Working for a Miracle – A Life Lived According to Herb Brooks

“I’m not looking for the best players, I’m looking for the right ones.” – Herb Brooks

Miracle

I have a not-so-secret love of sports movies.  The best ones combine real life sports stories with great acting and writing and become inspirational classics.  One of the absolute best examples of this is Miracle starring Kurt Russell.

Miracle is the true story of the 1980 USA Men’s Olympic Hockey team.  This was before the Olympics were made up of “dream teams,” and it was during a time when the Soviet machine trained athletes like they were soldiers. In fact, many on the Soviet hockey team actually were soldiers.  They’d been playing and training together for more than a decade.  They won nearly every game.  They didn’t just win.  They obliterated their opponents.  They were a shoe in for the gold medal every year, and the United States was getting beaten by the Czech B team.  The US Olympic committee wasn’t even looking to win a medal…and then Herb Brooks happened. Continue reading

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What the Imagination Movers Taught Me About Self-Publishing

I have two little kids. This means I end up watching a lot of children’s television and listening to a lot of cds that include multiple versions of The Wheels on the Bus. This is generally painful. However, there is one children’s show I can be found watching even when my kids are off doing other things – The Imagination Movers.

Movers

They’re basically the most awesome thing ever: four guys from New Orleans who decided to put their musical skills to use as an “alt rock band for kids and their rockin’ families.” They don’t write “kiddie music,” they write damn good music that just happens to be for kids. And I buy their albums for me and just happen to let my kids listen to them, cause I’m cool like that. Continue reading

In Which Lisa Discusses the Virtues of Armchair Travel and Actual Travel

I don’t know about you all, but I love to travel. I’ve been extremely lucky to have had the opportunity to travel not just around the country, but the world. I got my first passport when I was six years old and have been flying and traveling ever since.   During the summer between my freshman and sophomore year, I did a 10 day study abroad trip with my high school  and got to travel all around Spain. It was one of the most incredible experiences of my life and I carry memories of that trip with me to this day.  We started in Barcelona, then took an overnight train to Seville, then Grenada, Córdoba, and Segovia before ending our trip in Madrid. Some favorite moments that come to mind is doing the Macarena in a tapas bar in Madrid, soaking up all the beautiful artwork in the Prado (I am a huge fan of the Spanish Masters-Velasquez, de Goya, and El Greco),  being awestruck by the beauty and grandeur of the Seville Cathedral, and getting lost in Córdoba by myself despite being told by the chaperones to go nowhere alone, and barely making it back to the bus to meet up with the rest of the group. Continue reading

To Protect and Serve-Men in Uniform

Dear readers, I have a bit of a confession to make. No, I’m not obsessed with the Royal Family, nor do I have a thing for Prince William. I have a weakness for men with adorable accents…and men in uniforms. There is something about a man in uniform that just does it for me. Military, police, fireman, seeing a man all spiffed up in uniform sets my heart pitter patter. Continue reading