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  • Deacon Dan Wright serves the Diocese of Austin, Texas. His work outside the parish is as a special education teacher serving students with significant cognitive disabilities.



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January 16, 2007



What a wonderful photo.

It goes back and forth while at work: A gasp, and then, "You are NOT 97 -- that's impossible!" And then the date of birth is reeled off, and even without pen and paper, I see that the numbers do indeed reveal a 97 (OR a 103) year old youngster before me. Then it comes back, "You are NOT a grandmother -- it's impossible!" So I reel off the birthdate of my eldest child, and we all shake our heads in marveling (um, and in great kindness). There is something to be said for trying to live as a decent is indeed reflected in one's persona; but I am not able to believe there's anyone older than 30 in that photo.

Enjoy the day.. Texas has been blessed. Blog tomorrow!

marco frisbee

W00t, Deacon's got an FJ!

How do they handle on ice? I've always liked 'em, but I'm holding out for a Honda Element. The all-rubber interior is perfect for the kids.

Deacon DW

Actually, the FJ's interior is rubber too--it's kid proof, but it's not a soccer-mom SUV. There are some visibility issues, but I got used to it fast. The FJ handles like a dream on just about any kind of terrain you can imagine with its 6 speed manual transmission and center-locking differential, which delivers full-time 4WD for superb on or off-road performance. However, it's something of a gas hog and requires premium at the pump. So far I've tried it on steep grades, mud (deep mud), and ice. There's been nothing yet that could stop me. I can't wait to take it to Padre Island. I liked the Honda Element, but I chose the FJ because of the size of the vehicle and its feeling of safety. Also, having a good knowledge and experience of the know-how that Toyota put into their FJ40 Land Cruiser helped me to decide. The FJ lives up to its namesake. It's a gutsy four wheel drive.

Deacon DW

Carol, ever see Highlander? It must be my Scottish genes. I'll hold on as long as I can, but 50 is only a couple years away. I hope that when I'm 97 I'm still able to fool 'em into thinking I'm 75.

forget me not

Lovely photo DD. You look younger in this picture than in the one on your profile! Must mean you are defying the laws of nature, so I think you stand a good chance of fooling people when you're 97.


Indeed, FMN. Nope, never saw Highlander, DDW. Whenever I see or hear anything Celtic, my soul literally starts keening, and then hordes of wee folk shiverng out there in the grassicles start wailing.. It is a pain in the Derry air, so I limit it.


Deacon Dan tobogganing down a hill in a laundry basket. Now that would make a great photo. :)

Deacon DW

Gabrielle - it would have to be a large laundry basket.

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