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One families attempt to keep up with themselves

4 Things That Mattered To Our Parents

They may not matter today….
Innovation has always and is currently moving at a breakneck speed. There is of course, those things that continue to be true and great that remain and weather the gail force winds of change. There is a reason these things remain. And there is a reason that many former “innovations” fall by the wayside. They need to. It’s time. They are not bad, they just aren’t as good anymore.

And yet there are those who are not willing to let go of the past. They are deeply rooted in the meaning that these things once held. They are stuck in the systems that these former “innovations” have created, unable to embrace what is now. Here are FOUR examples (of many) from our Culutre and ONE Question that each of us must wrestle with.

The Encyclopedia.
A brilliant breakthrough of the Modern Era. Knowledge for the masses! Everyone can own…26 Giant Books with Tiny Print. We had a set in our house growing up – grossly outdated and too expensive and complicated to update, they became fantastic door stoppers and forts for my G.I. Joes.

The Phonebook.
Eclipsing the wisdom of a centralized Operator, now anyone could find a litany of phone numbers for 24 hour plumbers. They represent a centralized collection of localized limitedness that had to be updated every year with a new 18 pound 1384 page waste of paper. Not sustainable.

The Home Phone.
The Cordless Phone simply was not enough to save the icon of a bygone era of simplicity and boundaries. ”Call me sometime…when I’m home…not on another call…and am willing to stand still long enough for our conversation.”

The Newspaper.
An inky papery connection to the world around you…that the editors saw fit to represent. The world continues to move too fast, too far, and too wide for this iconic connection to the Greatest Generation. While the Newspaper may not die, it most certainly will not thrive in it’s current atomic state.

Right or Wrong. Good or Bad. These are FOUR things that matter(ed) to our parents. But they simply DON’T to us anymore. They have been replaced by innovation that itself will be replaced in a matter of time.


What are we still holding on to because of it’s unorthodox and uncritical “history” and meaning to us? What is it that we are still doing because we are too entrenched in the systems we’ve created around it? AND…WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO ABOUT IT?


Happy Birthday, Brooks Robinson.

Happy Birthday, Brooks Robinson – The Best To Ever Play The Hot Corner.

It was a warm sunny day in Anaheim, CA when my parents brought me to watch the Angels play my baseball hero, Brooks Robinson for my 12-year-old birthday. I was a Little League Oriole and I played third base. And yes, my number was 5! Nolan Ryan pitched and Brooks got a couple of hits. It was one of the greatest days of my life. Immediately after the game, my parents brought me around the field toward the 1st base side of the Stadium.  I didn’t understand what was happening, but they brought me to the where the visiting team exits the clubhouse to go to the bus where a large crowd had gathered. Somehow they arranged for Brooks to come out and take apitcher with me after the game. Just me. A large swing door opened, Brooks popped his head out, looked

and pointed at me to come over. I was frozen – then my parents pushed me through the crowd and stood in

front of Brooks with his hands firmly placed on my shoulders for a pose.  It was one of greatest moments of my childhood!

The next season, a friend of our family was a reporter for a local newspaper. He brought me to as many games as I could attend and I was not going to miss seeing the Orioles. I’ll never forget walking onto the field, then into the dugout and eventually through the tunnel and into the locker room where the Orioles were suiting up for the game. I saw Jim Palmer, Bobby Grich, Boog Powell (who could miss him), Mark Bellanger, and Don Baylor. I couldn’t believe where I was. Then through the crowd of players I saw Brooks standing up to tuck in his jersey. He looked at me and then looked harder. He pointed

at me and hesitantly said – “Marc”? He knew and remembered my name. I just stood there and stared in disbelief. I took out the picture that had been taken of us the previous season and asked if he would sign it. To this day, 37 years later, I have that picture next to my desk.

It’s a cherished memory that a Hall-of-Famer of that caliber and a gentleman of that stature would remember my name. I imagine it would be like that for anyone. But just think that as large of a figure as Brooks Robinson is, there is a Lord of the Universe, Jesus Christ

that also remembers our name. He looks at us, points towards us, and acknowledges that we are special in his eyes and HE is our Creator and Savior.

Brooks C. Robinson Jr. played 23 seasons (1955-1977) for the Baltimore Orioles during a Hall of Fame career defined by outstanding defense and clutch play. Nicknamed the “Human Vacuum Cleaner” for his knack for sucking up balls hit near his third base post, Robinson won 16 straight Gold Gloves and set major league records at his position for putouts, assists, chances, double plays and fielding percentage.

Many consider him the best defensive third baseman of all time. The Orioles third baseman finished his career with 2,848 hits, 268 home runs and 1,357 RBIs. He won the American League MVP Award in 1964, hitting .317 with 28 home runs and 118 RBIs. Robinson was also awarded the 1970 World Series MVP.

The Orioles won two World Series titles during Robinson’s career — in 1966 and 1970 and Robinson was voted World Series MVP in 1970. Robinson was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1983, earning 91.98 percent of the vote. Robinson was born in Little Rock, Ark., on May 18, 1937.

Is Texting Good for Teenagers?

Rounding up the bits and pieces  regarding texting… Maybe there should be a book written about this? Hmn?

Nielsen reported in June that in the first quarter of ’09, teens on average send/receive 2,900 texts a month, up from 2,272 in the fourth quarter of ’08. That’s a 28% increase in texting in just 3 months.

I’ve seen articles that have warned that the advent of texting, with it’s abbreviations (OMG) and word substitutions (gr8), is the harbinger of the end of the English language as we’ve known it.

Now, some educators are saying that texting can be good for teens in terms of language development. Initial research indicated that when it comes to informal essays, kids who use some text-speak outperform kids who don’t. When it comes to formal essays, (perhaps obviously) texting can hurt performance.

I’m thinking the jury is still out on whether texting will end up being good or bad for teens, and that we won’t know the ultimate answer for a very long time.

My question is, does it really matter one way or the other?

Language changes. We don’t speak the King’s English anymore, although there are some who still cling to the King James Bible. I’ve heard my share of KJV-laced prayers in church (“We beseech thee, oh Lord”) but not nearly as much these days.

There will be plenty of English purists who stand watch and will be sure to warn along the way. Even so, will it matter?

I’m confident kids will still be learning proper English in schools for the immediate future.

I won’t be surprised, however, if things change over time. Look at how learning the skill of handwriting has disappeared in school curriculum over the years.

Today’s teenagers are going to text. Texting won’t be going away anytime soon. There might be something else beyond texting as technologies continue to develop, but for now texting is a primary mode of communication.

Back when my generation was moving through adolescence, I don’t remember that writing notes to friends (other than when we were in a class) was popular. We primarily communicated in person or by phone. Were the adults of that time concerned because we had lost the art of note or letter writing? Perhaps there were some. Were adults concerned about our casual verbal communication when they overheard our conversations? Has it made a difference in our lives today? Were we negatively impacted by the lack of writing as a form of communication to our peers? Can anyone now provide a qualitative answer? Does anyone care?

So now, kids are writing to communicate with their peers and adults at an impressively increasing rate. For language purists, it might be not be writing in the mode they would desire, but does it matter?

When teens text they have to think about language. They have to express their thoughts. That cannot be all bad.

If today’s teens are still texting well into their adult years, the English language might just look different than it does today. But, at least they’ll know the language and I’m thinking that they’ll be able to communicate successfully.

However, learning to express ones self is a different issue entirely! That’s where the true breakdown is. You can’t get a read on whether or not someone truly understands what you’re saying on the other side of a text. When you are talking directly with someone, you know right away whether or not you’re communicating.

Cooperstown gets it right – finally!

Bert Blyleven has waited 14 years for the news he received today. You’d think 3.701 strikeouts would be a no-brainer. Oh well, even no-brainer’s take time – sometimes. If 3,701 strikeouts wasn’t enough, one might think the 5-1 record in the post season with two World Series rings would do it!

After a narrow miss last year, Bert Blyleven wasn’t shy in saying voters finally got it right by sending him into the Baseball Hall of Fame along with Roberto Alomar.

And he didn’t shy away from talking about the Steroids Era.

All-Star sluggers Rafael Palmeiro, Mark McGwire and Juan Gonzalez didn’t come close in Wednesday’s election.

“Guys cheated,” Blyleven, 59, said. “They cheated themselves and their teammates. The game of baseball is to be played clean.”

Blyleven was chosen on 79.7 percent of the ballots – it takes 75 percent from the Baseball Writers’ Association of America to reach the shrine. The curveballer won 287 games, threw 60 shutouts and ranks fifth with 3,701 strikeouts.

“It’s been 14 years of praying and waiting,” Blyleven said. “And thank the baseball writers of America for, I’m going to say, finally getting it right.”

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What I’m thankful for.

Tony Dungy says, “Michael Vick Needed to Get Back Closer to the Lord”

The story can be as much about Tony Dungy and his ministry as it can be about Michael Vick’s road to redemption. When Michael Vick was convicted years ago, few people would have seen this story coming. There was a time in Michael Vick’s life when even fewer people would have believed in him as a person or a football player. Many on the current “MV” bandwagon had given up on him. Tony Dungy was one of a few people in a million that cared whether or not Michael Vick would ever see life outside of his prison walls. And when I say “prison walls,” I mean figuratively as much as literally.  Tony cared about both. Away from the limelight and away from the cameras, Dungy subjected himself to full body scans, seemingly endless moments in prison waiting rooms, and vile prison conditions few truly understand – just to have conversations with a man whom most people would consider vile. That takes the character and commitment of an incredible man of God.

Is Michael Vick a Christian? I have no idea. I’ve never had a conversation with the man and if I did, who am I to judge his heart and his motives he has to act in the way he does.   Like many people, I think we’re all going to be a little surprised by who is and who is not “walking close to the Lord.” If we are going to dismiss a person for what the atrocities they’ve committed in their life, we’re going to have to start shortening our list of heroes if we are going to be completely honest. Would you care about someone like Michael Vick? Do you have a Michael Vick in your life? To use an over-used statement, but an effective one; What would Jesus do? To determine WWJD, you first have to determine what would He feel towards Michael Vick.

Timberline HS – Josiah’s Freshmen Season

A Poster I did for Josiah’s 16th Bday.

Jakey – State Champion 2010


What a ride.


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