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How & where to build a house

Posted by on 12 Feb 2018 | Tagged as: blog




Here in the southwest corner of Utah new houses are mostly being built by developers in house farms.

The ground is torn apart and lowered by many huge machines and dug into and compacted and roads and walls, and sewer and water lines and catchment pond areas for water run off.

What a mess.

There is a better way to build.

Take the Kayenta development for instance.

When a house is planned, markers are made in the landscape just a bit bigger than the house it’s self will be.

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That part is excavated and the house is build disturbing the area very little.

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This is how a finished house looks:

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Now isn’t that a nicer way to build?  Leaving the landscaping as God made it?

Working with nature and not against it.


Surprised-no photo

Posted by on 31 Jan 2018 | Tagged as: blog

I was surprised to see this on a search result yesterday:

Jay Beacham (No Photo)

Born : Unknown

Movie Credits

Mythica: A Quest for Heroes

Stuck in a life of indentured servitude, Marek dreams of becoming a wizard. When she meets a beautiful priestess, Teela, in need of help, Marek escapes her master and puts together a team of adventurers – including Thane the warrior and Dagen the half-elf thief – and embarks on an epic quest to free Teela’s sister from orcs and ogres. After raiding the orc camp, the group learns that Teela’s sister has been taken into the mountains by a giant ogre. Escaping hellhounds and dragons on their dangerous journey, the team find themselves hopelessly outmatched by the man-eating ogre, and must unite all their talents to free the prisoners and escape with their own lives.
Released : 8th-Dec-2014

and on the next page:

Cast Members

  • Gojun Pye
    played by
    Kevin Sorbo

  • Marek
    played by
    Melanie Stone

  • Teela
    played by
    Nicola Posener
  • Thane
    played by
    Adam Johnson

  • Dagen
    played by
    Jake Stormoen

  • Hammerhead
    played by
    Christopher Robin Miller

  • Peregus Malister
  • played by
    Robert Jayne

  • Caeryn
    played by
    Natalie Devine Riskas
  • (No Photo)

  • Mekru Nom
    played by
    Kee Chan

  • Egan
    played by
    Sebastian Michael Barr

All had photos but myself and Natalie Devine Riskas.

Was it that hard to find a photo of me?

I googled my image and there were many available.

What about Natalie?  Lots of her too.

So who posts these things?

I could only get to this page on Firefox.

Surprised to see it posted and that no photos were there  of two of us.

Selective code enforcement in Ivins, Utah

Posted by on 11 Jan 2018 | Tagged as: blog

Is there Selective code enforcement in Ivins, Utah?

I’ve composed a few questions for the town administration and council.

“Some questions I have about zoning and code enforcement in Ivins, Utah

In 2017, a manure spreader on a trailer left my farm.
It is now decorating the front yard of someone north of my farm on Center street.
If machinery that is not being used for what it was manufactured for is an offense,
why is old machery decorating people’s front yard all through out Ivins (even in Kayenta)?

Isn’t that selective enforcement?

If I can’t park my trailer, motor home, etc. at my house, why can many others have them at their houses?
Many of which are not currently registered with the DMV?

Why must a 3.63 acre piece of farm property supposed to comply with residential requirements?

Why can K & A and D & W farms have so much equipment, running and not visible from public road ways and no one else can?  Isn’t if supposed to be screened?

Why do developers, who never intend to live in Ivins, have more rights than residents of many years?

Why is it that farm property owned by one family for over 65 years and doing business the same as now
since 1978, must now change use because a developer wants to build next door?

Why is it that the Zoning department can use areal drone taken photos in a complaint that were illegally obtained?
See SBO111

Why must a citizen remove dead weeds on and around his property when the town government doesn’t do like wise
on town owned sidewalks and right of ways?

Why does the town keep the road side landscaping up for developments but won’t along regular streets?

Why are farms encouraged in the Center of town and not on the west side of town which was planned to
be farming in the original master plan?

Why is it that Ron Blake farm corrals are “grandfathered use” but my farm just to the south isn’t?

Why can some have many unused cars in yard while others can’t?

Why is it that people on the council and their close relatives can have and do what others can’t?

If enforcement is so important, why are all violations town wide not addressed at the same time?

Remember that majority vote doesn’t make wrong right.”

Jay Beacham

What’s the Difference between a DJ and A Radio Announcer?

Posted by on 28 Dec 2017 | Tagged as: blog

I love to sing and have recorded songs on several online Karaoke sites for a number of years now.

I try to intro all my songs and sometimes even outtro them much like I did when I worked at a radio station.

Many people comment that I sound like a radio DJ.Art a recording studio singing backup vocals for a folk singer.

Bella said of my recording of  “Our Day Will Come”  :

“You know you have a wonderful “Radio” speaking voice! I could just imagine you being a DJ on a classic song station.
You sang this beautifully!” Well I was an announcer on an old time station in the late 1960s. I recorded it November 3, 2013.
I answered her on 12/27/2017  thusly:
A few years ago you said this when you commented on a recording of mine:
“You know you have a wonderful “Radio” speaking voice! I could just imagine you being a DJ on a classic song station.”

Well I was an announcer on an old time station in the late 1960s.
The songs from then and the older ones we played are classic now I suppose.
I’ve attempted to make my SingSnap studio just that, a classic song station.”

Once in Austria as a missionary, an lady asked my companion, Reiner Essyer, who’d been a DJ in SLC, the difference
between a “DJ” and a “Radio Speecher” (announcer).    I glossed over the question as he didn’t know that I had been an announcer.
The difference?

A DJ just announces and spins records much like Mary Collins in the movie “Something in The Wind”, a movie about
a DJ, played by Deanna Durbin.
An announcer, like I was, does everything at a station: plays records, is a partial engineer, speaks commercial ads,
writes copy, reports the news, Station Ids, etc. He does everything at a station. A radio DJ doesn’t. Nor does a dance DJ.
That’s the difference.


Tragic Loss of Life

Posted by on 09 Nov 2017 | Tagged as: blog

The Tragic Loss of Life in Texas last Sunday was heart saddening.

The media immediately started with those who want to prohibit all guns conveniently forgetting that criminals can always get guns if they so chose.

It was a tragic loss of life.

Why is so little said about the following loss of life?

I quote from Martin Fox:

“Most Americans have never heard of  LeRoy  Carhart,  an abortionist currently working out of Bellevue, Nebraska.

Yet he’s made a career of ending innocent unborn life for the past thirty years.

The fact is, he has eagerly served as the face of the abortion lobby in battles against pro-life legislation, contesting the 2003 Partial Birth Abortion Ban in the Supreme Court case Gonzales v. Carhart, which he thankfully lost.

To this day, Carhart complains about that case, lamenting that he can no longer legally kill babies after they have already been partially delivered.

But even so, Carhart continues to slaughter unborn babies day after day — even performing abortions at the ninth month of pregnancy.

At this late date, these babies are fully viable, fully formed, and fully capable of feeling pain.

Yet abortionists like Carhart have no problem ripping them from their mothers’ wombs.

After botching an abortion, Carhart left the mother in agony, bleeding heavily, and struggling for breath in the emergency room.

As for her child, at seventeen weeks that baby had arms, legs, fingers, toes, and a heartbeat. Its bones were hardening, and it could begin to move and kick.

But like so many others, that baby tragically died at the hands of LeRoy Carhart.

This brutality is the kind of thing you and I are up against.

And it’s why you and I must fight to end this slaughter of innocents once and for all.

For Life,

Martin Fox, President
National Pro-Life Alliance ”

In the poetry anthology  “Under Red Cliffs”  a poem is included titled “Every Business Day”.

It addresses this modern holocaust.   An even greater  loss of life than a mass shooting.

You can read it  by obtaining your digital copy ($9.98) at:

or an in print copy ($20) from:

Jay Beacham

85 East Center Street

Ivins, Utah 84738


A Friend Wrote

Posted by on 23 Oct 2017 | Tagged as: blog

A Friend Wrote





My brother took his life on September 15th ~~~ I STAND CORRECTED….. THE DRUG PRESCRIBED TO HIM, TOOK HIS LIFE.

HIS MESSAGE TO ME WAS CLEAR. I feel his pain, and anguish …. I feel it as if I lived it… as he did.   It’s the saddest thing I’ve ever experienced in my life.   I know what I feel isn’t anything compared  to what he was  going through.

It all started with a back injury that led to a prescription drug that destroyed his life.

My brother loved life.   He did not want to die.

Doug made it clear to Doctors of what this Drug was doing to him.

He pleaded for help….. This was a strong,  hard working,  happy,  man that loved life.

Very heart breaking.   This Drug killed my brother.

I am sharing because this is tragic and I will not be silent.

I am troubled and although nothing can erase what has been done,  I must be his voice.

My DEAR BROTHER….. You are now over the Rainbow.   No more disappointments, no more pain, and no more worries. Wait patiently for me Brother…..

Dear Jay,

I am so sorry to hear about your wife.

It’s sad how most people trust AND ARE MISGUIDED.    Life doesn’t matter….. money does.

I am just so angry.   What kind of world are we living in?

I’m having problems sleeping tonight…..

Did you ever finish that book you speak of?

Sorry that I rant from time to time…..

G of Texas

My reply:

Last summer a computer glitch lost half of my pages.
I published the file under the title Lost in hopes
that some computer nut might know how to decipher it.
I’ve continued collecting material and will get to a different
version someday.
So much more information is available now than in 1996 when we started it.
Money is the driving force of the world.
I do have a poem about the subject in my poetry anthology:
It’s called Under Red Cliffs
The poem is entitled Silent Killer
It’s the fourth poem in the collection.

Many war veterans, surviving emergency workers from 9/11, and those on                                                                                                 drugs live such miserable lives that many break and end it all.

The chemical age is about money not quality of life for all.
The weaker among us are destroyed first.
One’s faith in God’s plan for us will sustain until we
go to the next life to reunite with those taken so.


Posted by on 23 Sep 2017 | Tagged as: blog

 I road on this Austrian train in 1970. Lots of snow and National Geographic photographers hanging out of every door and window to get some fabulous photos.   Some footage is from 1973 and looks much like it did when I road
this train.
I spoke with a man yesterday and he asked about the locomotive in Cottage Grove, Oregon. I never rode that one when I lived in Cottage Grove.
And I never rode on the Heber Creeper when living in Provo, Utah.
He’d ridden on the Heber Creeper.

Who else has been on a locomotive?

Giving Stuff Away

Posted by on 13 Jul 2017 | Tagged as: blog

Giving Stuff Away

A photographer, who is very good at it, posted this comment on a forum under the title “Giving Stuff Away”, a few days ago:

“Ahead of a book I will have to sell, and a web page I have to finish to sell images, I have been giving away images, about 1 every two weeks. To those who sign up for the email list. I just posted this one. See if I get any responses. I am up to 940 on email list.”

My first reply:

I offered a booklet (hardcover) for comments recently.
Got 3 comments only.
All three people have bought from me so the booklet can be like a bonus to them for their business.
But giving away to get, I don’t believe it works.
In my regular work, someone calls, I go, do the work, get paid.
I gave nothing to them for free to get the business. Why should it be any different with digital products?

A street vendor with a pickup full of oranges gave me a slice to taste, a free sample. The next time I saw him, he gave me a whole orange free. Sure I’ll remember him next time he’s in town.
That’s giving a free sample, not the whole pickup load.

My intellectual work is just as valuable of a product as are oranges.
This contest I mentioned in my first reply has ended and the booklets are on their way to the people who commented.
I’m not giving them the books. I am buying their comments.
Captain Molan didn’t give that image away, he bought email addresses with it.

He replied to me:
“I agree. It’s a form of advertising. It’s a fair trade for me. People sharing this off creates the buzz that helps the word spread.
My goal is to have book sales and speaking gigs through the book. The images are an important part of all three. I learned a while ago just selling photos would be a struggle.”

Trading value for value is not giving, each party profits.

One respondent said her ebook was given away free online and now “I had to send an actual act of Congress to get it down, but it’s still all over the net as a free eBook.”

Is anything really free.
I’m a really conservative guy, but when it comes to getting a job done right,  I don’t skimp on the quality of products used even if it costs more.

Free shipping.
Buy one get the second one free.
You are paying for that and it is all figured into the cost.
And the free content online is pages and pages of repitious talk about how good the product is if you’ll only buy it.

Incentives or lost leaders but not a gievaway.

Just giving is what charities are. I don’t ever intend on receiving in return for my gifts.

So trading, buying, advertising with my “free” whatever is not really giving.
Let’s stop saying it is

Today is July 4th 2017 celebrating July 4th 1776

Posted by on 04 Jul 2017 | Tagged as: blog

Today is July 4th 2017 celebrating July 4th 1776
241 years ago The Declaration of Independence was adopted by the Second Continental Congress meeting at the Pennsylvania State House (Independence Hall) in Philadelphia on July 4, 1776, which announced that the thirteen American colonies, then at war with the Kingdom of Great Britain, regarded themselves as thirteen newly independent sovereign states, and no longer under British rule. Instead they formed a new nation—the United States of America.
John Adams was a leader in pushing for independence, which was passed on July 2 with no opposing vote cast. A committee of five had already drafted the formal declaration, to be ready when Congress voted on independence.

John Adams persuaded the committee to select Thomas Jefferson to compose the original draft of the document, which Congress would edit to produce the final version. The Declaration was ultimately a formal explanation of why Congress had voted on July 2 to declare independence from Great Britain, more than a year after the outbreak of the American Revolutionary War. The next day, John Adams wrote to his wife Abigail: “The Second Day of July 1776, will be the most memorable Epocha, in the History of America.”
But Independence Day is actually celebrated on July 4, the date that the Declaration of Independence was approved.

Of the 56 signatories, 31 were relatives of mine.
From 2nd cousin 9 times removed Ben Franklin to Carter Braxton 14th once removed.
John Adams 3rd cousin 8 times removed.
Thomas Jefferson was an 8th cousin 7 times removed.
That’s some interesting informoation.

Why is this document important?
Abraham Lincoln said of it:
“”Let us revere the Declaration of Independence.” “Let us readopt the Declaration of Independence, and with it the practices and policy which harmonize with it.”
“I have never had a feeling politically that did not spring from the sentiments embodied in the Declaration of Independence. …… It was not the mere matter of the separation of the Colonies from the motherland; but that sentiment in the Declaration of Independence which gave liberty, not alone to the people of this country, but, I hope, to the world, for all future time. It was that which gave promise that in due time the weight would be lifted from the shoulders of all men. This is a sentiment embodied in the Declaration of Independence.”
He called our country based on these principles “the last best hope of earth.”

Alan Keyes started an organization called the Declaration Fountain to renew those principles.
“The Declaration Foundation has as its aim the restoration of that which is the foundation of the common ground which binds us all, whatever our backgrounds as Americans.”
“I think if we don’t soon recover the understanding they had at the beginning, then we shall continue down the road of a debased and dejected freedom that will in the end become such a burden to us, such a violation of our dignity, that we shall gladly give it up.”
“We want to restore to this country that understanding of law which is the ground for our claim of freedom. And in education, and in law, and in public policy, we want to begin to inspire people once again to have the boldness of their declaration convictions.”

So today instead of just wasting huge amounts of money on fireworks, perhaps it would be well to consider the document and the principles embodied in it.


Lincoln’s Ghost in Pleasant Grove, Utah

Posted by on 24 Jun 2017 | Tagged as: blog

Lincoln’s Ghost at the Utah Patriot Camp.
“Wednesday, June 7! Camp will begin at 9:30. We’ll start with the flag ceremony and the Gettysburg Address. At about 9:40, we will separate and go to the different stations. The six groups will rotate through the six stations. ages 5 to 13 and older teen leaders.”

It went well.

Fun when kids’ questions arise.    ”So if you’re a ghost, how come I can feel you?”

One girl writes poetry herself and was very interested in the fact that Lincoln did too.

“How many did he write?”   Do what I told her,  ”google it”.     You’ll find all we know about.

It took place at this school.

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