Thursday, March 03, 2005

Cowboy and his posse saw it first!

Once again a fellow blogger has a first hand report. Check The Cowboys Diary for a report on Steve Fossett's final few minutes in the air near Salina Kansas. My daughter, Kim, who lives in Salina sent me the link to Fossett's web site. As you might imagine, it was a big day in Salina!

Also, thank you, Cowboy, for your kind words in your Diary about my Musings!

I don't know if I will get to it because tonight is not only Survivor, but we are going to watch our taped LOST from last night. But, I have been thinking about pawn shops!

Tuesday, March 01, 2005

This dust storm picture was taken last summer near Colby. It was sent by a friend who knew the person who took the picture.
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What's the forecast?

Midwesterners are, as a whole, very interested in the weather. Perhaps it's because the area is predominately agriculture and weather plays a very big part in the success of the crops. Or, maybe it's because the weather is easier to predict because, for one thing, you can see it coming--usually for us from the southwest.

Our son & family live in Colorado Springs. I have learned that very seldom does rain ruin plans there because it moves in & out fast--or it is raining on one mountain and the sun is shining on the other. Here, it seems, weather tends to "set in." It is only the severe storms in the late spring & summer that move quickly. Those are the ones that most often produce "gully washers," strong winds, or worse yet, tornadoes.

A cousin of my Dad's retired from farming and moved to an apartment several years ago. His family ran cable for his television so he had all the programming he could ever want. However, his son said every time they went to see him, he was watching the Weather Channel.

Actually, Dan & I have been known to get hooked on the Weather Channel. I knew we were watching too much of it when we knew the weather people by name. Weather is a big topic with my mail route customers. People come in the post office talking about the weather, customers catch me at their box to compare rain amounts around the route, and of course, we are always hoping the rain or snow will hold off until we are done with the route.

Our kids know our obsession with the weather because last year we received one of those inside thermometers that tells the temperature inside & out and this year a rain gauge that does the same. All of that along with our weather radio, Weather Bug on the computer and of course the Weather Channel on television, should give us the total forecast. Still, we sit at the kitchen table in the mornings with our coffee and look out the window at ....
the sky, of course.

Monday, February 28, 2005

Water Witching

First, I will say that I am a believer and as a matter of fact, I had an uncle who “had the gift.” Having said that, I am not sure what it is I am believing.

In an article entitled Ancient art of water witching survives the centuries, M.L. Lyke reports the earliest records of water witching are 6,000 to 8,000 year-old cave paintings in Africa. Water Witchers or Dowsers are primarily used to find underground water for wells. Practitioners use metal rods, wire coat hangers, or pliers. Others require a certain type of tree such as apple or peach. The “tool” is held with both hands and as the water is located the tip either pulls down or up. Some claim to enter into a trance like state or have a metal picture while for others, it just happens.

Dowsers have different thoughts on who actually has the gift. The American Society of Dowsers maintains everyone is born with the gift while others will say only one in a thousand can do it.

As one might imagine with the voodoo like name, there is much controversy surrounding the practice. It has been almost unanimously condemned by Geologists. Lyke says “many modern-day critics call dowsing a superstitious relic.” Although there are a lot of people who don’t believe, dowsing remains very much alive because, basically, what is there to lose. If it costs $2,000 to $20,000 to dig a well, maybe it is best to cover all the bases.

Witching for a well was a common practice where I grew up. I remember well the day my uncle came over with his stick when Dad decided to dig a new well.. He walked back and forth over the area. Sure enough, the stick pulled down hard in one certain area. The well is there to this day.

Years later, Dan and I were visiting with my uncle. When we asked how he did it, he did not know. However, he said he would demonstrate. He got a pliers from the shop and started walking around the kitchen. He had a very tight grip and we could hear the rubbing on his hands as they pulled down. I took the pliers and also experienced the pull. I wonder if I have the gift or if his transferred to me.

What ever one might believe on this subject, perhaps this quote from an article entitled Dowsing, Science or Humbug says it all

Simple truths about nature can't choose to hide from the skeptical minds and be seen by the gullible at the same time.