November 2, 2022

A story is told of a young mother who gifted her 14 year old daughter with a magic bracelet on her birthday. It didn’t look extraordinary but, as the mom explained, the gift might be the most treasured she’d ever receive. The bracelet was called  ‘mind matters.’  It senses when a person is upset or […]



September 30, 2022

There’s not a chance that anyone can top Bonnie Raitt’s version of this classic. Surely, this is a superb cover by two great singers.   Just click arrow and scroll to see/hear    


Thinking of you, Cha Cha

September 22, 2022




August 29, 2022

Ok…I’m going out on a limb here but here goes…this may be the most powerful song this young cowboy has ever heard. Just click the arrow and scroll.  


Laugh master

August 29, 2022

Try not laughing at this character. Just click on arrow and scroll.  


Smooth as Butter

August 25, 2022

Surely, one of the most talented singers in America. Just click arrow to hear song. Tip…don’t watch the video, just close your eyes and savor.  


No limits tennis

August 24, 2022

The ultimate competitor. Click on arrow to see short video.


Heart and Soul

August 16, 2022

  One of the best songs ever and a grand slam version here. Just click the arrow to see/hear this terrific talent.  

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Crepuscular sunrays shining through the clouds over the North Sea, United Kingdom


August 16, 2022

Love discovering new artists. Just click the arrow to see/hear a classic.  


Stanley’s favorite chair

May 15, 2022

Martha had developed a liking for a friend named Stanley. She decided to present him with a special gift for Christmas. By all appearances, he loves the idea of sitting down for meals.


The Greatest Ever

April 17, 2022

The power and promise of another Monday is just a drop in the bucket compared to the love and saving grace of last Friday. Nothing…no inhumanity, no brutality could keep Him down. May we always remember.



August 25, 2016

It occurred to me this morning that it’s rather lame to say ‘have a great day,’ to someone. Invariably, the words go in one ear and out the other. They’ve been said so frequently that they no longer resonate. You could say ‘have a wonderful day,’ but still the phrase has no staying power. My […]



February 28, 2016

A very young cowboy finished twenty-six holes of golf and was famished. A Mexican chicken salad sounded great and Cafe Rio was only five minutes away. Two twelve year old girls were laughing non stop while deciding what drinks to select. The taller youngster looked at her friend and said, ‘Ellie…I love you, you make […]



February 4, 2016

Some people just have the knack of looking for the bright side….for looking up with faith when others shudder with fear or succumb to doubt. This is one of the things people love about Alex…she is bright eyed, supremely confident, and unstoppable. Alex…you being you is all that you’ll need on Wednesday. You Rock!

serenity and yoga practicing at the lake Garda

Firm foundation

January 24, 2023

“Breath of heaven Hold me together Be forever near me Breath of heaven Breath of heaven Lighten my darkness Pour over me your holiness For you are holy.”



January 23, 2023

Often just being there with a friend in need is a blessing indeed.



January 22, 2023

A very young cowboy has watched a lot of basketball over the last sixty years. So many incredible players from Chamberlain, Russell, Cousy, West, Baylor, Maravich, Jabbar, Archibald, Erving, Jokic, Curry, and Doncic. What’s missing from this list? These, obviously, are all guys. Well, guess what? I’d put this highlight film of Caitlin Clark of […]



January 22, 2023

Most of us, if we try, can remember the first time we were smitten by that intoxicating yellow ball and the physical chess match that Coach Randy Ross calls…’the greatest game ever invented.’ It looks like little Peter has discovered it today.



January 20, 2023

I just finished a terrific book entitled Band of Brothers by Stephen Ambrose. The book gives a detailed account of what paratroopers and soldiers endured landing on Omaha Beach in World War II. Bitter cold and frostbite, nights and many days crammed into foxholes, painful trench foot, the loss of friends who’d become closer than […]


Breath conscious

January 17, 2023

‘Yeah, looking around once in while and studying the river will improve your catch rate. You’ll build knowledge about a trout stream by just watching, there’s no doubt. But breathing deep and relaxing into the surroundings for a while, sinking into the beauty of a trout stream (and they’re all beautiful) is good for the […]


Worth a try

January 12, 2023

The rise of vehicle break ins over the last few years has been astounding. Finally, people are creating unique ideas to deter the would be thieves. I doubt this will work as well as the sticker spotted last year on a vehicle’s back window….’CAUTION…Rattlesnake in back seat.”



January 10, 2023

First of all, this fella has one great name…Gary Miracle. I read about his heroic attitude today in Harris Faulkner’s terrific book Faith Still Moves Mountains. Gary was stricken with a devastating, life endangering bacteria called sepsis.  He was sooo close to cashing in all the chips but somehow survived this nasty intruder. He ended […]

Young girl praying

No doubt

January 10, 2023

“Prayer is, beyond any question, the highest activity of the human soul.” Martyn Lloyd-Jones


Creative solution

January 4, 2023

A good friend has been experiencing a bout of the holiday blues. He had an appointment with a psychiatrist last week and believes the advice offered was quite unique.   Immediately upon rising, view the online video of Cockatoo Loves Elvis.   Shower and take the dog on a 45 minute walk breathily deeply through […]


The Blessing Bell

January 4, 2023

A very dear friend surprised me with a special gift yesterday. The card that accompanied The Blessing Bell reads… Ring this bell when you receive it And always keep it near Ring it for celebrations To add to joy and cheer Ring it when you are afraid or sick And when your voice may not […]


The bright side

January 3, 2023

A woman asked her young son, “how do you do it buddy?” ”How do you deal with this kind of pain and keep smiling?” The ten year old had had countless surgeries and now a rare spinal disorder. ”Well, Mama, life goes the way the corners of your mouth turn. “ She asked what he […]



January 3, 2023

If dogs can narrow their focus to catch the tennis ball, why do tennis players seem visually distracted so often?


That’s enough, Sally

January 1, 2023

Poor Felix.


C’mon honey

January 1, 2023

The year 2023 has not begun so well. Sally said she had to find a way to curtail my ADHD like verbal ramblings. I guess the cowboy should feel fortunate as her history with Felix and his misbehaving is now legendary.


A national pastime

January 1, 2023

“Let’s be reasonable and add an eighth day to the week that is devoted exclusively to reading.” – Lena Dunham



January 1, 2023

Well…you learn something every day. I was speaking with Christina Kent before leaving The Randy Ross Tennis Center this morning. She mentioned that she has an online active wear boutique with ZYIA ACTIVE. (myzyia.com) I checked it out…stylish athletic and casual wear for prices you can’t beat. Christina mentioned sales opportunities for people who wish […]



January 1, 2023

I have visited Provo, Utah a number of times and it is stunning. The Provo River has a reputation as being a premier trout fishing stream in the west. A not so young cowboy still regrets not accepting a baseball scholarship there where the pitching coach was the former Pirates great Vernon Law. From the […]



January 1, 2023

The Randy Ross Tennis Center held a holiday tennis mixer last Wednesday evening. Players were encouraged to wear their favorite seasonal sweater. Crystal, Ginger, and Marla were resplendent in sweaters that we’ll certainly see soon at The Australian Open in Melbourne. Nice going, Rock Stars!



December 31, 2022

“We are not human beings having a spiritual experience; we are spiritual beings having a human experience.” Pierre Teilhard de Chardin