Springtime in Texas unique, but Wisconsin still home

There’s nothing quite like springtime in Texas, but one of the best things about travel is it reminds us that there’s nothing quite like home, either.

Here’s a link to my Portage County Gazette column for March 23, with a few extra pictures thrown into the gallery below. Most of them are from Cameron Park and the Riverwalk area in downtown Waco, Texas. The flowers are from a field near Temple.  The last one is just somewhere in the heart of Texas.

Author’s note: the photo gallery doesn’t seem to be working correctly on my browser (Chrome on Windows 10) right now.  My other posts seemed OK until a minute ago. Seems fine on my smartphone, but I’m going to check this out. If you’re having issues viewing the gallery properly, please leave me a note in the comment section.

Today’s preposterous idea: fossil fuel subsidies


Click here to see Austin-American Statesman flood coverage.

Watching reports of yet another massive flood in Texas, part of the extreme climate events that are increasing in frequency, I am reminded of two or three previous “historic”  floods I lived through in what used to be my home state.  I still have lots of family members in Texas — thankfully all safe, but all of whom were affected one way or another by the extraordinary amounts of rainfall over the holiday weekend.

A few of them still don’t buy into the notion of climate change or its relationship to fossil fuels.  I expect most eventually will, as the Katrina effect takes hold, but this post isn’t for them, at least yet.  It’s a reminder for the rest of us to continue chipping away, as best as we can, at the intransigence of our family, friends, neighbors, co-workers, and especially, politicians.

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