Saturday, May 29, 2010

Full Circle: Sending the Music Forward

I remember the Batiste's from school. When Mr. Alvin started working at Southern University his son, also named Alvin, became a part of our fifth grade class at the Lab School. We used to give the younger Alvin a ribbing about some of his New Orleans pronouniciations like using "ER" in "OI" words--for instance saying "erl" instead of "oil."Younger brother Maynard was in my sister Carol's class and a year ahead of us was Marcia, whom I thought was one of the most talented young ladies I'd ever met. I truly enjoyed talking with her and appreciated the time she would take to talk with me. At that time, we saw more of Mrs. Batiste because she stayed involved in school activities, accompanying us as a chaperon on our junior high trip to the World's Fair.

Fast forward. After moving back to Louisiana from Florida I had a class of children--preemie-borns between three and six years old. All visually impaired with multiple disabilities due to premature birth. Music was very important and therapeutic for my babies. Some of them were nonverbal and music turned on many lights--no pun intended. We did music and movement for circle time because it made more sense for my kids. Nap time meant all types of music. Once I even had Japanese kabuki and Irish folk songs when songs during a unit on world peoples!

One little boy who came to me with the ability to say only two syllables was particularly affected by music. He went from asking "Booshic?" to request music to saying, "I want bukee (kabuki) music" to "Miss Kaffy may you please can play my jazz music?"

Fast forward some more. I call to check on one of my kids who is now about ten. His mother gets him on the phone so he can give me his Sunday WBRH program line up. It ends up with "And then at four-o'clock it smooooth jazz in the city with MISTER Alvin Batiste! I LOVE MISTER, Alvin Batiste!" Then he starts to rattle off the titles of some music by Alvin Batiste and some music by other artists MISTER Batiste played on his radio show.

Fast forward again. I'm at a program at the sorority house for showing off and encouraging young talent and Mr. and Mrs. Batiste are there. He's walking slowly on a stick because he'd been ill. She's staying close by his side. Students stop by to speak as they walk around the room to view the exhibits. I go over to speak and I ask how Alvin, Marcia and Maynard are doing. I have to tell them of the story of one of my babies and how he loves MISTER Alvin Batiste.

"Edith, don't we have some CDs in the trunk of the car?" Mr. Batiste said. "Get one for the little boy an get one for Kathy, too."

There were copies of two different CD's in the car that day.

The following school day, I made a special trip during my lunch break to hand deliver those CD's to the school for the visually impaired for young Mr. D who just loved MISTER Alvin Batiste. A few day later I received a call, thanking me for bringing the CD's and asking me to thank MISTER Alvin Batiste...and if he ever gets any more CDs...

Friday, May 28, 2010

Kerry to chair hearing on improving Web access for deaf, blind

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Do We Clamp the Umbilical Cord Too Soon?

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The timing of umbilical cord clamping at birth should be delayed just a few minutes longer, suggest researchers at the University of South Florida's Center of Excellence for Aging and Brain Repair.


yeah  adrianne this is scary-looking and funny at the same time!

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SU Jazz/Alvin Batiste

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Jazz legend Allen Toussaint tops "Alvin Batiste Tribute" list

Hall of Fame jazz great Allen Toussaint headlines the list of performers for Southern University's 2nd Annual Alvin Batiste Jazz Institute Celebration at for 7 p.m., Wednesday, May 26, in the F. G. Clark Activity Center.

Some of the artists scheduled to perform include: Nicholas Payton, Phillip Manuel, Leah Chase and Donald Hanson.

Tickets, $40 in advance and $50 at the door, are on sale in the Southern University System Foundation Office, 3rd Floor of the J. S. Clark Administration Bldg.

Tickets may be purchased with Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover Card, personal check, cashier's check or money order.  All checks and money orders should be made payable to: Southern University System Foundation.

For more information, contact the SU System Foundation, at 225.771.3911, Southern's Office of the Chancellor, at 225.771.5020, Herman Jackson, at 225.771.3305, or Harry Anderson, at 225.771.3310.

To supporters of Southern University and A&M College:
Please help promote SU's Alvin Batiste Jazz Institute Celebration.. The proceeds from this major event benefits "Mr. Bat's" great legacy: "The Alvin Batiste Jazz Institute" on the Baton Rouge campus.
Please purchase a ticket and distribute this information to your friends and associates. The performers, lead by the legendary Allen Toussaint, promise a great evening of musical entertainment.

Thanks for your support,

Edward Pratt
Assistant to the Chancellor for Media Relations

Rm. 118 J.S. Clark Adm. Bldg.
Southern University and A&M College
Baton Rouge, LA 70813
Ph.  225.771.4545 or 225.771.3907
Cell  225.229.2910
Fax  225.771.6262

We had a ball. Photos to come.

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Did you really say that? I'm really praying for you.

Good evening Mr. Prescott.

Someone sent this to me on FaceBook today:

British Petroleum rep Randy Prescott: "Louisiana isn't the only place that has shrimp."

Did you really say that? I know you've been under a lot of stress under these circumstances and I will pray for God to take that away from you. But if you really said that, it was not a smart thing to say. You should seriously consider making a public apology. Really. The last thing you want to do is to look like a real booty-head right about now.

People like me would hear the remorse in your words and say, "Oh yes, his job is quite nerve-wracking at the moment. That was just a slip of the tongue--a brain fart, from the stressful situation. We've all been there. He apologizes and I can forgive him for that."

So think about it, guy.

If you did not say it, then I apologize for disturbing you...and I pray for the strength and ingenuity for someone at BP to cap the oil well and clean up the awful mess. Ask God for forgiveness for messing up what He created and then ask him for help. Louisiana has been through enough these last few years without having to deal with oily shrimp and slimy marshland.

Kathy Michael

Hmmm. At this link, it looks like you ARE a booty-head:

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Friday, May 21, 2010

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Posted by Dr. Mercola | May 20 2010 Catechins in green tea could help protect
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Losing Sight: Baby Boomers and Blindness Part II

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Thanks Kendra. I'm passing it along in this reply.

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I need every ones help in raising money to bury and medical expenses for twin baby girls.  The babies are relatives of mine.  I am the cousin-in-law to the twins.  As some of you maybe aware about the incident that happen to the Herodias's twin girls, that was broadcast on news last week Friday.  For those of you that are not aware of the incident I will give a belief description.  Twin girls were in the care of their fathers when the he shook the babies on Thursday of last week.  One of the babies died and the other surviving twin is still fighting for her life.  Both babies suffered from shaken baby syndrome.  The babies both had subdural hematoma.  The surviving twin under went brain surgery on yesterday to stop the bleeding.

The family needs all the prayers and support from everyone.  The trust fund is setup in the twins' name.  The names of the babies are Kayla (surviving baby) and Kaylene Herodias (Herring).  The trust fund is setup at Neighbor's Credit Union.  You can go by any Neighbors bank that is closer to you and make a donation.

If you have any questions or concerns, please free to call Love Stevenson at (225) 405-1495 of Gail Davis Lodge at (225) 328-0754.  Gail is the great aunt to the twins'.

LoveDeshika P. Stevenson
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 Hamilton Relay Helps California Address Deaf, Blind, Speech-Disabled RequirementsBy Paula BernierThrough a new contract with the State of California, Hamilton Relay starting this summer will provide free telecommunications services that make telephone connections possible between people who are deaf, hard of hearing, deaf-blind or speech disabled and people who use standard phones. In some cases, special equipment is required to access the service, and the State of California relies on a separate contractor for the provision of that equipment. INTERNET TELEPHONY recently interviewed Anne Girard, director of marketing at Hamilton Relay, about the deployment.What will Hamilton Relay's solution allow the State of California to offer that it couldn't before?Girard: As outlined in the new contract, there is an increased focus on outreach, customer education and service use training for speech-to-speech customers. In addition, there are enhanced customer preference options including customized greetings, the ability to simply provide communication assistants with a name and/or unique identifier for dialing purposes and specialized deaf blind preference options.How, if at all, will the new State of California system compare with relay systems in use in other states around the country?Girard: Telephone relay service has been available in the State of California as well as all 50 states as a result of the Americans with Disabilities Act passed into law in 1990, and further developed in 1994 to include the provision of relay service. Relay in California is unique in that it allows users of the service to select a provider. This choice is only available to customers of the California Relay Service.What role, if any, does IP technology play in this?Girard: Outside of the California Relay Service contract, Hamilton Relay provides Internet Relay services nationwide, which are based on IP technology.Power and Cooling Capacity Management for Data Centers Learn more, download free white paper.Deploying High-Density Zones in a Low-Density Data Center Learn more, download free white paper.Selecting an Industry-Standard Metric for Data Center Efficiency Learn more, download free white paper.Preventing Data Corruption in the Event of an Extended Power Outage Learn more, download free white paper.Guidance for calculation of efficiency (PUE) in real data centers Learn more, download free white paper.Implementing Energy Efficient Data Centers Learn more, download free white paper.Cooling Strategies for Ultra-High Density Racks and Blade Servers Learn more, download free white paper. What types of endpoints will hearing-impaired people require to use this system?Girard: In some cases, special equipment is required to access relay service. The California Equipment Distribution program, managed by a separate contractor, facilitates the provisioning of that equipment.What new technology trends are we seeing in telecommunications relay services, and how is Hamilton Telecommunications addressing them?Girard: Outside of traditional relay, [which] is state-based, the FCC (News - Alert) oversees the provision of video relay and Internet relay on a national level. These technologies are certainly a result of the latest advancements of the communication industry as whole. IT » Internet Telephony Magazine Table of Contents

Umbilical Cord Blood Banking- Retinopathy of Prematurity

Another interesting article.

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Raising a child with Retinopathy of Prematurity

Interesting article!

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batten's--it's a horrible disease that has taken the lives of at least 5 of my students. ~K

Friday, May 14, 2010

Things to Stop Doing Now on FaceBook

Article from Sowetan: Albinism overlooked by World Cup organisers

The mom has a point. Altho I disagree with separate schools. provisions/accommodations should be made at a "regular" school for children with albinism. Ah, well, different country, different situation--but still...

‘Albinism overlooked by World Cup organisers’

A KWAZULU-NATAL mother whose child is an albino is appealing to society not to shun people who have the condition.

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Chambersburg Public Opinion: A phantom robin visits the Shippensburg area

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See Ya Later

The other day after work I ran up to Winnfield Funeral home for brother Ed Buggs' viewing. Being conscious of  looking and smelling like I worked with small children and road in a car without airconditioning on a typical south Louisiana day in May soon disappeared inside the place. It was not an atmosphere of sadness as many people from Mount Pilgrim were mingled among others who were paying their respects including Ed's brother Clarence and their mom, Mrs. Buggs. In our church family, they are Sister and Brother Buggs so of course this is a time of church family rallying together for support.

I knew Ed as Edward Buggs from school when we attended Southern University Lab School until junior high. Back then I didn't know Clarence or their sister whom Sister Buggs speaks of all the time as she goes to visit her in Florida. She is a physician who lives near where I used to live when I was there--and intelligent, pretty woman as one would expect, being in this family.

Sister Buggs is a strong spiritual presence, a woman of God who raised her children "in the way they should go."  In that way, and in that she is an excellent cook, reminds my husband of his mom who raised him in church.  After his troubles in Vietnam and the personal aftermath he returned to his mom's upbringing.Thus, my husband has claimed Sister Buggs as one of his church moms.

As I approached the receiving line, Brother Clarence was the first to greet me as I clasped his hands, he gave me a big hug with that big grin and said, "My church! My church!" He asked me before I could ask him, "How ya doing, dear?"

"I'm fine," I said, rather taken by surprise. "But I'm sad, today."

"Oh, don't you be sad!" he said. "You know whose you are and Ed knew whose he was. So you know where we'll all meet up again. We're gonna see that big head again!"

"You're right. You're right," I said.

In the background, on a large screen videos of Ed's news reports played. He sat smiling at the news desk he shared with co-anchor Andrea Clesi. Next scene: Ed weathering out the hurricane. He was spectacular in whatever assignment he was given and some of them were not pleasant. It could not have been always pleasant to be the first news anchor of African descent in this city that is not known for a very progressive nature. But he paved the way for those who came after him. My husband is addicted to Clarence's radio show.

Selfishly, I'd want to see more  of Ed on TV and hear from him on the radio with his brother. But I know Clarence is right. So this is not "Good-bye." See ya later, Ed!

BBC E-mail: Bravery award for albino report

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** Bravery award for albino report **
Tanzanian journalist Vicky Ntetema wins an international award for her BBC reports on the murder of albinos.
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 A six year old goes to the hospital with her grandmother to visit her Grandpa.

 When they get to the hospital, she runs ahead of her Grandma and bursts into her Grandpa's room ...
 "Grandpa, Grandpa," she says excitedly,
"As soon as Grandma comes into the room, make a noise like a frog!"
 "What?" said her Grandpa.
 "Make a noise like a frog -
Because Grandma said that as soon as you croak, we're all going to  Disney  Land !"

Yahoo! News Story - Australian physicist spots dictionary error

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Teen Leads Fight to Save Helen keller House

Teen Leads Fight to Save Helen Keller House
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Teen Leads Fight to Save Helen Keller House
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Updated 6:30 PM EDT, Tue, May 11, 2010
Ian Toy has been walking past the crumbling Southold home on his way to
the beach for much of his young life.
"It really is a beautiful home," said the 13-year-old of the boarded up
Bavarian Tudor-style structure built in the 1920's.
From the building's sagging roof and the gaping hole in its back, it's
clear the young architecture buff is focused not on the home's decaying
present but rather on its storied past.
"My mom told me Helen Keller once lived there," said the eighth grader.
Local historians say the deaf and blind woman, once described as the
"first lady of courage," spent the summer of 1936 in the Southold
home with her long time teacher, Ann Sullivan. It was their last summer
together. Sullivan died in the fall of that same year.
The home remained in private hands until the 1960's when Suffolk County
took ownership. It has been under the Suffolk's watch, said county
legislator Edward Romaine, that the home fell to "wreck and ruin."
It is scheduled for demolition this summer.
That's where young Mr. Toy came in.
Last month, after learning of Keller's connection to the home, Toy
sheepishly asked his mother if he could try to save the home.
"He said, mom, I've been thinking about it for a couple of weeks; but, I
didn't know what you would think," remembered mom Claire Kennedy.
"I was all over it," said Kennedy,"I said, 'Ian- go for it!'"
Toy responded by setting up a "Save the Helen Keller House" Facebook
page that now has over 1200 friends. He also drew up an on line
petition, now signed by more than seven hundred people. And Toy began
e-mailing anyone connected to Keller or the home, even soliciting a
response of support from Keller's great niece.
Tuesday, Toy took his effort a step farther. He addressed the Suffolk
County legislature, urging lawmakers to stop the demolition and restore
the home.
"How do we want to be remembered? asked Toy of the legislators. "I want
to be remembered as someone who took care of my community and
contributed to preserving our past."
"From the mouths of babes, so to speak, comes the wisdom we should have
been listening to all along," said Romaine afterward. "Save your
Romaine is now working to find upwards of four hundred thousand dollars
in county funds to rebuild the home. In addition, the town of Southold
may add the Keller home to its landmark preservation list, according to
"I would like it to be a museum for the deaf and blind," said the teen,
as he stared out at the ruins he believes is the finest house on his

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Monday, May 10, 2010

Lena Horne

I was once blessed to be able to see Soror Lena Horne perform in the Centroplex theater back in the late 1970's or early 1980's as she traveled the country helping Delta Sigma Theta chapters with fundraising performances. She was in her 60's then and looked like she was in her late 30's or early 40's. She was fantastic! Here's a link for the next generation to learn who this fascinating cool woman was.

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Sunday, May 9, 2010

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Thanks. I willput it on my blog
A Little Boy's Explanation of God -- Fabulous!
I certainly don't think an adult could explain this more beautifully!

It was written by an 8-year-old named Danny Dutton, who lives in Chula Vista , CA . He wrote it for his third grade homework assignment, to 'explain God.' I wonder if any of us could have done as well? [And he had such an assignment, in California , and someone published it, I guess miracles do happen!]
'One of God's main jobs is making people. He makes them to replace the ones that die, so there will be enough people to take care of things on earth. He doesn't make grownups, just babies. I think because they are smaller and easier to make. That way he doesn't have to take up his valuable time teaching them to talk and walk. He can just leave that to mothers and fathers.'
'God's second most important job is listening to prayers. An awful lot of this goes on, since some people, like preachers and things, pray at times beside bedtime. God doesn't have time to listen to the radio or TV because of this. Because he hears everything, there must be a terrible lot of noise in his ears, unless he has thought of a way to turn it off.'
'God sees everything and hears everything and is everywhere which keeps Him pretty busy. So you shouldn't go wasting his time by going over your mom and dad's head asking for something they said you couldn't have.'
'Atheists are people who don't believe in God. I don't think there are any in Chula Vista . At least there aren't any who come to our church.'
'Jesus is God's Son. He used to do all the hard work, like walking on water and performing miracles and trying to teach the people who didn't want to learn about God. They finally got tired of him preaching to them and they crucified him. But he was good and kind, like his father, and he told his father that they didn't know what they were doing and to forgive them and God said O.K.'
'His dad (God) appreciated everything that he had done and all his hard work on earth so he told him he didn't have to go out on the road anymore. He could stay in heaven. So he did. And now he helps his dad out by listening to prayers and seeing things which are important for God to take care of and which ones he can take care of himself without having to bother God. Like a secretary, only more important.'
'You can pray anytime you want and they are sure to help you because they got it worked out so one of them is on duty all the time.'
'You should always go to church on Sabbath because it makes God happy, and if there's anybody you want to make happy, it's God!
Don't skip church to do something you think will be more fun like going to the beach. This is wrong. And besides, the sun doesn't come out at the beach until noon anyway.'
'If you don't believe in God, besides being an atheist, you will be very lonely, because your parents can't go everywhere with you, like to camp, but God can. It is good to know He's around you when you're scared, in the dark or when you can't swim and you get thrown into real deep water by big kids.'
' shouldn't just always think of what God can do for you. I figure God put me here and he can take me back anytime he pleases.
And ... that's why I believe in God.'
(If you believe in God, please pass this on, and may God bless you too.)
Have an awesome day, and know that someone has thought about you!
Visual Impairments Specialist
Westminster Elementary School

Something Ya Gotta See!

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(Yes, people who are blind and visually impaired can
Send this to all the young people you care about
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African Americans in history: George Vashon biography
A profile of George Vashon, the first African American graduate from Oberlin College, professor at predominantly White New York Central College and president of Avery College.
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George Boyer Vashon was born on July 25, 1824 in Pennsylvania. George was the son of an abolitionist, John Baton Vashon, who was instrumental in establishing the first school for blacks in Pittsburgh. George attended his father's private school until 1837, at which time he attended public school.

Early in his life, George displayed an aptitude for languages. He was able to speak Sanskrit, Hebrew, and Persian, and was well versed in Greek and Latin. At age 16, George had exhausted all of the opportunities for schooling available to him in Pittsburgh. In 1840, he enrolled in Oberlin Collegiate Institute in Ohio. While at Oberlin, George participated in the 1842 celebration of the West Indies Emancipation. He was a member of one of Oberlin's most prestigious men's literary societies, the Union Society. Some of his most outstanding work, while at Oberlin, was his teaching at a school in Chillicothe, Ohio.

On August 28, 1844, George Vashon became the first black graduate from Oberlin College, receiving the school's Bachelor of Arts degree. Vashon graduated with valedictory honors, which permitted him to deliver the commencement address, the title of which was "Liberty of Mind." In his speech, Vashon asserted that "genius, talent, and learning are not withheld by our common Father" from people of color. In 1849, Vashon was awarded a master of arts degree in recognition of his scholarly pursuits and accomplishments.
After graduation, Vashon, like his abolitionist father, wanted to play a central role in advancing the cause of black people. He felt that this could be done by pursuing a career in law. He studied law under Walter Forward, a judge and prominent figure in Pennsylvania politics. After two years of reading law, Vashon applied for admission to the Allegheny County bar. His application was rejected because of his race. In 1838, a revision of Pennsylvania's constitution restricted the franchise to white men. His rejected was a crushing blow; it dashed his hopes of fighting for the rights of blacks through the law. For a time, he thought of Haitian emigration as a means of developing his potential. Before embarking to Haiti, Vashon left Pennsylvania and went to New York to take the bar examination, which he successfully completed on January 10, 1848, thus becoming the first black to become a lawyer in New York.

In 1849, Vashon moved to Port-au-Prince Haiti, where he served as a professor of Latin, Greek and English. He also served as a correspondent to Frederick Douglass's newspaper, "The North Star." In 1851, he moved to Syracuse, New York and joined the faculty of the New York Central College in McGrawville. In the aftermath of the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850, Vashon became involved in the Underground Railroad and state and national conventions, which brought blacks together to discuss critical issues confronting the free black communities and the means of ending the system of slavery. In 1857, Vashon married Susan Paul Smith, the granddaughter of the Rev. Thomas Paul, Sr. of Boston. The couple had seven children.

In 1863, Vashon became the second black president of Avery College in Pittsburgh.
After the Civil War, Vashon worked in the Solicitor's Office of the Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands in Washington, D.C. He was appointed to this position by the Bureau's head, General O.O. Howard, the founder of Howard University. Vashon became Howard University's first professor and was instrumental in establishing its law school. When Vashon left Howard, he became a professor of Mathematics and Ancient and Modern Languages at Alcorn College in Rodney, Mississippi. He was considered a good teacher by his students and was well respected by his colleagues.

When the yellow fever epidemic swept Alcorn's campus in the Fall of 1878, Vashon was one of its victims. He died on October 5 1878 and is buried on the college's campus. George Vashon made significant contributions to the struggle for emancipation and education of African Americans, a legacy that lives until today.
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Busy Week, Busy Weekend

  Thursday, my mother and I went to the book signing for Wilbert Rideau's book, In the Place of Justice. We were in line an hour before it was supposed to start and an hour and a half before he arrived. We had a great time just talking to our "line-mates."

Yesterday was very busy. I had to be late for Kairos team formation meeting because I had to go the the parish prison to meet with the ladies in the Second Chance program. I got to meet my mentee, a young lady who has her plans together so she won't end up back there again. This is one of the purposes of the program, so she's ahead of the game.

After the Kairos meeting I was able to take a short rest before I took my mother and nephew to  the Pre-Mothers' Day luncheon at church. Almost immediately after that we ran down to the LSU campus for the Dancing with the Baton Rouge Stars program in the Maravich Center.  I was so tired when I got home that I gave my husband a hug and fell alseep in the middle of it.