Judge Boyd post at Blogs for Terri

Over at Blogs for Terri you can read Judge Boyd’s letter on the Mae Magouirk/Beth Gaddy/Ken Mullinax confusion. You can also see a copy of the court order and click on links to commentary.

Here is Judge Boyd’s Letter as reproduced at Blogs for Terry:

I am Probate Judge Donald W. Boyd and I am about to tell you the real story. On March 31, 2005 one of the grand children of Mae Magouirk called me very upset saying that the brother and sister and cousin(mullinax) were threatening to remove Ms Magouirk from Hospice and they were afraid of what would happen to Ms Magouirk if this was attempted. I asked if they had medical power of attorney and they stated, (we thought we did but have found out we have not) I told them the only way they could make decisions was to become her guardians. On Friday, April 1, 2005, I came to work at 8:00 am and Beth Gaddy and her brother along with their attorney (Danny Daniel)were waiting for us to open and explained the situation and after hearing the explanation from the grand children and the attorney I felt someone should be appointed Temporary Emergency Guardian until we could have a hearing and determine who that person should be. The grand children and their attorney filed a petition for emergency guardianship of a gravely incapacitated adult. I ordered that Beth Gaddy become Temporary Emergency Guardian until we could hold a hearing to see who the permanent guardian would be. I scheduled a hearing to be held on Monday, April 4, 2005 at 9:00am.

Monday-April 4, 2005 at 8:00 AM I received a petition from the brother and sister and their attorney(Kirby).The brother and sister filed a petition to become guardian and a petition objecting to the appointment of Beth Gaddy as emergency guardian.
Monday April 4, 2005 the hearing began at 9:10 am with ALL parties present, except Ora Mae Magouirk. She was represented by attorney (guardian ad-litem) James Thornton.

After hearing the opening statements and about 2 hrs of testimony the attorney for the brother and sister requested a break. We adjourned for a 15 minute break and was to start the hearing back at 11:15 am. When I came from my office back to the hearing, ALL the attorneys and some of the family members informed me that they had a possible settlement agreement and wanted a few more minutes. The attorneys came in a few minutes later and announced they had an agreement.

The attorney for the brother and sister proposed to the court that they would withdraw their petition to become guardians and would withdraw their objection to Beth Gaddy becoming guardian and would consent to appointing Beth Gaddy as guardian, provided that she would agree to follow the medical advice recommended by and agreed upon by 2 of three doctors (all heart specialists). The 3 Doctors were named and agreed to by all parties. The court ordered that the three doctors evaluate Mae Magouirk within 24 hours (or as soon as possible) as time was of the essence. The court told ALL parties they were not to have contact with any of the doctors to try and influence their decision. Everyone agreed and the family was laughing and hugging one another and I thought everything had been worked and I felt the right decision had been made and I thought it was great that the family made that decision and I didn’t have to. The attorney for the brother and sister, Jack Kirby, drew the order up for the Court.

Then on Thursday all of these half-truths and lies started across the
internet started by Mr. Kenneth Mullinax. I have nothing pending in my court and I had nothing pending in my court, yet I have been accused of starving a grandmother, murder, called everything in the book and all I want is to get the truth out.

I am answering any e-mails as fast as I can and I have not refused to talk with anyone. I called a news conference to explain my side. I will talk to anyone, anywhere, anytime about this matter.

It concerns me that people and so-called news agencies will print things that are not true or half-true and not bother to seek the truth. Please consider this in the future before you jump to conclusions you need to verify the story.

Probate Judge Donald W. Boyd
Donald W. Boyd

Thoughts: Speaking personally, I feel sorry for the man for a number of reasons. I am very sorry that he has “been accused of starving a grandmother, murder, called everything in the book.” This is wrong, very wrong. We do not condone it. Speaking as the DeputyHeadmistress, The DeputyHeadmistress has a strong urge to edit that sentence to “…murder, and called everything in the book.” The DeputyHeadmistress adores the Oxford Comma and finds the lack of one in this sentence distressing, so distressing that she cannot really concentrate on the content of the letter.

The DeputyHeadmistress is moved by the great duress under which this man must be writing. Clearly, it must only be hardship and severe strain that render this poor man less coherent than (we trust) he would otherwise be.

The Deputy Headmistress is first charmed and then alarmed to read that Beth Gaddy and her brother are ‘grand children.’ It is charming for the Judge to pay such a compliment to the youngsters. Grand is a lovely, old fashioned word which meets with the full approval of the DeputyHeadmistress, who thinks it is also a grand and gradely word. The DeputyHeadmistress also has grand children, whereas Granny Tea has grandchildren. Deputy Headmistress must ask if it is the policy of the court to award guardianship duties to children, however grand those children might be? This is alarming.

To continue, it causes the DeputyHeadmistress genuine pain to read sentences such as this:

“We adjourned for a 15 minute break and was to start the hearing back at 11:15 am.”

Our gentle readers may be laughing, but we assure them that this is no laughing matter. The DeputyHeadmistress has stubbed her mental toe upon that sentence, and it smarts. Furthermore, the DeputyHeadmistress is particularly grieved to see such sentences written by any individual holding a position of influence and responsibility. How shall the young secure their hearts and guard their lives from grammatical sins if their betters cannot offer a purer example upon which the young may model their lives and speech?

The DeputyHeadmistress does not wish to be hypocritical. She admits that she is far from perfect in this matter. Having been schooled under the systems of two countries and being an avid reader of books published in yet another country she cannot consistently limit herself to the spelling rules of one. Being accustomed to speaking with earnestness and the frequent pauses necessary for gesturing, she is prone to sprinkle commas about like so many grains of pepper from the pepper box. She is far too hasty in her words and typing and far too lax in her proof-reading. She generally types blog entries in the very wee-est wee hours of the morning, so tired that she can hardly string two words together with skill enough to make a necklace of macaronis on a shoestring, let alone create anything approaching the sparkling strings of prose common to other bloggers she knows. All these and no doubt other defects combine to make it impossible for the DeputyHeadmistress to achieve the standard of perfection which she admires and sees most often displayed by Granny Tea or the Deputy Headmistress’ dear friend and monarch, Her Majesty Queen Shenaynay.

However, when the DeputyHeadmistress is writing in a somewhat official capacity representing something beyond herself as a private individual, she proofreads and calls for grammatical aid and succour (usually from Granny Tea or Queen Shenaynay).

Have this man’s friends abandoned him in the wake of the accusations against him? The DeputyHeadmistress would not deny grammatical assistance to her most hated enemy (this enemy is, of course, hypothetical) so she cannot imagine how lonely it must be to live in such a friendless state.

When she reads sentences like this one the DeputyHeadmistress longs to befriend the author and share with him some of her excess commas:

I came to work at 8:00 am and Beth Gaddy and her brother along with their attorney (Danny Daniel)were waiting for us to open and explained the situation and after hearing the explanation from the grand children and the attorney I felt someone should be appointed Temporary Emergency Guardian until we could have a hearing and determine who that person should be.

However imperfect the DeputyHeadmistress is in matters grammatical and punctuational, she is merely a housewife, after all, who dropped out of college to come home, marry the Headmaster, and raise beautiful babies. This letter is supposed to have been written by a judge. The DeputyHeadmistress is grieved, as always, when confronted with grammatical perfidy and malfeasance. She shall close this silly post and go out to pasture to read some salutary Richard Mitchell. You come, too.

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“Keep a Poem in Your Pocket”

Keep a poem in your pocket
And a picture in your head
And you’ll never feel lonely
At night when you’re in bed.
The little poem will sing to you
The little pictures it brings to you
A dozen dreams to dance to you
At night when you’re in bed.


Keep a poem in your pocket
And a picture in your head
And you’ll never feel lonely
At night when you’re in bed.

–Beatrice Regniers

Oh for a book and a shady nook,
Either in door or out;
With the green leaves whispering overhead,
Or the street cries all about.
Where I may read all at my ease,
Both of the new and the old;
For a jolly good book whereon to look,
Is better to me than gold.

–John Wilson

(April is National Poetry Month)

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Haiku is stupid. Rhyme Rules.

The Art of the Arabian

Behold the Arabian, fountain of all,
Fire of his mother’s eyes
Burning like the desert sunrise,
Hear his thundering hoofbeats fall:
Ah, but he is gentle too,
Do not fear him, he is kind.
Learn now the brilliance of his mind,
Swift is he to learn the new.
Observe his persevering heart,
This horse indeed is a work of art!

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tripping over our tongues

The outline on Finland is done. A great burden has been removed… a new one is settling in: writing the paper.

The most recent issue of World magazine has arrived (did you know this, equuschick? I got first dibs on it!). There were two excellent articles on liberal bias on the college campus. It’s been interesting to actually witness this first hand. What’s also been interesting is witnessing our supposedly non-judgemental culture struggle with areas that need judgement. I have watched a teacher flounder between whether or not polygamy is a good thing in the United States. It isn’t. And she knew this as she floundered, but a habit of saying, “Of course, we can’t judge their lifestyle,” leads one to make, well, snap judgements.

A better habit to have is the habit of thoroughly investigating the evidence. Then we don’t have to trip over ourselves because of a preconceived judgement that we will never make preconceived judgements.

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Bills to Watch

Marlowe’s Shade, in a great post titled Culture of Death warns us that:

Recently two bills were proposed ( S.1629 & H.R.3127) specifically to set new guidelines for pallative care and end of life treatment for children. Note the recent medical guidelines for palliative care that define it in opposition to life-saving care.

Update Because I Got Distracted and Forgot That I Meant To Say More (translation: Update because I’m an idiot):

See also our previous post ‘Slip Sliding Away:

I remember when abortion was legalized. Other kids brought reports and posters to school and talked about why abortion was wrong. I wasn’t one of them. I remember debates in junior high school where I kept silent (by high school I wasn’t such a wallflower). I remember letters to the editor- that others wrote. I remember made for t.v. movies about abortion that began and ended with emotional propaganda, with a little bit of emotional manipulation to tie start and finish together.

I remember that one of the arguments the pro-life side kept making was that once we legalized the killing of unborn children in the womb, we’d lose a sense of awe, respect, and sanctity of life. Once we could kill babies in the womb, they said, we’d accept killing them later and later, long past viability.

Nonsense, said the pro-abortion crowd. That won’t happen. But the truth is that abortion has been legal for any reason at any time in the pregnancy since Roe V. Wade.

Next, said the pro-lifers, it will be acceptable to kill newborn babies outside the womb if they are disabled.

Ridiculous- said the pro-abortion crowd. It will never happen.

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