There have been 2313 American deaths in Afghanistan.
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There were 4486 American deaths in Iraq since the
beginning of hostilities in March 2003.
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I got word this morning that Jim McGowen who graduated from Dora High School in the mid 1940s passed away on March 2, 2014.
Miss Dora High Pageant
Miss Dora High Pageant is this Saturday, March 1st, 2014
night beginning at 6 pm at the school.
Theme this year is Under the Sea and there are have 13 contestants, sure to be entertaining!!
Profile: Reggie Parker
What year did you graduate?
Did you play sports or other activities at Dora?
I played football and basketball. Also I participated in the senior play.
Were there any teachers, advisors, or others that influenced you in school?
Mrs. Sandra Strickland was a major influence in my life and Coach Gary Autman as well.
Did you learn things that stayed with you through the years?
Hard work and dedication pays off if you are diligent.
What have you been doing since high school?
After high school I attended Jacksonville State University on a basketball scholarship. I received under graduate degrees in Sociology and Corrections. In 1993 prior to graduating I began my law enforcement career at the University Police Department on campus.
Shortly after graduation I was hired with the Hoover police department. Years after working for Hoover I returned to school and received my Masters degree in counseling. I am currently the hostage negotiations team leader for the Hoover SWAT team.
I have been a hostage/crisis negotiation for sixteen years. Career highlight is meeting President George W. Bush and being the spokesman for the department promoting the use of E-85 flex fuel.
PHOTO to the right -Reggie Parker Sr. Center
Tell us about your business.
After the Sand Hook elementary school shooting I started my company called Catharsis, LLC in February 2013. Due to the increasing crime, suicides, domestic violence, and terrorism, I noticed that any of us could be placed in the position of negotiator.
I understand that in these critical moments any of us may be the first asset on the scene of a horrific event and we have to do your best to prevent the escalation of a situation until help arrives. I also understand that company CEO’s, office managers, front-line supervisor and direct staff could benefit from negotiations training.
Prior to my company being formed the only people, to my knowledge receiving crisis negotiations training was law enforcement. So I put together a program based on my experience as a negotiator and my education as a counselor.
I blended to two disciplines and developed a seminar that is designed to give you (the corporate world) the skills to save lives, prevent injuries, and better protect your fellow team members or co-workers in the event of a crisis.
This is not a cure all but it does help buy time until help arrives. This is interactive training complete with, classroom instruction, mock scenarios and role plays to give you the experience you will need in a crisis. The company website is firstname.lastname@example.org
What do you do for fun?
Playing with the kids, picking the guitar, and playing on the Xbox
Tell us a little about your family?
I have been married for 14 years to my wife Leslie. Leslie is a nurse at UAB and we have two daughters, Jordan is 11 and Alyssa is 9. I also have a son Reggie Jr. and he is 22.
What’s next for Reggie Parker?
After retirement from Hoover hopefully I will be in full time business teaching negotiations skills.
Do you have any advice for the kids in school today? Anything in life is possible if you apply yourself; also when you hear the voices of the naysayers, use it as fuel to motivate yourself. No matter what’s happened in the past always remember, in order to have a better future you have to stop trying to have a better past. You can’t change the past but you can learn from it and move forward.
The Dora High School Class of 2004 is celebrating their 10 class reunion in April
The reunion will be April 12, 2014 in Birmingham, AL. Anyone needing more information can contact me at email@example.com for more information!
Graduating Class of 1943 Dora High School Dora, Mo.
Eara Emaline Bell Bowen
Forsyth, Mo. 65653
My name is Gloria Jean Adam, this is my Mother. Eara will be 90 yrs on February 03, 2014. If anyone would like to write or call her, please do so, she would really enjoying hearing from her classmates!
My e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org
My Home Phone No is 417-546-9852
My Cell No is 417-546=7897
Also would like to purchase for her the 1943 year book, if possible.
The Dora High School Class of 1973 is working on their 40th reunion tentatively scheduled for August or early September. Please contact Terry Fewell at 205-544-8395 if you are a member or if you'd like to help the organizing committee put this milestone event together.
|Bouquets of Butterflies
Jilda and I did some autumn cleaning last Sunday in preparation for our monthly League of Extra Ornery Songwriters meeting, which was at our house this month.
The League is a collection of our songwriting buddies that gather to play new songs, share information on equipment, gigs, and the meaning of life.
As always, we gave the house a once over, tossing magazines in the recycle box which is hard for us to do. We keep them stacked on our benches and coffee tables, thinking that one day we’ll get around to reading them, but we rarely do.
Then at the risk of looking like slobs, we sort through the stacks and toss the ones we’ll never read.
At one point I looked up at the ceiling fan and it had dust bunnies the size of Chihuahuas tangled in cobwebs, swirling around.
I cleaned the fan, and then headed outside to spray the sidewalk. Afterwards I went around back to sweep the leaves off the deck, which is a perpetual job this time of year.
We have a water oak the size of Rhode Island in the yard. It sheds leaves in an orderly fashion. Unlike other oaks that once bitten by frost, spend about three to four weeks, turning leaves into a tapestry of gold, rust, orange, and red before falling, the water oak spills bushels of leaves each day over the course of fall and winter.
As I swept the deck, I heard an acorn the size of a dime smack on the metal surface of the roof, and then race down the slope before bouncing off the deck and into the yard. It sounded like an old timey pinball machine.
I learned the hard way that you should never look up to see the acorn rolling off the roof. Last year while sweeping, one fell from the top, gained momentum and smacked me right between the eyes. I heard it, but I never saw it coming.
Today, one of the final chores was to get fresh flowers for the table and for the desk near the entryway.
Most of the flowers and vegetables are gone now, but the Old Maids (Zinnias) are still showing out.
Planting those flowers is one of the best investments we’ve ever made. We planted them a few years ago and each summer they bloom prolifically until frost.
I was out rolling up the hosepipe when Jilda walked by clicking the scissors as she headed to the flowerbed.
A moment later I heard her gasp. I thought she'd stepped on a snake basking in the October sun, but when I stepped to the edge of the yard, I saw a bouquet of butterflies feasting on the nectar of the Old Maids.
I pulled the phone from my pocket and tried to snap a photo but each time I got close, they erupted off the flowers into a colorful cloud. There were too many to count.
After a few tries, I decided to just stand back and watch the show for a few minutes.
It’s interesting that we started out cleaning our house and ended up seeing a butterfly ballet.