What do we do after our 50th?

5 Mar

CONTINUE the JOURNEY on TWITTER

That’s right, we’ve got to move on to new things. If you haven’t heard of Twitter and Tweets or know some body that does- well, have we got some fun things for the new year!

Follow us on Twitter

If you click “tweetie” the bird you will go to our brand new page on Twitter. You will be able to see it but Twitter will ask you to sign in and if you don’t yet have an account they will offer you to start one. We in effect are sponsoring the SoutheastKCMO twitter page for all alumni, not just the class of ’60.

So come help us with the new project: it’s easy and it will be fun. We will be able to combine with our blog by ‘tweeting’ links that will bring folks back to one of earlier posts. Be sure to make suggestions of other Twitter accounts in Kansas City to follow on Twitter.

Senior Citizen Advantage

21 Feb

Surely most of us have realized by now that reaching “senior” status does have some advantages in our society. One of those most dear to me is the freedom to think about the basic issues of life with a greater maturity than ever before. This maturity has not come without costs. We’ve had to pay our dues in many ways; sometimes, painful ways.

Since we already introduced the subject of prayer, I hope my classmates will allow me to go ahead and bring in the unnamed ‘gorilla’ that many of us just didn’t feel free to discuss out in public much, and suggest that with our maturity, we surely now can say something about.

GOD in AMERICA– the name of a PBS series that aired last October, attempts to address the role of faith in God in America’s history. Personally,I am ready to suggest that this is closer to the actual history of America than anything produced to date. The subject is far reaching in what needs to be honestly admitted about the variety of faith traditions that were here almost from the very beginning. Take a look at the home page and see if you agree.

For a related post on my E4Unity blog- see Blood Brothers

Is Prayer a part of your life?

18 Feb

Prayer and its effects are a major topic these days, not only in religious circles but also among medical professionals.

I confess that I didn’t pray that often when I was at Southeast High and I rather doubt that many of my class mates did either. Unless of course we got into serious difficulty, than we may have asked for help.

As I write this, two of our classmates have asked for our prayers. Harold Begley’s wife Goldie, has had serious heart surgery w/ ongoing complications. Harold was my neighbor and good friend during my years at SEHS. Dean Sparks, also a good friend, is recovering from surgery and he and his wife Christine, are depending on the prayers of our classmates.

Harold Begley- Nevada

Harold Begley- Nevada

Ironic, it was Dean that first told me of the formation of a prayer group at the time of our 50th Reunion. I was waiting on him to write something about the group (prayer circle) so we could put it here on our blog. We will have to wait until he recovers to give us the details.

If you would like for your classmates to remember you and your family in their prayers, just let some of us know and we’ll pass it on to these praying friends or attach it somewhere on the net if you want us to.

May God bless us all in 2011 and don’t forget the National Day of Prayer.

Added 9/11/2011: Related post on “ExtraordinaryPrayer

Happy Valentine’s Day

8 Feb

Did we make a big deal out of this day at SEHS?

I have trouble remembering many of the details of our life at the Castle, but it seems to me that everyone celebrates some of these holidays now much more than back then. I have memories of valentine card exchanges in the grade school years but not at Southeast. Is it possible that today the celebration of Valentine’s Day has taken on increased significance?

Read the blurb at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Valentine’s_Day
See what you think. If you can remember, leave a comment about a special valentine gift. May all our class-mates enjoy Valentine’s Day this year with those you love!

A Valentine gift of Poems(for former YFC’ers & other classmates)

When Silence was Broken

17 Jan

Honoring Dr.Martin Luther King

As we went out into the world following our graduation, I doubt that any of us had any idea of what our country would face in the 60’s much less for the rest of our lives. The home that I was raised in had a strong “southern” heritage. Whenever the subject of Dr. King came up, he was not spoken of with any degree of respect. How was it in your home?

Now fifty years later, I have come to have the greatest respect for this man of peace and what he stood and spoke out for in our generation. I urge my fellow classmates to join me today in honoring the memory of Dr. King by listening to the burden of his life as a loyal Christian and a loyal American.

For what it is worth, the cause for which he gave his life appears to me one that continues to demand breaking the silence now more than ever in America. But we must learn to do so in a peaceful, non-violent way that respects our neighbor and their right to disagree publically. And Dr. King can serve as a model of how we can learn to do that even on the most difficult subjects.

A tribute to Dr.King’s vision in song, by Nina Simone

A related post on my E4Unity blog from May 2008

A name from the Virtual wall- Viet Nam War Memorial

Finish the year with Alumni

13 Dec

SEHS Alumni Association Invitation

A personal invitation to the Open House, this Thursday, December 16th.
(Click here)

Did you miss the earlier notice posted a week ago? Don’t forget to click on the COMMENTS too!

Merry Christmas Class of ’60

4 Dec

KC Plaza at Christmas

It’s been a great year of celebrating our 50th Anniversary! What better way to go out in style than to recall one of my favorite Kansas City scenes at this time of year- the lights at The Country Club Plaza. Here’s hoping that each one had a wonderful celebration and will have a very meaningful Christmas and a happy new year.