Sunday, April 30, 2017

Coach


The athlete stands proudly in the gym;
“Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the Attempt”
It matters little if it is basketball, archery, bowling or a swim;
With encouragement, no-one has to be exempt

Big yellow buses come and go;
Peaceful, kind, cooperative, safe, at-large;
Whether it is sunshine, clouds, rain or snow;
Witness the tall quiet leadership of a man-in-charge.

Bocce or fishing could be on the schedule.
These changes don’t phase him a bit.
Watch him work and observe if you will;
The exemplary role model is ready and fit.

What does it mean to be Coach Green?
I just isn’t as easy as it would seem.
Dollars to doughnuts, it will nearly always be true;
The best thing is to stop and ask, “What would Coach Green do?”

You are above reproach;
Character counts here at the Neu;
One thing is for certain Coach;
Next year and beyond, we will most certainly miss you. 

(c) 2017 Wes Morgan 
Wishing Coach Patrick Green all the best 
in retirement as the school year comes to a close.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Judge Not

 Judge not, that ye be not judged.
For with what judgment ye judge,
ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete,
it shall be measured to you again.
And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye,
but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?

--- Matthew 7:1-3 King James Version

Of Sons and daughters the saying goes;
Your daughter/my sister everyone knows;
A daughter is a daughter the rest of your life.
Her parents take to heart but let it flow.  

There are ups and downs;
There are errors and omissions;
There are slips and slides;
And acts of contrition.

Rebel without a cause;
Skipping school - to protest the war;
St. Patrick’s Day, opening baseball season;
You are absent - Pick a reason.

Don’t know much about cosmetology;
Don’t know much about biology;
But you do know that I love you;
What a wonderful world this can be.

You were in a hurry to get out of the house;
In no-time at all you found a spouse.
Rocky top hiatus and you are a mom.
Four high schools later - get the degree, skip the prom.

You landed on Mars – the place was pink;
The carpet should be green you think.
So let it be …charge!
Nothing stoppin’ you from living large.

Growing family needs to move;
Tires, baseball and floors to wax, two boys to feed;
It takes a village - you are in a groove;
Yet something is amiss -  you have a need.

You just want a change of venue;
You landed husband number 2.
Welder warrior and you are in the dung.
Some songs cannot be unsung.

But you got away from that;
Presto change-o in no time flat;
Daddy’s girl was gold coast bound;
Soon enough a soul mate is found.

You work nights leaving him free;
To explore the neighbor in apartment #203.
Oh well, it was fun while it lasted;
We know you will again rise from the ashes.

You emerge stronger, better, fine;
On your own and calling the shots.
You and your show dog marking time; 
Living and learning - lots and lots.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Parker at the Pageant


Saint Louis, MO: At the Pageant on November 23, 2016 are Parker Millsap and his band mates on stage supporting J J Grey and Mofro

Parker Millsap is back in Saint Louis and he is playing the Pageant in the loop of University City. I've seen Parker and his band mates three times now (The Rock House, Off Broadway and The Pageant), Michael is playing a base guitar. Daniel is playing his fiddle. Now Parker's band has a drummer too. It was a pleasure to chat with Parker a bit back stage. He will be traveling to Indianapolis next where he will connect with Megan for Thanksgiving. We talked a bit about his new found friendship with fellow musician Sir Elton John. We talked about the weather. We talked about the bra-wall backstage. Parker keeps up the pace and the expenses down, He has an easy conversational style and is used to amateur smart phone photographers like me. It was great to see Parker again.  
    

Parker grew up in the tiny town of Purcell, OK where he regularly attended a Pentacostal church with his family for most of his youth. He doesn’t consider himself very religious but the experiences with religion have have had an impact on his songwriting and his sound. He blends fire and brimstone with rock, country and blues. He is a story teller.  

I stayed to hear JJ Grey and Mofro as well. Grey and his current Mofro lineup offer grace and groove in equal measure, with an easygoing quality to the production that makes those beautiful muscular drum-breaks sound as though the band has set up in your living room.

Robert Christopher and Lindsey begot another Robert


Photo by Ben Morgan taken on November 20, 2016 

In Palma Ceia, what we got is as good as it begets;
No ifs, ands, buts … no regrets.
Robert Lawton Dewey does what babies do;
He cries, fusses, eats, sleeps…but laughs and smiles too.

Register R. Lawton so his name with teachers and peers is set;
Hail sweet little Lawton,  a fellow well met;
See him on social media or in a text
But to see him in person is really the best

Our baby girl and her little boy made be a Grandpa in July
She makes me very happy --- I’m not gonna lie
The campaign is just beginning
Lawton keeps winning

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Thankful Song


We began the day on a thankful note;
Grateful for so many things.
So I took it upon myself to be the one who wrote;
Friends, family, places, feelings…

For what are we thankful?  
Teachers teach, students learn;
Policemen protect, dogs bark, nurses and doctors heal…
If not for firefighters, our world might burn.
If not for Art and Music, how would we feel?

For what are we thankful? 
A winter coat? Good health? A happy home? A library full of books? 
“Sugah, there are smiles all around.”
Sleep well in a fine hotel. Take your pick.
Visit a new restaurant in town.

For what are we thankful?
Parades and fireworks from here to the ocean.
Finding funds for those who are forlorn;
Sunshine. Flowers, Rainbows, Emotion;
Ice Cream, Cheddar Cheese Crackers, Popcorn.
                                                                                           
At the end of the day – be happy and pray;
Count your blessings. Treasure everything;
Look, listen, laugh, let it be as it may…and sing.
Like a two year old child - on a brand new swing.

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Halloween Jokes 2016



Q: What school subject is a favorite for witches?
A: SPELLING!

Q: What did the skeleton order in the restaurant?
A: Spare Ribs.

Q: Why do vampires go to caves?
A: Oh, just to hang out.

Q: Who did Frankenstein take to the dance?
A: His ghoul friend,

Q: Why didn’t angry witch like to ride her broom?
A: She was afraid she might FLY OFF THE HANDLE.

Q: What kind of monsters have two heads?
A: Two headed monsters.

Q: What kind of street did the zombie live on?
A: A dead end.

Q: What is a ghost’s favorite desert?
A: Boo-berry pie?

Q: Why did the policeman five the ghost a ticket?
A: He didn’t have a haunting licence.

Q: What do witches put on their hair?
A: Scare spray.

Q: Why was the mummy so tense?
A: He was all WOUND UP.

Q: Why didn’t the skeleton go to the dance?
A: He had not body to go with…

Q: Why are ghosts so bad at lying?
A: Because you can see right through them.

Q:Why did the vampire’s lunch give him heartburn?
A: Because it was a stake sandwich.

Q: Why do ghosts make good cheer leaders?
A: Because they have a lot of spirit.

Q: Why didn’t the scarecrow eat his desert?
A: He was already stuffed.

Q: Where do mummies like to go for a swim?
A: The dead sea.

Q: Why did the twin witches always confuse people?
A: Because no-one could tell which witch was which.

Q: Why did Frankenstein go to the Mall?
A: Because he heard there was a MONSTER SALE.

Q: What do ghosts like to serve for desert?
A: I scream!

Q: Why didn’t the vampire have any close friends?
A: Because he was a pain in the neck!

Q: Where do vampires keep their savings?
A: In a BLOOD BANK!

Q: What do you call a witch who lives at the beach?
A: A SAND-WITCH.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

TricorBraun Exclusive Art Tour


In 1902, Samuel Kranzberg founded TricorBraun in St. Louis as a used-bottle company.Today, TricorBraun is headquartered in Creve Coeur, Missouri and one of the packaging industry's largest suppliers of glass and plastic containers, closures, dispensers and tubes. At home in what was once Jefferson Smurfit perch on the 10th floor of City Place Six overlooking a sunny warm first day of fall (September 21, 2016), Ken and Nancy Kranzberg graciously share with us a tour of the eclectic art collection that adorns that workspace. Happily, bottles have paved the way for their ongoing passion and patronage of art. We get a peek at the collection and some insight into dozens of stories about the acquisitions over time.

Ken and Nancy offered a few opening remarks that demonstrated the power of a partnership that has thrived. They demonstrate with smiles and stories about encountering art and artist over years of joy in sharing their love of art. Our group of art fans who share a connection to the Laumeier Sculpture Park are fortunate to witness this --- up close and personal. And we are able to view  and enjoy some of the fruits of their pursuits.
Jim Dine (b.1935 in Cincinnati) is an American pop artist. He is sometimes considered to be a part of the Neo-Dada movement. He studied at the University of Cincinnati and received a BFA from Ohio University in 1957. We were able to ponder a Jim Dine in an outer office waiting area while contrasting it with the bronze sculpture of Pinocchio among works at St. Louis City Garden downtown.
Ernest Tino Trova (1927 – 2009) was a self-trained American surrealist and pop art painter and sculptor who is best known for his signature image and figure series, The Falling Man. Trova's gift of forty of his works led to the opening of Laumeier Sculpture Park. We stood in front of a large falling man painting in one of the offices and it was only one of the remarkable images we were able to enjoy this day.   
Tom Huck (b.1971) is an American printmaker best known for his large-scale satirical woodcuts. He lives and works in St. Louis, where he runs his own press, Evil Prints. A stunning example of his work is on display outside the lobby in the form of a large format Triptych entitled Death Rattles. We were familiar with Huck since in April 2015 Laumeier installed 3 playground "spring toys" designed by Huck and fabricated based on his series of "Death Bug" prints.
Mildred Howard (b. 1945) is an African-American artist known primarily for her sculptural installation and mixed-media assemblages. Bottles, in various African cultures, have represented vessels of protection and safekeeping when placed in front of homes. One such installation is proudly displayed in Ken’s office – It was a gift from his wife. Like larger scale bottle projects by Mildred Howard, this piece is deeply rooted in personal narrative. It seems fitting that this piece is at home in a place where bottles are very much a part of the narrative.
Jerry O. Wilkerson was a lifelong painter who received a Bachelor of Science in Commercial Art from Lamar University in Beaumont Texas in 1966, and a MFA in painting in 1968 from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. He served in the United States Army from 1968-1970, upon his completion of military service he made St. Louis Missouri his home until his death. Wilkerson is recognized for his pointillism style of painting and use of everyday images of food (hamburgers, soup, sandwich, fruit etc). The Kranzberg’s like the St. Louis connection. 
Craig Norton (b 1972) is a self-taught artist. He draws on images from history books and contemporary media, recomposing them into collages of doll-like figures arranged alone or in small three-dimensional dioramas. Martin Luther King is featured in a Norton assemblage on a wall between offices.

A break area has an extremely rare four-sheet German Art Deco period poster for the Hamburg-Amerika Line, transatlantic liners "St. Louis" and "Milwaukee." Art Deco image from1929, created by Ottomar Anton, features one ship jutting out into the center foreground of the poster. In 1939, the St. Louis set sail from Hamburg across the Atlantic to Havana, Cuba, carrying over 950 Jewish emigrants fleeing Nazi tyranny. Unfortunately, the passengers of the St. Louis were turned away by officials of both Cuba and the United States, forcing the liner to return to Europe and the dangers of Nazi persecution.

Suffice it to say, while enjoying our post tour lunch at Il Bel Lago, our group of art enthusiasts were so very happy to toast our hosts Ken and Nancy Kranzberg and most fortunate to have them as friends.