On a clear day, you can see the Carson Range from here, but today ain't the day. Smoke has darkened our lives for days because of the Rim Fire near Yosemite. We've been very lucky that firefighters saved our town from the Bison Fire a couple months ago, but this smoke has been compared to the pollution over Beijing. Really unhealthy and depressing. I try to keep in mind how lucky we are not to be evacuating or losing lives or properties, but it's difficult, just the same. Those of you who read this who have wildfires nearby or know people who do, my thoughts go out to all of you. These are trying times. If only the southeastern states could ship us some of their flood waters .... God is laughing.