Fire Making

Fire making is one of my favourite things to do. Thanks to the current Southerlies, I’m especially enjoying the pleasure of building a fire. No matter how many decades I have been practicing, I keep learning how to master its art. I never, ever, tire from the satisfaction and increasingly pleasurable nature of it.

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burned down last Wednesday evening.
I have spent many evenings of my life around my yard "burn pile", had all my cows come to it, lie down, keep me company.
At the moment the only fire around here is in my heart. Oh, maybe my inner me.
Take good care.

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@on the cusp

I hope you were able to salvage what was most valuable to you. I'm glad you are fortified by the fire in your heart.

I look forward to listening to your fire playlist, of which most songs are familiar, but unheard for some time.

Thank you, and all the best.

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@janis b That "Fire on the Water" featuring Pat Boone is so damn funny, TLOML (the love of my life) and I laugh about it, do our rendition of his presentation...we laugh so hard, we can't speak!
If I can find my way through my loss of an office, a cessation of income, and laugh it off, anyone can, if they find love.

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@on the cusp

the fun you found at Pat Boone's expense. It's hard to imagine someone more stiff and expressionless.

Some mind bleach ...

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@janis b

When I lived in Los Angeles back in the 70s, one of my roommates - another transplanted Kansan - was a hotshot cable TV tech guy. He was assigned the problems no one else could fix. His beat was Beverly Hills and Bel Air and he ran into some notable folks ...nearly daily.

One evening, he came home and told us that he'd been to Pat Boone's place to fix some odd problem. Which he did. Evidently, he got along with Boone well. So well that Boone invited him over for breakfast the next morning. My buddy did exactly that. It got to be a fairly regular thing. My roomie said Boone was one of the nicest and most friendly people he'd ever met.

The roomie met plenty of jerks in Beverly Hills, but he always said Pat Boone was one of the two best he ever met. The other one was Lucille Ball, who he said was a lot like Boone. She also had my roommate over many times. I think that was a lunch thing.

So anyway, yeah, I laugh about Pat Boone's music, but my friend testifies that he was good as gold.

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@travelerxxx for Pat Boone!

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@travelerxxx

for reporting on the brighter, less mechanical side of Mr. Boone.

I would have absolutely loved a lunch with Lucy. She was my very favourite!

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@janis b

Yes, I'd have loved to have met her. I kinda had a chance with my roommate, but he never could quite predict when he was going over to her place. I think the breakfasts at Boone's place were easier as he could do it before the day really got going.

I remember that he thought the world of both of them, and was especially amazed that each had befriended some unknown Kansas farm boy, that they only met by chance. By the way, my roomie said both Boone and Ball were absolutely funny as hell. My roomie was no slouch, either. Maybe that's why they all clicked.

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@travelerxxx

is what is largely missing these days. At least good comedy is still alive.

Cheers, traveler

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@on the cusp

I hope you get a smooth spot now.

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"The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power. Now do you begin to understand me?" ~Orwell, "1984"

@Lily O Lady but it is most likely a wiring thing. My office is a structure build in 1932, so, it was a a matter of time until something flanged up.
If I am not stalled out, losing $ from the pandemic, I am stalled out and losing $ from some crappy wiring.
Thanks for thinking about me, chica.

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@on the cusp tee hee hee hee

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"Men who look upon themselves born to reign, and others to obey, soon grow insolent; selected from the rest of mankind their minds are early poisoned by importance;" - Thomas Paine, Common Sense

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...as the center of night activity. When you drive down a street at night you can see the blue glow coming from the windows.

We have a bonfire area at the camp house where we used to have gatherings (and hope to in the future). We built a small fire there on the solstice to celebrate the sun and hung out drinking a G&T.

No wonder fire was one of the four elements...

Ecologists, biogeographers, and paleobotanists have long thought that climate and soils controlled the distribution of ecosystems, with the role of fire getting only limited appreciation. Here we review evidence from different disciplines demonstrating that wildfire appeared concomitant with the origin of terrestrial plants and played an important role throughout the history of life. The importance of fire has waxed and waned in association with changes in climate and paleoatmospheric conditions. Well before the emergence of humans on Earth, fire played a key role in the origins of plant adaptations as well as in the distribution of ecosystems. Humans initiated a new stage in ecosystem fire, using it to make the Earth more suited to their lifestyle. However, as human populations have expanded their use of fire, their actions have come to dominate some ecosystems and change natural processes in ways that threaten the sustainability of some landscapes.

https://academic.oup.com/bioscience/article/59/7/593/334816

Light up your life and enjoy the glow!

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“Until justice rolls down like water and righteousness like a mighty stream.”

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I have a group of friends that like to get together and play with fire. (Don't try this at home). These are "tests" shoots so bear that in mind. Shooting fire at night, is not as easy as it might seem. I shot these at 60fps and rendered them at 30fps to give them a slow motion feel. Trying to focus with a manual lens, on a moving subject, at night, isn't fun either. lol.

When I had a house, there was a cul-de-sac off our street, and we would invite all the neighbors to bring their kids and have a big fire party. The Chief of the fire department was impressed with all our safety procedures and equipment and gave us burn permit first time we asked. They were totally cool and the Chief actually showed up and thought it was great family fun. Damn I miss that house...

I can't wait for this COVID thing to end, so we can get back to playing with fire!

Crazy

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"Men who look upon themselves born to reign, and others to obey, soon grow insolent; selected from the rest of mankind their minds are early poisoned by importance;" - Thomas Paine, Common Sense

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Hi Janis, It really is therapeutic to watch a fire. The proverbial campfire outdoors especially, but any will do. It is like watching the ocean, or the river flow. Something about it makes the mind move.

Here is a old favorite 'fire' tune, by Arthur Brown. Who was obviously a big fan of Screaming Jay Hawkins... I loved this song at 13 in '68.

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We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.
Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.
both - Albert Einstein

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