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Book Review: From Peanuts to the Pressbox
January 12, 2010, 8:36 pm
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From Peanuts to the Pressbox: Insider Sports Stories from a Life Behind the Mic
by Eli Gold

About the Book:

In this behind-the-scenes look at sports broadcasting Eli Gold tells how a kid from Brooklyn, New York, went from selling peanuts at Madison Square Garden to being one of the most recognizable voices in all of radio sports broadcasting.

My Review:

I am a sports fan of sorts, but not really any of the sports that Eli Gold reports on- I am more of a jump on the bandwagon at the end of the season football and baseball fan. I tend to only be interested if it is the home team and it happens to be a play-off game with great importance, and even then really if there are only 5 minutes left in the game. I tend to ride the wave at the very end cheering them on to victory. Enough said, even though I may not follow many of the sports of Eli Gold’s illustrious career, I did find this book entertaining and informative. It gives the reader an inside look at the career behind the microphone by telling how it all began and how it cascaded into a lifetime of memories of some of the most well known events in sports history. An easy read that is sure to please most readers that have any interest in sports or the voice behind the plays.

Eli’s book starts off telling the story of a young boy who dreamed of one day working on the radio, doing what he loved to do most- talking about sports.  He has now been a sportscaster for over 25 years. He began his work as a young man, not even out of high school, on the radio and eventually landed on TV, doing commentary for NASCAR. Along the way he met many fellow sportscasters who would one day become well known to many, including Marv Albert and Bob Costas. Eli has covered a wide array of sporting events- from hockey to NASCAR. His dream began as a little boy listening to the radio before bed and even now has not diminished regardless of the success he has achieved as a renowned sportscaster. The book does not really go too deeply into Eli’s life but it does describe the world of sports during the 1970’s to today wonderfully.


My Word
January 6, 2010, 5:20 pm
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I had a somewhat overwhelming and annoying day yesterday and thought that in order to get myself back in line I needed to spend some time on myself and what exactly I want to be doing moving forward. I am feeling a bit lost once again- not knowing where I am or what I am doing beyond being a wife, Mom, etc., which seems to be constantly all consuming for me. Don’t get me wrong, it is intensely rewarding, but I need something to refill MY spiritual well. I thought I would concentrate on my word for 2010, not for anyone/everyone else, but for ME. I think I have my word- intentional.

More and more I realize the key to happiness and success is in being INTENTIONAL. Life moves too fast to be only reactive. If you want to be better at something, you will have to work at it. If you want to change something, you will have to work at it. Of course, for most of us, the list is long. I want to be successful in my marriage, parenting, work, health, finances and the list goes on. So for each of those things I need to be deliberate, intentional, purposeful- all have the same meaning and the same concept. I have to have intention and purposeful action set aside in each area that I want to achieve more.

The truth is that I just know that I need to be intentional to get what I want. I have to constantly keep in mind however, that sometimes you have to do what you don’t want to do to get what you want to get.

So, there you go my word (probably one of many) for 2010.

Book Review: The Sweet By and By
January 6, 2010, 4:31 am
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The Sweet By and By  By Sara Evans and Rachel Hauck
By Sara Evans and Rachel Hauck

About the Book:

The main character is Jade, the daughter that has very strong feelings against her hippie mom, Beryl. Jade is getting married to the love of her life, Max Benson. Her mom comes to the wedding three weeks early. And thus the drama begins.

My Review:

This is a wonderful tale of forgiveness, secrets and mistakes, love and faith that captivates the reader in much the same way that a movie storyline captivates. This is a “chic-flic” in book form; it’s a good read, albeit very predictable. Sara Evens created a wonderful cast of characters and a storyline that are real and believable, this lends itself to the reader in that you find yourself laughing and crying throughout the story. A lesson is learned in this tale of what happens when secrets are kept and how they will haunt you until you meet them head on and deal with them.

Jade Fitzgerald is smart, successful, sweet, and is engaged to the man she loves, Max Benson. They agree on almost everything, especially keeping “the past in the past”. As the wedding draws closer, can her past really be kept under wraps, especially when she invites her hippie mother to the wedding and she arrives early? Jade finds out that sometimes we must look back to move forward, as this is where true happiness begins.

About the Author(s):

Sara Evans- Multi-platinum recording artist Sara Evans has been honored with numerous accolades, among them the 2006 Academy of Country Music’s Female Vocalist of the Year and the Country Music Association’s Video of the Year for “Born to Fly.” Evans has been named one of People Magazine’s “50 Most Beautiful People” and won the hearts of television viewer’s as the first-ever country star to compete in ABC’s Dancing with the Stars. Sara is a Cabinet Member of The American Red Cross.

Rachel Hauck- Best-selling and award-winning author Rachel Hauck lives in central Florida with her husband, Tony, a pastor. A graduate of Ohio State University, she left the corporate software marketplace in 2004 to write full time.