A portion of the HeadGirl’s Musical Wisdom

Tchaikovsky’s 1812 overture is fantastic at 7 a.m. when you’re tootling down the highway and have only been up for twenty minutes.

Beethoven’s 7th Symphony does not work well when you’re trying to go to sleep… it’s too much like trying to stop reading at a cliffhanger in a favorite novel. Just a few measures more, you say to yourself… I’ve got to hear *this* bit. Oh, wait! I want to listen to a few more measures… and before you know it the whole symphony is over and you’re still wide awake.

(The HeadGirl would like it known that she is not wide awake at the moment and is thus not responsible for how discombobulated she may sound herein)

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Which is larger- the King James’ Bible, or the U.S. Tax Code?

Which is the greater number- the number of days in the year or the number of separate forms, schedules, and instructions published by the IRS?

Answers may be found here.

One of the many things that make our Headmaster a rare and noble soul:

In a Fox News poll 61 percent of Americans

“say they use an accountant or a tax preparer, 19 percent use a computer software program and 16 percent use a good-old-fashioned calculator and pencil.”

Yes, the Headmaster is an old-fashioned calculator and pencil man.

Steve Trinward of Rational Review says that this means “The only way most folks ‘decipher the code’ is by hiring a codebreaker … which produces yet another constituency for keeping the thing complex and confusing!

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Is Justice in America a ‘Dark Myth?’

According to this article, it is.

Finds a connection between the Schiavo case, Sandy ‘scissorhands’ Berger, 527s, and the Minuteman project.

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“Bring Me a Brown Sack…”

The family posting at The Common Room is a former military family. This means we have many moves under our belts. The Deputy Headmistress, since her marriage some 23 years ago (where does the time go?), has established our hearth and home in some 16 or 17 separate domiciles. She does not count places where our term of residency was less than two months. We have traveled, oh yes, we have traveled.

One of our favourite traveling tips for large families is the brown bag suitcase. We are sorry if this is not stylish enough for our blue state friends. We have always been more practical than stylish.

The Brown Bag Packing System works like this:
Take one brown bag for each day you will be on the road- label each bag with one day of the week- Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, etc. Put one, and only one, change of clothes for each family member in each brown bag, as needed (for instance, you might wear the same denim skirt two days in a row, in which case you’d only have a change of linens and shirt for you in one of the bags). The Headmistress assumes that readers understand that the proper way to pack is to tightly roll up each item of clothing. This reduces wrinkles and enables the packer to pack to maximum capacity.
You’ll also want one overnight bag that carries toiletries, nightwear for each member of the family, and any medications. This bag can be genuine luggage.

If on Monday we intend to be driving hard, Monday’s bag will only contain comfortable, clean, but not fancy clothing for each family member- t-shirts and denim skirts mostly. If on Tuesday we intend to visit a museum on the road, Tuesday’s bag will contain slightly dressier clothing. If on Wednesday we intend to wear the same outfits, Thursday’s bag will contain only fresh linens, and Wednesday night we’ll go over the clothes we wore with a damp washcloth to freshen them.

The beauty of this system is that each night we have only to remove one brown sack and one overnight bag from the car, rather than a large and unwieldy suitcase. Another advantage is that progeny are not rummaging through the suitcase, hunting up that particular pair of socks and in the process unraveling all my careful packing and disrupting my arrangements with everybody’s clothes.

It might be a bit embarrassing to walk past a hotel clerk with one brown paper sack and an overnight bag while seven siblings trail behind their parents in various stages of travel stain bedragglement. Personally, I think the mornings run so much more smoothly this way, that it’s worth the disparaging glances our simple brown sack might attract.

Somebody else understands the simplicity and functionality of brown paper sack packing. I’ll get to that in a moment. First, an update on the Mae Maguoirk case:

Judge Boyd will be recusing himself from the case, which I think is for the best. He seems like a nice enough fellow, but I think he was in over his head.

UAB Medical Center should receive credit for apparently interceding with Beth Gaddy, who was denying visitation to her aunt and uncle unless Ken Mullinax would agree not to ever tell the press anything about how his aunt (BEth’s grandmother) was being treated (a stipulation he wisely refused).
Mae’s brother and sister may now visit her each day at 5:30 in the afternoon.

Ken Mullinax will be filing with the new judge on Monday.

Blogs for Terri shares the contents of an email from Ken Mullinax:

(1) Mom spoke to the charge nurse and Mae is listed as stable….that is fabulous for a women who was in hospice.

(2) Mae has an IV in her arm and is being hydrated.

(3) Mae has a temporary nasal feeding tube.

(4) The charge nurse said Mae’s heart is doing well.

(5) Mae is cognizant.

(6) Mae recognized Mom and spoke in sentences.

(7) Mae is still speaking softly because her throat is still very sore from dehydration but she is speaking.

(8) She is in the critical care unit but stable.

Lonnie, Mae’s sister, reports that when she visited for half an hour,

“Mae opened her eyes and when she saw me said ‘where you been Lonnie?’ I asked her how she felt and she whispered ‘I can’t buck dance.'”

When Lonnie got up to leave, she reports that Mae grabbed her hand and uttered an old family phrase of their mother’s which she used to indicate it was time to be going, ‘Bring me a brown sack and take me home.’

That touched my heart. I don’t think Mrs. Maguoirk means she wants to take a brown paper sack of stuff home-to-be-with-Jesus, do you? I think she wants to go home to her house here on earth and resume her life, glaucoma and all (you will recall that her granddaughter is reported to have said “Granny has glaucoma and heart trouble and who would want to live with disabilities like these?”).

Who would have thought a brown paper bag could hold so much?

Update: See Jack Lewis for some further details. Lonnie and Ken Mullinax are Catholic, which might explain why Ken Mullinax, a former Democrat spokesman, is reaching out to the Pro-life community for his aunt’s sake.

Jack also had information on the value of Mae Magouirk’s estate, which might have something to do with why some relatives think it’s time she went home to be with Jesus.

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Occassionally, the Equuschick stutters.

Actually, it is more than occasionally. It is not often enough to be called a defect, but often enough to be annoying becaues the Equuschick has many thoughts in her head that sound, while they remain in hiding, brilliant. But she never gets a chance to find out whether they are as brilliant as she thinks they are because the minute her mouth opens they come out upside down and sideways and are, well- stuttered over.

(The question arises, then, of whether the Equuschick should open her mouth. It’s an open debate, but she digresses.)

So as she was getting out of the van last night she was asked by the Headgirl to answer some question or other, a very simple one. So the Equuschick began to answer and stuttered over the answer and it was taking too long and she became frustrated and demanded of the stars above why she “had to stutter, EVER”, because it made her sound “STUPID!”

And the First Year Girl lifted her head from the Headgirl’s shoulder, where she had been sleeping, yawned, and said “Yeah.” Then she went back to sleep.

The Equuschick was mildly disgusted.

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