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 youthful and never fully matured Symbol: Heart within a heart. The strong heart of a man must protect, teach and feed the tender, developing heart of the child. This is the last of the tenets of the code. It comes last not because it is the least important but because it encompasses everything that comes before it. For in everything we do we are setting the tone for future generations. Children are sponges. They easily and quickly absorb everything they see...
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 in which the men of the Western Region related to the tenets of the Code of Honor. The ark has made its way throughout North America and men throughout MDI have had the opportunity to connect with it. I had the honor serving as the caretaker for the ark and was moved to write a bit on how I related to the Code. Embrace All Men The wood representing this tenet is Willow – Willow is known for its flexibility. It...
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 in which the men of the Western Region related to the tenets of the Code of Honor. The ark has made its way throughout North America and men throughout MDI have had the opportunity to connect with it. I had the honor serving as the caretaker for the ark and was moved to write a bit on how I related to the Code. Be Humble The wood which represents this tenet is Bamboo – Bamboo is a grass and grows like...
Final Tenet of the Code – Be an Example to Children1
14th Tenet of the Code – Embrace All Men2
13th Tenet of the Code – Be Humble3
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This This the first of what will be a series of post Roo posts. I am back from the hills of Tennessee beaming. I am exhausted,, still buzzzed with a contact high and working very hard to be coherent. Will post about my faves — Al Green, Elvis Costello, David Byrne; disappointments (Springsteen), emotions, new discoveries, run ins with state troopers, Random thoughts. The weather really cooperated, torrential rain Thursday, some light rain Friday morning, then sun , sun , sun. I was amazed by how smooth things went. The staff was amazing. I came with more food , water and baby wipes than were really necessary and next year I will be traveling much lighter but there was just a very cooperative vibe that made it all sooooo easy. The music was amazing, diverse and ubiqiutous. There were bands I fell in love with for the first time — Mike Farris and the Roseland Rthym Review were killer first thing sunday morning, Portugal the Man and Vieux Farke Toure were also pleasant first time hears for me. Al Green, Elvis, David Byrne and Jimmy Buffet were all pleasant reconnects from my past. Unfortunately Bruce was a huge disappointment. For the unitiated I am sure his gig was fine but for a Jersey guy who knows what he is capable of, trust me he left a lot in Norway where he was apparently playing the nite before. I was there with my 20 something nephew and his friends and my brother. Next year I’ll be back with hopefully a whole rocking chair pod. I suspect while it was an easy event for me there was still plenty of opportunity for adventure and trouble. Which is a good thing. You should always have a chance to push the envelope and Roo provides a safe place to step over the edge and fall into a safety net if need be. Last time I did the camping in a field at a rock cconcert thing I was a 16 year old kid at Watkins Glen hitching up state to see the Dead, Allman Bros and the Band. But I need to get some sleep....Read More
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More LeBron stuff. But I’ll be brief. In the aftermath of LeBron James blowing off the press, David Stern the Commissioner of the NBA — normally a very bright and very powerful guy — made the surprising statement that the “league would not be fining LeBron for shirking his professional obligation to step up to the podium and face the press in the required post game conference.” The explanation was simple. Up until now, LeBron had been a good ambassador of the game and this was a first time infraction. So Stern in his largesse thought he’d give James a pass. Unfortunately the player guidelines say otherwise. Being available to the press after the game is part of the job. It is not discretionary. The ramifications of making an exception for a favored son are two-fold. On the one hand it sends a bad message to other players and the public. If there is a different standard in enforcing league rules how do we know a similar policy doesn’t exist in the way games are called or drafts are run? The NBA has always had deal with the murmurs that there was a conspiracy afoot to fix the outcome of playoff series to keep the marquee teams alive or skewing the lottery to ensure the right player landed with the right team. There is an awful lot of discretion given to refs in the way a game is called and anything that might cloud that is a bad thing. But the second potential fallout is the one I want to address. It is the effect being favored has on LeBron himself. By giving him a pass on the fine the league has deprived him of the right to reclaim his honor. The have stolen from him the chance to “be cool” with his fellow players. No one likes a teachers pet. There is no greater short cut to teenage angst than getting pegged as the “golden boy” in school. Bullies will look to take you down a few notches, kids will gladly rat you out. It certainly is no different is sports. Early on in Michael Jordan’s NBA career he was routinely frozen out of All-Star games. His teammates would not pass him the ball and when he had it the opposing team would cover him twice as...Read More