Category Archives: Family

Starstruck Tonight (Spring and Summer)

What follows is the text of Starstruck Tonight, the Spring and Summer sky version, the sequel to my first and favorite planetarium show produced when I directed the OBU Planetarium. This summer I’ll make a renewed effort to recover takes … Continue reading

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Starstruck Tonight (Winter version)

What follows is the text of Starstruck Tonight, the Winter sky version, my first and favorite planetarium show produced when I directed the OBU Planetarium. The only document I have is a draft in a very old version of MacWrite … Continue reading

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Song of Falling Leaves

by Susanna Joy Magruder Listen to the song of falling leaves. Observe with a hastening breath. for Before the hour of their demise Their faces shine with a burning sun; Many jewels across the tumbling wind. From a sulfur glazed … Continue reading

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Watch not ESPN

Football connects across generations. When they were young, my daughters and I used to enjoy gathering together precisely at 8 pm on Monday nights in time to belt out “Are you ready for some football?” together with Hank Williams, Jr. … Continue reading

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Time capsule

“Who could have imagined 60 years ago all that was to come? For one particular sophomore on campus, the summer of 1954 was shaping up to be pretty exciting…” Thanks, Laura, for telling this story on your blog! See KTVO … Continue reading

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All at Sea

For an “All at Sea” murder mystery game last night, our house became a ship at sea in 1914, filled with more than 25 role-playing guests. Hannah did it! Candace played the host

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Sleet and thundersnow

This morning we’ve enjoyed the sleet and thundersnow. Area schools have already been canceled for tomorrow; we’re still waiting for word from OU. Meanwhile, we recall the following video, a meteorologist’s version of Frozen: Susanna in the snow Sleet waterfall

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Grateful

Thanksgiving Song At our Christmas feast, December 25, 2013, we were gathered with family from near and far in my parents’ home in northeast Missouri. Candace, Rachel, Hannah and Susanna worked up this arrangement of the “Thanksgiving Song,” by Mary … Continue reading

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Technology and the holidays, understood

Apple’s new “misunderstood” ad is beautiful. If you catch yourself wondering why the teenager is preoccupying himself with his iPhone instead of building deeper relationships with family, then just wait for the ending: Here’s the video featured in the ad: … Continue reading

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Favorite movies

I knew I was among family a week ago when I responded to a comment about how large the insects are growing this summer by saying something about tsetse flies carrying off babies, when those around the room erupted with … Continue reading

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