Yesterday evening was my first chance to go dove hunting this year. There were lots of birds flying and I got my limit (15 since we were north of I-20). It was a perfect evening with West Texas skies trying to squeeze out every possible drop of beauty. A little breeze, plenty of birds, a good buddy, an endless sky, and no snakes. - - - - I hold to my prediction: Cards and Angels in the Series. - - - - Favorites on my Ipod lately: Bebo Norman, Shawn McDonald, Keb Mo, Allison Krauss, and Zoe (the new CD is excellent!). CCR and Buffett, of course. But that goes without saying. - - - - Have you seen the cartoon of the two little girls at the bus stop, chatting as they hold their personal planners? One says: "Okay, I'll move ballet back an hour, reschedule gymnastics, and cancel piano . . . you shift your violin lesson to Thursday and skip soccer practice . . . that gives us from 3:15 to 3:45 on Wednesday the 16th to play." Is that too close to home to be funny? More about that later . . . . But for now: what suggestions do you parents have for slowing down the pace enough so that kids can have a life that isn't franctic and breathless?