Month: August 2007

Friday Photo …Revisited


Two years ago we made our first trek to Creede, Colorado. Kimberly and Craig could not go. Tommie joined us for the trip. This year Patty and I take our first vacation just the two of us. Sounds like a song. We will venture down these streets a few times over the next several days. We miss all the kids … but we are glad to get away.

Quiet around here …

Life is full of good intentions. I have a number for this little blog. Schedules seem to interfere. I will have some time to write and reflect while on vacation later in the week and over the weekend. There could be a flurry of posts to follow once refreshed in the cool mountain air.

Close to Home

She asked for prayer for her mother who expressed discouragement over the death of her sister. The issue lay in the number of her siblings left. At 82 she increasingly saw the reality of her own mortality.

Standing to officiate a funeral this past Wednesday, I could not help but think the gentleman whom we would remember that afternoon was my own father’s age. I thought of this as I read Barry Tramel’s piece (08/24/07) in The Oklahoman, “Farewell to the man who was always on my side.

Dad never said much about what I wrote. Occasionally, he would say he liked something, which was nice, and he never said anything when I ripped OU, his alma mater, which was nicer.

A quick story: When I was a kid, Dad would take us to the state basketball tournaments, sometimes drop me and my brother off, when we were old enough to navigate State Fair Arena. On championship Saturday, the whole family would go, and between sessions one year, I was probably 14, I sent the rest of the clan out to get dinner and I stayed behind to stand in line and grab us front-row seats.

I snagged some seats, fending off a grouchy old woman who claimed the seats were hers.

Later that night, between games, the legendary Bertha Frank Teague was honored by the state association. I looked at Teague and my eyes got big. “Dad,â? I said. “That’s the woman who tried to steal our seats.â?

Dad was a girls basketball fan. He coached in Norman, Noble, Strang, Longdale and Gueda Springs, Kan. You probably never heard of some of those hamlets, but they once were thriving little communities that revolved around their ballteams.

Anyway, Dad is someone who respected Bertha Frank Teague and all she did for girls basketball.

Fast forward to July 22. That’s the last day Dad talked to me. The next morning, I flew to San Antonio, and the day after that Dad fell into his coma.

July 22 is also the day we listed our top 100 coaches/contributors in Oklahoma history. I did the rankings. I put Bertha Frank Teague third, behind only Bud Wilkinson and Henry Iba.

Unsolicited, Dad said he didn’t care for the list. I asked why.

He said Bertha Frank Teague was too high.

“You don’t like Bertha Frank Teague?â?

No, he said. “Not since she had that run-in with you.â?

He was on my side until the very end.

We could only hope to invest on our children in the way Barry’s Father did.

Barry, thanks for sharing about your dad.

Friday Photo … Guest Photo


The art of photographing art. Tommie produced both.