Saturday, February 23, 2008

Giving to Our Youth

I recently became involved in a wonderful activity that pertains to my kids' sports: soccer. I grew up with soccer and, when I came to the USA, I lost touch with this wonderful sport. Now I am coaching a team of youngsters and sharing my experiences from many years ago. Our season has just started and yet I already see results in them. Although their skills are still rudimentary, the interest and passion for this wonderful sport is definitely manifesting. The point of it all is that, if at all possible, we should take up sharing our knowledge with our youngsters -- and what better way than through sports. I am enjoying the heck out of it -- I feel better, younger, energized. So I encourage everyone to find a way to give to the youth in their communities -- they are our future.

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Education Pays?

Michael Robertson has an excellent editorial letter directed to the College Board concerning the value of a college education. The Board released a report entitled "Education Pays" that, according to Mr. Robertson, is not only full of inaccuracies but is biased (not a huge surprise) and could actually be used to make the opposite point about a college education. I encourage you to read the report and make an informed decision. I am a college graduate and I can certainly agree with Mr. Robertson in most of the points he made. There are other factors to consider, of course, but those are beyond the scope of his letter or this commentary.

Saturday, February 02, 2008

The Week the Women Went

The Canadian Broadcasting Company (CBC) is airing a reality show called "The Week the Women Went." The series is meant to show what happens when all women from a small, rural community in Alberta leave the town. How will men take care of their families and homes? Since I cannot watch the show in the USA, I am left to wonder what "spin" the show will take. Will it try to represent that men cannot take care of things without women? Or will it try to turn things the other way, showing that men are just as capable of being single parents as women are? Personally, I know that men are just as capable as women in this respect. I am doing this right know, with two young children and a bunch of pets, a full-time job, and a few volunteer activities to add to the mix. Whether you are a woman or a man, being a single parent is not easy; anyone that has done it can tell you that. You do need to get yourself very organized, make sure you take two extra tablets of patience every morning, and most definitely keep your heart filled with love: for yourself, most of all, for your kids, and for everyone around you. That is my formula for success as a single parent and head of household.