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Friday, November 11, 2005

This weekend Highland is hosting the West Texas Girls' Conference with about 700 teenage girls attending. Blessings on our amazing youth minister, Sarah Campbell, as she leads the conference and on our dear friend Kayci Ross as she speaks. - - - - No school today in AISD, in honor of Veteran's Day, so no one else will be up in this house for quite a while, I'd guess. As an early morning person, I've never really had the joy of sleeping in. Oh, but I do know the glory of going to bed early! - - - - All these years later and I still miss "Calvin and Hobbes" in the morning. "Dilbert" has been my favorite for a few years and "Garfield" has survived well through the years. But isn't there some way we can sue the "Calvin and Hobbes" guy and demand that he bring them back? Reading the paper first thing in the morning is deeply engrained in my soul. I grew up the grandson of a publisher and then the son of a publisher (Dad) and of an editor (Mom). This means the whole paper. Sports page first, then news, then editorials, then comics, then everything else. This doesn't take long to do with the Abilene Reporter-News, which generally I think is a pretty decent paper, but I love traveling when there is time to grab a NY Times and go front to back. - - - - A few words for the weekend: I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:38f)


  • Mike - you have to enjoy the comic strip Zits (90% of them anyway) if you have teens in the house.

    By Blogger KentF, at 11/11/2005 05:37:00 AM  

  • My favorite comic was 'The Far Side'. I wish that would come back too!

    By Blogger Beaner, at 11/11/2005 05:38:00 AM  

  • Mike -

    Have you tried "Get Fuzzy"? I found it a good replacement for Hobbes and Far Side. Took a few reads to get used to, but lots of laugh out loud mornings after that!

    By Blogger Mark, at 11/11/2005 05:59:00 AM  

  • I LOVED Calvin and Hobbes and miss it too. Zits is one of our favorites here now - Max usually has me read it. He really relates. And, btw, I love the early mornings. Best time of the day!

    By Blogger Candy, at 11/11/2005 06:06:00 AM  

  • I used to be a big fan of Bloom County. I loved the characters in that strip.

    By Blogger Matt, at 11/11/2005 06:22:00 AM  

  • Writing Jr/Sr High School sports stories for the Pana New Palladium got me hooked on newspapers. I know of no other newspaper that tells you who towed the vehicle away that was involved in an accident. Jerry's Wrecker service seemed to have a monopoly on this.

    By Blogger Paul W, at 11/11/2005 06:28:00 AM  

  • Is the Fort Worth Star Telegram available in Abilene. That is what I grew up on. Who needs the New York Times when you had the Star Telegram?

    Good luck to Abilene HS in the playoffs! I hope you make it PAST Southlake!

    By Blogger David Michael, at 11/11/2005 06:45:00 AM  

  • Here ya go, Mike - it's reruns - but I've gotta have my daily dose of C&H


    By Blogger Chris, at 11/11/2005 06:49:00 AM  

  • With some books from the library I have turned my children (7 & 9 yrs.)into Calvin and Hobbes fans, as well (although we have heated disputes about how to pronounce 'Hobbes'). The 7 yr. old requested a set of them for Christmas. We all relate to Calvin at my house.

    By Blogger Sarah, at 11/11/2005 07:20:00 AM  

  • Calvin & Hobbes recently made a return to the Dallas Morning News on Sundays. I'm certainly enjoying it.

    By Blogger Heather, at 11/11/2005 07:33:00 AM  

  • Know that Kim and I are praying for all the girls and especially the super amazing Sarah & Kayci!

    We love those two ministers!

    By Blogger Joel Quile, at 11/11/2005 08:57:00 AM  

  • Bloom County was the best. As a junior high kid, I had a pretty good understanding of '80s politics because of that strip.

    Billy and the Boingers ROCK!

    By Blogger Deana Nall, at 11/11/2005 09:16:00 AM  

  • As a former school teacher, I can relate to Diane "sleeping in" just a bit--it is such a luxury to not have to hurry in the am every now & then.(Though to go ahead & get up & then just "veg" with my hands around a steaming mug of coffee is one of life's greatest pleasure,imo!)

    Wish I was still a girl & could go to that event at Highland this wk.end(I think turning 50 on Wed.leaves me out!)Aaaaagh!!

    By Blogger annie, at 11/11/2005 10:32:00 AM  

  • Calvin and Hobbes will never get old!

    By Blogger Alex, at 11/11/2005 11:53:00 AM  

  • I am in fear and terror mode. We have 5 boys in the house ages 1-8 and the 8 year old was reading Calvin and Hobbes books to all of them. I have got to hide those things!

    By Blogger Angel, at 11/11/2005 01:27:00 PM  

  • Who's Calvin and Hobbes?

    By Blogger monniecoco, at 11/11/2005 01:35:00 PM  

  • It's expensive, but probably worth it. There is a luxurious bound set of Calvin & Hobbes that is just now available. It has every single strip ever published and they look great.

    By Blogger Thurman8er, at 11/11/2005 02:10:00 PM  

  • Morning people annoy night people like me. Not because we are jealous that they are able to wake up early and we struggle to drag our carcasses out of bed, no matter how long we've slept. Morning people annoy night people because morning people are the ones who make the schedules.

    By Blogger Kyle, at 11/11/2005 02:42:00 PM  

  • I'm teaching a middle school class at the conference titled "I Hope You Dance" with a disco ball (Thanks to Highland) and everything-I am WAY excited!!

    I am by far NOT a a morning person-in fact about the time you were writing this-I was crawling into bed...

    Thanks for the verse~

    By Blogger Katherine, at 11/11/2005 02:49:00 PM  

  • Mike,
    Try out Foxtrot! I find much education and entertainment from this collection of quirky and sometimes maladjusted childen and their unique ways of relating to each other and the world around them. Not quite Peanuts or Calvin & Hobbes, but at least something beautiful and hilarious until the next genius comic artist comes along.


    By Blogger Falantedios, at 11/12/2005 11:47:00 PM  

  • The secret life of Bill Waterson, C&H creator:


    By Blogger Terry Austin, at 11/14/2005 06:44:00 AM  

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