Monthly Archives: June 2018

Wednesday, June 27, 2018 – My Books. My Reading List. My Summer Project.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018 – My Books My Reading List My Summer Project

On June 21, I reached 50. My goal is 60 by August 31.

I want to see how many of the 100 Great Reads I can read.

This is quite doable. When the list was released in May I could check off 45 as having read. Thank you, but do not be impressed. Remember I have lots of sheepskins on the wall and all of them are liberal arts related. That is what liberal arts majors do – we read.

With my number of books rating (five books = excellent and 1 = Just OK) here are the five I read in June.

Bless Me, Ultima – Rudolfo Anaya – 4 Books. Good story and good insight into Chicano culture.

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams – 5 Books – Loved it. An imagination stretched, but really funny.

The Outsiders – S. E. Hinton – 4 books. Should be read by every teenager and every adult who was once a teenager.

Thing Fall Apart – Chinua Achebe – 1 Book. Even though I did not care for this book, it does give insight into precolonial Africa.

Where the Red Fern Grows – Wilson Rawls – 5 books. A boy, two dogs, coon hunting and the South – what more can you ask for? I cried reading the book; cannot imagine the movie. If you ever loved your dog, you will cry too.

So what’s on the list for July?

A Separate Peace by John Knowles

The Sirens of Titan by Kurt Vonnegut

White Teeth by Zadie Smith

Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift

Ready Player One – Ernest Cline

Even if you are not as ambitious as I, find a book on the list and go escape from the world for a while. You can escape to any time period, any culture or even any galaxy with tales of love, passion and justice. Have I read a favorite of yours, yet?

Tuesday, June 26, 2018 – “ … She’ll March in Behind the Band”

Tuesday, June 26, 2018 – “ … She’ll March in Behind the Band”

RIP – the Former First Lady of Aggieland – Reveille VIII.


Friday, June 22, 2018 – Baseball, Omaha and Snarky Friday!

Friday, June 22, 2018 – Baseball, Omaha and Snarky Friday!

To the Big 12 (which are really only 10 schools) Conference and the Other Conferences:

SEC! It just means more!

Let’s Go Mississippi State Bulldogs!

Reveille sends her love to Bully!

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Asking for a friend…

How is that Trump Administration working out for you?

Monday, June 18, 2018 – THIS IS NOT MY AMERICA!

Monday, June 18, 2018 – THIS IS NOT MY AMERICA!

I completely agree with my Twitter friend, Steve Redmond (@sjredmon) when he tweeted this today.

The day you can explain to me how psychologically torturing a 2 year old will make America great, I’ll listen. Until then you can keep your faux Christianity and misplaced idolatry of the heartless SOB in the White House.

I do not care who this offends. You do not hold children hostage. You do not put them in concentration camps. They are not political pawns. It is a POLICY, not a law and it can be changed with the stroke of pen.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018 – Star Trek and the CWS From The Bridge

Tuesday, June 12, 2018 – Star Trek and the CWS From The Bridge

Captain’s Log – Star Date – 06.12.2018 – From the bridge of the USS My House

It arrived this morning! A piece of furniture that can charge my cell phone, tablet and laptop – all at the same time. Can you believe – furniture that plugs into the wall. It has a wireless switch over in the event the electricity goes out.

Please know that between this high tech love seat and my new high tech bed that I may never leave my house again. Also because after purchasing these two items I have no funds to go anywhere.

This weekend, from one of these vantage points, I will watch the College World Series – also known as The SEC Conference versus the Big 12 Conference with a few other schools thrown in to round out the bracket.

So who will I root, root, root for this weekend from reclines of the techno furniture? This is the final series I would like to see. THE University of Texas versus Mississippi State! If the Texas Aggies are not playing, then I’m going with the other SEC team of maroon and white and with a dog mascot. GO STATE!

Monday, June 11, 2018 – Peace in Our Time

Monday, June 11, 2018 – Peace in Our Time

For historians only:

“Good job, well done, Neville Chamberlain;

Diplomacy wins again;” 1939

“Good job, well done, Dennis Rodman

Diplomacy wins again.” 2018


Friday, June 8, 2018 – Snarky Friday and Check for Understanding

Friday, June 8, 2018 – Snarky Friday and Check for Understanding

I know Snarky Friday is usually reserved for me commenting on Saturday college football, but today I’m going to snark on Betsy DeVos – also known as Betsy Devoucher, the Secretary of Education.

Dear Betsy,

Since you have no education credentials or public school background, may I suggest you Google Madeline Hunter, Patron Saint of Instructional Delivery Methods?

As one tries to educate the unwashed masses, Dr. Hunter (note she is a Doctor of Education, like I am) notes that it is imperative to check for understanding. This means check to see if those you are trying to instruct understand the concept you are teaching.

Therefore, I am checking for understanding on this School Safety Commission you are leading. I currently understand that the group will not study guns in schools. You were quoted as saying “you were studying school safety issues, but guns were not part of the study.”

As of May 25, there have been 21 school shootings since January of this year. What are you and your commission studying about schools safety? Food fights in the cafeteria? Water balloons on the playground?

Here’s what I’m thinking. Mrs. DeVos, as always you are way off target on the entire educational process, but you shot yourself in the foot with this one.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018 – D Day and 101 Feet

Wednesday, June 6, 2018 – D Day and 101 Feet

On June 6, 1944, Lt. Colonel James Earl Rudder led a Battalion of Army Rangers up a cliff of 101 feet under heavy German machine gun fire. Their objective was to take Point du Hoc – a large promontory point separating Omaha and Utah Beaches. At the top of the cliff were six captured French 155mm artillery pieces sitting in open pits and manned by German sharpshooters and machine gun operators.

You can read the details of this crazy and almost suicidal scale straight up a cliff.

Rudder and the Rangers captured the artillery which allowed those storming Omaha and Utah Beaches.

How tall is 101 feet? Rudder Tower on the campus of Texas A&M University, named for General Earl Rudder is 101 feet tall.

Monday, June 04, 2018 – August 25, 2018

Monday, June 04, 2018 – August 25, 2018

Those of us who follow college sports and like the teams I like must say – Wait until next year and the all-important, how many days until football season begins?

Tunnel to Kyle Field