Archive for June, 2011

Kids stuff

These are just a couple of articles I’ve been hanging to about some  of the things my kids like.

First up, for the boys Evan & Julian we have “Old Railroad Trestle in St. Louis May Become a Park” by Cynthia Billhartz Gregorian at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

The other article is for my daughter Gwen and it’s entitled “A Country Gone to the Wolves” by Patrick McGroarty at the Wall Street Journal.

Play on!

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Rain, rain…

So while the Cicadas moved on, the rain has not. Everyday there seems to be another article on the Missouri while just a few weeks ago they were all about the Mississippi. Anyway, here are just a few.

One article that might be worth reading or re-reading would be “Officials in Louisiana Face Dilemma: Bad Flooding or Worse” by Campbell Robertson at the New York Times. He then wrote a follow up article a couple of weeks later entitled “Hopes Rise in South as Waters Do Not”.

The the rain, the articles just keep coming. The first article that sort of foreshadowed the future was “Missouri Flood is Waiting in the Wings” by Tim O’Neil at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Then in a couple of weeks, they started coming almost daily. First we had “As Swollen Missouri Keeps Rising, River Towns Bolster Flood Defenses”, again at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch via the Associated Press.

Next came  these two articles, “Rain is Key to Flooding Here” again by Tim O’Neil at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch followed by “Rising Missouri River Breaches more Levees” at the Seattle-Times (among others) and again via the Associated Press by Heather Hollingsworth”

The latest floods are now in North Dakota with one of yesterday’s headlines being “In North Dakota City, River’s Threat Renewed” by A.G. Sulzberger at the New York Times.

What is even scarier is the discussion brought up in the article “Runaway Rivers” over at the Mother Nature Network regarding California.

Finally, in case we thought the only ones affected by the floods were humans, we have “Antelope Stranded by Mont. Floodwaters” by Dan Vergano at USA Today.


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Cicadas, cicadas go away

As my kids continue to hope and pray that they’ll go away soon, I was looking back at this article that came out during their arrival. It was in my local newspaper, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. It was entitled “Cicadas Plan Ear-splitting Songfest” (in the hard copy of the newspaper) and boy they weren’t kidding.

Here’s hoping!

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Cicada Friday

Being Friday and all and after hearing my mom tell me how much my kids recently refused to eat they’re ice cream when she took them to an outdoor ice cream shop because of the cicadas, I thought I would post an article and a video on these musically inclined creatures.

First up, this article at my local news source, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch by Doug Moore entitled “Cicadas Give Us an Earful as They Flirt”.

The other is a music video that I came across here in St. Louis that Nashville singer/songwriter Kathy Ashworth’s put out on cicadas entitled “Sicka Cicadas” over at YouTube.

That’s about it for a hot and sticky end to the work week.



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The river shes a rising

Here are a just a couple of articles on the recent river trouble here in the midwest.

The first one relates to our most recent news, the waters on the Missouri river and it’s entitled “Concern Deepens with River” by Bill Lambrecht and Mark Schlinkmann at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

The other one talks about decision a couple of weeks ago about blowing a hole in one of the levee’s on the Mississippi and it’s entitled “After the Flood, Farmers Try to Dig In” by Joe Barrett at the Wall Street Journal. It’s really so sad.


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Back in time

I know it’s been quite a while since my last post but now seemed like as good as time as any.  With that said, we’ll start with just one article tonight and it comes from my local paper, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and covers one of my favorite topics, dams.

With all the rain we’ve had this year and more recently, along the Missouri river with all the flooding, it seemed appropriate. The article is entitled “The Looming Missouri Dam Flood” by Bernard Shanks.


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