Author Archives: jshrader

Santa Fe, Babywatch, and more …

Good morning! I’m blogging today from the patio of a heavenly condo/casita in the hills northeast of Santa Fe, very close to the opera complex. The condo is the summer residence of Alek and Daniela, our two opera stars! Alek … Continue reading

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A Day for Tweaking …

Good afternoon! Working in the gazebo again today – you can catch a glimpse over there. It’s hard to believe it’s been eight days since last I blogged! Anyway, it’s a beautiful day in the deep south! After several days … Continue reading

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TBR for the Summer – wanna join me? …

Good afternoon! I’m in the gazebo about to encounter a summer shower! Today I want to share some thoughts on suggestions about my summer reading list – the infamous TBR (To Be Read) for the summer of 2015. These are … Continue reading

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Oh, somewhere in this favored land …

Good hot, hot, hot afternoon! Today’s story is about softball. If you know Ernest Thayer’s famous work, quoted in the title above, you already know the end of the story! The Valdosta State Blazers softball team stood on top the … Continue reading

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Relief is just a grade away …

Hello friends! It’s a beautiful day in South Georgia! I’m sitting in the breezy gazebo feature in our back garden enjoying life! I’ve already been to the gym, played frisbee with Moxie, had coffee and breakfast, read the paper, caught … Continue reading

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It’s POOL day and other ramblings …

Greetings everyone and Happy May! I was supposed to jump in the pool yesterday (my own personal polar bear club), but instead I spent a frustrating day at the Gulf South Conference Softball Tournament – more on that later! So, … Continue reading

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Good Morning Valdosta! “That our flag was still there …”

Well, I’m sitting at the kitchen table on an imposed and mandatory vacation! Yes, I live in Valdosta, that hotbed of political unrest (hee hee)! The campus at my workplace, Valdosta State University, is shut down and classes have been … Continue reading

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Storm Warning …

Good afternoon! Hunkered down in the middle of a severe storm! Lots of rain, thunder, lightning, etc. Looking out the French doors to the back yard – pool filling up! Yikes! I hope I don’t have to brave the storm … Continue reading

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Academia Update

Good morning! There’s lots of stuff going on at the university (that’s Valdosta State University)! After some negotiations, I have decided to delay retirement and “re-up” for another year as a tenured, full professor. I will continue to split my … Continue reading

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STT Part 2

Upon awaking Saturday morning, I realized that I was developing a full-blown head cold (yuck!). Also, it was chilly and windy. So, trying to maintain a positive attitude, I headed for Lenny’s restaurant and a traditional Pennsylvania breakfast. That part … Continue reading

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