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The dangers of trash talk — Part III

Last night, I spoke to our league’s coaches about not letting trash talk get to them. I told them to follow my mom’s advice and let such talk “roll off your back like water off a duck.” There is one group who could have used my advice more: the El Toro High School. Read more »

Why people hate the good

My wife and I had a wonderful discussion about why people who try to do so much good in the world face so much opposition. She talked about how people like Jesus, Gandhi, and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. stood for justice, compassion, and peace. Yet, they faced fierce and violent opposition, and they were all killed for their efforts. Even people who show compassion in their everyday lives often face rejection and ridicule. How can one be noble and upright in such a selfish, hostile world? Read more »

Calling All Angels

Front of Angel StadiumThis year, my son’s Little League team is the Angels. Although I am an Orange County resident, there is a lot more to my relationship with the Angels than it just being the team in our community.

I grew up in the San Fernando Valley, so the Dodgers became my ball club. The Angels in the sixties and seventies were second fiddle. They were like the Clippers of baseball but with a much better owner.  Furthermore, my mom was a Hollywood Stars fan growing up. The old Los Angeles Angels of the PCL were the Stars’ hated rivals. Read more »

The dangers of trash talk — Part II

A couple years ago, I blogged about the dangers of trash talk. Too bad the Philadelphia Eagles didn’t read it. Here is what one of them did in Cowboys Stadium before yesterday’s playoff game. Read more »

2010: The Year I Made Contact

It took me until the last day of the oo’s, but I finally got on Facebook. And it is a bit overwhelming.

Imagine being able to get in touch with nearly everyone you’ve ever know. And I mean everyone. In just the past few days, I got friend requests from people from our Little League, my high school, and Toastmasters. I found former coworkers and relatives I fell out of touch with.

Just like real relationships, the tough part is finding time to get in touch with everyone. How do you devote the time to communicate with people — really communicate? Not just a few sentences in a status message. Just getting to know them again. Posting photos is fun. So is sharing your beliefs and hobbies in a profile. (Well, there may be some beliefs you might not want to post.) But nothing beats person-to-person contact.

Still, having the opportunity to reconnect with old friends is exciting and fun. Just don’t expect me to have the time to spend with Farm Town.