The Bonner Treehouse: Circa 2012

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Manu Hand Injury: The Fans React

  1. News hit this morning at Spurs shoot around:
  2. Coach Pop said at shoot around that Manu Ginobili will undergo surgery on his fractured fifth metacarpal. More info to come later today.
  3. Within minutes, the Spurs top scoring player tweeted out the news himself:
  4. Tmrw I’ll have a plate & screws on my beloved left hand. Not thrilled. I’ll keep u posted. Thank u all!
  5. Manu injured his shooting out Monday night during the Spurs’ loss against the Minnesota Timberwolves.
    News that he would be out longer than expected hit Spurs fans hard.
  6. Tough break for Manu and Spurs. Surgery on left hand tomorrow to insert plate and screws. Out 6-8 weeks now.
  7. Hope Manu have a speedy recovery. Get well wishes to you
  8. Better him getting hurt now, instead at the end of the season. Now we can truly see the depth we have and see if they can step it up which I know they will. Neal is back so as long as they can carry the load we will be ok guys.
  9. do we even have 6-8 weeks left in the NBA?…lol
  10. Despite the bad news for Manu and his team, there’s still roundball to be played.
  11. Doing Spurs-Warriors game tonight on Fox Sprts SW. Despite sour tidings on Manu, will not be wearing black.
  12. We’ll have more on the Spurs-Warriors game – and Manu’s injury – tonight on The NightBeat at 10.

Casey Anthony Verdict

After weeks of testimony, the Casey Anthony jury returned a verdict that – by many accounts – could be described as “stunning.”Not Guilty on three of the most serious charges against her – 1st degree murder, aggravated manslaughter and aggravated child abuse – in connection with the death of her two-year-old daughter Caylee. Casey Anthony was convicted of making false statements to investigators.

The morning started with jurors in the Casey Anthony trial back in deliberations, for the second day.
Amid speculation that the weeks-long trial could end with the jury taking several days to render a verdict, news crews covering the trial still packed the sidewalks outside the courthouse.

Crowd outside the Orlando courtroom before Casey Anthony verdict - via @TtheROP
Photo by breaking on twitter

At 12:45pm Central Time, news broke that there was a verdict in the case.
LIVE: The jury has reached a verdict in the Casey Anthony murder trial.
KSAT 12 &
July 5, 2011
As promised, Judge Belvin Perry called the court to order 30 minutes after jurors signaled they had reached a verdict in the case.
That was enough time for people to find a television to watch the verdict announcement on live TV.

Casey Anthony verdict is coming in - and the @ABC6 newsroom is listening. Live cut-ins start shortly after.
Photo by AbbeyNiezgoda on twitter

People at Houston airport watching CNN for the Casey Anthony verdict.
Photo by ProducerAlan on twitter

Awaiting the Casey Anthony verdict @ CNN US newsroom
Photo by nathanberrong on twitter

Watching Casey Anthony verdict with everyone else in the airport.
Photo by scott the painter on flickr

Casey Anthony Jury & Judge have come into the courtroom; verdict beig read in moments. #ksat livestream here:
July 5, 2011
Casey Anthony Wrap: Not guilty of 3 of 4 charges against her, guilty only of lying to investigators. #KSAT
July 5, 2011 Casey Anthony: The Full Verdict – Jurors find Casey Anthony not guilty of murder in the 2008 death of her …
July 5, 2011
Not surprisingly, the Twitterverse, Facebook, Flickr and other social media platforms blew up as people reacted to the verdict.

Stunning verdict: Casey Anthony found not guilty of major charges, only of making false statements
Photo by DaveKell on twitter

For those of you hiding under a rock, or purposefully avoiding the Casey Anthony circus like I’ve been, she’s just been cleared of all murder charges, but found
Laura Confer
July 5, 2011

Casey Anthony: NOT GUILTY!
Photo by Life in Stagnation on flickr

Casey Anthony=OJ Simpson#2
July 5, 2011
I thought for sure casey anthony was going to jail… Wow
July 5, 2011
A lawyer’s take on the Casey Anthony ruling:
July 5, 2011
Racquel Bennett
July 5, 2011
I honestly have no idea what to think about Casey Anthony.
Dylan Elliott
July 5, 2011

Clearly the Twitterverse is reacting strongly to the Casey Anthony verdict. How sad.
Photo by jnnamcky on twitter

Reaction to Casey Anthony verdict is alarming. Twitter consensus is apparently ready to dispose of the Fifth Amendment.
July 5, 2011
Casey Anthony Verdict: Social Media reaction
July 5, 2011
While Defense Attorneys were quick to react to the verdict…
Anthony, Defense Team Celebrate

Casey Anthony and her defense team cry and hug each other after the 25-year-old was found not guilty of murdering her young daughter, Caylee.
… members of the jury have signaled that they will have no comment on the deliberations – at least not yet.
Casey Anthony Jury ‘Not Interested’ In Speaking to Media – ABC News

The seven women and five men who found Casey Anthony not guilty of the murder of her 2-year-old daughter Caylee declined to discuss the verdict that stunned court watchers. Judge Belvin Perry, who presided over the trial, ordered that the jurors’ names be barred from being made public until further notice.
Jurors in the Casey Anthony case are not commenting on their decision. Why make a decision you cannot explain or defend? #cowards
July 5, 2011 – the inability to determine the truth because of equal evidence for and against. See "Casey Anthony jury" for more
July 5, 2011
I love all these people blaming the jury for the Casey Anthony verdict. They do realize it was the PROSECUTION’S job to make the case, righ?
July 5, 2011
As an aside, NBC News tweeted out the picture below of Casey Anthony as the verdict was being read. It was a picture using the Instagram app, and the use of that app garnered nearly as much interest as the case and verdict itself.

RT @NBCNews: Photo of Casey Anthony in the court room while the verdict was being read. #caseyanthony
Photo by local4news on twitter

I dunno how I feel about NBC News using a filtered Instagram photo for the Casey Anthony verdict.
July 5, 2011
Wow, @nbcnews uses instagram: Photo of Casey Anthony in the court room while the verdict was being read.
July 5, 2011
It’s fun and quirky! MT @amydunc Wow, @nbcnews uses instagram: Casey Anthony in court room while verdict was read.
July 5, 2011
Casey Anthony faces one year in prison for each of the four counts of lying to investigators on which she was convicted.
Judge Perry will sentence her Thursday.
ABC News plans to air a special one-hour edition of Nightline Tuesday night, and there will be a one-hour special “The Casey Anthony Story” airing on ABC Wednesday night at 9:00pm CT.

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Andy Bear And His New Blog

Every now and then, someone comes along in your life and they find a way into your heart.

And you know it’s forever.

My friends Lisa & Andrew – college friends – are like that. So, too, are their kids – Andy and Cami.

Andy is a wealth of knowledge about sports – especially anything Spurs. He’s funny and smart and loves his family and friends – and he is the most gentle soul I know.

Cami is just a bundle of energy, who never met a camera she didn’t like – a budding actress with a big, bright smile and a generous, kind spirit.

I describe The Ramon Family (briefly) because they have quite a story to tell – especially Andy Bear (his nickname since forever) – who just started his own blog,   from his hospital room at Santa Rosa Children’s Hospital.

I know I will be reading it regularly – I hope you join me.

Andy’s journey likely has lessons for us all.

This may be my 2ND favorite video of the day!

Oh, I think this has become my 2ND favorite video of the day.

Thanks, @dannycharbel for sharing!

Easily my favorite video of the day!!!

Easily my favorite video of the day!!!

I Love U 2 Pieces *

A Little Girl & Her Fairy Godmothers

Gertie Lou & Winston & Bernice

You stand there… you sit there… you love me… and I am grateful.

Sitting resplendent in your yellow dress, you are magnificent, every ounce the Queen, though you never knew it.

Standing guard in your white uniform, you twist your hands, playing with the nails on your thumbs, ready for anything

(you were always ready for anything).

And perched on my beloved red tricycle – red and orange tassles hanging from the handlebars like streamers ready to fly off at a moment’s notice –

I ride on, bracing for whatever comes my way.

I remember many nights laying my head on your chests, nuzzled in your soft, cozy arms, delighted by your smiles, your chatter,

your instant approval.

(But make no mistake, there were scoldings, too.)

I was safe, snuggled in the warmth of you, your hand-made afghans and cozy nightgowns.

But I always had the same wish when I threw a penny in the fountain at NorthPark: that I would go first so I wouldn’t

ever, ever, ever have to find my way without you.

Even as I tried to force my cats and dogs to love each other

(figuring that if I loved them so much, they should love each other, too),

you watched patiently, amused.

You patched up my scrapes, scratches and stubbed toes when

I tangled with the wrong tree.

Now, so many years later, I know my life without your lessons of love would be bland at best.

(A dose of reality here: I was spoiled by your treats – the cream puffs, chocolate eclairs and Angel Food Cakes – thanks to you, sweets hold no allure for me as a grown woman.)

Oh, my.

You stood… you watched… you loved… and you taught.

You helped bring me to me, and for that, Gertie Lou and Winston,

I Love U 2 Pieces*.

* ” I Love U 2 Pieces” is the way Gertie Lou (seated in the yellow dress) would end her letters to my great-grandmother Bernice Ryan Mills when they wrote to one another. I just love that. *

** I wrote this essay from my heart, but it also was written as part of a writing experiment initiated by my friend Dawn, who’s taking a writing class and thought it would be fun to share the experience and the homework.

This essay is my homework.

Here was the assignment.

I think everyone should try, too

(and post your essay in the comments section).