sing second!

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Our son celebrating a sing-second moment.

“Singing second”

is perhaps the most prized moment in the football career of a player

at one of the service academies.

 

The tradition after games between the Military Academies is for the “Alma Mater” of both teams to be performed by the respective school bands with the teams standing together at attention. The anthem of the losing team is performed first, then the anthem of the winning team is performed second.

 

In only 2 days and a butt we look forward to when

ARMY

sings second!

GO ARMY! BEAT NAVY!

 

 

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Our son’s final walk in his favorite Service Academy uniform. Circa Army/Navy c/o 2012.

And extra-special hugs n’ blessings to all the firsties who will play their final game.

Alma Mater

Hail, Alma Mater dear,
To us be ever near.
Help us thy motto bear
Through all the years.
Let Duty be well performed.
Honor be e’er untarned
Country be ever armed.
West Point, by thee.

Guide us, thine own, aright
Teach us by day, by night,
To keep thine honor bright,
For thee to fight.

When we depart from thee,
Serving on land or sea,
May we stand loyal be,
West Point, to thee

And when our work is done,
Our course on earth is run,
May it be said, “Well done”
Be thou at peace.”
E’er may that line of gray
Increase from day to day
Live, serve, and die, we pray,
West Point, for thee.

P.S. Reinecke, 1911

 

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Stephen Chase Prasnicki KIA 2012  None More American

*Video credit: Austin Lachance

*Photo credits: Danny Wild and myself.

my mission

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Henry Newman wrote a favorite prayer of mine which stays nestled on the kitchen-sink windowsill, where my eyes can skim playfully over the words daily, like fingers gliding across piano keys.

Which I must admit then – oft times – seem to pick themselves up from their print, to flamboyantly dance across my heart! Continue reading “my mission”

beware! monsters up ahead.

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Photo by Jared Schaaf Photography

Fall is here with reminders of how quickly summer passed.

In every store Halloween candy & brightly colored costumes for princesses, witches, and fuzzy-wooly monsters of every size are found in the aisles where sand-buckets, bubbles  and swim-suits once hung.

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Despite the chaos of these short-summer months there was great joy, laughter and even a few unexpected lessons enveloped into our days. Continue reading “beware! monsters up ahead.”