Monthly Archives: April 2019

Monday, April 22, 2019 – Softly Call the Muster – Here

Monday, April 22, 2019 – Softly Call the Muster – Here

Over the weekend Texas Aggies across the world celebrated the camaraderie of the school by attending a Muster in their area. At each Muster ceremony around the world, a speaker addresses the crowd before the “Roll Call for the Absent.” Names are of those who died will be read, and as each name is called a family member or friend will answer “Here” to show that Aggie is present in spirit. Then, a candle is lit.

The Campus Roll Call in Reed Arena is the largest Muster in the world. Tonight President George H. W. Bush and First Lady Barbara Bush will be recognized this year. After all of the names are called, a rifle volley is fired and then a special arrangement of Taps is played.

For it’s The Spirit can ne’r be told; It’s the Spirit of Aggieland.

 

Friday, April 19, 2019 – Hallelujah

Friday, April 19, 2019 – Hallelujah

https://youtu.be/MC1Nvn4Bk0Y

 

 

Tuesday, April 16, 2019 – Ava Maria

Tuesday, April 16, 2019 – Ava Maria

I have no words, save these.

https://youtu.be/m5spvBWS8kk

https://youtu.be/sGr6B6Rp4PU

 

Monday, April 15, 2019 – Pick Seven for Literacy

Monday, April 15, 2019 – Pick Seven for Literacy

Here’s what I’m thinking about last week. Today is a summary of last week. First, I want to thank my friend, Shirley Crooks for challenging me to list the covers of seven of my favorite books. No reviews; no comments – just the covers. Then I challenged seven people to list their seven favorites.

The comments made by various people made me happy. For example, the number of

  • former students and people who said To Kill a Mockingbird was one of their all-time favorites,
  • the number of people who took up the challenge,
  • the people who said they went out and bought a book listed to read or reread it,
  • new books I learned about.

Listed below are titles of the book covers I posted on Facebook. But now I comment. These are a few of the books that I can remember where I was when I laughed out loud and cried softly – sometimes both in the same novel and maybe on the same page.

  1. To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee – greatest  novel EVER!
  2. As I Lay Dying – William Faulkner – my favorite author of all time. Every August (As in a Light in August) I read a Faulkner novel.
  3. Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole – a Pulitzer Prize winning novel of New Orleans. Sadly, Mr. Toole took his life before seeing this greatness achieved.
  4. Their Eyes Were Watching God – Zora Neale Hurston – a must read novel by a strong, Black women. The novel was poorly received initially, partly because it was written by a strong, Black woman in 1937. However, it is now one of the great works African-American and women’s literature.
  5. Looking for Alaska – John Green – every high school teacher should read because we taught them all through their teenage angst and they taught us through ours.
  6. Catcher in the Rye – J. D. Salinger – needs to be read and reread at different stages of life.
  7. Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte – Nobody does tragedy better than the Brontes.

As many of those I tagged said, it is difficult to limit your favorites to just seven. In my top seven, there is a theme throughout the list. The theme is the one who does not fit in or is unable to find them self.

With the exception of Catcher in the Rye and Jane Eyre, there is also a theme among the other five. I do love Grit Lit! I love to read about the old South from the antebellum stages to the Depression Era South. Looking for Alaska is a bit of a stretch, but hey Alabama is Alabama.

Those books that almost made it and should be on a must read or reread list:

Gone With the Wind – Margaret Mitchell – do I really need say anything about this book? I was 10 years old the first time I read it. It was also the first time I saw the movie at the Winona Theatre in Tomball, Texas.

Harry Potter Series – J.K. Rowling – Of course, name it after Harry, when the strong, highly intelligent Hermione does all the work. I am so Hermione!

Death Comes for the Archbishop – or anything by Willa Cather. She is one of the reasons New Mexico is enchanted.

Slaughter House Five by Kurt Vonnegut – all of his books, but especially SHF. The first time I read it I found Billy Pilgrim to be a funny, eccentric character. The second time I realized Vonnegut described PTSD long before it was diagnosed.

The Hand Maiden’s Tale – Margaret Atwood. Great social science fiction author.

From non-fiction shelf

Rising Tide – John M. Barry – an account of changing the course of the Mississippi River and the lives that were forgotten. If you have ever been to South Louisiana and traveled along the Mississippi, this is a must read.

Alaska and Texas by James A. Michener – long, heavy book, and always starts with the dinosaurs, but so worth the history the books contain. PS – I also read Poland.

The Devil in the White City – Eric Larson or any novel by him. His books are considered a new genre called hybrid history. This novel details two historical events that intersected in time.

I could go on and on just like all of us bibliophiles , but then I do not have time read. So READ ON! Spread the literacy.

Friday, April 12, 2019 – Part Two

Friday, April 12, 2019 – Part Two

No, you cannot bring back Janis, but we can always remember and sing along.

This is for you, Randy E.

It is also for us, Carolyn Sue, Terry and anybody else. We sounded real good singing this – especially after midnight and lots of tequila.

https://youtu.be/sfjon-ZTqzU

 

 

 

Friday, April 12, 2019 – Super Powers

Friday, April 12, 2019 – Super Powers

For the next five days you have been given super powers. These are all the powers you need to make significant changes to anything you desire.

List five things you would change with your super powers.

Today is Ring Day at Texas A&M. Wear it proudly. Whoop!

Happy Friday.

 

Thursday, April 11, 2019 – Nothing

I have nothing to say. While I am thinking about many things, I have chosen not to say anything today. Instead I am posting a photo of the entrance to the doctor I went to for my knee.

Then I am posting of picture of my cat, Peach with her catnip rat toy. I hope at least of them makes you smile.

 

Tuesday, April 09, 2019 – Turn Out The Lights – The Party’s Over

Tuesday, April 09, 2019 – Turn Out The Lights – The Party’s Over

And so the Texas Tech Red Raiders ride into the sunset while confetti falls on the Virginia Cavaliers. Did you ever think there would be so much money in confetti?

Nevertheless, the Spanish cowboy guy and all of the Tech fans should be proud. It won’t allow you to achieve flagship status, but maybe next year will be your championship year. Maybe you will share the spotlight with the 2020 Texas A&M Women’s Basketball National Championship Team.

Did you really think I would not snark on Tech?

Monday, April 8, 2019 – The End of Basketball Season

Monday, April 8, 2019 – The End of Basketball Season

The end of NCAA basketball season only means that NCAA football season is one day closer. Meanwhile, until then we have baseball, softball, axe tossing, badminton, golf and corn hole championships to look forward to. Yawn!

Here’s to the Baylor Lady Bears as they bring home their third NCAA National Basketball Championship. Thank you, Kim, team, and nephew Blaine for a great season. Let’s send thoughts and prayers to Lauren Cox who went down with a knee injury as she prepares for the next phase of knee joints and ligaments. I am sure the rehab will not be as bad looking at that national championship bling.

Who would have guessed the possibility of two national championships from the Big 12 Conference? In basketball! And from Texas and not Kansas!

It is customary for schools in an effort of sportsmanship to drop their prejudices and root for a home team during a national championship game. I must tell you, it is difficult for me to yell for Texas Tech. But since the head coach for Tech graduated from J. L. McCullough High School in The Woodlands, Texas, I will make a supreme exception. Chris Beard was only in the first grade when I taught at McCullough High School, but every teacher in TW is claiming him. As teachers, we love to see students succeed and in front of a national audience is even better.

So for approximately two and one half hours only, here’s to you Texas Tech. BTHO Virginia! Perhaps I shall throw tortillas toward to the television.

Monday, April 01, 2019 – The Green Final Four

Monday, April 01, 2019 – The Green Final Four

Do you know why you are so tired today? You have just completed at 31 day March.

What a March of madness it was if you are a basketball fan. First on the men’s side of NCAA Division I. I am sure my Alabama buddies are as thrilled about Auburn reaching the final four as I am about Texas Tech reaching it. So let’s go Virginia Cavaliers. Beat the Tiger with the auburn fur. Let’s us remember that I picked Michigan State to win it all. Puffy Spartan! Please do not let me down. And finally, PLEASE anybody but Tech.

Now to the women’s side of NCAA Division I. Does anyone know the words to the Stanford fight song? Tonight Stanford will play the Girls of Muffetry – AKA Notre Dame at 8:00 on ESPN2. I wonder if Muffet will wear the lime green boa around her neck. Did you see those lime green stilettos she had?

Speaking of green colors. Baylor plays Iowa at 6:00 on ESPN2 tonight.

Speaking of even more green colors. The Oregon Ducks will wait for the winner of Baylor and Iowa State. Yesterday, against Mississippi State their uniforms looked like two of the colors in the Crayola Box escaped. It could be a semi-final of various shades of greens and yellows.

And not wearing green. The UConn Huskies will play the winner of Notre Dame and Stanford.

I am not wearing green to watch any of the games. I do not have any green pajamas. Sic ‘Em Bears! And what every the Dancing Tree of Stanford Cardinal (like the color, not the bird) says. Are we for certain really smart people go to Stanford?

If Baylor does not win, I will offer the following quote by one of my favorite, and so articulate heroines, Hermione Granger.