College Football 2017 Week 4 Preview

The third week of the 2017 college football season is over and going into the fourth week the young season is heating up as most teams begin their conference schedule. Some teams already have, and what a shocker the SEC West saw as Mississippi State thumped #12 LSU in Starkville 37-7. That result makes the Mississippi State and Georgia game one of my must-see games this week. In other upset news, Memphis held on to beat #25 UCLA at home 48-45. USC avoided a certain upset at “The Coliseum” coming back with seconds left to tie the game before defeating Texas 27-24 in double overtime. My Fightin’ Irish ran all over Boston College as Brandon Wimbush and Josh Adams rolled up 200 yards apiece. Which team shows up to play Michigan State in East Lansing? I hope the team that won two games, and Brian Kelly coaches them to do what they’ve done best. Week three was unexciting on paper, and after the games were over, for the majority the excitement still lacked. Week 4 is a very different beast, with games of note on Thursday and Friday as well as Saturday. There’s a slew of games to keep an eye on, so make sure you’ve got room on the DVR and have those mobile devices charged for updates. Let’s get the games.

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An Updated Guide to Rescheduling Posts

WordPress has an odd way of changing how the site works and not informing the people who use it. I ran into an issue within the last few weeks and realized I needed to update a piece from a few months ago. I wrote the original piece to help my fellow bloggers, and I’ll update the guide as often as needed. As I wrote in The Pitfalls of Poetry & Photography, we all want our posts to get as many views as possible. Poetry and photography appear to be the two most popular categories/tags. This has to do with the ease of creating content, and some bloggers post multiple pieces a day, adding to the overall clutter and burial of the posts which came before them. Fear not fellow bloggers, there’s a solution. A simple concept, but one which can get a bit tricky. There’s no need to delete and repost to get more views and likes. That course of action defeats the purpose. All one needs to do is reschedule the day’s post. I’ll tell you how to do it, and it’s a good idea regardless of the category/tag of your post.

Secrets No One Knows

When all September’s Sundays
Turn to black and fade away
While the rest of your wisdom
Turns to ash and blows astray

Week in Review 9.10.2017-9.16.2017

Here’s what I was up to this week. Already on the Moon is a poem I wrote a year ago to help me deal with my marriage ending. I write about the past year and experience in Life & Stuff IV: A Year of Separation. The week ends with College Football 2017 Week 3 Preview. Click the image or the title to read the piece. If you like it, click the like the button, and if you feel inclined, leave me a comment. All feedback is welcome. I post a nice eclectic mix. Be sure to click the follow button so you don’t miss anything.

College Football 2017 Week 3 Preview

The second week of the 2017 college football season is over, and as the third week approaches, there’s still plenty of cupcake games on the schedule. On paper, the third week is a letdown in terms of high profile games. I could only find three worth mentioning, and I hope these three are exciting. They need to be in this lackluster week three. In week two, we had a slew of games, including a three-headed prime time beast. My Fightin’ Irish snatched defeat from the jaws of victory thanks to Brian Kelly coaching not to lose instead of coaching to win. Georgia scored a signature win 20-19 in South Bend, and Kelly still hasn’t learned the lessons from a season ago. Oklahoma roared into “The Horseshoe” and avenged last season’s loss in Norman to the tune of 31-16. Sooners quarterback Baker Mayfield made a solid early season bid to make a claim for the coveted Heisman trophy. The reigning winner, Louisville’s Lamar Jackson, made a strong case for himself with over 300 passing yards, 100 rushing yards, and six total touchdowns in a win against North Carolina. Let’s get to the three games worth watching in week three.

Life & Stuff IV: A Year of Separation

On September 13, I’ll reach a year of separation from my wife. I hinted at this in the original installment of Life & Stuff a year ago. A year later, it’s a bit easier to accept, a bit easier to deal with, but sometimes I still wish everything would go back to the way it used to be. Less each day though, and that’s probably a good thing. Maybe that’s the way these things go as I doubt I’m the only one who feels like this. Regardless, I can write about it now, and I’ve shared two poems I wrote within those first few weeks to try to help me deal with the situation, After All These Years and Already on the Moon. I don’t know how much writing helped me, but maybe reading them can help some of you.

Already on the Moon

Where did the time go?
Or the lady I used to know?
Everything I thought I knew
Begins and ends with you

Week in Review 9.3.2017-9.9.2017

Here’s what I was up to this week. Hello, My Child is a double shot poetry and photography piece with my cat, Scampers, as the subject. I reviewed my first book in over a month with Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats (1939) Review. There was a hit musical based on the book, and I reviewed it as well with Cats (1998) Review. To round out the week, I previewed the upcoming second week of the 2017 college football season. Click the image or the title to read the piece. If you like it, click the like the button, and if you feel inclined, leave me a comment. All feedback is welcome. I post a nice eclectic mix. Be sure to click the follow button so you don’t miss anything.

College Football 2017 Week 2 Preview

The opening weekend of the 2017 college football season is in the books, and while there were a few competitive games, many big-time programs played “lesser competition.” The big news coming out of the weekend is the end of Florida State’s season. Starting quarterback and early Heisman contender Deondre Francois went down with a season ending knee injury, and with him the hopes of a successful season. I watched the injury live, and it wasn’t a brutal hit, or anything to make you turn your head. The injury occurred on a routine play, but Francois’ reaction looked worse than it should. There were a few close calls and almost upsets, but two Texas teams found themselves on the losing side as they debuted new head coaches. Liberty beat Baylor 48-45 in Waco and Maryland made Texas look horrible with a 51-41 win in Austin. My Fightin’ Irish looked impressive on both sides of the ball routing defending AAC champion Temple 49-16. This week, the action falls around the 7:30 PM time slot so have those DVR’s cleared and ready to record. The second weekend shows some promise with several games of note to keep an eye on as you watch your favorite team.

Cats (1998) Review

I admit, I’m not a big fan of musicals, ballet, or any combination of the two. However, to every rule there’s an exception, and to every exception there’s a rule. I think. Whichever one of those applies here, I like Cats. As a cat guy, it might make sense I’d at least give the hit musical a shot and try to like it. Well, I didn’t have any trouble doing either. I’ve never seen Cats on Broadway, or at any big venue, but I’ve seen an amateur production a few years ago at a local theater. A good performance and an enjoyable event. The most famous performance of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical based on T.S. Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats is the 1998 film version directed by David Mallet.

Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats (1939) Review

Who knew a children’s poetry collection could and would become the basis for a hit Broadway musical? When T.S. Eliot wrote the poems comprising the 1939 poetry book, Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, I’m certain it was the farthest thing from his mind. No, Old Possum, as Eliot called himself here, wasn’t looking to see his fictional felines on stage with their names in bright lights. He was trying to entertain his godchildren. I hope these poems entertained them. They entertained me, and this collection gets a slightly different review as it does indeed have a theme, and isn’t so much a collection as a book. Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats quickly became a new favorite of mine, and one I place on the revered top shelf.

Hello, My Child

Hello, my child
Sleeping so sound
Not in a boxcar
Or on broken ground