Jan 6, 2015

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The Gift of Paying Tribute

The Gift of Paying Tribute

The passing of ESPN anchor Stuart Scott has received prominent coverage and deservedly so but the thing that stuck with me is that ESPN being fully aware that Scott was living with cancer had the foresight to conduct a series of video interviews with colleagues and athlete’s.  It was moving it was powerful and it was ready to go within minutes.  There was one unfortunate thing; Scott never got to see it and I suspect it never occurred to the...

Dec 31, 2014

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Questioning What Makes a Classic Classic...

After a year’s hiatus it is time to reengage and start pontificating again.  With a daughter off at college with aspirations of writing for film and television, I have taken it upon myself to school in the classics.  What I have come to discover is the list of great films is much like AP college football rankings; once you gain a spot high on the list, it takes seismic shift to move you off.  Case in point, Citizen Kane....

May 7, 2013

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Final Tenet of the Code – Be an Example to Children...

Final Tenet of the Code – Be an Example to Children

Wood: Olive – The olive tree represents youth, vigor and nurturing and the olive branch is often offered as a symbolic offering of peace. In the Bible, following the great flood, Noah sent out a dove. The dove returned with a leaf from an olive tree representing rebirth and a world born anew. The bark of the tree is very green and it remains green and soft long after it is cut giving the impression that is forever...

May 7, 2013

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14th Tenet of the Code – Embrace All Men...

14th Tenet of the Code – Embrace All Men

The MDI Code of Honor was created by the men of what was then known as the Sterling Men’s Divisions.  It was intended to reflect some very basic core values that all men could rally behind and support. Back in the late 1990s the men of the Western Region created an ark which contained 15 different pieces of word. Each stick was made of a specific type of wood and bore a specific design that reflected the way...

May 7, 2013

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13th Tenet of the Code – Be Humble...

13th Tenet of the Code – Be Humble

The MDI Code of Honor was created by the men of what was then known as the Sterling Men’s Divisions.  It was intended to reflect some very basic core values that all men could rally behind and support. Back in the late 1990s the men of the Western Region created an ark which contained 15 different pieces of word. Each stick was made of a specific type of wood and bore a specific design that reflected the way...