Presidential Appreciation: The Importance of Volunteering

After ten years as a volunteer board member for Crystal Lake Babe Ruth I was tasked with the honorarily role of President for my eleventh summer. Having been a volunteer manager since I was 21, I felt I had avoided the "top" board position as long as possible AND, over some excellent wings (and maybe a few … Continue reading Presidential Appreciation: The Importance of Volunteering

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Goal-Based Teaching: Baseball and Business

For fifteen consecutive summers I have been fortunate enough to volunteer manage for a youth baseball league, first through the DeKalb Park District and currently with Crystal Lake Babe Ruth. What began as a volunteer job because I signed up too late to be hired for the summer as an umpire has become an integral element of … Continue reading Goal-Based Teaching: Baseball and Business

Benefit for Bimbi at Nick’s Pizza

When another volunteer is in need, I always try to support that cause. On October 23rd, I hope all my friends from Nelson's Jewelry and Crystal Lake Babe Ruth are able to help support an important family in need. Steve Bimbi, a volunteer coach with Crystal Lake Babe Ruth, and his family need assistance and … Continue reading Benefit for Bimbi at Nick’s Pizza

Make the World Awesome

In January, Kid President, the little man behind the "Pep Talk" video that just happens to now have over 29 million views (when I watched it originally, it had 9 million views), wants everyone to stop being boring and make the world awesome. I understand why he is so passionate about improving our world. Every … Continue reading Make the World Awesome

Retail Jewelry: Living Life During THE Holiday

I love working for a family owned jewelry store. I also love spending the holidays with family and friends. Unfortunately, those "loves" go together like Andy Reid and Eagles fans in 2012. I have been in the retail jewelry business since 1997, so it is not like in my fifteenth Holiday season I am suddenly … Continue reading Retail Jewelry: Living Life During THE Holiday

Posts Just Don’t Come Easy

Ringo Starr and George Harrison know exactly what I am feeling lately with my blog. When I created this blog I knew, like my guys above, that "you got to pay your dues if you wanna sing the blues." By blues I of course mean Cubbie Blues and by dues I of course mean many … Continue reading Posts Just Don’t Come Easy

Fantasy Sports… the Fun Sort of Never Ends

Sandwiched between the end of my summer baseball season and the start of my fall baseball season (I coach A LOT I know) is one of my favorite events of the year... our annual fantasy football draft. I firmly believe there is little better in fantasy sports life than a live fantasy draft. For the … Continue reading Fantasy Sports… the Fun Sort of Never Ends