The kids and I really enjoy our poetry teas. This week we did Casey at Bat by Earnest Thayer. What a great baseball poem and fable. Casey is so overconfident that he doesn't even bother to swing at the first two pitches. Boy, what a mistake! He swings and misses the last pitch completely. The famous Casey strikes out! I read the poem to the kids and then we listened to James Earl Jones reading it. We then watched a Disney mini episode of Casey at Bat. Why do the cartoons seem so much more educational from the 1940's and 1950's? I guess it is just another example of the dumbing down of America.