Case Modding: Glass Windows

This is a blast from the past. I wrote this article in June 2003. Case modding was relatively new at that time and I stumbled into it during my search for components to use in a new computer build. I wrote this about case cutting because there was so little information about it available at

Photo Inspiration on a Rail

For months now, I have been experiencing a definite lack of photo inspiration. It’s like a fog hanging over me. Or maybe it’s just laziness. The other day, I decided to go in search of some inspiration by visiting an area the railroad tracks run through. On a number of other occasions, railway lines have

Letting Go of Facebook

Deleting Facebook and Other Social Media Accounts Facebook Sucks! It sucks up my time, it sucks up my energy and it sucks up my personal information and sells it to the highest bidder. I have to leave it just to protect my privacy, recover my zest for life and give me better control of what

PTSD Messenger, Do Not Delay

For as many years as I have been writing, I never once thought I would write about my own Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Hell, I wouldn’t even discuss PTSD with the several counselors or shrinks I had seen over the years since my return from Vietnam. I didn’t even talk about PTSD in AA meetings.

Pulmonary Rehab: How Important?

I was diagnosed with COPD (emphysema) in 2005. A couple years later, after I had lost my business, my home and much of my ability to do normal physical activities, I asked 2 different doctors to tell me how much time I had left. Both said (reluctantly) approximately the same thing: 2 or 3 years.

Plumas County Fair Photos

Plumas-Sierra County Fair Photo Entries by Jim McClain This was my first photo contest. I entered 19 photos in the county fair and won 13 ribbons on twelve of them (one received 2 ribbons, one a Best of Division). Yes, I’m proud. But I am also humbled by all the beautiful pictures I was surrounded

The Rodeo Comes to Taylorsville

The Silver Buckle Rodeo, Taylorsville, CA The Taylorsville Silver Buckle Rodeo has been a fixture in Plumas County since 1949 – the year of my birth. I’ve enjoyed the rodeo many times over the years, especially when I was a youth in the 60s. I went to Taylorsville Elementary School in the 4th grade (1958-59)

After the Rain, North Valley

North Valley Road, Indian Valley North Valley Road is in a remote area of Plumas County, CA. North Valley Road and its intersecting streets connect Greenville, North Arm, Taylorsville and Genesee around the north side of Indian Valley. It’s a beautiful drive that I didn’t appreciate enough when I was a young school boy in

Early Morning Spring Geese

On the last morning of March 2015, I found myself looking for pictures at one of my favorite locations, the far end of Quincy Junction Road. The sun had been up barely a half-hour, fog was lifting off the pond and Spring geese were having their breakfast and morning bath. Capture: Nikon D810, Tamron SP

Turkey Vulture

My First Wildlife Photographs Turkey Vulture in Feather River Country During a recent drive through the Feather River Canyon and into the rolling hills near Oroville, CA, I sped past a tree with bare branches at the top and what looked like a couple large birds perched up top. As I drove by, I thought