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University of Louisiana Homecoming

UL is wrapping up Homecoming Week in the usual style. The game against the Hilltoppers will feature the presentation of the Homecoming Court and the Outstanding Alumnus. I have provided two links below that reveal some useful data about Homecoming. Go Cajuns!
1.  http://www.louisiana.edu/Advancement/PRNS/news/2010/556.shtml
2.   http://www.louisiana.edu/Advancement/PRNS/news/2010/558.shtml

Chris Tavile Duplechain leaves us…

Chris Tavile Duplechain  was born on December 6, 1924 and died October 3, 2010. He was  a resident of Lafayette, Louisiana when he died but when I met the family he lived in St. Mary Civil Parish in the small city of Franklin.  Chris Duplechain died as a member of St. Mary Church which is a Catholic parish where I once worked as a youth minister.  Mr. Duplechain attended SLI which is the same school that was the University of Southwestern Louisiana when I was there and is now the University of Louisiana.  He was president of the Newman Club in 1949 at SLI and I participated in many aspects of college ministry in varied places. He was the recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship which I either applied for and never got or thought about applying for seriously but we both had studied oversees.  He  attended one year at the University of Nottingham, England  with the Fulbright and I got the two-year graduate Board of Regents Fellowship and earned my MA at LSU with that fellowship. He graduated as outstanding male student of the year in 1951 and I graduated as the Alumni Association Outstanding Graduate for my Spring Commencement in 1989. We had other things in common as well but these were more than enough to fill our conversations.

While he was more financially successful with this type of endeavors  we both had worked in radio and other broadcasting activities and had both served as lectors in Church. He and I were both very much involved in the Catholic Charismatic Renewal. He had a foot amputated and I have had trouble with my feet. He was almost exactly forty years older than I.   

I went to the Delohomme Funeral Home in Lafayette to pay my respects today. They have the details of his arrangements. I visited with his family who are noting and mourning his passing. I have known them all except one daughter. and her children. We were not very close but he was a significant part of my life. We both took a strong interest in Louisiana and he did a great deal for local bilingualism which I advocate. May he rest in peace.

Thursday Rounded Up to What?

1. Yesterday was Veterans Day. It was Armistice day in the UK and much of the British Commonwealth.  I did watch most of President Obama’s ceremony at Arlington although I had a hard time finding it at first.

2.Tomorrow is Friday the 13th.  I am not going to plan much to observe that incidence but it is the fact and one many people will note — including me I suppose.

3. Tomorrow is my mother’s birthday.  Give her a call if you know her.

4. My father, brother Simon, niece Alyse and brother’s fiancée Brooke have gone down to Mexico.  They will be there through Thanksgiving. Most years we have a large Thanksgiving feast in the House there with different members of the family, missionaries and staff hosting the feast. I have only been to a few of these. My mother and brother Joseph will be joining them down there as well. I am not sure exactly what my own plans will be yet — although I have some ideas in mind. They  will have a group of short-term missioners down with them as well and probably all of the family will be back here by December first or second.

5.The UK Parliament has ended or is ending its term and is gearing up for the State Opening. The Queen’s Speech and all the rituals are in advanced preparation I am sure.  I wrote a little verse for the occasion:

High Ways of Robery: Acrostic Verse

How dear it does appear to appear a peer.
I presume it would seem queer to disappear,
“George, is Baroness Murphy not yet here?”
“Her ladyship found no kit or gear we hear.”
Worthies waiting for worthy wear wearies.
And every chevron must match the ranks
Yet a baroness may fear college dearies.
Students tripping lords as evil pranks.
Only few match the lined cap of maintenance
Fur is humble rabbit in stoat’s appearance.
Rarely our health scholarly Baroness wears
Our race’s white and spotted skins about.
Because too few serfs, traps and affairs
England has given her to remove doubt.
Ravenscroft and Ede must live as well.
Yes, the Opening by robes all can tell.

For the context:  http://lordsoftheblog.net/2009/11/10/in-the-red/

6. I did a good number of things with my niece Anika and  nephew Soren yesterday. We had a n enjoyable visit and then I went to see the film Amelia. I enjoyed and recommend it.  When I got back however there were chores to attend to and my foot which gives me trouble from time to time was in full blazing pain and I overlooked the Country Music Awards which I otherwise would have watched until it was simply too late. I hope to catch some “re-runs” on CMT but it is not the same of course.

7.The weather is beautiful here lately but I am not doing all that well in terms of enjoying it because of nagging health problems that have chosen this time to flare up. Ah well …. Life is seldom a perfect paradise here on planet Earth.

8.The New Orleans Saints are still undefeated. The Ragin’  Cajuns are not completely out of the bowl picture and the LSU Tigers are still ranked.

9. Healthcare legislation still dominates the picture in congressional discussion, media coverage and debate.

That concludes this Thursday’s round-up. I will hope to be around before next Thursday in my other kinds of posts and to round things up next Thursday.

November’s First Thursday Round-up

1. The New Orleans Saints are 7-0 which ties their best start ever behind Bobby Hebert, the Cajun Cannon in 1991. The Monday Night Football victory over Atlanta  was very exciting. I think Atlanta is a better team in many ways than their finished product shows right now — the parts have not yet clicked into the right whole.

2. The New York Yankees won their 27th World Series title last night. The Yanks are back on top. It was an entertaining and well played series overall.

3. LSU crushed Tulane and now plays Alabama. What does any of it mean in the BCS picture? Will Oregon be in th Rose Bowl and continue a journey towards being a permanent contender? Is UL still a contender for the Sunbelt Championship?  College football is still a very indefinite situation, lots of question marks belong here.  

4.The relics of St. Mary Magdalene visited our area and I visited them at the Chapel at St. Mary Magdalene Church in Abbeville where I was baptised, made my First Communion and was wed. There was a long line visiting the relics.

5. To follow up on a post on Anglican and Catholic Relations that appeared as part of an earlier round-up go to this site:  http://lordsoftheblog.net/2009/11/04/letter-published-in-the-catholic-herald-during-last-week-of-october/

6. The Republicans won the governors races in New Jersey and Virginia and Maine repealed the same-sex-marriage laws by popular referendum. It seems that Obamania has died down since President Obama campaigned for both defeated gubernatorial candidates.

7.  Police negligence stories are really being reported for the first time in my life.  The house of horrors with eleven bodies is on the news, Jaycee Dugar enslaved in a backyard in a neighborhood, he testimony by Elizabeth Smart recently, the eight prostitutes or “high risk lifestyle” women killed in a parish here in Acadiana, the millions of illegal aliens, the ACORN corruption and other stories are showing what our political system as it operates does to mundane duties like policing.

8.The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall his consort have been visiting Canada recently and I believe they are still there. He impresses me as an engaged and relevant man.

9. I lost the most recent Parliament Quiz and have only won once out of  four attempts.

10. Sarah, Kevin, Alyse, Anika and Soren are still on their trip around the eastern USA.

11. My mother’s birthday is November 13. If you know her it is time to get a card in the mail if you live far away.