Bill Paxson

Bill Paxson I am a native of Chicago, a graduate of California State University, Sacramento, a former Air Force navigator, and one-time technical writer. Now retired, I have lived in Sacramento since 1966.

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Dec 12, 2014

The concrete block in the center of the photo is a horse dismount stand,
also called a mounting block.  The camera angle does not show the steps on the back of the mounting block.  On either side is a hitching post. The top step is narrow and tricky to stand...

The Faith of Our Neighbors

Dec 5, 2014
The Faith of Our Neighbors

Faith of our fathers, we will love
Both friend and foe in all our strife;
And preach Thee, too, as love knows how
By kindly words and virtuous life.

“Faith of Our Fathers,” Frederick W. Faber

The word xenophobia–“fear of strangers; people who are different”–is not commonly used.  In its place we use racism, bigotry, intolerance.  No matter how...

Good Article about the Delta

Dec 1, 2014

If you have a few minutes to spare, here's a link to a very good article about the delta.  The article covers three topics: one, the impressive size of the Bogle winery operation; two, the delta as flood plain; and, three, problems of the Bay Delt...

Sutter Buttes

Nov 24, 2014
Sutter Buttes

Feral pigs find it easier to go sightseeing in the Sutter Buttes than you or I would.  Several hundred feral pigs roam the buttes, and they know nothing of property

Sutter Buttes, as seen from Interstate 5, on a winter day
lines or trespass.  We humans, however, are bound...

Another Sign of the Times?

Nov 16, 2014
Another Sign of the Times?

Photographed from Pass Road in Sutter County:This particular sign looks homemade, but you can buy a professionally made version on line by searching for the quote.  Some even come complete with bullet holes.***

Bay Delta Conservation Plan (Twin Tunnels)–Fuhgedd Aboud It?

Nov 13, 2014

"Water Experts: Governor Brown Should Abandon Doomed Delta Tunnels"--Bay Area Indymedia

“The EPA’s critical comments letter is a death sentence for the BDCP tunnels,” said Bob Wright, FOR Senior Counsel. “EPA has said the BDCP Water Tunnels would contribute to increased and persistent violations of water quality standards in the Delta....

Water, Fish, and the Trinity River

Oct 24, 2014
Water, Fish, and the Trinity River

Why, when we are deep in a drought, is a major reservoir brought down to near bone-dry level while water is allowed to gush out of it so that downstream reservoirs are topped off to brimful levels?

Trinity Reservoir in a drought year, October 12, 2014.

It has...

Does the Bay Delta Conservation Plan "Wisely Use the Waters of These Mountains"?

Oct 17, 2014
Does the Bay Delta Conservation Plan "Wisely Use the Waters of These Mountains"?

The Bay Delta Conservation Plan hasn't been in the news much lately because its creators have taken it out of sight while they try to fix flaws exposed during the public comment period.  That sounds like a good idea, but unless big changes are mad...

"California’s First Lady of Water"

Oct 10, 2014

Here's a change of pace--an article not about water, at least not directly, but about a "Wife. Mother. Widow. Politician. Water warrior. Role model. California’s First Lady of Water."

She was Pauline Davis, who served in the California Assembly from 1953 through 1976, and from 1960 to 1966 was the sole woman in the 120-member Legislature. 


When Scott Met Julie, a Love Story Writ Large on the Long Bridge

Sep 30, 2014
When Scott Met Julie, a Love Story Writ Large on the Long Bridge

I set out to take pictures of the Sutter Buttes, but got a late start and then frittered away my time in the shadows of the buttes at the Long Bridge.  That’s the name it goes by, although shows the alternative name of Old Sutter Bypass Bridge.

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