Values storying is...

...passing down values from one generation to the next through the stories we tell and re-tell

From a Writer’s Perspective

With writer and speaker Al Ainsworth

When Baseball Does Not Matter

When Baseball Does Not Matter I have friends who are wholly unconcerned with all things sportsball. Baseball does not matter to them at all, nor does any other sport. They don’t know about the history in the making in Major League Baseball right now. They don’t care about college baseball, high school ball, or youth […]

Inside Stories and a Sense of Community

Inside Stories Inside stories give us a sense of belonging, a language within the multiple of worlds where we each find community, a sense of home. On the way to church on Sunday, I told the Little Fella that I almost texted him during the Cubs-Giants game while I was out of town a couple […]

Baseball Is Getting a Little More Confusing

Baseball Is Getting a Little More Confusing A Coach Dave Season Three Excerpt: “Baseball Is Getting a Little More Confusing” Dean Ford, Gary “Rooster” Hamilton, and their sons joined Rob and me at the Southburg Yankees’ first fall league game. The Southburg Baseball League complex seemed unusually quiet after such a full summer of baseball. […]

Goodies with Granny

Goodies with Granny Granny always had goodies for her grandchildren. She started with my cousin Sonny, who is six years older than me, and carried on with the four of us, who rarely missed a day visiting with her and Pop. Aside from the days when our parents were present – when we collaborated with […]

5 Reasons to Attend the 2016 Mississippi Book Festival

5 Reasons to Attend the 2016 Mississippi Book Festival The 2016 Mississippi Book Festival is coming up this Saturday, August 20. It is an all-day celebration of books and brings together those who write them and those who read them. World-renown Mississippi author John Grisham kicked off last year’s inaugural festival, which drew over 3,500 […]

Reviewing My Summer Reading

Reviewing My Summer Reading Earlier this summer, I posted a list of books that I intended to read this summer. Now that in-service days have started at my school, I suppose that the door has closed on my summer reading. For the sake of my own accountability, I have posted updates below as to how […]

Answering A Loaded Baseball Question

Questions from Students: A Loaded Baseball Question Without any further fanfare, I present the last few questions from the students who read my book as part of their children’s literature class. The last one is the loaded baseball question. First, a very thoughtful but non-loaded baseball question or three that the students asked: Why do […]

On My Journey as an Author

Questions from Students: On My Journey as an Author Has it been worth all of the time and money that you spent on this series? More yes than ever before. I wrote on one of the earlier posts in this series about a message from a baseball mom who told me that reading the Coach […]