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Camp Meeker Beat by Tom Austin

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2019-02-26Feb 26, 2019
2019-02-01Feb 1, 2019

It’s been a soggy January in Camp Meeker.  Not that I’m complaining — rain is never something to complain about in the west county – but there has been some odd behavior.  All sorts of little critters seem to be trying to take shelter in my front hallway.  Those stupid tiny moths and that thing that is either a big slow mosquito or a miniature crane fly – a Shetland pony fly or something.  This is just in the last couple of days — I have lived here almost twenty years and this is the first I’ve seen it. Peaceful Coexistence. Not that this is the first time I have had small life forms in my house.  The spiders and I have reached a general agreement:  I will do my best to conduct them safely outside when they get stuck in my bathtub, and they will eat any termites they find. I don’t think either of us has kept our side of the bargain perfectly, but as long as both sides find benefit in the deal we will keep our uneasy coexistence.

2018-12-27Dec 27, 2018

So how shall you rewrite your software for 2019?  How will you program your brain to execute the change that you seek in the world?  Others put their talents to constructive use, like the hard-working team at Fire Safe Camp Meeker (FSCM).  Richard Seaman, one of that group’s prime movers, reports that FSCM has completed its first grant application to Cal Fire, with the proceeds to be applied to hiring professional help in creating a Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWFP).  

2018-10-29Oct 29, 2018

November comes creeping in on damp sneakers. As I write this, there has been a touch of rain. By the time you read this, if we’re lucky there’s been a bit more, and the hills of the dairy belt will have begun sprouting their lush winter coat of green. I’m saying here and now that our change of season colors can stand up to anything in lovely New England, history or no.


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