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More lessons…but I am sick of learning!

Greetings from the Home Office in Dublin Ohio. I hope this finds you well, as I was supposed to be on a vacation this weekend on a scheduled weekend off…I am still here.

Before I start. Football Season is less than one week away, and looks to be the most promising in 5 years! Join me at my various events on Campus listed throughout this mailing. AND please make plans to run, or root on the folks in the Emerald City Half and 1/4 Marathon Next Sunday.

If anyone has a generator I can use I will be needed a few for a project next weekend. I could also use some I-Pods (7 of each to be exact). Please let me know?

This has been a very trying week for me. I have had a minor setback in my distance training, my bicep injury is THUMPING, a misunderstanding with some friends, clients not paying me, major questions on why do I continue to try (you can apply this to anything), and some uncertainty with a future gig I REALLY WANT!!!

YA KNOW WHAT? I REFUSE TO GIVE IN. While this week has not been great, ok….it f**king SUCKS!!! But I am using it to the best of my abilities. I am making a conscious effort to stay upbeat and in turn provide some support to anyone who I feel needs it.

I am using my physical (injuries) setbacks to assess how it happened and to grow mentally to learn to listen to the pain in which my body is telling me “yes you can do this, but not right now.” 10-15 years ago I would have just caused more damage; I am also seeking the assistance of others as to what to do. Realizing…I DON’T KNOW IT ALL! And there IS A TIME when rest is needed. I STILL DON’T LIKE IT, but, making the best.

The misunderstanding with friends? I will not go into much detail on this. I will just say it was when trying to help someone. While I am MORE THAN A LITTLE DOWN OVER THIS ONE, I used as a growing experience to come to the realization that individuals think differently, and the style of communication can sometimes be misinterpreted. I also MADE MYSELF confront the situation and attempt to put myself into the other person’s shoes. Don’t get me wrong I am still pi**ed about way the situation was handled by other people (who I still consider friends), but by placing myself into their shoes…I allowed myself to not fly off the handle, and attempted to see the situation from their eyes.

However, I WAS ATTACKED on my character and where “my heart was.” I also used this as a learning experience. People judge and they judge on their own experiences. I used this wrong character analysis to remind myself I need to not judge others, and that something unknown to me in my friends past, helped to shape their judgement on me. While I know they were wrong…their experiences cause them to believe they are right. It is up to me to continue to do what is right, and for them to open their hearts, and minds; to see that…I hope.

The client not paying me? Forced me to swallow my pride and get advances from folks who I have done many things for. Even this loaner needed help from his friends. The same ones I have done for…and will continue to again in the future. I also used this situation to make sure I continue (no matter how difficult) to keep my problems mine…and not force it on the people who work for and assist me-unlike this client.

I do continue to wonder why I try, when I work my a** off and can sometimes barely keep up. I also continue to do, and do, and do…many times not asking or wanting any credit-just to be slapped and judged. Even with this…I know my heart tells me I have to keep working for tomorrow and for others. I am sure there have been, and will be countless ways in which I was helped, OR did something negative to someone else (un-intentially). So I guess this is life, just putting deposits into my bank of good deeds?

And not getting what I want? I have learned that happens in life, but I will tell ya what…I am not going to sit by idly and let the world spin without me running after it!

I finish with this; we all have roles in life…right now, mine is to be a “Welcome Matt.” I do WELCOME others as they come and go in my life, but many times it is just my role in life to absorb the mud from a person’s journeys and experiences.

I am excited to announce a new partnership with Across The Field for the 2010 OSU Home Football Tailgate Season. I will share the stage with the ‘Historic’ Danger Brothers, and my buddy Eric Dove w/Green Light Go. AND OF COURSE Ice Cold Budweiser and ALL THE OSU FOOTBALL ACTION LIVE ON THE HUGE TV’s. Stop by Next Thursday on the corner of Olentangy and Ackerman.

THOUGHT(S) FOR WEEK:
Adversity is ultimately the mechanism that allows us to plummet to the Valley to only pick ourselves up & sore like Eagles; keep in mind that great vegetables, & beautiful plants don’t grow on the mountain side; it can only grow in the valley. Ok so you are in the valley at the present, soon you will soar with Eagles on high! Stay Focused! – Doc

Only a life lived in the service of others is worth living ~ Albert Einstein.

A peaceful heart finds joy in all of life’s simple pleasures.

SONG FOR THE WEEK:
How fitting this song is for me! And for those of you who wonder what I do when I am on the road…some of the footage was filmed at one of The Built Ford Tuff Pro Bull Rider Events I am a part of.

Gary Allen-Get off on The Pain

I don’t know why I love women
That love to do me wrong
Don’t know why my life sounds like
A heartbroke country song
I ain’t really happy
Unless the sky starts driving rain
Maybe I just get off on the pain

My whole life I been picking fights
There ain’t no way to win
Got a hundred scars I should have run away
Now tattooed on my skin
There’s a side of me that just won’t stop
Dancin’ in the flame
Maybe I just get off on the pain

Cause I love the long shot
And the left out lost causes
Hanging out in the back of the pack with the dark horses
I ride the wrong road just as fast as I can
God knows there’s no one else to blame
Sometimes I think I get off on the pain

Wake up every morning, a thousand miles from home
Praying for forgiveness
For this aching in my bones
It would be so easy
To find a better way
Oh but I know I’ll never change

Cause I love the long shot
And the left out lost causes
Hanging out in the back of the pack with the dark horses
I ride the wrong road just as fast as I can
God knows there’s no one else to blame
Sometimes I think I get off on the pain

Cause I love the long shot
And the left out lost causes
Hanging out in the back of the pack with the dark horses
I ride the wrong road just as fast as I can
God knows there’s no one else to blame
I know I’m the only one to blame
Sometimes I think I get off on the pain
Get off on the pain

DROID:
COME ON…doesn’t anyone have advice for the app that keeps your discount keychain cards stored on phone?

HELP:
Happiness is a by-product of an effort to make someone else happy-Gretta Brooker Palmer

As I have been stating, I have friends who are attempting to better themselves by accomplishing some physical goals (in the Nike Woman’s Race)-while raising monies for kids/villages in Africa, and OUR ARMY/NAVY game group is starting to organize for this year’s event on December 11th. Wherever your interests, heart, and wallet guide you, please consider assisting some of the groups that need YOUR assistance, even if it is someone NOT associated with my groups-JUST DO SOMETHIING FOR SOMEONE!!!

PASSING:
Storm knocks down tree that cheered Anne Frank
AMSTERDAM – The monumental chestnut tree that cheered Anne Frank while she was in hiding from the Nazis was toppled by wind and heavy rain on Monday.
The once mighty tree, now diseased and rotted through the trunk, snapped about 3 feet (1 meter) above ground and crashed across several gardens. It damaged a brick wall and several sheds, but nearby buildings — including the Anne Frank House museum — escaped unscathed. No one was injured, a museum spokeswoman said.

“Someone yelled, ‘It’s falling. The tree is falling,’ and then you heard it go down,” said museum spokeswoman Maatje Mostart. “Luckily no one was hurt.”

A global campaign to save the chestnut, widely known as The Anne Frank Tree, was launched in 2007 after city officials deemed it a safety hazard and ordered it felled. The tree was granted a last-minute reprieve after a battle in court.

The 150-year-old tree suffered from fungus and moths that had caused more than half its trunk to rot.

Two years ago city workmen encased the trunk in a steel support system to prevent it from falling, but that failed under windy weather Monday.
The Netherlands’ Trees Institute, one of the most prominent supporters of the preservation project, said it was “unpleasantly surprised” by the news of the tree’s fall early Monday afternoon.

“On the advice of experts in tree care, it had been calculated that the tree could live several more decades” with the support structure, the institute said in a statement.

“Alas, in the event it seems that nature is stronger.”

The institute said it didn’t know why the support structure had failed.
Many clones of the tree have been taken, including 11 planted at sites around the United States and 150 at a park in Amsterdam. It is not clear whether a new tree will replace the original one on the same spot, since it rests on property belonging to a neighbor.

The Jewish teenager made several references to the tree in the diary that she kept during the 25 months she remained indoors until her family was arrested in August 1944.

“Nearly every morning I go to the attic to blow the stuffy air out of my lungs,” she wrote on Feb. 23, 1944. “From my favorite spot on the floor I look up at the blue sky and the bare chestnut tree, on whose branches little raindrops shine, appearing like silver, and at the seagulls and other birds as they glide on the wind.”
She also wrote: “As long as this exists, … and I may live to see it, this sunshine, the cloudless skies — while this lasts I cannot be unhappy.”

Anne Frank died of typhus in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in March 1945. Her diary was recovered and published after her death. It has become the most widely read document to emerge from the Holocaust.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY:
Mother Teresa would have turned 100 on Thursday. “She demonstrated power of compassion:” Navin Chawla

Participating in a national symposium here, Chawla said Mother Teresa became a powerful woman in the conflict-ridden world through compassion, humility and the single-minded mission to help the poor and suffering. The Albanian Teresa took Indian citizenship and made the entire world her home, he added.

Chawla recalled how Mother Teresa, who had set up her ‘homes to serve the poor and the abandoned’ in 120 countries, kept away from politics. He said she had once told him: ‘If I get stuck in politics, I would become one of those politicians.’

He said Teresa was persuasive to the hilt to get things done for the poor and the inmates of her homes – destitutes, leprosy patients, elderly and the orphans. ‘Whenever I suggested she meet somebody, Mother used to ask me: What can he or she do for my people’.

The audience listened in rapt attention as Chawla narrated incident after incident of how the Mother Teresa took up the problems of the under-privileged in India and abroad.

‘She even made Pope John Paul II permit a soup kitchen for the poor in Rome,’ Chawla said. ‘Teresa rang up presidents of two countries when the food for the poor got blocked in Ethiopia.’

He recalled an incident in Pakistan too. ‘When the sisters of Missionaries of Charity (the religious order founded by Mother Teresa) approached the then prime minister Nawaz Sharif to seek exemption of stamp duty for a property, he reciprocated by offering the property free’.

Chawla said he had never found any attempt by her to convert people to Christianity.

‘She used to tell me and other Hindus to ‘become better Hindus, Muslims to become better Muslims and Parsis to become better Parsis’,’ he said, adding her name would be remembered till the ‘words of compassion and faith remain in the world.’

Former Indian ambassador to Italy K.P. Fabian said: ‘In an era of globalisation, Mother Teresa globalised compassion.’

Messages from University Grants Commission chief Sukhdeo Thorat and National Women’s Commission chief Girija Vyas were also read out at the symposium.

ALSO “Happy Half Birthday to a friend who pi**es me off, but, changed my life just by her being in it.

JUST FOR FUN:
One of my Favorite clips of all time

ENTERTAINMENT:
Entertaining clip, of OUR PROUD History of this GREAT Country!

MUSIC:
…And you think your Honor Student is talented?

10-Year-Old Shredder Takes The Stage With Ozzy
Ozzy Osbourne has performed with a huge list of musical giants: He jammed with Metallica at last year’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame anniversary concert in New York, sang for Slash on the guitarist’s recent solo disc, and even hooked up with the Wu-Tang Clan for a track on his greatest hits “Bible of Ozz.” But the Prince of Darkness’s latest – and most pint-sized – collaborator is one of his most intriguing yet: 10-year-old Japanese guitar prodigy Yuto Miyazawa.

Miyazawa recently joined Osbourne on the singer’s six-date summer Ozzfest tour, performing the classic “Crazy Train” alongside Ozzy and his band. Blabbermouth tracked down footage from the August 21 show in Hartford, Connecticut, where Miyazawa did an awe-inspiring Randy Rhoads impression: He wailed on the same black-with-white polka-dotted flying-V guitar Rhoads was known to use – and Ozzy even hoisted the young guitarist into the air (around the three-minute mark) to replicate the cover of the song’s 1987 live single. On his Twitter account, Miyazawa linked to a snapshot of himself shredding on Ozzy’s shoulder, adding, “I like this photo!”

The young guitarist made a splash on the 2010 Ozzfest tour, but this wasn’t the first time he’d played alongside the metal legend: Last year, he joined Ozzy at BlizzCon in Anaheim, California, where Osbourne introduced him by saying, “You’ve got to check this [expletive] guy out!” Miyazawa met Osbourne after performing “Crazy Train” on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” in May 2009, when Osbourne emerged from backstage to shake his hand, totally stunning Miyazawa. The prodigy returned to DeGeneres’s show in May 2010 with his power trio to perform Black Sabbath’s “Paranoid” (which he sang in an adorably pre-pubescent squeak).

The mostly self-taught 10-year-old started playing guitar at age 3, and he’s obviously devoted much of his short life to his Ozzy obsession – he rehearsed for Ellen’s show by running through “Mr Crowley,” another track off the 1980 album “Blizzard of Ozz.” He’s appeared on “Late Night With Conan O’Brien,” shredded at Connecticut’s Gathering of the Vibes festival, and jammed with legendary guitarist Les Paul on a 2008 trip to the U.S. According to his official bio, he’s also a big fan of Metallica, Eric Clapton, and Kiss. At age 8, Miyazawa was named the youngest professional guitar player on the planet by the “Guinness Book of World Records.”

Osbourne was actually recently in the market for a new guitarist for his solo band. After working with Zakk Wylde on several albums and tours since the 1980s, the singer decided he “wanted a change” and hired Greek shredder Gus G. The late Rhoads, who worked with Ozzy starting in 1979, died in a small-plane crash in 1982. In July, Osbourne resolved a lawsuit with Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi over rights to the band’s name. As for whether he’d ever reunite with Iommi and the rest of the group, Ozzy has stated, “Never say never.”

POLITICS:
Little-known fact: Obama’s failed stimulus program cost more than the Iraq war

Expect to hear a lot about how much the Iraq war cost in the days ahead from Democrats worried about voter wrath against their unprecedented spending excesses.

The meme is simple: The economy is in a shambles because of Bush’s economic policies and his war in Iraq. As American Thinker’s Randall Hoven points out, that’s the message being peddled by lefties as diverse as former Clinton political strategist James Carville, economist Joseph Stiglitz, and The Nation’s Washington editor,Christopher Hayes.

The key point in the mantra is an alleged $3 trillion cost for the war. Well, it was expensive to be sure, in both blood and treasure, but, as Hoven notes, the CBO puts the total cost at $709 billion. To put that figure in the proper context of overall spending since the war began in 2003, Hoven provides this handy CBO chart showing the portion of the annual deficit attributable to the conflict:

But there is much more to be said of this data and Hoven does an admirable job of summarizing the highlights of such an analysis:

* Obama’s stimulus, passed in his first month in office, will cost more than the entire Iraq War — more than $100 billion (15%) more.
* Just the first two years of Obama’s stimulus cost more than the entire cost of the Iraq War under President Bush, or six years of that war.
* Iraq War spending accounted for just 3.2% of all federal spending while it lasted.
* Iraq War spending was not even one quarter of what we spent on Medicare in the same time frame.
* Iraq War spending was not even 15% of the total deficit spending in that time frame. The cumulative deficit, 2003-2010, would have been four-point-something trillion dollars with or without the Iraq War.
* The Iraq War accounts for less than 8% of the federal debt held by the public at the end of 2010 ($9.031 trillion).
* During Bush’s Iraq years, 2003-2008, the federal government spent more on education that it did on the Iraq War. (State and local governments spent about ten times more.)

MILITARY:
As the kids go back to school, especially Juniors, and Seniors; there MAY be chances for recruiters to chat with them. IF your child wants to be “One of OUR Brave,” please encourage them. There is not a day that goes by that I am not bothered by the fact I cannot wear a uniform (due to injuries). To better help parents deal with this subject, please feel free to read (and and forward) the information at this website:

http://www.todaysmilitary.com/

BUISNESS/PRODUCT OF WEEK:
TrinCon Group. These guys are leaders in the trucking industry specializing on cost reduction and efficiency. I also want to thank Duff Swain for assisting me with my progression in a new area of entertainment production.

http://trincon.com/

YOU DA MAN:
Chuck “The Hammer” Hammerle. I made plans to go see “Wicked” on Thursday (AMAZING SHOW BY THE WAY). My normal hook up for tixx could not assist me on this rare occasion. I reached out to CHUCK and he put me in contact with the right people, allowing me to use his name, and I was able to purchase some AMAZING seats. Thanx Chuck in addition to being one of The Brave who served, I also consider it an honor to call you a friend!

Nick Elrod, from Columbus Distributing. I recently over committed my resources and would have been forced to buy tickets to a recent concert to fulfill my donation to a recent charity. After realizing I did not have the needed tickets, and on way to box office to buy…I called “Elrod.” Without hesitating he told me he had my back, and 20 minutes later there were a pair of tixx at Columbus Distributing. BIG Ups to Nick and my friends at Budweiser/Columbus Distributing.

Dan Millman is a former world champion athlete, university coach, martial arts instructor, and college professor.

After an intensive, twenty-year spiritual quest, Dan’s teaching found its form as the Peaceful Warrior’s Way, expressed fully in his books and lectures. His work continues to evolve over time, to meet the needs of a changing world.

Dan’s thirteen books, including Way of the Peaceful Warrior, have inspired and informed millions of readers in 29 languages worldwide. The feature film, “Peaceful Warrior,” starring Nick Nolte, was adapted from Dan’s first book, based upon incidents from his life.

Much of Dan’s time is devoted to writing and speaking. His keynotes, seminars, and workshops span the generations to influence men and women from all walks of life, including leaders in the fields of health, psychology, education, business, politics, sports, entertainment, and the arts.

http://www.danmillman.com/

FYI ‘Peaceful Warrior’ is a good movie, and available on I-Tunes

WHAT THE HE**?
Co-chair of Obama debt panel under fire for remarks

FIRE HIM? He** put him in charge of even more!!!

Alan Simpson is under fire for remarks he made to a group opposing cuts in Social Security benefits.

NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) — An advocacy group is calling for the ouster of former Sen. Alan Simpson, the co-chairman of President Obama’s bipartisan debt commission, who described Social Security as a “milk cow with 310 million tits!” in an email.

Ashley Carson, executive director of the Older Women’s League, wrote in a blog post in April that Simpson is targeting Social Security to fix the deficit even though it “doesn’t contribute” to the country’s debt problem. She also accused Simpson of “disgusting ageism and sexism” in characterizing those who oppose cuts to benefits as “Gray Panthers” and “Pink Panthers.”

In his email to Carson, which was sent Monday night, Simpson said he is defending Social Security, not trying to undermine it, and referred her to information showing the program’s long-range shortfalls.

He went on: “I’ve made some plenty smart cracks about people on Social Security who milk it to the last degree. You know ’em too. It’s the same with any system in America. We’ve reached a point now where it’s like a milk cow with 310 million tits! Call when you get honest work!”

On Wednesday afternoon, Simpson released a letter to Carson apologizing. “I can see that my remarks have caused you anguish, and that was not my intention,” he wrote.

Simpson, a former Republican senator from Wyoming, is well known for his salty language and down-home analogies when debating policy. His remarks have made him a target for critics of Social Security reform, who have called for his resignation before.

Reforming Social Security has always been a political lightning rod, and none more so than this mid-term election year. Simpson’s remarks could further inflame an already divisive debate and complicate the task of the bipartisan commission, which is attempting to broker solutions that both sides of the aisle can support.

A coalition of groups including MoveOn.org, Social Security Works and others have pledged to “fight any effort” by the commission to cut benefits or raise the retirement age.

Such groups say that Social Security hasn’t contributed to the country’s fiscal woes since $2.5 trillion of surplus revenue was paid into the system over the years and borrowed by Uncle Sam.

Carson of OWL wrote that cutting defense spending should be the commission’s first line of attack, and the Bush tax cuts second, when finding solutions to U.S. debt problems.

Nonpartisan deficit experts say the debt trajectory for the country is so worrisome that nothing in the federal budget can be off the table. That includes Social Security, which will only be able to pay out roughly three-quarters of promised benefits to future retirees by 2037.

OWL sent a letter to the White House on Tuesday calling for Simpson to be removed from the commission.

“We have given the former senator several chances at redemption, but his email today … illustrates his clear disrespect for Social Security, women and the American people, highlighted by his degrading, sexist, ageist and profane language,” OWL wrote.

In his apology on Wednesday, Simpson said that he “did not intend to diminish” Carson’s work. “I know you care deeply about strengthening Social Security, and so do I, just as deeply.”

He also extended an invitation to Carson to meet in person to discuss her concerns the next time he was in Washington.

In response, Carson said in a statement that she appreciated Simpson’s apology. But she noted that OWL’s position remains unchanged in calling for Simpson to step down.

“Mr. Simpson has demonstrated a consistent, decades-long, pattern of making statements that are offensive to seniors, to women and that are just plain unacceptable in 2010.”

ARE YOU KIDDING ME:
Family Sues SeaWorld After Boy Watched Trainer Die
10-Year-Old Having Nightmares, Lawsuit Claims

ORLANDO, Fla. — The family of a New Hampshire 10-year-old boy who watched a whale kill a trainer at SeaWorld Orlando has filed a lawsuit against the amusement park, according to the New York Daily News.

Todd and Suzanne Connell took their son, Bobby, to Orlando in February to celebrate his 10th birthday and said the boy looked into Dawn Brancheau’s eyes as she tried to free herself from the killer whale, the report said.
The family said the boy is now plagued by nightmares.

Brancheau was dragged into a pool by the whale, named Tilikum, while she was lying on a ledge and dragged under.
The Connells filed the negligence lawsuit Tuesday, the newspaper reported. No other details about the lawsuit were mentioned in the report. SeaWorld said it would not comment on pending litigation.

SeaWorld, meanwhile, is appealing a $75,000 fine levied against it by the Occupational Safety and Hazard Administration.

Not mentioned in this story…the father UNPACKED his camera that he had placed back into its bag to gain stills of the incident (INSTEAD OF COVERING HIS KIDS EYES!). The family also stayed 45 minutes after the incident AT THE TANK! (INSTEAD OF LEAVING!!!)

IRONY:
I am trying not to laugh

Man endures massive jellyfish swarm during 25-mile swim across Monterey Bay

Bruckner Chase staggered ashore at San Carlos Beach in Monterey on Tuesday evening after a 14-hour swim to raise awareness about the fragile nature of the local marine environment.

Ironically, some of the creatures native to that environment made Chase pay dearly for his 25-mile traverse across fabled Monterey Bay.

“I’m, like, ‘Come on guys, I’m trying to help here,’ ” he said of a massive swarm of jellyfish that rose to the surface and threatened to thwart his epic odyssey.

Chase was first stung about an hour into a swim that began in his hometown Santa Cruz before dawn. The jellies became more dense and the stings more frequent, so a determined Chase donned a wetsuit handed to him by those aboard an escort boat.

But that only protected his torso, arms and legs. “I got stung on my tongue, inside my mouth, on my neck and my feet and hands,” he said during an interview Wednesday morning, while parts of his body still itched and contained welts. “After the sun came up I did not take a single stroke in which I did not at least see a jellyfish.”

Chase, 44, who scheduled the event earlier than he would have liked to help kick off this week’s Blue Ocean Film Festival, became only the second person to have completed the swim across Monterey Bay.

Cindy Cleveland, a Southern California lifeguard, remains the only swimmer to have accomplished the feat without wearing a wetsuit: the manner by which long-distance swimmers prefer. But Cleveland did not experience a jellyfish swarm of the magnitude Chase endured, as his wife and two sisters watched from the escort vessel while cringing as Chase slogged through the gooey, tentacled creatures.

Since 1983, several people have tried — and failed — to repeat Cleveland’s feat. Jellyfish foiled Chase’s first attempt last year, nine miles into his swim.

Patti Bauernfiend of Northern California tried last week, without a wetsuit, and made it halfway before jellyfish stings forced her out of the water.

Chase, an endurance swimmer who has swum the length of Lake Tahoe and tried or attempted numerous other “adventure swims,” put on the wetsuit reluctantly after his wife, Michelle Evans-Chase, told him he would not make it without one.

“We had a bigger mission in doing this, in connecting the two cities and spanning the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary,” the swimmer explained. “I would have hated to let pride and ego keep me out of the wetsuit when we had so much potential to reach so many people by swimming across.”

As for the jellies, several species abound in Monterey Bay during much of the summer, but they’re not always so dense at the surface. During the last mile, Chase felt them oozing through his hands with every stroke and realized “that had I not been in a wetsuit, I would not have been able to physically survive.”

SPORTS:
Maurice Clarett to try out for UFL

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Former Ohio State star Maurice Clarett believes he’s ready to make another run at professional football.

Clarett received permission Wednesday to leave Ohio to try out for the Omaha Nighthawks of the United Football League. He served 3½ years in prison for having a hidden gun and holding up two people outside a bar, then spent 4½ months in a community-based, lockdown dormitory.

Looking fit and relaxed in a gray suit, purple dress shirt and dark purple tie, the 26-year-old Clarett did not speak before Franklin County Common Pleas Court Judge David Fais.

As he was awaiting an elevator in the hall after the seven-minute hearing, Clarett nodded yes when asked three questions: Did he welcome the opportunity to try out for the team? Was he physically ready to play pro football? Was he relieved that the judge granted his request?

Then he left to meet with a probation officer.

In asking for Clarett to be granted 30 days in Nebraska for the tryout, attorney Martin Midian said, “We would like the court to not consider this as any special treatment, but as a job interview — as would be the case for anyone appearing before this court who might ask for such an opportunity.”

Ohio State coach Jim Tressel sent a letter to Fais asking the judge to grant the request.

“Please allow this letter to serve as validation that Maurice Clarett does indeed have a legitimate opportunity for employment with the Omaha, Nebraska, team in the United Football League,” the letter read. “Please consider allowing him to travel out of state to seek this opportunity.”

Nighthawks GM Rick Mueller issued a statement Tuesday saying he wanted to help Clarett take “positive steps toward being the good citizen and solid family man that he aspires to be.”

Mueller said the Nighthawks would try out Clarett as soon as possible.

Clarett, a prep star in Warren, Ohio, was an instant sensation at Ohio State. He rushed for 1,237 yards while leading the Buckeyes to a 13-0 record going into the national championship showdown against top-ranked Miami in the Fiesta Bowl. Clarett scored the winning touchdown in double overtime, lifting Ohio State to its first national title in 34 years.

The fall was just as swift as the rise.

Within months, Clarett had been declared ineligible by the NCAA for accepting money from a booster. Clarett accused Ohio State of padding grades and allowing football players to take easy classes, then sued the NFL to be permitted to enter the draft ahead of the three-year waiting period. He eventually lost in court, then was arrested on Jan. 1, 2006.

Former NFL running back Ahman Green, now with the Nighthawks, said he had spoken with Clarett in recent days.

“He sounded very positive,” Green said. “Hopefully we’ll get him in by the end of the week, if not early next week, and I’ll kind of be his mentor.”

Omaha player personnel director Ted Sundquist was general manager of the Denver Broncos when they drafted Clarett in the third round in 2005. Limited by a groin injury, he was cut during the preseason.

“He’s truly on the path to trying to right his life and do what’s right,” Sundquist said Wednesday. “He has a little daughter and I know he’s very close to her mother.

“One of the things that really jumped out at me was the support he’s gotten from Jim Tressel, the fact he is back in school. Everything in my conversation with him, as I compare and contrast it to the last time I spoke with him, said this guy deserves a second chance.”

Another one of his attorneys, Nick Mango, said this was a fresh start for his client.

“He’s ready to move on,” Mango said. “He’s been extremely anxious. He just wants to get out there and get going.”

BUCKEYES: (new section)
Big Ten selling out tradition

Michigan and Ohio State first played football in 1897. Never once has it taken place outside Columbus or Ann Arbor. Since 1935, it’s served as the final game of each team’s regular season.

It’s not just the culmination of a football campaign, but an unofficial, yet beloved, holiday in the Midwest. It represents a Saturday afternoon in late November, after the crops are in, touched by faint sunlight and a crisp wind that occasionally drives flakes of snow.

It’s meaning is everything. To this day the final segment of practice at Ohio State is called the “Maize and Blue Period” complete with the Michigan fight song, “The Victors,” blaring over the loudspeakers to infuriate, and motivate, the Buckeyes. Beating Michigan or beating Ohio State is what the teams work toward. It represents seeing the season through, either for their own glory or to ruin their rivals.

Yahoo! Sports columnist Dan Wetzel would split the Big Ten into divisions:

Indiana
Michigan
Michigan State
Northwestern
Ohio State
Purdue

Illinois
Iowa
Minnesota
Nebraska
Penn State
Wisconsin

“They build their seasons up to it,” said Michael Rosenberg, Detroit Free Press sports columnist and author of “War As They Knew It,” a book about the 10 years of games between Woody Hayes and Bo Schembechler.

Through it all, going on 104 years, it’s become one of the greatest rivalries not only in college football, but also in all of American sports. While that’s a debatable title, there’s no question Michigan-Ohio State would be in the discussion.

It’s not just about who wins and who loses or what is won and what is lost. It’s a celebration of a culture, a day both look forward to and look back on, a feeling of time and place, of memories and roots that run deep in the Midwest soil. You watched with your grandfather. You’ll watch with your grandchildren. No matter when things are good or things are bad – and with both football and the economy, these two states have seen both – it is always there, always the same. To play in it is to play in something bigger than yourself, your team and even your school.

“A remarkable festival,” the announcer Keith Jackson described it on its 100th birthday.

It’s special. It just is.

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Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany (left) deserves credit for landing Tom Osborne (right) and Nebraska – and scorn if Michigan and Ohio State end up in different divisions.

And now the Big Ten wants to pretend it isn’t?

They are going to move the game to October and they are going to split Michigan and Ohio State up and put them in opposite divisions of the new 12-team Big Ten to allow for the possibility of a league title game rematch starting in 2011.

This hasn’t been announced. It’s all but certain though, the drumbeat of public relation leaks assuring it. Commissioner Jim Delany has talked about it. So too has Ohio State coach Jim Tressel and Michigan athletic director David Brandon.

They want the idea to float out there so it isn’t a shock to the system when it becomes official next month. It may not shock, but it should sadden.

Ohio State and Michigan should be placed in the same division and meet in the final game of the regular season. It works for Auburn-Alabama, Texas-Texas A&M and a host of other great rivalries that have survived the super conference era. It’s a nod to the concept that these are more than just games, that they aren’t just a product to package for television, that in college football, tradition should be honored, not reworked in the hope of a ratings bump.

“One of the best things that could happen, in my opinion in a given season, would be the opportunity to play Ohio State twice,” Brandon told Ann Arbor radio station WTKA.

No, it wouldn’t be the best thing that could happen. It might be fun the first time. It might be unique. It might be new. And then soon enough, it wouldn’t be.

Everything else about it diminishes an event built and maintained for five generations. When you control a 100-plus-year-old tradition, you don’t make decisions based on a four-year television contract. To do so is symbolic of the NCAA run by MBAs, where a projected spreadsheet means more than a history book. It is about selling out a century plus for an overnight rating and then trying to explain it away with specious and short-sited reasoning.

The game is the game because they don’t play twice a year. You get one crack and that’s it. It can make or break the season. Careers, both playing and coaching, are defined by it because the lack of a rematch raises the stakes. The single game increases the urgency of the present. Then the location on hallowed grounds – either the glorious Horseshoe or the brilliant Big House, not some corporate event at Lucas Oil Stadium – adds the perspective of the past. As such, the nature of the rivalry should be protected at all costs.

Instead, not only does the Big Ten want to split the teams up to assure a potential second game, but it also wants to move the annual clash to midseason in case both teams win their division. Otherwise there might be back-to-back meetings that could cost the title game broadcast casual viewers. This is the butchering of the regular season in an effort to protect the postseason.

There is no other reason to do it. It isn’t for competitive reasons, since it actually stacks the deck against Michigan and Ohio State – their cross-over opponent is a historic powerhouse.

The Big Ten title game is undoubtedly worth more if Ohio State and Michigan, two big brands with plenty of big television markets, can potentially meet. Nebraska may teem with history, but it doesn’t with people (just 1.7 million residents compared to the 10 million-plus of both Michigan and Ohio).

Although the Michigan-Ohio State rivalry was a close one when Bo Schembechler (left) and Woody Hayes were around (Michigan held a 5-4-1 edge), it usually is a rivalry of swings.

So what’s the mere possibility of a Buckeye-Wolverine Big Ten title clash actually worth? One television executive estimates it at best fetches an additional $2 million on a game that the Big Ten is seeking $15-$20 million no matter who is in it. “And with the state of (the Michigan) program, I doubt it’s that,” said the TV executive who requested anonymity. “That’s absolute the high end, and I haven’t done any research. It might be half that.”

So best case, the league gets $2 million extra per year, which divided 13 ways (12 teams and the league office) is about $150,000 per share. The Buckeyes and Wolverines are going to sell their one-of-a-kind tradition for a buck fifty per?

That’s the going price of history?

The likelihood of a Michigan-Ohio State rematch isn’t strong anyway (which the TV execs will realize upon research) and not just because the Wolverines went 1-7 in the league last year. Doug Lesmerises of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that had the two teams been split into opposite divisions over the past 17 years, they’d have met just three or four times in a title game. This isn’t the old days of the Big Two and Little Eight, and that’s before Nebraska makes it more competitive.

Lesmerises notes that only five times since 1988 have both teams been ranked in the top 15 on game day. While the 2006 game between No. 1 Ohio State and No. 2 Michigan springs to mind, the rivalry is mostly about one team trying to ruin the other’s big year.

It’s also a rivalry of swings. Bo and Woody may have gone back and forth – Michigan holding a 5-4-1 lead in that era – but prior to the Buckeyes winning eight of the last nine games, Michigan won 10 of 13.

That the game maintained – if not increased its appeal – during these runs of dominance is a testament about how its value is in the total package. It’s about the people. It’s about the stadiums. It’s about the circle of the calendar. It’s about the often gloomy weather that in its own Midwestern way is beautiful. It’s about all the intangibles that make this game and this sport so great, far greater than some financial metric can measure.

Once there is even the potential for more than one game, once it is moved to a midseason date, once it isn’t the final test, once it isn’t about clearing (or being) the last hurdle to a season, once it is staged in some faux-retro NFL stadium, it becomes a little more like just another game. This is what happened to the once-wonderful Oklahoma-Nebraska rivalry that in just more than a decade went from special to likely extinct, one more bit of history sucked from the sport in the name of a small pot of possible revenue.

“It’s always been about the anticipation,” Rosenberg said of Michigan-Ohio State. “It was about working to that final game, about what’s at stake, winning a championship or screwing it up for the other guy. That’s what was always special about it.”

So special it came to define the league. Patience created a brand so strong it could command high broadcast fees and launch its own television network and draw in Nebraska and Penn State to the point where a title game is needed.

Now the suits are ready to think short-term and cash in on its appeal. Now it’s just another product to squeeze out $150,000 from.

RELIGION:
Spoke to a good friend who knows a lot more than me about the regarding the recent uproar on the planned Manhattan Mosque. For the record, the proposed site IN NOT ON GROUND ZERO. While I am STILL NOT ON BOARD with the Mosque, I was reminded…there were INNOCENT Muslims who also lost their lives on that day.

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FAQ: PARK51

What is Park51?

Park51 is an independent project led by Muslim Americans for all New Yorkers. This project is separate from the Cordoba Initiative and ASMA. 


Are You At Ground Zero?

Lower Manhattan is pretty small. You can’t see Ground Zero from our current building and on completion of our planned building some years from now, there won’t be any views of the Ground Zero memorial from the building. To honor those killed on September 11th, we have planned for a public memorial within our future facility as well as reflection space open to all.


Final Plans

As we move forward, we’ll incorporate people’s questions, concerns and hopes into the shape of this project. We haven’t committed to a final design because we want to know how best to serve the diverse community of lower Manhattan.

Next Steps

The next step is forming a non-profit and applying for tax-exempt status. Imam Feisal Abdul-Rauf and Sharif El-Gamal are serving as the project managers until then. This non-profit will be run by an Executive Director, to be selected, support staff and a 23-member Board of Directors.


Fundraising

We have not launched our fundraising campaign. Park51 will incorporate as a non-profit and seek federal tax-exempt status. We are pledging to pursue this fundraising campaign in accordance with all applicable laws and regulations. We have hired legal counsel and are seeking top-notch auditors to oversee this process from start to finish.


Fundraising Guarantees


We will hire security consultants to assist us in the process of reviewing potential financiers and philanthropists. We will refuse assistance from any persons or institutions who are flagged by our security consultants or any government agencies.


Park51: Leadership Structure


Park51 is an independent project led by Muslim Americans. This project will be separate from The Cordoba Initiative and ASMA. Imam Feisal Abdul-Rauf and Sharif El-Gamal are serving as the project managers until we establish a non-profit.

The Muslim Community in New York City


There are roughly one million Muslims in the tri-state area and several hundred thousand in New York City. Muslim New Yorkers are part of the city and have been for a very long time. We’re doctors, lawyers, businessmen, cab drivers, teachers and students. 


The Mosque


While a mosque will be located in the planned final structure of Park51, it will be a distinct non-profit. Neither Park51 nor the mosque, which hasn’t been named yet, will tolerate any kind of illegal or un-American activity or rhetoric. The final size and location of the mosque have yet to be determined, but it will only represent a small portion of the final structure.


The Story: The Need For A Mosque in Lower Manhattan


We’d been looking for at least seven years to find a space to accommodate the growing population of Muslims in lower Manhattan. We had also been eager to contribute to the revitalization of lower Manhattan, in part because this is our area of business and also because as New Yorkers we wanted to give back to our city and help make it a better place to live.


Prior to purchasing our current facility at 45 Park Place, there were two mosques in lower Manhattan, although Park51 is not affiliated with either of these mosques. One was Masjid al-Farah, which could fit a maximum of approximately 65 people, and had to hold three or four separate prayer services on Fridays just to fit the crowds.

The second mosque, at Warren Street, accommodated about 1,500 worshippers during Friday prayers – people had been praying on sidewalks because they had no room. They lost their space around May 2009. 


We made the move to buy 45 Park Place in July 2009 in part to offset the loss of this space. Currently, our space at 45 Park Place accommodates around 450 people every Friday. We are also easily accessible from many different parts of Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Staten Island, which was an important consideration.


Programming


Park51 will be a community center promoting tolerance and understanding through three types of programs: arts and culture, education and recreation. We’ll offer all New Yorkers valuable services, world-class facilities and empowering opportunities to learn more about the world around us and about each other.


Imam Feisal’s Role in the Vision of Park51


Imam Feisal has been a champion of pluralism and tolerance. He fully understands the enormity of 9-11. In fact his own congregation was only blocks away from Ground Zero. He works very hard, day in and day out, to fight extremism and radicalism. He has served the lower Manhattan community faithfully for over 27 years. He is supported by political and religious leaders across New York City for his commitment to moderation and tolerance and his years of work in bringing people together.


Imam Feisal’s Role at Cordoba House

Imam Feisal will be a member of the Board of Directors and will oversee the Cordoba House, which will direct the multifaith programming within Park51.


Location Insensitivity


In Lower Manhattan, the biggest community center is at Bowery and Houston and it’s in a basement. There are new residential towers going up in lower Manhattan as we speak. 


Residents need services and will benefit from our investment in the neighborhood. Community Board 1, which represents the residents of lower Manhattan, acknowledged these needs when they gave us their support and on two separate occasions voted unanimously in favor of the site and project. 


Political Questions


Park51 is not a political organization. We do not have a political agenda, and we will be open to all. We do not have room for extremist views and opinions. Radical and hateful agendas will have no place in our community center or mosque. We are building this center for New York City, because we’re New Yorkers. We have families here and futures here.


On 9/11 (Muslims Attacked)


When our city was attacked on Sept. 11, Muslim New Yorkers were attacked, too. Scores of Muslim Americans perished, both in the attacks and as first responders. Hundreds of Muslims serve in our Police and Fire departments. Many Muslims are fighting alongside their fellow Americans in our armed forces.


Community Concerns


My heart goes out to the families who lost loved ones. We were all attacked that day, no matter what our color or our religion. Moving forward, I hope and pray the dialogue reaches more New Yorkers and Americans. People have concerns and questions, and we want to answer them in a meaningful way, in a way that lets people know who we really are, what we want to do for the city and how they can be a part of Park51.


Outreach to Opposition


We have to appeal to the undecided, and change the conversation about Muslims in America. Because of that, we’re offering an open door.


Community/Other Support


Community Board 1 is overwhelmingly behind us, and they represent the people of lower Manhattan. They’ve studied our project closely, they learned about who we are and they live in the area we hope to serve. They were clear in their support for us, and we’re tremendously grateful for that.


Borough President Scott Stringer, Mayor Bloomberg, Councilwoman Chin and Councilman Jackson, City Comptroller Liu, Attorney General Cuomo, State Senator Squadron, U.S.Congressman Nadler, Governor Paterson and a number of key officials and institutions are supporting us. We’re also pleased to have the support of September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows, J Street and, most recently, President Obama.

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HEALTH:
What Dating Teaches Us about Running
From my good friend, Miss Lisa, 95.5 The Hawk

Four weeks down. Eight weeks to go. Still hanging in. Over the course of this last month I’ve come to realize how training for another 1/2 marathon has suddenly become like dating! Dating? Seriously, it’s true. Overall, it’s exciting. Every now and then you become a little cautious. Sometimes the expectations are too high…and sometimes too low. What about the times you completely wear the wrong thing? Oh, and then there’s that thing called compromise. Oh, yeah. So much like dating. The key is somehow stringing together enough right choices to make the relationship work and still keep that “excited” feeling new.

Running/Dating 101:
PICKING THE RIGHT THING TO WEAR. More specifically…be rockin’ just the right SHOES! Oh, my goodness. I knew my toes had been hurting lately (especially on runs of 4+ miles). Imagine my disbelief when I finally got in to the running store last week, only to find I’d gained an entire shoe size over the course of a year! Don’t let that relationship issue go. Talk about it right up front.

MEETING EXPECTATIONS. Simple in theory. Show up and be you! My complicating factor on the run side is the 3 am wake-up call for work. That has me wishing I could do a 2 am run. Hasn’t happened yet. Wish it could. First thing in the morning: ready. After that: not so much. Still looking for a good compromise on this one. Taking a power nap to be renewed when it’s beautiful in the middle of the day gives me a restless feeling. Need to work on that to adjust.

BEING CAUTIOUS AND MAKING COMPROMISES. Doing alright at this, but it still needs work. Listening to the body to make sure I’m not overdoing it. Making compromises in the schedule, too. For instance, a 4 or 5 mile run is not happening the day of or the day after yoga. Too worn out. Adjusting accordingly. Oh, and the monthly PMS factor…low back pain, sluggishness, bloatedness, etc. That’ll cause compromise in a heartbeat. Take me as I am.

NOT BREAKING UP OVER ANY/EVERY LITTLE DISAPPOINTMENT. Would’ve been outta the scene a few weeks ago if I’d folded over not doing every single run. Good news is I’ve gotten in all the longer runs up to this point. Still “going with you,” you running thing. Won’t let you kick me to the curb just yet.

KEEPING THE EXCITEMENT NEW. Change up the runs. Outside. Inside. Flat. Hills. Combo. This will be an ongoing challenge for me, too. But I’m willing to work at it. There, I said it. Please stay?

All that said, still amazed by the serious runner. That type of discipline stops me in my tracks. Amazing to watch! For the more recreational runner, what can be taken away from this last month of training? Well, I’m certainly not a pro at running (or dating). All I can do is offer my personal experience and pray that the end result is not a breakup!Let’s keep going! Reach me by e-mail at misslisa95@aol.com anytime. Thanks!

My ½ marathon training has hit a snag and I have “tweeked” my knee. I have stayed off all week to rest (maturity realizing I am not Superman has also been a workout). In addition of this, I have a scheduled week off in the gym…so needless to say, I am going a little stir crazy. BUT I am not packing on a lot of weight, and keeping energy levels up thanx to the products of Visalus. BTW I DID DO 8 miles last weekend WITH A BAD KNEE!!!

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For the distance runners, and those 5k walkers/runners, NEXT SUNDAY September 5th, there is an upcoming inaugural event on Labor Day Sunday. This will be my first in my new role of “Entertainment Coordinator” with M3Ssports.

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Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference. ~Winston Churchill

Cancer journal: A happy birthday despite grim news
A day that begins with a fateful choice ends with a celebration

By Mike Celizic
Mike Celizic is TODAYshow.com’s ace morning news reporter as well as a sports columnist for msnbc.com. He is renowned for his ability to write compelling, accurate stories at lightning speed, as well as for his trademark hat, which he never removes, even when appearing as a guest commentator on MSNBC.

Last year Mike was diagnosed with T-cell lymphoma. As a dyed-in-the-wool journalist, his first instinct was: Report on it. Thus he is sharing this cancer journal with TODAYshow.com and msnbc.com readers as he turns his reporting skills to his most difficult subject: his own mortality.

I’m dying.

The lymphoma we’d thought we’d beaten into remission back in May came roaring back last month. We threw some really nasty chemo at it. The cancer ate it up and came back for more.

And so I’m going to die, and not in four or five months. I’ve got probably a couple of halfway decent weeks left. Then the lymphoma will take over my bloodstream and kill me.

I don’t have to die that quickly. I could undergo months of brutal and debilitating chemo that will leave me racked by pain and barely in control of what few senses I have.

The chemo itself could kill me. And even if it didn’t, I wouldn’t have a single day when I’d feel even vaguely normal. I would then have to get a bone marrow transplant — if a match could be found. There’s about a 10 percent chance that I’d survive, and a smaller chance that I’d be cured.

Taking that chance might be worth it to some, but not to me.

The object isn’t to live as long as you can, but as well as you can. I’ve lived very well; had a grand and glorious life. I’ve done everything I’ve ever wanted to do except meet Al Roker. I’m not afraid to die. But I don’t want to die, and there’s the problem. I love life, love this glorious planet, love simple pleasures, love living.

The choice I learned my situation Wednesday. I’ve spent a lot of the time since crying like Glenn Beck, only for real.

But there’s no other choice for me. It’s about controlling what life I have left. Enter treatment, and you surrender all control for a tiny chance of survival at a diminished capacity.

I already tried that. I’m not going to do it again.

So I’ve made the most personal decision I ever will make. It’s taken every ounce of my courage and 40 years of philosophizing and thinking and reading and traveling and learning to make. The easy choice would have been to go into chemo. For me, it would also be the wrong choice.

I’m writing this because I owe it to all the wonderful people who started reading the blog I started when I began treatment for lymphoma last year. It was called

“Adventures in Cancerland.” I wrote two really swell entries, I say with no modesty at all, full of insight and humor and perspective.

Related: Adventures in Cancerland, Part 1 — The diagnosis
Related: Adventures in Cancerland, Part 2 — Lust for life

Then I quit.

Sorry about that. It wasn’t that I didn’t want to write; it was just that I was waiting for an adventure, and one never presented itself. Getting treated for lymphoma turned out to be as tedious as picking cat hairs off a cashmere coat. It was not exciting. The painful parts weren’t that painful. Nothing gruesome happened.
I left the hospital in December, spent three months in isolation at home, and was cleared to return to real life. Sometime in May, I was officially in remission.

But it didn’t last long. The cancer came back in July, and this time it’s not messing around.

My oncologist, Dr. Ariela Noy, came into my room early Wednesday here at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. She’s an extraordinary doctor and person; tenacious, dedicated, talented, caring — name a quality you want in a doctor, and she’s got it.

It was my birthday, and she fidgeted as she told me the situation. We’d talked about this scenario, and she wasn’t surprised at my choice. I did promise to sleep on it, and then we had a good hug and cry. (I’m not usually given to crying, but this has opened the floodgates.)

I called my wife and told her. I promised to sleep on it, and she promised to come in today to collect me and my belongings.

Birthday contraband I sent some e-mails to some close friends. One, Joe, e-mailed telling me to hide the nurses and be ready for an 11:30 a.m. visit. He showed up with major contraband: a huge bacon cheeseburger with wedge fries, an ice-cold Corona and cups and plates. My nurse, who should probably remain nameless, thought it was pretty funny.

I could only manage about four sips of beer, but the first one was the most perfect beer experience of my life. After six weeks without one, the hops exploded on my palate. There was barley, a perfect, cold crispness; it was the best beer I’d ever tasted.
It was the same for the burger. Juicy goodness with bacon and tomato and lettuce, salt and pepper. I only managed about five bites, but after three weeks of pudding cups, I was in heaven.

We went up to the 15th-floor terrace to sit in the sun. I smelled cigarette smoke — a good smell for me — and it was coming from a cancer patient in the farthest corner. I had given up smoking when I was first diagnosed a year ago, but there’s no point to that now, so I bummed a smoke.

For a day that started out with “You’re going to die,” this was turning out all right.
I went back to my room, Joe went back to work, my nurse grinned at her naughty boy. About an hour later, she came back in carrying a birthday cake, leading all the nurses and aides on the floor as they sang “Happy Birthday” to me.

I totally lost it. When she came back later with a bunch of birthday balloons, I was reduced to a soggy mess.

When I could talk, I told my nurse friends, “This is one of the best days of my life.”

I never thought I’d say that about the day I learned I would die, but it’s the absolute truth. The big things are great and memorable, but it’s the little, unexpected pleasures that make life so wonderful.

I’m going to miss it. Terribly.

INSPIRATION:
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Also in honor of Mother Teresa’s Birthday on Thursday, here is a list of great quotes;

Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.
Mother Teresa

Being unwanted, unloved, uncared for, forgotten by everybody, I think that is a much greater hunger, a much greater poverty than the person who has nothing to eat.
Mother Teresa

Do not think that love, in order to be genuine, has to be extraordinary. What we need is to love without getting tired.
Mother Teresa

Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person.
Mother Teresa

Each one of them is Jesus in disguise.
Mother Teresa

Even the rich are hungry for love, for being cared for, for being wanted, for having someone to call their own.
Mother Teresa

Everytime you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing.
Mother Teresa

God doesn’t require us to succeed; he only requires that you try.
Mother Teresa

Good works are links that form a chain of love.
Mother Teresa

I am a little pencil in the hand of a writing God who is sending a love letter to the world.
Mother Teresa

I do not pray for success, I ask for faithfulness.
Mother Teresa

I have found the paradox, that if you love until it hurts, there can be no more hurt, only more love.
Mother Teresa

I know God will not give me anything I can’t handle. I just wish that He didn’t trust me so much.
Mother Teresa

I try to give to the poor people for love what the rich could get for money. No, I wouldn’t touch a leper for a thousand pounds; yet I willingly cure him for the love of God.
Mother Teresa

I want you to be concerned about your next door neighbor. Do you know your next door neighbor?
Mother Teresa

If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.
Mother Teresa

If we want a love message to be heard, it has got to be sent out. To keep a lamp burning, we have to keep putting oil in it.
Mother Teresa

If you can’t feed a hundred people, then feed just one.
Mother Teresa

If you judge people, you have no time to love them.
Mother Teresa

If you want a love message to be heard, it has got to be sent out. To keep a lamp burning, we have to keep putting oil in it.
Mother Teresa

In this life we cannot do great things. We can only do small things with great love.
Mother Teresa

Intense love does not measure, it just gives.
Mother Teresa

It is a kingly act to assist the fallen.
Mother Teresa

It is a poverty to decide that a child must die so that you may live as you wish.
Mother Teresa

It is impossible to walk rapidly and be unhappy.
Mother Teresa

It is not the magnitude of our actions but the amount of love that is put into them that matters.
Mother Teresa

Jesus said love one another. He didn’t say love the whole world.
Mother Teresa

Joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls.
Mother Teresa

Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.
Mother Teresa

Let us always meet each other with smile, for the smile is the beginning of love.
Mother Teresa

Let us more and more insist on raising funds of love, of kindness, of understanding, of peace. Money will come if we seek first the Kingdom of God – the rest will be given.
Mother Teresa

Let us not be satisfied with just giving money. Money is not enough, money can be got, but they need your hearts to love them. So, spread your love everywhere you go.
Mother Teresa

Let us touch the dying, the poor, the lonely and the unwanted according to the graces we have received and let us not be ashamed or slow to do the humble work.
Mother Teresa

Loneliness and the feeling of being unwanted is the most terrible poverty.
Mother Teresa

Loneliness is the most terrible poverty.
Mother Teresa

Love begins at home, and it is not how much we do… but how much love we put in that action.
Mother Teresa

Love begins by taking care of the closest ones – the ones at home.
Mother Teresa

Love is a fruit in season at all times, and within reach of every hand.
Mother Teresa

Many people mistake our work for our vocation. Our vocation is the love of Jesus.
Mother Teresa

One of the greatest diseases is to be nobody to anybody.
Mother Teresa

Our life of poverty is as necessary as the work itself. Only in heaven will we see how much we owe to the poor for helping us to love God better because of them.
Mother Teresa

Peace begins with a smile.
Mother Teresa

Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.
Mother Teresa

Sweetest Lord, make me appreciative of the dignity of my high vocation, and its many responsibilities. Never permit me to disgrace it by giving way to coldness, unkindness, or impatience.
Mother Teresa

The biggest disease today is not leprosy or tuberculosis, but rather the feeling of being unwanted.
Mother Teresa

The greatest destroyer of peace is abortion because if a mother can kill her own child, what is left for me to kill you and you to kill me? There is nothing between.
Mother Teresa

The hunger for love is much more difficult to remove than the hunger for bread.
Mother Teresa

The miracle is not that we do this work, but that we are happy to do it.
Mother Teresa

The most terrible poverty is loneliness and the feeling of being unloved.
Mother Teresa

The success of love is in the loving – it is not in the result of loving. Of course it is natural in love to want the best for the other person, but whether it turns out that way or not does not determine the value of what we have done.
Mother Teresa

There are no great things, only small things with great love. Happy are those.
Mother Teresa

There is always the danger that we may just do the work for the sake of the work. This is where the respect and the love and the devotion come in – that we do it to God, to Christ, and that’s why we try to do it as beautifully as possible.
Mother Teresa

There is more hunger in the world for love and appreciation in this world than for bread.
Mother Teresa

There must be a reason why some people can afford to live well. They must have worked for it. I only feel angry when I see waste. When I see people throwing away things that we could use.
Mother Teresa

We are all pencils in the hand of God.
Mother Teresa

We can do no great things, only small things with great love.
Mother Teresa

We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature – trees, flowers, grass- grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence… We need silence to be able to touch souls.
Mother Teresa

We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop.
Mother Teresa

We shall never know all the good that a simple smile can do.
Mother Teresa

We think sometimes that poverty is only being hungry, naked and homeless. The poverty of being unwanted, unloved and uncared for is the greatest poverty. We must start in our own homes to remedy this kind of poverty.
Mother Teresa

QUOTES:
When calm seas are present, all will sail the ocean, but when violent seas are imminent, only those with determination and guts will ride out the storm. Fair weather individuals are not needed on a team headed by vigilant fighters.

‎”Ernest Hemingway once said ” The World is a wonderful magnificent place…. And worth fighting for “……. I agree with the second part.” – Morgan Freeman ( SE7EN )

“And in the end it is not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.”
Abraham Lincoln

CLOSING:
Maturity grows when you sense your concern for others outweighing your concern for yourself.
– John MacNaughton (very true after the B.S. I have encountered this week)

‎”…conflict is the primary engine of creativity and innovation. People
don’t learn by staring into a mirror; people learn by encountering
difference.” – Ronald Heifetz

TO DO:
Here’s what’s happening in CENTRAL OHIO!

FRIDAY:
The John Schwab Party Band plays Papa Boo’s

Chicsa is at Captain Woody’s

Blu Kuda is at Captain Jack’s

Josh Gracin and Mark Wills play The Obetz Zucchini Festival

WaterFire with The Dwight Lenox Jazz Band, at Downtown Riverfront around Genoa Park

SATURDAY:
John Andrews and The Olde Cellar Band play Papa Boo’s

Acoustic Mayhem and The Brave Youngster play Captain Woody’s

The 8th Annual Terry McDowell poker run with music provided by Tony Clay during the event and the Snow Shoe Crabs that night at Captain Jack’s

Blue Oyster Cult plays The Obetz Zucchini Festival

SUNDAY:
The Naked Karate Girls play Papa Boos

Hillbilly Deluxe plays Captain Woody’s

RUSH plays Nationwide Arena. For more info http://www.nationwidearena.com AND join me for the Pre-Party at Frog Bear Wild Boar Bar outside of Nationwide Arena

FUNNIES:
ALL WEEKEND:

Brad William plays to the Funny Bone Comedy Club at Easton

THEATER:
(LAST WEEKEND) Broadway Across America-Columbus presents Wicked at The Ohio Theatre. This MULTI-Winning play follows the “other” Witches from Oz. For more info: http://www.broadwayacrossamerica.com

ALL WEEKEND:
Balloons and Tunes Hot Air Balloon Festival at Beulah. For more info http://www.grovecityohio.gov

IN THEATERS:
The scariest movie I have seen in a long time, ‘The Last Exorcism,’ rated “PG-13.”

DVD:
Forgot this one, my favorite movie of the year…’Letters to God.’ Rated “PG.”

Full synopsis
This family drama follows the true story of a young boy whose life is put on the line when he is diagnosed with cancer. Through his letters to God about the confusion and faith that come with his situation, he soon becomes a surprising source of hope and inspiration for those in his neighborhood — including a substitute mailman, whose life becomes surprisingly mixed up in the ordeal.

ON THE MUSIC SHELVES:
Little Big Town releases ‘Reason Why’

John Tesh releases ‘Grand Piano: Romance’ -and YES I LIKE JOHN TESH!!!

Katy Perry has ‘Teenage Dream’

COMING SOON PUBLIC EVENTS:
Labor Day Sunday http://www.emeraldcityhalfmarathon.com/

OSU Football Season with AT&T AND JUST SIGNED Across the Field Tailgate with the ‘Historic’ Danger Brothers, and my Buddy Eric Dove and Green Light Go.

PLUS:
I wanted to let you know that the Ohio University Alumni Association is sponsoring a Tailgate Party for the Ohio University vs Ohio State game on Sept 18th on Lane Ave. Please join me, and SWAGG for an “ALL INCLUSIVE” event with your food and drinks being provided (both non-alcoholic and alcoholic). The event will start at 9am and conclude at 4pm Saturday Sept 18th. The cost is $50 if you preregister or $75 at the door. We will be showing the game on a Jumbo Screen TV and you are guaranteed to have a great time. You do NOT have to be an Ohio University Alumni to attend the event so please feel free to bring your friends and pass this email along to your other OU friends that will be attending the game day events.

To register go to http://www.ohioalumni.org/ohio-osu and scroll down to Saturday events. If you would like to be a sponsor of the event, please contact me directly from the information below.

Look forward to seeing everyone there.
Saturday, September 18

Bobcat Bash
Sponsored by Ohio University Alumni Association
Register now for this Bobcat Bash
Date Saturday, 9/18
Time 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Location
Harrison House
222 W. Lane Ave.
Columbus, OH

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