Swirling Leaves Across the Lawn

Thanksgiving.  A glorious time complete with family, food, football and fun.  And, if you are like me, it’s also the perfect time to rake those leaves and prepare for the impending winter. Over the long break, the whole family attacked our yard with conviction.  After a lot of hard work, we finally corralled the leaves and arranged them into a compact, neat… Read More »

There is No Such Thing as David vs. Goliath

The story of David vs. Goliath has been told and re-told for generations. As the Biblical story unfolds, the Philistine army is gathered for war against the Israelites.  The two powerful armies are camped for battle across a steep valley.  Every day, a giant Philistine named Goliath crosses the valley and challenges the Israelites to fight. The… Read More »

5 Lessons From a Massive West Coast Rip Tide

Have you ever been caught in a rip tide? On the eve of my 30th birthday, I was living the good life on the beach in Southern California.  My wife surprised me by inviting a close group of my friends out West to commemorate the big occasion.  It was glorious! After a spirited night of celebrating,  a… Read More »

Believe That Your Life Will Eventually Come Together

Homecoming at Georgetown Prep High School is a sacred day in The Clark household. The changing of the leaves. The tradition. The sense of community. And the smell of football in the air. It’s a magical time for the young and the old who make their way back on campus to celebrate. And this year’s Homecoming game held even more significance. It… Read More »

“We’ll Be There For You On Your Worst Day”

Life is not a solo act.  It’s a collaboration with people who will support us in times of strife”–William Butler Yeats My good friend’s son is going through the college football recruiting process.  He is a big, athletic player in huge demand from several reputable programs.  For the most part, it has been an incredibly humbling… Read More »

The Tastee Diner: Check Your Attitude At the Door

The Tastee Diner, located deep in the heart of downtown Bethesda, Maryland, is an American treasure.  It is more than just a food establishment.  It is more than just a meeting spot.  It is a place where people can relax and be themselves.  And don’t we all need a place like that somewhere in our lives?… Read More »

Create Your Own Glengarry Leads

I was flipping through the channels Saturday night when I stumbled on the 1992 award-winning film, Glengarry Glen Ross.  It is one of those “Venus flytrap” movies that you can’t escape once you tune in.  So I fired up some Orville Redenbacher popcorn and settled in for the long haul. Glengarry Glen Ross is a haunting and powerful story of four desperate… Read More »

Tom Petty Won’t Back Down (And Neither Will We!)

Rocker Tom Petty suddenly and sadly passed away last week.   But he has left us with an incredible legacy of music and memories that span a generation.  While his hits are too numerous to mention, perhaps his most impactful song is the haunting tribute to resilience in “I Won’t Back Down”. The tune has an unmistakable defiance befitting the legend of… Read More »

“Coach Spurrier Doesn’t Care About Your Sweet Catch on the Quad!”

Many seasons ago, Coach Steve Spurrier led the Duke Blue Devils to a glorious ACC Football Championship.  That’s right, the “Old Ball Coach” achieved legendary status at Duke years before he went on to fame and fortune. Back in those days, there were three types of football players at Duke.  The Varsity football players, who earned scholarships and played for… Read More »

Don’t Wait For Sasaki’s Phone Booth

High atop a grassy hill in Otsuchi, Japan, overlooking the Pacific Ocean, sits an antique white phone booth.  Inside, there is  a single, archaic rotary phone with a small notepad and pen.  It is jarringly out of place in this rural setting.  Yet the impact of this vintage landmark is beyond description. The phone booth’s owner,… Read More »