Thursday, April 25

Three for Fore


I'm using this spot this week to give a shameless plug to three worthwhile Golf Tournaments (if there is such a thing) I'm helping out with. I just love these shameless excuses to go for a long walk and write it off.

In chronological order they are ...

June 2nd -  Sunday  - The Clubs Open - supporting the Windsor Recovery Club, a place for those struggling with Alcohol to go to learn how to overcome this disease for a better life. Go to www.TheClubsOpen.org  for more information.I created the web site and other print marketing materials for this event. I'll be at Oak Ridge come golf day with Camera in hand.

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June 17th -  Monday  - The WCC/Rotary Golf Tournament - supporting the Windsor Chamber of Commerce where I have volunteered my services over the years and also the Windsor/Windsor Locks Rotary. Both great groups that do so much for the region. Go to the web site at WindsorCC.org  for more information.I'll be doing a bit of peripheral work and photography for this event. Maybe a video like I did for the Chamber back in 2009 -  its fun - Golf Rehab

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June 20th -  Thursday  - The Rivals Series - supporting the the Susan G. Komen effort for raising funds to fight Breast Cancer. This is a fun event featuring alumni from the Boston and New York famous baseball teams I can't mention.  Go to www.RivalsSeries.org  for more information.I created the web site and other marketing materials for this event. I'll be at The Lake of Isles  come golf day with Camera in hand and Red Sox Hat on!

This last event caught us off guard - and reminded me that this is VERY real. We were approved to use the below video for the Web site, but I had to pull it. Bridget died recently from complications from her cancer. My prayers for her family. I think she would want this video shared. RIP Bridget. You are still inspiring.





Sunday, April 14

Hold that note ...


I had a few hours of enjoyment last night, listening to an amazing group of young men. They are all members of a singing group called Ithacappella, students of Ithaca College, located  somewhere, in nowhere New York.

The room was amazingly electric with energy, the music was phenomenal; from there it only got even better.

This night was the farewell show for four of the Seniors of the group. There were musical roasts from the underclassmen, done with flair, fun and frivolity, and retorts from the upperclassmen which started somber and smooth and finished in a barber shop style quartet that did nothing less than kick some butt musically. They sounded like a full ensemble coming from just four mouths.

Sprinkled through the evening were emotional and tender stories of leaving, remembering the effort put in,  sharing of long hours, new friendships, sweat, and for one senior, even overcoming a traumatic injury from an accident along the process.

This group is a testament to what a few young men can do to make their lives, and the lives around them better. They shared their talent, gratitude and emotions, and the only regret from one senior was that he didn't audition for the group earlier in his academic life.

I applaud off of the gentleman, from my feet and wish them well.  Below is their signature closing song which I think is perfect. It is a Good Bye that shows how they did, and will, have fun with life and love of friends. Their wonderful music will always go with them, along with these memories, one day at a time. Enjoy Gentlemen. Job well done.



Monday, April 8

Simple Ways


The pile of newspapers is almost a foot deep now. Headlines missed, urgent news passed by, articles not read.

I was gathering the daily newspapers for my vacationing parents, I call them the "daily dose of death and destruction delivered to you doorstep". 


They sit in a recycling bin, ready to be made into more news ready not to read.
Daily the news flows into our lives from papers delivered o our homes, cables connected to visual interfaces and mobile devices where we can connect to everything we don't really need to know.

We struggle to balance the normal life of fun daily routines of meals, children, social activities with the onslaught of bad news from all media venues. I found this constant reminder even at a small local fall fair a few years ago.

The below video I created from the titled song "Simple Ways" from a local band "Bus13". It shows all of the fun activities of a beautiful fall afternoon with children enjoying a seasonal fair, when in the middle if this event was an interesting, yet seemingly out of place demonstration of a beautiful and talented police dog.

Suddenly you go from pumpkin decorating and pie eating contests to showing how this dog can sniff out drugs and take down criminals.

Like the song, I yearn for Simple Ways and Simple Days every day. I focus on my ambit (sphere of influence) and try to bring into it only the information I need to be a better person every day, one day at a time.