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Tebow! So?

Why is everyone making such a big deal about Tim Tebow? Sure, he wins football games. Sure, he’s exciting to watch. So what if he wants to kneel and pray after a great play? Read more »

Goals, not resolutions

I’ve said it before, but I’ve never been a fan of New Year’s resolutions. It’s better to set goals, and make sure that they are specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, and time-targeted. But goals, like resolutions, can be set with all of the best of intentions and still be tossed aside and forgotten within weeks. How do you set goals that you’re willing to stick to and achieve? Here are four tips that I’ve found for setting goals. Read more »

Doria on sale now!

Need something to put on the eReader Santa put under your tree? My new novel Doria is now available for the Nook, iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch, and Kindle. It will also be available soon in paperback. To learn more about the book, visit my Doria page. To get your copy, click here.

Can Pujols and Wilson save Orange County youth baseball?

Frankly, I wasn’t too excited when the Angels signed Albert Pujols. Ten years, $250 million for a player in his thirties? Perhaps he can do for the Angels in the teens what Reggie Jackson did in the eighties, if he doesn’t get hurt. CJ Wilson was a better catch, a player in his prime who wants to play in Orange County and turned down a bigger deal to play in elsewhere. Could they put the Angels back on top again? If so, they may help more than the Angels. They may help youth baseball in Orange County.

Youth baseball has been in steady decline over the past few years. So much so that the league where I was president is now merging with a nearby league. The problem is that there is too much competition from other leagues and other sports. Read more »

Why bother to be thankful?

Thursday is Thanksgiving in the United States, but there doesn’t seem to be much reason to be thankful. The economy continues to limp along with no relief in sight. Congress appears to have failed in its efforts to end the budget impasse. Economies and governments are imploding throughout Europe. Our nation seems to be divided among the 1%, 99%, 53%, or whatever percentage you choose. It’s little wonder that we want to forego the whole calorie-laden holiday and go straight to the Black Friday sales.

I like to look at things differently.

Consider the Norman Rockwell painting to the left. It is the often parodied and sometimes ridiculed image of a perfect family Thanksgiving. A giant turkey with all the fixings, the best china and silverware, and family members chatting and — even more remarkably — getting along.

Now, consider when the painting was made — 1943. Read more »