Let the magic happen

miss tat

Oh gee- evidence that old age is setting in and my modus operandus needs tweaking was indicated when two bits of information came to my attention this week.

The first came from my new friend Richard Grant (author of Dispatches from Pluto which is a must read).  This guy is hilarious but one statement he made over lunch got my attention – Big Time! Continue reading

Defining moments


We’ve all had many defining moments.  I just never sat down and thought about them until today.  I even made a list.  Some were negative but most were powerfully positive, due most likely to selective memory (my forte.)

Here are the few I don’t mind sharing: Continue reading

Delightful side effects of downsizing


The above photo was found stuck in an evening bag which I must have carried to my high school prom.  It captured my Brownie Scout Troop from somewhere in the 1950s.  It appears Olivia (back center) and I were the only scouts whose folks wouldn’t spring for the drab brown uniform.  That, or we were partial to plaids. Continue reading

Golfing across Mississippi – literally!

carline and children

It was a “Robert Harrell” sort of day…breezy, warm and a golf course nearby just waiting for his foursome to tee off. They would hit a few balls, have a few laughs, followed by the requisite Canadian Club and coke at the 19th hole.

Today was just such a day.  Sadly, Robert was there in spirit only as his legions of friends and family gathered.  It was a great day to remember Robert and all he meant to the community of West Point. The crowd was gathered to dedicate what is the most unique putting green in the world – designed in the shape of the State of Mississippi.

(Pictured above are Robert’s children, wife Caroline, fourth from the left, and his brother- in-law George Bryan at right served as master of ceremonies.)
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Spring is bitter sweet this year

jack and scott

Spring will never be rhe same for me.  Today would have been the 80th birthday of Jack Vaighan, my special friend who died on December 12 of last year.   He was a young 78 year old at the time of his death.  When I say young, I mean it. He worked out religiously and ran up and down football fields until he retired to the “upstairs” and finished his career in a playback headset.

This picture was made prior to the Texas A & M and Missouri game a season or two ago.  His son, Scott (right) is following in his footsteps and is now an official with the Southeastern Conference which was working the game where Jack got some strange looks sporting his MSU jacket. Continue reading