June 21, 2017

Only in MIAMI!

It's different down here

You sense it the moment you arrive

The sand

The surf

The lights

The energy

From sunrise 

To sunset

There's a rhythm to this place

Miami isn't just a place you live

It isn't just a place you study & work

It's a place you feel

And our student athletes, coaches, & fans

Get to experience it each & every day

Only at the []_[]


Only in Miami

The []_[] exists "Only in Miami" & in those who understand, "It's a CANES thing & you wouldn't understand!"

If that doesn't make sense to you, then you either hate the []_[] &/or you're ignorant of that which those who yell at the top of our lungs, "It's great to be a MIAMI HURRICANE!" believe deep down inside of us!

There are many important things in life but to be blessed in believing that, "It's all about the []_[]!" makes life more exciting & more enjoyable.

Several years ago, the []_[] made an award winning video that captures part of why almost half of my wardrobe is []_[] apparel.

"The []_[]!" by Billy Corben in 2009 was a hit on ESPN's 30 for 30 & its popularity demanded "The []_[] Part 2" & what's brewing in Coral Gables as I type is the "Carol Soffer Football Indoor Practice Facility" that will enable our MIAMI HURRICANES to practice even in extreme heat or storms with lightning.

Our coach tried to be a quarterback but was unfortunately at the []_[] the same time as NFL[]_[] Greats Jim Kelly, Bernie Kosar, & Vinnie Testaverde!

The []_[] is a big part of my life as I try to contribute to a Facebook Page of a dear friend that's name was changed today to "Miami Hurricanes Tr[]_[]e Fans!" so check it out if this blog has peaked your interest but if not, know this, the []_[] will once again be the talk of not only the sports world but the entire world because that's what Sebastian the Ibis seems to be telling me & everyone else that used to be at the Orange Bowl & now we're at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens!

You tell 'em Sebastian!

Since almost every sport team stole the []_[]'s smoke filled entrance, the []_[] student's thought why not us!

Sebastian even cranked dat Soulja Boy but improved it greatly by throwing up the []_[]!

I'm so ready for kickoff so Let's Go CANES!

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June 18, 2017

I love that you're my father!

Could there be any better memories that a son has of his father than spending time fishing together?

I am thankful for all our vacations when you woke me up a few hours before sunrise & we glided across a moonlit lake in our kayak enjoying the peaceful serenity before we hopefully caught breakfast in the form of Lake Trout, Large Mouth Bass, Northern Pike, or Walleye.

When I reflect on how much I enjoy the beauty of creation, I understand that a large portion of why I am like that is because of who you are & what you shared with me.

"The heart of a father is the masterpiece of nature."  Antoine François Prévost d'Exiles

I also got to experience places like Isle Royale National Park in Lake Superior that many Americans don’t even know exist.

That included . . .

. . . the playfulness exhibited in a den of red foxes underneath our cabin or . . .

. . . seeing a moose swimming or . . .

. . . when we weren’t enjoying the melodic signing of a loon, we stealthily approached a nesting loon in our kayak & marveled at the intricate perfect design of the different colors & patterns.

There is only one perfect father, our Heavenly FATHER. In spite of not having a father as you were growing up, you are the perfect father for me & I would not want anyone else to be my Dad!

"Any man can be a Father but it takes someone special to be a dad." — Anne Geddes

The City Beautiful of New Richmond, Wisconsin is where we lived during my early childhood. Not bad to have a river running through our back yard in which we traveled on our pontoon boat to the dock at the local Dairy Queen to enjoy your favorite food in the world…ice cream!

I remember many times after dinner when you had already put in a hard day’s work, that you would go prepare the outdoor ice rink so that myself & many others could play ice hockey under the stars!


"Father taught us that opportunity and responsibility go hand in hand. I think we all act on that principle; on the basic human impulse that makes a man want to make the best of what's in him and what's been given him." — Laurence Rockefeller

The official ball of the FIFA 2010 World Cup in South Africa reminds me that when we moved to St. Louis, I tearfully accepted that we couldn’t afford for me to play hockey anymore. You believed that I would be successful in whichever sport I played, so you nudged me towards soccer.

"My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person, he believed in me." —Jim Valvano

Little did you or Mom know that a decision when I was in grade school to play soccer instead of hockey would lead to an Athletic Scholarship to play soccer as a Western Illinois Fighting Leatherneck.

"The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother." — Henry Ward Beecher

Because of the love you have for Mom, it was absolutely hilarious whenever you two had disagreements.


It just was & I guess that is because it was so far from your normal behavior.

"The greatest gifts my parents gave to me…were their unconditional love and a set of values." — Colin Powell

It really is no surprise that even though I am far from perfect, the love that you have for me & the values that you instilled in me are largely responsible for the fact that I enjoy helping & serving other people.

I just had to slip this photo in but I shall keep the meaning of this between you & me even though Michelle & Kirsten may understand but this quote is a hint for those out there who think y'all are a modern day Sherlock Holmes!

"Dads are most ordinary men turned by love into heroes, adventurers, story-tellers, & singers of song." — Pam Brown

Praise be to the GOD and FATHER of our LORD JESUS CHRIST, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in CHRIST.

For HE chose us in HIM before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in HIS sight.

In love HE predestined us to be adopted as HIS sons through JESUS CHRIST, in accordance with HIS pleasure and will — to the praise of HIS glorious grace, which HE has freely given us in the ONE HE loves. — EPHESIANS 1:3-6

Just as GOD the FATHER predestined all who know JESUS CHRIST as their LORD & SAVIOR, HE also knew all along that the best possible way for me to have a life full of blessings, was for you to be my father!

"The difference between a man & a father is that the former shares his genes, but latter gives his life."  Craig D. Lounsbrough

I love that you're my father!

That's more than the title of this blog as it's also the last line of a song that inspired me to write another blog so I guess you'd like to know what that song might be so here's the link which also has a couple of quotes from the singer himself along with a couple of photos of you & my father-in-law & my beautiful wife!

There is only one phrase that sums up all that I am trying to convey!

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November 24, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving!

"I awoke this morning with devout thanksgiving for my friends, the old & the new." — Ralph Waldo Emerson

"We would worry less if we praised more. Thanksgiving is the enemy of discontent & dissatisfaction." ― Harry A. Ironside

Thanksgiving Day
November 24, 2016


I thank YOU for making it halfway to 100!

I thank YOU for making me & then saving me.

I thank YOU for Saint Cloud, Minnesota.

I thank YOU for the crystal clear lakes of Minnesota.

I thank YOU for the grace & mercy that YOU continuously shower upon me.

I thank YOU for my natural mother making the choice of adoption rather than abortion.

I thank YOU for the family that YOU placed me in.

I thank YOU for New Richmond, Wisconsin.

I thank YOU for my Mom & Dad.

I thank YOU that they cared enough about me to teach me about YOU.

I thank YOU for adopting me as YOUR son.

I thank YOU for the many people who taught me the BIBLE & how they helped to prepare me to live in a way that is pleasing to YOU.

I thank YOU for Saint Louis, Missouri.

I thank YOU for countless visits to Rossino's.

I thank YOU for the honor of being a STL Cardinals baseball fan.

I thank YOU for Creve Coeur Park.

I thank YOU for all my friends in the USA & throughout the world.

I thank YOU for Santo Tomás, El Salvador.

I thank YOU for protecting me during the years of drifting away from YOU.

I thank YOU for Cristiana, Jamaica.

I thank YOU for the trials & bad experiences that have built my faith & trust in YOU.

I thank YOU for Miami, Florida.

I thank YOU for the privilege of being part of "The U" family.

I thank YOU for continually filling me with faith, hope, joy, love, & peace in the midst of unbearable daily pain that YOU somehow convert into a desire within me to encourage others.

I thank YOU for Prospect Heights, Illinois.

I thank YOU for the amazing brothers & sisters in CHRIST that YOU have brought into my life.

I thank YOU for Alajuela, Costa Rica.

I thank YOU for Liga Deportiva Alajuelense.

I thank YOU for creating the perfect wife for me.

I thank YOU for Medellín, Colombia.

I thank YOU for Atlético Nacional.

I thank YOU loving me every day through my wife.

I thank YOU for Homestead, Florida.

I thank YOU for an alligator I saw just a few yards from my patio which prompted me to glide across Lake Wolfe in my kayak at night while a sliver of the moon was illuminating the water with several shades of silver & I was awestruck that something so simple exuded such an intense beauty & peace.

I thank YOU for the uniqueness of the Florida Everglades. 

I thank YOU for Key West, Florida

I thank YOU for the stunning beauty of the Florida Keys.

I thank YOU for the bayous & the swamps.

I thank YOU for the mountains & the valleys.

I thank YOU for Oro Valley, Arizona.

I thank YOU for the abundant desert life.

I thank YOU for the awesomeness of the Grand Canyon.

I thank YOU for the peacefulness of a babbling brook.

Most of all, I thank YOU for YOUR unconditional love.

YOUR son,


"Not what we say about our blessings but how we use them is the true measure of our thanksgiving." — W.T. Purkiser

"Eucharisteo—thanksgiving—always precedes the miracle." ― Ann Voskamp

"Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, & change ordinary opportunities into blessings." ― William Arthur Ward

"I am grateful for what I am & have. My thanksgiving is perpetual. O how I laugh when I think of my vague indefinite riches. No run on my bank can drain it, for my wealth is not possession but enjoyment." ― Henry David Thoreau

"GOD smiles when we praise & thank HIM continually. Few things feel better than receiving heartfelt praise & appreciation from someone else. GOD loves it, too. An amazing thing happens when we offer praise & thanksgiving to GOD. When we give GOD enjoyment, our own hearts are filled with joy." ― William Law

"Thanksgiving is inseparable from true prayer; it is almost essentially connected with it. One who always prays is ever giving praise, whether in ease or pain, both for prosperity & for the greatest adversity. He blesses GOD for all things, looks on them as coming from HIM, & receives them for HIS sake―not choosing nor refusing, liking or disliking, anything but only as it is agreeable or disagreeable to HIS perfect will." ― John Wesley

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May 10, 2015

Mom's Love!

This is the first Mother's Day since my Mom died last year & I want to honor her caring love for me by enjoying the animal kingdom displaying a mum's love along with quotes that remind us of the vital role of a mother!

"A mother’s love grows by giving." ― Charles Lamb

"Motherhood doesn't have a nationality." ― Melinda Cross

"The phrase "working mother" is redundant." ― Jane Sellmans

"The best academy, a mother's knee." ― James Russell Lowell

"An ounce of mother is worth a ton of priest." ― Spanish Proverb

"Men are what their mothers made them." ― Ralph Waldo Emerson

"The mother's heart is the child's schoolroom." ― Henry Ward Beecher

"Of all the rights of women, the greatest is to be a mother." ― Lin Yutang

"Biology is the least of what makes someone a mother." ― Oprah Winfrey

"A mother is a mother still, the holiest thing alive." ― Samuel Taylor Coleridge

"All that I am or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel mother." ― Abraham Lincoln

"Mother is far too clever to understand anything she does not like." ― Arnold Bennett

"The only thing a lawyer won't question is the legitimacy of his mother." ― W. C. Fields

"My mother had a great deal of trouble with me, but I think she enjoyed it." ― Mark Twain

"A mother’s arms are made of tenderness & children sleep soundly in them." ― Victor Hugo

"Mother’s love is peace. It need not be acquired, it need not be deserved." ― Erich Fromm

"All women become like their mothers. That is their tragedy. No man does. That's his." ― Oscar Wilde

"Whatever else is unsure in this stinking dunghill of a world, a mother's love is not." ― James Joyce

"The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother." ― Theodore Hesburgh

"Mom — the person most likely to write an autobiography & never mention herself." ― Robert Brault

"Mother is the name for GOD in the lips & hearts of little children." ― William Makepeace Thackeray

"A mother is not a person to lean on but a person to make leaning unnecessary." ― Dorothy Canfield Fisher

"To describe my mother would be to write about a hurricane in its perfect power." ― Maya Angelou

"Mother love is the fuel that enables a normal human being to do the impossible." — Marion C. Garretty

"When you look into your mothers eyes, you know that is the purest love you can find on this earth." — Mitch Albom

"Motherhood is like Albania ― you can't trust the descriptions in the books, you have to go there." ― Marni Jackson

"The tie which links mother & child is of such pure & immaculate strength as to be never violated." ― Washington Irving

"A mother is she who can take the place of all others but whose place no one else can take." ― Cardinal Mermillod

"A man never sees all that his mother has been to him until it's too late to let her know that he sees it." ― W. D. Howells

"The heart of a mother is a deep abyss at the bottom of which you will always find forgiveness." ― Honore' de Balzac

"Youth fades; love droops; the leaves of friendship fall; A mother’s secret hope outlives them all." ― Oliver Wendell Holmes

"I remember my mother's prayers & they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life." ― Abraham Lincoln

"Motherhood: The most exhausting, emotional, rewarding & life-enhancing journey a woman can take." ― Charlotte Pearson

"I love my mother as the trees love water & sunshine — she helps me grow, prosper, & reach great heights." ― Terri Guillemets

"There is an instinct in a woman to love most her own child — & an instinct to make any child who needs her love, her own." ― Robert Brault

"How beautifully everything is arranged by Nature; as soon as a child enters the world, it finds a mother ready to take care of it." ― Jules Michelet

"Mothers all want their sons to grow up to be president, but they don't want them to become politicians in the process." ― John Fitzgerald Kennedy

"Grown don't mean nothing to a mother. A child is a child. They get bigger, older, but grown. In my heart it don't mean a thing." ― Toni Morrison

"Your mother was like a vine in your vineyard & planted by the water; it was fruitful & full of branches because of abundant water." — EZEKIEL 19:10

"What is more powerful than the love of a mother? Perhaps only GOD's hand in answering her earnest pleadings on your behalf." ― Richelle E. Goodrich

"By & large, mothers & housewives are the only workers who do not have regular time off. They are the great vacation-less class." ― Anne Morrow Lindbergh

"A mother is a person who seeing there are only four pieces of pie for five people, promptly announces she never did care for pie." — Tenneva Jordan

"Education commences at the mother's knee, & every word spoken within hearsay of little children tends toward the formation of character." ― Hosea Ballou

"A mother's love for her child is like nothing else in the world. It knows no law, no pity. It dares all things & crushes down remorselessly all that stands in its path." ― Agatha Christie

"Over the years I have learned that motherhood is much like an austere religious order, the joining of which obligates one to relinquish all claims to personal possessions." ― Nancy Stahl

"The commonest fallacy among women is that simply having children makes one a mother — which is as absurd as believing that having a piano makes one a musician." ― Sydney J. Harris

"When I was a child, my mother said to me, 'If you become a soldier, you'll be a general. If you become a monk you'll end up as the pope.' Instead I became a painter & wound up as Picasso." ― Pablo Picasso

"A woman has two smiles that an angel might envy, the smile that accepts a lover before words are uttered, & the smile that lights on the first born babe, & assures it of a mother's love." ― Thomas C. Haliburton

"My mother was the most beautiful woman I ever saw. All I am I owe to my mother. I attribute all my success in life to the moral, intellectual & physical education I received from her." ― George Washington

"Most of all the other beautiful things in life come by twos & threes, by dozens & hundreds. Plenty of roses, stars, sunsets, rainbows, brothers & sisters, aunts & cousins, comrades & friends — but only one mother in the whole world." ― Kate Douglas Wiggin

"No language can express the power, & beauty, & heroism, & majesty of a mother’s love. It shrinks not where man cowers, & grows stronger where man faints, & over wastes of worldly fortunes sends the radiance of its quenchless fidelity like a star." ― Edwin Hubbell Chapin

"A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials, heavy & sudden, fall upon us when adversity takes the place of prosperity, when friends who rejoice with us in our sunshine, desert us when troubles thicken around us, still will she cling to us, & endeavor by her kind precepts & counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness, & cause peace to return to our hearts." ― Washington Irving

I thank the LORD for my birth mother who I've never met because without you putting me up for adoption, I would not have enjoyed a lifetime with my mother whose parenting prepared me to be a house parent at GAP Ministries in Oro Valley, Arizona!

¡Pura Vida!

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