Author Archives: Milt

Winter Solstice 2017

Gail and I are about half hour’s drive away from the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area in southern Nevada, just west of Las Vegas. As you can see by Gail’s coat and hoody, it does get cold in southern Nevada this time of year, even with global warming. But this was December 21, Winter […]

22,000 Collectors of Sun on the Roof (Let’s Sing Along)

Imagine 22,000 Solar Photovoltaic (PV) modules on your roof capable of harvesting free sunlight to produce 6.7 MW of electrical power for the next 20-25 years. If you visit the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas and ride their elevator to the top floor you can look out and not just imagine but actually […]

Dinosaurs 20 Snickers 8

“We have a choice tonight. A piece of candy or a dinosaur.” That was my response to the small costumed crowd chanting “Trick or Treat” on our front porch. “I love dinosaurs” was often the response and the clear winner tonight among the small “trick or treaters” dressed up as and pretending to be their favorite […]

Hot Air Balloon Ride: Part I The Experience

Everyone’s in Albuquerque. That was the response of our balloon pilot when we asked, “Why are we the only people using this hot air balloon launch site this morning?” A member of our chase crew this morning, quickly volunteered that on one occasion, 68 balloons launched in a Mass Ascension from this Chatfield site. As […]

Hot Air Balloon Ride: Part II The Journey

The journey to this place (the Montgolfier Balloon launch site) in this park (Chatfield State Park south of Denver) on this day in 2014 began back in 1997 when my wife, Kim, and I embarked on a road trip from Denver, CO to Cape Canaveral, FL to watch the October launch of NASA’s Cassini Spacecraft. […]

Solar Jam (II) – Appendix A The Pectin Story

  This is a continuation of a previous blog on Solar Jam.  Because I used a commercial form of pectin that was imported from Denmark, I decided to think about this some more and re-examine everyday life in search of a better path to sustainable living. Imported and Domestic Pectin Options I chose to use “commercial” pectin […]

Solar Jam (I) – Connection to Nature & Insight into Sustainable Living

Sometimes it’s the simple things that teach us clearly and touch us dearly. So I walk for less than a mile from our home and find myself on a gravel path along the Highline Canal, an abandoned farmer’s canal that in its heyday carried irrigation water from the Platte Canyon Reservoir 20 miles south of […]

Having your book on a bookstore shelf

Last Year About a year ago I ran across some advice for ‘wanna-be’ writers. One of the suggestions in this self-help book was: “Visit a local bookstore. Go to the section of the store where your book might be shelved. Envision your book on their shelf. ” So on our next trip to Barnes and […]

Is it getting easier to be green?

Holiday Cheers! First, my apologies to my children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and all future generations. I purchased something this holiday season we  really didn’t have to have – certainly a questionable use of Earth’s finite resources. [ If the reader is in a hurry, just read the black text.  if you have more time read the […]

In honor of our veterans and their spouses

In honor of my father who served in WW II and my mother who remained home as an unsung military spouse. When he was 83, my father described this photo in his memoirs, “In March (1941) over my birthday, Mom and Dad, Thelma & Herb and Garnetta came down to Camp Shelby, Mississippi to visit […]