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Saturday, April 11, 2009

Caturday: Library Pooties, Woozles, and Critters

Caturday: Library Pooties, Woozles, and Critters

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Thursday, April 09, 2009

Comforting Poem by David Harkins

A friend of mine saw my blog post about my momma. She sent a poem that seems approp and very in keeping of the UU tradition:

You can shed tears that she is gone
Or you can smile because she has lived
You can close your eyes and pray that she will come back
Or you can open your eyes and see all that she has left
Your heart can be empty because you can't see her
Or you can be full of the love that you shared
You can turn your back on tomorrow and live yesterday
Or you can be happy for tomorrow because of yesterday
You can remember her and only that she is gone
Or you can cherish her memory and let it live on
You can cry and close your mind, be empty and turn your back
Or you can do what she would want: smile, open your eyes, love and go on.
Thank you, JK, and to others who have been following the posts here on BW.

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Smile of the Day

The City Paper of Phillie has some dirt on the blogsophere's "First DFH", Atrios. Even he acknowledges folks will laugh at him for awhile.


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Wednesday, April 08, 2009

No, I'm Not Making This Up

As BW readers know, I do watch some Fox shows for entertainment, such as NFL football when the Cowboys are on, or American Idol.

According to Yahoo/AP, Fox is planning to have a TV reality show based on a company's layoffs:

NEW YORK – The Fox network is making a reality show out of the troubled economy. An upcoming series titled, "Someone's Gotta Go," lets employees of a small business decide which one of their colleagues will be laid off.

Fox says it has no air date yet for the series, which is being developed by the company behind "Big Brother" and "Deal or No Deal." Each week, a different company lays off an employee.

Wonder if Glenn Beck will be the host. Sick entertainment.

And no, I am not making this up. I'm hoping it is a late April fools joke.

Update: Variety has the full story.

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Monday, April 06, 2009

About My Momma

Vernell Neinast Smith died Sunday, March 29, 2009 in Lubbock after a brief illness. She was 78.

Services were held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, April 1, 2009 at Highland Baptist Church. The Rev. Stan Blevins officiated, and burial was in the Tahoka Cemetery under the direction of White Funeral Home.

Nell Smith was born Vernell Lena Neinast near Sagerton on February 16, 1931. She was a 1948 graduate of Stamford High School and later attended Draughn’s Business College. She wed James W. “Smitty” Smith in 1954 and he preceded her in death on June 8, 1990 after 36 years of marriage.

Nell worked as a bookkeeper for various businesses. She was a fantastic cook and enjoyed watching sports of all kinds. She especially loved Texas Tech and Dallas Cowboys football games. She was a much loved and devoted grandmother who attended all of her grandchildren’s sporting events. Nell also enjoyed family reunions.

Survivors include her son, Rick Smith of Kentfield, Calif; her two daughters, Donna Palmer of Lubbock, Benny of Champaign, Ill., and their spouses; six grandchildren, Brandi Blair of Burleson, Kristopher Smith of Dallas, Lindsay Smith and Savannah Smith of Kentfield, Calif, Zane Palmer of Austin, Abby Palmer of Lubbock; one great-granddaughter, Bethany Blair, as well as many nieces and nephews. The family also wished to acknowledge Wynell Madison for all of the years of service to Mrs. Smith.

Friends and family visited the White Funeral Home from 5 to 7 p.m, Tuesday, March 31, 2009.

Online condolences still may be sent to

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Tarheels and Spartans Game

Good game so far. Tarheels taking advantage of unforced turnovers and ahead.

My mama would have enjoyed this game.

More later.

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Resilience is On Order

Elizabeth Edwards' forthcoming book, Resilience, is on order, I've noticed, at several libraries. I too will be buying it, but more likely as an e-book, if it becomes available via Amazon or Sony's e-bookstore since I have e-book readers now.

According to Broadway Books' publisher notes:

She's one of the most beloved political figures in the country, and on the surface, seems to have led a charmed life. In many ways, she has. Beautiful family. Thriving career. Supportive friendship. Loving marriage. But she's no stranger to adversity. Many know of the strength she had shown after her son, Wade, was killed in a freak car accident when he was only sixteen years old. She would exhibit this remarkable grace and courage again when the very private matter of her husband's infidelity became public fodder. And her own life has been on the line. Days before the 2004 presidential election--when her husband John was running for vice president--she was diagnosed with breast cancer. After rounds of surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation the cancer went away--only to reoccur in 2007.

While on the campaign trail, Elizabeth met many others who have had to contend with serious adversity in their lives, and in "Resilience," she draws on their experiences as well as her own, crafting an unsentimental and ultimately inspirational meditation on the gifts we can find among life's biggest challenges. This short, powerful, pocket-sized inspirational book makes an ideal gift for anyone dealing with difficulties in their life, who can find peace in knowing they are not alone, and promise that things can get better."

is out on May 12th. Look for her on Oprah's show on May 11th and Larry King Live on May 12th.

If I hear of any EE personal appearances and locations, I'll pass those along as well.

Update: Interview on Carolina Live:

(h/t NCDem Amy)

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