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Sunday, January 9, 2011

Snowing in Dallas, Texas January 9th 2011

Happy Birthday Dad!! He Lived the Civil Rights Movement

In 2002 my dad died the day before his 87th birthday which is today January 9th.  I believe his spirit is still alive. My dad was so humble even though he tried a case in the Supreme Court.  He worked for labor rights in Birmingham, Alabama during the 50's helping both Black and White.  I took my mom back to the place she raised her three children as toddlers in Birmingham.  We visited the Civil Rights Museum.  As we viewed the pictures of the Civil Rights Movement my mom told me stories of what it was like.

 I never realized my family was part of the movement in a small way.  I was just a year and half when we moved to Texas and my dad didn't really talk about it much.  I love my dad and I want to say to him Happy Birthday, I still love and remember you.  This is a picture of the home where we lived in Birmingham.  Homes are so much bigger now but it was plenty big for my mom and dad as they were raising their kids.

 In the picture he is on the left, sitting down ready to speak next.  He graduated from law school from the University of Oklahoma in Norman.  The same school where my son is a junior.  He is contemplating going to law school too.  I say carry on the tradition.  My dad's spirit will be with you.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

TCU Kept the Perfect Season by Winning the Rose Bowl

The Horned Frogs, my alma mater, kept the perfect season and won the Rose Bowl.  Coach Gary Patterson ran a  powerful running game and lead his team to victory. Gary said he received text messages all through the day from little teams saying, win for us.  Andy Dalton threw a touchdown pass and ran for a score.  Andy  completed 65% of his passes for the season.   He ran 219 yards for the winning game.  He gave the glory to God in his victory speech.

As I looked at close up pictures from the game I saw the force and determination each player showed.  Each play fought to win.  Their arms were outstretched to catch the ball or tackle the player from the opposing team.  Bodies were thrown together in a mass of  tangled arms and bruised shoulders.   I hope each team feels a since of accomplishment they gave it their all.

I can picture moms and dads remembering all the times they brought their son to football practice.   Perhaps a flashback of their first team picture came to their minds.  All of the sliced oranges fed to the players as nourishment to keep going despite the pain.  The character traits of doing your best, never quitting, and perseverance were taught at home and on the field.

Congratulations to TCU for a job well done.  You proved you could play and win the big guys.  Its an inspiration to all of us to never give up, never give in, never say never.