Morally Unfit

James Comey: “A person who sees moral equivalence in Charlottesville, who talks about and treats women like they’re pieces of meat, who lies constantly about matters big and small and insists the American people believe it — that person’s not fit to be president of the United States, on moral grounds. And that’s not a policy statement. Again, I don’t care what your views are on guns or immigration or taxes.

There’s something more important than that that should unite all of us, and that is our president must embody respect and adhere to the values that are at the core of this country. The most important being truth. This president is not able to do that. He is morally unfit to be president.”


The Winter that would not end

Another weekend at Loon Lake with a Winter Weather Advisory. Expecting up to six inches of heavy, wet snow through Sunday evening. Power outages are again a possibility.

I am at the point where ice-out cannot happen soon enough. The fishing reels are lubed, hooks sharpened, live bait sets rigged.

The weather has to turn, soon.

Spring at Loon Lake

Well, power and phones came back last night. Replenished the wood today, as we had the fireplace and wood stove going for 24 hours. Wind died out last night.

Today? Take a look. Three to five inches of new snow. Looking forward to grilling dinner in a blizzard. .

Tim Collins Jazz Quartet

He’s back! This weekend, thanks to Hill and Hollow Music. We saw him two years ago– a fantastic vibes player.

Tim lives in Europe, and plays concerts here when he comes back to visit family in Plattsburgh. He is backed by some great musicians from Burlington.

Three shows- Friday and Saturday at 7:30PM; Sunday at 3PM. All shows at the Saranac Fire Hall. Tickets are $20.

The Season of Melt at Loon Lake

We have less than a foot of snow in the woods.  The snowbanks along the roads are receding.  Large puddles of pooling water are everywhere.  The roads that are not paved are quite soft.  All roads are free of snow and ice, but some are slippery from the accumulation of sand.

The only noticeable activity is the sound of the logging operation on the base of Loon Lake Mountain, and I saw one loaded log truck  pass by on Route 26.

Outside activities are very limited.  I think we will take a long walk later, along the road.  Our snowshoeing, skiing and snowmobiling are all wrapped for the season.  Will tackle some indoor projects over the next Month, as we wait for ice-out.

Trout season opens on Sunday, and the North Branch of the Saranac River is running free, fast, high and cold.  I may have to head down the hill and give it a try.


After the events of this last week, I felt a strong need to rejuvenate, and remind myself of what true leadership is.

So Paula and I spent Saturday at the FDR Museum and Presidential Library in Hyde Park.

What an inspiration.  To see how FDR resolved to conquer polio– To see how he resolved to end the Depression–To see how he responded to the attack on Pearl Harbor.  What a truly great and inspirational man.

To see his own initial handwritten draft of the speech to Congress after the Attack on Pearl Harbor, and then the marginal notes on several subsequent typewritten drafts–  to the final penciled in  notes on text of the version he read from.  Just awesome.

All before computers, cell phones, fax machines, email, text messages, Twitter.  He had  fireside chats on the radio.  Speaking directly to the Nation; to comfort, explain and lead.

Nina Schoch

From the Adirondack Almanack:

The Adirondack Research Consortium has announced that Dr. Nina Schoch, a wildlife veterinarian and biologist, will receive the 2018 Dr. Elizabeth W. Thorndike Adirondack Achievement Award.

Nina is the Executive Director of the Adirondack Center for Loon Conservation. She has been studying loons in the Adirondacks since 1998. Dr. Schoch practiced small animal medicine from 1991-2002 and is a licensed wildlife rehabilitator. She is a member of numerous conservation and wildlife health related organizations, and has written many scientific and lay articles about the results of the Adirondack loon research.

This is a well-deserved honor.  Nina is a great person, and I am forever in her debt.

Nina is married to Bill Schoch.  Bill is a fisheries biologist; he and I worked together at the Department of Environmental Conservation.  In fact, he was an expert witness for me on my first  transmission line case in Plattsburgh, my second week on the job back in 1987.  We worked together on many projects over the years, during which he mentioned that his wife Nina was a Veterinarian and involved in Loon research.

In 2002 my Lab Millie got into her food at Loon Lake unsupervised and nearly ate herself to death. It was a Saturday afternoon, and I did not know what to do. So I called Bill.  He put Nina on the phone.  She met me at her office, and then supervised Millie’s slow recovery over the next week.  She saved my dog’s life.  (She also taught me the trick of dosing a dog with hydrogen peroxide to make them vomit).

Right after the incident with Millie, Nina gave up her Vet practice and to focus on loon research  full-time.  Most people will remember her for her work with loons; not me.  I will remember her for saving my dog’s life.