This picture, taken by my husband, is at Canton Lake, about 14 miles south of Fairview, Oklahoma. The buoy shown used to mark the outer limit of a swimming area. Now, it’s difficult to walk out far enough across the dry lake-bed to touch the water. The lake is down about 78% of it’s normal level, and there’s no appreciable amount of moisture on the way to refill it. Most of the water has been drawn down to fill the concrete “river” used for recreation in Oklahoma City. This entire area of the country, from here to Southern California is suffering from an extreme drought. With high winds and an abundance of available dry tinder, our firemen cringe and then bravely go out when the sirens signal that another blaze has begun. Dry is our daily reality!