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World Series History!

If you were watching World Series baseball on October 26, 2018, you were fortunate enough to witness history. Even if you aren’t a Los Angeles Dodger (though I am not sure exactly what that is) or a Boston Red Sock … Continue reading

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Black Friday Challenge

Despite what CNN or Fox News will tell you, America is and has always been a great place.  And this is even more evident during the Thanksgiving season.  I don’t know about you, but Thanksgiving may be one of the … Continue reading

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March Mathematical Madness – Picking Winners Is Easy?

Here we are, in the midst of so-called March Madness.  For many avid sports fans, March Madness is both tremendous and frustrating.  Like the Super Bowl, the NCAA basketball tournament provides an opportunity for those who know nothing about basketball … Continue reading

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Lead Your Team in Assists

Even if you aren’t a fan of professional basketball, you have to marvel at what the Golden State Warriors are doing right now.  Last count, they have won 55 games.  Winning 55 games isn’t all that impressive, until you realize … Continue reading

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A Kodak Moment Eh?

On March 3, 1875, the first organized game of indoor hockey was played at Montreal’s Victoria Skating Rink.  The game featured two nine player teams and was played with a flat circular piece of wood.  As you may have already … Continue reading

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Christmas Spirits….

Fortunately, we have one more weekend before Christmas. One more weekend before we huddle around the Christmas tree waiting to see our family’s responses to our gifts.  For many of us Christmas is about buying the right gift for the … Continue reading

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The Great Ameritocracy?

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you probably have heard of Stephen Curry.  He’s the reigning NBA MVP, and led his Golden State Warriors to the best record in the NBA.  Unless something cataclysmic happens, it’s likely that he’ll … Continue reading

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“Hold backs” – 13 in the 6th grade?

In 2011, Malcolm Gladwell changed the way we look at success.  His book “Outliers” convinced us that success doesn’t happen by accident.  His examination of hockey players and computer programmers and musicians helped us to understand that mastery is necessary … Continue reading

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Fearguson!

Of course! You know it wouldn’t take me long to give my two cents on the biggest topic in the last month, besides Bill Cosby.  Fortunately, having my own blog allows me to spew whatever I want, without being showered … Continue reading

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Ray Rice and Kim Kardashian?

This story has probably been talked about way too much and please forgive me for being a little late to the party. Needless to say, most people, except for a few miscreants, agree.  Ray Rice’s assault of his soon to … Continue reading

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The Effort = The Reward?

There I was, drenched in sweat.  Unfortunately the older I get, I feel like I am more former than athlete.  I used to work out to get better and now I work out to avoid getting worse.  I still feel … Continue reading

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Healthcare blog

Here is a link to a blog I wrote on another website. http://www.acutecarecontinuum.com/Home/tabid/84/entryid/287/A-Little-EQ-in-the-ED-Goes-a-Long-Way-Trust-Me.aspx

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Perfect Attendance

I can honestly say, I am not a fan of school awards. When a student wins the “math award”, it is thought to be a testament to his or her proficiency in math. Theoretically, that student is the best math … Continue reading

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Father’s Day

First of all, I want to thank everybody for all of their Father’s Day wishes.  It feels good to be acknowledged.  I appreciate all the fanfare, adulation and praise that comes along with being a father on Father’s day.  Although … Continue reading

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Zero Tolerance for Zero Tolerance

On May 24, 2014, the unthinkable happened. Six people were gunned down by the merciless hands of a rampaging lunatic.  Elliot Rodger’s actions on that day irreversibly and inexplicably changed hundreds of lives.  His twisted and convoluted fantasy unfortunately found … Continue reading

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Kids Will Be Kids!?

“May I take your order?” She said, in that annoyingly polite tone that begged for a quick and succinct answer. That was your cue. Your leisurely perusal of the menu was indeed complete. It isn’t your fault that you took … Continue reading

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Trust No One?!

If you’re anything like me, you’re a little bit of a skeptic.  Being a skeptic isn’t necessarily a bad thing.  It just means that you require a little more convincing than most.  In other words, what you believe is usually … Continue reading

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Doubt me! Please!!

How many times has your mother told you that you shouldn’t let things bother you?  Your father made sure that you knew that names could never hurt you.  You swear that you’ll teach your kids to ignore what people say … Continue reading

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We work hard?!

I don’t think I’ve ever met a person who believes he or she doesn’t work hard. If you don’t believe me, just take a look at your friend’s Facebook posts. If you talk to anyone at the end of their 8 … Continue reading

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Non-Standard!

She looked at him sternly.  He squinted, looked down and played with the tag on his collar.  Yes, he wore his shirt backwards again.  A few of his friends, if you can call them that, giggled.  It was clear from … Continue reading

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What’s Your Seed?

It seems like they have more on the line.  Every play, every possession, every decision commands the utmost concentration.  I’m not sure it means any more to them, but it sure looks like it means a lot more to them.  … Continue reading

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The God Probability

It isn’t surprising that religion has been at the heart of many major conflicts throughout history.  Religion is one of those topics that most of us try to steer away from.  Whatever they may be, our religious beliefs are intertwined … Continue reading

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Reality TV

As I get older, I am growing more and more frustrated with television. The number of channels and programs keep expanding and the number of quality shows keep contracting. I guess I am still holding out for modern versions of … Continue reading

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Minority Report

In winter of 2008, the American voters did something they had never done before.  After all the rhetoric and after all the ballots were counted, the American people had made history.  Barack Hussein Obama was elected as the 44th president … Continue reading

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Immigration Reform

He didn’t dare shake her hand.  He briefly put his hands into his pockets and then quickly pulled them out.  That was disrespectful.  He stood up straight.  He borrowed his friend’s tie.  It was way too short, but he thought … Continue reading

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Groupthink

“Anyone have any questions?”  His head swiveled around the room.  He had very open and honest eyes.  The kind of eyes that could see into your heart, if you weren’t careful.  Everybody was decidedly careful.  It wasn’t that they didn’t … Continue reading

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Bracket Busters!

There they are.  Screaming wildly.  It took three flights to get there, but that was part of the excitement.  The anticipation was part of the allure.  The journey was just as important as the destination.  Unfortunately, they paid for their … Continue reading

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March Madness!

In the 2011 NCAA Championship, the University of Connecticut beat the #8 seed Butler.  The score was 53-41.  Uconn star Kemba Walker was outstanding.  He was destined for the NBA and his play definitely lived up to the hype.  Uconn … Continue reading

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The Promotion

It’s amazing how quiet a room can be.  You were early as usual.  Early is on time and on time is late.  Why would anyone want to be late?  It was going to be an awkward conversation.  You worked so … Continue reading

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The Last 24 Hours

She woke up, late as usual.  It’s a good thing she had packed some things the night before.  She was young, but her face betrayed her.  She loved the sun and the sun loved her back.  There isn’t enough make … Continue reading

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The Perfect Employee?!

Cuff links, who wears cuff links?  He definitely took command of the room.  His jacket fit absolutely perfectly.  His shirt looked like he tediously ironed it for hours, after it had come from the drycleaners.  His movements were limited, but … Continue reading

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How to get to Corporate Sesame Street.

C is for cookie and it’s good enough for me.  Many of my earliest memories were of the 5 minute skits made infamous by Sesame Street.  These skits were innovative, eclectic and educational.  Most of all, these skits were fun. … Continue reading

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Better than Gretzky?!

These are the dog days of winter.  This is the time of year that many of us yearn for the hot humid summer days we complained about.  There is no question that this winter has been brutal.  It has been … Continue reading

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#Old School Role Models

It’s official!  I am getting old.  I consider myself a fairly technologically savvy individual.  I have an iPhone.  I have Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest accounts.  Truthfully, I don’t know what the heck I’m doing on Pinterest.  Most of my conversations … Continue reading

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The Steve Jobs Syndrome

It’s almost time.  Just a few more clicks on that dusty keyboard.  It’s missing an E.  But your typing is superb, you don’t even notice.  You’re getting to that point in the day where coffee is more valuable than air.  … Continue reading

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“FREE THROWS”

The building had an oddly appealing smell of stale sweat soaked maple.  It was the kind of smell that you get used to, the kind of smell that athletes can’t get enough of.  The old gym existed somewhere between comfortable and … Continue reading

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Ode to Firefighter Chris Nelson

The alarm goes off for the third time and you cringe.  Why the hell did you set your alarm ringtone to fire engine?  This is the perfect day to burn some vacation pay.  You slowly fall back asleep.  You are … Continue reading

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How Our Leaders Should Lead

In the 2007 movie 300, King Leonidas leads his troops into a suicide mission against King Xerxes’ Persian army.  Xerxes was thought to be a demigod and was known to experiment with black magic.  If that weren’t enough, Xerxes army … Continue reading

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California Water Crisis?!

 On January 17, California Governor Jerry Brown declared a water emergency.  Specifically he said.  “I’m declaring a drought emergency in the state of California because we’re facing perhaps the worst drought that California has ever seen since records began being … Continue reading

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What’s Your Why?

  When you woke up this morning, what made you get up, get ready and go to work.  What made you stay up all night to make that project deadline and you don’t even like coffee.  You hate flying, but … Continue reading

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The Super Bowl Winner Is…. No one?

Many youth sports programs are adopting a new and innovative way to encourage participation. They believe that our society is too focused on winning and losing. Instead, our youth sports should foster the love of the game. Experienced and developing … Continue reading

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We are who we are because of who they were

I write this blog with a heavy heart.  Recently, my paternal grandfather died.  I am comforted by the fact that he did not suffer and he was surrounded by his children.  Michael Fraser Tomlinson was my father’s father.  He was … Continue reading

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The New Year’s Resolution Revolution!

10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1!  Happy New Year!!!  Alright, you’ve made it.  If you aren’t too nauseated from “enjoying” yourself last night, you have officially made it to that frightful day.  This is the day … Continue reading

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Please Quit Making Resolutions

  It is a common and ritualistic practice to spend the end of year thoughtfully considering what you will change in the New Year.  In our post-turkey euphoria, we make the decision to conquer the world.  In that solitary New … Continue reading

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Merry Christmas not Happy Holidays

It’s likely that you have spent the last several days hustling to complete that infamous Christmas list.  You have convinced yourself that capitalizing on every 10% sale is what Christmas is all about.  Insomniac children everywhere force themselves to sleep, … Continue reading

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Our Preoccupation with Past Performance

Over the last 50 years, our world has moved at light speed.  Almost every aspect of our society has improved.  Our communication is faster and instantaneous.  Our data is richer and more robust.  Our systems are interactive and more complex.  … Continue reading

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Success is possible in spite of your circumstances!

She walked across the stage with a subtle limp.  As she walked up and cradled her diploma, she looked toward the crowd for all those who had come to cheer her on.  Her daughter looked at her with the comforting … Continue reading

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How do we really define winners and losers?

On February 3, 2013, the Baltimore Ravens beat the San Francisco 49ers to win the Super Bowl.  Whether you are a football fan or not, Super Bowl Sunday dominates our collective consciousness for at least one day.  Unlike other professional … Continue reading

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A Tribute to the Mandela Work Week

Let’s face it.  Most of us do not like our jobs.  I’m not saying we hate our jobs, but we spend most of our work week looking forward to vacation.  After all, work is work.  It wasn’t meant to be … Continue reading

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Hall Of Fame

On February 23, 2009, another superb high school athlete was inducted to the Florida High School Hall of Fame.  It wasn’t surprising that the inductee excelled in basketball, football and track.  It wasn’t surprising that this 6’1” athlete repeatedly dunked … Continue reading

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