March Madness

March Madness

It’s that time of year–March Madness. It’s a big deal around our house, filling out our brackets and hoping our picks end with bragging rights for the coming year. That’s what happens when you have five competitive people who have played/watched a lot of basketball and enjoy the nature of college sports. But this year […]

Family Fanatics

Family Fanatics

Thank you to www.fanatics.com (a comprehensive site for all your sports apparel needs!) for the challenge to delve into our many memories of how sports has brought our family together. It’s been fun to walk down memory lane together as we talked about what I ought to post. You see, sports has been part of our family’s […]

The TP Game

The TP Game

We love sports at our house. And I am a sucker for tradition. This weekend we got to experience both at the famous TP game at John Brown University. A little history: this has been a tradition at JBU for 33 years. It happens at the first home basketball game of the season. When JBU […]

I Love NCAA March Madness!

I Love NCAA March Madness!

I didn’t grow up watching much basketball. In our family, we were all about football and baseball. I tried to play basketball in middle school, but to be honest, the game bewildered me. Too much going on at too fast of a pace. And I had no idea what the NCAA tournament was about until […]

The Spring Training Trip

The Spring Training Trip

My husband has talked about this trip since I met him. He’d been to spring training in Florida once as a teenager, with his dad, but it just never worked out to take our kids. So many other plans interfered during spring break, not to mention the money and expense of taking a family of […]

All-American Girls Professional Baseball League 70th Anniversary

All-American Girls Professional Baseball League 70th Anniversary

Most people (including myself) know of the AAGPBL from the 1992 movie A League of Their Own. But as often happens with history and fiction, sometimes I forget that these were real women. At least until this weekend. As I sat with my husband and son to watch a baseball game, I heard an announcement that intrigued […]

End of an Era

End of an Era

It all started in the fall of 1996. Our five-year-old daughter wanted to play soccer. Since she was a very active and energetic child, we decided this could be a good thing. We signed her up. No other parent on our team wanted to coach, so my husband stepped in. And so began our years […]

Basketball, basket ball, and more basketball

Basketball, basket ball, and more basketball

Our high school son is playing in a basketball tournament this weekend. That means a game each day, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, as well as the hour each way drive to the small town where it is being held. In between times, I’m trying to work on my current book (due out fall of 2014), […]

Why Writing is Like the Olympics

Why Writing is Like the Olympics

As I’ve been watching the Olympics, it has occurred to me that the quest for Olympic gold is very similar to the writing journey. No matter if you are a beginner or a professional, I think a few of these comparisons will have you nodding your head in agreement. In writing, there are many genres […]

Olympics 2012

The Olympics are here! The Olympics are here! What is it about the Olympics that draw us in so completely? Is it the world-wide competition? The (mostly) amateur-status thing? The pageantry? The personal stories of overcoming? Whatever it is–or the combination of them all–the Olympics seem to give us a shared experience in a way few […]