Blog http://ketr.org en Looking back at the Finals with 'NPR Sports' http://ketr.org/post/looking-back-finals-npr-sports <p>Before we say adios to the NBA for the few months before it all begins again, I'd like to invite you to join me in remembering NPR's excellent coverage of last year's Spurs-Heat NBA Finals.&nbsp;</p><p>http://youtu.be/nZhEGxI09-Y</p><p>Thanks to officialcomedy.com for this moment of NPR-themed hilarity. Those of us who are Dallas Mavericks fans who did not jump on the Spurs bandwagon could use a laugh today.</p><p></p> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 15:22:45 +0000 Mark Haslett 55001 at http://ketr.org Looking back at the Finals with 'NPR Sports' Spurs organization has lesson for Cowboys http://ketr.org/post/spurs-organization-has-lesson-cowboys <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>As we have admired the exceptional play of the San Antonio Spurs in the NBA playoffs, here’s a question for Dallas Cowboys fans:&nbsp; Who is <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_Holt">Peter Holt</a>?&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 15:09:38 +0000 John Mark Dempsey 54999 at http://ketr.org Spurs organization has lesson for Cowboys 'March Madness' - madness, indeed? http://ketr.org/post/march-madness-madness-indeed <p>“March Madness,” the NCAA Division I basketball tournament, is great entertainment, like a big summer action-movie blockbuster.&nbsp; As a means of determining a national champion – if by “national champion” we mean “the best team” – it stinks.</p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 15:34:00 +0000 John Mark Dempsey 51005 at http://ketr.org 'March Madness' - madness, indeed? Enjoy the saint's day, whether the beads are Rosary or Mardi Gras http://ketr.org/post/enjoy-saints-day-whether-beads-are-rosary-or-mardi-gras <p>It’s not certain when St. Patrick's Day morphed from a just another saint's day into an excuse for some to get drunk to the point of near-incontinence on emerald-colored concoctions. But, sadly, that's what the holiday seems to have become in the United States.</p><p>Tonight, green Mardi Gras beads, which are as Irish as Vladimir Putin, will fly in bars from Seattle to St. Augustine. Boozy brogues will be attempted, unsuccessfully. Back in the old country, such antics would be dismissed as "a load of bollocks."</p> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 13:47:17 +0000 Mark Haslett 50781 at http://ketr.org Enjoy the saint's day, whether the beads are Rosary or Mardi Gras Evan Jones Trio bassist Pitts finds 'message' in music http://ketr.org/post/evan-jones-trio-bassist-pitts-finds-message-music <p>The American psychologist Abraham Maslov said “A musician must make music, an artist must paint, and a poet must write if he is to be ultimately at peace with himself.”</p><p>Those words have living evidence in the form of a young double bass player named Chris Pitts.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 18 Feb 2014 14:14:00 +0000 J. Michael Williams 49411 at http://ketr.org Evan Jones Trio bassist Pitts finds 'message' in music 'The Globe' now home for Rangers' hopes http://ketr.org/post/globe-now-home-rangers-hopes <p>It might seem hard to imagine baseball on this freezing-cold day in early February. But pitchers and catchers will be reporting to training camp soon. And in just a handful of weeks, Texas Rangers fans can rejoice as the first pitch of the season is thrown at…</p><p>Globe Life Park in Arlington.</p><p>Okay.</p> Wed, 05 Feb 2014 17:58:28 +0000 Mark Haslett 49052 at http://ketr.org 'The Globe' now home for Rangers' hopes Orthodox Christian Texans prepare for Christmas http://ketr.org/post/orthodox-christian-texans-prepare-christmas <p>Orthodox Christians in Texas and around the world celebrate the Feast of the Nativity - Christmas Day - on Jan. 7.</p><p>That's because Dec. 25 in the old Julian calendar falls on Jan. 7 using the newer Gregorian calendar - the one that's in common use today.</p><p>Orthodoxy, of course, isn't the most common form of Christianity in Northeast Texas. There is one Orthodox parish in the KETR listening area - <a href="http://www.orthodox.net/">St. Nicholas Orthodox Church</a> in McKinney.</p> Mon, 06 Jan 2014 22:09:02 +0000 Mark Haslett 47822 at http://ketr.org Orthodox Christian Texans prepare for Christmas Christmas favorites, new and old, ring clear http://ketr.org/post/christmas-favorites-new-and-old-ring-clear <p>Happy Christmas&nbsp;Eve, Northeast Texas!</p><p>We had fun <a href="http://ketr.org/post/worst-noel-some-christmas-songs-are-merrier-others?nopop=1">grumbling</a> about our least-favorite Christmas tunes yesterday, but with the day nearly upon us, we'll get into the spirit of the season with a celebration of those Christmas songs that we love.&nbsp;</p><p>An informal poll of KETR staff asking about their favorite Christmas songs resulted in a fun mix of old and new, secular and religious music.</p> Tue, 24 Dec 2013 07:56:56 +0000 Mark Haslett 47360 at http://ketr.org Christmas favorites, new and old, ring clear The worst Noel? Some Christmas songs are merrier than others http://ketr.org/post/worst-noel-some-christmas-songs-are-merrier-others <p>Christmas music is like any other genre of music in that while some of it touches the heart, a few tunes miss the mark.</p><p>An informal poll of KETR staff revealed that - unsurprisingly - those Christmas songs cited as "least favorite" are those that have little to do with the religious aspect of the day and more to do with the secular mish-mash of commercial icons that, for better or worse, are now part of the holiday.</p> Mon, 23 Dec 2013 20:20:38 +0000 Mark Haslett 47349 at http://ketr.org The worst Noel? Some Christmas songs are merrier than others An ode to Facebook http://ketr.org/post/ode-facebook <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Social media – Facebook, Twitter, et al – come in for their share of criticism.&nbsp;&nbsp; They’re blamed for facilitating bullying, narcissism, and a host of other pathologies.&nbsp; Here’s a word or two on their behalf, at least on behalf of Facebook.</span></p><p>I suspect that Facebook has lost some of its cache with the young and with-it because old timers such as myself have adopted it for the sort of things us old timers like to do, such as keeping watch on our teenage kids.</p> Mon, 16 Dec 2013 12:36:43 +0000 John Mark Dempsey 47009 at http://ketr.org An ode to Facebook