August 11, 2009

Honus Wagner & Me



     When Johannes Peter Wagner babysat the late Harriette Parker in Carnegie (PA), she feared him because of his large hands, according to her daughter, Arlene Carr. Those same hands, later described as “shovel-like,” accompanied his large size, bowed legs and long arms—a combination that contributed to his clumsiness.

Johannes, who  played eighteen seasons with the Pirates—1900-1917—is featured in the play Honus Wagner & Me, (adapted from the book by Dan Gutman). My family and I attended the Mountain Playhouse (Jennerstown, PA) production of the play four days after we saw the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Cleveland Indians, 3-2.

NOTE: Although this article/post is not a sporting event, it is about a renowned baseball player, Honus Wagner. Though written earlier, (semi)qualifies for a response to the June 22, 2014 WordPress daily prompt, offside: (share a) funny/harrowing/interesting memories from a sporting event you attended, participated in, or watched?

I expected to be bathed in baseball. Instead, I was caught up in (more…)

July 13, 2009

Eliminate feral birds: A call for political action



A Call for Political Action

 This is a follow-up of a previous post, FERAL BIRDS: THE LATEST COMMUNITY HAZARD.  The stories keep coming in. Michael’s story is compelling!

      Michael’s story: It happened in June (2009), very early in the morning, between Ford City and Kittanning (PA). I was traveling on a work assignment. It was too cold to open the car windows, about 60 degrees.

     When it warmed up, I decided to put my window down. As I reached to do so, I saw something from the corner of my eye, on my left side. I thought it was a bird and that it would slip away, and shoot up the window to the other side of the car. But no sooner had I put my window down when something came into the car and nailed me in the head. It happened fast, and I didn’t see what it was at first—I just saw feathers flying.

     I looked to the right and saw (more…)

July 10, 2009

Take Me Out to the Ball Game…So Reluctantly I Go



…So Reluctantly I Go

 There are two kinds of people—those who like baseball,

and those who will when they stop being idiots…

According to the above line from the play, Honus & Me, I am an “idiot.” I am not a sports fan, and never will be. And baseball is a sport.

NOTE: This article/post reflects my response to the WordPress daily prompt for June 22, 2014—offside memories—(relate a) funny/harrowing/interesting memories from a sporting event you attended, participated in, or watched?

You have to understand three things. First, my husband Monte is enthusiastic about sports—especially football and hockey. He is ecstatic that Pittsburgh has two champion teams, the Steelers and the Penguins. Our son Nolan and his wife Tammy, and our son-in-law Michael are even more enthusiastic about sports, especially baseball-related games, while my daughter, Sandra, enjoys sports, but perhaps to a lesser degree.

Michael’s enthusiasm—or perhaps, compulsion—is evidenced by his collection of sports paraphernalia—especially items representing (more…)

June 30, 2009

Baseball, a strawberry festival, and a summer concert




Oh June, where did you go?

I don’t remember the days passing by…

When did they?

     Journaling: a writing genre that I am practicing a lot lately.  This is because life has overtaken me, and I am not producing much original work. Several pieces are in progress, but none is finished. Time is slipping under the door, disappearing before my eyes.

     Our very busy summer weekend began Thursday morning, June 25, when two United Way staff members visited the Holland’s home in Laurel Mountain Borough. It was wonderfully relaxing, sitting on our patio in the park-like setting, snacking on fruit and drinking coffee. It was an opportunity for my husband, Monte, and I, to learn (more…)

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