Values storying is...

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

Baseball Essentials: Overcoming Failure

Projectability–that’s the potential for baseball players to succeed at the next level that baseball coaches are looking for at all age levels. I wrote about projectability in last week’s post. Let’s pick up at the end of that post and talk about one of the essentials in a player’s becoming “projectable.” The Little Fella has […]

Developing a Next Level Baseball Player

Developing a Next Level Baseball Player On Friday night the Little Fella and a teammate combined to throw a no-hitter, the first of the Little Fella’s brief career. He struck out eight of the nine outs he recorded and made an athletic diving stab and throw for the other. Only a leadoff, four-pitch walk that […]

Coach Dave and the Team Nickname

Coach Dave and the Team Nickname Scene: “Coach Dave and the Team Nickname” from Coach Dave’s first meeting with the parents of his summer baseball team. “Okay, guys,” Coach Dave interrupted at the moment the silence became awkward. “Let’s talk about a team nickname. In light of what we want to accomplish, I’d like to […]

Values Storying for Business

When I write and speak about values storying, it often comes from a context of family. However, values storying–the passing of values from one generation to the next through the stories we tell…and re-tell–is true in a multitude of contexts. Think churches, schools, sports teams, non-profit organizations. Today, I want to take a look at […]

Older Brother Emerges to Save the Day

Older Brother Emerges to Save the Day The Muskogee Turnpike was the scene for Older Brother’s heroics. The whole family of five was traveling in my in-law’s van to Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, to visit my sister’s family. We were on pace to arrive before dark. (If you know anything about dads and road trips, you […]

Baseball’s Retired Numbers: Surprising Findings

Retired Numbers in Baseball I mentioned on a post last week, a tribute to my friend Mike, that his number would be retired this week. Mike died of a heart attack suffered during a game 30 years ago. His number 17 has not been worn at my high school since, but the ceremony will make […]

The Time the School Bus Ate Big Randy Melton

The Time the School Bus Ate Big Randy Melton Big Randy Melton was just getting some off-season conditioning in on Tiger Drive when he was gobbled up by a school bus. Up the hill all we baseball players could do was watch as the whole episode went down. Randy Melton was a football player at […]

Remembering Mike, Number 17

Remembering Mike, Number 17 I can’t believe it has been 30 years. The phone call on April 2, 1985, thirty years ago began a series of events that changed everything for me. My direction. My perspective of mortality. My eternity. Thirty years later, I regularly think of that pivotal day. The story of April 2 […]