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Priorities

March 2, 2021

“Life isn’t a matter of milestones, but of moments.” Rose Kennedy

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Wisdom

March 2, 2021

“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.” Robert Louis Stevenson

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Appreciation

February 25, 2021

“No matter how awful your life seems right now, you have something to be grateful for: You have been granted 2 billion seconds on this planet, give or take. You are a billionaire!” Megan McArdle Maybe your dog can teach valuable lessons about gratefulness.

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Parental education

February 21, 2021

A very young tennis pro taught a junior group today with three four year olds. The twins arrived five minutes early with their dad as I was setting up targets and the junior net. This is when I learned that assumptions are dangerous. How naive of me to think the dad would wait until the […]

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Faith

February 18, 2021

A very young cowboy is midway through a book about the 33 miners in Chile who were trapped for nearly ten weeks before being miraculously rescued. One miner spoke of ‘the 34th. miner, my little compadre.’ ‘The thirty-fourth miner is the soul of every miner who’s ever toiled, the spirit of the God who protects […]

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Friends

February 12, 2021

If I can stop one heart from breaking, I shall not live in vain; If I can ease one life the aching, or cool one pain, Or help one fainting robin Unto his nest again, I shall not live in vain. Emily Dickinson

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Grandpa’s chair

February 8, 2021

What if you began, as a child, to record your thoughts about gratitude…about each and every thing you were thankful for? And what if there was a favorite place in the forest you could go to where in picking special flowers you’d be reminded that you too are special and chosen to shine? What if, […]

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One Flew Away from The Cuckoo Nest

January 31, 2021

Well…it’s as good as done. It appears The Colorado Rockies have sent Nolan Arenado to The St. Louis Cardinals and forked over

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Thanks coach

January 28, 2021

A very wise coach was mentoring a perfectionistic laden young student and was making little headway with the player. Flummoxed, he went to bed that night and in the morning he awoke early. Two minutes into his morning shower, a memory from his playing days popped into his mind. You see, he had had a […]

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Blessed assurance

January 26, 2021

What if it’s true that you are caught up in a greater story? What if the day to day ramblings you’re immersed in are all merely minor scenes in the feature film that is your life? Would you still be anxious or upset if you…the actor or actress in this drama, could fast forward and […]

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Strength

January 25, 2021

“Sometimes the strength within you is not a big firey flame for all to see, it is just a tiny spark that whispers ever so softly, “you’ve got this, keep going.” Unknown

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Hope

January 21, 2021

Richard Kerr and Will Jennings wrote a terrific song fifty years ago with lyrics sung masterfully by Dionnne Warwick. A very young cowboy heard the song on the way to work tonight and the lyrics seem especially pertinent this year. “No night so long that you can’t find the day… No day so wrong that […]

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Belief

January 19, 2021

‘Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice that at the end of the day says, ‘I’ll try again tomorrow.’ Mary Ann Radmacher

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Mental Skills at Randy Ross Tennis Center

January 14, 2021

Mental Toughness Training with Steffie Hi, I’m Steffie Skarwecki, Sport Psychologist, Tennis Professional and certified Mental Toughness Trainer. In my experience with tennis players of all levels and ages, I have found a common theme: players know very little about the mental side of tennis and even less about how to train for mental toughness. […]

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No fear

January 14, 2021

I’m sure you’ve seen video clips on the news lately showing people getting vaccinated for this nasty virus. If you’re like Sally and cowboy, you are thinking to yourself…do they really need to be using needles that long? And, is it true that shots are now being administered at Brakes Plus? Let me assuage your […]

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Renew

December 23, 2020

If the stress of the season has gotten the best of you, maybe it’s time to find a quiet place and just chill out for a while.

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Reflection

December 18, 2020

‘I looked around and began to realize that there is a lot less time ahead of me than what’s behind me.’ Barry Gibb

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Panic in the suburbs

December 16, 2020

A very young and tired cowboy was about two Ahhhhmen breaths away from la la land last night when rudely awakened by Sally. She was, and I’m not exaggerating, in a frenzied state of panic screaming ‘THERE’S SOMEONE IN OUR HOUSE.’ I jumped from my bed unfortunately neglecting to grab the Louisville Slugger baseball bat […]

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Table for two

November 26, 2020

Thanksgiving during a pandemic…my, oh my, have things changed. And still we’re hopeful…still optimistic that next year will bring the world back to normal. Health, happiness, and hope to you all.

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Rock Stars!

November 22, 2020

Blake and Taylor love to dance. They love their dogs, Halloween,and spending time with their cousins. The two sisters sure impressed a very young cowboy today on the tennis court as they raced from sideline to sideline. As they say…’we love to compete with our feet’.

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Rare gifts

October 4, 2020

Who knows where our talents come from? Whether it’s music or athletics, or comedy or art, it is enough that we take time to be grateful for our own gifts and to marvel at those of others. We’re proud of our daughter Carly’s gift in art. This is one of her recent creations. Rock on, […]

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Ellie

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 […]

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Morning Pages

January 3, 2016

Well….a new year is here and another birthday too. Sixty-nine and all is well. The cup is full to overflowing still with barely a thought about the normal maladies that come with the territory. A very happy young cowboy puts on a favorite hat and watches yet another sunset. With eyes closed and a deep […]

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What if….

November 15, 2015

“What if the world was holding its breath…..waiting for you to take the place that only you can fill.” David Whyte

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Resilience

February 7, 2021

A tennis student battled hard with her partner today. After starting slowly and losing the first set, they came back from 3-5 in the second to capture the match. Sometimes a gritty win means more than a pretty win. Way to go Lara and Shawn!

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In it to win it

February 1, 2021

Chanda Rubin was commentating tonight on the Naomi Osaka match vs. Alize Cornet of France. Osaka was hitting on all cylinders and streaked to a 5-2 lead in the first set. Rubin said that she was really ‘plugged in’ from the start and it was quite a sight to behold. I wonder what being plugged […]

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Friends

January 31, 2021

“My door is always open, coffee is always on, and my sofa is always warm and a place of peace and non-judgment. Any of my family and friends who need to chat are welcome anytime. It’s no good suffering in silence. I have cold drinks in the fridge and tea and coffee in the cupboard, […]

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The King

January 24, 2021

The home run king of baseball Hank Aaron passed away this week at age 86. Most people recall the night he slammed an Al Downing fast ball over the left center field fence to pass Babe Ruth with 715 career home runs. Mr. Aaron was always known for his class and commitment to equal opportunity […]

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Levity

January 19, 2021

‘If I don’t laugh sometimes, I feel like life will pass me by.’ Jane Kirkpatrick

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Inspire

January 17, 2021

‘The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.’ Pablo Picasso