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What sticks

In high school our calculus class studied a couple of shapes called lemniscate and limaçon.  For some reason, those stuck with me throughout my ongoing education though I really didn’t have much application for them. (By the way, I had to google and wikipedia to recall them now.)

But why do I keep forgetting things that I use consistently though infrequently?  An example from the FTP protocol:

21 – When sending custom “QUOTE” commands to the remote server, one of the commands returned an error code that was 400 or higher (for FTP) or otherwise indicated unsuccessful completion of the command.

I’ve seen error code 21 and something like “ftp: quote command failed” over and over though my professional years.  Maybe I’ll remember it now.


Nothing to see here!

From the stats that WordPress gives us, there are a few of you that come around occasionally to see if there’s anything new. Not really…since at least September.

The fall football and volleyball schedule was busy, but fun. Charity and Moses had birthdays both heavily celebrated. Charity parties with her friends each year now at “The Hoot”, Highland Park Elem Halloween carnival. And Mo invited our college friends, his cousins, and the neighbors to play Muggle Quidditch with us in our cove. No broken bones, but most of us were plenty sore the next day.

Thanksgiving was great with family in Memphis, and Christmas was spent in Austin with Mimi and Papa coming for a visit just before. It was the Christmas of bikes, AirSoft guns, boots, and Misty – the parakeet.

Tamara has been doing a stint as a permanent substitute for a teacher in the Special Needs area at our elem school. That started in Nov and ends at the end of the month. It’s been quite a ride with some incredible stories. Tam is one of those amazing people that can handle intense situations and come out the other side with everyone knowing that the best possible outcome was reached. She’s also able to fully enjoy herself and draw everyone else into the joy she finds.

I’m sorry about the missing photos below. I was scammed back in Dec to think someone had a particular type of puppy to offer, but was just phishing for information. By the grace of God, my neighbors John and Paige helped me see the situation clearly. I don’t often fall for that stuff, but we all have times of stupidity. I will likely re-enable access to the photos below. And if you do like checking our flickr account, then let me know. You can create a free account on flickr and send a friend request to TamaraCamera.

By the way, I hate cedar/juniper pollen!!! ahhhhchoooo x 5.

Football has started

Our camera has been woefully absent of batteries lately. But finally, they’ve been replaced and WOW, I got some good shots. Both Moses and Benjamin have photos from their first real game this year.

And then the camera made the brief trip to South Austin to witness Judah’s team play.

I’d encourage you to watch this, and pay attention to the left guard (Judah) and tackle.

Yellowstone 2010

Just a slew of photos and videos. We were out a little over a week. Tons of fun. Majestic and powerful. Tender and refreshing. There’s nothing like walkie talkies from car to car, having Park Rangers yell “Sir, get down out of your sunroof while your vehicle is moving”, bear boxes, 30 degree nights and morning snow in June, climbing trees, building camp fires, and sharing all you have with family.

Charity gets dunked

Here’s the link. Go to about minute 5:30 and watch for a few.  Couldn’t be more proud or more amazed at God’s grace.  For a little more and bit of Westover’s tradition, go to 1:03:00 or so and watch a few more minutes.  We call that “A Time to Bind”.

One Saturday

It actually started on Friday, I guess. The Westover College group participated in Relay for Life, and the whole Copeland family was out walking the night. But the threat of rain, lightening, hail, and a tornado watch sent us packing 7 hours early. We got home about midnight.

After a fried egg sandwich (ie, toast, a fried egg, a slice of cheddar, Boar’s Head mustard, and Louisiana Hot Sauce) and some rather pleasant yard for a late April day, most of us headed to a local High School for Volleyball and fishing. I know. An odd combo. But Tabitha is in a weekly camp and the rest of us decided to utilize their lake to see what we could catch. Nothing. Well, no fish. Judah however came up out of the lake shouting, “I got it!” From up the shoreline, I couldn’t tell. It looked like nothing. But he’d caught a Red eared Slider, a turtle. No bigger than a silver dollar, this colorful amphibian caused us a trip to the pet store for a lamp and food pellets, but also with an abundance of awe. So far, he’s still alive. I hope it stays that way.

Then after a short rest, Tam, Tabitha, Laura Kate (a friend), and I headed downtown. Parking over the river, we walked about a mile to the Hillsong United concert. Actually, we walked about a mile to the door and about another mile down the line. Def the longest line I’ve been in for quite a while. But so very worth it. With several of the college folks with us, we lifted hands and voices in praise to our Great God and Father for 2.5 solid hours. Standing room only. Almost hip to hip. The only thing I could think of that would have made it better is if my dad, sister, and brother-in-law Jon had been with us. (I’d mention Susan and David Rubio too, but then mom might get jealous.)

And while it wasn’t Saturday, let me say this: we’ve been immeasurably blessed by the college students that are making our house a second home. And our lives are closer than we’d ever imagined. (Well, at least I am.) Three of the guys have shared their lives and hearts with us beyond the norm. And then there’s the consummate couple who share with us in tandem. It’s so sweet to see the way they support one another and work together to in peace, but they also choose to share themselves with us, and so bring us deep joy to know they are walking in the faith though there are lots of tough times. And then on Sunday, an incredibly sweet and uncommon occurrence. A precious young lady shared some of her pain and doubts with us after the college class. We’re praying for her because she’s thousands of miles from home and faced with the trauma that only testing can bring.

We’re blessed in all these things. We’re given opportunities to share the love. To share peace. And hope for the deep abiding peace for us and our friends that only His Spirit can bring.


1) We were amazed at how many establishments continue to celebrate Easter in Austin. It was such a wonderful surprise.
2) The reason we knew was that Judah needed a fedora for an upcoming play at school. Dress rehearsal on the Monday after Easter naturally meant we were out on Easter afternoon looking for open establishments. The only available we found was Walmart! But since fashion has temporarily brought fedora’s back, they had one. The most unexpected part is that Judah wore it the remaining portion of Sunday. I’ll be interested to see if he wears it at other times after the play on April 11.