Today is My Wife’s Birthday

img_4343Throughout the year there are many dates that have a very special meaning for all of us and perhaps one of the most anticipated and celebrated one of them are birthdays. My wife’s birthday is the most important day to me. And not just because I forgot it ONCE!

My entire professional and personal accomplishments have been achieved because of her support. All this while she has accomplished amazing things as well!

I feel greatly blessed for the joy that I have for being with you and for celebrating another year of your life.  A few months ago we decided to throw you a great party for your birthday. I was thinking what gift I should give you, and then I realized that there are many things you would like to receive as a gift, but the most important thing for you is that I give you my unconditional love and the rest of my life with you. You are a wonderful, and above all full of patience woman. Thanks for putting up with me!

I do not want you to worry about the pass of time because every day that passes you get more and more beautiful and I love you more and more, so be happy and feel very happy to be celebrating your birthday.

I love you with all my heart .

 

A Season of Hope. Love

Love is one of those hard things. You need to give in order to receive. The good thing about it is giving it feels so good. With love you have hope.

Sometimes love can be one sided; Sometimes love can be awkward and unspoken – but it is still there and when you love someone you make the world a better place.

Watch the news tonight- would 1/2 the stuff you see happen if there was more love? Probably not. img_2104

Give me love
Give me love
Give me peace on earth
Give me light
Give me life
Keep me free from birth
Give me hope
Help me cope, with this heavy load
Trying to, touch and reach you with,
heart and soul

PLEASE take hold of my hand, that
I might understand you

Won’t you please
Oh won’t you

Give me love
Give me love
Give me peace on earth
Give me light
Give me life
Keep me free from birth
Give me hope
Help me cope, with this heavy load
Trying to, touch and reach you with,
heart and soul

PLEASE take hold of my hand, that
I might understand you

I am so lucky to have found the love of my life.

A Season of Hope. TSO Old City Bar

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“Old City Bar”

In an old city bar
That is never too far
From the places that gather
The dreams that have been

In the safety of night
With its old neon light
It beckons to strangers
And they always come in

And the snow it was falling
The neon was calling
The music was low
And the night
Christmas Eve

And here was the danger
That even with strangers
Inside of this night
It’s easier to believe

Then the door opened wide
And a child came inside
That no one in the bar
Had seen there before

And he asked did we know
That outside in the snow
That someone was lost
Standing outside our door

Then the bartender gazed
Through the smoke and the haze
Through the window and ice
To a corner streetlight

Where standing alone
By a broken pay phone
Was a girl the child said
Could no longer get home

And the snow it was falling
The neon was calling
The bartender turned
And said, not that I care
But how would you know this?
The child said I’ve noticed
If one could be home
They’d be all ready there

Then the bartender came out from behind the bar
And in all of his life he was never that far
And he did something else that he thought no one saw
When he took all the cash from the register draw

Then he followed the child to the girl cross the street
And we watched from the bar as they started to speak
Then he called for a cab and he said J.F.K.
Put the girl in the cab and the cab drove away
And we saw in his hand
That the cash was all gone
From the light that she had wished upon

If you want to arrange it
This world you can change it
If we could somehow make this
Christmas thing last

By helping a neighbor
Or even a stranger
And to know who needs help
You need only just ask

Then he looked for the child
But the child wasn’t there
Just the wind and the snow
Waltzing dreams through the air

So he walked back inside
Somehow different I think
For the rest of the night
No one paid for a drink

And the cynics will say
That some neighborhood kid
Wandered in on some bums
In the world where they hid

But they weren’t there
So they couldn’t see
By an old neon star
On that night, Christmas Eve

When the snow it was falling
The neon was calling
And in case you should wonder
In case you should care

Why we’re on our own
Never went home
On that night of all nights
We were already there

THEN ALL AT ONCE INSIDE THAT NIGHT
HE SAW IT ALL SO CLEAR
THE ANSWER THAT HE SOUGHT SO LONG
HAD ALWAYS BEEN SO NEAR

IT’S EVERY GIFT THAT SOMEONE GIVES
EXPECTING NOTHING BACK
IT’S EVERY KINDNESS THAT WE DO
EACH SIMPLE LITTLE ACT

I am NOT an alarmist

I keep telling myself this.

Then I make the mistake of reading a newspaper or watching the news. REAL news, not FOX or any of the fringe news sites.

After watching the news this weekend I have realized that as a country-

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You Don’t Need Me…You Got This: Teach your Athlete to Rescue Themselves.

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I know it is difficult and heartbreaking to watch our kids suffer. When we watch our kids fall at a competition, we feel their sorrow. When we watch our kids suffer through a mental block, we feel their helplessness. When we see our kids watch their teammates more up a level without them, we feel their pain.

As sports parents, we would do anything to protect our athletes. We want to take away their sorrow, we want to give them the answers they need, we want to protect them from pain. We want to ride in our our white horses and be their saviors. We want to fight their battles, remove their enemies, and provide a life a happiness. For if they are happy, then we parents must be doing our jobs.

When we rescue them, what are we really teaching them? If we always come to their rescue when they…

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Why I am looking forward to the Holidays!

The first thing I want to get out there is YES, I say, “Happy Holidays!” in public. I do not want to risk offending anyone PLUS between now and New Years there are probably 15 recognized holidays throughout the western world. By the way, it is totally OK to wish me Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays or what ever.

The biggest thing I am looking forward to is the end of the election. Truthfully, I hardly care anymore. Just get it over. This has gone on for too long and cost too much. (but that’s another story).

Growing up in upstate New York I had a pretty big family. From Halloween to New Years there were always people stopping by with wine, cheese, fruit baskets, or baked goods. When I was home from college not only were relatives stopping by but also friends from high school. I also, when out, would stop by friends and relatives house bringing small gifts.

The holidays are meant to spend with friends and family. It still brings a smile to my face remembering a full house on any given night.

As an adult with a family of my own  and we don’t have a lot of family near by. We make up for this with having some great friends. I can’t wait for the kids to get home college. I can’t wait for friends to stop by. I am looking forward to friends of my kids stopping by.

If you are driving by and the lights are on please stop for a glass of wine and some cookies.

Just wanted to put that out there.

Bonus if you know what this is! A bottle of wine if you bring me some

Vladimir Zmudia

Vladimir was born in Novistrana where he became one of the world’s first male rhythmic gymnasts. maxresdefault

Like all 80s kids, he was so busy being told how special he was that he didn’t get that went for everybody else, too. Now he’s  a little sad that he’s not more important.

Since retiring from the sport he has become a gymnastics coach and career counselor. His mantra is, “if you don’t set the bar too high you will never be disappointed”. His biggest accomplishment to date is being able to correctly use “Your” and “You’re”.

As a gymnastics coach he has been able to get the gymnasts to “stay centered” and “squeeze”. Many of his other corrections are in a mix of english, Novistranian and pig latin.