I spotted a mink crossing Neosho Boulevard and dashing east to Neosho Branch the other morning as I walked along Wildcat Boulevard. First, seeing a mink surprised me. Secondly, I wondered where he had been and why he was there. Mink are usually along ponds, creeks, lakes and sloughs, not on the Boulevard.

I spotted a mink crossing Neosho Boulevard and dashing east to Neosho Branch the other morning as I walked along Wildcat Boulevard. First, seeing a mink surprised me. Secondly, I wondered where he had been and why he was there. Mink are usually along ponds, creeks, lakes and sloughs, not on the Boulevard.

Morning glories are once again blooming along Neosho Branch. I have only spotted white blossoms this year. They are neat flowers which are open wide each morning as I pass.

I notice that some colleges are offering an income share agreement to their students. These are in lieu of huge college student loans. When the kids graduate and begin working, then they repay the college.

I cannot imagine owing $100,000 loans like some college kids do after graduation. Perhaps these income share agreements will be a better choice. Personally, I think working to pay for an education is good, too.

Recently, I read that people in the western United States have begun putting small water turbines in irrigation channels where there is a fall in elevation. As the water rushes downhill to irrigate land, it also spins the turbine and generates electricity.

In the county I grew up in, they have gotten a grant to recycle old bed mattresses and car seats. The basic reason is to keep these bulky items out of the landfill and to recycle the padding. Of course, there is also some metal reclaimed and recycled.

The grant was enough to start the project and help it for a couple years. They do charge fees, but now they need to decide if they wish to continue. It will cost the county some money. In all, they have saved 108 tons of materials from the land fill.

I recently read where more and more sweet potatoes are grown and eaten in the United States today. One reason is that some diets, like Atkins, prescribe sweet potatoes instead of white potatoes. Sweet potatoes have about one half the calories.

The United States grows over three billion pounds of sweet potatoes each year. The article I read dwelled on the low calories sweet potatoes have and said nothing about the wonderful taste of sweet potato pie. (I doubt sweet potato pie is on any diet plan.)

I saw an early “wave glider” at the huge oil show held in Houston, Texas one year. A wave glider looks like an over sized surf board.

At the time I doubted its use, but I was so wrong. Wave gliders now are used all over the world, primarily to monitor the oceans. They are self propelled and solar powered. They can be outfitted with all kinds of electronic gadgets. They have proven to be quite useful.

Take a walk, always do things which make sense, use your signal lights, watch for pedestrians, turn on your lights when the windshield wipers are in use, eat sweet potatoes, and see what you notice while passing along Wildcat Boulevard.

 

Russell Lively writes a column for the Neosho Daily News.