The James River gets all the news when the spring thaw sets in and the rain comes down and swells the banks, inundating houses, covering fields, threatening livestock and generally wreaking havoc. But what about his older brother, the River John? Not a word. But still, the same thing happens on the north part of the country I live in, where runoff from the highlands north of our home come raging down through the trees along the border, then gathering in ponds in the back yard. So I've had to construct a vast canal system to channel the flood waters around the garage and down the driveway. Luckily, our budget allowed for the investment in dike construction, leaf-accumulation monitoring, and gutter management.