19 Feb 19
Snowbird In Training

“And the view was suddenly clear to me. The world opened out to its grim beyonds and I realized that, at forty, one must learn the rigors of acceptance. Capitalize it: Acceptance. I needed to accept what was put before me–be it a watery grave in Ireland’s only natural fjord, or a return to the […]

19 Feb 19
Lee Muir-Haman Watercolor Painting

Painting snow can be tricky.  Most people think snow is white, but if you look closely, snow is full of color.  Many factors can affect how snow appears, including time of day, temperature, atmosphere, the quality of light, and perspective.  Is the day sunny and bright or overcast?  Is the snow freshly fallen and fluffy […]

19 Feb 19
Laura Stephens-Reed

“I don’t have enough time to do all the things.” “I don’t have anything worth contributing.” “Our congregation is so much smaller and grayer than it used to be.” “We’re gonna have to send these church budget requests back to committees to be pared down, because our projected giving is down 10%.” Do these sentiments […]

19 Feb 19
American Lost in London

The first person to ever break my heart was my high school best friend, Ellie. I loved her platonically, through and through. I met her in middle school and remained good friends with her for years, all the way up until the end of high school. She was a shy introvert that I began to […]

19 Feb 19
prattburt0's blogs

Rats And Mice Are On The Move As Cold Weather Hits With such cleansing tools, customers can clean gutters from the ground with way more security than in the event that they had been at a lofty top. Lucian Ivan, Managing Director, at Spectrum Window Cleaning commented; “Spectrum’s continued growth within the London abseil cleansing […]

19 Feb 19

[wpedon id=”6379″ align=”right”] The State University of New York Athletic Conference ended and congrats to the State University of New York, Oswego Lakers who won the regular season. This post will take a look at how each team did in SUNYAC play.  [divider style=”{‹²›ruler_type‹²›:‹²›line‹²›,‹²›space‹²›:{‹²›height‹²›:‹²›50‹²›}}” __fw_editor_shortcodes_id=”e2d0be040cc8e5b4a7418ddc5c696fa8″ _array_keys=”{‹²›style‹²›:‹²›style‹²›}” _fw_coder=”aggressive”][/divider] The State University of New York, Oswego Lakers […]

18 Feb 19
Gunner Q

I fisked New California Governor Gavin Newsom’s recent State of the State speech. It’s full of toxic Leftism as one would expect but there are points of interest. Allies, enemies and best of all, Newsom repeatedly confessing his incompetence to govern. Boldface are mine for reference. 12 February 2019 Mr. Speaker, thank you for […]

18 Feb 19
StageKatz Speaks

Since I am not really struggling with the whole “No Fast Food” rule this month, I’d like to talk about something a little different that I HAVE been struggling with. I have noticed both in myself and in many of my friends that this month has been spectacularly bad for those of us who struggle […]

18 Feb 19

Sarah Crosland

Sometimes it feels like I need weekends to recover from my weekends. This should be a thing. Charleston was just as glorious as I’d imagined. We celebrated Erin with a lot of laughing, some incredible food (loved my first trip to Butcher & Bee), and frosé because sometimes things that are basic are also delicious […]

18 Feb 19
Louisiana Voice

It’s not the World War II Museum in New Orleans. It doesn’t have huge grants underwriting its operations. It doesn’t have a famous movie star promoting it. Machine gunner And it’s not exactly overrun with visitors But the War Museum in Ruston, while operating on a meager budget and with a single curator, is built […]

17 Feb 19
Meningie Library New Items

This lists all the titles received at Meningie library by category for February 2019. Each one has a link to its Goodreads page, if it has one, (or the IMDB listing for DVDs) so you can read more about it. The call numbers link to the holdings for that item that the Coorong library service […]

16 Feb 19

Standard disclaimer for ones I think will be mostly random and an odd attempt to tie very disparate things together. Shared depravity. While I don’t recall phrasing it that way, that’s often where my deepest connection with people lies. Jimmy and Gretchen in You’re the Worst portray it well. There’s a constant sort of joke […]

16 Feb 19
The Reporter
If you have a heart condition, bring your medicine. If you don’t have a heart condition, you soon will if you keep attending the Will C. Wood varsity boys basketball playoff games. After a nail-biting 61-57 comeback win over Florin of Sacramento on Wednesday, Wood coach Mark Wudel prophetically said, “Now we get to do it all over again on Friday.” Boy, was he right. On Friday night at Wood’s Frank Molina Gym, the Wildcats again came from behind to overcome the Beyer Patriots of Modesto, 50-48, in the second round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III playoffs. Don’t pay too much attention to seedings in this tournament. Florin was seeded last of the 18 teams in the tournament and gave No. 2 seed Wood all it could handle. Beyer was seeded tenth. “That’s a really, really good team,” Wudell said. “I don’t know how they get that low of a seed. They’re long and lanky. Everyone was 6-3, 6-4. That’s tough to guard against.” Especially tough to guard were the Patriots’ 3-point shooters. They hit three 3-pointers in the opening period. Beyer’s length also made its trapping zone, both full- and half-court, especially tough. The home team trailed 13-11 with less than two minutes, left, but Ricky Hamilton-Holland hit a bucket at the 1:40 mark to tie it. Wood’s Landon Seaman drives to the basket through the Beyer High School defense during the first quarter. Seaman led the Wildcats with 15 points in the victory. (Joel Rosenbaum — The Reporter) Then Landon Seaman, who had an outstanding game on both ends of the floor and led Wood’s scoring with 15 points, put back his own miss to give the Wildcats the lead. He hit another basket with 20 seconds left to give his team a 17-13 edge at the end of the quarter. Wood started the second quarter with a great pass from Jhalen Grayer to Seaman for a layup. then two more Seaman baskets to give the Wildcats a 23-18 lead with six minutes to play. But they did not score again for almost five minutes. Meanwhile, Beyer went on an offensive tear. A three-point play by McKay Bundy put the Patriiots up 25-23 at the 4:43 mark. To make matters worse, Wood’s standout all-around player Angelo Harris picked up his third foul about ten seconds later and had to take a seat. By the time the smoke had cleared, Beyer had gone on a 13-0 run and taken a 31-23 lead before Wood managed a Jacob Condez bucket with 1:10 left. Hamilton-Holland connected on a two with 34 seconds left, but Wood limped back to the locker room trailing 33-27 at the half. How was Wood going to stop this juggernaut from Modesto? Wudel had some answers. “We were a little too far off of them at the 3-point line,” he said. “We knew they could shoot, but I guess my guys didn’t believe it the first half. They made believers out of us.” Wood began to take away the 3-point shot and played a tremendous defensive quarter, limiting Beyer to just three points. The Wildcats also adjusted on offense. “We were holding the ball too long after a rebound instead of outletting and getting up the court before they could set up their press,” explained Wudel. Harris returned to the floor and hit his second 3-ball of the night, and the Wildcats began to chip away at Beyer’s lead. A Grayer steal led to a Jeremiah Jones layup to put Wood back in front 34-33 with 3:51 left. Beyer took back the lead, but Jones hit a jumper in the paint with 16 seconds left to tie the game at 36 apiece. Then came the play of the night. Tyrell Grady, who is listed at 5-6 and is generally the smallest player on the court, is known mostly for his defense and passing. He doesn’t usually like to shoot. But when he received the ball inbounds from the end line with just seconds left in the quarter and couldn’t get a pass off, he took it downcourt himself and launched a 25-foot shot from the right wing that banked off the glass and through the net at the buzzer. The hometown fans went crazy. Wood had a 39-36 lead and momentum heading into the grand finale. Wood beat Beyer’s full-court pressure pretty regularly in the final quarter and moved the ball nicely in their halfcourt offense. The defense was solid as well, and the Wildcats led  44-37 with under six minutes to play. But then they didn’t get out far enough on Bundy and Hayden Keller, who hit back to back 3-pointers to draw Beyer within one. It stayed close to the end. Seaman hit a fastbreak layup off another Grayer steal and feed for a 50-46 lead with 55 seconds left. But Bundy put back his own miss with 27 seconds remaining to make it a two-point game. Beyer then forced a turnover after Wood inbounded and had the ball with 9.9 seconds left. But a last-ditch shot bounced off the rim. Wood secured it and walked away with another hair-raising victory. “Everybody stepped up at the right time,” Wudel said. “Landon (Seaman) had to guard somebody way outside. He’s not used to guarding a 3-point shooter. ….He stepped up, got all over those guys, and they couldn’t get a shot off. Jhalen (Grayer) and Smack (Grady’s nickname) came off the bench, and everybody stood up and did what they were supposed to do. Jacob Condez took a couple of charges. Jeremiah Jones stared weaving through their zone and getting passes and getting shots.” Defense was the key. “My favorite thing is defense,” Grady said. “That’s all we practice is defense, defense, defense. As long as the defense is there, the offense will just come. We’ve got to do defense first, though.” Keller and Bundy scored 15 and 14 points, respectively, for Beyer, which ended its season with a 21-9 record. Wood got 12 points from Holland and nine apiece from Harris and Jones. Wood will now host No. 2 seed Central Catholic in the third round on Wednesday. And don’t forget your medicine.  
16 Feb 19
Archy news nety

The spring of 1994 was a fantastic experience if I was a sports fan in New York City. The Knicks were trying to get their first NBA title since 1973. Their Madison Square Garden roommates, the Rangers, were trying to get their first Stanley Cup since the 1940s. Yes, 1940. Whether you were a lugo […]

16 Feb 19
The Sports Daily

The spring of 1994 was an amazing time if you were a sports fan in New York City. The Knicks were making a run to try and claim their first NBA title since 1973. Their Madison Square Garden co-tenants, the Rangers, were trying to claim their first Stanley Cup since 1940. Yep, 1940. Whether you […]

15 Feb 19
Webb and Amanda

My children can be my biggest reason, but they certainly shouldn’t be my biggest excuse.