We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Enormous pyrocumulus clouds provide the backdrop for this firefighting helicopter. Taken late afternoon on Wednesday, Sept. 17th. Image by Kelli Thompson MountainWomanPhotography
The “King Fire” in California has grown from 20,000 acres to 71,000 acres overnight, covering about 12 miles. The helo is towing a water bucket to fight it. You have to love the gritty optimism and sense of duty. “Pyrocumulus” is not a word I wanted to know. Gwynnie’s home is about 12 miles directly ahead of the fire.
AMEN! You may be interested in the firefighters' forum at
or the El Dorado Police Fire scanner at http://www.broadcastify.com/listen/feed/559/web