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luke-james's picture
Nov.15.2013
I coach Under 8s in a “recreational league”. We play 7-a side, 4 x 15 minutes quarters, no offside, no direct free kicks or penalties. This is USA, after all, where we still cling to making the game different from the rest of the world whenever possible.   Mondays and Wednesdays we practice...
luke-james's picture
Oct.18.2013
This is a one year update from a previous blog. A lot has happened. I tore the meniscus in my left knee. I can't kick a ball at the moment. I don't want invasive surgery - 6 months of physical therapy stretch between me and the next soccer ball I (possibly) kick. So I got myself certified as a...
luke-james's picture
Sep.02.2013
THE COACH He wanted to play football They made him play rugby At home or away He was no good at either But he hated rugby with a passion Only matched by his love of football After school, the world took him away And showed him many things None of them to do with football All the glittering...
orna-b-raz's picture
Jun.20.2013
When another mother told me that I had to make sure that my four-and-a-half-year-old daughter knew how to read before she started kindergarten that fall, I knew that I was in trouble. She explained that in the event that she didn’t read she would be put in the lowest ability group, and that would...
suellen-ocean's picture
Jun.12.2013
Rugby is like football but instead of kicking the ball down the field, it is picked up and carried. The sport began in 1823 in Warwickshire, England when a fellow named William Ellis, at Rugby School, picked up the ball and carried it this way. In 1875 Rugby was introduced into the United States...
leza-lowitz's picture
Mar.10.2013
Today is the second anniversary of the devastating quake and tsunami that destroyed much of the beautiful coast in Tohoku, Japan. I had the honor of visiting the area last year and sharing yoga and healing with the people in temporary housing. Their spirits are unwavering, and their struggle...
phil-naessens's picture
Jan.09.2013
  On Wednesdays Phil Naessens Show Phil replays an interview with Mark Barry, author of the novel Ultra Violence. Listen in as Mark Barry shares tales of Soccer Hooliganism in the United Kingdom. To listen to the program from the site please click the link provided below. To save...
phil-naessens's picture
Dec.19.2012
  I’ve always been fascinated by those who would attend a professional sporting event such as soccer and only do so to cause trouble. Author Mark Barry’s outstanding novel Ultra Violencehelped me to understand the phenomena and if you are like I am than you will absolutely enjoy reading...
luke-james's picture
Oct.02.2012
I used to write a lot about my checkered past in the music business, interesting mainly to me, like most bores. I always loved football (soccer) as a boy and so rediscovering my love of the game at age 60 has revealed itself as a far healthier way to relate the past to something I'm passionate...
mark-j-janssen's picture
Sep.09.2012
            Football and basketball and sports in general baffle me.  They are frequently boring with breaks lasting longer than the action, more often inaction, between the teams.  Rules have changed what were interesting games beyond recognition....