National Pride

As the Olympics have been going on, I'm reminded of something that was a huge part of my childhood but seems to have disappeared from our nation today.I'm talking about national pride.  I vividly remember my dad waking us up at 4 a.m. to watch the Apollo lift offs.  The Olympics were mandatory viewing and I don't think we ever missed a 4th of July parade.  I was taught to stand when the flag went by.  We were also taught to stand in respect when the VFW passed....more

Golden Girls

USA Women's Gymnastics  ...more

No Olympian Left Behind

The 2012 Summer Olympics are in full swing now.  You have to hide under a rock to avoid finding out how the contenders are fairing.  The social not-working sites are abuzz with all the stats, successes, failures, and highlights of the events.  Even in my house, the girls are playing "Yimpics" complete with "stwetching", "simming" and "dibing".  And, it's breathtaking to watch these athletes.  This is the moment they have trained for their entire lives.  Years of coaching, trials, competitions, exercise, no desserts, no social life nothing but preparation to get...more

What It's Like Inside Olympic Park

The 2012 Olympics have begun, and after weeks of worrying about everything from security to traffic to the weather, the British are finally starting to relax, cheer Team GB on and enjoy the games they've spent seven years preparing for. I've been vacationing in the UK for almost a month now, and I've seen the level of excitement increase each and every week....more

Olympic Fever

I love the Olympics.  They make you feel and do strange things, such as: (1) Mutter to yourself, after a bottle of Vegetable oil topples out of the top cabinet, “Oh man.  So close.  It sucks to fall.” (2)  Hold your head up high and prance around on the pads of your feet as you walk across the kitchen floor towards the trash to dump used coffee grounds.  Because you normally walk that way and all. ...more

Why I Could Never Be An Olympic Parent

There’s a great commercial showing during the Olympic games.I watch that and my heart catches in my throat and my eyes start to water.  It’s a series of incredibly touching images.  And it’s true, that no matter how old our children get, we’ll always see them as our babies....more

Competing is Winning the Gold

There will be a total of 302 gold medals awarded at The Games of the XXX Olympiad.  There are more than 10,500 athletes competing from 200 nations and territories.  Every four years we create an engaged global audience that together watches, cheers and celebrates the world’s best compete for gold....more

Over-50 Olympics: The "This Ain't No Game" Games

I've always loved the Olympics.  I can't say that I watch as much of it on TV as I did when I was younger.  Not sure if that's because I don't have as much free time, or because there are so many other viewing choices since the advent of cable TV.  But, still, who can't help but get that warm and fuzzy, patriotic feeling watching our young, strapping Olympic athletes in the prime of their life, accomplishing their ultimate goal, while the rest of us lead a disappointing, unfulfilled exis..... oh, wait, that's me, but anyway........more
Fair enough. But "them" is me, just for the record. more

London 2012: The opening ceremony

Even though I have already watched the women's football (and I don't even like football!) matches on Wednesday, the Olympics don't start until after the opening ceremony. And what a ceremony it was.I realize it was not the best (whatever that means) opening ceremony of all times, but it was AWESOME. This was the most wonderfully quirky, absolutely kooky, inherently British best thing....more

best and worst dressed: olympics edition

Like many, I was enthralled with the Olympics opening ceremony last night. One of my favorite parts is the Parade of Nations. Seeing all of the nations (and outfits!) is a highlight for me.I wasn't disappointed this year. There were some definite winners and some duds. Ready to hear my thoughts? :)Best DressedBrazil. Seriously. Love the color combo and the preppy look....more