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you've got a friend in me

last saturday was miles' 3rd birthday. to celebrate we drove down to dallas for a trip to the dallas world aquarium. i had never been before, but christy had, and i knew it was a popular destination for wedding receptions, parties, etc. we had a fun time checking out the animals-- but shouldn't it be called a zoo? isn't an aquarium for water life only?

after returning home (by the way we of course had lunch at mcdonald's-- the posh one on lemmon near our old stomping grounds at oak lawn) the older boys watched toy story while mom, dad, and baby prepared for an afternoon nap. but before we laid down, miles opened his gifts from wenji and pepaw. there in the box was woody. the prodigal sherrif had returned home!

when james was little, woody was his homeboy-- big time. he went nowhere without him. when he was 18 months christy made him a woody costume for halloween-- he wore it out. but one day in a dillard's woody came to an unfortunate end, dropped into a toilet by th…

Easter Happens!

Have you ever wondered how the date of Easter is calculated? Last year it was April 8. Christy and I were married eleven years ago on Easter Sunday, and it was March 30. The date of Easter has to do with the lunar calendar. A general, not always perfectly scientific way to summarize it is to say Easter is observed on the Sunday after the first full moon on or after the day of the vernal equinox. This year Easter is March 23, one of the earliest dates in recent memory, and it will not be on March 23 again until the year 2160. Yes, you read that right: 2160.

It would be so much easier if Easter were a fixed date, like Christmas. Things are further complicated this year because Holy Week, the seven days before Easter, begins March 16. Cities throughout the country that regularly celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with parades and festivities are being asked by the Catholic Church to not do these things during Holy Week. This is the first time in 40 years this conflict has occurred on the calenda…