Thursday, May 31, 2007
May 29, 2007
Of Nashville, passed away May 29, 2007. She was preceded in death by parents, Leon and Helen Buchanan McGilton; sisters Marjorie Hearn and Jean Evins. She is survived by her daughter, Sheridan Thomas Hester; sister, Betty Short; two grand children, John Thomas Hester and Sherry Hester Ferrelli-Ogle; three great grandchildren, Joseph Ryan Ferrelli, Jacob Andrew Ferrelli and Sarah Spencer Ogle; and several nieces and nephews. Dorothy was the founder of the Nashville Alliance for the Mentally Ill and a life long member of the Tennessee Art League. Visitation with the family will be Thursday, May 31 from 10 a.m. until service time at 11 a.m. in Woodlawn's Dignity Hall with John Franklin officiating. Serving as Pallbearers are Jacob and Joseph Ferrelli, Karl Evins, Stephen S. Ogle, and John Thomas Hester. The family requests that memorials be given to Woodmont Bible Church, 1710 Woodmont Avenue, Nashville, TN 37215. Interment will be in Woodlawn Memorial Park. WOODLAWN-ROESCH-PATTON FUNERAL HOME, 660 Thompson Lane, 615-383-4754. A Dignity Memorial Provider.
I can't count the falling stars
While the Southern Cross and the satellites
They remind me of where we are
Spinning around in circles
Living it day to day
And still twenty four hours maybe sixty good years
It's really not that long a stay.
We've got to roll with the punches
Learn to play all of our hunches
Make the best of whatever comes your way
Forget that blind ambition
And learn to trust your intuition
Plowin' straight ahead come what may.
Wednesday, May 30, 2007
I also had to get my monthly bills out and to tie up several loose ends over the past couple of days, since we are going ahead with our beach trip after the funeral. I packed for Sherry, Boong and myself for the week, and unfortunately managed to forget both of Sherry's swimsuits. She and Grams have taken the children to swim at the Gordon Jewish Community Center, and they're going to buy Sherry a new swimsuit on the way. I decided to stay here at Grams' house to unwind. I'm exhausted.
Tuesday, May 29, 2007
Sherry drove to Nashville yesterday to pick up J&J and to see GG to assess the situation and to be with Grams. I dreamt about cleaning out my grandparents' house last night, and GG's declining health definitely conjures up all sorts of feelings for me about losing my grandparents in 2000 and 2004.
Monday, May 28, 2007
Sunday, May 27, 2007
Saturday, May 26, 2007
I have only visited Fontana a couple of times, and it is a beautiful mountain lake. The idea of seeing a road cut through on the park side of the lake is revolting. I hope that this will finally put an end to the idea. There are enough cars in the park already.
Friday, May 25, 2007
Thursday, May 24, 2007
Boong has been missing Wannie, so the two of them are going back to Mom's house to play, and I suspect Mom's hoping to coax Sarah into spending the night with her.
Anyway, I did not find Skippy on Sunday when I broke camp, and I was concerned he had gone missing. I was very disappointed, since our beach trip is about a week away, and Skippy enjoys visiting the ocean so. (He even has his own shades and hat.) Anyway, Sherry and Sarah are having lunch with Mom and L&L today, and after I loaded Sarah into the Volvo, I noticed Skippy hanging out in the back of the car. Apparently Boong stuck him, and a baseball belonging to one of our fellow campers, back there on Saturday. I'm very happy Skippy will be able to make the beach trip again this year. (A boy and his rat will soon party.)
Wednesday, May 23, 2007
Sherry took Sarah to see Shrek 3 on Monday. It was Boong's first trip to the cinema, and Sherry reported that she stayed in her seat, though it kept folding up with Sarah in it. When I asked Sarah about the movie, she said it was loud. She especially liked the Shrek babies, and brought a couple home.
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
Court officer Jim Pearson suggested this John Wayne/Jimmy Stewart flick. Stewart plays an idealistic young lawyer dreaming of bringing the civilizing presence of law to the violent old west. Wayne plays a gunslinging good guy who thinks law books are all well and good, but that force is a necessary evil. Lee Graves plays a great bad guy, Liberty Valance, who comes after Stewart. Stewart becomes convinced to arm himself, and Graves shoots him in a gunfight. Stewart manages to retrieve his pistol and apparently shoots Graves, which changes his life. Stewart goes on to become a U.S. Senator. The irony is that John Wayne was actually the man who shot Liberty Valance, so that Stewart's entire political career is based upon an untrue legend. Good flick.
I recently enjoyed the audiobook about this story of a rebellion on a slave ship that resulted in litigation in the United States that was decided by the Supreme Court. The movie was over two hours long, and features a lot of African dialect with subtitles. I always have problems with that. Anthony Hopkins plays a nearly senile John Quincy Adams, who successfully argues the Africans' case before the U.S. Supreme Court. I made it through the whole movie, but then I'm a history geek.
Tuesday, May 22, 2007
Sunday, May 20, 2007
Sherry and the Boong came up for the day Saturday. They had planned to spend the night Friday, but couldn't because Sherry got a bunch of revisions she needed to do for Skirt, a women's magazine she is designing advertisements for, before leaving town for several days in Nashville. She and Sarah took off yesterday afternoon and will be there until Wednesday, when Jake and Joey's dad returns from his trip. Until then, I'm flying Lively Road solo.
We had a decent turnout for the camping event. Johnny George and Fred, a friend of his from work, came up from Atlanta Friday evening. Fred plays guitar and sings and played his fingers sore Friday night entertaining us with old Hank Jr. and David Allen Coe tunes. Angelyn Penland and a friend of hers also came up Friday night. La and Stew came up with Grace for a while Saturday, and Caveman and Dana also visited us during the day. The Fuzzies came up and stayed Saturday night, and we all ate too much. A splendid time was had by all.
The only unpleasant part of the trip was this morning. I woke up at 6:30 a.m. to the sound of a woman screaming at a crying child about five or six campsites away. I am quite certain they woke up the entire campground as the screaming and crying continued for at least an hour, which was about the time Johnny and I decided to head to Townsend for biscuits and gravy at the Back Porch Restaurant. By the time we got back the screaming/crying family had gone back to the trailer park from whence they came.
Friday, May 18, 2007
Everyone is still asleep here, and I've got 9:00 a.m. court to take care of this morning, so I'd better get suited up!
Thursday, May 17, 2007
"Are you tormenting Louie?" I asked. "Yeah, I tormenting Louie." At least she's honest.
Wednesday, May 16, 2007
George Washington was of different mind. In his second surprise nighttime river crossing of the war, on Christmas night 1776 Washington led some 2,500 men across the icy Delaware River and surprised a Hessian force numbering about 1,500 at Trenton, New Jersey. Contrary to what I have always believed, Washington's force did not encounter a bunch of drunk Germans, but trained professional, veteran soldiers, who performed their duties accordingly. Nevertheless, in about two hours of fighting the Hessians were defeated, and the Continental Army had liberated Trenton.
This was a skirmish as battles go, but what it did for American morale at that point in the war is why it was so important in history. Rarely in history have so few men changed the history of the world in so short a time. It showed Americans who thought defeat was at hand that victory could be achieved through determination and resolve, and Washington's leadership showed that democracy could work if people pulled together for the common good. At that point in the war, he had the authority of a dictator, but used persuasion, rather than power, to hold his disintegrating army together. Washington once wrote, "A people unused to restraint must be led. They cannot be drove."
Perhaps because Washington was a military man, I have never really studied him closely. The more academic characters of the founding period, like Madison, Jefferson, Franklin and Adams, have always been more interesting to me than Washington. I have started my next audiobook, Washington's Crossing by David Hackett Fischer, so I am going acquire some new knowledge about the Father of His Country.
Tuesday, May 15, 2007
Monday, May 14, 2007
Sunday, May 13, 2007
J&J and I stopped by the Walgreens on the way home so the boys could pick their mom out a card. We also found a squirt gun for Sarah to use for 99 cents, and I picked up J&J a wiffle ball and bat for our back yard, which is a good size for it.
Mom and La and the Gracester have headed home, and Sherry's down for a nap. The kids are playing quietly in their room. Sherry's going to meet Mark in Cookeville with the boys this afternoon, and they're going to depart here around 4:30 p.m., so we're just enjoying a bit of down time.
So, we had this great 10 year old cat named Jack who just recently died. Jack was a great cat and the kids would carry him around and sit on him and nothing ever bothered him. He used to hang out and nap all day long on this mat in our bathroom. Well we have 3 kids and at the time of this story they were 4 years old, 3 years old and 1 year old. The middle one is Eli. Eli really loves chapstick. LOVES it. He kept asking to use my chapstick and then losing it. So finally one day I showed him where in the bathroom I keep my chapstick and how he could use it whenever he wanted to but he needed to put it right back in the drawer when he was done.
I'm putting my chapstick in my safe deposit box tomorrow.
Rick speaks Star Wars, Star Trek and Lord of the Rings, and plays a mean acoustic guitar, so we get along just fine as well. We did some picking on the back porch yesterday, while the womenfolk took the kids to the park. By the time they got back, we'd both played our fingers sore. We had some BBQ chicken, corn on the cob and hot dogs for the young-uns, and then Rick put the futon we bought for J&J together, which was really nice because the damned thing about frustrated me to death the day before.
Saturday, May 12, 2007
Friday, May 11, 2007
Our detour took us through Harriman and through the rural communities of Oakdale and Pine Orchard. When we got back to the interstate, traffic was flowing smoothly. Unfortunately, with the traffic jam, the detour and a stop for lunch, the trip that normally takes three hours took four and a half hours. We were delighted to get to the end of it. We're heading back to Maryville today after I get through with my duties this morning in Davidson County Juvenile Court, so I hope the trip is only three hours.
Wednesday, May 9, 2007
Tuesday, May 8, 2007
Monday, May 7, 2007
Sunday, May 6, 2007
I've become pretty skilled at keeping the cuckoo regulated, but I'm still learning with the mantle clock. I'm quite pleased to say that at 7:30 a.m. this morning they chimed in unison. They were both three minutes slow, but I'm making progress.
Saturday, May 5, 2007
I am in the midst of historian David McCullough's 1776, and have another audiobook to follow on Washington's famous crossing of the Delaware River. It's pretty cool to know that my lineal ancestor fought in the War for Independence.
The Mexican flag is full of national symbolism. The green strip represents the Independence Movement. The white stripe represents the purity of the Catholic faith. The red stripe represents the Spaniards that joined in the quest for Independence and the blood of the national heroes. The emblem-shield symbolizes the Aztec heritage. According to legend, the gods had advised the Aztecs that the place where they should establish their city was to be identified when they saw an eagle, perched on a prickly pear tree, devouring a serpent. They saw this mythical eagle on a marshy lake that is now the main plaza in Mexico City. This flag was created in 1821, when the Independence movement had ended victoriously.
I also found a toy to which I lovingly refer as "happy fun ball." Its proper name is "Foxtail," and I purchased it from a company called Klutz Press, which has a lot of fun toys. Foxtail is a ball with a cloth tale, and the point of the game is that you can only throw and catch the ball by the tail. Johnny George and I developed a two-man baseball game in summer 1993 with happy fun ball that was lots of fun. It's a good toy for our big back yard.
Friday, May 4, 2007
Thursday, May 3, 2007
In Nashville, I frequently compared Maryville to Franklin, which is a smaller town to the south of Nashville. I really liked Franklin, and thought about trying to develop a practice there, but my Middle Tennessee caseload was, and is, focused in Nashville. Maryville is becoming a lot like downtown Franklin in its hipness, coupled with small town charm. With the growth that hipness brings comes the traffic that everyone here in Maryville complains about, and it is far worse than it was five years ago, and incredible compared to what it was in 1993, when I moved here.
Wednesday, May 2, 2007
Tuesday, May 1, 2007
I got out of the chair with a clean bill of dental health, which included Dr. Battle's trademark conclusion of a dental appointment. "Get on out of here, before I find something wrong with you."
If the World's Fair didn't do anything else, it cleaned up the railroad yard that existed on the site prior to the fair. Knoxville generally considers the space underused, though I saw Blue Oyster Cult and Styx play there, and my hooding ceremony upon graduation from law school occurred there. Cult played Godzilla, with sound effects of the monster's giant footsteps. It sounded like he was coming down Cumberland Avenue, which was pretty cool.
Today is Law Day, which President Eisenhower proclaimed in 1958. Law Day celebrates the rule of law, to which I have dedicated my professional life. The next time you think about disparaging lawyers or the legal system, think about what human existence would be like without the law to order our affairs.
President Eisenhower's proclamation is as follows:
WHEREAS it is fitting that the people of this Nation should remember with pride and vigilantly guard the great heritage of liberty, justice and equality under law which our forefathers bequeathed to us; and
WHEREAS it is our moral and civic obligation as free men and as Americans to preserve and strengthen that great heritage; and
WHEREAS the principle of guaranteed fundamental rights of individuals under the law is the heart and sinew of our Nation, and distinguishes our governmental system from the type of government that rules by might alone; and
WHEREAS our government has served as an inspiration and a beacon light for oppressed peoples of the World seeking freedom, justice and equality of the individual under law; and
WHEREAS universal application of the principles of the rule of law in the settlement of international disputes would greatly enhance the cause of a just and enduring peace; and
WHEREAS a day of national dedication to the principle of government under law would afford us an opportunity better to understand and appreciate the manifold virtues of such a government and to focus the attention of the World upon them;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER, President of the United States of America, do hereby designate Thursday, May 1, 1958 as Law Day - USA. I urge the people of the United States to observe the designated day with appropriate ceremonies and activities, and I especially urge the legal profession, the press, and the radio, television and motion picture industries to promote and to participate in the observance of that date.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand, and caused the Seal of the United States of America to be affixed.
DONE at the City of Washington this Third Day of February in the Year of our Lord Nineteen Hundred and Fifty-eight, and of the Independence of the United States of America the One Hundred and Eighty-second.
(Signed) DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER By the President
JOHN FOSTER DULLES Secretary of State
The White House
February 3, 1958