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bobby angel
Bobby Angel

Song: Three Jacks
Ode to the godfather of fire safety

You can’t control everything …

During a wildfire.

Stay on after the song to hear an interview with Bobby Angel

But you can hedge your bets on making it home safely, and making sure others make it home the same way. The trick? There is no trick. It’s called experience and good training, and people with experience giving good advice and relaying lessons learned to the new guard moving up the ranks. There’s a saying that an thorn of experience is worth a wilderness of warning. Multiply that by a thousand on the fire line. And just when things are looking up, conditions can worsen quickly, requiring a fire fighter to recalibrate. That doesn’t mean you give up, but it does mean you don’t bet all your chips. Or to quote the song: “With Three Jacks you stay, when you’re playing cards … with your life.”

About this song: I wrote it as a farewell song to wildland firefighter extraordinaire Jack Finley when he left Big Cypress National Preserve way back in 1999, or maybe it was 2000. Jack may have left, but his tradition of safety lives on.

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Campfire Park

Eerie Silence
In the Bunker with Buck Buckner

When does a peaceful quiet …

Turn into an eerie silence?

Buck’s radio show is peppered with campfire breaks

With Halloween so close, it may be the perfect time to find out. A silence can be quite peaceful, but it can also be eerie, too. But how do you distinguish between the two? Fortunately, AM radio host Buck Buckner is on hand to tackle the question as only Buck can.

More about In The Bunker. Basically, Buck is an expert on many (many) topics, that’s why he has a radio show. What makes Buck’s show particularly unique is that he broadcasts from a remote bunker hidden deep in the woods (rumored but never confirmed to be somewhere in Campfire Park). Buck’s biggest pet peeve is the “fringe middle” and their unnerving silence. So who not more perfect to address this topic. His passions include searching for Bigfoot and hosting an occasional guest.

About Campfire Breaks: Campfire Breaks are like commercial breaks, but instead of selling an idea they touch on a campfire-inspired idea.

So without further ado, kick back and enjoy Buck’s radio show.

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Firelight podcast

Host of Firelight Radio

Go Hydrology 2.0
Learning to embrace the blog

Well it took a while, 

And it’s still a work in progress …

Available on Apple Podcasts and Podbean

But finally I’ve turned the corner on a “new and improved” version of Go Hydrology.  Or maybe it’s the same old blog?  In fact, fully embracing the “blog” element of my work was a major breakthrough event.  I’d previously short of shunned the term, and in that spirit tried to turn it into more of a static website.  Then came the meteor strike of the Nature Folk Movement (NFM).  It not only expanded my repertoire of topics, it made me think very hard (and allowed me to experiment) on the structure of Go Hydrology.  The result?  The blog is now front and center with the caveat that behind it working in the background is a powerful and easy to navigate database, also known as a Table of Contents (TOC).  

What exactly is the NFM?  It’s a return to nature and the simplicity of its cycles, and most of all rethinking and recapturing the old traditions and values we used to adhere to prior to getting consumed in our smart phones.  And thus the humble goal of Go Hydrology and the Nature Folk Movement (NFM): To connect people with the water cycle and the way we did things in that mysterious geologic epoch called Before Phones.  Oh, and BTW: Beware of the Boogie Phone!

Find out more about Go Hydrology 2.0 in this podcast.

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Boogie Phone

Boogie Phone Pop Quiz
Test your phone knowledge

Yes, we all have phones …

But are you using yours correctly?

Boogie Quiz

Boogie wants you to test your phone knowledge

Take Test Now

  1. When is it appropriate to giddily text back and forth with someone? a. While driving on a multi-lane highway b. In a meeting (as long as you pretend it’s “important business”) c. While someone else is trying to talk to you “in person” d. At the dinner table with your family e. All the above
  2. How often should you check your newsfeed? a. About every hour, so long as it’s a slow news day b. Whenever you pick up your phone c. Multiple times per hour d. Whenever you’re bored or unmotivated to do something else e. All of the above
  3. What’s your least favorite thing to do with your phone? a. Take a selfie b. Talk to a person c. Social media d. Contribute to Big Data e. Google search
  4. When should you not have your phone? a. Never b. At the dinner table c. While sleeping d. While exercising e. While swimming in the ocean

See answer key at the bottom

And remember, proper phone usage is a key to a happy and healthy life. That means putting the phone first (and sometimes even second) and everything else third, if not even fourth.

This public service announcement is brought to you by:

Answer Key 1e, 2e, 3b, 4a

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Mr. Bookshelf

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Campfire trilogy

Book trilogy

Good summer read
Check out the movie trailer

If you are looking for a good beach read …

I highly recommend the Centennial Campfire Trilogy.

The trailer may be its best sales pitch


For one, it’s an adventurous tale. Two, it’s a sprawling work that will allow you to really dig in. Three, it will inspire you to reconnect with nature and the natural history around you in a way you haven’t done before. And four, well, I cannot tell a lie – I also co-wrote the book.

Three books of the trilogy

One last note:

I highly recommend the paperback books. As they were written in the throwback style of Treasure Island, and meant to be thumbed back and forth in time, the Kindle just doesn’t do the trilogy justice in being able to connect the dots of all the story lines.

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Before Phones

Dino from Before Phones

Phone-eating Dinosaur
But why he (probably) won't eat yours

Why does Dino eat smart phones?

Let’s just say – it’s complicated.

Don’t be afraid – Dino (probably) won’t eat your phone

For one, he’s just hungry and not only are phones very abundant in the After Phone (AP) era – nobody else is eating them. Another reason: Dino craves the chance and will do anything to get back to the geologic epoch known as Before Phone (BP). The way he sees it – the more phones he eats the greater chance he has to recreate the “pre-phones” conditions of the period during which he thrived. It was a time of Great Phonelesslness. Why else does Dino eat phones? In a word, Boogie. Dino has a evolutionary-refined sense of smell for the dreaded Boogie Phone.

What is the Boogie Phone?

Or rather who is the Boogie Phone. Let’s just say he’s always lurking. And usually closer than you think. Click here to find out more, or simply read the post below. And most of all don’t forget to listen to what Dino has to say in video above.

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Cap’n Killivine

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