Monday, April 26, 2021
Sunday, April 18, 2021
Friday, April 16, 2021
|In Spring, a compact disk and a baseball can set a heart spinning|
By Harry Cummins
Sure signs of April are everywhere, but their traditional powers of renewal seem suppressed in many of us. Starring down the second year of a lingering pandemic can do that.
Real life, as we all know, is a succession of bad news and hard knocks thru which we learn to patch up our troubles and trudge on. Soldiers in the Great War. In this fight, however, we can easily forget so much worth remembering. Coating our vulnerabilities in a veneer of toughness is, of course, useful, but at a risk of transformation over time that hardens our heart along with our arteries.
Foolish glances across crowded rooms and lazy fly balls against spacious skies are the forgotten games we have been forced to put down in the name of social distancing. Once a confirmed romantic given to poetic outburst, I have since earned a grown man's cynicism. Then I became reacquainted this Spring with Andrea Marcovicci, courtesy of an old CD that has been gathering dust for the past few years.
Tendering a collection of extraordinary literate love songs from the 20's, 30's, and 40's, Marcovicci's mezzo-soprano voice brought me back to my own lyrical, long-lost feelings.
Her sermonettes in song simply confirmed my own suspicion that there is scarcely little else to trust..little else to live out than our own heart's calling. Is not love for another person a way to resist the vortex, a way back to ourselves, to our origins? Perhaps God's clearest calling, some would say, but I shall leave that to the theologians.
I do know if we linger too long in self-absorption, too long in the grip of contagion, we may be at risk. How much one needs to know of shielding one's self in order to be happy is not always clear. Happiness, however, seldom has much to do with one's age or secure station in life. More, I'd say, with the resiliency of one's spirit or sentiment in the face of life's on-slaught.
The kid in left field, yelling "I got it" and the torch singer crying out "I've lost it" have always understood these things. They are the kindest reminders we have....April's profound fools.
Sunday, April 11, 2021
Tuesday, April 6, 2021
This high school football season in the state of Oregon, I had been asked by a relatively new sports website, scoreboardlive.com, to be a contributor to an Oregon high school football poll. I've been a contributor to its Class 6A, Class 5A and Class 4A polls.
These polls are not sanctioned by the Oregon School Activities Association. There have been several sports websites that have had polls published. Of course, opinions have varied.
For this coming week, here's my contribution as to how I've ranked these teams.
1. West Linn
2. Central Catholic
7. Lake Oswego def No. 9 Lakeridge 35-21
10 (tie). Mountainside lost to No. 3 Newberg 34-28
10 (tie). West Salem def Class 5A McKay 49-6
RV North Medford lost to South Medford 35-34
RV Mountain View def Class 5A Ridgeview 48-16
2. West Albany DNP
RV La Salle Prep lost to No. 9 Redmond 34-24
2. Marist Catholic def No. 3 Marshfield 39-21
4. Hidden Valley
9. North Eugene
RV La Grande
RV Crook County lost to No. 8 Estacada 46-19