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Monday's Man

  • From the cheap seats: Email can bring a quick smile at childhood memories

    It all started with a Friday morning email at 9:36 with an attachment from nearly a thousand miles away.

    Whenever I get an email from John St. Germain, I know it is going to be pretty good. This one didn’t disappoint.

    On the attachment was a patch that we won for finishing second in a summer baseball tournament in Quebec back in 1977. Opening it rushed back a flood of memories from that one tournament, a few games among dozens over a lifetime.

  • The Art of Performance: Imagery lets you see success on the way

    Mikaela Shriffrin shocked the world at the Winter Olympics in Sochi. As an 18-year-old skier, she was the youngest winner ever in the slalom racing event.

    She is a well-known skier and is not shy in talking about the secret of her success. For her, it begins with hard work and practice but it prominently includes imagery.

  • March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness month

    By Donny Gill

    March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness month. Colorectal cancer is cancer of the colon or rectum. It’s as common in women as it is in men. This year, more than 136,830 people will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer and an estimated 50,310 will die of the disease. With certain types of screening, this cancer can be prevented by removing polyps (grape-like growths on the wall of the intestine) before they become cancerous. Several screening tests detect colorectal cancer early, when it can be more easily and successfully treated.

  • The Art of Performance: The resilience challenge of the winter season

    By DR. KEITH WILSON

  • For Your Health: Take these steps to stick to your goals

    The New Year is just a month old and hopefully your resolutions still are going strong. If they’re not, here are some tips to sustain your 2014 goals.

    Just start. There are some days when you don’t feel like heading out the door for a run, or figuring out your budget or whatever it is you’re supposed to do that day to meet your goal. Instead of thinking about how hard it is and how long it will take, tell yourself you just have to start.

  • Trying times can reveal best, worst in people

    It is in the most difficult of times when true character is revealed. This is when you really begin to know what people are all about, how their hearts beat and who they share their hearts with.

    We are all faced with good times and bad. I have always believed to fully appreciate the good times you have to endure some bad times.

    Life often is unfair, as we know, but life is always good.

  • From the Cheap Seats: Fun outdoors always beats Xbox session

    Kids today really don't know what they're missing by opting for indoor games over what you can do outdoors.

    When was the last time you saw a bunch of kids walking to a ball field to just play baseball or softball? How about soccer or football?

    Rarely, I would guess, is your answer because it certainly is mine.

  • The Art of Performance - Bridgewater: An example of what’s right in college football

    The academic challenge of talented NCAA athletes in the revenue producing sports of football and basketball recently was investigated by CNN.

    The news report revealed that at least 7 percent of collegiate athletes in the revenue sports leave college reading at or below an eighth-grade level. It is not possible to do college level work with an eighth-grade reading ability.

    This column is not about the failures of collegiate football and basketball but rather it highlights an example of collegiate athletics at its best.

  • The Art of Performance: New Year’s challenge: Follow the Jimmy Fallon example

    Jan. 1 presents a new challenge each year. We feel compelled to set up resolutions, which sound so good and usually fall by the wayside very quickly.

    The problem with New Year’s resolutions is the process used to create them.

    Most people create them as a response to pressure other people put on them. It is one of those “should” things. We “should” make New Year’s resolutions. There is not much commitment to this style of goal setting.

  • The Art of Performance: Give yourself a holiday gift

    The holiday season brings with it many joys and challenges. It is supposed to be the time when families gather and share in the cheer of the season. There are many ways to celebrate during the holiday season and each of them has its own special heritage and meaning for the participants. Many share gifts as part of the season.