There is no lack of water here unless you try to establish a city where no city should be. ~Edward Abbey
To a farmer or rancher, nothing could be sweeter than the sound of an approaching storm.
Dogs are terrified of thunderstorms. Like fireworks around the 4th of July, they shake and tremble and cower as if they’re trying to make themselves as small as possible against the unknown beast.
As a child growing up in the far southerly reaches of Tornado Alley, I don’t think they bothered me. (Mom?) …
Albuquirky is just one of our nicknames
After 35 years in Chicago, it was time to turn the page.
Even though I spent the first 13 of those years in a suburb(Skokie), it was close enough to the City (three miles) to say that we were from Chicago. To live in Schaumburg or Aurora and say you’re from Chicago is another thing altogether. So when people say they’re from Chicago, scrutinize. It would be like living in the OC and saying you’re from Los Angeles. You’re not. OC: Republican. LA: not Republican.
But enough of my mishigas. I moved to…
Drought begets drought, so the saying goes.
Extreme heat dries out the soil, which dries out the atmosphere. As a result, there is not enough moisture in the soil to help the formation of thunderstorms. Thus, more heatwaves are in the forecast for the summer of 2021. According to Park Williams, a University of California climate and fire scientist, the soil in the Western half of the U.S. is the driest it’s been since 1895.
Abilene, Ventura, Lincoln, Santa Fe, Skokie, Cedar Rapids, Chicago, and Albuquerque are my homes.
Hello! Arthur Keith is my pen name. I dropped my last name for this purpose. I always wanted Keith to be my first name. I could have made it happen when I moved to a new city (Albuquerque) two years ago. No one knew me here. Would my life be any different if I had been Keith?
I’ve always loved writing and have been told that I’m pretty good at it. I guess I’ll let the audience decide on that. While I became a Medium Member…
I Didn’t Even Know What A Kink Was, Let Alone Lola
As a kid transplanted from West Texas at the age of ten, I thought all of California as liberal, to the extent that I knew the difference. We moved to Ventura County in 1968, and free love was everywhere. To me, it was most evident on the on-ramps that led northbound to San Francisco on the 101. It was the only way to get there since I-5 had not been completed between Los Angeles and the Bay Area.
Legions of hippies hitchhiked, holding signs that said “Frisco” on the…
White Republican Texan Males Would Run Scared
Since I was born in Texas, I guess I’ll always be a Texan. But for the past couple of decades, not in a proud way.
For those of you who may be too young, Ann Richards was the Governor of Texas from 1991–1995. A. Female. Democrat. She was the last Democrat to serve as the Governor of Texas.
Like many Texas women, she had big hair. Her bouffants rivaled those of the B-52s. She was a Harley-riding, leather-wearing pioneer.
Texas has just passed some rather “interesting” laws. The most outlandish has to do…
Instead, He’s Perpetuating the Death of more Americans
One of the more ridiculous myths I’ve seen being dispensed about the vaccine is that it is being used as a depopulation plan.
Before I get into this, let me first say that I am no Trumper. I’m blue to the bone.
As things stand, the Delta Variant has a stronghold on the United States. Ninety-nine percent of those entering hospital ERs with Covid symptoms are not vaccinated. Most of these patients are in their 20s to 40s.
Another theory being circulated is that Democrats are trying to eliminate Republicans through lethal…
Help Me Understand
After reading Umair Haque’s works on race, COVID, drought, fascist leaders, and the end of the world, this article seems pretty trivial.
As a relatively new writer (seven months), I wanted to vent—just a little.
I’ve read a lot of new writers have problems getting accepted into publications. Maybe I’m lucky, but I’ve been accepted by 14 and have written for most of them. I’ve yet to be turned down.
Followers are another matter. Many who write for Medium disclose how long they’ve been writing on the platform. Using that, I’ve compared the number of followers they…
She was a beauty, inside and out.
I’m gay, and I fell for her. I knew that I had to have her, if only as a friend.
We met at Chicago Lakeshore Hospital, a mental/substance abuse medical center on the North Side. We had been placed on the third floor — the floor with no escape. It was a place where you were watched very closely.
I met a woman named Melissa, and we bonded instantly. Before I met her, I called her “the Cryer” because I never saw her without tears in her eyes. …
Part 4A: As the Colorado River Goes, So Goes The West
Have you ever been in the midst of writing (or reading) a story where the context changes so fast you constantly have to revise or question the data? Climate change is one of those topics. Unfortunately, I can’t keep up with how quickly things are going downhill. There are tons of data, and I love to do research for which those stories require.
Everybody likes to talk about the weather, right? I’m sorry this forecast couldn’t be brighter.
This is the fourth story I’ve written about some of America’s…
My life in the context of 20th-century history and pop culture — infused with a dose of fun (where appropriate!) More to come when I get my sea legs on here.