Monday, December 31, 2007

MaeDeans (The Published Author)

Not my bookIn case anyone is wondering, I did not write this book.
Sinners Have Souls Too by MaeDeans
I am not saying anything negative or positive about this book because I haven't read it.

It would be more likely that I would write a book entitled
Dogs Have Souls Too · or · Cats Have Souls Too.

But, alas, I'm not a writer.

Saturday, December 29, 2007

Where the Wind Blows Us

A neighbor couple at the campground recently departed for their next destination. Since they had two oscillating fans with them, I'm assuming they were traveling South to an RVer-friendly climate.

This morning another neighbor is hooking up his fifth wheel with plans to visit the Mississippi Gulf Coast and Southern Alabama area for a month. Since Wendell and I expect to be in Alabama in early 2008, we might even cross paths again.

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

A Texas Christmas

There's something about Christmas in Texas ... starting with temperatures pleasant enough to take a walk after a big holiday meal.

The best Texas Christmas tree I've ever seen

More Texas Christmas goodies from Arlington:The Official Tree of the Dallas Cowboys?

Monday, December 24, 2007

Christmas Eve Gift

As I told my sister last night, I’m a copycat, because when I see something that someone else has done that I consider good, I copy it. This morning I ran across an article that I liked so much I feel compelled to share it:
Christmas Eve Gift by Greg Quinn
As I read this, I was reminded of a very similar story Daddy told me when I was 6 years old when I became convicted of my sins. A year or so later, when I was 7 and had ample proof that I was a sinner and could not save myself from my sins, I asked Jesus to save me from them, and I have felt ever so definitely that I am saved ever since that day.

So like Greg, let me say to you, “Christmas Eve Gift”. I pray you too have received “the greatest gift ever given on this Christmas Eve, the gift of Jesus.”

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Such grace!

Freestyle rollerblading at its finest — this is something to see! She contemplates for a bit, but you'll see why.

Thanks, Tom & Anita, for sending me this.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Recommended Reading

*The following post is an update to: Flat Out!10/26/2007

Flat Out! The Rollie Free StoryNow that I've finished reading this book and listening to its accompanying audio CD, I feel certain that this is a landmark book that "motor-sickel nuts" and history buffs will want in their libraries. Although I can't talk cams, compression ratios, fuels or displacements, I found it very interesting. I'm a fan of its author, motorcyle historian Jerry Hatfield. I've also become a Rollie Free fan. Whatta guy! Its beautiful illustrations and audio footage of his final interview help tell Rollie's story as he deserved to have it told. If you're a Harley-Davidson enthusiast, you'll understand after reading the book why Rollie devoted his entire life to beating Harley with speed.

  • My nephew, Scott Hatfield, received his copy back in August and has lots more to say about his dad's book on his own blog at I GOT MINE!
  • Gotta see it! The Rollie Free Book has its own blogspot on which Jerry has posted a number of previously-unpublished photos and memorabilia that I think are a testament to his dedication to Rollie's story.
  • A celebrity plug: Jerry has many fans, including Jay Leno, who recently recommended this book in a video entitled Vincent Black Shadow.
  • And a review so good it could sell anything: Motohistory editor Ed Youngblood, who describes Jerry as the greatest single contributor to motorcycle history, helped push him out of "author retirement" to write this book. Ed has placed Jerry's book in the top spot among his Found in Print reviews (for which you'll need to scroll down to Ed's 10/6/2007 entry). This excerpt from Ed's descriptive review is just too good to not share:
    "Rather than spin out a historical narrative in his own words, Hatfield has acted more like Free's editor, providing the context in which Free, with the help of his contemporaries, can tell his own story. Through this technique, the personality as well as the history of Rollie Free comes through, vividly."

2011 update: Although I'm unable to date this engaging article, Jerry evidently wrote it sometime after publication of Flat Out:

Phil Vincent, His Motorcycles, and What Might Have Been

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Booger Bear (A Spoiled Cat)

We lunched at a friend's home in Brandon today. I think this was the first time I had met Booger Bear.

Yep! I'm spoiled rotten. See? I even have my own remote for the TV.

Last year when she was still a kitten, Booger Bear took great delight in undecorating their Christmas tree daily. This year, she has calmed down — so much so that she was found sleeping among its branches.

Friday, December 07, 2007

A Visitor at Timberlake

Fixinta storm at Timberlake

Squirrely critterI took this photo yesterday while the blinds were up over the dining table.

The little fellow did not seem to be deterred from eating even when I tapped on the window.

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

An Old Haunt

Years ago CS's in Jackson was a watering hole with much longer hours than it now has. People continue to fill the place up for lunch, but we first knew it as a place to play pool and have a cool brew. That was when the first video games had come out such as Pac Man. We frequently met our friends there after work. Yes, they’re famous for their Inez Burgers, but we go there for their plate lunches and to visit with Pat and Inez. We also shared a peach cobbler with ice cream.
Sorry We're OpenCome In We're Closed
Before leaving, we gave Pat a beer can (a full one) to add to his collection of 2800 or so:

Collection of 2800+ beer cans

Those who have tried Inez's massive hamburger-and-fries combo may find this Clarion Ledger article amusing:

No 34-inch waist, no service? Let me weigh in with own bills

Monday, December 03, 2007

Sacred Music

Being back in the Jackson area gave us the opportunity to attend yesterday's services at Wells Memorial UMC for the first time since last Spring. This meant being treated to music performed by its outstanding choir. Along with an inspirational 2006 Greatest Hits CD, music by the Wells choir is also featured on Carols of Remembrance, which includes songs from last year's Christmas presentation with St. John UMC's choir, to offer both congregations superb sacred music.

Wells has an impressive website that allows us to follow Keith Tonkel's weekly sermons and church ministries as we travel. Yesterday during the 8:30 worship service, someone joked that chaos reigned during the Pastoral Assistant / Newsletter Editor / Webmaster Jim Young and his family's recent well-deserved vacation. Welcome back, Jim and Michelle!

¯ And speaking of sacred music ...
There are many kinds of sacred music, and last summer I was introduced to still another kind when David Wolfs Robe AKA Flute Man performed at Devils Tower in Wyoming.

Sunday, December 02, 2007

The Real Christmas Music

Ray Conniff Singers
click on image to listen
We've had this music on a vinyl LP since the 1960's, and now own it on CD. The first track on it is a medley that includes The Little Drummer Boy.

We have one other Ray Conniff Singers CD, but this is THE REAL CHRISTMAS MUSIC. I'm evidently not the only person who realizes this, because Ray Conniff – We Wish You A Merry Christmas is still played in stores during December and offered by the Internet's ultimate retailer, Amazon.

Saturday, December 01, 2007

Pa Rum Pum Pum Pum

Like most Saturday mornings, I spoke to Mother on the phone. She told me she received her first Christmas card yesterday from her sister. This reminded me that one time we received two Christmas gifts before Thanksgiving many years ago. They were sent by Wendell's sister Judy, who was definitely on the ball that year.

Wendell's other sister Patsy gave me a beautiful counted crosstitch many years ago of The Drummer Boy. I wonder what year that was? She likely did that because we had a tradition of sending Drummer Boy Christmas cards every year, but it seems The Drummer Boy has fallen out of fashion in recent years, and I have not been able to find one to send out.

This may be the only Christmas card you receive from me, so let me Wish You A Merry Christmas and A Happy 2008.