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Proud papa moment

Take some kids, a clear sunny day (after weeks of off-and-on rain), and a baseball. You get spring.

My son at Little League Opening Daydvd films

Competing by cooperating

The news has been filled lately with stories about the dark side of competition. Roger Clemens has testified to Congress about allegations of HGH use, while Barry Bonds has been accused of lying to juries. The NFL has been clouded with the Spygate scandal where the New England Patriots have been accused of taping other teams’ signals. It’s enough to make parents want to pull their child out of sports to take up interpretive dance.

But there is a better way of handling competition – a way that not only encourages people to play fair as well as improve the quality of play. It was something I learned two years ago. It’s something I like to call cooperative competition.

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The blueberry pie approach to dealing with problems

I’ve been reading Got What It Takes? by Bill Boggs. In this book, he interviewed dozens of successful people about their secrets of success. But it is a story that he told about himself and his family that has made the greatest impact on me. It was about a piece of blueberry pie. Read more »

“His star goes marching on”

In college, I worked at a Carl’s Jr. in Reseda. One night after closing, I put together with my coworkers a humorous song about the company’s founder and then CEO, Carl Karcher. Given Karcher’s patriotic and conservative nature, I based it on “The Battle Hymn of the Republic.” The song was intended to be at the one hand humorous, but still respectful. We wanted to have fun, but not get fired in the process. Even our supervisors wound up liking it.

Carl Karcher died yesterday. As I look back at that song, the words now seem to provide a fitting tribute. Read more »

“So, what did you think of Barack Obama’s speech?”

I’ve heard plenty of good comments about Barack Obama’s victory speech in Iowa on Thursday night. I thought I would check it out and hear it for myself and give an evaluation. (Keep in mind this is my evaluation of his speaking technique, not his politics.)

If you haven’t heard the speech, you can view it here.

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