Monday, October 27, 2008

ATH: ITM making news, bad news . . .

Ingram Moore enduring state's longest losing streak
Thursday, October 23, 2008

[update: Fbg won 49-0 . . .]

Tim Clarkson is moving through the crucible of his first high school football coaching job. He has already learned what many of his peers know: severing a chain of losses is at least as difficult as perpetuating a winning streak.

Clarkson is four-fifths of the way through his inaugural season at Ingram Moore, a small Class 3A school located a dozen miles west of the football hotbed of Kerrville Tivy. But while the Class 4A Antlers are preparing for their annual trip to the state playoffs, Clarkson's Warriors are mired in a 29-game losing streak, the longest frustration string in the state.

"Turning this program around is maybe a little more challenging than I thought it would be," conceded Clarkson, whose quarter-century résumé includes assistant jobs with such thriving programs as San Antonio Reagan and Pflugerville.

Ingram (0-8) resides in District 8-3A, which also claims Liberty Hill, owners of the state's longest winning streak (32 games), and finishes its schedule with a pair of former 4A teams, Fredericksburg and Burnet.

Three of the Warriors' four district losses have been by margins of 60 or more points. Canyon Lake, playing its first year of varsity football, edged Ingram Moore 21-14 in their Sept. 26 district opener.

With only 18 varsity players — all of whom see two-way duty — and barely enough younger personnel for a two-win junior varsity team, Clarkson knows more warm bodies are a must for next season and beyond.

"There are a few kids who can help, if we can get them to come out," said Clarkson, whose starting lineup includes six sophomores. "We got off to a bad start in August when our starting center jumped off a bridge and broke his neck. He's back in school now, but his football career is probably over. Next year, we're hoping for enough participation to have both freshman and JV teams."

Ingram Moore's overwhelming competitive problem is District 8-3A. Not only is two-time state champion Liberty Hill, again ranked No. 1, atop the membership list, but "when you see Burnet, Fredericksburg and Llano fighting for the last state playoff spot (behind Liberty Hill and Wimberley), you can see how tough this league is.

"There's a good possibility we could go 4-0 in next year's non-district schedule (against Natalia, Universal City Randolph, Harper and Marion) and not win again. That's what happened in 2005 when all this (losing streak) started. Ingram got off to a 6-0 start that season and then went winless in district."

No matter what happens in against Fredericksburg and Burnet, the Warriors are a long way from matching the frustrations of past sufferers in Texas.

Houston Jeff Davis lost 80 games in a row from 1985 to 1993 and Kountze came up short in 53 consecutive contests from 1977 to 1982. San Antonio Memorial dropped 51 straight from 1983 to 1989 and San Antonio Burbank endured a 50-loss skein from 1989 to 1993.

In Central Texas, Johnston lost 36 straight from mid-2003 through mid-2007. Florence lost 31 in a row from 1982 to 1985. In a period from 1956 to 1961, Liberty Hill lost 30 in a row. And Johnston also endured dry spells of 29 games from 1999 to 2002 and 26 contests from 1994 to 1996.

The three-decade-old high school's enrollment is approximately 500. That puts the Warriors well above the cutoff of 430 between 2A and 3A classification, but well below the enrollments of 900 or more at district rivals Burnet, Fredericksburg and Canyon Lake.

"There is some talk that Hunt, a nearby community, might open a high school," Clarkson said. "If that happens, no one knows if we'd lose enough enrollment to drop down to 2A.

"We don't get a lot of move-ins, so our school population is stable. We have to play the hand we're dealt and do the best we can."

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OBT: Tony Hillerman

Acclaimed author Tony Hillerman dies at 83
By AMANDA LEE MYERS, Associated Press Writer, Oct 27, 7:03 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) -- Tony Hillerman, author of the acclaimed Navajo Tribal Police mystery novels and creator of two of the unlikeliest of literary heroes - Navajo police officers Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee - died Sunday of pulmonary failure. He was 83.

Hillerman's daughter, Anne Hillerman, said her father's health had been declining in the last couple years and that he was at Presbyterian Hospital in Albuquerque when he died at about 3 p.m.

Hillerman lived through two heart attacks and surgeries for prostate and bladder cancer. He kept tapping at his keyboard even as his eyes began to dim, as his hearing faded, as rheumatoid arthritis turned his hands into claws.

"I'm getting old," he declared in 2002, "but I still like to write."

Anne Hillerman said Sunday that her father was a born storyteller.

"He had such a wonderful, wonderful curiosity about the world," she said. "He could take little details and bring them to life, not just in his books, but in conversation, too."

Lt. Joe Leaphorn, introduced in "The Blessing Way" in 1970, was an experienced police officer who understood, but did not share, his people's traditional belief in a rich spirit world. Officer Jim Chee, introduced in "People of Darkness" in 1978, was a younger officer studying to become a "hathaali" - Navajo for "shaman."

Together, they struggled daily to bridge the cultural divide between the dominant Anglo society and the impoverished people who call themselves the Dineh.

Hillerman's commercial breakthrough was "Skinwalkers," published in 1987 - the first time he put both characters and their divergent world views in the same book. It sold 430,000 hardcover copies, paving the way for "A Thief of Time," which made several best seller lists. In all, he wrote 18 books in the Navajo series, the most recent titled "The Shape Shifter."

Each is characterized by an unadorned writing style, intricate plotting, memorable characterization and vivid descriptions of Indian rituals and of the vast plateau of the Navajo reservation in the Four Corners region of the Southwest.

The most acclaimed of them, including "Talking God" and "The Coyote Waits," are subtle explorations of human nature and the conflict between cultural assimilation and the pull of the old ways.

"I want Americans to stop thinking of Navajos as primitive persons, to understand that they are sophisticated and complicated," Hillerman once said.

Occasionally, he was accused of exploiting his knowledge of Navajo culture for personal gain, but in 1987, the Navajo Tribal Council honored him with its Special Friend of the Dineh award. He took greater pride in that, he often said, than in the many awards bestowed by his peers, including the Golden Spur Award from Western Writers of America and the Grand Master Award from the Mystery Writers of America, which elected him its president.

Hollywood was less kind to Hillerman. Its adaptation of his 1981 novel, "Dark Wind," with Lou Diamond Phillips and Fred Ward regrettably cast as Jim Chee and Joe Leaphorn, was a bomb.

Although Hillerman was best-known for the Navajo series, he wrote more than 30 books, including a novel for young people; the memoir, "Seldom Disappointed"; and books on the history and natural beauty of his beloved Southwest.

"Those places that stir me are empty and lonely," he wrote in "The Spell of New Mexico," a collection of his essays. "They invoke a sense of both space and strangeness, and all have about them a sort of fierce inhospitality."

He also edited or contributed to more than a dozen other books including crime and history anthologies and books on the craft of writing.

Born May 27, 1925, in Sacred Heart, Okla., population 50, Tony Hillerman was the son of August and Lucy Grove Hillerman. They were farmers who also ran a small store. It was there that young Tony listened spellbound to locals who gathered to tell their stories.

The teacher at Sacred Heart's one-room school house was rumored to be a member of the Ku Klux Klan, so Tony's parents sent him and his brother, Barney, to St. Mary's Academy, a school for Potawatomie Indian girls near Asher, Okla. It was at St. Mary's that he developed a lifelong respect for Indian culture - and an appreciation of what it means to be an outsider in your own land.

In 1943, he interrupted his education at the University of Oklahoma to join the Army. He lugged his mortar ashore at D-Day with the 103rd Infantry Division and was severely wounded in battle at Alsace, France. He returned from Europe a genuine war hero with a Silver Star with Oak Leaf Cluster, temporary blindness and two shattered legs that never stopped causing him pain.

He returned to the university for his degree and, in 1948, married Marie Unzer. Together, they raised six children, five of them adopted.

As a young man, he farmed, drove a truck, toiled as an oil field roughneck and worked as a reporter and editor for the Borger News-Herald in Borger, Texas; the Morning Press-Constitution in Lawton, Okla.; United Press International in Oklahoma City; and the Santa Fe New Mexican, where he rose to executive editor. He quit in 1962 to earn a master's degree from the University of New Mexico, where he later taught journalism and eventually became chairman of the journalism department. In 1993, he was inducted into the Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame.

Hillerman was still teaching when he wrote his first novel, "Blessing Way." A story that always made him chuckle: His first agent advised him that if he wanted to get published, he would have to "get rid of that Indian stuff."

Hillerman is survived by his wife, Marie, and their six children. Services are pending.

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Wednesday, October 22, 2008

COM: Real America

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Monday, October 20, 2008

LIT: The rest of the story . . .

Back in april i wrote about the fiasco of performing on live austin tv in a poetry showcase show . . . well i finally got the dvd of the show and have posted the interview and pieces to my youtube account . . . here they are, if you followed the story (a condensed version of which is attached to the interview clip . . .)

The Infamous Interview

Sometimes Suicide is Not Enough

In the Sliver of Waned Moon

Louie Armstrong of the Colonias

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NAT: Some truth about snow

Why you should avoid 'mingqutnguaq'
By Stephen Chittenden, BBC News, Newtok, Alaska

The number of Eskimo words for snow has long been a point of debate.

In the Yup'ik Eskimo Dictionary published by the Native Language Centre at the University of Alaska, and found in schools throughout Alaska's Yukon Delta, there are 37 ways of referring to it.

When snow falls from the sky, an Eskimo can say "it's snowing" in four different ways: aniu, cellallir, ganir or qanunge.

Once the snow is on the ground, things can get more complicated. Light snow is kannevvluk, soft and deep snow is muruaneq and drifting snow is called natquik.

Crusted snow, corniced snow and fresh snow all have their own word too.

Grant Kashatok, the principal at Newtok school, explains one reason there are so many words for snow.

"When we say a word, instead of saying 'That is not safe snow!' we say one word and people know if it's safe or not."

Cold is very good because it means we will have safe conditions ... to cross the rivers --
Grant Kashatok, Newtok School

If you are out hiking and an Eskimo shouts "Mingqutnguaq!" you should stop immediately. It means "rotten ice", and you could be about to fall through the ice.

For the same reasons, Eskimos like Grant Kashatok prefer the cold to warm weather,

"Cold is very good because it means we will have safe conditions... to cross the rivers," he says.

Autumn can be a dangerous time in Alaska. While they wait for the ice to harden, children can be tempted to play on frozen pools before it is thick enough to bear their weight.

Winter activity
Once winter takes grip on Alaska, the land, rivers and seas all freeze, opening up the interior and allowing ice roads to be built across the tundra which gives access for hunting.

Stanley Tom, the tribal leader in Newtok, says it is an essential part of their livelihood.

"We have to have ice," he says. "We are called Qaluyarmiut, the dip-net people. We do under-ice netting, catching whitefish."

The winter season has been given human characteristics and a harsh winter is male, or angun, and if it is milder it is described as arnaq, the Yup'ik word for female.

Yup'ik has three dialects: Central, Siberian and Alutiiqthere.

There are also two other Eskimo languages apart from Yup'ik: Inupiat and Aleut, and that means plenty of ways of referring to snow and ice.

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ATH: The OLH Machine

Have mercy
By Colin Wilson, The Daily Times, Published October 20, 2008

It’s only its third year as a program, but the Our Lady of the Hills football team has looked like a seasoned juggernaut of a football program this season.

Saturday’s 53-0 win over First Baptist Christian Academy was just another sign that the Hawks are no longer an upstart six-man program, but a team that has high expectations for itself.

First Baptist was a late addition to OLH’s schedule when Our Lady of Grace cancelled in August. And the challenge they’d hoped for in their last tuneup before next week’s district opener became the Hawks’ sixth win by mercy rule.

“It’s important because its momentum building,” said OLH coach Tony Bushong.

The Warriors struggled mightily out of the gate, and OLH (6-1) seized every opportunity it was given.

The first two drives resulted in fumbles inside the 20-yard line. One was converted into a J.D. Salinas touchdown run, and the other was scooped up and run back for a touchdown by Patrick Gutierrez.

Quarterback Brock Bushong connected on touchdown passes to Tim Hofmann and Austin Reyes. He finished the day 6-of-8 passing with 73 yards.

Bushong didn’t log a rushing attempt, but spent plenty of time running around the backfield waiting for an open man while eluding Warrior defenders.

Scott Neuburger threw for a touchdown pass on a double reverse pass to J.J. Reyna for 51 yards and caught a lateral attempt in the end zone for a defensive touchdown.

The play was one of the only times the Hawks were able to get creative because of limited offensive opportunities.

“We were going to try to run a lot of different stuff,” Bushong said. “The offense didn’t get to do much of anything.”

Ben Gregory rounded out the scoring in the second quarter with a 5-yard run.

The Hawks held First Baptist to 13 yards of offense and no first downs and forced three turnovers.

Spencer Brown was 5-of-6 on extra point attempts.

Bushong said his team practiced very well coming into the First Baptist game, and he hopes it carries over into next week’s district opener with Christian Academy of San Antonio.

“It’s a district game, and they’re going to come out fighting, he said. “Hopefully next week is going to be a battle.”

The Hawks and Rams kickoff Saturday at noon.

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Sunday, October 19, 2008

ATH: Opposite ends of the spectrum

Local football, national soccer . . .

Tivy gains 571 yards in win over Cougars
From staff reports, The Daily Times, Published October 18, 2008

NEW BRAUNFELS — Colton Palmer passed for 215 yards, Quincy Kibbett rushed for 176, and the Tivy Antlers scored 40 points for the seventh-straight game Friday night.

The Antlers racked up 571 yards of offense as they beat Canyon 40-28 at Cougar Stadium.

“Our goal is usually about 50 points a game, but 40 is just fine,” Palmer said. “When you have people like Quincy running the ball, it makes it really easy on me, and we do good stuff out there.”

Kibbett rushed for two touchdowns in the victory. Wideout Logan Vick led the Antlers (6-1, 4-0 in District 27-4A) in receiving, hauling in 13 passes for 204 yards. Vick also kicked a pair of field goals in the victory.

Palmer was enjoying every minute of it.

“Our offensive line played one of their best games tonight, and our receivers catch everything, so it makes it pretty easy on me,” the senior said.

Palmer rushed for a touchdown for six of Tivy’s 16 second-half points.

Vick’s field goal and a Johnny Manziel touchdown accounted for the other points after Tivy went into halftime with a 24-21 advantage.

Llano 72, Ingram Moore 0
Saturday, October 18, 2008

Llano (5-2, 2-1) took command from the opening whistle to crush visiting Ingram Moore (0-8, 0-4).

Enough said.

No. 6 A&M Hosts No. 20 Missouri on ESPNU on Sunday
Oct. 18, 2008

COLLEGE STATION, Texas - The sixth-ranked Texas A&M soccer team hosts No. 20 Missouri in a live televised match on ESPNU on Sunday at the Aggie Soccer Stadium. Kickoff is set for 1:35 p.m.

Support the Aggies by wearing maroon for the MAROON OUT on ESPNU. Sunday is also a Free Youth Soccer Day. Children who wear their team's jerseys get in free. In addition, be there with the Corps as they march in to the stadium prior to the match.

The Aggies (12-2-1, 5-1-1 Big 12) look to bounce back from their first Big 12 loss at Kansas on Friday. After giving up a first-half goal, just its second in league play, A&M was unable to even the score down the stretch and had its 11-game unbeaten streak snapped by the Jayhawks.

The Tigers (10-4-0, 4-2-0 Big 12) made easy work of Francis Marion on Friday night in Columbia, Mo. Six different players scored in a 6-1 win. Mizzou posts a 2-3-0 record on the road this season.

In the Big 12, A&M sits in second place behind No. 15 Colorado who leads the league with 19 points. The Aggies total 16 points while Missouri is in fourth place with 12. The Tigers fell to Oklahoma State and Nebraska 3-2 in each contest. Mizzou defeated the Buffaloes, 1-0, marking CU's only conference loss.

The Aggie offense is led by senior Laura Grace Robinson with 13 points. Sophomore Rachel Shipley and freshman Jennifer Kmezich both have 12 points. Eleven different players have scored goals this year.

Three Missouri players, Alysha Bonnick, Kristin Andrighetto and Michelle Collins lead the Tigers' attack, accounting for 18 of the team's 30 goals.

A&M leads the series 11-5-1 after the two teams each won a game in 2007. The Aggies lost to the Tigers in the regular season, but came back with a 4-1 victory in the Big 12 Tournament. The two Big 12 foes have only played to one shutout as A&M blanked Missouri back in 1996.

In the broadcast booth for ESPNU on Sunday is veteran play-by-play announcer Beth Mowins and U.S. National Team member Cat Whitehill.

If fans are unable to attend the match or watch it on TV, they can still follow all the action with free live video, audio and stats on

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COM: Heroes I.5

I liked Colin Poweel for a long time, then wavered after he didn't stand up for things i thought he believed in there for a while . . . i think that is a common response. But he certainly is in my best graces now . . .

Powell Voting for Obama, 'Disappointed' by McCain Camp
October 19, 2008 9:31 AM

ABC News' Tahman Bradley and Arnab Datta Report: Republican Colin Powell announced his support for Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., Sunday in an appearance on NBC's "Meet the Press".

"Because of (Obama's) ability to inspire, because of the inclusive nature of this campaign, because he is reaching out all across America, because of who he is and his rhetorical abilities – we have to take that into account – as well as his substance – he has both style and substance – he has met the standard of being a successful president, being an exceptional president," Powell said.

The retired four-star Army General gave a scathing critique of the McCain campaign and the Republican Party, saying he was "disappointed" by the approach the Republicans have taken on the issues.

"I have some concerns about the direction that the party has taken in recent years. It has moved more to the right than I would like to see it. But that’s a choice the party makes."

He also expressed concern with the selection of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as McCain's vice president. "She's a very distinguished woman and she's to be admired, but at the same time now that we have had a chance to watch her for some seven weeks, I don’t believe she's ready to be President of the United States, which is the job of the Vice President. And so, that raised some question in my mind as to the judgment that Senator McCain made."

Powell, who served as President Bush's Secretary of State during his first term becoming the first African American to reach that office, voiced concern over McCain and RNC campaign tactics. He specifically referenced the GOP's effort to tie Obama to former 1970s radical William Ayers. "This Bill Ayers situation that's been going on for weeks. Why do we keep talking about him, why do we have these robocalls going around the country...?"

Troubled by conservative whispers that Obama is a Muslim, Powell gave a passionate defense of Obama and Muslim Americans. "Well the correct answer, he is not a Muslim. He's a Christian, he's always been a Christian. But the really right answer is 'what if he is?' Is there something wrong with being a Muslim in this country? The answer is no, that's not America."

Mr. Powell cited the economy as the most important issue the next president will have to deal with, and said that he's convinced Obama would better lead the country out of the economic crisis. "In the case of Mr. McCain, I found that he was a little unsure as to how to deal with the economic problems we're having," he said.

He went on to share a story about a Muslim American solider who had died serving in Iraq to make the point that Muslim Americans love and defend America also.

One of the most respected Republicans in the country, both Obama and McCain had sought Powell endorsement for months.

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COM: My Heroes I

Two of my heroes made the news this weekend. I coached their sons Hank, Jason and Noodle . . .

Family ties
By Alyson Chapman, The Daily Times, Published October 18, 2008

Every family is unique. Some have one child. Others have three.

As of Wednesday, the Poormans of Kerrville have six and are expecting another in the next few months.

No trips to the hospital for the Poormans’ two new children. They went to the Kerr County Courthouse.

“It’s an exciting day,” said father Hal Poorman with a big smile on his face.

The excitement could be felt during the court hearing as the Poormans adopted sisters Maria, 12, and Llaneli, 14.

Mom Deb Poorman brushed Maria’s long black hair before heading to the front of the courtroom for the final adoption proceeding.

For the last four years, Maria and Llaneli have lived with the Poormans in foster care.

“This is something we prayed about,” Deb said. “God talks to us, and we like to think we listen. When God answers us, he answers us in no uncertain terms. He leaves no room for doubt. We will never have to regret the fact that these are the kids we adopted. ”

The Poormans, both 55 and Tivy High School graduates and sweethearts, also are in the process of adopting Maria and Llaneli’s older sister Corina, 18.

The answer to their prayer about adopting all three girls was given in a specific way, Deb said.

“We only had one bathroom. We decided if God wanted us to keep these three girls, then we would need another bathroom,” she said. “Within 24 hours, Hal’s sister called and said his mother’s house had sold. She died seven years ago. We now had the money to add onto our house.”

For the past 34 years, the Poormans have never had an empty nest. Always bustling with the pitter-patter and stomping of children’s feet.

They have three grown biological sons, another adopted son, Walter, 18, and have fostered 88 children in the last 16 years.

“God gave us the gift of hospitality to take in kids who are not ours and not judge them by where they came from,” Deb said. “You cannot change what a child has lived through, but you can help these children with their future.”

Maria and Llaneli were placed in the Poorman home at the ages of 8 and 10. They, along with their sister and three brothers, were taken away by Child Protective Services from a home where alcoholism and prostitution took place.

“They came from very dire poverty,” Deb said. “They have really blossomed over the last four years.”

Five years ago, Deb was diagnosed with lymphoma. While fighting the cancer, she didn’t foster any children. But as soon as she beat it, she began fostering again.

The girls were placed in the Poorman home by a local agency, Caring Family Network, which supports foster and adoptive parents.

The Poormans first fostered Maria and Llaneli’s brothers for a week and then came Maria and Llaneli, who will never have to worry about leaving for another foster home.

“It was meant to be,” Deb said. “They are very intelligent and caring.”

The girls’ brothers are in the process of adoption to other families.

Deb said family is her passion, and that’s something she hopes to pass along to her children — fostered, adopted or biological.

“We hope we have instilled in them the values of compassion, helping others and basic family values. That’s almost a lost art these days,” she said. “We feel like self-pity is a waste of time. You can’t do anything about your past, but can do everything about your future.

“Too many excuses are made for people for the reason they can’t do things. You still make choices. The choices you make today determine your future.”

Deb said they’re not done fostering children even though they don’t have any foster children in their home right now.

“Family values are too important. So many years of parenting, we are wiser than we once were,” she said. “No, we’re not finished until God says you are in the grave.”

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Friday, October 17, 2008

COM: Jim Weisman directing Windsor in Fbg!

Fredericksburg, Texas, October 16, 2008
Fredericksburg Theater Company Presents Shakespeare’s Merry Wives of Windsor.

The Fredericksburg Theater Company will present William Shakespeare's classic "The Merry Wives of Windsor" from October 17 – November 2, 2008. Curtains will be lifted at The Steve W. Shepherd Theater on Friday, October 17, 7:30pm.

In the light-hearted comedy, "The Merry Wives of Windsor", feminine wisdom triumphs over a jealous husband, confused lovers, and a web of merriment. Follow the Sir John Falstaff, Shakespeare’s fattest of knights, as he imagines that Mistress Ford and Mistress Page are both taken with him. Attracted by their personal charms and their husbands’ money, the knight decides to woo them both. But the women are up to the old lecher’s tricks and turn the tables on him with a series of humiliating assignations, midnight terrors and a very damp, extremely smelly laundry basket.

"We waited until we could do Shakespeare right,” Jeryl Hoover, founder and artistic director of the Fredericksburg Theater Company, said. “Now in our 12th season, we’re ready to showcase our talent in the presentation of this challenging but entertaining comedy.”

Directing the play is Austin’s Jim Weisman who adapted the script, shortening the play from five acts to two. “He understands the entertainment aspect of the play and has brought his Shakespeare expertise to Fredericksburg.” Hoover said. “Everyone has learned from Jim’s unique approach to this famous genre of theater.” Jim has worked extensively with the Point Theater in Ingram, Texas since 1998, serving as resident director from 1999-2003, and returning as guest director on many occasions.

Portraying the role of Falstaff is Larry Kuhlken who is an FTC veteran. Master Frank Ford will be played by Graydon Vaught who has performed with the Houston Grand Opera, the Texas Opera Theater, Theater Under the Stars and the Houston Symphony Chorus.

Mistress Ford will be play by Nancy Reagan whose professional credits include two seasons at the Orlando Shakespeare Theater. She was trained at the Hippodrome State Theatre in Gainesville, Florida. Mistress Page will be played by Tommie Bailey who has appeared at the FTC, The Point and Playhouse 2000.

Performances will be held on weekends, October 17 – November 2. Friday and Saturday performances are at 7:30pm. Sunday performances are at 2:00pm. There will be a special performance on Thursday, October 30. There is no performance on Friday, October 31.

The show will take place in the freshly completed, and newly dedicated, Steve W. Shepherd Theater, by generous donation from Carol Ann Shepherd.

Tickets for the general public are $20 for adults and $5.50 for children under 18. Tickets can be purchased online at or at the box office, Monday – Friday 9am – 1pm, (866)669-7114.

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Tuesday, October 14, 2008

ATH: Them girls just keep on rolling

Gnatzig and West Score in 2-0 Shutout of Iowa State
A&M wins fifth-consecutive Big 12 match
Oct. 12, 2008

COLLEGE STATION, Texas - Texas A&M junior Amber Gnatzig and freshman Beth West each scored goals in the second half to lead the No. 7 Aggie soccer team to a 2-0 shutout of Iowa State on Sunday afternoon at the Aggie Soccer Stadium.

A&M (12-1-1, 5-0-1) won its fifth-consecutive Big 12 match to improve its unbeaten streak to 11 straight. The Aggies have given up just one goal in conference play and remain in first place in the league. The Cyclones dropped to 5-8-1 overall and 0-4-1 in the Big 12.

"It's another three points," said head coach G Guerrieri. "It's not the way that we had it drawn up, but with a young team like this sometimes they rarely are the way that you expect them to go. I thought Iowa State did a great job. They were very organized they kept us in check in a lot of things. When you play against a team that's well coached and committed like that, then you're going to have to go out and do more than just `play your position'."

Gnatzig did just that and put the Aggies on top with her fourth goal of the season in the 80th minute of play. The midfielder from Humble, Texas, finished a bending ball inside the six-yard box on a corner kick from freshman Becca Herrera. Gnatzig collected the loose ball on the left side of the box and had space and time to send a strike through traffic inside the far back post.

West provided the final margin just over a minute later with her second goal of the year. Senior Laura Grace Robinson was outside the arc and brought the ball to West just outside the penalty area. The Centennial, Colo., native blasted a shot into the upper-left corner, to give A&M a 2-0 lead.

Sophomore goalkeeper Kelly Dyer recorded her fifth clean sheet of the season by making four saves in 12 shot attempts by the Cyclones. A&M finished with 27 shots, 10 of which were on goal, and held a commanding 13-1 edge in corner kicks.

The two teams went into halftime scoreless despite the Aggies firing off 10 shots to seven from Iowa State. Each team put three strikes on frame and A&M held the advantage on corner kicks, 6-0.

The Aggies brought a dangerous attack in the 11th minute as sophomore Whitney Hooper dribbled the ball towards the end line inside the six-yard box. Her shot went wide, but was picked up by West and a second chance was kicked out by a Cyclone defender on the goal line.

Continuing to control play in the second half, the Aggies had a chance to take a 3-0 lead with four min remaining. A ball was sent into the penalty box and Cyclone keeper Ashley Costanzo came charging, but a speedy Hooper got her foot on the ball first and flicked it on towards the goal. Iowa State's Rachel Brcic saved the A&M attempt as she sprinted in under a big bounce to clear the ball off the back line.

After ending a four-game home stand, the Aggies take to the road on Friday traveling to Lawrence, Kan., to face the Jayhawks. Kickoff is set for 4 p.m.

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ATH: US Team Analysis v. Cuba

Lessons From The District
By Graig Carbino

You wanted a youth movement, and now you are finally going to get it. The US Men’s National Team dismantled Cuba on Saturday night clinching their spot in the final round of World Cup qualifying. The victory has allowed coach Bob Bradley to release many of his veteran players back to their clubs ahead of the next qualifying game in Trinidad on Wednesday.

The biggest shoes that need filling in Port of Spain will certainly be on the offensive side of things considering the attacking players (Donovan, Dempsey, Ching) that have left camp. It will also be interesting to see how well the reshuffled defensive unit plays in a pressure filled game that still means a lot for T&T.

As for Saturday's game....

1. DaMarcus Beasley is back: The biggest thing to take away from this game was the play of left-winger DaMarcus Beasley. Beasley just didn’t look comfortable in recent national team games. It was easy to see that he was still battling to return to top form after suffering a knee injury late last November in a Champions League game against Stuttgart. Beasley’s best quality as an attacking player is to make runs behind the defense and apply pressure using his speed. He was able to do this on Saturday, getting behind the last defender on two occasions to score the United States first two goals. Healthy, he is one of the keys for the US as they forge ahead in qualifying.

2. Landon Donovan never left: The big knock on Donovan’s game has always been consistency, or lack there of. Many an observer has chided the Galaxy attacker for what they call his tendency to float in and out of important matches. Not anymore. Whether scoring or not, Donovan is always involved in the build up of US goals that come from the run of play. Even when he is not on the ball, his continuous running opens up opportunities for his teammates to get into dangerous positions. He really has a professionalism about his attitude and game these days. He even made it back to LA on Sunday to feature in the Galaxy’s must win game against Colorado.

3. Cuba had no chance: Sorry to say it, but they just aren’t any good. How can you blame them though? You could see from the very start of this game that it just wasn’t going to be close and to be truthful, it shouldn’t have been. You basically had amateurs playing against professionals. Players with European pedigree against guys who work day jobs and then go to practice. The game in Havana was closer with the crowd and the field and the rain helping the Cubans cause. Not so much in DC where the US jumped all over them early and would not let up. A red card to Yoel Colomé in the 41st didn’t help matters and you could see that 6-1 score line coming a mile away.

4. Solid defensive unit: Cuba might not have offered much in the way of an attacking threat, but you have to play whoever is put in front of you and the US defense continues to look like a group that is ready to take on any and all comers. With the experienced Tim Howard in goal they have a player with major European experience who is really still coming into his own as a full time starter for the National team. He has taken the opportunity to start every big match for the US and run with it. Carlos Bocanegra and Oguchi Onyewu have forged a formidable partnership in the center of defense and barring an injury they will be the top pair going into the final round of qualifying. Steve Cherundolo and Heath Pearce bring solid defense and the ability to get forward and attack down the wings. Their next real test should come in either Mexico City or Costa Rica next spring.

5. Youngsters: Most US fans have been screaming for the likes of Adu and Altidore to be inserted into the red, white and blue lineup more often. That still may not happen, as Bob Bradley has shown a reluctance to mess with a winning formula, but we did get glimpse of what these young talents can bring to the table. Adu, Altidore and the debuting Jose Francisco Torres all provided a freshness to the attack when they entered the match at various stages in second half. Torres looked especially composed for 20 year old who was representing his country for the first time. Altidore scored a goal and looked dangerous on a few other occasions, while Adu darted down the left wing and provided the cross that led to Oguchi Onyewu’s goal. The future looks very bright to say the least.

To me this game was all about Beasley and the young guys. What you lose in experience you might actually gain in creativity and ball control when throwing some of the younger players into the mix. Thinking about Adu, Altidore, Dempsey, Donovan, Beasley and now Torres keying the attack for the US National Team must have fans around the country smiling on the way to the final round.

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Thursday, October 09, 2008

LIT: Le Clezio wins Nobel

French author Le Clezio wins Nobel
Academy commends his 'departures, poetic adventure and sensual ecstasy'
The Associated Press
updated 6:24 a.m. CT, Thurs., Oct. 9, 2008

STOCKHOLM, Sweden - The Swedish Academy said Thursday that French novelist Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clezio has won the 2008 Nobel Prize in literature.

The academy called Le Clezio "author of new departures, poetic adventure and sensual ecstasy, explorer of a humanity beyond and below the reigning civilization."

Besides the 10 million kronor ($1.4 million) check, he will receive a gold medal and be invited to give a lecture at the academy's headquarters in the Swedish capital's Old Town.

Since Japanese writer Kenzaburo Oe won the award in 1994, the selections have had a distinct European flavor. Nine of the subsequent laureates were Europeans, including last year's winner, Lessing of Britain. Of the other four, one was from Turkey and the others from South Africa, China and Trinidad. All had strong ties to Europe.

The last U.S. writer to win the prize was Toni Morrison in 1993.

"The U.S. is too isolated, too insular. They don't translate enough and don't really participate in the big dialogue of literature," Nobel committee member and permanent secretary Horace Engdahl said. "That ignorance is restraining."

His comments were met with fierce reactions from literary officials across the Atlantic. The head of the U.S. National Book Foundation offered to send Engdahl a reading list.

The Nobel Prize in literature is handed out in Stockholm on Dec. 10 — the anniversary of Nobel's death in 1896 — along with the awards in medicine, chemistry, physics and economics. The Nobel Peace Prize is presented in Oslo, Norway.

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Tuesday, October 07, 2008

OBT: Redman Little Plume

"Redman" Little Plume, one of the founders of Piegan Institute, passed on last week in Browning, Montana. His services will be held today, Darrell Kipp will give the eulogy at the Starr School gymnasium. "Redman" was an ardent supporter of Blackfeet language revitalization. He had a rare gift of articulating with great academic skill the finer nuances of the Piegan language. His unique talents will be greatly missed by Piegan Insitute and the entire Blackfeet community. In most ways "Redman" was an old-timer with old-time values and manners. He was also a Christian who believed in the golden rule, "Do onto others...." He was a true gentle-man. His quiet temperament and gentle ways will be missed in today's chaotic world. "Redman" was one of the last speakers of the Piegan language.

Rosalyn LaPier
Piegan Institute

Thomas Edward ""Redman"" Little Plume
BROWNING - Thomas Edward "Redman" Little Plume, 76, an Army veteran and Blackfeet language teacher, died of natural causes Tuesday at a Browning hospital. A wake is in progress at Starr School gym, with nightly prayer services. A memorial service is 5 p.m. Sunday at the Starr School gym,. His funeral is 2 p.m. Monday at the gym. Burial will take place in White Grass Cemetery. Foster & Spotted Eagle Tribal Wake Center is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors, all of Browning, include his wife, Elizabeth Little Plume; sons Oral Little Plume, Eugene Little Plume, Brendan Meineke, Edwin Little Plume and Quintin Carlson; daughters Arleen Wippert, Elaine Little Plume and Lavern Little Plume; sisters Gloria Old Person, Ruby Hall, Tia White Grass, Leona Skunkcap, Violet and Clara Hugs, Rita Shane and Beldine Small; brothers Earl Blackweasel Sr., George Wells, Leo Wells and Kenneth Old Person; 16 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

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Monday, October 06, 2008

LIT: Sam and John Dean

as many of you know, an old friend, sam skeist, was in town the last three weeks. he's been living in china over the last four years teaching english, and is spending a little time in the US before heading back to china, via india. he was staying here with his mom the last few weeks, but almost every night we spent on the road to austin or san antonio, doing readings and slams, or locked up at my place putting together and editing a new book -- wuhan circus -- there were about 20 straight 3-4 a.m. nights/mornings. we also spent time with another fantastic writer, john dean domingue, and the total experience of the last month, well, i can't sum it up . . . i am much wiser, much more enlightened, and doing much walking on air, over all the conversation and time spent swapping ideas . . . anyway, here's some film from a couple of the events we went to -- San Antonio Puro Slam at Atomix "Goth Dance Club" in SA on Sept. 30, and the Texas Heritage Music Foundation Coffeehouse Series at Schreiner University in Kerrville on Oct. 1. should be a good taste of what we had going . . .

Big Bruce ~ Sam Skeist

One Way Ticket ~ Sam Skeist

Quiet Fish ~ Sam Skeist

Tattoo ~ Sam Skeist

Moth ~ Sam Skeist

Cleanliness ~ Sam Skeist

Rachel ~ Sam Skeist

Midnight Ramblings ~ John Dean Domingue

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Wednesday, October 01, 2008

ENV: Nude Warblers

Endangered bird hops to rescue of nudist beach
The Darford Warbler is one of the species under threat
By Amol Rajan,
The Independent, Thursday, 25 September 2008

The nudists who have frequented Eastney beach in Portsmouth for more than a century thought they were on the way out.

Qinetiq, a British defence technology company, wants to build 131 luxury apartments there, potentially leaving the nudists very unwelcome.

But help is at hand, and it has taken the form of a tiny and rather rare friend. The Dartford warbler is one of the few species of warbler to winter in Britain. And now it is has come to the nudists' rescue.

Qinetiq had received planning permission to develop its flats on Eastney beach on the condition they widen an access road leading to the land. But at a special meeting of the city council earlier this week, protesters successfully pushed the council to carry out a further environmental study to see if the flats will endanger the bird's natural habitat.

As a result, the warbler may soon discover its safest haven is in the company of naked humans.

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