Monthly Archives: June 2015

Tuesday, June 30, 2015 – The Last Day of June – Never Too Early to Talk Trash

Tuesday, June 30, 2015 – The Last Day of June – Never Too Early to Talk Trash

Now available at Academy (locally, I am sure) and online.


Really? If Alabama has nothing on the Aggies, what do you call those big glass football trophies with words like NCAA, Football, National and Championship all in one sentence?

Is there a mercy rule in Division I NCAA college football? Something along the lines of 59 – 0, perhaps?

I feel like a chihuahua in a room full of great danes, but counting the days until kickoff.

Monday, June 29, 2015 – Well, Swipe My Thighs

Monday, June 29, 2015 – Well, Swipe My Thighs

Google developers announced they were teaming up with Levi’s to make jeans with conducive fibers that could be used as touch screens, allowing users to answer the phone or send a text by just swiping their thighs.

Now, don’t that give a new meaning to butt dialing?

You never saw Kirk, Picard, Janeway or either of the other two swiping their thighs to communicate.



Sunday, June 28, 2015 – Here’s What I’m Thinking – Same Sex Marriage

Sunday, June 28, 2015 – Here’s What I’m Thinking – Same Sex Marriage

Here’s What I’m Thinking about the Supreme Court’s decision regarding same sex marriage. Until you are able to argue the points of law regarding the case, including the majority opinion and the four dissenting opinions, I refuse to read your posts, your belief structure, your comments and your opinions.  Likewise, you will not hear mine.  However, being the lawyer, I coulda, shoulda been, I have read all of the opinions of the Supreme Court justices. Let me know when you have finished your readings and you are ready to debate the law, not our opinions.

PS – If short of time read Justice Scalia’s dissenting opinion for the fun of it – really? Ask a hippie? Hippie is now a legal term? Joan A?

Friday, June 26, 2015 – Snarky Friday

Friday, June 26, 2015 – Snarky Friday

What have you done for the boys and girls of Texas? Are you kidding me?

Last week Gooberner Abbott named a new chairperson to the State Board of Education who has never sent her own children to a public school. He appointed Houston Republican Donna Bahorich, a former communications director for Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, to chair the Board of Education.

According to Texas Public Radio, Bahorich homeschooled her own sons before sending them to a private high school.

Just goes to show you – it ain’t what you know, but who you know. Isn’t this called the Spoils System? It was used by President William McKinley and the Republicans at the turn of the century. That would be the 1900’s where today’s group appear to be frozen in time. How much money did the new chair donate to the various campaigns?

Why don’t you just fast forward and declare vouchers for schooling? Then let the Supreme Court declare it unconstitutional because it is economic segregation. That will be a time saver.

Perhaps Chairperson Bahorich can get Bristol Palin to address the board and speak on family values and no sex education classes in school.

God Bless Texas and God Bless Texas Education.

Thursday, June 25, 2015 – Tick Tock The Game is Locked

Thursday, June 25, 2015 – Tick Tock The Game is Locked

Isn’t there some rule that states “The number of political candidates for any party shall not exceed twenty-five (25.) Once that number is reached no additional candidates may enter the Presidential race unless a previously declared candidate drops out of contention.”

I thought the Governor of Louisiana, Piyush “Bobby” Jindal, had already declared his intention to seek the office of President of the United States. How many is that now for the Republicans? Thirteen? Still two for the Democrats? I have not kept up with the Whigs, the Libertarians, the Bull-Mooses, the Know-Nothings, the Irish Underground, the Gold Standard, the Progressive Party, the Populists, the United States Marijuana Party, the Pirate Party or the Peace, Love and Brotherhood Party.  I did not make up all of those political parties.

This guy is probably the smartest person in the entire state of Louisiana. He was born in Baton Rouge to immigrant parents from India. That would be “the dot type of Indian” and not “the feather type.” He has degrees from Brown University and a Masters of Letters in political science from New College, Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar. He is so smart the state of Louisianan made him President of the University of Louisiana System. Then he entered politics.

He does have good hair. This could become a factor with Captain Hairspray. Perhaps they could have an Aqua-net spray off.

The great race/island concept is gaining momentum.  Let’s put all of the candidates on a deserted island. Is the moon considered an island?  Whoever can figure out how to get off of the island and make their way to Washington D.C. by Inauguration Day, January 20, 2017 gets to be the President.

Keep your voter registration card current.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015 – How Many Uniforms Do You Need?

Wednesday, June 24, 2015 – How Many Uniforms Do You Need?

Baylor made new additions to its jerseys options this summer that create a number of new combinations the team can use on game day. The team’s equipment manager, Jeff Barlow, explains in a that the Bears now have 120 different uniform combinations that feature six helmet options, four jerseys and five different sets of pants. If the team uses a different combo every week, it’s currently set to debut an original combo every game for the next 10 years.  Perhaps the team could change at half-time for variety.

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015 – Otiose

Tuesday, June 23, 2015 – Otiose

Today I am feeling otiose.  Pronunciations – Oh-shee- ohs,  Oh-tee

Otiose came to English in the late 1700’s from the Latin otiosus, meaning “at leisure.”

It means being at leisure, idle, indolent, ineffective or futile.

Yep, that is what I am feeling today – otiose. Hope you are feeling otiose today too.

Monday, June 22, 2015 – The Dreaded Three Putt, Summer Solstice and Stonehenge

Monday, June 22, 2015 – The Dreaded Three Putt, Summer Solstice and Stonehenge

Jordon! Jordon! Jordon! Making the State and The University proud!

And to DJ – one to win; two to tie and three to go home and forget it. Wow, what a finish to the U.S. Open Golf Championship. Down to the last stroke.  Oh well, sometimes life is three putt too.

Remember when we all wanted to play like Tiger? Well, now we do.  Also, if one can BE something or somebody by just saying they are, then in an effort to improve my golf game, I am now Asian. On Wednesdays and Saturdays and any other time I play golf please refer to me as You So Yung!

On a different note – am I the only one creeped out by the Colonel Sanders Kentucky Fried Chicken commercials?  Really, nothing speaks to uniting the country better than a creepy old plantation owner surrounded by an all-white hill-Billy string band threatening to put chicken in the lemonade.

And in the realm of politics – Perhaps, Perry’s malapropisms are an accident and not an incident. Oops – that is one! And to Senator Cruz – who are your speech writers? Do they live in a bubble or under a rock? Don’t they even watch Fox News? Two ill-timed comments in the month of June alone?

Thank goodness, Jordon Speith makes Texas look good because you two seem to be doing your best to turn the state blue again. Thank you.

Somehow, I missed the longest day of the year, the Summer Solstice yesterday. Therefore to celebrate in a Texas fashion, here is a Texas Stonehenge.  I bet you did not know there are two Stonehenges in Texas, did you?  This one is in Ingram, in The Hill Country.

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And the second one can be found where? Stop Googling, it’s in Odessa.

The spiritual meaning of the Summer Solstice in Texas means College FOOTBALL is closer to kickoff. Happy Summer.

Friday, June 19, 2015 – The Sesquicentennial of Juneteenth

Friday, June 19, 2015 – The Sesquicentennial of Juneteenth

It is the 150th anniversary of Juneteenth in Texas – The day slaves in Texas learned of The Emancipation Proclamation. Communications must have really been poor back then because the Emancipation Proclamation was passed two years before.

The woman in the photograph was named Rose Page – not Cecily Tyson.  However, I think Ms. Tyson might owe some costume design royalties to the Page Family.Rose Page (684x674)

Rose was The Help who raised my sister. Actually, my Mother, pictured here with Rose raised her. Mama & Rose (674x682)

To the best of my knowledge neither my sister nor I have ever considered ourselves Black or transracial – whatever that is. Am I the only one not understanding? Anyway…

Those photographs were taken in 1971 at Old Rose’s home in Flora, Louisiana.  Rose could neither read nor write, signed her name with an X and we guess her age in the photographs to be at least 100 years old.  We knew her parents had been slaves in Louisiana and she was one of the first of their children to be born as a free person – in spite of Jim Crow Laws and Poll Tax and Louisiana. My father paid her 50 cents per week during The Depression.

I first met Rose when I was about five years old. That fall my sister had been crowned Magnolia High School Homecoming Queen.  Her photograph was in The Conroe Courier.  During a Christmas visit to Louisiana my father gave Rose a copy. When Rose saw it, she screamed – “Oh my Baby is the Queen of Texas!” As the story goes, Rose kept the clipping in her purse for decades and showed it to everybody who would listen.

But then HB said to her, “Rose, we have one more thing.” He gently pushed me toward the old woman and said “Tell her your name.” When I said, “Delia,” he said, “Tell her your full name.” When I said, “Delia Rose,” she fell back into a chair and screamed “Lawdy, Mr. Duffey! You done named yore baby after ME!”  We never told her anything different.

I was always told I was named after my father’s mother, Rose, but hey, maybe I was named after Old Rose and maybe my parents never told me any different either.

So today we celebrate the Rose Pages of the world and the 150th anniversary of Freedom in Texas. Yet, our hearts lie heavy in Charleston and we know we must work together to achieve freedom for all.

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The Lincoln Memorial – Taken June 13, 2013

Thursday, June 18, 2015 – My Book Report

Thursday, June 18, 2015 – My Book Report

I did it! I finished James A. Michener’s Alaska.  It was long. It was very long. In fact, it was 868 pages long. I started reading it upon my return from Alaska last September.  I read the hardback version.  I had to be careful reading at night due to the fact that if I fell asleep and the book fell into my face, I risked facial bruising or perhaps a mild concussion.

Seriously, Anchorage Angela, you can and should read Alaska since it is your newly adopted home state.  Like all other frontiers and discoveries, the arrival of foreigners and their treatment of the natives are deplorable. The influence of Seattle is fascinating and sad. The story of statehood is one I have never heard.  And the ascent and descent of Denali shows the ruggedness of the indescribable and beauty of nature and scenes of the area. It is a fascinating story of a unique state that is vital to the livelihood of The United States and the world.

This paragraph stood out because this is exactly how I saw it. My sister was there and can testify.

Page 815 of Alaska – “At a spot some miles south of the little town, as I was driving, I swerved to the shoulder of the road, slammed on the brakes and cried, “There it is!” From the almost level plain rose the three great mountains of the Alaska Range: Foraker to the left, Denali in the center, Silverthrone on the right, with off to one side the remarkable black cube called Mooses Tooth.  They formed a majestic march across the blue sky, a line of mountains that would have been commendable in any terrain: here, where the surrounding plain was so low, with an elevation not much above sea level, they soared enormously, white-capped, inviting but filled with subtle menace.”

From Alaska.

“Then where does McKinley come from?”

“The mountain’s name changed after William McKinley to promote his Republican campaign as president.

“Will his name stay on the mountain?

“Everybody with good sense is trying to remove it.”

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