Friday, November 30, 2007

COM: Blogarithmic #228

Unfortunately the Ags girls soccer team, rated #2 in the nation lost a squeaker to UT after outshooting them heavily this past weekend. Of all our teams this is the one most consistently highly rated and with the best W-L recod of all, and we can;t seem to make that big breakthrough (though last year we came close). This one's more a bummer because A&M hosts the NCAA Championships next weekend in College Station. Tickets for all games are $35. We last hosted in 2005.

On the other side the men's basketball team continues to thrive under new coach Mark Turgeon. They are ninth-ranked after winning the NIT Tipoff Tourney and are currently 7-0. Whoop!

Well as Thanksgiving week's go i didn't get out much last week, but still managed to see a few folks i haven't seen in a while. Former Tivy star striker and pro bike racer Andy Wilson grabbed me at Chili's a couple nights ago. He's looking great and is still riding but has moved back to Kerrville. It's benn quite a few years since i've seen him and it's hard to believe he must already be 33 or 34.

Ran into Mark Este briefly and he too is looking great and getting ready to graduate from UTSA. And spent some time with Matt ROthrock, who has a new job and likes it just fine.

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ENV: Yellow-eyed Penguins

New reserve opened for rare penguin
TV New Zealand, Nov 27, 2007 7:15 PM

The world's rarest penguin found only in New Zealand has a new haven thanks to DOC and the Yellow-eyed Penguin Trust.

A wildlife reserve has been opened in South Otago to protect the bird.

The yellow-eyed penguin is so rare that there are fewer than 500 breeding pairs left in the world.

Now, 50 hectares of land along a South Otago coastline has been secured to ensure the birds' future.

"I'll be bringing my grandchildren here to have a look, and know that they'll come back and bring their children. And they'll see that some people made a line in the sand for NZ, love this country, and away they went," says Environment Minister Steve Chadwick.

The coastline is home to nearly 50 breeding pairs of yellow-eyes, which make up nearly 10% of all the yellow-eyed penguins on mainland NZ.

The land, which will in time be open to the public, was bought by the Department of Conservation and the Yellow-eyed Penguin Trust from a local farmer.

"When you're a farmer you're just a custodian of the land for the next generation and this coastline is pretty special," says Max Affleck, a farmer.

"There's a lot of work to do here&this is a very big project ahead, but I can see with their enthusiasm they'll do it," Chadwick says.

"This is a huge step for the trust. The work that we want to do here will also help other species, it's not just about the yellow-eyed penguin though they of course are our icon species," says Yellow-eyed Penguin Trust spokesperson Sue Murray.

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ENV: Circus of the Spineless #27

Circus Time Again!

Yep! It's Time for the Circus of the Spineless #27. Send your submissions to pbelardo(at) by this Sunday, so they can be posted at The Hawk Owl’s Nest

#28 will be at Catalogue of Organisms

send your submission by December 30 to gerarus(at)

#29 will be at Andrea’s Buzzing About:

send your submissions by January 30, 2008 to araychandler(at)

#30 will be at A D.C. Birding Blog

send your submissions by February 27, 2008 to empidonax(at)

And of course, we’re looking for hosts for March and beyond!

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Thursday, November 29, 2007

ENV: I and the Bird #63

From Mike Bergin at 10,000 Birds:

A green belt as a fashion accessory tends to clash with most outfits. As a product of land use policy, however, a greenbelt is pretty awesome. Greenbelts are undeveloped swathes of land, usually within urban areas, designated to stay wild, partially wild, or agricultural. Zones like these add a great deal to the cities enlightened enough to protect them. Greenbelts help to regulate air quality, reduce soil erosion, protect waterways from polluted runoff, recharge groundwater supplies, and lower energy consumption and summer air temperatures by mitigating the urban heat island effect. Not only do greenspaces deliver the passive economic benefits of improved property value, worker productivity, and consumer interest in local businesses, but they also provide venues for active forms of recreation including hiking, biking, and, of course, birding. Long, continuous stretches of woods and water also offer a cornucopia of physical, mental, and emotional health benefits. They protect critical habitat from destruction, animals from accidents, and cities from sprawl.

Clearly, greenbelts are good things. The Greenbelt, home of The Ridger, certainly is. The Ridger is no stranger to I and the Bird; not only is she a frequent contributor but she also hosted I and the Bird #44. Now she's back with a tasty and terrific Thanksgiving edition of I and the Bird #63.

While we're on the subject of good things, birds are mighty good. So are blogs. Put the two together and good gives way to freaking great. If you're purveying some freaking great bird blogging, share it with the readers of I and the Bird. Our next fine host is Moe of Iowa Voice so send a link and summary to your finest recent bird-themed post to me or Moe (moe AT iowavoice DOT com) by Tuesday, December 11.

While we're talking about bird blogging, we've been giving away copies of the massive BIRD: The Definitive Visual Guide. The deadline for the next giveaway is TOMORROW! Send us your original essay of at least 250 and no more than 750 words in praise of a single bird species. Photos of up to 400 pixels in width are welcome as long as you the author have rights to the images. The title of the post must be "In Praise of (SPECIES)" with content suitable for an audience of all ages. We'll be posting each essay and running some kind of vote. The winner will get a free copy of BIRD but we'll all get to enjoy some exceptional essays. The competition is pretty steep but don't be daunted... send me your essay ASAP.

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Tuesday, November 27, 2007

NAT: Last Wichita speaker

Tribal language fading away
by SE RUCKMAN, Tulsa News, World Staff Writer, 11/26/2007 1:37 AM

ANADARKO -- Oklahoma had been a state for only two decades when Doris Jean Lamar was born in 1927. Her first spoken words were not English, but an American Indian language taught to her by grandparents.

Today, Lamar is the last fluent speaker in the Wichita and Affiliated Tribes, a tribe of 2,300. Sitting in a tribal canteen that she supervises, the 80-year-old Lamar carries a language that once was spoken by thousands, then hundreds of Wichita language speakers.

"I never thought I would be in this position as a girl, to be our last fluent speaker," she said.

Wichita is one of the languages classified as Caddoan, but is only similar in stock to the Caddo language, scholars said. Lamar's tribe is one of a handful indigenous to Oklahoma with a present-day jurisdiction in Caddo County.

Lamar's journey was not unlike other girls in southwest Oklahoma in the years right before the Great Depression. Her full-blood maternal grandparents worked a farm and raised their grandchildren. She recalls fewer cars, more thriftiness and no electricity back then. With a white father and an Indian mother, Lamar stood out among her peers.

"I never thought of myself as white; to me, I was Wichita," she said. "The old ladies of our tribe thought it was something to hear this little white girl speak Wichita."

She eventually married a non-Indian and had children. After she divorced in 1959, she moved back among her Indian relatives near Gracemont. She continued to speak Wichita as she did as a girl.

"Ever since I could remember, I spoke Wichita," she said. "My husband told me that me speaking Indian was the only time he remembered I was Indian."

Around 1962, Lamar met an earnest young linguist who followed tribal members in order to listen to them speak, she recalled. That young linguist was David Rood from the University of Colorado.

Rood has been working with the Wichitas since he stumbled upon the Indian language while looking for one that was not being preserved, he said. He still works with Lamar and other tribal members. They race to record the Wichita language so that a dictionary can be gleaned. They have spent hours going over Wichita words and compiling language CDs on creation stories, verbs, nouns and names.

Defining tribal fluency can be tricky, Rood said. In small tribes, debates exist over who qualifies as a fluent speaker. Lamar speaks some Wichita with another tribal member who labors with the language.

"She tells me there are so many words in her head that she can't get out, she gets frustrated," Lamar said.

Speaking and writing the language are key. Sometimes tribal members know ceremonial songs by heart. Yet linguists think fluency is more complicated than that.

"I would say when somebody is able to speak the language in a way that has never been spoken before or ever written in a language book . . . as an abstract thought, then that is fluency," Rood said.

The linguist tried to organize a conversation among the last few fluent Wichita speakers in the early 2000s, he said. He regards the exercise as a half-success. But the gathering was stilted because of political differences among the speakers.

"Which is typical in almost all Indian tribes," he said of tribal political factions. "They spoke a little, but not much."

Hope exists for the Wichitas' dying language. An immersion class for children has been soldiering forward, as is an adult-oriented language class, both subsidized by fed eral grants.

But the Wichitas must cross another obstacle of language revitalization: retention. Sam Still, a Cherokee speaker, said retention among adults and children remains low if the language is not already spoken in the home.

"For children, when they have no one at home to speak the language with, there is no one to practice the sounds with and they lose it," Still said. "When you're around the language, you learn it better."

Meanwhile, Lamar fishes a small recorder out of her pocket and turns it on. She speaks English words first, then the Wichita word follows.

"I have been doing this a lot, lately," she said, pressing play. "I just put whatever words pop into my head."

The tribal elder is aware that her language hangs on the precipice. She remembers the time when everyone around her spoke Wichita. Now, none of her children speak more than a few words, she said.

"They live in the white world," she said. "I don't."

Fluent, but for how long?
Indian languages with fewer than five fluent speakers:

Chirachua Apache
Plains Apache

Indian languages with zero remaining fluent speakers:

Delaware (Lenape)
Hitchiti, Mikasuki
Kaw (Kansa)
Mesquakie (Fox)
Miami, Peoria

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ENV: Five reasons to . . .

. . . check under the trampoline before jumping.

Thanks to Susan McElroy for the pic!

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Monday, November 26, 2007

COM: I came across this . . .

. . . while searching this blog for something else. I wrote this two and a half years ago, and both the video linked here, and what i wrote, spooked the bejeezus out of me . . .

Watch this (thanks to skippy the bush kangaroo and protein feed)

There are bots competing for me (okay no one got this reference -- i feel like my soul is being spidered, the information there prioritized, and then news fed back to me [like Amazon's choosing for me things i should read -- which are about 95% things i've already read] the idea is that i am always expanding, always finding new, interesting things to read and experience, and this "choosing" of things based on my surfing history is totally counterproductive for me -- if it benefits anyone at all [and i doubt it does] it is only the very most shallow among us).

Paradigm 1: Says there is now too much information to absorb. That by clicking on a single blog, one of the ones whose information i cherish, i am signing on to an hour's worth of chasing down the track of locomotived information. It is endless, and i can't get enough. I no longer have the time to absorb, digest and comment. I work 12 hours a day at my job, and the rest is spent in pursuit of some kind of knowledge.

Paradigm 2: Blogs may succumb under their own weight.

Paradigm 3: I could be an expert at anything.

Paradigm 4: I do not want anyone choosing for me a) what to read, b) what to think. Recommendations are not what they seem.

Paradigm 5: I am afraid.

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Sunday, November 25, 2007

COM: Blogarithmic #227

Odd weather still. Though it's forecast to break freezing tonight, it's midnight and still at 37dF -- that's 102 hours straight of hovering between 37 and 45. The consistency of temperature is very unusual for us.

UPDATE 11/26: temps dipped to 30 for about 4 hours last night, but by 2 this afternoon was up to 64dF, so this one is over. First Chipping Sparrows at the feeders this season, American Goldfinches overhead, and deer scarfing up spilled seed at midday. Bees at the hummer feeder too . . .

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ATH: The next generation

I guess you either have to be a fan of Barcelona, or hate them entirely for their embarrassment of riches -- Thierry Henry, Ronaldinho, Lionel Messi, Eto'o, Thuram. But i've just spent an hour watching video of their two newest, and youngest, players and cannot believe what they have to offer. Giovanni dos Santos is a smooth, stealthy striker with an impeccable taste for the offensive hole. Alone he would be a prize for any club. But then i watched Bojan Krkic. If he is not, within three or four years, European or World Footballer of the Year then he's in a cast head to toe. What a brilliant touch, what a tenacious nose for the goal, what a superb sense of the direction of play. Most of the goals i watched him score came on the least likely touch, and seem to thread hordes of players untouched. He scored a lot of goals as a youngster, plenty of vids out there, but they merely demonstrated that he could run, break through, and was on target against middling opposition. But, beginning as a U-17 Spanish player it quickly became apparent to me that his touch borders on perfection. This is one i will be following for some time, and has made me instantly a Barca fan, if i wasn't always quietly rooting for those individual talents.

Bojan Krkic and Giovanni dos Santos

Bojan Krkic Highlights

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Saturday, November 24, 2007

MRF: Jacob gets another honor

Our boy Jacob Favela was the subject of FoxNews-Houston's Thansgiving feature story. Much of their report used the video i did for Jacob. You can see the news report here or watch it below.

I don't know any details, but the email from FoxNews notifying us of the posting of the story mentioned an Emmy nomination . . .

And if you haven't yet seen the video itself, it's the bottom one on my Facebook page, or you can access it at YouTube here.

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COM: Blogarithmic #226

Yeah, i know, it's been months since i've posted my longtime updates on what's going on around me. I've been too busy (i know too, that's my standard excuse) to actually accomplish the many things in the pipeline, mostly stuff i owe other folks (like films, and CD projects, etc.). Anyway, i keep seeing folks, and wanting to update amd try to keep my portion of the grapveine open, so i'm going to try to get back to it, although it's still not going to be daily for a while, but maybe i can get a weekly post up. So, here goes:

Several football games of interest to those who follow my blog -- Smithson Valley (ranked 7th in state and with only a single loss) is keeping up the playoff hopes amongst friends, beating to move into the third round. They will play Harlingen South Friday in Corpus.

Tivy, which spent the season unbeaten, and ranked as high as #2, fell in its season finale to defending champs Alamo Heights, but managed a win over Lanier in the first round of theplayoffs. Today however, they got behind early and despite a run at the end couldn't catch up, ending their season at 10-2 with a 45-29 loss to Lake Travis. There's a KDT story below.

Meanwhile, McKinney Boyd continued a magical season by beating ever-the-powerhouse Marshall 21-14 in Tyler today. They play Copperas Cove Friday in Waco. Plano walloped Mesquite 28-7, and moves on to play either Stony Point or Spring Westfield. So far i've been unable to place if Highland Park is still in the hunt. Will update as i found out.

And, finally, just cause they're down the road, a still surprising Harper team lit up the scoreboard against defending champs (although they were only 4-7) Chilton, 28-13, to make it to the third round next weekend against Sabinal.

The GSQ's production of The Lion in Winter scheduled for January 2008 has been put off for the time being. We received a gracious offer of a venue space, but don't really have the time to fix it up as we need, and there were other issues. No idea when that piece will happen, but Death of a Salesman is still on for May -- once ITM's one-act has run its course.

Charles Bryant has awonderful new, newly redesigned website. Check it out here

Well, two wins in a row over Texas for the Ags, followed by the running off of yet another coach. I'm not sure whether we look worse for not fielding winning teams or for our treatment of coaches. What i do know is that in my time we've had two exceptional human beings as coaches, Emory Bellard and R.C. Slocum, and i'm still embarrassed at having run them off. Find us someone good and then let's believe in them and stick with them.

Disappointed in LSU -- long my favorite other team. They still have a BCS shot, but not looking so good for the title anymore. Between Missouri and West Virginia i'm liking WV. And what a kick for that program. And for Virginia Tech. Love them Hokies.

The weather has been frightfully wintry here, despite never getting to freezing -- and it will more than likely put an end to what has been an exceptional bug year for late records and tropical species moving north. Bugs don't die from being frozen as logic would have it, but need warmth to travel to food, water and nectar sources, and when the temps don't allow for the warming up, several days of non-activity result in dehydration. That's just what's happened here. Wednesday afternoon we hit a stiflingly humid 88 before the front blew in and within two hours, the temp had dropped 33 degrees before slowing its descent. Still, the low overnight (and remember we're a half-mile high here) was only 37 under clear skies. The forecast was for a potentially wet, sleety second night, and below freezing, but that never materialized. What did happen was a dense overcast with some strong humidity put us in a solid chill -- Thursday never topped 45 degrees, and in the last 80 hours the temp has never strayed from between 41 and 45. Very odd. And enough to wipe out the bugs. Another frontal system is about to hit here though, and we're on the southern edge of forecast snow and sleet again -- literally on the forecast edge -- so we may not get any. In any case. the temp is still (at 9:30 p.m.) at 41 degrees.

Another effect of the first big front like this (which seems to always hit on Thanksgiving weekend -- it's the one weather event that i can predict with near 100% accuracy) is that it makes the first really big push of winter birds hit our area. I've been prepared with winter feeders up, but so far nothing, although the rest of the state has turned up some outstanding rarities, including at least three Pacific Loons, Mountain Bluebirds, hordes of Red-breasted Nuthatches, and a flock of over 30 Red Crossbills, which may be a record. It's the kind of winter when exceptional things may turn up since there has apparently been a masive seed crop failure up north. We'll be looking for nuthatches, crossbills, Evening Grosbeaks, Purple Finches, longspurs, and perhaps Pinyon Jays, Lewis' Woodpeckers and the like.

Game Report: Tivy vs. Lake Travis
By Bill Begley, The Daily Times, Published November 25, 2007

SAN ANTONIO — In the end, it was as much Tivy’s mistakes as Lake Travis’ high-powered offense that brought the Antlers’ season to an end.

Not without a fight ... but an end, all the same.

“We got ourselves in a hole, and that’s a tough place to be against that team,” Antlers coach Mark Smith said after the Cavaliers topped Tivy 45-29 in the Region IV-4A (Division II) area round game Saturday at the Alamodome.

With the win, Lake Travis improved to 11-1 and advanced to face Corpus Christi Calallen in the regional semifinals next week.

Tivy finished its season 10-2 despite a fourth-quarter comeback that produced 22 points, but could not erase the mistakes that put the Antlers in that deep hole in the first half.

The anticipated offensive explosion happened — the Cavaliers finished with 340 yards in offense, while the Antlers piled up 406 yards — but it didn’t come until the second half.

By that time, Lake Travis had taken full advantage of one big turnover and two big kick returns to take control of the game.

“Our coaches have been preaching that all year,” said Lake Travis quarterback Garrett Gilbert, who finished with 328 yards passing and threw for three touchdowns. “They told us that special teams would make a difference in a big game this season, and it did today.”

In a big way.

The Antlers held Gilbert in check in the first half. The junior — who came in with more than 3,200 yards and 33 touchdown passes on the season — was a pedestrian 7-for-19 in the first half for 103 yards.

But, he didn’t have to be much better than pedestrian after Tivy gave the Cavaliers short fields to work with thanks to a turnover and two special teams breakdowns.

The Cavaliers grabbed a 21-7 lead at halftime, and had to travel a grand total of four yards for two of the TDs.

Lake Travis — which set the tone by recovering an on-side kick to open the game, but did not score off that possession — got on the board first when the Cavaliers rush harassed Tivy QB Colton Palmer into the first of his two first-half interceptions. Lake Travis linebacker Nick Whitehair took the pick back to the Tivy 1-yard line to set up a short scoring run.

The Antlers answered with a scoring drive, capped by Palmer’s 4-yard scoring run, but on the ensuing kickoff the Cavaliers’ Andy Erickson bolted 96 yards to set up a short scoring run by Gilbert.

“We got out-coached on the kicking game — and you can’t put that on the kids,” Smith said. “It was nobody’s fault but our own.”

Gilbert added to the woes after a 39-yard punt return by Austin Pollard, setting up a 40-yard TD pass to Cohl Walla.

“That was a big score for us,” said Gilbert, who hit 13 of 18 pass attempts in the second half. “It got us going.”

Lake Travis scored on two straight possessions in the second half, with Gilbert throwing for 158 yards in the third quarter alone, to grab a 31-7 lead. The Cavaliers scored on their first two possessions of the fourth quarter, as well, with Gilbert hitting Walla with a 32-yard TD pass to put Lake Travis up 45-15.

“We gave up one big play in the third quarter, and that hurt us,” Smith said. “I think we were getting a little fatigued in the second half, and if you are tired that is a tough offense to stop.

“The biggest difference between the first half and the second half was they made plays. We didn’t change anything scheme-wise. We got people in position, but we didn’t make plays.”

The Tivy offense came alive late in the third quarter. The Antlers picked up 294 yards in offense in the second half — 229 of that in the fourth quarter.

Palmer, who struggled in the first half when he hit just eight of 16 passes for 73 yards and threw two interceptions, ran 11 yards for a touchdown on the first play of the fourth quarter, then hit Logan Vick with a 61-yard TD pass to pull the Antlers within 45-23 with 2:19 left. After Dylan Cannon stripped a Cavalier receiver and recovered the fumble, Palmer moved the team down the field again. He found Vick — who finished with 12 catches for 197 yards — for a 5-yard TD pass with 1:04 left.

But, by that time, all the Cavaliers had to do was run out the clock.

“It was a good season,” Smith said. “You hate to see it end, especially like this.

“We will lose a lot of kids on defense, but this is our first season with this offense, and we did a lot of great things with it — you have to give (offensive coordinator Julius Scott) and the offensive staff credit for that — and we have a lot of kids coming back. Hopefully, it will continue to get even better and we can have success with it next year.”

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Tuesday, November 20, 2007

ENV: Big Springs 20 November 2007

i was again at the Ranch today on Ranch business and managed to do some looking around, photographing and filming. it was mostly overcast and occasionally misty. among the better bugs were a dozen or so of thecool Yellow-bordered Flower Buprestid (Acmaeodora flavomarginata) -- the first i've had this year. i had 19 species of butterflies concentrated in one small patch of dying Cowpen Daisy, with the only noteworthy Leps being yet another Peigler's Buckmoth, and my first Ranch and county Great Southern White, although i also had one of those really white forms of the Common/White Checkered-Skipper complex that are always shown in field guides, but that i seldom encounter in the field.

also noteworthy was a nice male Merlin perched in the same snag where i had a first Ranch and County Record Swallow-tailed Kite a few weeks ago. i got some decent, if distant, film of the Merlin.

i refound (besides the now not a late date Pale-faced Clubskimmers) more of the species i documented the other day and added another couple of days via film and photo. i also had another Springwater Dancer (Argia plana), which i could not document that would have added a couple more days.

first, two pair of ovipositing Coppery Dancers (Argia cuprea). i will write up a note on some of this for future publication. i filmed, netted and photographed one pair and released them, since i vouchered the pair sunday.

second, yet another Ivory-striped Sylph (Macrothemis imitans leucozona), a badly chewed up individual that i filmed, netted and photographed, and released. it's worth noting that having searched again on OC i found an old late date record of 13 November 1993 in the UT collection.

the day list:
TX: Real Co., Big Springs Ranch, 9 mi N of Leakey, 20 November 2007

6 American Rubyspot
10 Kiowa Dancer - many ovipositing
4 Coppery Dancer - two pair ovipositing, late date, film, photo
1 Springwater Dancer - male
8 Dusky Dancer - some ovipositing
1 Ivory-striped Sylph - film, photo
4 Roseate Skimmer - one female vouchered while checking for Carmine Skimmer; the bug only flared the abdominal flange after capture
12 Pale-faced Clubskimmer
4 Variegated Meadowhawk

Ivory-striped Sylph, Macrothemis imitans leucozona

Coppery Dancer, Argia cuprea
ovipositing pair

Roseate Skimmer, Orthemis ferruginea

Common/White Checkered-Skipper complex, Pyrgus communis/albescens
white form

Mallow Scrub-Hairstreak, Strymon istapa istapa

Yellow-bordered Flower Buprestid, Acmaeodora flavomarginata

a cool fly and a bee

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Monday, November 19, 2007

NAT: Sherman Alexie wins National Book Award

No secret of my fondness for the writing and films of Sherman Alexie. His newest novel, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian, won the National Book Award this week. Congrats, Sherman!

I posted a video on YouTube (and here and on Facebook) of Alexie reading from the book at the Texas Book Festival. His winning the award certainly must have played a part in skyrocketing visit counts to see my film, but also playing a part were its being picked up by two fine websites, where you can also visit to see the many fine things they have to offer. Check it out at NatiVue TV here and over at the blog American Indians in Children's Literature.

And check out his website here; and also some of the other YouTube videos that have been posted.

And here's a another shot at my film . . .

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ENV: Spectacular New Butterflies

It was quite the weekend in the Valley with two rather spectacular butterflies new to the U.S. being found. It's that time of year (until the first hard front hits anyway) and this year has boded well all along for just such occurrences. If the hard fronts hold off there's no telling what may show up.

Here is a swell video clip by Jeff Gordon of one of the new Leps, a One-spotted Prepona, at its discovery and before anyone knew what the heck it was (the other new Lep by the way was a Guatemalan or Forrer's Leafwing).

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COM: Lost language

Indigenous Mexican Language Faces Extinction As Last Two Speakers Stop Talking To Each Other
Ishita Sukhadwala - AHN News Writer, November 16, 2007 5:41 a.m. EST

Ayapan, Mexico (AHN) - The last two speakers of an indigenous Mexican language have stopped talking to each other, raising fears that the language will become extinct.

The two men in their 70s from the village of Ayapan, Tabasco, in southern Mexico, are the only remaining speakers of their local version of the Zoque language.

Fernando Nava, head of the Mexican Institute for Indigenous Languages told BBC News the two men have drifted apart. He said: "We know they are not to say enemies, but we know they are apart. We know they are two people with little in common."

"They are really personal reasons that they don't speak to each other."

Nava used the example of the two men to highlight the threat to indigenous languages across Mexico. He is hoping other people will learn Ayapan Zoque and that the men will pass the language to their families.

Nava continued: "We hope in a few years to be talking about new speakers of the language."

ABC News reports that Zoque from Tabasco was spoken by 367 people in 1960, according to a Mexican Government survey. This number reduced to 40 speakers in the early 1970s. Now, there are only two remaining who know the language.

Dr Paul Sidwell, a visiting fellow at the Australian National University's Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, works to save endangered languages. He thinks if the two men don't talk to each other, there could be other ways of saving the language.

He told ABC News: "The first thing to do is to record the language, to document it in as far as we can, in all the different ways it's used, document the lexicon, the grammar."

"Once we have a description of the language, then we know what it is we're trying to preserve."

The United Nations estimates that one language disappears every two weeks across the world.

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Sunday, November 18, 2007

ENV: Exciting Day at Big Springs

Lots of cool stuff today at the Ranch, at least once the densest fog i can remember cleared.

Let's start here . . . as i was driving in a nice little seven-point buck crashed across the road right in front me, flew downhill and ended up in the creek. He, not quietly, waded downstream about 20 yards, then turned back and waded back upstream. I lost track of him soon after that.

You can click on any picture below for an enlarged version.

The rest of today's excitement came from finding good numbers of butterflies at the few remaining patches of Cowpen Daisy, and finding a sweet array of damselflies and dragonflies, several of them likely new U.S. late season records. Here's a summary, and pictures of the ones i documented.

Coppery Dancer, Argia cuprea
probable new U.S. late date of 18 November 2007
published late date of 4 September
my specimen in UT collection of 24 October 2003
filmed a male on 13 November 2007

Springwater Dancer, Argia plana
probable new U.S. late date of 18 November 2007
published late date of 10 November

Ivory-striped Sylph, Macrothemis imitans leucozona
probable new U.S. late date of 18 November 2007
published late date of 24 October

Pale-faced Clubskimmer, Brechmorhoga mendax
probable new U.S. late date of 18 November 2007
published late date of 11 November

Jade-striped Sylph, Macrothemis inequiunguis
travertine cascade pool where oviposition taking place
18 November 2007

And a cool new Orthopteran for the ranch
Broad-tipped Conehead, Neoconocephalus triops

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Thursday, November 15, 2007

REV: One-upping Lyle? . . .

Even Julia Roberts Didn't Love Him Like That
By Dana Milbank, Wednesday, November 14, 2007; Page A02

Fresh from his appearance Monday night at the Birchmere, Lyle Lovett had a gig at the Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday -- and the stage proved uncomfortably crowded with performers.

The Grammy-winning singer-songwriter, movie actor and ex-husband of Julia Roberts had come to testify about music copyrights. But the lawmakers, in the presence of a captive celebrity audience, turned the hearing room into an amateur talent show. "My parents forced upon me trombone lessons," Sen. John Cornyn (R-Tex.) informed the country music star. "I learned how to play the guitar," he added, because "the opposite sex was not attracted to trombone."

"I gave the keynote address at the ASCAP national convention one year," Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), a writer of patriotic Christian hymns, told Lovett. "The place went wild. I mean, they screamed and shouted and stood on chairs."

Though nobody asked, Chairman Pat Leahy (D-Vt.) disclosed that he, too, is "a big music fan."

"We all enjoy the music," seconded Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.). Still, he couldn't help but wonder whether "we might have a better public response if we let the performers perform as opposed to hearing the senators do too much talking."

Not a chance of that happening.

Lovett and his warm-up act, Chicago singer-songwriter Alice Peacock, wanted a law requiring radio stations to pay royalties to singers. To help her case, Peacock grabbed an acoustic guitar and, from the witness table, sang a love song to the four men on the dais: "Baby, I've never felt so alive/It's joy, it's ecstasy, it's truth, it's destiny."

Peacock's rich voice and Lovett's famous visage distracted the senators from copyrights. The star-struck lawmakers competed to display their musical savvy.

"Texas has produced a large number of our nation's most famous musicians," Cornyn announced, and then proceeded to misidentify the father of Texas swing, the late Bob Wills of the Texas Playboys, as "Bob Willis." Murmurs spread through the crowd. "Excuse me! I don't know why I said Bob Willis," the embarrassed lawmaker apologized, before recovering enough to ask Lovett whether the singer Robert Earl Keen "was your housemate at Texas A&M?"

"We lived down the street from one another," Lovett testified. Without objection, this salient fact was entered into the record.

Lovett must have known he was in for some idol worship. Senators, celebrities in Washington only, love to have the attention of actual celebrities. This explains the stream of recent visitors through the Capitol: Bono to talk about foreign aid; Richard Gere to see the Dalai Lama; Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Browne and Graham Nash to talk nukes; and, to highlight various issues,Sheryl Crow, Kate Bosworth, Drew Barrymore and even porn star Jenna Jameson. Even as Lovett testified yesterday, Bo Derek was spotted in the same building.

A couple of hours after Lovett departed the congressional stage, Stevie Van Zandt (of Springsteen and "Sopranos" fame) entered the Capitol escorted by Sens. Frank Lautenberg and Bob Menendez (D-N.J.). The two told Van Zandt, who had come to promote music education, about how they sang Sinatra at a chamber of commerce dinner. "I know that you've got a good front man in the band, but if he gets sick or wants to take a day off, call us," Menendez proposed.

"Anybody going to invite us to sing as a group?" Lautenberg asked reporters.

"Last year, I had Dionne Warwick visit with me," boasted Menendez, pronouncing her name "Diane."

Van Zandt, luckily, had to indulge senators' banter for only a few minutes; Lovett had to do it all morning. "My staff heard you last night at the Birchmere and gave you rave reviews," Leahy, chairman of the Lovett fan club, told the witness. Lovett, wearing a black business suit and reading glasses low on his nose, smiled politely.

When Peacock supplemented her opening statement with a few lines of music, Leahy wondered aloud how the stenographer would get that into the hearing record. "The last time somebody spent part of their testimony in a hearing like that was my late friend Harry Chapin, and it brings back memories," he told Peacock.

"There hasn't been [a hearing] I've enjoyed personally as much in a long time," Cornyn, who singled out singer Ray Benson of Asleep at the Wheel, sitting in the first row and wearing a white cowboy hat.

Hatch -- the chamber's reigning musician since the departure of John "Let the Eagle Soar" Ashcroft -- made clear that, "as a songwriter," he felt a special bond with the other artists in the room. Hatch -- author of the famous lyrics "Heal our land/Please keep us safe and free/Watch over all who understand the need for liberty" -- recalled the delirious reception he received at the songwriters convention when he showed them his first royalty check, for $57.

Specter couldn't resist needling his colleague. "Ms. Peacock, you say you perform for passion, not for money -- sort of like senators," he said, putting his arm around Hatch.

Hatch wasn't amused. "Can I interrupt?" he later asked Specter. "I have one gold and one platinum record, but I've been told I would have more if it wasn't for piracy."

Lovett was duly awed by the senators. "It's really quite impressive," he said after the hearing. "What brilliant speakers they are."

And what does Lovett think of Hatch's music? The songwriter laughed, then stammered. "Ah," he finally said. "Music is such a subjective thing."

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ENV: I and the Bird #62

From Mike Bergin at 10,000 Birds

Birders, as I've written before, are consumers of the fruits of evolution, celebrants of the processes of natural selection and genetic drift. It may be fair to say that birding has deeper ties to evolutionary theory than any other recreational endeavor in the world. Whether we realize it or not, those of us who track changes in avian taxonomy from year to year, who care about splits in scrub-jays or Empidonax flycatchers, are end-users of the very biological processes that inspire so much controversy and confusion.

Why speciation is controversial is beyond me; how it can serve as the foundation of an endlessly fascinating preoccupation with different lifeforms becomes more understandable as my experience in bird watching increases. Let others explain why Lesser and Greater Scaup look so similar or how the Mallard's dominant genes threaten the integrity of related duck species. I'm just amazed every time I successfully distinguish between Anas platyrhynchos and Anas rubripes! Evolution… it's not just a theory anymore!

If these musings seem familiar, you have a fantastic memory since I wrote them a year and a half ago when Greg Laden hosted I and the Bird #48. Much has changed since then, not the least of which is Greg's recent move to the SEED science collective. What hasn't changed is that Greg still writes compellingly about evolution, life science, birds, and other stuff, not necessarily in that order. He also hasn't forgotten how to host a bird blog carnival, as evidenced by his plain-spoken presentation of I and the Bird #62.

The more things change, the more they stay the same. I and the Bird remains the undisputed champion of blog carnivals concerning birding and wild birds on the planet. Our far flung collaboration is still the best way for nature bloggers everywhere to reach an engaged, intelligent audience. And, of course, contributing to IATB is as easy as ever, requiring only a link and brief summary to your best recent bird post to me or our next returning host, The Ridger (kmdavisus AT yahoo DOT com) of The Greenbelt by November 27.

OTHER NEWS: Once you're done perusing I and the Bird #62, I hope you'll swing by 10,000 Birds to read my presentation of Oekologie #11: You May Already be an Eco-Blogger. Also, you may not realize that we're giving away five copies of BIRD: The Definitive Visual Guide, a true magnum opus of avifauna. We've already given one of the five away, but with the limerick contest (!) this week and the events scheduled for the following weeks, everyone has a shot at this brilliant behemoth of a bird book. Check our giveaway page for the latest rules and news.

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COM: The Roy Burney Endowed Scholarship Fund

The Roy Burney Endowed Scholarship Fund is a project of the Guadalupe Stage Quartet, and is awarded annually beginning in 2007, to a deserving and outstanding theatre arts student graduating from Ingram Tom Moore High School.

Donations to the fund should be made to "Roy Burney Scho;arship Fund" and can be hand-delivered to any member of the Quartet, or may be mailed to Holly Riedel, Ingram Tom Moore High School Theatre Department, 510 College Street, Ingram, Texas 78025.

The Guadalupe Stage Quartet & Friends is an actor’s repertory company with a mission of doing fine drama in the Kerrville-Ingram Artsplex.

We were established in 2005 with the intent of doing performances in area theatres of plays not otherwise being produced – serious, small-cast, intimate and intense dramatic pieces. Since that time we have successfully produced three plays: Lend Me a Tenor at The Point Theatre, and The Octette Bridge Club and The Drawer Boy at Warrior Theatre. All proceeds from our productions benefit the Roy Burney Scholarship for a senior theatre student, and the Ingram Tom Moore Thespian Society by funding educational experiences outside the school setting, including support of area theatre productions.

We are currently in the process of obtaining 501c3 certification; the scholarship is currently being hosted and managed by the Community Foundation of the Texas Hill Country.

Our Mission and Operating Philosophy

The Guadalupe Stage Quartet seeks to bring fine drama to area theatres while helping support a deserving theatre student through the Roy Burney Endowed Scholarship Fund. The first three GSQ productions provided over $12,000 towards this project.

Roy Burney, a founding member of the Quartet, is always honored by our productions. These shows not only help fund the endowed scholarship in his name, but a portion of the proceeds helps fund educational opportunities for the Ingram Tom Moore Thespians, his beloved students.

We are proud to note that 100% of the admission, concessions, and donation proceeds from our shows goes towards these projects. We fund the overhead out of the producers' own pockets and through the generous devotion of time, effort, services and goods by our friends in the theatre and Kerrville-Ingram communities.

The Guadalupe Stage Quartet was founded in 2005 to present quality performances in association with area theatres. The founding members are Holly Riedel, Roy Burney, Marie Cearley and Tony Gallucci. Burney was a theatre and literature teacher at Ingram Tom Moore High School before his death of cancer in August 2006. Riedel and Cearley are theatre teachers at Ingram Tom Moore High School. Gallucci works in media and arts at the Hill Country Youth Ranch, and runs his own feature and documentary film production company.

Thus far the GSQ has produced three critically acclaimed shows – Lend Me a Tenor at The Point Theatre, and The Octette Bridge Club and The Drawer Boy at Warrior Theatre. We look forward to producing future shows at the Cailloux City Center for the Performing Arts, Turner Blackbox Theatre, and other area theatres. The Guadalupe Stage Quartet plans to produce Death of a Salesman next spring, and Never the Sinner and Dragons over the course of next summer and fall. Future proposals include A Delicate Balance, The Glass Menagerie, The Producers, Noises Off, ‘Night Mother, and Death And The Maiden.

Our First Scholarship Honoree
Irec Hargrove
(Freshman, The University of Texas-San Antonio)
Irec graduated this spring from Ingram Tom Moore High School, where he was a member of the Ingram Tom Moore Thespians. He now attends The University of Texas-San Antonio to major in theatre. Irec was the first recipient of the Roy Burney Endowed Scholarship, presented at the ITM Awards Convocation by Holly Riedel for the Guadalupe Stage Quartet. HIS SHOWS: The Taming of the Shrew, Ingram Tom Moore High School, as Petruchio; Oklahoma, The Point Theatre, as Jud; You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, Ingram Tom Moore High School, as Charlie Brown; The Sunshine Boys, The Point Theatre, as Assistant Director; currently onstage with the ITM Thespians as Black N’ Red in Deadwood Dick.

Our Honoree
Roy Burney
(former Theatre Teacher, Ingram Tom Moore High School)
"Roy Burney was a Renaissance man of sorts. Candlemaker, photographer, artist, actor, director, set designer, teacher, mentor - all of these had a place in his life. Of all his artistic pursuits, however, he loved the theatre best. He never ceased to marvel at how the experience of theatre could transform students and adults. Many students have told him over the years how their time on the stage or behind the scenes empowered them to deal with their life problems, motivated them to stay in school and excel, gave them a purpose and a sense of belonging they had never felt before, and provided them with confidence and self esteem. These were Roy's own motivation. Roy's passion for life, like his sense of humor, was infectious. He knew how to dream, and sometimes, (as with Les Miserables), he made the dream come true. Theatre for Roy was not about the acclaim, because he was really very shy, nor was it about the applause, although he dearly loved to see an audience surge to its feet, but rather Roy sought to portray truth in every performance and to demand playing for truth from his actors. He stressed the truth, the demand, the discipline of the theatre with humor and faith in everyone's ability. Roy's life outside the theatre was rather modest. A loving husband, faithful friend, and a dedicated father to five children, he mostly enjoyed quiet times on the deck with family, friends, and dogs. He adored watching sports, especially when his sons were involved, but he faithfully cheered on the Ingram Warriors in whatever sport was currently up and running. He taught nearly every child at Long Lake in Waupaca, Wisconsin, to ski, refusing to let any of them give up. Roy's passion for living has not diminished because he is gone, but it still lives on in those of us who knew him and loved him. Roy would be amazed to know that friends, family and the theatre community had already raised $12,000 as the foundation for the endowed scholarship in his honor. The 2007 recipient was Irec Hargrove. Thank you to all those who have contributed. " ~ Holly Riedel, Roy’s wife and our producer

SOME CAREER HIGHLIGHTS: Roy received two Pointy Awards for Best Actor and one Pointy for Best Supporting Actor. On opening night of GSQ's Lend Me A Tenor the Hill Country Arts Foundation presented its Lifetime Achievement Award posthumously to Roy Burney for his contributions to The Point Theatre and the education of future Thespians. His wife, Holly Riedel, accepted the honor in his behalf. HIS SHOWS: Kennedy's Children, out-of-state production; Androcles and the Lion, out-of-state production; Of Mice and Men, out-of-state production; The Blob, The Point Theatre; The Lion in Winter, The Point Theatre, as Henry; A Thousand Clowns, The Point Theatre, as Murray; Romeo and Juliet, The Point Theatre, as Friar Lawrence; Our Town, The Point Theatre, as Director; Morning’s At Seven, The Point Theatre, as Thor; South Pacific, The Point Theatre, as Director; The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, The Point Theatre, as Reverend Hopkins; Macbeth, The Point Theatre, as Macduff; The Hobbit, The Point Theatre, as Director; Lend Me A Tenor, The Point Theatre, as Henry Saunders; The Crucible, The Point Theatre, as Director; As You Like It, The Point Theatre, as Duke Senior/Frederick the Usurper; Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, The Point Theatre, as George; Taming Of The Shrew, The Point Theatre, as Petruchio; The Good Doctor, Tivy High School, as Director; Oklahoma, Tivy High School Choir, Lights and Set Design; What She Don’t Know, premiere at Wildflower Theatre, Johnson City, as Director; Brothers, Dogs, and God, David Hickey Film; Knocked Up, David Hickey Film; Antigone, Ingram Tom Moore High School: UIL One Act Play, as Director; Persephone, Ingram Tom Moore High School: UIL One Act Play, as Director; Macbeth, Ingram Tom Moore High School: UIL One Act Play, as Director; Playing for Time, Ingram Tom Moore High School: UIL One Act Play, as Director; The Crucible, Ingram Tom Moore High School: UIL One Act Play, Set Designer; Deadwood Dick, Ingram Tom Moore High School, Set Designer; Grease, Ingram Tom Moore High School, as Vince Fontaine; Fables, Ingram Tom Moore High School, as Assistant Director; Les Miserables, Ingram Tom Moore High School, as Director; Our Town, Ingram Tom Moore High School, Set Design

The Guadalupe Stage Quartet Principals

Holly Riedel
(English & Theatre Teacher, Theatre Director, Thespian Troupe Sponsor, Ingram Tom Moore High School; Producer, Guadalupe Stage Quartet)
In so many ways, Holly is the founder of the Quartet. She has been the enthusiastic prodder of us all, the producer in all its literal meanings, and that person who, in her moment of grief, pulled us through to get something actually done. Yes, we’re a Quartet, but Holly is our mother hen. Holly began acting at the age of 13 in Arsenic & Old Lace as Elaine, and her first musical was as Ado Annie in Oklahoma. She began directing by accident at age 21. Holly has won Pointy Awards as Best Supporting Actress for The Lion In Winter and for Best Actress in Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf. Her production of The Octette Bridge Club won the Sarah Award in Kansas. Her proudest theatrical moments came catching the cup twice in The Sound of Music, the closing moments of Jeff Scott’s production of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? at The Point Theatre, and watching her students in The Crucible, Les Miserables, Playing for Time, and The Taming of the Shrew.

HER SHOWS: The Octette Bridge Club, Warrior Theatre/Guadalupe Stage Quartet, as Connie; The Lion in Winter, The Point Theatre, as Alais; The Taming of the Shrew, ITM’s UIL One-Act Play, as Director; Lend Me A Tenor, The Point Theatre, as Diana; Playing for Time, ITM’s One-Act Play, as Director; Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, The Point Theatre, as Martha; The Crucible, The Point Theatre, as Elizabeth Proctor; The Crucible, ITM’s One-Act Play, as Director; Oklahoma, Tivy High School Choir Production, as Director; Les Miserables, Ingram Tom Moore High School at The Point Theatre, as Producer, directed by Roy Burney and Marie Cearley; Lend Me a Tenor, The Point Theatre (twice), as Diana; Deadwood Dick, ITM Thespians, as Director.

Marie Cearley
(English and Theatre Teacher, Thespian Troupe Sponsor, Ingram Tom Moore High School)
Marie’s next project is The Lion in Winter, which she’ll direct, and Death of a Salesman, in which she appears onstage. Marie’s favorite moment from our recent show Lend Me a Tenor was “Being referred to as the Chrysler Building, and being costumed like it! My dream come true – getting back on stage!” Marie’s awards include: Outstanding Actress, Southwest Texas State University; Outstanding Drama Student in high school; Best Supporting Actress at Southwest Texas.

HER SHOWS: Circling the Drain, The Point Theatre, as Edna Grace; The Octette Bridge Club, Warrior Theatre/Guadalupe Stage Quartet, as Martha; Lend Me a Tenor, The Point Theatre/Guadalupe Stage Quartet, as Julia; Tartuffe, Southwest Texas State University, as Madame Parnell; The Governors, Southwest Texas State University, first show in new theatre, as The Governor’s Mistress; A Christmas Carol, The Point Theatre, as Mrs. Dilber and Mrs. Fezziwig; Grease, Ingram Tom Moore High School, as Director; Vanities, Ingram Tom Moore High School, as Director; The Diary of Anne Frank, Hobbs (NM) High School, as Director; Picnic, Hobbs (NM) High School, as Director; You Can’t Take It With You, Hobbs (NM) High School, as Director

Tony Gallucci
(Media and Arts, Hill Country Youth Ranch; Filmmaker, Milk River Film)
Tony plays at whatever he feels like, be it music, theatre, film, or coaching. He foresees someday doing a play in every theatre in town. He spends every spare moment on scripts and making films, which you can check out at He won a Pointy Award for his Herr Schulz in Sarah Tacey’s Cabaret at The Point, and a Spotlight Theatre Arts Group Gold Medal/Best Actor for his Angus in The Drawer Boy, and was noted for that role in the Best of Theatre 2005 in the San Antonio Express News. He counts his years playing music with buddy Lyle Lovett, and coaching the Tivy Antler soccer team as among his better stretches.

HIS SHOWS: The Drawer Boy, Warrior Theatre, as Director; The Octette Bridge Club, Warrior Theatre, as Director; Lend Me a Tenor, The Point Theatre, as Director; Deadwood Dick, ITM Thespians at Warrior Theatre, as Assisitant Director; A Streetcar Named Desire, The Point Theatre, as Steve Hubbell; Our Town, Warrior Theatre, as The Stage Manager; The Drawer Boy, Spotlight Theatre Arts Group, as Angus; Cabaret, The Point Theatre, as Herr Rudolf Schultz; The Diviners, The Point Theatre, as Basil Bennett; The Boys Next Door, Schreiner University, as Kipper Klemper; A Christmas Carol, The Point Theatre, as Jacob Marley; Lend Me a Tenor, The Point Theatre, as Tito Merelli; Annabelle Leyton, Schreiner University, as Jim Leyton; Our Town, The Point Theatre, as The Stage Manager; The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, The Point Theatre, as Director; Diogenes/Dionysus, The Extra Mile, Cold & Glass, Perfection, Ode to a River, and Forgiven, as Director/Filmmaker

Friends of the Roy Burney Memorial Endowed Scholarship Fund
Jane Pavlat, George & Teri Stieren, Wright & Johanna Roussel, Wes & Marcy Dorman, Raydell & Tom Givens, Constance & Neill Masterson, Heidi Riedel & Jim Van Valkenburg, Harley & Posey Riedel, Carol & E.C. Smith, Symantha Stevens, Marie & Jon Cearley, Holly Riedel, Julia Brady, Troy Fannin, Jane Harris, Greg Lasley & Cheryl Johnson, Nancy & Darrell Reagan, Carl & Cathy Behrens, Donna Barfield, Genelle Parra, Dan & Liz Groat, Evans Johnson, Dorothy Heath, Tony Gallucci

The Guadalupe Stage Quartet
Roy Burney (founder & in honor of), Marie Cearley (Lend Me A Tenor, cast, 2006; The Octette Bridge Club, cast, 2007; The Drawer Boy, crew, 2007; Death of a Salesman, cast, 2008), Tony Gallucci (Lend Me A Tenor, director, 2006; The Octette Bridge Club, director, 2007; The Drawer Boy, director, 2007; Death of a Salesman, cast 2008), Holly Riedel (Lend Me A Tenor, cast/producer, 2006; The Octette Bridge Club, cast/producer/assistant director, 2007; The Drawer Boy, producer, 2007; Death of a Salesman, director, 2008)


Friends of The Guadalupe Stage Quartet
Mari Aleman (Lend Me A Tenor, crew, 2006), Zach Anderson (Lend Me A Tenor, crew, 2006; The Octette Bridge Club, crew, 2007), Shana Baldwin (Lend Me A Tenor, crew, 2006), Donna Barfield (The Octette Bridge Club, crew, 2007), Madelyn Beaudoin (Lend Me A Tenor, cast, 2006; The Octette Bridge Club, crew, 2007), Aaron Belec (Lend Me A Tenor, crew, 2006), Annalisa Belec (Lend Me A Tenor, crew, 2006), Joshua Berg (Lend Me A Tenor, crew, 2006; The Octette Bridge Club, crew, 2007), Tara Blackwell (Lend Me A Tenor, crew, 2006), Lindsey Blankenship (Lend Me A Tenor, crew, 2006; The Octette Bridge Club, crew, 2007), Kanah Bradshaw (Lend Me A Tenor, crew, 2006; The Octette Bridge Club, crew, 2007), Julia Brady (Lend Me A Tenor, crew, 2006), Charles Bryant (Lend Me A Tenor, cast, 2006; The Octette Bridge Club, cast/assistant director/crew, 2007; The Drawer Boy, cast, 2007), Hilary Bunker (Lend Me A Tenor, cast,crew, 2006; The Octette Bridge Club, crew, 2007), Antonio Castro (Lend Me A Tenor, crew, 2006; The Octette Bridge Club, crew, 2007), Kirsten Cavazos (Lend Me A Tenor, crew, 2006; The Octette Bridge Club, crew, 2007), Jon Cearley (Lend Me A Tenor, crew, 2006; The Octette Bridge Club, crew, 2007), Leah Clayton (Lend Me A Tenor, crew, 2006), Juan Corpus (Lend Me A Tenor, crew, 2006; The Octette Bridge Club, crew, 2007), Ainsley Daniel (Lend Me A Tenor, crew, 2006), Taylor Danielson (Lend Me A Tenor, crew, 2006; The Octette Bridge Club, crew, 2007), Benton del Toro (Lend Me A Tenor, crew, 2006; The Octette Bridge Club, crew, 2007), Ari Denevan (Lend Me A Tenor, assistant director, 2006), Dion Denevan (Lend Me A Tenor, crew, 2006), Marcy Dorman (The Drawer Boy, crew, 2007), Wes Dorman (The Drawer Boy, crew, 2007), Kaleb Dworsky (The Octette Bridge Club, crew, 2007), Luis Esparza (Lend Me A Tenor, crew, 2006; The Octette Bridge Club, crew, 2007), Wesley Evatt (Lend Me A Tenor, crew, 2006; The Octette Bridge Club, crew, 2007), Allison Ferguson (Lend Me A Tenor, crew, 2006; The Octette Bridge Club, crew, 2007), Dawn Fisher (Lend Me A Tenor, crew, 2006; The Octette Bridge Club, crew, 2007), Kevin Fowler (Lend Me A Tenor, crew, 2006), Pam Frierson (The Octette Bridge Club, cast, 2007), Sloan Frierson The Octette Bridge Club, crew, 2007), Anthony Goodman (The Drawer Boy, crew, 2007), Irec Hargrove (Lend Me A Tenor, crew, 2006; The Octette Bridge Club, crew, 2007; The Drawer Boy, crew, 2007), Cadi Hawkins (Lend Me A Tenor, crew, 2006; The Octette Bridge Club, crew, 2007), Chaille Hawkins (The Octette Bridge Club, cast, 2007), Freddie Hawkins (The Octette Bridge Club, crew, 2007), Derek Holbrook (Lend Me A Tenor, crew, 2006; The Octette Bridge Club, crew, 2007), Emily Houghton (The Octette Bridge Club, cast, 2007), Aaron Hutto (Lend Me A Tenor, cast/crew, 2006), Ingram Tom Moore High School Theatre & Tech Theatre Classes (Lend Me A Tenor, crew, 2006; The Octette Bridge Club, crew, 2007), Ingram Tom Moore High School Thespian Troupe (Lend Me A Tenor, crew, 2006; The Octette Bridge Club, crew, 2007; The Drawer Boy, crew, 2007), Genie Iness (Lend Me A Tenor, crew, 2006; The Drawer Boy, crew, 2007), Kyle Kimmey (Lend Me A Tenor, crew, 2006; The Octette Bridge Club, crew, 2007), Wade King (Lend Me A Tenor, crew, 2006; The Octette Bridge Club, crew, 2007), David Lackey (Lend Me A Tenor, crew, 2006), Louise Leahy (Lend Me A Tenor, crew, 2006; The Octette Bridge Club, cast, 2007), Aaron Lewis (The Octette Bridge Club, crew, 2007), Mathis Lidiak (The Drawer Boy, cast/crew, 2007), Justin Martinez (Lend Me A Tenor, crew, 2006; The Octette Bridge Club, crew, 2007), Chris McCrae (The Octette Bridge Club, crew, 2007), Jesse McGilvray (Lend Me A Tenor, crew, 2006; The Octette Bridge Club, crew, 2007), Ray Mendoza (Lend Me A Tenor, cast,crew, 2006), Jerry Mertz, (The Drawer Boy, cast, 2007), Lindsey Morris (Lend Me A Tenor, crew, 2006; The Octette Bridge Club, crew, 2007), Kylie Nidever (Lend Me A Tenor, crew, 2006; The Octette Bridge Club, crew, 2007), Josh O’Brien (The Drawer Boy, crew, 2007), Jennifer Ozuna (Lend Me A Tenor, crew, 2006; The Octette Bridge Club, crew, 2007), Dionicio Perez (Lend Me A Tenor, crew, 2006; The Octette Bridge Club, crew, 2007), Katherine Phelps (Lend Me A Tenor, crew, 2006; The Octette Bridge Club, crew, 2007), Carol Priour (Lend Me A Tenor, crew, 2006; The Octette Bridge Club, crew, 2007), Gary Priour (Lend Me A Tenor, crew, 2006), Faustino Rodriguez (The Octette Bridge Club, crew, 2007), John Ruth (Lend Me A Tenor, cast, 2006; The Drawer Boy, cast, 2007), Dan Schmidt (Lend Me A Tenor, crew, 2006; The Octette Bridge Club, crew, 2007; The Drawer Boy, crew, 2007), Ruthie Schmuck (Lend Me A Tenor, crew, 2006; The Octette Bridge Club, cast/crew, 2007), Justin Schotts (Lend Me A Tenor, crew, 2006), Sarah Tacey (Lend Me A Tenor, cast, 2006; The Octette Bridge Club, cast, 2007), Stephanie Thorne (Lend Me A Tenor, crew, 2006), Graydon Vaught (Lend Me A Tenor, cast/crew, 2006), Blake Vickers (Lend Me A Tenor, crew, 2006), Jennifer Vickers (The Octette Bridge Club, crew, 2007), Caleb Weaver (The Octette Bridge Club, crew, 2007), Garrett Whitten (Lend Me A Tenor, crew, 2006), Allyson Widener (Lend Me A Tenor, crew, 2006), Jeff Widener (Lend Me A Tenor, crew, 2006)

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