NFL players ascent marred by politics

In all my years of watching professional football, I’ve never seen anything like this. Attendance and viewing have dropped to an all-time low for the NFL. After all, fans pay to see these millionaires play the game, to perform for their amusement. The political stunts have created millions of ex-NFL fans.

Fans know that the protesting players are doing this in an anti-patriotic exhibit. Players claim that they are protesting for civil rights-really? The media has been quiet about this fact that the players are politically forced to protest by their union.

The union president Eric Winston called President Trump’s remarks to Commissioner Goodell’s memo “a slap in the face of civil rights heroes” but NFL fans don’t support Winston’s statement. Goodall sent a memo to all 32 teams asking them to stand for the national anthem and our President applauded the memo. The NFL Hall of Fame has just placed nearly 800 flags all around the perimeter in Canton, Ohio in a patriotic stand for Huddle Up America.

The players union NFLPA is to blame for the worst attendance in NFL history. You can look on Youtube and see season ticket holders burning their tickets because they don’t want to see these rich, elite anti-patriot, anti-veteran folks air their laundry.


Common Sense and obvious

One might think the two words are synonymous with another but not really, in fact with time over generations it appears that one or both of these basic instincts are no longer part of our leaders though process. I’m not going to rail on about this because it’s obvious to the rest of us. But the mainstream media is another story.

There are times that they have “a tremendous command of the obvious” like when they cover a fire or something of that nature. The disturbing fact is how selective the media is. Just this week the media was silent on the ties of an aide to “radical Muslim” which is something we should all know about concerning our national security. “Common sense” a great piece of work by one of our Forefathers-dictates that we the people should know the facts for liberty’s sake. For the press to do otherwise becomes propaganda which is used by fascist countries.

Have you ever felt like one of those students in Pink Floyd’s the “Another brick in the Wall”?  With almost 170 million views on YouTube-it’s popular. If you haven’t felt it ever, perhaps its too late for you. You maybe marching in line oblivious to the manipulation of your mind. Still, if you’re reading this you aren’t one that’s marching blindly to an institution that says “you do this and that and that but none of the above applies to those directing personally. To sum it up I like the Who’s version of I’m free. Be free.

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Empty feeling like something’s missing

Until you’ve lost a parent it’s hard to comprehend this feeling. Losing both not only gives you a different outlook on mortality it leaves you with a hollow hole where they used to be. Of course time is a healer of these mortality wounds but it’s also suddenly your new enemy. The only thing I can see as worse is the case of my grandmother who lost two of her sons at a very, very early age to cancer. She was the most amazing lady I’ve ever known. My wife tells me that she never met anyone like Mable.

My grandma ran a bar called Tapp’s Tap for I think over 50 years- she worked it until she was 91! The amazing thing about her was her outlook on life. Absolutely nothing shook her, she kept her great attitude even after losing my grandpa when he was still in his 40’s and she had to run the bar by herself. Anyone else I know would have their down times but my grandma was always cheerful, happy and laughing. She would impart the best advice as most bartenders do but her’s was special because she set you on a positive path.

I guess the best thing for me at this point is to take a positive outlook on things going forward. That would have been part of her advice I’ll just have to think what she would do or say about things. This way that empty feeling will soon be filled with new delightful memories.

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The terrifying blank page

Every writer has experienced it- the blank page. This time my screen was this way for hours, the cursor was just blinking. I went and did a few dozen other things just to get away from it. How hard can it be to start writing?

It’s a malady that strikes writers more often than you would think, they have a proper name for it, you know it “Writer’s block”. How does one overcome it you ask? The key is to get started writing something so the thoughts continue to flow. You can always go back and edit or change it later, just keep it going.

How do you know if you have it or if it’s gone? The proof is on the paper or on the screen in this case. You have your solution just get down to it.

Write, write and write some more, write like there’s now tomorrow and you won’t have to worry at all. Until the next time.

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Personal posts make the connection

My blog started with the intention of reporting on the process of my book publication and copywriting beginnings. Looking back I see the posts that were of most interest were those that focused on personal details about myself and actually that’s what I’m looking for in other blogs too. Still, I find that quite surprising but I haven’t really had a blog before, all the writing I’ve done has been in columns or articles or marketing materials.

We made the move from the frozen tundra to paradise or the “oven” as some call Arizona the same year the Cardinals moved from St. Louis. We have not regretted the transition except sometimes during the heat of the summer or during a dust storm. Dust storms are a common occurrence during the summer in the “monsoon” season. I’ve also witnessed  a “sandstorm” in Monument Valley several years ago. They’re similar but enough sandstorms can take the paint off your car.

We moved in the early fall so the weather was still nice back east and at 102 with no humidity it made summer last until the next spring. Arizona starts heating up typically in early May but last year it was gorgeous 90 degrees or less until June. Upon arriving we were in an apartment complex and as Thanksgiving neared we were still swimming in the community pool but nobody else was. Living in the southwest thins your blood so when it’s cooler or cold you feel it deep down to your bones unlike a visitor. Snowbirds, are what makes the economy move here.

We currently have a perfect property for snowbirds for sale. It’s a 2 bedroom, 2 bath just over 1100 square foot property.

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Night Owl baby

For night owls the traditional nine to five is a tedious life especially when it’s even earlier than that. My wife and I are both night owls we’re by nature nocturnal loving the nightlife and actually doing some of our best work after hours. Regardless if you truly love your job if it’s not in line with your internal clock sometimes it can prove counter productive.

Many of my friends are early birds I mean they live for rising with the sun and before it during this time of year. I don’t have a problem with getting up early on a weekend to go golfing at sunrise but I’ve played better rounds when the sun is setting.

For some strange reason night owl people think clearer later in the day than earlier. Basic writing, the  formulation of thoughts comes easier in the night. The early birds may rule the day but after night falls they’re getting tired simply because their clock has them up so early.

Besides, the lights of the city beat the sunshine over the city every time.

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It`s a jungle out there

It`s those choices that we`re forced to make that define us. It happens more often than one would think- not seeing the danger lurking before them. Sometimes the most beautiful things are standing right in front of us. When we overlook the splendor around us we likewise will not see the dangers and the pitfalls.

Procrastination, bad attitudes and tunnel vision hamper many writers on their journey to success. Time is limited, fleeting and short, it’s not on your side. Make haste while treading carefully as you go. All the time maintain a keen awareness of what’s around you lest you fall into a trap.

Just because you live in the city doesn’t mean it’s not a jungle out there. If you take someone out of the wilderness where they that grew up and placed them in a big city-they’d be the first to tell you it’s a beastly jungle all around. The foreign environment leaves them trembling in fear or amazed by all the shocking sights and sounds or both. Ordinary, everyday things like traffic and planes are routine to us but can be very dangerous to a visitor from another land.

Next time you walk out the door, walk in the building or go on a trip plan accordingly, seek out the beauty that is there but beware of the danger.

The Big Easy

P_20151015_164027New Orleans the crescent city with it‘s rich French heritage is the origin of Jazz. Tomorrow through the weekend is the BBQ Blues Festival featuring a multitude of blues and jazz players.

Other attractions are the National WWII Museum, Civil War museum and Audubon Aquarium. If you come to visit be sure to catch a riverboat cruise. The evening dinner cruise is perfect this time of year. Bring your appetite to enjoy the Cajun cuisine.

Developing your guiding outline

After you have your ideas down on paper, you know who your audience is and you are clear on your message it’s time to create your outline. A lot depends on what type of book and genre you’re writing. This particular book is a “how to” and reference book so it will require an outline.

Your initial outline doesn’t have to be perfect in fact it will more than likely change several times in the course of the book’s progression. Outlines give you direction but on the downside they could cause you to limit your creativeness. If you’re writing a novel or a work of fiction outlines would need to vague to keep the creative juices and characters moving.

The outline should cover all points you need to make up through the conclusion. As you develop your outline you may be inclined to start filling in a particular chapter if you will. Be sure to embrace these fragments as they come for that’s part of the next step if you can see it be sure to get it down as it can save on time.

After you complete your good outline you should feel confident that you can see how the whole picture, jumbled as it may be but you’ll work it to make it all come together.