Basketball Weekend – Duke University

I am a big college basketball fan.  And as it happens, Duke is my favorite.  We were lucky to get seats or standing room for the last meeting between Duke and Maryland as an ACC competition.  While waiting for the game we walked around the beautiful campus.  Above is the Duke Chapel.

We enjoyed the campus and then on to Cameron to experience the Cameron Crazies and the unique experience that is a Duke home basketball game.

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The Cameron Crazies were wild and ready for the cameras with their wild apparel, looks and signs.  The theme was Maryland leaving the ACC for the Big 10.

coaching moment_2_lighten sponge_smWith all the yelling and commotion going on around me, it was nice to take note of this quiet teaching moment.

huddle4_smWhile there are no  bad seats in Cameron…. some seats are definitely better than others.  Tough game and luckily the score ended with Duke in the lead…barely.

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Weekly Photo Challenge – Treasure

“Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”
Anonymous, Holy Bible: King James Version

family_smIt goes without saying that family is my biggest treasure.  Grandchildren are a big part of it because they can do no wrong.   Just a few days ago we had the 10th addition to our grandchild club.

maclane_hosp-11_smHe is so precious, as they all are.  I must also add my cameras as one of my treasures because it captures time and moments we want to hold on to and remember.  Time moves so quickly and our family is constantly changing.  My baby had his second son and not too long ago he was a blond hair, blue eyed toddler with a dimple in his cheek.

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“Sleep my little baby-oh
Sleep until you waken
When you wake you’ll see the world
If I’m not mistaken…

Kiss a lover
Dance a measure,
Find your name
And buried treasure…

Face your life
Its pain,
Its pleasure,
Leave no path untaken.”
Neil Gaiman, The Graveyard Book

Snow in Carolina

“The snow doesn’t give a soft white damn whom it touches.”
E.E. Cummings

Let me say I love snow.  I think it is beautiful…. until it gets in my way.  Here is an example of snow being beautiful.

wintery_overpass_corrected_framed_smThis is an overpass located in Waxhaw, NC.  I love it  I love it in spring, summer and fall.  I love to see the trains run under it.  I love the quaint way it makes the downtown connected.  I have no idea how old it is, but judging by the footsteps in the snow on the overpass, I am not the only one who loves it.

_different_perspective_around_the_bend_framed_smThis is the view from the overpass.

Coming from a mid-western state in the northern portion of the country, I know snow.  We moved south to be with family and to avoid shoveling snow… well mostly because of family.  Ha!  I am home bound today and yesterday and probably tomorrow because we have snow and ice.  I feel like I have misbehaved and have been sent to my room.  Outside there is no sign of anyone.  No vehicles, no people… nothing.  There are  millions of pick up trucks down here and nobody has a blade.  I did hear a rooster crowing this morning when I went outside with a hairdryer to melt the ice off the satellite dish.

Later we went out to see how bad the roads really were.

_cutherbertson_framed_smNot so good, but the snow is melting now.  It is North Carolina and the weather changes more here than in Indiana.

“A lot of people like snow. I find it to be an unnecessary freezing of water.”
Carl Reiner

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“I love snow for the same reason I love Christmas: It brings people together while time stands still. Cozy couples lazily meandered the streets and children trudged sleds and chased snowballs. No one seemed to be in a rush to experience anything other than the glory of the day, with each other, whenever and however it happened.”
Rachel Cohn, Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares

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This entry has taken 6 hours to write.  I had to take time out to tramp around in the snow and drive around the area.  Now the sky is blue and one can hear the sound of crashing ice sheets on the neighboring roofs.  It seems Mother Nature has once again changed her mind.

“The light made the snowballs look yellow. Or at least I hoped that was the cause.”
Gary D. Schmidt, The Wednesday Wars