As I walked along Wildcat Boulevard, I was thinking about how I had enjoyed sitting on our back deck the other day. The cooler afternoons have made sitting in the sun much better.

As I walked along Wildcat Boulevard, I was thinking about how I had enjoyed sitting on our back deck the other day. The cooler afternoons have made sitting in the sun much better.
As I sat there, two house wrens checked me out, flying close and sitting in branches of the evergreen tree next to the deck and singing their songs for me.
A yellow bellied sap sucker came to the watering pan and a bumblebee flew so close I thought he may be checking me out for a soft spot to sting.
Several cardinals flew by or stopped for a quick drink of water. I recently read that many cultures believe a cardinal represents a loved one who has passed. When a cardinal passes by, it is as if a loved one in heaven is paying a visit.
I enjoy seeing cardinals, and thinking they might represent someone you loved, who is no longer, alive gives me a feeling of satisfaction.
The Neosho High School band was practicing that particular afternoon. I could hear them off in the distance. I wondered if they still play “The Horse” or has it lost the popularity it had thirty years ago.
When I wonder things, I try a search on the computer. Wikipedia said “The Horse” hit the music charts in 1968 and rose to the number two spot. Yahoo said that “The Horse” was still played at basketball and football games. I was happy.
Much of the high school parking lot at Neosho High has been sealed this summer. Even weeks later it smells of tar on warm mornings.
I recently read that a chip and seal job on a regular road extends the life of that highway for five to seven years. Usually, the town of Neosho has its chip and seal work done in the fall. I wonder what streets will be treated this year?
A Missouri Department of Transportation article caught my eye the other day. It was about human trafficking. The article said that the Kansas City, St. Louis, Branson, and the Interstate 44 corridor have the most human trafficking.
Missouri is the 16th ranked human trafficking state in the Union. Personally, I cannot even imagine what human trafficking must be like. I was saddened even thinking about treating humans in this way.
I was listening to and watching the contrails of a huge jet the other morning as I walked along. The plane was so large I wondered if it was a B-52. The B-52 came to be in the 1950s. It has been upgraded but is now expected to be the first military aircraft to serve the United States for 100 years.                                                                                              
In a time when most things we buy become outdated the day we take them home, the B-52 bomber just keeps flying on. I recently read that a B-52 was being used for a search and rescue mission, flying at a low altitude.
Take a walk, watch and listen for things in the sky and your own yard, use those signal lights, and see what you notice while passing along Wildcat Boulevard.     

Russell Hively writes a column for the Neosho Daily News.