Patriot Day 2017 – 16 Years Later I Remember

Patriot Day 2017 Twinsburg

You’ll hear it countless times today: “Never forget”. You’ll (hopefully) see flags. You’ll see Facebook and Twitter profiles updated. But have you really remembered since last year? Ask yourself… when was the last time you REALLY remembered the events of September 11th, 2001? Was it last year? I sincerely hope not. I can tell you beyond a shadow of a doubt that I remember it often. We were living in Northern Virginia near Washington, D.C. That morning I … Continue reading

Hopeful Walk Around Glen Meadow Park

Glen Meadow Park

I was at the park this evening with my two older boys and I took a walk around. There was a group practicing soccer. There was another group playing basketball. There was a third playing softball and yet and fourth practicing cricket. These groups were made up of young and old people. Black and white people. Males and females. The were all there… and it got me to thinking. This is the America I’m proud … Continue reading

Parents of Child Athletes Should Remember This

Your Child's Success

I coached my son’s little league team this past season. I had an awesome group of kids, some who were great ballplayers and some who had never played organized baseball. I’m happy to say that I didn’t have any issues with parents getting involved, complaining about my coaching or how the game was played. Sadly, I saw many parents (and coaches) on opposing teams that weren’t so luck. Far too often these days, parents take … Continue reading

No Shop On Thanksgiving Pledge

No Shop On Thanksgiving

A couple of years ago, I posted the following status to Facebook: “Anyone going “Black Friday” shopping on Thanksgiving Thursday will be judged harshly. You’re part of the problem. Your family & the family of those employees is more important than a $10 DVD player.” That status led to a slew of comments which I recapped here: Black Friday Shopping On Thanksgiving… Please Don’t. As we’re getting toward that time of year again I feel compelled … Continue reading

14 Years Later – I Remember

1 World Trade Center Rainbow

You’ll hear it countless times today: “Never forget”. You’ll see flags. You’ll see Facebook and Twitter profiles updated. But have you really remembered since last year? Ask yourself… when was the last time you TRULY remembered the events of September 11th, 2001? Was it last year? I sincerely hope not. I can tell you beyond a shadow of a doubt that I remember it often. If you haven’t seen it yet, check out this story … Continue reading

Gun Violence Comes Home To Twinsburg

I live in Twinsburg. It’s a little town about 30 minutes east of Cleveland. It’s consistently on “Top Cities To Live In” lists and is generally an outstanding place to live. We love it. It’s home. Then last night, this happened about 4 blocks from where our home sits: A 76 year old father shoots his 55 year old son and (presumably) his wife? Then (and now I’m reading into the situation) commits suicide by … Continue reading

And So It Begins… Back To School

Back To School Meme

An interesting phenomenon has begun to occur over the last several years. Back to school photos. I’m sure moms (and dads) have been taking these photos for years, but with the Facebooks and Twitters of the world you just can’t get away from them these days. And with different parts of the country this “back to school” photo period lasts for WEEKS. Don’t worry… it’ll be over soon. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’ve got … Continue reading

The Force Awakens And My Anticipation Grows

The Force Awakens

It’s San Diego Comic Con season. Geeks have flocked from around the world to dress up, get exclusive toys and be the first to see new footage and new projects announced. Both The Walking Dead and Ash Vs. Evil Dead dropped new trailers and while Star Wars didn’t release a new trailer, they released this video which has me drooling: And as an aside… I love the fact that they’re basically taking jabs at Lucas and … Continue reading

Team Names In America

Washington Redskins Helmet

I wrote a blog post about a year ago about team names. I was specifically talking about the Washington Redskins and my beloved Cleveland Indians. The issue has been a hot button topic for years and continues to be to this day. In fact, just two days ago a federal judge ordered the cancellation of Redskins’ trademark registrations. We live in an ever changing world. Gay marriage is now legal. The flag of the confederacy … Continue reading

A Thought On Bruce / Caitlyn Jenner

Caitlyn Jenner - Vanity Fair

OK… one random thought on Bruce / Caitlyn Jenner. I’m seeing a lot of people congratulating her for being beautiful. Honestly… this sort of makes me sick. He made a change. He’s a celebrity so he’s brought the topic to national attention. I personally don’t care that he made such a life change and don’t think it’s necessarily my business. That said, the fact that the TOPIC is being talked about is a good thing … Continue reading