Today I finished my read of James Lee Burke’s White Doves at Morning (Pocket Star Books, New York, 2002.
The above photos were taken at the North Texas Irish Festival in Dallas, March 2009.
My friend Jed Marum has made a video that you need to see. It is of a song he wrote that I based one of my short stories on. My story is called, “Lily,” and his song is “Mama’s Lily.” This is a song that will move you to tears.
Today, I was listening to a CD a friend of mine gave me some time ago and Kraus’ version of this old Beatles song was on it. This is one of those songs that has always touched me, so I decided to post the lyrics. I intend to add my own version to my Americana show. The chords and lyrics are posted in several places on the Web. Tonight, I’m at my hotel near Tyler, getting ready for a very full week of school programs with the Brownsboro, TX ISD.
Who knows how long I’ve loved you
You know I love you still
Will I wait a lonely lifetime?
If you want me to–I will.
You know if I ever saw you
I didn’t catch your name
But it never really mattered
I will always feel the same.
Love you forever and forever
Love you with all my heart
Love you whenever we’re together
Love you when we’re apart.
And when at last I find you
Your song will fill the air
Sing it loud so I can hear you
Make it easy to be near you
For the things you do endear me to you
Ah [or “how”], you know I will
Once again, I’m scheduled to perform
Serendipity has once again come my way and I’m going to Longbeach, MS early tomorrow morning to finalize a writing project. Wish me luck. I won’t jynx it by talking about it too soon, but it’s GOOD! It’s been a difficult week, with no shortage of work. Next week, I’ll be in Brownsboro, TX at the school district there from Tuesday through Friday. Crazy busy. Here is a photo my daughter took of me last fall in ULM’s Grove at the Chili Cook-off. I was supposed to be Chili Nelson.
I’ve always enjoyed Hank Williams Jr.’s song, “A Country Boy Can Survive.” As a teacher, I believe most of my students couldn’t survive if they were put on their own.
The busy season is upon me. Here is what my calendar looks from now through April:
March 23-27, Brownsboro, TX ISD. I’ll be presenting both the Scots-Irish and Texas History Programs for schools in this district.
Thursday, April 2, Mississippi School of the Arts Presentation, Brookhaven, MS.
James S. Hogg Middle School, Tyler, TX (This Texas governor really did have a daughter named Ima) Tuesday, April 14
April 17-19, Scottish Heritage Festival, Batesville, Arkansas
Thursday, April 23, Caney, OK ISD.
Saturday, April 25, Weatherford, TX Books & All that Jazz
Tuesday, April 28. Hallsville, TX ISD
It was a long weekend and the whole time I’ve been driving in the rain. I must have passed a half dozen accidents. Thursday night I traveled to my parents house along the Red River and spent the night there. Early Friday (I left before 6:00 a.m.) I drove to Prarie Vista Middle School to present my Civil War program (7 programs). From there, I drove to Plano (only 40 miles, but it took two hours because of Dallas traffic) to present storytelling and music and sign Scottish Alphabet books at Legacy Books at their weekly Pajamorama! There were over 30 children and about that many adults and I found them most receptive.
As Saint Patrick’s Day approaches, my thoughts are on the Irish.