Posted by: Administrator | September 1, 2014

I’ve learned that personal pantheons are important.

I’ve learned that I like thinking in terms of a “personal pantheon” of influential life heroes. Its kind of like an exention of the “who is in your celebrity dinner party” discussion.

The idea generated from both Bill Simmons (The Basketball Book) and The Men in Blazers (Roger Bennett and Michael Davies).

Here’s the current running list of people in my personal pantheon.

 Arts & Culture

John Lennon

Paul McCartney

George Harrison

Ringo Starr

William Shakespeare

Led Zeppelin

The Rolling Stones

David Gray

David Matthews

The Dave Mathews Band

Michael Jackson

Sarah Silverman

Julie Andrews

Jim Henson

Yoko Ono

Elton John

Marylyn Monroe

Dick Van Dyke

Lea Michele

Emma Watson

Keira Knightly

Ricky Gervais

Tina Fey

Tracy Morgan

Alex Baldwin

Jane Krakowski

Morgan Freeman

Stephen King

James Gandolfini

Robin Williams

Matt Damon

Ben Affleck

Lady Gaga (2014)

Taylor Swift (2014)

Katy Perry (2014)

Roger Bennett (2014)

Michael Davies (2014)

Karl Pilkngton (2014)


Magic Johnson

Michael Jordan

Kareem Abdoul Jabbar

Mike Krzyzweski

Christian Laetenner

Bobby Hurley

Skip Prosser

Warren Moon

Arnold Palmer

Tiger Woods

Jack Nicklaus

Dale Earnhardt Jr

Payne Stewart

Steven Gerrard (2014)

Mia Hamm (2014)

Hope Solo (2014)


John Fitzerald Kennedy

Martin Luther King, Jr


Princess Diana

Winston Churchill

Dwight D. Eisenhower

George Washington

Abraham Lincoln

Thomas Jefferson

Merriweather Lewis

Roger Clark

Posted by: Administrator | April 22, 2013

I’ve learned that some heroes never go away…


Earvin “Magic” Johnson was my hero growing up. His jersey hung above my bed and I had the gold and purple Converse Weapons. I wore the number 32 and focused on assists, rebounds and playing defense instead of shooting and scoring. I made a pilgrimage to his high school when passing through East Lansing, MI on a family road trip. So much of my formative years centered around basketball, and around patterning myself after his style of basketball.

I cried when our middle school coaches broke the news of his diagnosis. Basketball without Magic Johnson was a foreign concept, a different, less enjoyable game.

I suppose in the years since I’ve observed him from a distance, never wanting to get too close for fear that I’d have to watch my hero die an agonizing death. This past weekend I watched the Espn 30 for 30 documentary “The Announcement”. The film both accessed compartments of my soul that had long since been compartmentalized and shuttered and resonated with me deeply given my own journey after basketball and its disruptive challenges and need for surrender to defined set of medical constraints.

As a child, Magic taught me that an exquisite assist is always more fun than scoring on your own — that the real joy of the game was found in the shared success of the team above all.  In my current phase of life perhaps now he’s still teaching me a different set of lessons applicable outside the gymnasium –lessons that I can focus on and carry with me long after I’ve hung up the laces for good.

Hello, Magic. I’ve missed you…

Posted by: Administrator | March 27, 2013

I’ve learned that Life is Weird, and that is OK

The last 2 years have been very difficult ones. In fact, the past 10 years have been fulled with highs and lows. I’ve been through some significant health challenges, through the soul crushing process of seperation and divorce, but have also been fortunate enough to have an amazing 2 year old son who is my joy, and will provide an ongoing, and hopefully healthy, relationship with his mom. She is a teriffice mom and I hope that, if she wants, to have more children at some point down the road.

I’ve been fortunate to have someone come along side me to pull me up when I am down, hold me in check at times when I become ungrounded, as well as give me the experience of helping her out from under the rock that she had been hiding due to her own messy story.

I’ve learned that friends are there when you need them, but you must let them in to enable them to provide care.

I’ve learned about the importance of having productive outlets – music, road biking, yoga, cups of coffee and conversation.

I’ve learned that if you step back and look around that love actually is…..all around.

And it is all you need.

Posted by: Administrator | June 19, 2012

Music selections from 6.17.12

Strawberry Swing – Coldplay

You make lovin fun – Fleetwood Mac

Saturday in the Park – Chicago

Two Step- Dave Matthews (Live at Red Rocks)

Heart in Hand – Vertical Horizon (LIve Stages)

When I’m 64 – The Beatles

Posted by: Administrator | September 26, 2011

I’ve learned about the importance of old friendships.

I had the opportunity to spend some time catching up with an old friend this past weekend. The kind of friend that just makes you smile to think about knowing that they’re out there doing their thing. Sometimes life can be a bit like being in Shawshank prison, and you need friends like Andy and Red to keep calm, carry on, and find hope in the darkest of hours.

From The Shawshank Redemption…

“I find I am so excited I can barely sit still or hold a thought in my head. I think its the excitement that only a free man can feel, a free man at the start of a very long journey whose conclusion is uncertain….

…I hope I can make it across the border. I hope to see my friend and shake his hand. I hope the Pacific is as blue as it has been in my dreams…

I hope.”

Thank you for being my friend.

Posted by: Administrator | January 10, 2011

I’ve learned that I enjoy new versions of old classics.

Glee is doing alot of this, but so are folks like A.C. Newman…

The MTV generation will appreciate this one…

Posted by: Administrator | December 30, 2010

Some of my favorites of 2010..

In no particular order…

Settlers of Catan

The Laughing Buddha Yoga Studio Charlotte



Paperback and Hardback books

Rico Rodriguez & Sophia Vegara

Lady Gaga

Blogs: ;

Katy Perry

Russell Brand

Katy Perry & Russell Brand

Twitter as a news feed

The Millennium Trilogy (Steig Laarson)

Blake Lively in The Town

Ainsworth (26th between 6th & 7th)

The Old Fashioned (the drink, South Park fans)


Augusta National Golf Club

Wild West 2.0 (Fertik/Thompson)

Taylor Swift

NY Palace Hotel

“Who Says” (John Mayer)

Learned Optimism (Dr. Martin Seligman)

Team Coco


Cafe Monte, George’s Brasserie, & The Terrace Cafe Charlotte


Lobby Lounge @Ritz Charlotte


Ce Lo Green

Butler basketball

San Francisco Bay Area

Rediscovering Kenny Rogers

Anything with Tina Fey or Ricky Gervais

The Beatles on iTunes

Steelers 3-1 start Dreamforce

The Golf Club at Rancho Santa Fe

Posted by: Administrator | December 26, 2010

I’ve learned about the transformational effects of yoga.

One of the things that I’m most thankful for in 2011 is my exploration into    yoga. Growing up as a red-blooded Texan, I never envisioned that yoga  would be something that would become such a big part of my life.

This June I started going to the Laughing Buddha in Charlotte, NC ( to 2-3  times per week. The first 6 weeks or so were pretty grueling. I’ve generally  been a relatively inflexible person, and I’d emerge from a 60 minute class looking like I’d jumped fully clothed into a swimming pool.

As the months wore on, I developed more stamina, to the point where I was  able to focus on the breathing and mental aspects as well as understanding  and engaging with the asanas. I’ve also enjoyed picking up new music  along the way.

The effect has really been fairly transformational. I have more energy, I’ve  trimmed up a bit, and I think it has also been relaxing and  productive to my mental focus. I really think there is something to the mind-body connection.

I even hit up the Haute Yoga on Christmas day here in Rancho Santa Fe. My first experience into true hot yoga,  it about made my heart explode –  but I really enjoyed it.

Thanks to all my friends at the Laughing Buddha! Namaste.


Posted by: Administrator | December 11, 2010

I’ve learned that is pretty inspiring.

I had the opportunity to spend some time this week at the Dreamforce conference in San Francisco last week. To set the tone for the keynote and for the conference, the opening presentation was set to Will.I.Am’s new single “Own It”. was in the audience, and even weighed in on the benefits of cloud computing, which, while a bit surreal, I think drove home the pervasive nature in which technology continues to disruptively change the way we live and work.

I’ve been a fan of the Black Eyed Peas (I’ve got a Feeling, etc), but have been struck lately by the continuing theme of optimism and impact in BEP’s and Will.I.Am’s music. “Own it” is a call to action for ‘tomorrow leaders’ and ‘high achievers’. Unlike much other popular music, it does not focus on wealth or celebrity as an aspirational outcome. I think its focus is more geared toward generating positive change, having high impact and perhaps (maybe a stretch) social responsibility.

No doubt the folks at Salesforce spent a good deal of time thinking through the approriate theme music for Dreamforce. I thought it was spot on. (Stevie Wonder and Neil Young were also performed throughout the week)

What Benioff has done in creating a culture of energy and innovation at Salesforce is impressive. I am pleased to see the young leaders in the industry gaining recognition through the innovative companies they have created ; and incenting the next generation of Americans to admire them not for their celebrity, but for what they have created and how their companies have focused on being good corporate stewards.

We need more leaders like the Benioffs, Page & Brins, Zuckerbergs, Dorseys, Fertiks and Tripps of the world that continue to inspire followership in our country (and globally)  in education, collaboration, and stewardship.

We also need more music from


Posted by: Administrator | December 5, 2010

I’ve learned that ‘Love Actually’ is my favorite holiday film.

Watched this last night to kick off the holiday season. I love the multithreaded stories that are all connected by one or two degrees of separation.

Bill Nighy’s performance as Billy Mack is brilliant.

Add Colin Firth, Liam Neeson, Alan Rickman, Emma Thompson, Ronan Atkinson, Kiera Knightly, a fast paced script and score, and you come pretty close to perfection.

From Love Actually:

Whenever I get gloomy with the state of the world,

I think about the arrivals gate at Heathrow airport.

General opinion makes out that we live in a world of hatred and greed

I don’t see that.

Seems to me that love is everywhere.

Often it’s not particularly dignified or newsworthy but it’s always there.

Fathers and sons, mothers and daughters, husbands and wives,boyfriends, girlfriends, old friends.

When the planes hit the Twin Towers,none of the phone calls from people on board were messages of hate or revenge,they were all messages of love.

If you look for it, I’ve got a sneaky feeling you’ll find that love actually is all around.”

(queue Bill Mack singing “Christmas is All Around Us”)

Happy Holidays.


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