Monthly Archives: July 2011

A Familiar Direction But a New Road to Travel:


THE ROAD NOT TAKEN

-Robert Frost-

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim
Because it was grassy and wanted wear,
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I marked the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I,
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

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Rapinoe Women’s World Soccer: A father’s love for his daughters

Jim Rapinoe, father of Megan Rapinoe celebrates after the US first goal in the Women's Soccer World Cup Sunday.

I had the opportunity to spend the afternoon with Jim Rapinoe today.

Jim is the father of Megan Rapinoe a midfielder with the US Women’s National Soccer Team who competed against Japan for the World Cup.

It may have been one of the most exciting matches in women’s soccer that ended regulation in a 2-2 tie and ended with a 3-1 victory for Japan in the final shoot-out.

There is something about sharing time in front of a major sporting event with a father of an athlete where you truly get a sense of what makes some achieve at a higher level.

Jim for the most part seems like a very quiet guy for a contractor and he wears his heart on his sleeve when it comes to family.  It also reflects in his eyes when he talks about his twin daughters Megan and Rachael playing soccer in the field across from the street from the house with the family dog as youngsters.

I’m sure his daughter was just as gracious in defeat today because she is a Rapinoe.

“I told Megan not to do this to me anymore.” he said speaking of the close match with a glimmer of a smile.

“This was not just a win for the Japanese players. They were playing for something bigger,  for a country that really needed it after a tough year.”

Gracious in defeat because he is a Rapinoe.

Rapinoe watches in disbelief as Japan wins with a 3-1 shoot-out in the Women's World Cup


Tuesday’s Rainbow

“Poetry is a phantom script telling how rainbows are made and why they go away.”

-Carl Sandburg-


God and Bikes:

” WHEN I WAS A KID I USED TO PRAY EVERY NIGHT FOR A NEW BICYCLE. THEN I REALIZED THAT THE LORD DIDN’T WORK THAT WAY SO I STOLE ONE AND ASKED HIM TO FORGIVE ME.”

-Emo Philips-

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the 4th:

It’s a good day to show your colors….any way you like. Here is to jobs, health care and a cleaner enviornment.