Sunday, June 11, 2017

King of Clay

A year ago at this time, I wrote a post about Novak Djokovic and whether he was the greatest tennis player of all time.

At that time, Novak held all four grand slam titles in a row. In what they call the "open era" that is an amazing thing.

But since then, Novak has had some troubles. He certainly looks fit, still plays with his customary gutsy brilliance most of the time. Those in the know say most of his troubles are between his ears. Maybe so. I have no doubt he'll be back.

In the meantime, can we talk about my favorite player, Rafa Nadal? He's called the King of Clay and with very good reason. Today he completed "la decima", his 10th French Open title.

10th. Unbelievable. Unheard of.

Nadal's greatness on clay is equaled by his humility. One never gets the sense that he believes in the hype around him. He always has respect for his opponent, whether that player is the number one seed or no seed at all.

He plays hard on every point, no matter the score. As far as his temperament on court, he is essentially unflappable.

In today's age of grandstanding super star athletes, Nadal is refreshing at the least. At the most, he is the ideal role model--a man deserving of his success achieved by hard work and dedication to his sport.

Nadal was always going to be in the running for the "GOAT" of tennis. His tenth French Open title today more than cements his position.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Bygones has been nominated for a RONE Award at InD'tale Magazine!
I'll need you all to vote for me the week of May 14th!
In the meantime, if you haven't read it yet, what are you waiting for?

Available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, iBooks, and Kobo


Sunday, March 5, 2017

At Second Sight

Now in paperback! My first book, At Second Sight, is available at Amazon in actual print!

This is for all of you readers who love to hold a book in your hands. 

Also available-- Bygones. You can get it in print or ebook at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, iBooks.

Enjoy!!!!!!

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Of Meryl Streep and the President-Elect

I don't know Meryl Streep but I love her work. She gives flawless performances in all her movies. She is one of those rare actors who seem to dissolve into their roles. You watch her and she is no longer Meryl Streep acting, she is Karen Silkwood. She's Isak Dinesen, Suzanne Vale, Miranda Priestly, Julia Child, Margaret Thatcher.

Amazing.

No, I don't know Meryl Streep but she appears to be a good person. Kind. Warm. Funny. Smart.

Now, I'm one of those people who immediately bristles when a celebrity takes the opportunity of an awards show to spout out an opinion. Of course every American has the right to express their views. I've just always felt it was unfair that celebrities automatically have a huge ready made audience to speak (preach) to.

And yet, when I watched the Golden Globes the other night and Meryl Streep began to express her opinion I wanted to stand up and cheer. She didn't just speak of her incredulity at some of the PEOTUS's remarks and actions. She says she was stunned. Broken hearted.

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

It was perfect. Well almost perfect. I agree with Trevor Noah-it was a speech about respect and inclusion. She probably should have left out the dis on football and the mixed martial arts.
Almost perfect.

And then.......Well of course we should have seen it coming. PEOTUS and his Twitter account. Meryl Streep is one of the most over-rated actresses of all time.

Really? First of all, Meryl Streep is arguably THE GREATEST actor of all time. Second, learn to listen to criticism or just ignore it and focus on running the country.

Maybe go to your intelligence briefings instead of formulating policy based on what "you're hearing".

Stop ridiculing the disabled, Mexicans, Muslims, women, African Americans.

Start behaving with the dignity the office deserves.