I spent the afternoon watching the Ryan High Cowboys play baseball against the Waurika Eagles.  Other than the bull gnats and the skimpy rations of chili and cheese on the Frito pie it was an enjoyable evening.

  The Annual Ryan Town Easter Egg Hunt was a rousing success.  Lots of children and prizes were on hand for the festivities.  The Baptist Church is having an Easter Egg Hunt this Saturday at the Bob Givens Sports Complex.  Registration is at 9:45, the hunt starts at 10:00 and the drawing for the bicycle will begin at 10:45.  Come join in the fun.   It seems odd to me, a giant rabbit hiding chicken eggs to celebrate a Christian holiday, but that is just me.

  The American Legion of Ryan  is going to start having “Family Night “, this will be a dance with a live band and concessions will be on hand.  It is planned for Saturday, May 18th.  I will bring you more information as it is available.

  If you read last weeks column you will remember that I mentioned the survey about what books that are your personal favorites.  In the category of novels, I would have to say that my all time favorite is “To Kill A Mockingbird” by Harper Lee.  Besides the nostalgia of growing up in a small town where everyone is familiar with everyone, there is the character of Atticus Finch.  A man very much of his time but willing to stand against bigotry and injustice that was unfortunately still a part of everyday life in a lot of places.  If you have never read this fine book, give it a try.  In the category of non-fiction, my favorite is the biography called “Captain Sir Richard Burton” by Edward Rice.  Captain Burton was an Irish national serving as an officer in the British Army, in itself a feat.  He was highly intelligent and skilled in many languages and dialects.  This enabled him to serve as an officer, spy and interpreter.  He was the first westerner to enter Medina and Mecca, doing so in the disguise of a native dervish.  Well worth the read.  They also made a movie about Captain Burton and his partner John Hanning Speke.  Between the two of them they discovered the source of the Nile.  The movie, “Mountains of the Moon” is a fictionalized account but still a good movie.  I could go on and on and often do, so until next week. 

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