Remember when our kids were in kindergarten and first grade, came running into the house to show us their gold star that they had received at school that day?  Heck, I remember the feelings of pride getting one of those gold stars!  It is amazing how something so simple got them so excited and drove our little ones to want more stars!  Well today, it will take more than that star to get them jazzed up to do the academics, but I may have something for ...more


Here in the northeast, we are seeing the snowfall once again.  I have to tell you, waking up this morning I was feeling discouraged, that the mild weekend was a trick of my imagination.  Funny thing, I was working on my morning faith readings when I came across a chapter on encouragement.  The reading reminded me that when I take the time to encourage others, it would lift my own spirits.  Words to let othe...more

Why I'm going back to Crossfit

Crossfit terrifies me.  Every time I go into the building to start a work out, my adrenaline rushes and I have to extricate myself from my vehicle and force myself to go in.  It is not easy to enter a class full of people who are athletic when you are 100 pounds overweight.  It is embarrassing to have the instructor shout out a modified plan for you during class, (or worse, write it on the white board) because there is no earthly way you could even attempt what everyone else is doing.  It’s frustrating w...more
Are you still going to Crossfit?  Your story was so inspirational.  I am 42 and thinking of ...more

Horse Power...67 the new 40!

  At the end of a 75 mile bike ride today in the 98 degree heat of the day, these famous words were heard:...more

Playing Dumb - Players Responsibility During NFL Contract Talks

I am grateful the NFL contract talks are over. Not because I'm a big football fan by any stretch of the imagination...but because I was damn tired of watching players who earn tens of millions of dollars shrug their shoulders and play dumb. Last week all parties agreed to a 10-year contract to end the months long lockout. The agreement benefits all involved and drives home just what an insanely big business professional football is in the United States: ...more
Amen to that. Same can be said for the NBA and WNBA.... maybe not parity due to length of ...more

Radio show about improving your high school (or middle school) athlete's brain with brain training

There is a sports radio show called "Best Seat in the House." On the May 10th show they had a program about high school athletes improving their brains through brain training. One female diver's mom was on the show talking about how her daughter was having some trouble academically because she spent so much time/energy diving and couldn't take extra academic classes and work. She went through an intensive brain training program and not only did it help her academics, but also her athletics!...more

Ex-NFL player with TBI kills himself so scientists will study his brain

This is such a sad story. A few weeks ago I wrote about a program I heard on NPR regarding football players and brain injury. The person being interviewed was trying to change the rules in football to protect players from traumatic brain injuries (TBI), many of which led to CTE (chronic traumatic encephalopathy). The football industry wasn't having it. They didn't want stricter rules for helmets, how many hits you could take before needing to be sidelined, required testing for TBI, etc.  ...more

Were School Officials Right to Stop Pregnant Volleyball Player From Playing?

When Arlington Heights senior center Mackenzie McCollum, 17, discovered she was pregnant, she hoped volleyball would be her one mainstay. ...more

Survivor: Gabon castaways includes Olympian Crystal Cox

When the cast of castaways was announced for the 17th cycle of Survivor we were a bit ho hum about the news.  In the life of TV shows - now spread out over cycles rather than seasons - Survivor feels like it’s 100 years old. But then we found out that one of the 18 contestants competing this fall on Survivor: Gabon—Earth’s Last Eden is  Crystal Cox who won gold at the Athens Games in 2004 as part of the 4×400m track relay team. ...more

Survivor is now the only TV show we watch regularly. I'm looking forward to this season. It ...more

Fitness Rants For the Chronologically Enriched

I keep finding myself having rants on the situation I find myself in as I fight the uphill battle to keep active. Why am I a fitness expert? Mostly because I proclaimed myself one. But, let’s just say I started out 25 years ago as an over zealous aerobics instructor and suddenly, two and a half decades have passed. I feel like I’m entitled. It’s as simple as that. ...more