Thinking of Heroes on Memorial Day

I am very honored and humbled to be named a Social Advocate for the American Red Cross Northern Region. Obviously, the Red Cross does so much good work throughout both the country and entire world, it would be one incredibly long blog post to cover all of it.

Doin’ Good Feels Good

In the spirit of Give to the Max Day in Minnesota today, I had the opportunity to volunteer at Second Harvest Heartland with Ang Tuesday night and it was a wonderful experience.

Breaking Bad Poses Many Questions

Unless you live under a rock, you are well aware the AMC television show Breaking Bad airs its series finale tonight. Like many, I am anxiously awaiting the finale to see how the saga of Walter White ends and, while I have my guesses as to how it all ends, I will not bore you…

It’s The Little Things

Tuesday evening, the kids and I had a pretty mellow night. After dinner, we checked out the new basketball court and tennis court at our apartment complex—which is amazing—and we spent the rest of the evening not doing much of anything. So, why is this worthy of a blog post?

Witnessing History For My Child

This past weekend, my Dad, Step-Mom, Half-Sister and Half-Brother made their annual trip to the Cities. The kids and I had a wonderful time visiting with them, as we always do, but (hoping no offense is taken) the time spent with them was not the highlight of my weekend.

Why I Enjoy Tyrone Wells

A handful of years ago, on an evening of playing around on Youtube, I stumbled across a musician whom I immediately was intrigued by his music. The artist was a guy I’d never heard of before, but the first few songs I heard were great and I immediately sought out more.

Here We Go Again

A brief, but important post today. Here we go again…or, to be completely correct, here I go again. For years, I have wanted to quit smoking. It’s a disgusting habit and we all know what it does to your body. I have had quit attempt after quit attempt end abruptly each time, no matter how…

Despicable Me 2: The Kid’s Reviews

Last night, I was able to take Ethan and Alex, along with my niece Emma to an advanced screening of Despicable Me 2, thanks to my friends over at Toys In the Dryer. The movie opens on July 3 and, judging by my own experience last night, along with the kids, it is definitely worth…

The Universe Gives What We Need

Last Friday was my birthday and I was feeling pretty down. Plans were broken, Minnesota was rocked with severe thunderstorms and, other than dinner with my family, I did absolutely nothing. On top of my sadness due to all of those things, I was also facing a weekend without my kids.

Life Without A Cell Phone: An Experiment

Cell phones have become such an integral part of our society. Everyone has one and, of course, we use them for much more than actually calling someone and chatting. We use them to check and update social media sites, we text each other constantly and we use them as alarm clocks among many, many other…

Play in the Rain

This morning was a morning like many of you have on a regular basis. I looked out the window to see a sunless, gloomy day outside and I immediately thought to myself, “Great, just great.” Those of us in Minnesota are STARVING for the sun. After a long winter, this “spring” with very few appearances…

Get Out Of Your Head…And Sing

Ok, so I haven’t been around for a long, long time. This space I created for myself has gone unused for months and I’ve missed it. Life has thrown me a few curveballs since I last posted, but I’m here, I’m alive, I’m stronger and I continue to move forward with positivity in my heart.…

Stop Categorizing Each Other

I find myself inspired to write today after stumbling upon an editorial in the Star Tribune. The title of the piece, “Why same-sex marriage affects my marriage,” certainly is an attention-grabber and I took the bait and read the opinion of Riley Balling, who is listed as an attorney from Prior Lake.

Minnesota Lynx Make Transitioning to Fandom Easy

It is nearing two months now since I made the decision to quit sports writing and I’ll admit I was nervous how the transition would go. Of course, I was and am excited at the opportunity to more quality time with my children—and we had a wonderful summer—but there was also the part of me…

An Awesome Book Recommendation

We have all been there. You know, those days when the stresses of the everyday world add up and you begin to, well, hate everything and everyone you see. Maybe it is due to things you can control, such as people treating you unfairly, or you have done things—intentionally or not—to hurt those you love.

Tim Allen: The Loss of a Friend

Throughout my time covering both the NBA and WNBA, the aspect that meant the most to me was the community out there of fans of the Timberwolves and Lynx. Without question, this community was essentially led by Tim Allen and I am deeply saddened to hear the recent news.

Another Big Day Tomorrow

Tomorrow will mark three weeks since I made my announcement and began this blog. Obviously, I plan to post more than one post per week usually, but as I began this transition in my life, I really needed time to process my next steps.

The adjustment begins

It has been a very surprising and humbling few days. After my announcement earlier this week of my “retirement” from the sports writing world, I was bombarded with words of surprise, sadness and well-wishes for my future from friends and fans on both Facebook and Twitter. Each and every one of the messages I received…

A beginning and an end.

For roughly the last year, there has been something stirring in me. Call it an early start to a midlife crisis, call it insanity or call it someone looking for a  higher meaning to their life, but whatever it is, it is the truth. As the weeks and months have passed since this began, the…