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06/29/16 05:05 PM #8    

 

Jimmie Brown

Fellow classmates of the famous class of 1958. I share the well expressed sentiments of our own Professor Lester D. Langley......a learned person of letters in academia. Have often remarked to family and friends.....and even acquaintances....that in 16 years of school, I personally observed only one (1) fist fight.....that was in the 9th grade.....do not know the nature of the confrontation. It was over in 5 seconds and a bloody nose was the only damage. Never saw any person bullied or pushed around.....never saw drugs or anyone totally inebriated......obviously no drug overdose. Never knew any alcoholic parents, divorces or adults that abused spouses or children. People mostly lived their lives quietly, went to work daily and earned an honest living. As Dan says, common sense and reasonable behavior were prevalent. In many ways...."back in the day".....was better in so many ways than the values and behavior of our society in 2016. My most treasured memories of the Borger High School class of 1958 was that our classmates seemed to always be smiling and happy to see each other. Yes, we lived in a simple but wonderful time!  :)

 

 

 


04/04/17 10:41 AM #9    

Larry Foster

Great suggestion and everyone I think would agree. How is your book coming along? You have Mucho talent in writing. Larry


04/06/17 08:47 AM #10    

Larry Foster

Thank you so much for sharing, really appreciate to know more about your family. I look forward to reading the book. Larry


04/24/17 08:24 AM #11    

Mary Ann Brooks (Ferguson)

YOU ARE AN INSPIRATION TO ALL OF YOUR CLASSMATES. IF WE HAD A WALL OF FAME YOU WOULD BE ON IT ALONG WITH C.M. SHEARER AND MANY OTHERS. WE ARE BLESSED TO HAVE BEEN RAISED IN BORGER AMERICA.


06/25/17 04:21 PM #12    

 

Jimmie Brown

Dan,

Good Idea.

Count me in for 6 month DFW reunuions of BHS Class of 58

Jimmie D. Brown


06/26/17 12:44 PM #13    

Samuel (Bob) West

Dan great idea. Let me know when and where. What can I do to help. Bob West 


06/27/17 12:00 PM #14    

 

Ted Tanner

Bob,

Bonnie & I think that's a very good Idea.  (or could be just one a year),  Thanks.


08/23/17 10:01 AM #15    

Charles Boydston (Chief) Boyd

Harold, may the Lord wash you with peace over Eva's homecoming.  Comfort him Lord, help him through this time of greiving and bless him with the peace that passes all human understanding!!!  In the name of Jesus!!!

Your Indian in Jesus,

Chief


12/25/17 02:01 PM #16    

 

Jimmie Brown

Professor Langley,

Well said.


12/30/17 02:46 PM #17    

 

Jimmie Brown

Very deep thoughts from Dr. Lester Dan Langley.


01/11/18 07:48 PM #18    

 

Jimmie Brown

Perfesser Danny,

Thwnks for your errfort and research.

I would be interested in all the options except golf.


01/13/18 09:26 AM #19    

 

Jimmie Brown

Fellow Borger High School 1958 classmates,

Sunday, January 14, 2018 is the 78th birthday of our classmate Richard Bostick.

He and wife Marie have endured much difficulty in the past year.

Their home was flooded during Huricane Harvey.

Then Richard fell and fractured his hip.

Currenntly, he is in therapy at:Cllear Lake Regional Medical Center, 500 W. Medical Center Blvd, Webster, TX 77598.

Richard was scheduled for hip surgery last week, but incurred pneumonia, so the surgery was cancelled. He as lost weight from 165lbs to current 124lbs.

Richard and Marie are feeling very alone due to all their tribulations.

They need our encouragement. A "Get Well Card" would certainly lift their spirits.

Marie cell phone: 281-467-6609.


01/14/18 01:06 PM #20    

Edwin Gerald Hazzard

 

Just returned from visiting Richard in Hospital. His condition is not good, but he is in good sprits. Marie has been by his side for about 2 months. She needs time for her self, I hope to releive her this week. We talked about going to the reunion together. In the mean time

FEMA is very slow in giving help toward fixing their house. They require Est of replacement furniture, before they release money for remodle... a lot of leg work. I am doing this, next week.

they will be in Hospital for several more weeks, after he gets his strength back, they plan another surgery on his hip. Then more therapy in hos. 

More later,

Gerald

 

 

 

 


01/14/18 06:22 PM #21    

 

Jimmie Brown

Gerald,

Thanks for visiting Richard and Marie today on Richard's 78th birthday.

I'm sure Marie appreciated your visit, as she has felt alone during all the tribulations they have endured with flooding of their home from Hurricane Harvey, followed by Richard's health issues.

She will sleep better tonight knowing that you are willing to assist with the FEMA documentation.

All of us BHS 1958 classmates salute your efforts.

Jimmie B. Brown

 


07/14/18 07:02 PM #22    

 

Jimmie Brown

Professor  Dan,

Thanks for your message. As always, you express your wisdom in a scholarly and amusing style. Keep 'em comin'

 


07/26/18 08:08 AM #23    

John Wilkinson

Hello Dan, I also enjoy reading your posts and would enjoy participating in your Sunday School class.  My path is somewhat similar to yours as we joined the Bozeman United Methodist Church and I became an Independent not too long ago.  This morning I read a blog by Parker Palmer that discussed the same issues we face caused by living more years.  He stated that "Wholeness does not mean perfection: It means embracing brokenness as an integral part of life."  Keep up the great work!  John W.


07/28/18 02:14 PM #24    

Samuel (Bob) West

Dan, thank you so much for your insights and opinions, they are wonderful to read. I wish you the best in your spritual quest.  As for me, I have become more liberal as I grow older. I am still a conservative on issues of economics, but on social issues I am far to the left. I live in the Redest county in Texas and am a miniority as to my political beliefs. On spritual matters I have come to look down on religion per se, but look up to people who are Christian and put their efforts to help others above their words.  It is amusing to those that know me that I belong to a Presbyterian church, while at the same time looking down my nose at theology. But, the people there have helped me find a lot of peace.  To  people that grew up in Borger, Texas I think we found faith at an early age just to survive that place, and most learned to lean on, lift up their class mates and be a part of something other than themselves.. Not to make light of anyone suffering from depression, but it has helped me to look in the mirror, and at my age feel how good it is to see a reflection of a live human being looking back. Please take care of yourself and keep sending your knowledge to the rest of us. I look forward to your new book and hope it is published soon. Bob West

 


08/24/18 03:20 PM #25    

 

Lester Dan Langley

Bob West expressed views very much like those I've heard from others. What a nation calls history a person calls memory or nostalgia, which sounds better. It really would be better to be conservative when one is young because you may not be so disappointed when things don't turn out the way you wanted or thought possible. I'm now putting the final revisions on "The Long American Revolution," which involves cutting a bloated and messy Preface in half and trying to explain at the end why I can say men, especially white males, who are as angry now as they were in 1776, are both the problem and the solution. That may be easier than an admission that I am nowadays more nostalgic about the world I was trying to leave in 1958 than I thought possible. I'm finishing my first year as a member of a local Methodist church, and it has helped immensely, but I also have to acknowledge that some things and feelings are not recoverable. It helps to take the proverbial leap of faith to accept that. As the late Bennie Hill might have said, "You play the hand you're dealt." 


09/10/18 02:44 PM #26    

Leonard Vance Moxom

no,we are moving forward in recovery,with new and rewarding markets.

 


09/11/18 11:26 AM #27    

Samuel (Bob) West

Dan.  My definition of victims is simple. Probably too simplistic. The holocost, stroke, ms, alzheimers, heart failure, drug addicition, psychopaths. The list is endless of the tradegy imposed on people beyond their control. As is the will of the majority imposed upon the minority. Physically and economically.

A child born in poverty and of a minority race (which we whites are becoming) is a victim.

I disagree with your sunday school collegues opinion about the bible having all the answers. That is hogwash to me.  The bible did not cure polio or leporsy, nor does it prevent nature or mankind from very distructive acts. 

I do not believe in a literal interpretation of that book. Anything written by any man is flawed to some degree. (shades of Winfred Moore and First Baptist Borger haunt my memory where we were taught dominoes, card games and dancing were from the devil and not approved of in the Bible, although where in that book I could not locate). As you can probably guess I am not an evangelical.

Are we victims in the United States? Not when we have the power to change our systems. Are we ignorant or lazy to allow abuse? Probably. Victims, no.  We choose and it is not imposed on us. 

Are we self de-structive? Observation and history indicates we are.

Baseball and apple pie won;t beat Atom Bombs, populations disparities, or ignorance. If we are too lazy, dumb or crazy to pay attention and not elect intelligent, moral people to govern us, we are not victims, We are suicidal.

Glad I lived in the time period I did. We had it easy. Maybe that is our problem.

Thanks for being our classmate, our brain power and spokesman. Bob West

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks for your outlook and questions. You make us think.  Bob West


09/14/18 01:26 PM #28    

 

Lester Dan Langley

Other members in our class who knew Richard Bostick better than I will have more to say about him, and it will be better than what I have to say, as I probably had no more than one hour of conversation with him, and most of that came from the times when he joined the Possum Kingdom gang. His even-tempered personality and disposition will make the list, as others in our class have confirmed. And most of us were aware, either from personal contact or second-hand, what he went through in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. I do not know what church he belonged to or what his political beliefs were. I do know that I cannot imagine talking about the Class of '58 without including him, as someone who knew where he belonged and never had to ask why. In an era when everyone seems to be angry about someone or something, I never heard him utter a discouraging word. I believe that I'll hang on to the one hour of conversation I had with him. Maybe the world will look better.


09/14/18 07:48 PM #29    

 

Jimmie Brown

Our !958 classmate, Richard Bostick's, basic personality can best be described as consistent, mild, polite to all, and friendly. .Always smiling, happy, and glad to see, and visit with everyone who came in contact with him. He never said a discouranging word. Never prone to gossip. Never showed anger. Never was in a bad mood.

I will always treasure the moments in we shared in conversation of our travels, occupations, and families.

The world would be a much better place if all persons possessed and consistently displayed the posirive personality atttibutes of our classmate and friend Richard Bostick.

I feel blessed that he was a part of my life.

Richard Bostick will be missed.


10/31/18 01:38 PM #30    

 

Kenneth Cunningham

Dan -

Don't change anything.  Do it your way and they will learn something.  Be sure to send out the web site for the documents.

Kenneth


03/06/19 02:57 PM #31    

 

Lester Dan Langley

Actually, as things worked out, the class drew only one student––competition with other classes had something to do with that––so I cancelled it and took an Enneagram class, which I highly recommend. For those who have done that, I am a five and my "wing" is an eight. I've been in the Methodist church for almost two years, and it has helped, but I still need an exoricism. So, I dropped my Sunday school class and am now going to two weekly church services, a smaller one on Saturday afternoon and my regular Sunday service. Why? Not because I get no benefit from Sunday school. Not because I am a liberal and my class has both Calvinist (unconditional) and conditional Christians who are both conservative. It's because I don't have to say anything. I don't have to remind conservatives that they are the true revolutionaries, and, second, they assume there is only ONE definition of a liberal when there are several––a liberal conservative, who believes in big government to promote the economy but not interfere in human development; a liberal progressive, who believes in transforming humans into something more agreeable to meet social needs––John Dewey, for example––and who wound up giving us eugenics. Even the Nazis thought that was going too far. I don't believe Donald Trump is our worst president. Theodore Roosevelt was also 12 years old, Thomas Jefferson did more harm to national security, civil rights, and disabling the economy, but both deserve to be on Mt. Rushmore. James Buchanan endangered the Union more by not acting during the secession crisis; John Kennedy was closer to God (read his Inaugural) but more dangerous in his provocative foreign policy; LBJ was a bigger bully. If I had to categorize Trump, it would be this: he's our first narcissistic socialist president, totally committed to family interests. I give him credit for reaching out to the "forgotten laboring class," although he really doesn't  do all that much for them.  He attracts the lingering national socialist crowd, admittedly, but in his style and admiration he comes closer to the modern Russian variety. As a recovering liberal who has few liberal friends, I have some sympathy for the democratic socialists who are running, but I fear that in victory they would soon be swept aside by the true believers. The Left (Russian or Soviet style) has NO chance in this country, but the right (neo-Nazi variety) does, and I really do fear that. The next civil war (which none of us will see) will be between two national factions--those following California and those following Texas. Though alike in their demographic makeup, these two economic powerhouses are worlds apart one some vital social, economic, cultural, and political questions. The war will be a bloodbath, and Canada and Mexico may of necessity become involved, and the war may, as did that of 1861-1865, precipitate an international crisis. May God have mercy on our souls and protect our children and grandchildren.


03/09/19 09:20 AM #32    

 

Lester Dan Langley

There's nothing like taking a break, and in this follow-up to my last post I did, only my R&R involved a one-hour session with my Methodist minister ("Mr. Rogers") and one of two women associate pastors, who reminds me of Mary Tyler Moore and behaves as if she were the spiritual voice of the Me Too Movement. Truth to tell, I was ten minutes away from scheduling an appointment with a psychologist (which in my case generally end in one way) when I decided to arrange the meeting at the church. The combination of the two was both inspirational and educational. The minister grew up in the Deep South, in a religious atmosphere of reinforcing original sin and the guilt that is its clone. When I mentioned I had spent my teen years in the Southern Baptist Church, he quickly gave me a more helpful diagnosis, a deviation from the Calvinist strain that is still present in mainline Methodism and is deepening the division among Methodists over ordination of gay and lesbian ministers. I may not be much help on that one, but I came out of the session with a great sense of relief. And I'll be returning to my regular Sunday school class in about a week. This time I'll go back with a different attitude. Some people have one definition of a value or a belief and one answer for just about any question or dilemma. As you know, I am the sort to have five, four of which are arguable or problematical and a fifth which pisses everybody off. I'm no longer going to dwell on this when one of my class members sticks to what at one time I would have called a spiritual "strait-jacket." Their views are based largely on faith. On some issues or matters, I confess, the "one size fits all" doesn't seem to square with reality or the proverbial common sense we believe is necessary. I know that some of you have strong feelings about growing up in the kind of environment I've described. I can only state that from now on I'm not going to chime in with analysis when someone in the class remarks that these are the worst of times and "nowadays you can't tell young people anything." That was true in the 5th century B.C. Some of my Calvinist church members may pause when they read the sentence in my forthcoming book that the key to understanding American Exceptionalism is not our commitment to freedom or women's empowerment or affirmative action for the relief of the oppressed but our "world-class hypocrisy," which we can justify by saying it is done in the name of human improvement and a perverted but understandable sense of commitment to the community as well as justice. Others will affirm that what happens is God's will and our purpose in the world is God's work. If any express a polite but pointed demurral to what I wrote, I believe he or she will be satisfied with my response that, after all, what sociologists and historians call a "contradiction," we call an "hypocrisy," which is a sin. Isn't that why we're in church seeking redemption? I'll keep you posted. I've gotten my soul back, but I am still in need of an exorcism, Methodist-style. My marriage will never get back to what it once was, but I can remind myself how lucky I have been to have married "Abigail Adams," even as I retain lingering, painful thoughts of having broken up in high school with someone who was willing to be a friend but nothing more.


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