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Here Comes The Presidential Election

  1. WHAT’S YOUR THOUGHTS AND INTUITION ON THE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION?
    What’s your thoughts and intuition on the Presidential election that’s taking place in three days? Who is going to win? Who needs to win for the betterment of this country?
    WHAT IS BEST FOR THE COUNTRY?
    I know the question above is philosophical. What is best for this country is in the eyes of the beholder. The business-minded might think Romney is the man to lead this country, however, the stock market Dow-Jones Index has virtually doubled in value since Obama took office and there are enough other statistics indicating the economy is rebounding i.e. home prices increasing, home sales increasing, consumer spending etc.

    IS OBAMA THE RIGHT MAN?
    The humanistic-minded might think Obama is the right man for the job and he should continue for 4 more years. His commitment to health care for all, affordable education for the masses, government support for the auto industry and auto workers etc. reveals a predisposition toward government strategies and incentives to directly affect the lives of individual citizens rather than prioritizing business as the end-all as the indicator of America’s progress as a nation.
    NO DOUBT THAT ROMNEY CARES ABOUT THE INDIVIDUAL
    Yet, there is no doubt that Romney cares about the individual in America. His “universal” state-wide health care program that he implemented as governor proved that. His Mormon religion emphasizes the welfare of individuals and that we should be concerned and compassionate about our fellow man and woman.
    IT’S TIME TO DECIDE
    So, it’s time to decide. Who do we want to lead this nation for the next 4 years? Though the election of one man over the other will radically affect the direction our nation will take, there is evidence that each cares about the importance of business and the individual citizen. One way to look at the decision to vote for one or the other is the degree each candidate will commit to when it comes to devoting time and energy to each endeavor–supporting business, supporting humanistic endeavors. Each of the two areas are not necessarily mutually exclusive but sometimes one of the categories takes “a hit” when the other is supported.
    GOOD LUCK
    Good luck in your voting decision. I’ve made mine and I’m very content with my decision. I hope you are content with yours.

Is This Coming 2012 Presidential Election The Most Important in Decades?

Some are saying that this 2012 Presidential election coming up in a few days is the most important Presidential election in decades? Do you agree or disagree, and why?

BASEBALL FANS—Your Opportunity to Intimately Know Bobby Winkles

LEGENDARY NAMES IN BASEBALL ADMIRE BOBBY WINKLES

Legendary Tony La Russa, Detroit’s Dave Dombrowski and Roland Hemond of the Arizona Diamondbacks plus White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf all agree on one thing—BOBBY WINKLES was/is one of the greatest baseball minds of all time. My extensive, exclusive interviews with the four of them and many more legendary baseball players including Reggie Jackson and Roland Ryan support the view that Bobby Winkles is a special man on and off the baseball field. Their quotes are in the book.

Ironically, a lot of baseball fans have not heard of Bobby Winkles. That’s all going to change.

NEW BOOK FINISHED AND IN THE PUBLISHER’S HANDS

       I have just finished my first non-fiction  full-length book titled: BOBBY WINKLES: From the Cotton Fields to the Major Leagues—Perspectives on Baseball & Life. It’s certainly a book about baseball but, as important, it’s the personal story of a courageous man who grew up in the rural Arkansas town of Swifton; met the woman of his life, Ellie (oh, yes, this is a love story, too); offered a baseball contract right out of high school to play for the New York Yankees organization but encountered a road block; went on get his bachelor’s degree in Philosophy at Illinois Wesleyan University; play minor league baseball for the White Sox during which time he also got his master’s degree at the University of Colorado.

ASU LEGEND & 40 YEARS IN PROFESSIONAL BASEBALL

      Then on to coach ASU to three national championships in five years becoming an ASU legend. And onward to coach and manage in the major leagues for the California Angels and Oakland A’s, coach for the now World Champion San Francisco Giants, coach and head the farm system for the Chicago White Sox, and finally end his pro career coaching for the Montreal Expos.

HUMOR AND TRAGEDY

The book full of humorous stories but it’s not a “puff piece.” Bobby Winkles experienced six tragedies in his life (I call them “Detours” named after one of Bobby’s favorite songs), two of which were horrible devastating events that a lot of people wouldn’t be able to recover from. However, with the support of wife Ellie, Bobby recovered and thrived.

FOUR YEARS TO WRITE (WISH US WELL, PLEASE)

The book took me four years to write and the first publisher I wrote to a couple of weeks ago to seek their interest responded in the affirmative. The manuscript is in their hands now. Wish Bobby and I luck in publishing the book. I guarantee that you will enjoy the inspirational story of Bobby Winkles’ life. It was an honor to spend literally hundreds of hours with him in our collaboration to bring you the book.

• WHO IS THE TOUR PLAYER MOST OPPOSITE PHIL MICKELSON?

San Diego's favorite son pitches one of only a...

San Diego’s favorite son pitches one of only a handful of shots taken around the 18th green during Tuesday’s practice round (his only practice round) at the 2008 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines Golf Course in San Diego, CA. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

What PGA Tour player is just about the opposite of Phil Mickelson when it comes to friendly attitude, respect of fans, humility, good family man, going out of his way to make people feel comfortable? I’m taking an informal poll and would like your opinion on who that opposite player would be.

• I Give You My Word: A Sure Way to Improve Your Vocabulary

If you’re interested in improving your vocabulary in a simple, quick way, here’s one approach that has worked for me. I’ll give you a little background first: when I was in junior high (many, many years ago) I got this urge to improve my vocabulary. I don’t know why, I just did. So, I bought a mini-sized pocket dictionary and decided I would learn a new word a day. Each day, I randomly turned to a page, chose a word I didn’t know but thought was interesting, and I learned that word. Now that I am a professional writer, maybe this early strategy worked.

You can do exactly the same thing. Choose a pocket dictionary (it doesn’t have to be a mini; any paperback will do; something portable might be preferred) and choose one word a day to learn. No need to “learn” each word all in one day. Just keep adding it to your list of new words. I suggest highlighting each chosen word in the dictionary and putting a small “bookmark” (a small post-it; even made smaller with scissors will do) on each page that has a new word on it.

Try to remember the definition of each new word and use each word as often as possible verbally or in writing when appropriate and/or think about the word(s). Refer back to the dictionary and your bookmarks as often as you wish to start memorizing the words and their meaning.

This process worked for me. I believe it will work for you.

Happy word mining—may you “dig up” many, many interesting new words.

Oregon Mania, Supreme Court, Campaign Ads (Yuck)

Give me any excuse to talk about sports and I will. In fact, I don’t need an excuse. It’s in my blood. From childhood to now, I’m hooked. I’m in good company. We live in a sports-craved society.

OREGON FOOTBALL FANS ARE IN HEAVEN!

Oregonians, such as former Nabisco Dinah Shore Championship (now the Kraft Nabisco Championship) tournament director Mike Galeski, are shouting to the rooftops for their football teams. Galeski’s Ducks are quaking and vying for #1 ranking and the Beavers are chewing and ready to take on the Ducks in arguably the biggest rivalry game the state of Oregon has ever seen. Unless something unusual happens before then—and in sports THE UNUSUAL can happen (that’s what makes sports exciting)—the Ducks and the Beavers will be trying to knock each other’s heads off to foster the titles—Best Team in Oregon & One of the Best Teams in the Nation.

IS IT B.S. THAT THE SUPREME COURT IS THE INDEPENDENT 3RD BRANCH OF GOVERNMENT?

Question: If the U.S. Supreme Court is truly the independent 3rd Branch of Government in the spirit of the American tradition of “Checks and Balances,” then why does the President (the 2nd Branch of Government) select the justices? Yes, the selections have to be approved by the Senate but you almost have to be a Sandusky or a Kardashian to not get approved. I think the selection process of who gets to be a justice on the Supreme Court needs to be changed. One not-so-direct analogy is the East Coast bias of the USGA and its tendency to place it’s tournaments on or near the East Coast rather than the West Coast. The USGA needs to fix their selection process.

CAMPAIGN ADS—DO THEY DISGUST YOU AS THEY DO ME?

I’ll tell ‘ya I am TOTALLY sick and tired and disgusted with the candidates’ campaign ads! The candidates and their so-called political marketing experts must think we are all fools and/or ignorant, and let’s not prove them right. I don’t know ’bout you, but I am insulted and angry with the candidates’ political ads. They appeal to fear and the most negative emotions—they are pathetic and a disgrace to American democracy where we learned as kids in school that we live in a country where honesty, humility and ethical leadership is the norm. What a disappointment as we grow older!

Yes, let’s prove the candidates and their henchmen and henchwomen wrong by voting intelligently. Regardless of who you vote for, make an intelligent decision based on logic, the facts the best you can decipher them, and your political philosophy on the role of government. Don’t let these candidates get the last laugh thinking we are dumb citizens

There needs to be a  restructure of the campaign laws in America. For one, candidates should be held legally and financially liable for lying. Hefty fines in the multi-millions might change the lies and absurdities that we are now seeing in local, state and federal political ads. And then, of course, there are the Propositions where the language is so confusing, many times intentionally, you don’t know what the hell you’re voting for.

This May Sound Weird but I’M HAVING A GRANDDAUGHTER!

This may sound weird but I’M HAVING A GRANDDAUGHTER. Yes, I know. I can’t “have” a granddaughter because as a red-blooded American male, I can’t get pregnant. Duh. And, grandfathers couldn’t have a granddaughter even if grandfathers, well, uh, uh, could get pregnant because the child would be a daughter or a son.

Yes, I know I’m rambling and talking somewhat nonsense, but I’M SO EXCITED.  My son and daughter-in-law are going to have a baby girl and I am so happy for them, her brother Dylan and the whole Poppers and Duttweiler families.

Wow. Life is precious and beautiful. A new, young innocent child coming into the world in a household that’s loving, caring and conscientious. What more could a grandfather (farfar in Swedish) want!!!!!!!