The Boys of Summer

Signing Autographs

Yesterday, the family & I did our usual Sunday thing.

In the morning the three of us went to church & then my son & I went to see a baseball game. This week it was the Jupiter Hammerheads vs the Daytona Cubs (It’s Minor League baseball). It was a great day for both of us.

Not only did we have some great father/son moments, but my son won a baseball & a baseball bat at the game. He was so excited!!

Even better he got his bat autographed by 9 Hammerhead players! Here he is, getting his new bat signed by a couple of players.

I love Roger Dean Stadium! It is a small field and it feels old-time & personable. Even the town of Jupiter has that old-time quiet hometown feel. The players shake hands with the kids and it’s just about having fun.

In the past I’ve been to Major League games where the Marlins are out of reach. They charge for autographs and the players even get arrogant about what they will not sign. These are kids who look up to these guys as heroes – come on! is this what we want our heroes to act like? They have forgotten the ‘game’ of baseball vs the ‘business’ of it.

Anyway off my soapbox!

Breaking the Bat!

These guys of the Minor League are one-on-one with the kids. I love that!

I especially love how close we can get to the playing field! I enjoy taking tons of pictures & trying to catch them in action.

Here’s one I’m proud of. Not only did I catch the very moment where he hits the ball – BUT – I got the swing at the very second the bat is breaking! Awesome Luck!! If you zoom in, you could see the bat as it’s cracking!

This is what I love about life. It feels good to be a part of moments like this – they only come around once. It feels even better to know that in a world that is constantly at war, we can still find good ‘ol American Baseball – gotta love it!!!

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Surrender

Another song that caught my attention & that stuck in my head. The lyrics are clean and simple. Beautiful song…

“I’m giving You my heart
All that is within
I lay it all down
For the sake of You my King
I’m giving You my dreams
laying down my rights
I’m giving up my pride
For the promise of new life

And I Surrender
All to You, all to You
And I Surrender
All to You, all to You

Singing You this song
Waiting at the Cross
And all the world holds dear
Count it all as loss
For the sake of knowing You
For the glory of Your name
To know the lasting joy
Even sharing in Your pain”

And I Surrender
All to You, all to You
And I Surrender
All to You, all to You

– Marc James, Surrender


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Connection to the Divine

True test of being human is just Being.

Human existence w/needs, concerns & desires while still choosing to be connected to the Divine.

So what do I mean by Being? So consider for a moment that at every moment we choose to BE who we say we are. So here’s an example of what happened today. Life is not working the way that I want it to right now. The economy is slow & business has dropped of significantly. Bill are adding up & employees need to be paid.

I have a choice of who I am going to be in this circumstance. I can be angry and blame the whole thing on a bad economy. Upset that there is nothing I can do about it. This is perfectly fine and many people would agree with me, but at the end of the day I would be angry, upset, a victim of my circumstances and nothing has happened to improve the situation.

OR

I can choose to be peaceful, in action to change my circumstances, and connected to the power of the Divine (God, source, the universe – call it what you will).

The first option gives me an upset stomach, a nervous twitch & anxiety attacks, all the while feeling disempowered. The second option gives me peace, power and the complete feeling that everything will be alright. No upset stomach & my cardiogram still shows normal.

I choose to BE who I say I am. I get to live another day at peace with my circumstances (I didn’t say ignore my responsibilities) but knowing that I am not a victim to them and the money to pay the bills just gets generated.

So who do you choose to BE?

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Who I Am Makes a Difference

I may not say it often & I may not let you know it…
but who YOU are makes a difference.

You contribute to my life in ways that are unmeasurable & I have not acknowledged you for it…

But I want you to know that it did not go unnoticed.

So I invited you here today for several reasons :
1. To share with you this video and hope that it inspires you to pay it forward.
2. To say thank you for who you are for me and to let you know that you DO make a difference in my life.
3. To allow you into my life & so that you may know who I am.

I do not often share my thoughts or feelings. I keep them to myself and people are often surprised when I do share. “I didn’t know that about you…” is often the reply. So I invite you to browse thru my thoughts & feelings as they are expressed here.

Thank you for who you are & the way that you help shape my life.

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Just a Singer…

I’ve been listening to a lot of different music lately. Old Rolling Stones, Robert Plant, Bluegrass, The Texas Girls, Moody Blues, Antony and the Johnsons… many different style, many different artists. The one thing that I find in common in the different music is a sense of hope & a longing to belong. A sense of oneness seems to be what I’m drawn to.

Today, I was listening to the Moody Blue’s “I’m Just A Singer (In A Rock And Roll Band).” I’ve heard this song so many times before, but this time was the first time that I actually got drawn into the lyrics. The words are inspiring to me.

“I’m just a wandering on the face of this earth
Meeting so many people
Who are trying to be free
And while I’m traveling I hear so many words

Language barriers broken
Now we’ve found the key
And if you want the wind of change
To blow about you
And you’re the only other person to know, don’t tell me
I’m just a singer in a rock and roll band.

A thousand pictures can be drawn from one word
Only who is the artist
We got to agree
A thousand miles can lead so many ways

Just to know who is driving
What a help it nude celebrities would be
So if you want this world of yours
To turn about you
And you can see exactly what to do
Please tell me
I’m just a singer in a rock and roll band.

How can we understand
Riots by the people for the people
Who are only destroying themselves
And when you see a frightened
Person who is frightened by the
People who are scorching this earth.

I’m just a wandering on the face of this earth
Meeting so many people
Who are trying to be free
And while I’m traveling I hear so many words

Language barriers broken
Now we’ve found the key
And if you want the wind of change
To blow about you
And you’re the only other person to know, don’t tell me
I’m just a singer in a rock and roll band.

How can we understand
Riots by the people for the people
Who are only destroying themselves
And when you see a frightened
Person who is frightened by the
People who are scorching this earth.

Music is the traveller crossing our world
Meeting so many people bridging the seas
I’m just a singer in a rock and roll band.
We’re just the singers in a rock and roll band.
I’m just a singer in a rock and roll band…”


What I’m getting from these lyrics is that I can be a simple man (the singer) and my thoughts/ideas (wonderings) can actually make a difference in this world. My thoughts & ideas which are my music, are the “traveller” that crosses “worlds” and bridges the seas.

Music is the key – it is the one thing that all cultures have and it is the one thing that breaks down the barries that keep my soul from expressing itself. It has no pretences, no image to protect – just an expressions of my deeper soul. This is what is common in all man-kind – ours souls wanting to be free and its the key that makes the difference.

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