15 Amazing (and Simple) Things For a Happy Life

Oy, happiness. It’s there. We must practice patience. It’s like a Taco Bell burrito. Sometimes, they’re made incorrectly. All the cheese or sauce or sauce and cheese get tucked into the final fifth of the burrito. One must endure dry beans for a while, but eventually you’ll get the cheese. Or the sauce or sauce…

Where Are You Going? 10 Questions for Direction

To remain in this moment becomes perhaps the closest we can come to ultimate harmony. It’s tricky. It requires dismissing the past, shunning self-imposed limitations and savoring every ounce of life. Living in the moment also gets a bad rap. That’s what happens when folks jet to Vegas or say yes when they should say no, invoking a…

What One Soccer Coach Included On His Wish List Might Shock You

I’ll get it out of the way, first. As a soccer coach, I’d love it if the tradition of root beer and a Cubano sandwich became post-game routine. I know that won’t happen, unless I make it work for myself. (Coaches who maintain a set approval rating could upgrade to cold beer and a Monte…

Travel Light. Wear Simple Clothes. Just Watch.

Eloquent people seem to travel lots. Or maybe travel breeds eloquence. What do you think? I don’t travel much. Unless you count roundtrip drives to Mooresville, or the trips I’ll take to the mountains for Elise’s games. There’s my annual work trip to someplace tropical every winter. When you travel, you pick up stories, whether…

When My Big Girl Was Little …

It’s two days until Moving Day. She’s eaten her way through a Farewell Tour, met with friends and brought home boxes of Zaxby’s and cups of Krispy Kreme coffee. Her stuff’s all packed. She’s dumped off all the “visit us!” college pamphlets on one sister and stole a bottle of lotion from the other. I envy the…

3 Life Lessons I Learned From Pat Summitt

  Chick hoops. That’s what sports departments I worked in called women’s basketball. Labels banter about safely in the presumed safety of like minds. Women’s athletics’ best chance at appreciation didn’t come through regard, admiration or respect. More likely, it’d come from a news editor so enamored with tennis player Mary Pierce that he locked…

Go Ask Daddy About Ancient Sports, Front Range Stores and Brain Training

There’s not a lot of Bo in my girls’ games. By Bo, I mean Bo Jackson, the super athlete who got dudes started on two sports back in the 1990s. For my girls, the year’s split into two seasons: Soccer season, and count-your-wounds-and-fight-with-each-other-until-soccer-season-starts-again season. That’s fine with me. Other families transition into basketball after fall soccer….

Photo a Day Challenge: June 29 – the Letter M

I’ve a lifelong tradition – of losing. Losses and losing streaks and losing seasons dot my sporting timeline. I have the green and yellow field-day ribbons to prove it. Want to know where the fringe begins? I made a home there. You can claim that, when you’re the last player to make it on the…

Our Unsafe Histories, in 6 Words

We operate on CD time around here. You know – Coach Daddy time. A to Z Challenge? Few days behind. Photo a Day Challenge? Hell, June’s almost over, and it feels like I have a week of photos to take. So it stands to reason we’d recognize National Safety Month – June – On June…