Joe and Bear

The man in the blue windbreaker looked perplexed. Squinting in the bright light, he waved away a swirl of clouds, searching for a familiar face. He took off his glasses and wiped the lenses clean, then replaced them, blinking.  All at once he broke into a grin.“Hey stranger!” he called to the tall guy with the houndstooth hat.“Winningest coach, eh?” smiled the elder man. “Good to see you, buddy.”Blue Windbreaker caught up and fell into step. “After I saw what happened when you retired, well … ” he faltered....more

Roller Skates Are Back

A few months ago I was reading blogs and darn it...I ended up on Ebay. That ever happen to you? Yes, here's the post that inspired such fun. Maybe I was just bored. Tired of the monotony of cleaning. Or thinking buying skates would be easier than dying my hair (never done that one still). But I ended up browsing skates and buying some that day....more
I suddenly feel the urge to put on my roller skates and give them a whirl around the kitchen. I ...more

Young Female Athlete Tackles Astro-Turf Concerns

To delay the cost of laying and maintaining natural grass, some sports fields are fitted with Astro-Turf, a synthetic lawn primarily made up of rubber, nylon and plastic. But Claire Dworsky, a 10-year-old soccer player, had some very real concerns about water run-off from such fields. So, she took action....more
Great article! My children have spent hundreds if not thousands of hours playing on turf fields. ...more

Tennis: Pictures

Tonight I'm feeling uninspired plus I just can't find the time to write or think of writing anything remotely decent. So, I'll leave you with some recent pictures of J at tennis. You should see his swing in action!http://redwhiteandgreenmom.blogspot.com/2011/11/tennis-pictures.html...more

Skating Night

Since J turned 4 this summer I've had plans for him learning to skate. It's a staple. No Canadian child should suffer through these miserable cold winters and not be awarded with the joy of learning to skate [though, luckily, J seems to relish the idea of the weather getting colder and he's anxiously awaiting our first real snowfall of the season]....more

the uselessness of the non-distance runner

This morning thousands of people gathered in the rain at the stadium in Marathon waiting for the starting pistol for this year's marathon race.  It was a very different scene to last year's race where the sun shone but made it even harder for those 22 kms of uphill running.  This year the weather is frankly awful but at least the wind is behind the runners and so they haven't got to run into it as well as face that relentless hill.  It counts as one of the hardest marathons in the world which is ...more

The Things He Does That Drive Me Crazy, Pt. 3 and maybe 4

If I have learned anything in this series, its that my husband is not unusual.  I feel like the voice for the Global Female Conspiracy, except for the conspiracy part.  Ιts the men who are conspiring against us!  And nothing demonstrates this better than the towering bastion of masculinity that is ESPN.  Its like a club that women can appreciate, but never join.  And please do not even get me started about the Red Zone Channel.  Its like Football with ADD. 3 and maybe 4. Irrationality and my husband's love affair with ESPN ...more

Old School or Sports Sweatshirts

We pay big money for sweatshirts or tee shirts with our children's school logo on them...or a team that our husband or children follow.When the shirts get too small, we usually give them away. Instead, cut a big square, with  the entire logo in it and make them a throw pillow. If there is a pocket, include it in the pillow. Use the back of the shirt for the back of the pillow. If using a tee shirt, cut the logo and sew that to a square of fleece and proceed....more

Why I'm Not A Soccer Mom

Fall has both officially and seasonally arrived here in the North East, marked by crisp but sunny days and sweater-worthy nights. In my house fall also means outdoor weekend adventures, the occasional homemade soup and pajamas before 7 pm. For other parents in my town, however, fall is soccer season, a period of several months where their kids are bending it like Beckham three times a week, rain or shine....more
I tried t-ball with my daughter when she was about 5. She was great all through practice but ...more

How Do You Spell Contentment? 70 and Mighty Active!

Note From Cece: Yun and I have a friend named Barry Stone. We all met training for an endurance bike ride several years ago. Barry is pressing 70 and has had serious heart problems but has remained stubbornly active his entire life. Recently, post heart surgery, one of his daughters was going to take his bike saddle off his bike, so he could not ride off when he should have been recovering from surgery….they also planned to hide his running shoes!...more