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People who have gone through sorrow are more sympathetic than others, not so much because of what they know about sorrow, but because they know more about happiness. They appreciate its value and its fragility, and welcome it wherever it may be. The Puritan attitude which grudges happiness belongs only to those who have never entered very deeply into life. ----- Freya Stark, Beyond Euphrates


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DECEMBER 25, 2009 12:38AM

GOuLD: the Colour of Fireworks on Xmas Eve

In my neighborhood, any occasion is FIREWORKS TIME!  The neighborhood is a mix of people from just about every continent, but are the Asian's the ones blasting the fireworks?  Nope.  It's the Hispanics.  (Forgive me if I'm not being politically correct -- I never know what the mos… Read full post »

DECEMBER 20, 2009 11:27PM

Family Get-together

Our Christmas in La Grange started Saturday afternoon when Carly & I and the little boys drove to the FOG's (Funny Old Grandparents) house.  First up for entertainment of the little boys was a leaf pile.  This was good for an hour's worth of giggling and jumping and tossing -- culminati… Read full post »

Hittin' the road in a little while to join up with all my relatives for an early Christmas get together tomorrow.  The grandsons and daughters will be there, the step-families, too.  My mom's been cooking up a storm and the weather's not a storm (finally) so it'll be great fun.

 Since… Read full post »

DECEMBER 16, 2009 3:37PM

I Wish I Had a Million Dollars. Hot Dog!

I heard today about a young man -- early 30's -- who overdosed.  A few years ago he won one of the largest California lottery pay-outs in history.  The girls who told me about it knew him in high school.  One of the girls, someone I work with, just shrugged and perfunctorily… Read full post »

DECEMBER 11, 2009 11:33PM

The Fine Art of the Interview

Do you remember a few years back when David Letterman had a heart attack?  I think they had a few guest hosts – probably re-ran a few shows, too.  Then one night they gave Paul Shaeffer the reins.  Paul – the musician.  The band leader.  Although Dave’s styl/… Read full post »

In response to Norwonk's best Christmas music list, I offer this, the masterpiece of all Christmas songs -- and which coincidentally is the best representation of Christmas in my neck of the woods.



DECEMBER 6, 2009 6:11PM

Happy Birthday Unbreakable

DECEMBER 6, 2009 3:17PM

I notice the ads still work

but I'm not interested in an American Girl doll.  NOt at this time, anyway. Read full post »

Forty years ago today, Fred Hampton (the "Chairman" and Black Panther leader) was gunned down in his bed.  He was murdered along with fellow activist, Mark Clark.  Several others were injured, including his fiance, Debra Johnson who was almost 9 months pregnant with their son, Fred Ham… Read full post »

So now all that's left is the finger-pointing.



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Monday morning Texas Prison inmate Arcade Comeaux (I'm not making this up) was in a prison van, accompanied by two prison guards.  Arcade had been wheelchair bound since suffering a stroke in 1997… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 29, 2009 4:46PM

Santa Claus and His Old Lady

When I was about 14 I had this Cheech & Chong bit on a 45.  Even my dad thought it was funny -- and I'm pretty sure he knew about brownies and magic dust. 
Since I'm trying hard to work around the house this weekend, I thought I'd just throw… Read full post »
NOVEMBER 28, 2009 7:22PM

Saturday Night Subdudes -- Mud People



Back in the day, in our sleep little town
Out of nowhere, a hippie band came around
They set up camp (down by the river)
Close to SoSo curve (behind the levee)
Folks said stay away (them people are dirty)
Tell Deputy Momio, get down there in a hurry

He said they… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 26, 2009 11:42PM

My brother



This is a photo of my brother Lane and my dog, Einstein.  Lane is only 15 months younger than me, but sometimes I think he's 15 years younger than me in every other way.

When we were kids Lane was a worrier.  He was stressed out a good deal… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 25, 2009 4:30PM

Thank God for my Son-in-Law

Last Saturday I received an email from my son-in-law -- in Dubai.  It said "Merry Christmas."  It was a cc of a confirmation email for the flight schedule sending my daughter and two grandsons home (Houston) for Christmas. 

I had gotten used to the idea that I wouldn't see them u… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 23, 2009 4:34PM


My great Aunt* Grace died last week.  She was 86 years old.  She'd been telling anybody who asked how tired she had gotten.  Tired, and ready to go.  She seemingly willed herself to die last Thursday morning.  My grandmother (her sister, Bernice) did the same thing when she p… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 22, 2009 9:45PM

Everybody I Love You

I had such a great day here today.  I thought I'd close out the night with this little tribute to my OS buddies.


NOVEMBER 22, 2009 10:22AM

November 22, 1963

I was in the first grade at Walzem Elementary School in San Antonio, Texas.  Mrs. Marsh, my teacher, stood in the hallway connecting our classroom with the next and cried with the other teacher.  Not big gulping heaving shoulders crying, but silent tears crying.  I'm sure, looking back… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 21, 2009 11:04PM

Je Taime, Paris -- We're All in the Dance

We're All in the Dance, by Leslie Feist. 
The other night I watched Je Taime, Paris, on Netflix.  It's a collection of short stories (set in the various sections of Paris, of course).  Since I joined OS, I've become interested again in short stories and this movie is a be… Read full post »
NOVEMBER 20, 2009 9:36PM

iTunes Dialing on a Friday Night

viggo1  My brother Jim and my other brother Jack, went off down to Houston and never come back.     I volunteered for the army on my birthday, they draft the white trash first down here anyway.     Help me, I broke apart my insides.  N… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 11, 2009 3:07PM

Observations of a Veterans Day Parade

I just came back from watching an hour and forty minute long parade in downtown Houston.  The Veterans Day Parade.  This year was longer than any I've been to, and it was a great parade. 

As the veterans passed by, I got teary-eyed.  I clapped to show my appreciation. … Read full post »

NOVEMBER 10, 2009 10:09PM


Edgar Johnson.  Born in Panola County, Texas.  Sometime around 1915, maybe earlier.  Perhaps he was born on the wrong side of the tracks, which would explain why 1) my grandmother married him and 2) my grandmother's family hated him. 

Around 1939, Edgar opted to leave the piney wo… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 8, 2009 10:41PM

That's Right, You're Not From Texas

The history of Texas includes the stories of many Americans from Tennessee, Kentucky, Missouri, Louisiana, North & South Carolina, Virginia, New York, Germany, Austria, England, Ireland and many other states and countries.  Not to mention the indigenous peoples and the Mexicans.

Not onc… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 8, 2009 3:07PM

Songs at Your Funeral -- Updated

Since seeing the video of the wedding the other day (the one with the bridesmaids and groomsmen and the groom and the bride all dancing down the aisle to some techno-love song) it makes me think more about how the unexpected makes any event much more memorable.  And because t… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 6, 2009 10:33AM

Healing the Heart of a 5 year old

As most of you have already read, my oldest daughter and her family (husband, and two sons, Ben (5) and Liam (3)) live in Dubai.  They've been there almost a year (coming home for the summer), and the boys recently started attending schools.  The schools are "American", but the stRead full post »

NOVEMBER 5, 2009 11:59PM