Monday, February 21, 2022

FEARGHAIL NIECES - PRIDE IN BASKETBALL AND LIFE (published 2/21/2022; article #299)


Howdy, y'all! Thanks for stopping by to read a while.

My latest article on the entitled topic was on 1/30/2022. I called my youngest brother yesterday, His wife, their two daughters, and he were at a tennis court. His wife and their daughters were trying to figure out how to play tennis! My brother was resting on the sideline. Who knows? Tennis may be the next topic of pride!

The Rogersville Review Article

The elder daughter of my youngest brother and his wife had a photograph included, in The Rogersville Review, 2/2/2022, Wednesday, Midweek Edition, page 3B. The article is “Lady Chiefs Drop Pair to Cocke County, West Greene,” by Randy Ball, Review Contributor. Remember, you must have a paid subscription to read the article!

The photograph, below, is from the link, above. It is one of ten photographs in the article. Randy Ball takes great photographs, and he writes well.

2021 - 2022 Basketball Season

I can't find, on The Rogersville Review, WRGS Radio, the Cherokee High School, or the Bulls Gap Middle School websites, the 2021 - 2022 Cherokee High School Ladies Basketball season scores or the Bulls Gap Middle School Ladies Basketball scores. The administrators of those websites need to do better!

On The Rogersville Review, 2/16/2022, Midweek Edition, page 4B, by Jim Beller, Sports Editor, I did, however, see that the Cherokee Lady Chiefs basketball team were 11 - 18 overall and 1 - 7 in conference. The Cherokee Chiefs (boys) basketball team, unfortunately, were 0 - 26 overall and 0 - 8 in conference. (Remember, you must have a subscription to read the article.)

Well, the Cherokee Lady Chiefs did much better than the Cherokee Chiefs (boys) team! That's the way to show those boys, ladies!

Up Next?

The speculation is that the next sports adventure, by the two daughters of my youngest brother and his wife, may be tennis! That's great!

I played bench, mostly, on the church basketball league, when I was in grade school. I hadn't hit my growing spurt yet! I did play in a game or two.

I was an outstanding pitcher, on the church softball league, when I was in grade school. Just ask “Guru!” No one thought that they could strike him out! I did!

Well, that was back in West View Baptist Church days. Those were great days! I remember. I may write more later.

I took a course in tennis, when I attended ETSU (East Tennessee State University), in 1982 to 1983. I played many fierce and competitive tennis games, with friends, back in the day. I think that my “bionic” body could still play tennis well enough. I recall when the surgeon, who repaired my damaged left shoulder, right knee, and right foot, told me that I may never swing a tennis racket over my head again. I've been able to do that for about five years now!


Well, on 2/1/2022 and again a few minutes ago, I tested negative, on a made in China test, to test me for the China virus. I was just having some fun with it!

I am not a negative person! I have positive and evidence-based faith hope – in the everlasting! Do you understand? Would you like my help? If so, use my “Contact Form,” to email me. We can sip and drink coffee a while, as we discuss deeply spiritual topics.

Sunday, February 20, 2022

Life, “Such As It Was,” Update (2/13 - 19/2022): “Supper Bowl,” Valentine's Day, Birthday Call, Sessions Court Judge Candidate (published 2-20-2022; article #298)


Dad (Earl Ferrell, 9/17/1927 - 1/25/2008) use to say, about meals he'd prepared for us -- after Mom (Betty Lou Wood Ferrell, 11/24/1932 - 12/27/2000) went to see Jesus – “it's ready, such as it is.” Dad became a good cook. We enjoyed the meals he prepared for us, usually on Sunday afternoons, when family would visit together, at the homeplace.

That's why I title articles, “life, such as it is” or “as it was.” I'm “trying to keep it going, Dad” – well at least the basic theme. I'm not much of a cook.

Supper Bowl”

“Supper Bowl” Sunday was on 2/13/2022. I like a good supper bowl.


The above image is a free download from (Berlin, Germany). The image is by Louise Tsaraph.

Well, I like the good food that's in any supper bowl (if the bowl is large enough). I've never eaten anything colored blue, in a supper bowl before.

The NFL Super Bowl was on 2/13/2022. The TV was on Gunsmoke and the other usual Sunday evening choices. Neither the Pittsburgh Steelers, Green Bay Packers, nor the Carolina Panthers were in it – my three teams, in order. The Kansas City Chiefs, my fourth team, was not in it.

My Sunday, August 8, 2021 article remarked on my 7/19/2021 e-mail to Roger Goodell. He has never replied. I don't follow the NFL much – especially if my Steelers aren't doing very well. By the way, I wish “Big Ben,” Ben Roethlisberger, a good retirement! His 18 seasons with my Steelers were usually very good or great.

Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day was last Monday. I joke about calling Valentine's Day “VD Day.” I created the following card, for Mrs. Appalachian Irishman. I worked at home that day, so I could wash towels, at lunch.

Mrs. Appalachian Irishman's gift to me will be my third “bionic” tooth! On 2/3/2022, just after I'd arrived at the “Hadean Realm” office, not at home, I chipped an upper right tooth. The culprit was a filling, about 40 years old, that could not take the punishment of the chewing gum that I'd just started to chew! On 2/11/2022, working part of the day from home, my dentist patched my tooth with a temporary filling. On 3/4/2022, Friday, I plan to work from home, part of the day. My dentist plans to fit my tooth for the crown. Later in March, I'll get that third “bionic” tooth! Thanks, dear, for your Valentine's Day gift!

My Sunday, August 16, 2020 article mentioned my second “bionic” tooth. I hope that my other 40-year old fillings hold!

Birthday Call

I am the eldest of the four sons of Earl and Betty Ferrell. The youngest daughter of my brother, who is next to eldest, attained age 36, on 2/16/2022, Wednesday. After my “work-at-home-a-day,” I called her.

We had a very good conversation of almost an hour. The last time we saw each other was on 7/3/2021 (Saturday). My Monday, July 5, 2021 article wrote about the details. We both hope that the Earl and Betty “Fearghail” clan can get together, in person, one of these days soon.

Washington County, TN, Sessions Court Judge Candidate

I have a lifelong friend. His mother and my mother were friends. I have always known my friend. (By the way, his birthday was on 2/6/2022. After having played phone tag, we talked, finally, on 2/8/2022 – the birthday of my next to youngest brother. Yes, that brother and I played phone tag on 2/8/2022. He and I talked by phone on 2/9/2022.)

My friend is the eldest of three siblings. His sister (via good ol' “Farcebook”) informed folks that their youngest sibling is a candidate for Washington County, Tennessee, Sessions Court Judge!

I encourage my Washington County, Tennessee, readers to vote for Todd Hull. His website is (copyright © 2022 Todd Hull for Sessions Court Judge - All Rights Reserved.)

On his “Farcebook” page, I wrote the following comments earlier today: “I have known him as long as he's been alive! He was raised right. He turned out right. He will move in the right direction. I encourage folks in Washington County, TN, to vote for him.”

I can still remember playing backyard football – among many other good memories! True friends stay connected through the years.


Well, Dad, this is my “life, such as it was” update. Once I join Mom, you, and so many others, we will pass everlastingness, in part, by talking about our various life stories, when we were on this temporal plain.

Until then, Dad, I will remember this story. I look forward to telling it to you!