Saturday, April 1, 2017

In Case You Missed It...

Keeping it dry.  The Shepherd's Life: Modern Dispatches from an Ancient Landscape <>
The New England Ivy League college papers announce the various acceptance rates, The Guardian writes in great detail about the plans for the days after the Queen's death, and other notes:


  1. Had two students from my small Texas high school accepted to Ivy colleges.
    1. Was accepted to Penn. She went to the Univ. Of Chicago. She is now a Methodist minister near Dallas.
    2. Was accepted to Yale and Dartmouth. He went to UT-Austin, and UT Medical School Galveston. He is now a general surgeon in Houston.

  2. I look at the Guardian every day and, when I saw those plans for the Queen, it made me so very sad it doesn't bear thinking about. I knew there were funeral plans in place for all the royal family, but the details revealed were absolutely amazing! My gut reaction was that they should not have been published. Wonder what She thought of the publication?

  3. So many interesting topics...old books, Make Way for Ducklings, retrieve gundogs, and the Queen's Plan, which I agree, should not have been published. (Her passing will denote yet another example,for those of us of a certain age, of the end of an era as we have known it, of core values that really mattered.) The subject that intrigued me most was that of the shepherd, whose sheep I am drawn to in various ways. I read further about James Rebank's philosophy about the land and agribusiness and I want to know more. I look forward to reading his book. Thank you for calling it to your readers' attention!

  4. Thanks for taking the time to put this together. Chewing on it all. Much appreciated. Lots of thoughts, but will boil it down to one article. I felt like those above, that it was in poor taste to detail out the macabre event of the Queen's death prior to her actual death... even though it is all part of protocol to have vast plans in place of which the Queen is aware. Still, it seems inhuman. Then I got thinking. It is all part of the machine which runs the royal family, namely the team of PR people Prince Charles has had revamping his, and Camilla's, image. In this light, the article becomes a guidebook and a litmus test for the masses. Case in point, when they mentioned "Queen Camilla" and it registered as a viable option in my head, whereas ten years ago I would have recoiled.

    The end of an era is putting it mildly. The Queen has had the most difficult job of any person on the planet, and done it loyally and with serenity for sixty-five years. Amazing and remarkable woman. I have such respect for her.

  5. Love the ICYMI posts, please keep it up!

  6. last year, our son chose Northwestern over the ivy league college my wife and i attended. My view is that young people are under too much pressure during the college admissions process, and that they can thrive no matter where they go...if they work hard and make the most of the experience.

  7. I really disliked that article regarding the Queen's death. Tasteless, tactless.

    I can't help but think it's akin to talking about what you'll do when your most treasured loved one dies, in their presence!

    I long for the day our British newspapers are written (and owned) by those with manners and a sense of decency.