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Perseverance

January 11, 2021

‘Not every day is a good day…but there’s good in every day’. Captain Chad Fleming, US Army

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Holy Schmole

January 10, 2021

How is it that I’ve lived these many years and never heard of Tommy Emmanuel…or explored the genius of Roy Clark? The people I admired most resided in the world of sports…Dr. J, Pistol Pete, Magic Johnson, Jenny Finch, Michael Jordan, and Sandy Koufax. Well, time to add three more…Eva Cassidy, Tommy Emmanuel, and Roy […]

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Emotional mastery

January 3, 2021

The Head football coach for Ohio State made a revealing comment on tv last night. He said, ‘You have to play with emotion…but not let emotion play with you.’ How many tennis players do you encounter who let their emotions play with them?

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Favorite Sounds

December 29, 2020

My good friend Hodgie encouraged me to try a little experiment. After relating a story about his family’s pet owl that lived in their house, he suggested identifying my top 5-10 sounds of all time. A very young cowboy loved the idea and decided to share it with friends. Here goes… The sound of kids […]

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Opportunity

December 27, 2020

“When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us.” Helen Keller

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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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Passion in Action

December 13, 2020

‘The purpose of life is a life of purpose.’ Robert Byrne Dedicated to Wendy Oakes

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Recycle Tennis Balls

December 8, 2020

I ran into Richard Oliver last Sunday on the tennis courts. He mentioned that he is involved with an organization that recycles used tennis balls. Richard said it takes over 200 years for discarded tennis balls to erode and his group recycles and puts the materials to good use for schools and other worthwhile projects. […]

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Wish I’d met you, Mr. James

December 5, 2020

A very young cowboy viewed a somewhat dated fishing video yesterday featuring a well known guide and author Ian Colin James. He and another angler were fishing streamers in very low water in Canada. Mr. James was utilizing a technique I’d never seen before. I decided to try to find him online to forward a […]

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A big time hero

November 26, 2020

Alex Smith is smiling again. Tonight, he quarterbacked The Washington Redskins to a convincing win on the road against The Dallas Cowboys. What an incredible comeback story. On November 18, 2018, he suffered a compound fracture of his leg. Alex has had 17 surgeries since that fateful day and developed a sepsis infection that threatened […]

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Class act

November 26, 2020

What a nice gesture by The Denver Broncos. They sent a game ball last week to Hall of Famer Floyd Little who is currently in hospice care. Way to go, team!

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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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Reflection

November 24, 2020

A very young cowboy’s Alma mater…Mesa College (now Colorado Mesa University) has come up with a terrific idea. It’s called The CMU Center for Reflection. A sanctuary where students can go day or night to get their thoughts together, find some peace, and remove themselves from the hecticity of their world. During these covid times, […]

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Mentor

November 22, 2020

‘If something comes to life in others because of you, then you have made an approach to immortality.’ Norman Cousins

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Ascent

November 22, 2020

We are not going in circles, we are going upwards. The path is a spiral; we have already climbed many steps.” Hermann Hesse

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Appreciation

November 22, 2020

It is a pretty safe bet that 99 percent of us will never be elite level tennis players, golfers, or fly fishermen. Given that, maybe it’s wise to embrace each moment trying to improve a bit each day.

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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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No detours

November 18, 2020

Two top male tennis players were early in the match today at The Nitto ATP finals. The commentator mentioned how important it was for one player to play solidly early because he has a history of taking a detour to ‘nega town’. How are you at avoiding that change of direction after losing your serve […]