Friday, May 31, 2013

My Home Away From Home - The Kingdome

Kingdome under construction- mid '70's

You've heard of a home away from home? Well, I had one of those. It was the largest freestanding concrete structure in the world at the time—the Kingdome, built in 1976.
My family moved to Seattle from Florida in 1975. There are two things I remember most about arriving in the Pacific Northwest. The first was driving through Snoqualmie Pass and seeing real mountains for the first time. The twin sister volcanoes, Mt. Adams and Mt. Rainier greeted us as we approached the Cascade Range. This Florida flat-lander was 14 at the time and the mountains served promise of new adventures. 

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Behind-the-Scenes in Major League Baseball - The Beginning

Billy Martin and Jim Devitt, circa 1979

Wow, it's been over 30 years since I was a batboy in the visiting clubhouse for the Seattle Mariners. That time of my life had a huge impact on me—working on the field in Major League Baseball, dealing with million dollar athletes, and picking up jockstraps in the clubhouse while participating in an exclusive club. 

The first question people ask is, "How did you get the job?" Most don't believe the answer. I got the job through a contest sponsored by the Seattle Times and the Seattle Mariners. I submitted an essay on "Why I wanted to be a batboy for the Mariners." Ten finalists were picked based on the essays and then we went through a series of interviews. 

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Feed Your Passion

As if reading my mind, the fantastic blogger Kristen Lamb nailed it yesterday. Regardless of your profession or life's ambition, her blog post is a must read.

My biggest takeaway from her post is, "The world does not reward perfection, it REWARDS FINISHERS. It rewards DOERS. What are we doing?"

So, go ahead, get inspired to move your you-know-what by visiting her blog. 

Start feeding your life, your family and your passion. If you don't feed them, they'll die. Start today! 

  is the author of the #1 Kindle Bestselling Young Adult novel, The Card. He's also a healthcare consultant specializing in helping healthcare companies and practices develop a social media marketing platform, and maximize cash flow. You can find him posting weekly to Indies Unlimited and occasionally as a contributor on Yahoo!

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

A True Blog

I've been inspired from the most unlikeliest place. I've had this blog you're reading for just over two years. In fact, I completely missed my two year blog anniversary on March 19th. Clearly, I haven't given enough attention to this space.

Not that I haven't received nice comments and lots of views, over 11,000 and counting. Not bad considering that I've averaged just over 3 posts ... per MONTH!

Back to my inspiration,

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Help Raise Money for Cystic Fibrosis Awareness and Get a REALLY Good Book

May is Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Month and my friend and author Laurie Boris is helping to raise money for this deadly disease. I read her book last year and was truly moved. You can find my review of her book on Amazon.

From her blog, Laurie posts,