around us today.  God made it for us.

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Biloxi is an excellent place to enjoy leisure, overshadowing the infrequent threat of storms.  Enjoy life!

Biloxi Beach Hard Rock Guitar

Blessings!

Ron

Bryan

Bryan Texas model train

Bryan is an east-central Texas town.  It is located 99 miles (159 km) northwest of Houston. Settled in the 1820s and formally founded in 1855, it was named for William Joel Bryan, who inherited the land for the town site from his uncle, Stephen F. Austin (a founder of Texas). https://www.bryantx.gov/history-of-bryan-texas/

Since Bryan’s founding, many Texas railroad stops became nothing more than ghost towns. However, it seems the optimistic spirit and determination that built Bryan in its early years continues today, keeping Bryan as an active area of growth and importance.

There are a couple of items of interest from our casual ride through the town.

Bryan Texas clock

Bryan Texas Queen Theater-2

The Queen Theatre was originally built in the late 1800’s as a hotel in the heart of Downtown Bryan. The hotel began showing silent films on the ground level in the early 1900’s. The name “Queen Theatre” was officially given to the building in 1914.  In 1939 the hotel was converted into a fully operational movie theatre.  https://www.queenbryantx.com/about-us/.

Bryan Texas Queen Theater-1

Bryan is just north of College Station where the Texas A&M University is located.  Texas A&M has a photo and information about their century tree, located on the campus. https://www.tamu.edu/traditions/aggie-culture/century-tree/.

The university mentions the tree has a special place in the heart of many Aggies.  “Well over 100 years old, the tree was one of the first trees planted on Texas A&M’s massive 5,200-acre campus. The beautiful live oak has been the site of countless Aggie marriage proposals, weddings, and tourist snapshots because of its immense size and its unique drooping branches, many of which rest on the ground. Tradition says that if a couple walks together underneath the Century Tree, they will eventually marry — and if a marriage proposal takes place under the tree, the marriage will last forever.”

Blessings and Love!

Ron

How do you – BBQ?

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For my friends around the world, do you know about BBQ? Or barbecue?  It seems like a favorite cuisine in the U.S.  One can find practically every style in big cities as well as small towns.

Well, like I mentioned in my last post there is a place in Taylor, Texas that I would like for you to become acquainted.  Louie Mueller Barbeque.

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There seems to be some healthy competition about which state has the best barbeque.  I must admit Texas is not only a big state but is big in BBQ taste as well.  I apologize to my vegan friends but I want to highlight this significant eating way of life, as well as Taylor.

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While traveling through Taylor and noticing some of the older and inactive buildings, just around the corner we noticed an older, vibrant place – Louie Mueller Barbeque.

Locals sure know about it.  Just look how the business is thriving and the new life breathed into the older facility.

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Going inside was enlightening.  Who would have thought?

The service was excellent and the people were friendly.  The meal was outstanding.  I can understand why the locals enjoy this wonderful place of food and fellowship.

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We never knew this was a restaurant featured on the Food Network until we examined the memorabilia on the walls.  We had often wondered about visiting places where Guy Fieri had reported on in the Food Network series.  https://www.foodnetwork.com/shows/diners-drive-ins-and-dives.

Now, here we are and didn’t plan it – right here in Taylor, Texas.

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Here is the link to the Louie Mueller BBQ restaurant.  https://www.foodnetwork.com/videos/famous-louie-mueller-bbq-75112.

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So, when we travel let’s take time to check out the local areas.  We have certain pre-conceived mindsets about a town or business but we never know until we step inside and learn more.

That’s what I’m talking about!  Let’s appreciate the past and the old – and do what we can to bring new life within and without.

Blessings!

Ron