Thursday, April 29, 2010
p.s. Good luck to STM Lacrosse in the state semis!
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
...I follow your blog and enjoy what I've seen there. As the following states, over the last three years I collaborated with my father on his memoir. My Dad is a retired Tennessee surgeon, turning 90 next month. ...Among the interesting things I learned about my "family tree" in working on "A Steep Climb" is the fact that we had a "Lorena Bobbitt" in our family before there even WAS a "Lorena Bobbitt." When my Dad recounted that story to me, we were laughing so hard, I had tears running down my face and my father was choking with laughter to the extent that I thought he was going to literally die laughing.
Then he suddenly stopped laughing. He said, timidly: "Hoyt, we can't put this in the book!"
"Are you kidding me?" I said. "You mean to tell me we had 'Lorena Bobbitt' in our family tree and you don't want to see it in the book! No, it is going in the book!"
And so it has. And I'll leave it at that.
The official press release:
In 2006, I encouraged my retired father to write.
"About what?" he asked.
"About your life," I said.
Three years later, the result of that conversation is "A Steep Climb." Our collaboration, recounting his life and 50 years as a practicing surgeon in Middle Tennessee, was a fascinating journey for us both.
The English poet William Wordsworth wrote, "The child is father to the man." As a college English major, I never quite understood that line. But I do now.
While he was writing, my father kept telling me, "The only 'D' I ever made was in English."
As a pre-med student, he was immersed in things like chemistry, biology, anatomy. Grammar, punctuation, precision--how to write the most with an economy of words--was not his forte. But as an English major who earned a master's degree in journalism and has spent more than 30 years as a television anchor/reporter, I became his editor/professor/mentor. "This" child WAS father to "that" man.
The process was fascinating. Walking back with him into his 86 years of memory and experience had us, at times, laughing so hard we cried. I learned fascinating things about the "family woodpile." My Dad says working on the book elicited memories he had not thought about in 50, 60, 70 years.
“A Steep Climb” is available on Amazon.com and barnesandnoble.com.
If your non-chain bookstore doesn't have copies, just give them the following information and they can order it:
Title: "A Steep Climb"
Author: Hoyt C. Harris
Library of Congress Catalog Card No.: 2009906137
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Rideau was also featured on CBS Sunday Morning. That segment can be found here.
It's late, and raining. The buildings before me have been abandoned. Life has drained from the traffic arteries below. The wet pavement of empty Lake Charles streets and parking lots doubles the glare of street lamps and neon signs, intensifying the darkness.
It's quiet. Profoundly so. Rain whispers against the open window a few feet away. The only other thing you can hear is your own heart, thumping. I've known men who could not stand this silence, but I've grown accustomed to it. I scratch a fingernail on one of the bars, to reassure myself I haven't gone deaf. I've stood here many nights staring out my second- floor window at the same scene below, week after week, month after month, year after year . . . after year. Except for the rain, it never changes.
Monday, April 26, 2010
Read the New York Times account of the oil spill here.
Saturday, April 24, 2010
This made me think - Acadiana sure has had it's share of celebrity arrests...Willie Nelson, R Kelly, Nate Newton....yikes.
Happy Festival Y'all - watch out for those celebs!
- jill :)
Thursday, April 22, 2010
The winner of this game will advance to the “LHSLL Championship Weekend” to be held May 1 & May 2 at Pan American Stadium at City Park in New Orleans. See website here.
The Cougars come into the game touting a record of 18-4 and ranked # 2 in the state. This is the first time STM has hosted a state playoff game, making it the first time ever in Lafayette Parish.
STM Cougar Head Coach Mike Guidroz expects a battle. “We are honored to be hosting the state quarterfinal game this weekend. Caddo Magnet has a great Lacrosse tradition. It will be a huge challenge for our young team.”
For more information, contact:
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Photo by jmeaux
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
The most notorious examples were Detroit Lions tailback Barry Sanders in 1999 (abruptly retired before the season); Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick in 2003 (broken leg in the summer); Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb in 2005 (season-ending hernia); and Seattle Seahawks tailback Shaun Alexander in 2006 (broken foot).
I just finished getting Drew injury free through our Super Bowl season by ritualistic game day preparations, and conjuring. I kinda wanted to relax this offseason. But is he helping? No. He actually wants to be on the cover.
"You know what, I'm not rooting against it," Brees said, when asked about his hopes for the vote. "If it does happen, just like records are made to be broken, curses are made to be broken too. If the fans have spoken, if I am indeed their vote, then I'll do my best to break that trend."
Clearly, he's lost his mind. It's as if he doesn't believe in superstition at all. I'm gonna do what I can, but, he has to want to be helped....I can't do that for him.
Read the article here.
Photo by ian_ransley
Monday, April 19, 2010
Lafayette, LA — The Dream of the Marionettes, or Le Rêve des Marionettes, an original musical production, will be performed at Cite Des Arts during Festival International de Louisiane, April 21-25. Pre-sale tickets can be purchased at www.citedesarts.org; tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students and seniors.
The Dream of the Marionettes: An Original Musical Theater Production
Cite des Arts, April 21 - 25, 2010
The Dream of the Marionettes, a burlesque-inspired musical, features an all-star cast of
In Les Marionettes, a hard, task-driving puppetmaster is cast aside by a freedom-seeking band of marionettes, who begin to express their hidden dreams and aspirations in song. The play was co-written by local artists Christine Leichty and Johanna Divine, with an original score by Divine and Daniel Coolik, and choreography by
Divine and Leichty hope Les Marionettes offers something different to audiences; “We want to create a new experience – a unique piece that showcases the incredible talent found in Lafayette,” Leichty says. They also hope the piece helps re-define the concept of burlesque; “A lot of people think of burlesque as being risqué, “ Divine says, “but we’re presenting it as it was at the turn of the century, focused on parody and satire. It’s a comedy, first and foremost.”
The show is running as a part of Festival International de Louisiane from April 21 to April 25, 2010. Pre-show festivities begin at 6:30 each night, so come early for the best seats! For pre-sale tickets, contact Cite des Arts, 337.291.1122 or at www.citedesarts.org.
Saturday, April 17, 2010
Located within Girard Park, Parc Independence will be the first wheelchair-accessible playground in Lafayette. Parc Independence is designed specifically to accommodate children who have physical and mental disabilities.
Because even the smallest design elements can create the largest obstacles for many children with disabilities, careful attention has been paid towards making the park ADA-compliant. The intent is to eliminate barriers and create a place where all children can play together, regardless of abilities.
“I am thrilled to be a part of this exciting announcement. This park will be a great asset to our community and demonstrate that our community is making an effort to be helpful and accommodating to those with disabilities. I also applaud the heroic efforts of the Kiwanis Club of Lafayette to bring this project to fruition. Anytime we have civic organizations that are willing to partner to achieve a public purpose, it can only strengthen our community,” said Joey Durel, Lafayette City-Parish President.
Well done Kiwanis Club!
Photo by Joshuadelaughter
Friday, April 16, 2010
ps - on a completely unrelated note....speaking of elephants....did you hear that PETA paid Myrtle Place school a visit this past week? Check out Danny Cuthbert's photo here...
Thursday, April 15, 2010
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Service. Outreach. Unity. Leadership. SOUL Camp is a unique experiential transition program for new students designed to provide additional opportunities to build relationships with incoming and upperclass students, engage in community service, learn about campus spirit & traditions, develop an appreciation for multiculturalism and diversity, and discover their personal leadership skills.Good luck Soul Camp!
Throughout camp, students also participate in activities designed to assist their transition to the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Students learn about time management, goal setting, career planning, campus involvement, responsible social engagement, and other topics critical to success as a college student at UL Lafayette.
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
P.S. To our chagrin, KATC begins and ends the video with a 15 second ad...... much like the ads we would sell if we were a real news organization.
Monday, April 12, 2010
OK, that's all fine. I understand that he's serving his time, he gets a furlough. No big deal. In fact, he even gets to visit with his family at a campground in Port Allen for Easter. Again, seems reasonable. Then comes the weirdness:
...That wasn't an idle question for three state lawmakers staying in campers at the Cajun Country Campground in Port Allen while the Legislature is in session. Rep. Jack Montoucet, whose legislative office is in Edwards' old hometown, Crowley, and Reps. Johnny Guinn, R-Jennings, and Jerry "Truck" Gisclair, D-Larose, paid a social visit to Edwards.They stay in a campers while the Legislature is in session? Really? I thought they had chic penthouse apartments to be wined and dined by lobbyists armed with high priced call girls. I'm gonna have to re-assess my baseless opinions. Read more here.
Photo by Bill Ward's Brickpile
Friday, April 9, 2010
Thursday, April 8, 2010
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
In a Tuesday news release making light of a recent Republican spending controversy, Stormy Daniels notes that the Republican National Committee picked up a nearly $2,000 tab at a sex-themed California nightclub. Daniels’ statement says she was a lifelong Democrat, but that the Republicans best espouse what she called her "libertarian" views about sex and money.Not sure I follow the logic in that statement, but it must have hit a nerve, because Vitter's camp responded with a full-on 8th grade hissy fit, accusing Democratic Charlie Melancon of orchestrating Daniel's party switch.
"Charlie Melancon’s campaign must be fully in desperation mode if they resorted to coaxing the publicity stunt known as Stormy Daniels for U.S. Senate into a Republican primary against Sen. David Vitter," the state party’s news release said.Melancon's camp has denied any involvement in the Daniels announcement. But party spokesman Kevin Franck may have given the best zinger of the exchange.
"If the Louisiana Republican Party is uncomfortable with a Republican challenger who has a history of selling sex, I would suggest they reconsider standing by an incumbent with a history of paying for it," Franck said in an e-mailed statement.
All this, and Daniels has yet to formally announce if she's going to run for the senate seat. She's expected to give her decision April 15. Whew...stay tune for more installments in the unfolding saga we'll call "Charlie, the Porn Star, and The Whore Monger". It's a long way to November.
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
From the article:
A couple of weeks ago, we learned that the Department of Energy had declined V-Vehicle's $320 million application to the Advanced Technology Vehicle Manufacturing Loan Program. That rejection had a domino effect, causing the State of Louisiana to withdraw its offer of $87 million in cash and other incentives. So, instead of ending the day with upwards of $450 million in the bank, V-Vehicle was left with only the $86.5 million it had raised from private investors like Mr. [T. Boone] Pickens.
The company plans to re-apply for the DOE loan, and began testing a prototype in February that claims to earn 40mpg and could launch with a sticker price of around $10,000.
"So, you're telling me there's a chance" (Dumb And Dumber).
Read the article here.
Monday, April 5, 2010
Friday, April 2, 2010
I was most appalled by the details of the story, such as the allegations that Hurst supplied the students with alcohol, and may have used hidden cameras in some cases to film the students. And while, it's true that some kids in high school drink and have sex, they should not be exploited by an adult entrusted with the responsibility to educate them. Yeah, I know, I'm on my soapbox. Just call me Capt. Obvious. But this quote by Hurst's attorney, Charles Ferrara really put me on tilt:
The defense attorney argued that Hurst is cooperating with investigators, has admitted to many of the allegations, is planning to seek counseling and “wants to straighten out the mess he has done.”“His biggest concern the whole time is how do I make this right,”
Really? You think the damage done to those kids is something that can just be "straightened out"?
Read the Advocate story here.
Thursday, April 1, 2010
ndekeeW si ereh