National Take a Walk in a Park Day

Parks are often overlooked and underutilized by people.

Parks are peaceful places for relaxation, and they also offer opportunities for recreation.  Spending time in a park can refresh the soul and calm the nerves.  Take a few minutes out of your day to walk through a park or just sit on a park bench in quite contemplation.

Happy National Take a Walk in a Park Day 

I Have a Curling Prejudice


I admit I have a bit of a prejudice against curling, because of the whole broom sweeping thing.

When I think of sports, I think of playing games and having fun.  However, curling makes me think of doing household chores, like sweeping the kitchen floor.  That’s not my idea of fun.

What do you think about curling?  If you actually played the game, was it fun?




Children and Sports – Keeping Score

I believe the current trend of not keeping score at children’s sporting events is doing more harm than good.  Playing team sports teaches children valuable life lessons and keeping score plays a major role in teaching these lessons.

  • Keeping score teaches children the benefits of hard work.  If everyone receives the same reward, no matter how hard they try, it takes away any incentive to put forth their best effort.
  • Failure is a fact of life and children need to learn how to lose.  It’s much easier to learn the basics of overcoming defeat as a child on the playing field than as an adult in the work force.
  • Children also need to learn how to win.  Personality goes a long way in the world.  If you are an obnoxious brat, employers will not want to keep you around.  You must learn to be a gracious winner.



Double Helix Dash 5K

Today, I completed the Double Helix Dash 5k charity race.  This was my third race and it was the first time I didn’t come in last place.  I am supper happy about that.

I really appreciate my mom coming out to support me.  It’s nice to have someone wish you good luck at the starting line and have them congratulate you when you cross the finish line.  It means a lot to know she loves me and cares enough to be at the races.


Fist 5k Charity Run – Done

I completed my first 5k (3.6 miles) charity run today.  My left leg started burning, due to shine splints after the first mile.  I ended up limping a good bit during the course and I felt nauseous after the second mile.  However, I refused to give up and I just kept moving forward.  I was determined to finish the race.

I came in last place, but I am still proud of myself.

I am ready for a nap now.   🙂



Pain Don’t Hurt


Mark Miller is a kickboxing champion.  In his book Pain Don’t Hurt, Mark discusses his successes and failures in the ring, as well as personal struggles.

Mark was born with a heart defect that required open heart surgery to repair and he is a type 1 diabetic.  He grew up with alcoholic parents.  His father was physically abusive to him and his mother.  In an attempt to hide from his personal demons, Mark also became an addict.

I really enjoyed the book, because the author was honest about his personal failures.  He also did a good job of describing the difficulties of overcoming addiction and health problems.

In the end, Mark Miller is able to conquer his addiction.  He also overcomes his medical problems through stringent diet and exercise routines.

Mark Miller is a true champion in and out of the fighting ring.