A Vision In Austria

Sep 22, 2012
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This story originally ran on October 1, 2011.  It was an enjoyable story to write.  I hope you enjoy reading it.    April 28, 1888. 1:30 AM. Gretchen blew out the candle, slipped beneath the quilt, and tried to go to sleep. She was exhausted from the work of tending to the party guests, but sleep […]

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2013 World Baseball Classic

Sep 20, 2012
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My team, the Rockies, are not in contention for a playoff spots, so my mind has been wandering a bit.  I got to thinking about the 2013 World Baseball Classic (essentially, the World Cup for baseball).  I went online to check the schedule for the WBC.  To my surprise, the qualifying tournaments have already begun.  […]

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Who Are the 47%?

Sep 19, 2012
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Mitt Romney made the news when video from a private fundraiser surfaced this week.  In the video, he is having a candid chat with donors, telling him that 47% of Americans will never vote for him because they are dependent on the government – asserting that these people don’t pay income taxes and feel entitled […]

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Random Thoughts

Sep 14, 2012
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It’s the end of the week.  Time to dump brain fragments into an article. Should we hate Muslims? In recent days, there has been more anti-American violence in the Middle East, including the killing of our ambassador to Libya.  Some are are quick to blame the Muslim world, or Islam in general, for the violence.  […]

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Amazon Announces New Kindle Models

Sep 12, 2012
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Amazon has refreshed their Kindle lineup.  You can now spending anywhere from $69 to $499 on a Kindle-branded device.  Obviously, with such a spread in price, there are going to be large differences in the actual devices.  $69 gets you the bare bones 6″ model that is (almost) exclusively a reader, and has no color.  […]

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A Man Short

Sep 08, 2012
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This story originally ran on November 12, 2010 When coach Brad Green began the season with twenty players on his roster, he was not overly concerned.  He had been football coach at Mountain View High for two decades now, and dealing with the challenges of building a football team from the small student body was […]

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Baseball’s September Story Lines

Sep 05, 2012
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Baseball bell lap has begun, with just one month remaining in the season.  As baseball winds down, there are several story lines to watch. Teams I’ll Be Watching Pittsburgh Pirates – The last time the Pirates has a winning season, I was still in high school.  Barring a complete collapse down the stretch, the Pirates should at […]

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The Challenges of Writing a Novel

Aug 31, 2012
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I’ve been working on my first novel for a few years now.  I got the first draft to about 10,000 (not terribly long) before deciding to completely re-baseline.  It’s hard to basically throw that work in the trash, but when I wrote it, I was basically trying to get some words down, knowing that I’d […]

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Highlights of the Republican Convention

Aug 30, 2012
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This week is the Republican National Convention.  Anger seems to be the word of the week so far.  The convention got off to a rocky start when hurricane Isaac threatened Florida, forcing a very abbreviated first day session that lasted exactly two minutes.  Oddly, hurricanes also affected the 2004 and 2008 conventions. Ron Paul Ron […]

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Weird Neighbors

Aug 28, 2012
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This is based loosely on the experience of Baseball Prospectus writer/podcaster/managing partner Kevin Goldstein.  He became fascinated with his weird neighbors, who were constantly throwing out mattresses on trash day – until they were evicted today.  Nobody ever saw mattresses coming in, but they always saw them on the curb waiting for the garbage truck. […]

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