A gallery of love letters

In my volunteer role as a league administrator, I get a lot of email. In technical terms, I believe a shit ton of email better describes the volume. Most of it is pretty ordinary– operations, deadlines, information stuff. Until someone gets mad about something, and then they fire off a nasty gram that could blister paint. I have developed pretty thick skin over the years so it’s not really upsetting to me (well, the grammar and spelling is upsetting, but not the content). Lately, following the word art trend, I’ve been inspired to think of some this correspondence in a new way, and have picked a few of my favorites with which to explore my creative side. All are real, unedited emails from coaches, managers or refs of youth teams and may contain some salty language. Without further disclaimer, I present, for your enjoyment, the Email from Coaches Word Art Gallery. Read the rest of this entry »

Ready, Set, Run Like Hell

My kids are heading back to school next week and I am doing the happy dance. For one thing, that’s seven hours a day that they won’t have access to the fridge. Plus, I won’t be the only one getting up at the butt crack of dawn. (Misery loves company.) But that joy will be short-lived because it also means the craziness of daily life is about to get a lot crazier. You can keep it from spinning out of control with a little planning. As the late, great John Wooden said, “Failing to prepare is preparing to fail.” So, what are you waiting for? It’s time to get crackalackin’!


Develop a plan

Pregame plan of attack
The first thing to do is to draft a plan of attack because the time to prepare for success is now. So, gather up all the information you can get your hands on–the game and practice schedule, contact lists, school calendar, important family dates–grab your planner and map out victory with these tips.

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