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Ballgame Banter: A Coach Dave Season Five Excerpt

Ballgame banter

Ballgame Banter Ballgame banter–it’s part of the fun of watching ballgames, particularly baseball. I enjoy the various ways to describe the action on the field, especially with another baseball lifer. Throughout the Coach Dave series, I have included some ballgame banter from the dads down the fence. In Season Five, the dads have moved behind […]

A Coach With a Vision: Paying It Forward

A Coach With a Vision I ran into an old friend last weekend, one whose path seems to cross with mine every six or eight years. He was a Coach Dave-type coach, a coach with a vision, even in church league basketball. He reminded me that I was the only referee he was successfully able […]

Writing the End of a Series

Writing the End of a Series A few weeks ago, I wrote the last words of the Coach Dave series of books. Coach Dave Season Five: The Next Level has already gone through its first edit. Even as I start the next set of revisions, I confess that I am having a hard time letting […]

2017 Summer Reading Revisited

Summer Reading Revisited

  2017 Summer Reading Revisited As my students are brushing up on their summer reading that they read in June and are now reviewing before school starts next us next week, I follow up on my own summer reading list. My goal was to learn the conventions of sports biography in preparation for a future […]

Some Status Symbols Just Don’t Fit

  Some Status Symbols Just Don’t Fit Status symbols. Fitting in. They are of critical importance to many young people preparing to return to school. No to this shirt or that backpack because they aren’t “in.” Yes to this (usually more expensive) item of clothing or accessory because it is what (they hope) the cool […]

Entangled: A Story of Redemption

Entangled: A Story of Redemption I was working my summer job, trying to survive heat indexes in the triple digits for two weeks before returning to the frosty confines of Room 308. This day’s landscape project was a school cleanup, not exactly my favorite type of project. I greatly prefer building a new flower bed […]

No One to Call: A Call to Legacy

No One to Call I have no one to call. I know I’m supposed to call. I always have. But not anymore. I have no one to call. This Sunday is Father’s Day. It’s a day to celebrate fatherhood. It’s a day to call your dad and check in and let him know you’re thinking […]

Manhood Journey Day 3: Lead Courageously

Lead Courageously

Manhood Journey Day 3: Lead Courageously We slept in a little on Day 3 of our journey. The boys both crashed not long after we returned to the hotel last night, and I was up late blogging. Our first stop of the day was the Noah’s Ark Encounter. We had intentionally avoided advertisements for the […]