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574679132_pink_castleThanks to our generous in-laws we spent a couple of days at the Don CeSar in St Pete Beach Florida
I took this photo from the beach…

Golf, originally uploaded by carlmc.

One of my favorite things about Father’s Day weekend is the US Open. Nothing better than watching the best in the world mix it up with the qualifiers and amateurs. Only in America do we open our national championship up to anyone capable of qualifying.

So, yes it’s okay to dream…to look into the future at what might be even if it seems impossible, it is possible. Only in America…

FYI…thinking about trying to make to next year’s championship at Pebble Beach. California Dreamin’…

What Does the Future Hold for Us?, originally uploaded by carlmc.

Just listening to David Dark’s new book
“The Sacredness of Questioning Everything” last night and am glad to report this conversation is taking place. We must continue to ask ‘sacred questions’ because it is in asking the questions that we learn most about ourselves, others, and God.

It is not only the future we are searching, but how best to proceed in the present…

NASA in the Pod, originally uploaded by carlmc.

Can you imagine 3 men squeezed into this capsule? No way Jose!!!

From Allan Ramsay, “An Ode to the Memory of Sir Isaac Newton” (1727)

This is one of many poems expressing the conviction that so great a man of Newton would surely be able to see other planets at close range on his way to Heaven.

The God-like man now mounts the sky,
Exploring all yon radiant spheres;
And with one view can more descry,
Than here below in eighty years.

Tho’ none, with greater strength of soul,
Could rise to more divine a height,
Or range the orbs from pole to pole,
And more improve the humane sight.

Now with full joy he can survey
These worlds, and ev’ry shining blaze,
That countless in the Milky Way
Only through glasses shew their rays.

St Pete’s, originally uploaded by carlmc.

We’re headed to St Petersburg FL in the morning for a couple of days at the beach. I hope to catch a sunset and a sunrise while there to match the beauty of this sunset as Allyson exited the water at Cocoa Beach last night.


This is the land the sunset washes,
These are the banks of the Yellow Sea;
Where it rose, or whither it rushes,
These are the western mystery!

Night after night her purple traffic
Strews the landing with opal bales;
Merchantmen poise upon horizons,
Dip, and vanish with fairy sails.

–Emily Dickinson

Cocoa Beach Sunset, originally uploaded by carlmc.

The kids played in the surf until the sun set in the horizon, and they still didn’t want to leave. One of lives greatest pleasures is watching your children play and experience new things. Time stands still in those moments…

Go Horns!, originally uploaded by carlmc.

Headin’ to Omaha! See you there!

The Smile Says It All, originally uploaded by carlmc.

Summer started in earnest yesterday when Allyson started her horse riding lessons. She’s learning everything, not just jumping on and riding. If you’re looking for a great teacher in Austin area, let me know.This was taken just before she led the horse to the round pen for her first ride. She thinks she’s pretty cool, and she’s right.

New Boots, originally uploaded by carlmc.

Sometimes words don’t do justice to what a new pair of boots can do for your soul…

army baseball playerSteve Cummings from West Chester, PA is a pitcher for Army. He has two older brothers who graduated from the Naval Academy. One is deployed in Japan as an M.P., the other is getting ready for his second tour in Iraq.  Steve will finish his degree at West Point and then he’ll begin his mandatory tour of duty. I assume his story is not much different than many of his teammates. A great kid, from a great family who loves playing baseball and loves his country.

When Army came to town last weekend for the NCAA baseball regional nobody gave them a chance. They were the 4th seed in a four team tournament and they had to play Texas. Mighty Texas, the #1 seed in the entire nation. They lost…

But, they came back the next day and beat #2 seed Texas State. And the next day they beat #3 seed Boston College, which meant they would have to turn around and play Texas again that night. Once again nobody gave them a chance to win, so they proceeded to take it to the Longhorns from the beginning. They scored 2 runs in the first inning, their pitcher Steve Cummings pitched his ass off for 4 innings:

Army Black Knights     IP  H  R ER BB SO AB BF  NP
Cummings, Steve.....  4.1  7  4  4  3  0 16 22  72

When Steve left the game, Army led 6-3. They continued to play with heart and intensity that only a group of soldiers could muster. They ran into walls and kept scrapping for runs. I started to secretly root for them to take this game. Why?

They wanted it bad, really bad…more importantly, they needed this win and I needed this win for them. I was watching a young Army fan in front of me and I noticed his New York drivers license when he took out his wallet. Pretty sure he too is a West Point student or recent grad and I started to think about what these young men would soon face when they left the academy. They will soon be young leaders in the Army, many will be deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan to face horrors I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy.

The young man I'm referring to his the one on the phone.

The young man I'm referring to his the one on the phone.

And I wanted them to have this story to tell their soldiers, to tell each other when they faced the tough challenges ahead.  I wanted them to cherish this moment, this day of glory…

The Texas players have many opportunities for baseball glory, they are part of a legendary program that is expected to challenge for the national championship every year. Many of them will go on to long professional careers in baseball. I’m pretty certain that no Army player will go play professional baseball. This day was the culmination, the pinnacle of their athletic careers, and I wanted for them to defeat the might giant just one time. I knew if they met again on Monday the Longhorns would probably beat them 10-0, but today…I thought today just might be their day.

The 9th inning started with Army leading 10-6. A four run lead is a big lead in baseball and the game seemed in hand for Army. But, Texas is a legendary program for one reason…they win. Texas rolled out 8 runs and won the game 14-10.

But this is still a day these Army players will never forget, and they will still be able to tell the stories to their grandchildren of the day they almost slayed the giant. I pray that Steve and all his friends will have that opportunity.

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