Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Monday, April 27, 2009

Life is Good

Summer arrived in Boston simultaneously with the Yankees. The Red Sox and Yankees played Round One of the 09 baseball season.

You don't have to be a Red Sox fan to have enjoyed these three games. The first game was a see-saw for the lead; Saturday's game was a marathon of hits; and last night's game was the appropriate crescendo with dramatic plays - an intentional walk to YOUK to get to hitless JD Drew - who doubled as their payback; Big Pappi got warm -finally; and Ellsbury stole home - yes, he did! A sweep - get out the brooms!

Friday, April 24, 2009

PhotoHunt: Protect

This is a mural from the Hawaii Convention Center in Honolulu. It depicts a Hawaiian outrigger. Another example of protecting the Hawaiian legacy.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Attitude, my dear

The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, the education, the money, than circumstances, than failure, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company... a church... a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice everyday regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past... we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude. I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it. And so it is with you... we are in charge of our Attitudes. ~ Charles R. Swindoll

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Wordless Wednesday

On Thursday - shows you how this week is going for me!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

What Every Red Sox Fan waits for ....

4/24/2009 NYY 4:10 PM PT5:10 PM MT6:10 PM CT7:10 PM ET12:10 AM GMT8:10 AM Lester (1-2) Chamberlain (0-0)
4/25/2009 NYY 1:10 PM PT2:10 PM MT3:10 PM CT4:10 PM ET9:10 PM GMT5:10 AM Beckett (2-1) Burnett (2-0)
4/26/2009 NYY 5:05 PM PT6:05 PM MT7:05 PM CT8:05 PM ET1:05 AM GMT9:05 AM

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Marathon Monday

It's the weekend of sports in Boston - Red Sox (finally out of the cellar. -- yeah, Girasoli - huh?); Bruins are up two games to the Canadians in hockey; we won't discuss the injury-laden Celtics; and the town is abuzz with beaucoup visitors for tomorrow's Boston Marathon. It's the first time in years that an American has a serious hope in winning. Heartbreak Hill is the first of all the 'hills' of the marathon and they fall in Newton. From Boston College then it's all downhill, through Cleveland Circle and down to the Prudential into Copley Square. I'll be watching it on TV and laying bark mulch.

Now, if the weather continues to cooperate it will be a GREAT long weekend. That's right, for us, it's a holiday.Remember - The British are coming and One if by land and Two if by sea? It's Patriot's Day weekend in Beantown...Hope you all had a relaxing weekend.

Friday, April 17, 2009

PhotoHunt: Purple

This window box resides in the North End of Boston.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Boston, My Home Town

It's great to be in Boston when it comes to sports. At least the Sox won yesterday. Orioles should be a challenge. The Bruins won over the Canadians - historically a duelling team rivalry. And, what can you say about the Celtics. Ty is a big basketball fan so we get to at least a home opener in basketball. (photo courtesy of Boston Globe)


The "Dreaded" Yankees opened their new stadium and had a classic throw out the first pitch, Yogi Berra.

He was quoted as saying, “I think they’ve got too much room in the clubhouse. It’s an awfully big locker room. To me, if you want to talk to a guy, you’ve got to walk a half a mile.”

I chuckle when I see anything to do with Yogi Berra. About 12 years ago, Yogi was on campus for a dedication. The start of the festivities were delayed while we tried to locate Yogi, who was lost on campus. To this day, we are still not sure how he got lost .. but he was found 1/2 hour later. Unfortunately, I did not get a chance to meet him, but my immediate boss was seated with him.

She returned to the office after the event apologizing because in the commotion of losing and finding Yogi, she forgot to ask him for an autograph for my son, who was an avid baseball player (a catcher) and a fan.

I didn't have the heart to tell him Yogi was on campus until many months later.

Some Yogi-isms: A nickel ain't worth a dime anymore. All pitchers are crybabies. Baseball is ninety percent mental and the other half is physical. He hits from both sides of the plate. He's amphibious. And last but not least: I never said most of the things I said.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Monday, April 13, 2009

Washington, DC

DC is a powerful, scenic, awe-inspiring place. If you haven't been in awhile, it's worth a visit - a very person-friendly city.

When we come to it
We must confess that we are the possible
We are the miraculous, the true wonders of this world
That is when, and only when
We come to it. ~ Maya Angelou

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Magnolia's Blooming in DC

No, they whisper. You own nothing.
You were a visitor, time after time
climbing the hill, planting the flag, proclaiming.
We never belonged to you.
You never found us.
It was always the other way round.
~ Margaret Atwood

Buona Pasqua!

To all those celebrating Easter - Happy Easter! A very good friend, and past colleague, now president of a Jesuit university, sent me this link and I wanted to share it with you. It encapsulates the meaning for Christians this weekend.
You can find it here:

Thursday, April 9, 2009

PhotoHunt: Triangle

Triangle with a twist :-) Found some in different cities I've been to lately. Some shapes are easier to find than others....in no particular order: Maui, Rome, France, NYC,DC, Oahu

Buona Pasqua and Happy Passover.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

I can hardly stand it!

The actual first pitch is moments away, and the ceremony -- one of sport's coolest traditions -- has just condcluded. The Boston Pops played the national anthem, Senator Kennedy threw out the first pitch, the Red Sox came in through the stands, the opposing players were roundly booed, and Johnny Pesky said "Play Ball!" It was everything you would expect. ~Boston Globe

And I'm in work:-( But I'm on my way home soonnnnn.....

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Play Ball!

Tomorrow is Opening Day! We may not have spring days, colorful rainbows, winning Tarheels, or sandy warm beaches, or cherry blossoms - heck, we don't even have daffodils yet. BUT -- we will have the sounds of Sweet Caroline, the crack of the bats and the smell of Fenway franks tomorrow. Now THAT's a sure sign that spring has arrived in Boston. Go Red Sox!
(Photo courtesy of Boston Globe)