Last Sunday was freezing cold in the Twin Cities. If I remember correctly, to that point, it was the coldest day of the year with the wind chill factor making it feel as if it were -25 degrees.
The year 2016 is going to be a year of starting over for me…and I am both ridiculously excited and absolutely terrified at the same time.
It dawned on me over the holiday season, I had not written a blog post since Dec. 10, 2014. That is now over a year…and is unacceptable.
“A usually temporary condition in which a writer finds it impossible to proceed with the writing of a novel, play, or other work.”
Four years ago when LeBron James made “The Decision,” I was still a sports writer. I actually did not get to watch the broadcast live, as I was covering a Minnesota Lynx game that evening, but, of course, I was keeping up with Twitter to know what decision he made immediately. During my time covering…
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.
***Warning…there are spoilers in this post. If you do not want to know before seeing the show yourself, stop reading now.***
Saturday morning I had a once in a lifetime experience to see the Dalai Lama speak at the Nobel Peace Prize Forum in Minneapolis. From the moment I was informed His Holiness was going to be in town, I was incredibly drawn to hear him speak.
Day two of polar vortex. We’ve had a blast, but can I PLEASE go to work tomorrow?
The kids and I are home today due to the crazy cold weather…and we’re having fun with video.
It is that time of year. The ball dropped, it’s a new year, Christmas decorations begin to come down, winter really comes in hard and, for those who suffer from seasonal affective disorder or depression, life gets incredibly difficult.
As a young man, I used to think I was Superman. I was indestructible. Cold, hard and able to handle anything on my own.
Sometimes things just work out for you perfectly. Saturday was one of those times for me.
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.
Oscar Wilde once said, “Too much sanity may be madness, but the greatest madness of all is to see the world as it is…not as it should be.”
Lately I’ve been trying to show my children classic movies to experience for the first time. Of course, it is wonderful family time, as the three of us kick back, pop some popcorn and take in the flick.
I’m a bit behind on this. Last week, I had the great honor of being the guest on the Life of Dad After Show podcast. You can listen to it by clicking on the Life of Dad pic below…and, please, do give it a listen.
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…
Blog readers follow a blog for a number of reasons.
I’ve been selfish this week.
This past Friday, I had a wonderful opportunity presented to me. One which I felt I would have been insane to pass up and, therefore, I jumped at the chance.
Hi, everyone! So, I come to you with a confession tonight. I’ve been bad. I’ve been very bad.
Recently, I had the great pleasure of stumbling upon someone named Jamie Catto. I came across his blog and then, soon after I did, one of his posts went viral.
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?
Recently, on the FB page for this blog, I started doing something new to me. Nightly, I began posting a picture with an inspirational quote/picture and I call it “Tonight’s Meditation.”
This past Thursday, I had the great opportunity to see The Killers in concert for the first time with my friend Jen. I won the tickets through Cities 97 here in Minneapolis and was excited for two reasons.
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.
A very brief post tonight because I need your help, friends.
It has been a few months now since I jumped back into this whole blogging thing and I’m having a wonderful time with it.
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.
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…
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…
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.
“We know life comes in stages We crash and burn, but that’s how we learn If so these scars will make us Better by the day.” -Dave Barnes “White Flag”
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…
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…
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.…
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.
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…
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.
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.
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.
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…
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…