Allarme tubercolosi nel mondo
marzo 25, 2008, 1:01 am
Filed under: oreilly, Rankings, Salute, tip o the hat | Tag: , ,

La tubercolosi torna a far paura. Secondo i dati dell’Organizzazione Mondiale della Sanità si sta registrando una crescita del 10 per cento soprattutto di quella resistente ai farmaci, che ha raggiunto i livelli più alti mai registrati. Per questo è stato fatto un invito a tutti i medici affinché venga posta la massima attenzione a questa malattia che nel passato ha rappresentato un autentico flagello dell’umanità. Il 24 marzo è la «Giornata mondiale della tubercolosi». Si moltiplicano le iniziative per mettere in guardia tutti i governi affinché adottino misure adeguate per fronteggiare la diffusione di questa infezione. A Ginevra Figo, il calciatore dell’Inter, è stato scelto come testimonial globale dell’Organizzazione Mondiale della Sanità per una serie di azioni contro la tubercolosi che saranno coordinate dal Dipartimento StopTB dell’OMS, diretto dall’italiano Mario Raviglione. Negli alberghi Kempinski di tutta Europa verranno esposti manifesti che fanno conoscere il grande pericolo di trasmissione quando i portatori di infezione tubercolare latente non sanno di essere ammalati: sono infetti, ma non hanno ancora i sintomi, andrebbero curati e se ciò non avviene la malattia si attiva ed inizia il contagio. Drammatici sono i dati che ci evidenzia Luca Richeldi, direttore del Centro per le Malattie Rare del Polmone dell’Università di Modena e Reggio Emilia. Continua a leggere


Looking Forward to NASCAR Unveiling Hall of Fame in 2010
maggio 29, 2007, 10:21 pm
Filed under: tony oclery

There was much discussion during the two racing weeks in Charlotte regarding the new NASCAR Hall of Fame that is to open some time in 2010. Topics ranging from the showing off of the new logo, to criteria for induction to having the induction ceremonies on Nextel All Star Challenge weekend spread around Lowe’s Motor Speedway all weekend.

Ground was recently broken on the new Hall of Fame and representatives of the Hall made their way around the media outlets all weekend spreading the word about the Hall. The City of Charlotte who is responsible for the construction promises a NASCAR Plaza, an office building and an increase in tourism and prestige to Charlotte.

I agree with Charlotte as the choice for city housing the Hall. Charlotte beat out Atlanta and Daytona for the Hall. Charlotte which we all know is the base for most of the racing teams and with the roots of NASCAR found in the Carolinas, Charlotte became the easy choice for having the Hall.

The Hall will end up being more than just a historical attraction. It will become a meeting and gathering locale for race fans all during the year and especially on Charlotte race weekends. It will be interactive; it will be impressive and modern with restaurants and a mall component that will bring locals and tourists alike to the facility.

Early indications the partnership between Charlotte and NASCAR is going well with respect to building the Hall. A first class architectural team, Pei Cobb Freed & Partners who is the group responsible for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the expansion to The Louvre in Paris is onboard for design.

NASCAR has long wanted to have its own Hall to celebrate the rich history of stock car racing in America. The ground is broken and construction is moving forward, we won’t have to wait long to see what will prove to be a destination attraction.

The Week that Was

Saturday we were all treated to Ned Jarrett making a guest appearance on air during ESPN 2’s coverage of the Busch race at Charlotte. Ned joined Dr. Jerry Punch, and Son Dale on the coverage. The elder Jarrett was still sharp and brought me back to earlier days of race coverage on ESPN. To me this kind of served as a passing of the torch to Andy Petree and the younger Jarrett who appear to be heading to a bright career as a broadcast team themselves. It was great to have Ned back even if it was for just one race.

The Racing Weekend Low on fuel and taking the lead late in the race, Casey Mears held on to win the Coca Cola 600 Sunday night. It was Mears’ first Nextel Cup win and another victory for Hendrick Motorsports. J.J. Yeley finished second and having his best run in over 10 years Kyle Petty finished third. Jeff Gordon remains atop the Points lead with a 132 point margin over Jimmie Johnson. Big movers in the points race were obviously Casey Mears up six spots to 29. Also J.J. Yeley moved up five notches to 15. Losers included Kurt Busch dropping two spaces to 9, and Ryan Newman falling fives spots to 18.

The Week Ahead

Up next, a Sunday afternoon race at Dover. Matt Kenseth is the defending champ on the 1-mile oval. Other drivers who have had recent success at Dover include Ryan Newman, Tony Stewart, and Jimmie Johnson.

About the Author

Rick C. Limpert is a freelance writer for Nothin’ But NASCAR, and is based in Atlanta, GA. He has written for print and online publications for over 7 years. He is happy to hear from you with any comments, questions, or suggestions you may have. He can be reached at rclimpert@nothinbutnascar.com.

Teenagers, Computers and Internet
maggio 29, 2007, 10:20 pm
Filed under: bill oreilly sucks

Lately parenting forums have been buzzing with parents looking for ideas how to keep their teenagers from spending a lot of time on the computer and Internet. It seems that teenagers these days are hooked on the computer just as they were hooked on watching television just a decade ago. Whether they are logging into MySpace, downloading songs from iTunes, blogging, chatting with each other over IM, or spacing out surfing the Web, mounting evidence shows that teen computer use can in some cases be classified as either a compulsion or even an addiction.

How do you know as a parent when your teen’s computer use is going too far? There is no easy litmus test here. If your teen loves to play online games, he may not be alone. However, if your teen seems to be sacrificing social opportunities or spending more than 25 hours a week in the online gaming arena, maybe something is wrong.

One of the Internet’s most popular games, the World of Warcraft, is a self-contained online world with millions of different players from dozens of countries around the world. This online realm sucks teenagers in easily, and some have been known to stay on the World of Warcraft site for more than 70 or 80 active hours per week.

Today’s teenager also has access to a variety of services available on the computer and over the Internet. Instead of using the telephone, they use instant messaging. They don’t get their pictures printed at the corner drugstore anymore but upload digital pictures to MySpace and sharing them with friends and anyone else instantly. Even the ever-present radio or stereo have fallen out of vogue because the computer has much better sound and its attached woofer makes the room vibrate even more. Watching a movie on television has been replaced with playing a DVD on the computer. Teens may even do their homework and school projects on the computer.

Considering that many people get addicted to the Internet, parents should be able to recognize when their teen is developing a bad habit. The isolating, repetitive nature of computer work in general can be stunting in terms of development. In addition, parents should be concerned if their teens are not getting enough exercise, nutrition and sleep. A friend of mine told me just a few days ago “I caught my 11 year old son playing games on the Internet at four o’clock in the morning!”

What Parents can do

I have spent most of my time on the computer writing my book for the last few months. Since our kids tend to do as they see more often than they do as they are told, I know this would not be a good time to bring this subject up with my daughter.

To establish a good and argument-proof plan when approaching your teen to discuss this topic, it is vital that you know exactly what your teenager is doing while on the computer and how much time he is spending on each particular activity. Establish which activities you will allow, and what Web sites or activities are off limit.

Your plan also needs to include how much time you will allow for each activity and how many hours you are willing to allow per week. The Internet has become an unsafe place for teens in many respects, so you also might consider one of the software packages available that allow you to set parental controls similar to the parental controls which block certain TV programs. Be prepared for your teenager’s question, “What do you want me to do instead?”

Set an example yourself. If you’re an online junky or a solitaire addict, cut back on your computer use to provide a good example. Take time to connect with your teenager and to bring your family together for non-computer/TV related activities, and you’ll likely see computer use decrease.

Parenting your teenager doesn’t have to be frustrating – visit Parenting A Teenager, where parents can find Christina’s articles and her book, news for Education K-12 and College, LIVE Counseling, and a variety of other tools and resources for both communicating with their teen and helping parents deal with issues they are struggling with. Subscribe to Christina’s monthly Newsletter and receive tips and suggestions to improve life with your teen.

Articles are free to be reprinted as long as the author’s bio and live link to her Web site remain intact.

About the Author

Christina Botto has been involved with helping parents and teenagers resolve complicated issues for more than 14 years, observing and developing parenting strategies. Her dedication to helping parents inspired her to write her book, Help Me With My Teenager! A Step-by-step Guide for Parents that Works.

Every 1000-Watt Station Can Help: A Strategy for Today’s Talk Radio Scene
maggio 29, 2007, 10:16 pm
Filed under: oreilly, steve o

Bill O’Reilly, host of Fox News Channel’s The O’Reilly Report, was quoted in Talkers Magazine about how he cracked the bestseller list.

“In the beginning, we couldn’t get on Good Morning America, or the Today Show or any of that. Elite newspapers wouldn’t review the book. We had to rely on talk radio,” O’Reily said. “Talk radio has shown a much better return (than our advertising dollars).”

There’s no doubt that talk radio is a great vehicle for authors, because it allows them to give in-depth answers and puts them in direct communication with people who may want to buy their book.

But talk radio is not what it used to be.

The hosts of major-market radio talk shows with great audiences used to bring authors into the studio for long chats. An author could knock off a couple of those interviews and send sales on the way to the top. Those days are gone. Unless an author is a truly big name, the chances of hitting pay dirt with a couple of big radio interviews are history.

The reasons for this are two-fold. First, there are not as many big stations that accept talk show guests – many have gone to a music format or no longer accept guests that have a product or service to sell. Secondly, the amount of time an author will probably be on the air has dwindled. Radio talk shows have found that listeners are more likely to stay tuned if they have 3 10-minute guests on a show than one guest for 30 minutes.

So if you want your book to sell, you now have to pound the pavement and knock on every door.

Fortunately, in radio publicity, quantity works. There are hundreds of radio stations, and book authors shouldn’t thumb their noses at some of them just because they don’t have a hot host or 5,000 watts. Even with a 1000-watt station, you are still reaching an audience. Look at it this way. If a 1000-watt radio station has only 100 listeners, you might say it is not worth the trouble. But what if you could go to an auditorium and talk to 100 people about your book? Would you go? Of course you would. Not only that, but small stations allow you to practice for that big interview down the road.

A rookie baseball player doesn’t throw his first pitch against the New York Yankees. In print publicity, an author’s first interview is rarely with The New York Times. But an author who has had an interview with a hometown newspaper and a couple of magazines will be more prepared if The New York Times does call.

The Plus Side of Small-Station Bookings

It is the same thing with radio. It takes at least 10 radio interviews before most authors get comfortable behind the microphone. Small power radio stations allow you to practice how to be a great guest.

Some people seem born to be great communicators but an author’s expertise is in the written word, and it is rare to find a great author who is also a great verbal communicator. First time authors are especially prone to stage fright – yes, even on radio.

Typical errors for first time guests include not giving out the Web site address or 1-800 number, or not giving them out frequently enough. It’s also a mistake to mention these too often and upset the host, who will let you know that the show is not an infomercial. Technical authors have a tendency to slide into techno-babble, and even good guests inevitably walk out of their first few interviews knowing they could have been better. When first-time authors make these mistakes (and they will), it is best if huge audiences do not hear the error.

Booking small stations in quantity to get a high number of interviews helps you to get the explanation of your book down to a succinct few words. Talking with multiple interviewers, even though they don’t have huge audiences, will enable you to crystallize your thoughts on your book. It may even give you new ideas about your topic that you never realized before the interviews.

Booking small stations can be also an adventure. Be prepared to run into some hosts who are unprofessional, and make sure you confirm an interview at least twice before you will be on the air. Most of these hosts will not be as prepared as their big-time counterparts (meaning they probably have not read your book), so you’ll have to be ready to walk them through the major topics. Prepare for these interviews as though you have just met someone on the street for the first time and you are telling them about your book.

But if the hosts are not as prepared as they should be, you should still be on your toes. Very bright people listen to some very small radio stations; so don’t talk down to your audience.

Sorry; nothing will surely save you from the 1000-watt radio station in Peoria that is being hosted by a kid right out of broadcast school. But remember, even that small-time interview may prepare you for the big time.

About EMSIncorporated:

EMSI is a nationally-recognized publicity firm specializing in arranging interviews on radio shows around the country, appearances on local and national TV and obtaining editorial coverage in newspapers and magazines.

Written by Marsha Friedman, President, http://www.EMSIncorporated.com. For more information contact Steve Friedman at 727-443-7115 ext. 202

About the Author

Marsha Friedman is the CEO of EMSIncorporated, (EMSI) a leading publicity firm that has represented many well known clients such as Motown’s Temptations, Teamsters Union President Jim Hoffa, Jr., National Security Advisor Robert McFarlane, Bristol Myers Squibb, Financial TV personality, Jim Rogers and Dr. Barry Sears.

10 Great Autism Books that A Parent Should Have
maggio 29, 2007, 10:13 pm
Filed under: oreilly

10 Great Autism Books that A Parent Should Have.

The internet is such a wide and diverse place to find the useful and relevant books you need in order to care for, support and nurture your child with autism.

Personally, I have compiled a list of 10 Autism books that, taken together or separately, can greatly help parents understand the condition, find ways to cope, find inspiration and ghope from people who have been there and who have done it – learn from their mistakes and profit from their sucesses.

I hope you find these a great source to start with.

#1 Everything You Need to Know When a Brother or Sister Is Autistic Marsha Sarah Rosenberg

Product Details # ISBN: 0823931234 ISBN-13: 9780823931231 # Format: Hardcover, 64pp # Publisher: Rosen Publishing Group, Incorporated, The # Edition Description: 1 ED # Sales Rank: 630,557 # Age Range: Young Adult # Series: Need to Know Library Series Annotation Discusses what autism it, how it is diagnosed and treated, and ways that siblings of people with autism can find support.

10 Great Autism Books that A Parent Should Have.

================= #2 Breaking Autism’s Barriers Bill Davis, Wendy Goldband Schunick

# Paperback: 400 pages # Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers (April 2001) # Language: English # ISBN-10: 1853029793 # ISBN-13: 978-1853029790 # Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.1 x 1 inches

Book Description Bill Davis is the father of Chris, who has autism. Breaking Autism’s Barriers: A Father’s Story chronicles Bill’s fight to overcome the physical, emotional, public, educational, and therapeutic obstacles to his son’s disorder. Few books about autism have been written from a father’s perspective. None so effectively walks the reader through each moment of a family’s experience. It is an honest, direct account from a father’s point of view of bringing up a child with autism, and the pressures and pleasures this brings to him, his wife Jae and his daughter Jessica. Now a leading autism advocate, Bill Davis gives advice and support to families trapped in a frustrating, unyielding system. Every facet of daily life with autism – including potty-training, aggression, marriage, family support, and finances – is discussed, with humor and realism. Breaking Autism’s Barriers gives useful information to help parents jump the hurdles necessary to get a diagnosis, effective education, skilled therapists, and funding. Professionals will gain great insight on how to work better with families struggling with autism. And families will take comfort in knowing they are not alone, and be inspired by an ordinary man like Bill who is overcoming autism’s obstacles.

Book Info (Jessica Kingsley Publishers) The story of a father’s journey through autism with his son. Describes the stages of realization, intervention, and therapy the family went through in their search to find a lifestyle and a therapy that would help their son overcome the powerful spectrum disorder, providing inspiration for other families undergoing that process. Softcover.

++++++++++++++ #3

Autism Spectrum Disorders: The Complete Guide to Understanding Autism, Asperger’s Syndrome, Pervasive Developmental Disorder, and Other ASDs Chantal Sicile-Kira, Temple Grandin

# Paperback: 384 pages # Publisher: Perigee Trade (September 7, 2004) # Language: English # ISBN-10: 0399530479 # ISBN-13: 978-0399530470 # Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 1 inches

Book Description Based upon Chantal Sicile-Kira’s personal and professional experiences with autistic disorders, this comprehensive and accessible source covers all aspects of autism conditions, including Asperger’s Syndrome and Pervasive Developmental Disorder, including:

– The causes of autism spectrum disorders – How to properly diagnose ASPs – Treatments based on physiology, sensory, and biomedical interventions – Coping strategies for families – Educational programs – Living and working conditions for adults with ASP – Autism Treatment Evaluation Checklist (ATEC)

About the Author Chantal Sicile-Kira has been involved with Autism Spectrum Disorders for nearly 20 years, first as a professional and then as a parent. She is on the advisory board of seven non-profit autism related organizations including the CAN Foundation, Autism Society of America, and HALO (Helping Autism Through Learning and Outreach). She also writes regularly for the Cure Autism Now (CAN) newsletter and website.

10 Great Autism Books that A Parent Should Have.

=============== #4 Facing Autism: Giving Parents Reasons for Hope and Guidance for Help Lynn M. Hamilton

Category: Nervous System (incl. Brain) – Diseases – Health & Fitness ISBN: 9781578562626 ISBN10: 1578562627 Published: Waterbrook Pr Publish Date: 2000-03-01 Pages: 366 Binding: Paperback Dimensions: 8.25 L x 5.50 W x 1.00 H Weight: 0.95 lbs

Book Description Don’t Let Autism Have the Last Word in Your Child’s Life.

Perhaps one of the most devastating things you can learn as a parent is that your child has been diagnosed with autism. A multifaceted disorder, autism has long baffled parents and professionals alike. At one time, doctors gave parents virtually no hope for combating the disorder. But in recent years, new treatments and therapies have demonstrated that improvement is possible. With intensive, early intervention, some children have recovered from autism and have been integrated into school, indistinguishable from their peers.

Discover ten things you can do to begin battling your child’s autism right now.

See why Applied Behavior Analysis has become parents’ treatment of choice, and examine its impressive results.

Get information on cutting-edge biomedical treatments such as secretin and immunotherapy.

Learn how dietary intervention can positively impact your child’s behavior.

Find out what additional therapies can offer – including sensory and auditory integration.

Explore loving ways to keep your family together when your world is torn apart.

Children with autism do have the possibility to improve greatly, and some even overcome the effects of autism, if appropriate therapies are begun early enough. Discover the steps you can take today to begin the fight for your child’s future in Facing Autism.

=================== #5 Let Me Hear Your Voice A Family’s Triumph over Autism Catherine Maurice

Category: Special Needs – Specific Groups – Biography & Autobiography ISBN: 9780449906644 ISBN10: 0449906647 Published: Ballantine Books Publish Date: 1994-08-01 Edition: Reprint Pages: 371 Binding: Paperback Dimensions: 17.00 L x 11.00 W x 1.50 H Weight: 1.40 lbs

Description: She was a beautiful doelike child, with an intense, graceful fragility. In her first year, she picked up words, smiled and laughed, and learned to walk. But then Anne-Marie began to turn inward. And when her little girl lost some of the words she had acquired, cried inconsolably, and showed no interest in anyone around her, Catherine Maurice took her to doctors who gave her a devastating diagnosis: autism.In their desperate struggle to save their daughter, the Maurices plunged into a medical nightmare of false hopes, “miracle cures,” and infuriating suggestions that Anne-Marie’s autism was somehow their fault. Finally, Anne-Marie was saved by an intensive behavioral therapy.Let Me Hear Your Voice is a mother’s illuminating account of how one family triumphed over autism. It is an absolutely unforgettable book, as beautifully written as it is informative.”A vivid and uplifting story . . . Offers new strength to parents who refuse to give up on their autistic children.” — Kirkus Reviews”Outstanding . . . Heartfelt . . . A lifeline to families in similar circumstances.” — Library Journal

++++++++++ #6 Uncommon Fathers Reflections on Raising a Child With a Disability Donald J. Meyer

Category: Children with Special Needs – Family & Relationships ISBN: 9780933149687 ISBN10: 0933149689 Published: Woodbine House Publish Date: 1995-06-01 Edition: Illustrated Pages: 206 Binding: Paperback Dimensions: 9.25 L x 6.00 W x 0.75 H Weight: 0.80 lbs

Description: Nineteen fathers talk about the life-altering experience of having a child with special needs and offer a welcome, seldom-heard perspective on raising kids with disabilities, including autism, cerebral palsy, and Down syndrome. “Uncommon Fathers” is the first book for fathers by fathers, but it is also helpful to partners, family, friends, and service providers.

10 Great Autism Books that A Parent Should Have.

============== #7 The Seige A Family’s Journey into the World of an Autistic Child Clara Park

Category: Special Education – Education ISBN: 9780316690690 ISBN10: 0316690694 Published: Little Brown & Co Publish Date: 1990-04-01 Edition: Reissue Pages: 352 Binding: Paperback Dimensions: 8.25 L x 5.25 W x 1.00 H Weight: 0.95 lbs

Description: Chronicles a parent’s experience with her autistic daughter and provides a look at that same child at twenty-three.

At age two, in 1960, Jessy Park was withdrawn, unable to walk or talk, yet oddly content within the invisible walls that surrounded her. The study of autism was still in its infancy. This powerfully moving book charts a surprising journey of discovery as it records the challenges and rewards of the first eight years of Jessys life.

+++++++++++= #8 Autism-An Inside-Out Approach An Innovative Look at the Mechanics of ‘Autism’ and Its Developmental ‘Cousins’ Donna Williams

Category: Mental Health – Medical ISBN: 9781853023873 ISBN10: 1853023876 Published: Jessica Kingsley Pub Publish Date: 1996-05-01 Pages: 320 Binding: Paperback Dimensions: 9.13 L x 6.11 W x 0.74 H Weight: 1.11 lbs

Taking the view that understanding autism is the key to managing the condition, Donna Williams’ book will bring illumination to all those who have felt baffled and frustrated by the outside appearance of autism. It contains a wealth of helpful suggestions, insights and new ideas, exploding old myths and promoting a view tha tall those involved with autism will find empowering and creative.

==================== #9 Exiting Nirvana A Daughter’s Life With Autism Clara Claiborne Park

Category: Nervous System (incl. Brain) – Diseases – Health & Fitness ISBN: 9780316691246 ISBN10: 0316691240 Published: Little Brown & Co Publish Date: 2002-03-01 Edition: Reprint Pages: 225 Binding: Paperback Dimensions: 41.25 L x 27.50 W x 3.75 H Weight: 3.00 lbs

A mother’s memoir of her life with autism reveals the pain and beauty of her persistent and ultimately successful fight to bring her daughter Jesse out of the autism.

========================= #10 Autistic Spectrum Disorders Understanding the Diagnosis and Getting Help Mitzi Waltz

Category: ISBN: 9780596500139 ISBN10: 0596500130 Published: Oreilly & Associates Inc Publish Date: 2002-07-01 Edition: 2 Illustrated Pages: 511 Binding: Paperback Dimensions: 9.50 L x 7.25 W x 1.00 H Weight: 1.65 lbs

Autistic spectrum disorders–including autism, pervasive developmental disorders not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS), Asperger’s syndrome, and others–are labels to describe neurological conditions that can affect a person’s speech and communication, emotional growth, social skills, and physical and mental abilities. Up to 1 in 150 children in some geographical areas have these conditions; children affected are disproportionately boys. This second edition is for parents (or newly diagnosed adults) who struggle with these neurological conditions that profoundly impact the life of child and family. Author and patient advocate Mitzi Waltz, now studying at the Autism Research Unit in the UK, incorporates the latest medical findings on possible causes for ASDs and on treatments. Topics include:

* Getting a diagnosis, including preparing for a diagnostic interview in a medical, psychiatric, or school setting * Treatment options, including pharmaceutical medications, vitamins and supplements, sensory integration, occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech therapy, behavior modification, floor time play therapy, talk therapy, and others * Coping with diagnosis and treatment, including emotions and support systems, insurance system, and educational plans * Stories from dozens of families living with autistic spectrum disorders

10 Great Autism Books that A Parent Should Have.

We’re All Winners
maggio 29, 2007, 10:11 pm
Filed under: life-o-jen

Many problems in school begin with a low self-concept. Believing you are a winner sets the stage for a lifetime of achievement.

As a school counselor for many years, I have found that many problems of youth spring from a poor self-concept. Often this low self-image becomes for the student a self-fulfilling prophecy. By failing to believe in his own ability and worthiness, the student expects to accomplish little and, as a result, exerts little effort. Assignments are not completed, or they are hastily and carelessly done. How we as educators wish that all students could face life and learning with the outlook of little Kelly:

Each of our children enriched us in ways we never dreamed of. Through her eyes, Kelly had us see the sheer joy and thrill of being alive. As long as we have known her, every day has been for her like the Fourth of July. Every morning she would wake up, sparkling with excitement, waiting for the parades to begin. Perhaps the most thrilling of her childhood moments came when she was four. And it came with one of her typical, astounding insights. NOVA was going to telecast a remarkable special program called “The Miracle of Birth.” Through color micro-photography the program was to take the audience through an actual conception experience and the following stages of pregnancy to the birth of a child. The show seemed such an extraordinary opportunity that we invited the children to stay up for it at nine o’clock. Jen was six, Sean was nine, and Kathleen was ten. It would be the early-bird version of the birds and the bees. They lined up on their stomachs in a row in front of the television, ready to be delighted with anything as long as it meant beating the sandman. And an unforgettable experience for us began.With a little introduction by us and a beautiful, simple introduction by the narrator, the show began. The camera focused on the woman’s egg, suspended like a moon in her body awaiting the appearance of the stars. And appear they did, in a flood of sperm–hundreds of thousands of microscopic spermatozoa, like miniature pollywogs, off to the races. The narrator explained that the drive of each spermatozoon, carrying within itself the genetic package of centuries of matings, was to get to the egg first and penetrate it. Once one did, the egg’s shell would harden and admit no others. Four pairs of wide young eyes were riveted to the screen.

The kids were at a race and they began to pick favorites. We were watching racers with a great range of instinctual power and talent. Some were swimming lazily in circles, others sideways, and a few others seemed to be heading back to the starting gate. These made it clear that it was their first day out. For the sake of all the generations to come, it was just as well that none of them would make it. But many others were going hell-bent for the egg. They were the ones the kids had their money on and were cheering on to victory. Then suddenly five or six of them reached the egg and began head-butting it for entry. A shell spot softened and one of them was in. The shell hardened immediately and the remaining little pollywogs butted in vain. Immediately cells started multiplying geometrically and they were on their way to a baby. The film continued through all the miraculous stages of the pregnancy to the birth of a beautiful child nine months later. We didn’t talk too much about what we had seen, but we all knew that we had just seen a very special show.

Early the following morning as I was preparing breakfast, I heard little feet racing down the stairs and Kelly burst into the kitchen. Her eyes were on fire and she was sputtering to start a sentence. Then it came:

Dad…you know what happened last night? Yes, I do, I said. Did that happen to me? Yes, I said, it did. WOW!!! Did it happen to you? Yes, I said, it did. W -O-O-O-W!!! Did it happen to Mommy? Yes, I said. It did. WOW!!! And did it happen to Kathleen and Sean, and Jen? Yes, I said. It did.

She was beside herself with excitement. She grabbed my hand in her two and said, “Do you know what that means, Dad? Do you know what that means? It means that WE’RE ALL WINNERS!!!” *

*Excerpted from A BOY FROM LAWRENCE: The Collected Writings of Eugene F. Connolly (2006), edited by Sally A. Connolly ________________________________________________________

About the Author

Sally A. Connolly, a retired school counselor, is editor of A BOY FROM LAWRENCE: The Collected Writings of Eugene F. Connolly. Midwest Book Review says this verbal scrapbook of a teacher’s spiritual journey is “filled with such treasures. It is recommended for those in need of comfort, illumination, redirection, grace, or prayer.” For more information, go to http://www.freewebs.com/aboyfromlawrence.

Swing Your Head – a Surprising Golf BackSwing Technique
maggio 29, 2007, 10:09 pm
Filed under: tip o the hat

When Paul Wilson was learning to play golf, his father told him at least 50 times per round to keep his head still. Perhaps you’ve heard the same advice. Especially when it comes to trying to learn the perfect golf backswing.

Better advice would be to “move your head a little on the way back” to get a proper golf backswing.

It sounds counter intuitive and even feels abit unnatural. But think of a ballerina or figure skater going into a spin. They always move their head first to set up and create a proper two-point axis. A proper circular motion requires two axis points. A top and a bottom. And when you set up to execute a golf backswing your head becomes the top axis and your legs and feet become the bottom axis.

Basically, your head should lead the way by moving 5-7 inches to the right as you start your golf backswing. Swing your head to the right, stay in that position as you come down, and move yoru head forward only after the ball has been hit. Watch any touring pro closely and you’ll notice moving your head is the proper golf backswing technique. In fact, if a ballerina or figure skater didn’t move their head first, they would be unable to start their spin at all. Likewise with your backswing. Don’t move your head and you never create the two-point axis needed to get proper a proper circular motion.

So what you have is a floating top to an axis. Your head floats back and forth to create 2 axis when you swing. This allows your golf backswing be a circular motion. It’s not a perfect circle though. It’s a slight oval. Because your swing is a slight oval, you will never hit the ball 100% perfect.

The only time you would keep your head still during a golf backswing is if you had one leg. If you had one leg, you would have 1 top and 1 bottom to an axis. This means that if you moved your head you would destroy this axis. So maybe we should all be playing standing on one leg and keeping our head still? Unfortunately, this will never work because you will not generate enough power and you will probably fall over. Most people have enough trouble keeping their balance with 2 legs never mind 1 so it’s best that you keep both legs on the ground and learn to move your head.

Most people trying to learn a better golf backswing techique try to move their head back when I tell them to but they have a hard time actually doing it because it feels so uncomfortable for them to move their head.

One way to get past this is to consciously consider moving your head about 12 inches when you start your backswing. Think 12 inches and your head will naturally move five to six inches. Still uncomfortable? Try practicing your golf backswing in front of a mirror.

As your swing comes down, your head should stay back and you’ll feel the power loading on your right leg. This is what you are striving for. This weight shift is your clue you have properly created the top axis needed. If you don’t feel your weight shift into our right leg, this is a clue you need to move your head back more when you start the backswing. Think more, not less and you’ll soon be hitting like a pro.

Wearing a hat while you practice is also a great golf backswing technique. What you are looking for is to keep the brim of your hat level to the ground as you start the backswing. If the brim tilts to the left you are moving your head back, you are tilting your head back. Strive to keep your head level to the ground.

Another useful golf backswing tip is to video tape yourself as you practice. Then review the tape. Are you moving your head o the right and back or are you keeping it still? Is your head still back through impact or coming down? The proper golf backswing will have your head coming down only after impact.

There is one caveat, however. When you move your head to the right this may cause you to hit behind the ball. This is a good clue you are moving your head back properly but what’s happening is you are loading your leg too much during impact. To remedy this situation just shift a little more weight off your right leg as you complete your swing and follow through. Pull it off and you’ll not only create the perfect golf backswing axis, you’ll hit the ball on the sweet spot every time and with much more power and speed off the face than ever before.

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