Journaling the Grief Away

I began writing in a journal on July 15, 1998. I needed an outlet, I needed to say things over and over again, without others telling me that I was scaring them or acting as if they could not hear…

Well Earned, Part 2

I am 6’3″, all legs, in great shape, powerful and built. However, that is not enough. Skill does play a monumental role in Thai kickboxing. The sport is physically grueling. Therefore, you need to think to survive. Outsmart your opponent.…

Well Earned, Part 1

I felt confident as I stepped into the ring. After all, how much damage could be inflicted in a fight with ‘limited and controlled’ punches and kicks to the head. Those were the rules of the tournament.

Keeping Kids Safe on the Field. Part 2

Moving young athletes into different sports each season can decrease repetitive activities. Encouraging young athletes to stretch regularly and improve flexibility is another way to reduce overuse injuries. Stretching exercises should be done prior to contests and practices as part…

Keeping Kids Safe on the Field. Part 1

From a parent’s perspective, nothing is more important than protecting a child from injury. Safety devices can be purchased for all aspects of our children’s lives, from car seats to childproof locks. However, safety in youth sports is often overlooked.…