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When a Football Injury Hits Home

Did you know 70 percent of all football players in the United States are under the age of 14?  My 10-year-old grandson is in that statistic.

Did you also know that football has the highest injury rate of any team sport and each child between the ages of 9 and 12 who plays the sport experiences an average of  240 head impacts during a single season.  My grandson is also in that statistic as a running back/linebacker/quarterback.

This weekend we learned first-hand the dangers of football when my grandson was injured by an opposing player who head-butted him in the arm.  Jarod, starting as quarterback, was forced to leave the game and taken to Urgent Care for x-rays and treatment.  Fortunately, his arm wasn't broken but he did suffer a tear of the muscle in his right bicep which will require an MRI to determine how serious the tear is. 

I know my daughter (and other parents) invest hundreds of dollars every season to give their children the right to play a sport they enjoy.  As a grandm…

Donald Trump Has Brought Out the Worst in America

This isn't meant to be another one of those bash Donald Trump blog posts.  This is, instead, a commentary on the negativity his campaign has sparked.  

Racists have come out of the woodwork like roaches in the dark.  For the most part, these supporters would be classified as poor whites, angry because they can't advance with little or no education and the majority of them would also be identified as angry white males.  They have taken off their hoods, jumped on his bandwagon, taken off their hoods and are leading the "make America great" campaign.  They have gotten behind a candidate who spews some of the nastiest comments and behaved in such a manner that has to embarrass any decent, conscientious, law-abiding white person in America.  

People like 78-year-old man John Franklin McGraw of North Carolina have felt free to assault non Trump supporters at presidential candidate's rallies.  "The victim deserved it.  The next time we see him we might have to kill h…

Young White Male Privilege in a North Carolina Courtroom

Once again, being a young white male (or any white person for that matter) has its privileges.  The most recent example happened right in my backyard.  A former University of North Carolina student managed to escape a more serious second degree murder conviction and, instead, was found guilty of the lessor offense of involuntary manslaughter.  His crime:  He killed three innocent black people while driving DRUNK the wrong way down a NC highway in July 2015.  Immediately after the accident, he was reportedly belligerent and demanding that rescue personnel address his medical needs instead of those of the victims he hit.  

The punishment for his crime:  21-year-old Chandler Kania was sentenced to a minimum of 12 years and 8 months and a maximum of 16 years and 4 months in prison by Judge Henry Hight Jr.  Does the punishment fit the crime?  Of course, it's going to depend upon who you ask.  Personally, I believe he should've been given at least 20 years for every life he took and …

Thank You Lebron James for Fulfilling My Bucket Wish List

You can't grow up in Northeastern Ohio and not be a sports fan.  As a cheerleader in middle and high schools, I came to appreciate and UNDERSTAND the game of football and basketball.  

I remember Marion Motley from the OLD Cleveland (Bulldogs) Browns coming over our house to socialize with my parents.  (He and my mother went to high school together).  I remember  Brian Sipe and the "Kardiac Kids" who always had me on the edge of my seat when they were playing.  I remember how proud I was when my high school classmate Phil Hubbard made his presence known on the Cleveland Cavaliers, along with Brad Daugherty, Ron Harper and Mark Price (the Cavalier's three-point king).

But in all of those years, we never won a championship or even came close.  My saddest memory is the 1987 AFC Championship Game between the Browns and Broncos on January 17, 1988 at Mile High Stadium. With 1:12 left in the game, Browns running back Earnest Byner fumbled on the Broncos 1 yard line while try…

Ignorance Begets Ignorance in North Carolina

I'm not sure why Republican North Carolina Congressman Robert Pettinger is apologizing.  He spoke the truth that was in his heart and because he was being interviewed by a white journalist, he felt comfortable saying what he did.  In case you haven't heard, Pettinger told the BBC the "protesters in Charlotte hate white people because white people are successful and they're not."  Yep, that's what he said and then he tried to back peddle with an apology.  He said his intent was to discuss the lack of economic mobility for us because of failed policies.

Well let's examine what he said his INTENT was.  He said he wanted to discuss the lack of economic mobility for blacks because of failed policies.  What specific failed policies was he referring to?  What he failed to mention was the institutionalized racism that exists in North Carolina and the rest of the country. What he failed to mention is his own state has instituted laws to specifically keep minorities…

It's Not Surprising that Millennials Don't Trust Hillary Clinton

Recently, I've been reading quite a few articles about the impact Millennials could have on the upcoming Presidential election.  One would think the choice between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump would be a no-brainer but that's not necessarily the case.  

Mrs. Clinton made history when she became the first female presidential nominee of a major political party. While I did not personally vote for her in the primary, I was happy to see her win the nomination as a major accomplishment for women everywhere. 

I am a Baby Boomer just like the Democratic candidate but I am siding with Millennials when it comes to what I think about her. An NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll released earlier this year indicated that 53 percent of all voters rated her poorly when it comes to her honesty and being straightforward.

Iowa native and former Bernie Sanders supporter Taylor Gipple actually confronted Mrs. Clinton while she was on the campaign trail and said, "I've heard from quite a f…

A Year in the Life of Me

May 29, 2015 was the last time I made an entry into this blog before I posted one yesterday.  A whole year has gone by.  A lot has happened in that time frame.  I became a year older and found myself lamenting over the would've, should've, could've of my life.  Mind you, I've accomplished many wonderful achievements but in my mind, I COULD'VE always done more and I WOULD'VE if I had more operating capital and I SHOULD'VE had more hustle, more drive, more of what it takes to get to the Oprah level.  (Perhaps I am the only one who has felt like this).

During the past year I gave up my quest to become an entrepreneur---or a boomerpreneur as I affectionately "coined" it.  That led me to start looking for work again which I found, lost and found it again.  I will say this, once you've worked for yourself it's hard to go back and work for someone else---especially in an environment where you are just one of the faceless at the bottom of the tot…

Summer Driving May Be Hazardous to your Wallet

With our 10 year wedding anniversary coming up, Nate and I decided we wanted to take another trip to the North Carolina mountains.  It's one of those long drives I don't mind taking because you get to explore the natural beauty of the State.

What I do mind, however, is the state's mandated gasoline excise tax which ranks in the top 10 of the highest in the country.  Perhaps gas prices wouldn't be as high if it weren't for the excise tax, which combines both state and federal.

Here is a list of the top 10 states with the highest federal and state gasoline excise taxes:

1)  Pennsylvania at 68.7/gal
2)  Washington at 62.9/gal
3)  NY at 60.72/gal
4)  Hawaii at 60.39/gal
5)  California at 58.83/gal
6)  Connecticut at 56.26/gal
7)  Florida at 54.98
8)  North Carolina at 53.65/gal
9)  Rhode Island at 52.40
10  Nevada at 52.25

I have a couple of tips for saving on gas:

1)  If you're traveling long distances, use cruise control so you're not always having to accele…