Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Who Do You Trust?

In a world that dominates a Me- First attitude most people don't want to be caught off guard. Instead, taking care of number one is the primary goal. Let the other guy fend for him or herself. 

How many times do you get your hopes up only to be shot down? Perhaps more times than you care to remember. 

Throughout all of life's circumstances The Foster's developed a tough skinned attitude about trust. Don't trust anybody because you never know what your going to get. Keep your defense up like a football player.

When the boys gathered on a corner lot to play baseball Mike was ready. The talented shortstop with a keen mind and quick hands was just what the team needed. However, the star shortstop didn't last very long.

Mike's parents thought everybody was out to get them. Beware! So, to avoid any hurt feelings, Mike was removed from the boys baseball team.

The boys were mad. It was a stunning blow to their pride. A key player was gone.

It was like any other day when people noticed a big black cloud of smoke peaking above the trees. Rushing to the source a crowd saw firemen hustling with a long hose spraying water on the blazing inferno. In awe, spectators watched the Foster's home crumble to the ground. 

But not all was lost. A local Mission provided food, clothing, and a roof over their head. Thank goodness for small favors and friends filled with love.

Still more was not lost. The men's Bible class from the Ebenezer Church added to the rescue. Rolling up their sleeve's they went to work and spent many long hours restoring the house. It was a proud day when folk's gathered to welcome the Foster family home. Smiles mixed with tears told the rest of the story.

When the boys gathered the next day at the school lot to play ball there were no big egos. Just a bunch of average boys having fun playing baseball with the greatest shortstop ever, whom had a great pair of hands.

If you enjoy reading a heart-warming story and desire to learn more about Mike Foster, Boys on the Gold Coast is available on Amazon. 

   
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Wednesday, June 6, 2018

The Element of Surprise


The setting was the Day Surgery department of a local hospital where patients come and go every day. Bright eyed and bushy tailed the nurses, technicians, and other staff come to work.

Jackie, registered nurse for twenty-five years, prided herself in caring for the sick. Bending over backwards, there wasn't anything she wouldn't do to keep a patient comfortable and happy.

Everything appeared to be in place from setting up rooms to talking about medical history. So confident was she that she followed the routine to a T until one day she didn't wash her hands when leaving a patients room.

The routine protocol was to wash hands every time entering and leaving a patients room. With a foam dispenser on the wall the routine was done at least 100 times a day and Jackie was no exception to the rule. However, it just so happened that one day she missed doing the thing when, unknowingly, a hospital spy caught her in the act. Wow! She was caught in the element of surprise.

Baseball hitters also get caught in the element of surprise when when they step into the batters box with a bat. Cautiously, they watch the path of a baseball speeding toward them. However, once in a while a ball doesn't break the way the pitcher in tented it to and it snips the hitter in the butt. Wow, another painful experience. 

There is no way to avoid the element of surprise. It's a part of life. The best solution is to stay alert, keep your antenna up, anticipate them, and hopefully avoid costly errors. 

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Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Artistic Masterpiece


Recently, to celebrate the Memorial Day holiday, my family and I watched the Kane County Cougars, a minor league baseball team, play ball. As we got comfortable in our seats between home plate and first base, I was impressed with just how precise the field was prepared for that game.

The pitcher's mound was the required distance, fifty feet from home plate. Even with hard hit liners a pitcher may not always be safe.

First and third base were equal distant from home plate, ninety feet, while second base stood between them, 127 feet from home plate.

The out field wall in left, center, and right field varied from 378 feet to over 400 feet from home plate. Surely, a slugger needed a lot of muscle power in his arms to send a home run over those walls.

The foul lines were marked with a string extended from home plate on both sides of the field to the left and right field corners. Then, a field chalker, trough on wheels, using that same string as a guide, poured the white powder. 

Most interesting to me was the way they made the batter's box. First, a six foot by four foot frame was built. Then it was placed four inches away from the home plate to form a template. Finally, done to perfection, white chalk was poured with that same field chalker.

Done to perfection the baseball field was an artistic masterpiece. Surely a platform that will bring lots of thrills to baseball fans. 

Precision is the name of the game. If only life were that easy, but it's not. While we start out each day with good intentions we often encounter set backs along the way. 

But we can make adjustments to help us get back on track. In baseball the field gets a cosmetic makeover. For us, in life, we have a broad range of options to choose from, and the key is to make the right choices.

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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

More Than Baseball ???

A baseball story may be entertaining, but in reality much more. Please don't allow a baseball theme to bore you to death with the same old same old stuff. 

The boys were the average kid on the block turned professional baseball players when they played the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. Wow! Amazing! Is that possible? How could that be?

They were not born with a silver spoon in their mouth. From rich to poor, through trial and error, riding above the circumstances, they worked hard to achieve the American dream. Humbly they sought no fame to fortune.

Blending together the boys came from different ethnic backgrounds. Racial lines didn't exist. From different cultures and  philosophical views they were provided with a winning combination.

Luck did not persuade them. Motivated by a Higher Power they persevered by the sweat of their brow and moved on. No task was too small or too great to conqueror. 

Boys on the Gold Coast, now available on Amazon, is an easy read and a story you will be able to identify with. Like in Walt Disney's movie Lady and the Tramp, were you born on the wrong side of the tracks? You may be surprised to learn that you weren't.

Boys on the Gold Coast is more than just a baseball story. So where are you? I would guess somewhere in this story. Remember there is no such thing as average. You can be whomever you want to be. You are an important person. 

   
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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Who Won the Popularity Contest?

Baseball is popular. But is there enough interest to write about baseball? Does it capture a large enough audience? That's what I had to find out, and the answer may surprise you.

There is no doubt about it, baseball is here to stay. Why???

Baseball is a widespread sport. Millions (sell out crowds) of people fill ball parks to over flowing every year. Then there is television, radio, and the Internet, that also captures a large audience.

Baseball has always been a popular sport. Just like in the movie Sandlot, for many years kids have gathered with friends in blue jeans with a tattered baseball and splintered bat to play baseball on a corner lot. 

Recently, I did some research to find out how many people read baseball books, but to no avail. The numbers were staggering and just not enough room on the page to cover all the categories. 

So I am convinced that there is enough interest in baseball to write about this exciting game, past, present, and future. Yes, people like to be entertained.

But there is more. Along with significant facts about baseball I have learned to couple it with real life situations. Bring people into the equation so that they can identify it with things happening in their own life. What could be better?

My first book, Boys on the Gold Coast,  now available on Amazon talks about the average kid on the block playing the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. Yes, there is no such thing as average. 

So do you see what I'm saying? Baseball coupled with real life situations makes for some interesting reading. A winning combination in the popularity contest.

    
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Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Do You Need a Roadmap?

The content in writing is often most challenging to a writer. While the imagination runs wild, the end result is fragments of information without anything that makes any sense.

Now with an interest in baseball and three books available on Amazon, allow me to share with you via a roadmap just how all that came about. (The following is a condensed version from five previous blog post).

First, baseball is in my DNA. As a kid growing up in Chicago I played baseball with a tattered baseball and splintered bat with my cousin Al. And who said with the right tools a baseball player can do anything.

Second, words intrigue me.  I love to write words on a piece of paper and read the dictionary like a New York Times best seller.

Third, I like to tell stories.  Every chance I got I would make up a story and share it with my friends.

Fourth, I like to write. While watching The Walton's, TV series, John Boy inspired me to become a writer.

Fifth, I'm a people person, and nowhere is there a better place to talk about people than in a story. 

Do you get it? Do you see the picture? A series of events unfolded in my life that led me to write, and the same can happen to you.


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Thursday, May 3, 2018

Why Are People Most Important?


Today we conclude our five part series about my writer attributes and focus on people. Yes, people do make the world go round.

While people places and things are important, the bottom line is that people are most important. Where would the world be without them?

God loves people more than anything else than life has to offer. They are the community. We see them in the grocery store, at work, and in church, and even an integral part of the family.

How are you wired? I am a people person through and through. Employed in a hospital for more than 30 years, I came to realize that I like to be around people. Sitting in a corner, isolated from the real world, crunching numbers doesn't turn me on.

Please don't get me wrong. I have the utmost respect for CPA's, auto mechanics, computers operators, and others. But on a scale of 1-10 where ten is the highest, I rank at the top in my love for people. 

My interest in people propelled me into becoming a writer. Coupling that with my love for baseball put me where all the action is: scooping up grounders on the infield grass, pitching and fooling batters, and hitting home runs. Yes my enjoyment for people puts me into a different world. 

In my first book, Boys on the Gold Coast, the boys started off playing baseball on a corner lot, and eventually played the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field before 34,000 fans. And the people kept coming back for more. 


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