Tuesday, April 30, 2013

sports blast 001 [the jets must really love quarterbacks]

30 april 2013

I generally don’t write about sports but I’m inspired…..



They recruited Tim Tebow last year, who is one of the most loved/hated/polarizing quarterbacks of this era, knowing that Mark Sanchez would retain his starting QB position. Blue Chip Draftee Geno Smith was favored to go top 10 and definitely the first round. Smith didn’t get drafted until the second round by none other than…. the NEW YORK JETS, who has a nice collection of quarterbacks: 5 to be exact. Six before they let go of Tebow. Obviously, NYJ likes to collect quarterbacks like church mothers like to collect hats, or like NASCAR fans like to collect commemorative plates, or how I like to collect cufflinks.


Friday, April 26, 2013

quote of the day: life is like a camera

Life is like a camera. Just focus on what's important, capture the good times, develop from the negatives, and if things don't turn out right, take another shot..

Juan Walker (jackie’s cousin)

Thursday, April 25, 2013

word and wordle of the day: koinonia

The essential meaning of the koinonia embraces concepts conveyed in the English terms community, communion, joint participation, sharing and intimacy. Koinonia can therefore refer in some contexts to a jointly contributed gift.[1] The word appears 19 times in most editions of the Greek New Testament. In the New American Standard Bible, it is translated “fellowship” twelve times, “sharing” three times, and “participation” and “contribution” twice each.[2]


Wednesday, April 24, 2013

quote of the day: hang on

"Hang on to the world as it spins around.
Just don't let the spin get you down."

       -Donny Hathaway - Someday We'll All Be Free

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

quote of the day: "truly great"

To become truly great,
one has to stand with people
not above them.

-Charles de Montequieu
 (French social commentator and
 political thinker who lived during
the Age of Enlightenment.)

Friday, April 12, 2013

response to jay-z "open letter"

Beyonce and Jay-Z in Cuba (Ramon Espinosa/AP Photo)

 Yesterday, “jay z open letter” was trending on yahoo. In recent news headlines, jay z and beyonce visited cuba to celebrate their 5th wedding anniversary. This raised a red flag as well as speculation as to the type of clearance they received, if any.

Americans are not allowed to patronize Cuba unless they have a licensed issued by the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control.

According to Wikipedia,

A specific license requires paperwork and State Department approval on case-by-case basis. You may be approved for a specific license if you fall into a certain class of persons. Note that a specific license may be granted to an institution (i.e. university, church) under whose auspices an individual may then travel without applying separately to the State department, or a specific license may be applied for and granted to an individual. Some of the classes of persons who may be granted a specific license are:

Persons visiting immediate family in Cuba

• Full-time graduate students conducting academic research to be counted toward a graduate degree

• Undergraduate or graduate students participating in a study abroad program of at least 10 weeks in length

• Professors/teachers employed at a US institution travelling to Cuba to teach

• Persons engaging in religious activities

• Freelance journalists

• Persons engaging in humanitarian projects

• Persons engaging in non-profit cultural exhibitions

I assume the knowles-carters fell into one of the last 2 categories (if not both). Jay z obviously likes: to win, to be exclusive, to do things that are above and beyond the common man and rapper. Mr. carter didn’t take too kindly to the unlicensed speculation and fired off at Sen. Marco Rubio, Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart – who asked the Treasury for an investigation into the power couple’s trip with an “open letter”. I can appreciate the song as it’s a step above beefing with rappers and other low hanging fruit.

The white house response was light as it was a non-issue. Our government has bigger fish to fry (North Korea, the Economy, HealthCare, etc).

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Toastmasters International Speaking and Table Topics Division Level Contest

ALL Please come support Gordon Henger and myself  at The Division-Level Contest held this Friday, 4/12/2013 @ 7pm at the Allstate bldg in Irving, TX (see attached flyer for location information) - this event is free and open to the public

Reach For The Stars

At the Division B

Table Topics and

International Speech Contest

Friday, April 12, 2013

Contest: 7:00 pm

Free Admission & Parking

Complimentary refreshments

Location: Allstate Insurance Company

8711 Freeport Parkway

Irving, Texas 75063

word of the day: in·du·bi·ta·bly

that cannot be doubted; patently evident or certain; unquestionable.

Monday, April 08, 2013

Friday, April 05, 2013

thought of the day-coach mike rice

So if you’ve been watching the news, you heard that Rutgers Coach Mike Rice got fired. Initially, he was suspended and fined. When I saw the news report, my thoughts were, “that’s a light penalty….he still gets to keep his job”. Mike Rice just got caught. I’ve never been cussed out by a teacher in school, but from junior high to high school, coaches cussed at players, or “at the situation” as they said. I’ve heard Coaches say things that were not very appropriate but they didn’t leave the locker room. I don’t think it was right but we accepted it as part of the game. (FYI-I also have very fond memories of my coaches.)

In my opinion, the rules are different from Coaches and Teachers. Coaches have been doing this for years. Teachers can’t do/say the same things that coaches do and say.

Why is this?