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Jun 17

Father Torii

Posted on Monday, June 17, 2013 in Emotional, How To, Relational, Social, Spiritual, Sports, Values

ANZBc9IGI’m a baseball fan, and a Chicago Cubs fan. I’ve been a fan since I was in first grade. I explained my feelings about the Cubs in my (very-first) silent scream.

Though I’m a Cubs fan, I’ve lived in Minnesota for more than twenty years. The local Minnesota Twins have grown on me. My favorite Twins have been Jim Thome and Torii Hunter.

Torii Hunter

Yesterday I read an inspirational essay entitled, “Torii Hunter is a Father First, Ballplayer Second” by Steve Kornacki.

Jan 4

Heaven: Guaranteed

Posted on Friday, January 4, 2013 in Emotional, Spiritual, Values

As 2013 unfolds there are many uncertainties.

Some of the future prompts unrest like the concerns and fears surrounding congressional tax hikes, budget cuts and a “fiscal cliff.”

Some of the future prompts hope; after all, as a lifelong Chicago Cubs fan hope despite the past is burned into my DNA.

Some of the future prompts joy; like the joy felt by my friends Ben and Kristin Kindred who married Monday.

The future may be uncertain, but there are future dates scheduled:

Sep 1

Game Time by Roger Angell

Posted on Saturday, September 1, 2012 in Reviews, Sports

Since I was very young I’ve been a baseball fan.

As a fan with a limited budget, televised games, box scores, recaps and baseball books often satisfy my fascination with major league baseball.

This summer, like many summers, I planned and read a few baseball books.

In May I wrote my review of The Baseball Codes by Jason Turbow and Michael Duca, a fascinating perspective of the culture of the game within the game.

Jul 13

The Game From Where I Stand by Doug Glanville

Posted on Friday, July 13, 2012 in Reviews, Sports

Subtitled “A Ballplayer’s Inside View”, The Game From Where I Stand by Doug Glanville is just that, “an inside view.”

I wasn’t certain what to expect when I began read Glanville’s book. As a baseball fan, and specifically a Chicago Cubs fan, I only knew Glanville as an outfielder.  He was a decent hitter — who was pretty quick on the base paths.  He was also a very capable outfielder who compiled an astounding 293-game errorless streak.

I didn’t know if his book’s “inside view” would be filled with scandalous allegations, tiresome self-promotion, or effusive praise for teammates.

May 22

Breaking News: Cubs Fan Says Something Good About A Cardinals Player

Posted on Tuesday, May 22, 2012 in Relational, Spiritual, Sports

With my dad’s influence I grew up a baseball fan.  We played catch on the sidewalks.  We played wiffle ball in the front yard.  We listened to games in the car.  We watched games in the living room.  I still have some baseball cards from 1970 the first season I bought my own baseball cards.

The Chicago Cubs were then and still are my favorite team.  My dad had been a Cubs fan and Milwaukee Braves fan growing up.

Apr 10

Winning Runs – Game Over

Posted on Tuesday, April 10, 2012 in Emotional, How To, Relational, Social, Spiritual, Sports, Values

“Of all the four-letter words that are taboo, nothing damages the reputation of an athlete like the word quit.” 1

Mike Schmidt

I am a life-long Chicago Cubs fan.

Throughout his career Philadelphia Phillies third baseman Mike Schmidt was called a “Cubbie Killer” because of his success against the Cubs.

So when Mike Schmidt retired abruptly a few years ago many Cubs fans felt relief. I felt sad.  He was a great adversary.

Injuries to Schmidt’s rotator cuff added to his collection of aches and pains. Then after a poor start to the season, Schmidt suddenly chose to announce his retirement.

Nov 21

The Best of the Rest – Web Apps You Want To Know About, pt 3 of 3

Posted on Saturday, November 21, 2009 in Reviews, Technical

Web 2.0 is cutting edge. Google’s new Chrome OS will use web apps exclusively. This post concludes the list of my favorite FREE web apps.

reQall

I’ve used reQall to leave myself voice mails.  reQall converts my voice mails into text.  reQall Standard is the free service. “It lets you organize tasks, ideas and important notes in one place and have reminders delivered at the right time.”

Shape Collage Online

I’ve used Shape Collage on my Mac for a while.  It’s a cute and clever web app that takes my photos and creates a, yes, collage out of them.

Jan 22

My debut blog

Posted on Thursday, January 22, 2009 in Sports, Uncategorized

chicagocubsHow do you start blog entitled mysilentscream?

It sounds like a bastion for the emo, morose or the passive-aggressive. If that’s you, welcome! If not, don’t go away yet!

I plan to rant and rave throughout mysilentscream‘s lifespan. So where do I begin?

At the risk of alienating many of you, I’ll reach into my heart.

I have learned joy, and sorrow, the promise for tomorrow and the dashes of hope for today. I have learned to persevere and I’ve learned to be a realist. I have been crushed with disappointment and been propped up for another day.