Bring it on. Faith asserts, “This is the essence of deliberate practice, which is far more demanding than mere repetition of an activity.”

Faith Renfield

Lifestyle Choices: Multiple Choice Test, Challenge Or SafetyWhat would you be willing to commit to for a full year?

I read an article this week in our local paper about a guy who challenged himself to take a photo of a bird each day for a full year. His real interest is photography but, although newly retired, he said “I have found that increasing the difficulty in life is a good thing to do because the end result is really beneficial.” So he chose to commit to finding a different bird to photograph each day— even though it would have been far easier to commit to just taking one picture per day. And yet when he strove to meet this challenge to himself, the results were remarkable.

I found myself stuck on that one sentence, though. Somehow his rather ponderous wording caught me where simply saying “I’ve found you have to challenge yourself in order to…

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Don’t judge so quickly, coach

Baseball films are my fave. Mark asks, “Are you ready for a film about a cross-country team?”

Mark Bialczak

(From syracusenewtimes.com) (From syracusenewtimes.com)

When the coach played by Kevin Costner in “McFarland, USA” takes one look at the the situation he’s gotten he and his family into, he’s an unhappy fellow.

But then Jim White learns he shouldn’t just assume stuff, a pretty good lesson for a man who’s a teacher.

And by the time the Disney movie about a group of real-life cross-country runners from a tiny town in California is over, this critic is quite certain it’s best to not to assume that every sports film to come down the pike is going to completely fit a certain stereotype.

You can read my weekly Film Review blog today on the Syracuse New Times site by clicking the link below.


Are you ready for a film about a cross-country team? Do you have a certain predisposition about sports films? What’s your favorite Kevin Costner sports film, and why?

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