Sunday, October 16, 2011
I'm an avid baseball fan. In fact, I'd go so far as to call myself a "baseball geek." I'm a big Red Sox fan and I usually watch a couple innings a night. I start everyday, reading baseball websites, learning baseball news because I'm also a fan of the game. Sometimes I'll sit down and watch a game because I want to see Tim Lincecum of the Giants pitch, or Jason Verlander of the Tigers. I also love good hitting. So I'll watch Albert Pujols play for the Cardinals or I'll watch a whole Red Sox game because I love the line up of Jacoby Ellsbury, Dustin Pedroia, Big Papi, Kevin Youkilis, and well the rest of them, they're all fun to watch. I thought I'd be following them into the offseason, through play-offs and into the World Series. So you could say they broke my heart with their September meltdown resulting in them never even making it into the play-offs.
This is where I was when I went to New Jersey to visit relatives and to see my niece, Beryn Wienstock, play softball on October 1st. I was glad to see all the relatives, but I tell you, my heart was sad that the postseason was going on and there was no chance to wear my Red Sox jersey and to sit in front of the TV and cheer for my beloved team.
And then I saw my neice Beryn play her softball double-header. She's awesome! That day she had 3 RBI's, 2 doubles, 2 singles and a great catch she made in left-center field! I don't even know if her team won the games, and I don't care because watching her and her team, with their energy, attitude and smartness, well it lifted my spirits. After her 2nd double, I said out loud, "there's your MVP!" Afterward, she came out of the dugout carrying the game ball. Her coach had awarded it to her for her amazing performance that day. I was and am still very proud of her.
Thank you Beryn for reminding me that it isn't really about winning or losing or going to the offseason...it's really about how you play the game. Giving it your all. Trying your best. Being your best self.
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
It's getting near the end of summer. I love this time of year, because the race is on, to see which baseball team can get into the post season. This is when I start checking the standings every day, to see who's inching their way closer and closer to the World Series.
Saturday, August 13, 2011
Friday, May 27, 2011
Each writer has to discover this for herself, which is half the fun of doing it. I think that what makes a good writer is taking the time to truly live your life. By being present. By experiencing whatever it is that you're doing, wherever you are, and paying attention to the five senses.
Think about it--
By seeing, really seeing the orangy-red in that hibiscus blooming on the tree on the way to the beach, and
by hearing the actual chords to that song on your I-pod, and
by feeling that cool breeze on your arm when you left the house and forgot your jacket after lunch and
by tasting your favorite ice cream, really tasting the crunching of the mega chocolate chips mixed in with the smooth, chilly chocolate, and finally,
by smelling the salt in the air
--you've got the stuff that makes up a good sentence about a story set at the beach!
The senses focus a writer to get detailed and poetic and interesting. It's what brings a character, a setting, a point of view to life for the reader.
I challenge you, go ahead, live your life. To the fullest. And become your best writer self that you can be!
Friday, April 15, 2011
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
1:00 - 1:50
Local Author Booktalk Session: Young Adult
Featuring six Illinois young adult authors booktalking our newest books:
Barbara Binns, James Kennedy, James Klise, Adam Selzer,
Claire Zulkey & yours truly, Kathi Baron
Local Author/Illustrator Autographing Reception
I'll be signing copies of Shattered