I Believe … VI

Sometimes, it’s an uphill battle. Isn’t it? But not always. And momentum shifts. A friend implored me a while back, over alcoholic ice cream, to “cheer up!” I explained it like this: Mood can be represented by pebbles. Pebbles are easy to move and shift on the fly. State isn’t so mobile. Boulders represent your state. …

I believe … part III

So much to believe in. Some of it is colossal – like politics and religion and which state makes the best barbecue. Some of it might seem trivial – like politics, religion, and whether the designated hitter has a place in baseball. I’ve started to listen to myself, and examine some of those beliefs. I’ll …

I Believe …

You know I love me some underdogs. It’s not just being the anti-favorite in a game or in life – it’s a lifestyle. It’s humility and hope, it’s dreams and down-to-earth. It has one common ingredient, one building block that makes everything else possible. And without it, it’s tough to accomplish anything. It’s belief. To …

Sunday Reads V: Authentic Living, Savvy Writing and Cookies You Won’t Believe Actually Exist

Never raise a hand to a child, I read once – it leaves your midsection unprotected. Comedy writer Robert Orben said that. I’ve never raised a hand to any of my children. I have, however, left my midsection – from the bottom of my rib cage to my upper thigh – vulnerable. I’ve been kicked …

Sunday Reads IV: Seasonal Nostalgia, Meaningful Numerals and the Day Life Began

I’m in the midst of some of my favorite sounds of summer as I write this. I’m in the press box at Sims Legion Park in Gastonia on a Saturday night. I’m covering a pair of Coastal Plain League games. It’s an odd doubleheader: Game 1 was a continuation of a game suspended by rain …

Why Settling (Always) for an Omelet is a Lousy Way to be a Father

Hey … guess what five words anger my kids. Like, instantly. Your game has been canceled Your sister’s wearing your pants We’re all out of cheese Actually, all of those could be considered true statements. (If she finds out her game’s been cancelled while her sister’s wearing her pants and we’re out of cheese? Well, …