When the Family Is a Team

When the Family Is a Team

So often in sports we hear coaches try to compare their team to a family. It is intended to be a very positive and encouraging assessment. However, it is also a cliché that I’m not always sure translates to all young athletes. The reason is that some players grow up...

Victory Cake

Victory Cake

If you spend any amount of time on social media, you’ve at some point surely had the thought that “Every day is something day.” National Talk Like A Pirate Day. National Underwear Day. National Skip Rope Day. National Sneak Some Zucchini Into Your Neighbor’s Porch...

When Your Demons Are Holding You

When Your Demons Are Holding You

I am struggling to let go of a post that recently appeared on my personal Facebook timeline. It was a photo accompanied by the caption: “It’s hard to let go of the demons inside; they were holding you when no one else would.” Normally, I would just shake my head and...

5 Ways to Show Interest

5 Ways to Show Interest

A guilty pleasure I happen to enjoy to the fullest is people watching. I genuinely like sitting in public places and just observing people interact with one another. For me, it is an opportunity to appreciate that good people come in all shapes and sizes. Ethnicity,...

Darnell the Mover

Darnell the Mover

Every so often, I encounter the most amazing teammates in the most unlikely places. A few years ago, it was a busboy at a pizzeria in Cumberland, MD. Not long before that, it was a window washer in Spartanburg, SC. These individuals are genuine assets to their...

Independence Day for Teammates

Independence Day for Teammates

Today, Americans celebrate the Fourth of July—Independence Day. Since a fair amount of the subscribers to my blog are actually British, I would prefer not to focus this edition of Teammate Tuesday on the reason for the holiday, but instead on the topic of...

Nana’s Band

Nana’s Band

Almost 20 years ago, I was a counselor at a youth camp in Europe when I rounded a corner in the hallway and quite literally bumped into a lady who was trying to register her grandchildren for the camp. That chance encounter was the beginning, as the saying goes, of a...

When Good Teammates Grow Up to Be Good Fathers

When Good Teammates Grow Up to Be Good Fathers

Teammate Tuesdays have become a welcomed time of reflection for me. In many ways, they have evolved into an opportunity to just pause and take a look back at the week that was—to take stock on where I am in life and where I aspire to go. Based on the feedback I get...

The Never-ending Dance of the Good Teammate

The Never-ending Dance of the Good Teammate

Isn’t it funny how sometimes the normal everyday experiences of our life lead to the most insightful realizations? This past weekend I had the pleasure of attending my daughters’ dance recital. I don’t know very much about dance, and I certainly don’t have the skills...

When Teachers are Teammates

When Teachers are Teammates

As another school year comes to an end, I want to take a moment to recognize the many great teachers who are selflessly serving the educational needs of our youth. My wife and I have been genuinely blessed the past few years in terms of the quality of teachers our...

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