A Truth About Heights

Bright sunshine attempts to warm the cold air on this Tuesday afternoon. A chainsaw engine can be heard in the distance and crows appear to be complaining about the return of the utilitarian birds once again. Piles of sawdust coat the ground outside and the winds continue to blow. It's a mighty fine winter day to be sitting outside.

Yesterday I was walking down the driveway and noticed a large plane passing way up high in the sky overhead. According to an app, it was at almost 34,000 feet and headed from Houston to Tokyo. Gone are the days of wondering without an answer as to where such planes are headed. I suppose there are many wonders about our environments easily answered these days. Here's to hoping the questions always find a way of outnumbering the answers.

Despite the rains and time of year, the distant rumbles once confined to the Spring continue to abound from various directions. Their source continues to be a matter of debate in various areas but across the river, in certain areas of Oklahoma, earthquakes are the source and in some instances have caused structural damage. In those areas hardest hit, some injection wells used to dispose of waste from drilling are being shut down. I think I remember a similar incident from a report from the 1960s (?) at a site in Colorado. Seems like it took about 15 years for the earthquakes to stop once the injection wells were shut down. If I remember correctly, the report found the waste water was lubricating previously unknown faults.

Wow! A flight from Frankfurt to Dallas is flying overhead. The wonders of technology. It's amazing how hilly the terrain seems here and how flat the terrain appears from those aircraft flying above. Perception can be a tricky art to master from the eyes of different observers. It's interesting to meditate on the view from the ground while remembering scenes from personal experience in the air above, and vice versa. One can learn a great many lessons about life from such pondering, but I'm not sure it makes any difference if one doesn't also take the time to enjoy the moment regardless of the heights one ascends to.