“How do I love thee? Let me count the ways. I love thee to the depth and breadth and height My soul can reach….”

Dear Reader:

Elizabeth Barrett Browning, over 1.5 centuries ago, wrote how I feel about you, today.  While she spoke of romantic love and mine rises from respect and fraternal friendship, the intensity is similar.

I awaken every day first for a prayer that His will be done.

Then as I exercise and prepare for the work day, my thoughts usually move to you.  What useful thing today can my reader find in these humble words?  Did I find for him a new thing?  Did I discover for her a new way to look at an old thing?  Did my words yesterday and the ideas flowing forth today merit your critical thinking?  Is there news to post today for the archives, or do the muses bring forth editorial ideas, or is there an event to cover?

And how can I maintain health, mental focus and physical strength to do these things, as I enter the fourth era of life.

Meanwhile, I have other lives: family, a few close friends, healthy food, magazine and newspaper writing assignments throughout the U.S. and Canada, photo assignments and endless photo editing, places to go, speeches to give, videos to produce, things to document, experiences to fulfill me then funnel to you in some meaningful way.  Then, there is the steady stream of phone calls, emails, queries … all adding luster to life.

And, there are those of you using our search engine and archives: editors and journalists, academics, government regulators, company external affairs executives, politicians and citizens searching for history and maybe truths hid behind energy issue rhetoric.

I believe sharing with dear ones is a way of demonstrating affection, appreciation and dedication.

So, today I share this serious, little, sentimental post with you.  It tries to say, “Thank you for being my reader.  Thank you for your telephone calls, letters and comments at the bottom of various posts.  Thanks to some of the thousands of you for being with me for over 15 years.  Thanks for the friendships over time and distance.”

Thanks for the memories from, “…the depth and breadth and height My soul can reach….”



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Joe Balash, Northern Gas Pipelines photo by Dave Harbour

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski. NGP photo by Dave Harbour

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources today held a business meeting and advanced five nominees to the Senate floor; they included:

“We continue to move expeditiously on these nominees so that Secretary Zinke and Secretary Perry can have their teams in place, and so FERC no longer has a mere quorum, but instead a full complement of five commissioners,” Senator Lisa Murkowski said.

Energy Secretary Rick Perry. NGP Photo by Dave Harbour

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke. Northern Gas Pipelines photo by Dave Harbour

“I am particularly pleased to be able to advance Alaskan Joe Balash to this important position within Interior….”

Also, see:

Mr. Joseph Balash

Nominee to be Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Land and Minerals Management

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