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A QUOTE TO START THINGS OFF WITH

I see a young boy Saying He's going to run away. Deep inside, It's already happened. Ronny Dibbern (Grade 8) From Ten-Second Rainshowers: Poems by young people. Compiled by Sanford Lynne

Saturday, April 30, 2022

Z is for Zoo, Zisk and Zones

#AtoZChallenge 2022 Blogging from A to Z Challenge letter

The day is here the final day of the A to Z challenge ! This year I chose 3 themes for the challenge: Limericks, MLB sluggers in my lifetime, and A to Z wordles. For more information about these themes click here


Part I: A to Z Limericks



On 3 continents I've been to the zoo

Europe and Asia are two

It's more than I can bare (ika) 

Not been to South America

Maybe soon I will go to Peru. 



Part II: A to Z Homerun hitters of my lifetime





They say good things come in 3's.  In the year 1977 that was certainly true for me, the White Sox and Richie Zisk.  In 1976 the White Sox finished last in the A.L. West and were in need of  a major shake up.  Iconic owner Bill Veeck (as in Wreck) was up for the task.  He traded Hall of Fame Reliever Rich Gossage and starting pitcher Terry Forster to the Pirates for Zisk. In 1977 Zisk had his best season having his best career years in RBI and Home Runs.  In 1977 8 White Sox players had  10 or more homers, (Oscar Gamble had 31, Zisk had 30).  
more than 50 RBI (Zisk led the team with 102), and batting .247 or higher (Richie hit .290) earning the moniker of the Southside Hitmen.  Old Comiskey was a magic place that year and I (turning 13 at the end of the season) was at a perfect age to enjoy it.  

Richie Zisk only played 1 year for the White Sox but he made an indelible impression on the fans.  From 1976 to 1987 Zisk hit 159 of his 207career home runs.  Besides the 30 for the Sox, he hit 59 for the Texas Rangers,  49 fir the Seattle Mariners and 21 in his final season for the Pirates.  










Part III: Wordle Starting Words from A to Z



Note: Correct letters in the correct places will be shown in bold. Correct letters in incorrect places will be shown in italics.



My March 26th starting word was zones. 

Z O N E S Two letters in solutuion but not in right pace
W R O T E - Got O in right place.
E M O J I-  Added E in right place
P L A C E - I usually dont make guesses like 4 and 5 
D O U G H - but my notebook says I did
E P O X Y - Epoxy in 5 

Thanks for joining me for the  A to Z challenge.  For more click here.  

Friday, April 29, 2022

Y is for Yin, Yang, Yaz and Young

#AtoZChallenge 2022 Blogging from A to Z Challenge letter

 Good morning and welcome to day 24, the penultimate of the A to Z challenge. This year I chose 3 themes for the challenge: Limericks, MLB sluggers in my lifetime, and A to Z wordles. For more information about these themes click here


Part I: A to Z Limericks



I don't give a darn or a dang

for the yin or even the yang

Don't meant to alarm ya

I'm just not into karma.

I think God controls whole shebang.











Part II: A to Z Homerun hitters of my lifetime



 



Carl Yastrzemski played his entire career  (1961-1983) with the Boston Red Sox. Yaz is 39th overall in homeruns over his career with 452.  (Nelson Cruz will tie him with his next homer and surpass him with the one after that.) From 1961 to 1963 Yastrzemski pummeled 44 homers for the BoSox in his first 3 years in the Bigs.  From 1964 to 1975 he established himself as a hall of fame caliber outfielder hitting 273 homers with a .290 batting average and a slugging percentage of .480.  In that Era he was 1 of only 4 players to be in the top 40 of homers, doubles and stolen bases along with Dick Allen, Hank Aaron, and Jimmy Wynn.  Yaz hit 135 more dingers for Boston in his final 8 years with the team.

  













Part III: Wordle Starting Words from A to Z



Note: Correct letters in the correct places will be shown in bold. Correct letters in incorrect places will be shown in italics.



My March 25tg starting word was young. 

Y O U N G- I guessed one letter (o) correctly but not in the reight place...
S T O R E - Added 2 more letters (T and  E) still nonr in their correct positions.
O C T E T-  It took 8 people to get the t in the right place.
D E P O T - Depot in 4.

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Thursday, April 28, 2022

X is for Xylophone, Xavier and Xerox

#AtoZChallenge 2022 Blogging from A to Z Challenge letter
Good morning and welcome to day 24th, the 4th day of the final week  of the A to Z challenge. This year I chose 3 themes for the challenge: Limericks, MLB sluggers in my lifetime, and A to Z wordles. For more information about these themes click here

Part I: A to Z Limericks

Writers Block is of course a thing.  It often happens to writers on deadline. The A to Z challenge is of course one massive deadline.  Here is a limerick I wrote 8 years ago about Writer's Block.

I'll compare in 5 lines of this poem

the glockenspiel and xylophone

spiel's bars made from metal

and the phone's by Gepetto

Tap on either , they make a nice tone.

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Part II: A to Z Homerun hitters of my lifetime





I have been using the letter of the day for the homerun hitters first or last name.  Which turns out to be a good thing because there has never been a major league baseball player with a last name beginning with X.  So I went to the first name and chose Xavier Nady.

While it's true that Xander Bogaerts has 38 more homers than Nady and is still playing so will probably get more, I went with Nady because I needed one more player from the 2000 to 2010 period of my lifetime.  Nady hit 104 homers from 2000 to 2012 but only 11 after 2010.  The 93 from 2000 to 2010 were hit while with the Pirates (36), Padres (25), Mets (14) , Yankees (12), and the Cubs (6).  













Part III: Wordle Starting Words from A to Z



Note: Correct letters in the correct places will be shown in bold. Correct letters in incorrect places will be shown in italics.



My March 24nd starting word was xerox. 

X E R O X- although x was xcluded, I was xcited that I got an e..
E V E N - Event was eventful by placing the E correctly and adding a properly placed T.
C H E S T-  Getting chest in 3 was a real treasure and x marked the spot!

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Wednesday, April 27, 2022

W is for Writers Block, Willie, and Wraps

#AtoZChallenge 2022 Blogging from A to Z Challenge letter



Good morning and welcome to day 23, the3rd day of the final week  of the A to Z challenge. This year I chose 3 themes for the challenge: Limericks, MLB sluggers in my lifetime, and A to Z wordles. For more information about these themes click here

Part I: A to Z Limericks

Writers Block is of course a thing.  It often happens to writers on deadline. The A to Z challenge is of course one massive deadline.  Here is a limerick I wrote 8 years ago about Writer's Block.

 I wonder if there's some kind of doc

For a bad case of writer's block

You make an appointment

He gets you some ointment

And you can get back on the clock. 


Adapted from my Facebook page 1/4/14







Part II: A to Z Homerun hitters of my lifetime




Willie Mays, "The Say Hey Kid" began his HOF career in 1951, 13 seasons before the year I was born.  Between 1951 and 1963 Willie hit 406 home runs. Thats good enough for 9th overall between 1920 and 1963.  If he stopped there, It would be goof enough for 58th all time.

But Willie Mays did not stop there he continued to play until 1973 hitting another 254 long balls (240 for the San Francisco Giants and 14 for the New York Mets) for a career total of 660.  This puts him in 6th place in homers over the history of Major League Baseball. Mays who will turn 91 a week from this coming Friday is the oldest living member of Baseball's Hall of Fame.









Part III: Wordle Starting Words from A to Z



Note: Correct letters in the correct places will be shown in bold. Correct letters in incorrect places will be shown in italics.



My March 23nd starting word was wraps. 

W R A P S- Guessed the R and the P but not in the right places.
P O R C H- A step forward : Got the P and the R in the correct positions.
P A R T YA step backwards: Guessed a letter that I knew wasn't there/
P U R G E -  Purge in 4 

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Tuesday, April 26, 2022

V is for Vladimir, Vladimir and Voice

#AtoZChallenge 2022 Blogging from A to Z Challenge letter


Good Morning and welcome to day 22, the 2nd day of the final week  of the A to Z challenge. This year I chose 3 themes for the challenge: Limericks, MLB sluggers in my lifetime, and A to Z wordles. For more information about these themes click here

Part I: A to Z Limericks



I know this guy Vladimir

He is a true friend ,very dear

His name in Russian means swan

I would like to go on

But a limerick's lengths very clear



Part II: A to Z Homerun hitters of my lifetime




Speaking of Vladimir our home run hitter under V is Vladimir Guerrero.  Vladimir in Russian literally means one who rules the world.  Vladimir Guerrero rules the world of Montreal Expo home run hitters with 234 in his 8 years with the team.  Ryan Zimmerman now owns the franchise record but all of his 4 baggers came after the team move to D.C>) 

over his career The hall of famer  hit 449 homers from 1996 to 2011 while maintaining a batting average of .318.  From 2000 to 2010 Guerrero hit 357 of those 449 homers. Putting him 17th among the prestigious sluggers of the 1st decade of the 21st century.  He was one of only 3 during that era with a batting average of .300 or higher. (The other 2 were Albert Pujols and Miguel Cabrera) and his .318 was the best of the bunch. During that period Vladimir sr. hit 173 of those homers with the Angels, 142 with the Expos and 29 with the Rangers before ending his career in 20011 with the Orioles where he hit an unlucky 13 dingers finishing 1 short of 450 for his career.

I say Vladimir, Sr. because his Son Vladimir, Jr. now plays for the only remaining Canadian team in the MLB, the Toronto Blue Jays where he has hit 77 homers since beginning his career in 2019.  Maybe if we revisit this list again in a few  years we will have anither world ruler to contend with.








Part III: Wordle Starting Words from A to Z



Note: Correct letters in the correct places will be shown in bold. Correct letters in incorrect places will be shown in italics.



My March 22nd starting word was voice. 

V O I C E - The O is in the word but in the wrong place.  I removed vice from my next guess. 
D R O O P - The only thing I learned in this guess was where the O went. 
S H O O TThis was a mistake as I already knew there was only 1 O. 
S L O S H-  Slosh in 4..

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Monday, April 25, 2022

U is for Umbrella, Double U, and Urban

#AtoZChallenge 2022 Blogging from A to Z Challenge letter

 

Good Morning and welcome to day 21, the start of the final week  of the A to Z challenge. This year I chose 3 themes for the challenge: Limericks, MLB sluggers in my lifetime, and A to Z wordles. For more information about these themes click here

Part I: A to Z Limericks



If you want to stay dry for hours

Without using your super powers

Well, go gal or fella

Buy yourself an umbrella 

It is great for these April showers!



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Part II: A to Z Homerun hitters of my lifetime





Today I chose two brothers to represent the letter U for my a to z home run hitters. J.R. (Melvin)  and Justin Upton are both in the top 500 all time longballers with a combined total of 488 between them. BJ hit 97 of his 164 homers between 2011 and 2016 while playing for the Rays, Padres, Braves and Blue Jays.  The Brave's were not only the one team that did not rhyme with the others but where he was able to play with his brother in 2013 & 2014.  The Brothers Upton combined for a total of 77 homers in those 2 years.  

Justin hit 264 of his career 324 round trippers between 2011, and 2021.  In additioned to the aforementioned Braves, Justin played for the D-Backs, Padres, Tigers and Angels in that timespan.  Justin was cut from the Angels prior to the beginning of this season and at this point has not been picked up by any other teams 


Part III: Wordle Starting Words from A to Z



Note: Correct letters in the correct places will be shown in bold. Correct letters in incorrect places will be shown in italics.



My March 21st my starting word was urban, as I mentioned yesterday.  I had spent that weekend in downtown Chicago that weekend and I had my starting words (Sears, Tower, and Urban) match my locale.  

U R B A N  - I was able to get the letter r, but in the wrong place
R O D E O - Unlike the common phrase, this I believe was my first rodeo.  At least as far as Wordle was concerned.  I did add an E to the  but also not in the right right place 
M I T E R - This got me R in the right place and added 2 more incorrectplaced letters
T H E I R- with their I got there in 4.

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Saturday, April 23, 2022

T is for Tupelo, Thomas & Tower

#AtoZChallenge 2022 Blogging from A to Z Challenge letter

 Good evening and welcome to day 20 of the A to Z challenge. This year I chose 3 themes for the challenge: Limericks, MLB sluggers in my lifetime, and A to Z wordles. For more information about these themes click here


Part I: A to Z Limericks

Yesterday's limerick was pep talk to others in the challenge.  This one's more for me.  

8 years ago we had a bit of a polar vortex in Illinois.  I got myself in a little bit of a Roller Vortex and write a limerick on my Facebook page about the 28 degree difference in temps between the Chicago are and Tupelo, MS.

 If I spent the day in Tupelo

Where it's 14 above not below

While water would still freeze

28 more degrees 

Would increase by old get up and go


From my Facebook account in the winter of 2014

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Part II: A to Z Homerun hitters of my lifetime






Choosing some  players for this list has been more difficult than others.  There was absolutely  no difficulty in choosing Frank Thomas for this list.  I drove from Chicago to upstate New York to see him enshrined in Cooperstown, so it's no trouble at all to reserve a letter for him.

Thomas is tied for 20th all time in homeruns with Ted Williams, and Willie Stargell with 521.  He hit 301 of those in the era of 1988 through 1999 all with my beloved White Sox.He hit 448 total dingers with the ChiSox and knocked 73 more between the A's and the Jays at the end of his storied career. Only 8 players hit more homers than the Big Hurt in the 1990's and none of those 8 had a better batting average than his .320 for the decade.  He finished his career with over 500 homers and a batting average of .301. Among the 6 other players who have accomplished this areBabe Ruth, Hank Aaron, Ted Williams and Willie Mays.  When your career stats match favorably with what could easily be considered the Mount Rushmore of hitting you are in good company indeed.  
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Part III: Wordle Starting Words from A to Z



Note: Correct letters in the correct places will be shown in bold. Correct letters in incorrect places will be shown in italics.



My March 20th my starting word was tower. It had been Sears the day prior and this was because I was in Chicago proper running a 1 mile and 5 mile race that weekend and my starters were an homage to the Willis Tower FKA Sears Tower.  


T O W E R  - My first guess netted 3 letters but none in the right place 
S H R E W - Got the EW sorted and still had the r in the wrong place.
R E N E W-  For the first time since March 14th I renewed my acquaintance with the feelings of getting a wordle in 3 guesses.

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Friday, April 22, 2022

S is , Stan Lee, Sammy Sosa and Sears

#AtoZChallenge 2022 Blogging from A to Z Challenge letter

Good Evening and welcome to day 19 of the A to Z challenge. This year I chose 3 themes for the challenge: Limericks, MLB sluggers in my lifetime, and A to Z wordles. For more information about these themes click here


Part I: A to Z Limericks

There once was a "Marvel"ous man
A comic book writer named Stan
when the books came to screen
His cameos would be seen
As an Easter egg for the true fan.

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Part II: A to Z Homerun hitters of my lifetime




Sammy Sosa was not my first choice for a slugger in my life time for the letter S.  I would have rather been able to insert Mike Schmidt, Willie Stargell, Ron Santo or even Alfonso Soriano.  What it came down to was era.  When I decided to make an a to z list of hommer hitters over my life time, I decided to split the eras into 11-12 year increments (1964-1975, 1976-1987, 1988-1999, 2000-2010, and 2011-2021) I decided to fit 5 players from each era and a 6th from whichever era had the quintessential q hitter.  This meant that sometimes I could not put in all the players I wanted to make room for 5 in each era and 1 with each letter.  I needed another player form the 1988-1999 era and Sammy Sosa was the only person in the top 25 of homerun hitters from that era who had an s in his name.  

Sosa like Reggie Jackson, and Albert Pujols was actually in the top 25 of 2 eras, his 273 homers between 2000 and 2010 was tied for 23 of players from that time period.  It was in 1988 to 1999 when he hit 336 dingers that he made the top 10 o.  It is that time frame that he comes into the list. Add both eras home run production together and you get 609 long balls good enough for 9th on the all time list.  Between 1988 and 1999, he hit 1 while playing for the Texas Rangers, 28 with the Chicago White Sox and 307 with the Chicago Cubs.







Part III: Wordle Starting Words from A to Z



Note: Correct letters in the correct places will be shown in bold. Correct letters in incorrect places will be shown in italics.



My March 19th starting word was Sears.


S E A R S Got an A in the incorrect place
A N N U L-  Got A in right place added l but in wrong place. .
A L L O Y4 letter in correct spots!
A L L O W -  Wordle  in 4 guesses.

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Thursday, April 21, 2022

R is for Race, Reggie and Robin

#AtoZChallenge 2022 Blogging from A to Z Challenge letter

 Good morning and welcome to day 18 of the A to Z challenge. This year I chose 3 themes for the challenge: Limericks, MLB sluggers in my lifetime, and A to Z wordles. For more information about these themes click here


Part I: A to Z Limericks

Yesterday's limerick was pep talk to others in the challenge.  This one's more for me.  

This challenge is quite like a race

It goes by at a blistering pace

Marathon not sprint

Not trying to win it

I'll  finish with grin on my face.

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Part II: A to Z Homerun hitters of my lifetime




They call Reggie Jackson Mr. October because he excelled on the biggest stage in baseball, The World Series.  That does not mean he has many substandard April through September's by any stretch.  Like Albert Pujols who we discussed on Tuesday Jackson made the top 25 in homeruns for 2 eras in my life.  Today we will be focusing on that 2nd era 1976 through 1987. 

Jackson in a career that spanned from 1967 to 1987 played for 4 major league teams in 5 cities.  (He started with the Kansas City Athletics and finished his playing days with the same team who had since moved to Oakland.  From 1976 to 1987 Jackson hit 309 of his career 563 homers. He hit 144 for the Yankees, 123 for the Angels, 27 for the Orioles, and 15 in his final stint with the Athletics.

Jackson is ranked 14th in career homeruns.  He is ranked 5th between 1976 and 1987 behind Mike Schmidt, Jim Rice, Dave Kingman, and Dale Murphy. Interestingly enough Jackson is ranked above all of them on the all-time list.  







Part III: Wordle Starting Words from A to Z



Note: Correct letters in the correct places will be shown in bold. Correct letters in incorrect places will be shown in italics.



My March 18th starting word was robin.


R O B I  N Robin was not exactly a rockin' way to start with 0 letters guessed correctly.
S T E P S-  Steps had some pep, with S in the correct position and T and E in the final answer.
S L A T E - From here it was a quick trip to
S A U T E - And voila!, Wordle is served in 4 guesses.

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Wednesday, April 20, 2022

Q is for Quit, Quentin, and Quest

#AtoZChallenge 2022 Blogging from A to Z Challenge letter



 Good Evening  and welcome to day 17  of the A to Z challenge. This year I chose 3 themes for the challenge: Limericks, MLB sluggers in my lifetime, and A to Z wordles. For more information about these themes click here


Part I: A to Z Limericks

I am composing tonight's limerick as an encouragement to anyone considering checking out and giving up on the challenge.

Stop thinking that you can't do it.

You've come too far now just to quit.

If you're working on Q

10 more than you're through.

And remember your much too Legit!



Part II: A to Z Homerun hitters of my lifetime




Traditionally Q is often the hardest letter along with X for the A to Z challenge.  For me this year Q was no problem when it came to homerun hitters because I'm a big fan of the Chicago White Sox and we had Carlos Quentin. Quentin played major league ball from 2006 to 2014 starting with Arizona and finishing with San Diego but his prime was spent with t he beloved White Sox where he hit 107 of his 154  (approximately 70 %) homers between 2008 and 2011.  That averages out to 36 homers in a 162 games season during his time with the pale hose.  That's compared to 30 homers in a 162 game average over the course of his career.









Part III: Wordle Starting Words from A to Z



Note: Correct letters in the correct places will be shown in bold. Correct letters in incorrect places will be shown in italics.



My March 17th starting word was quest.


Q U E STThe E  is in the final answer but not in the right location
L E A R N-  I didn't learn too much from learn, no new letters and E still out of place.
C O P E D This got  me a new  letter in the right place.
M O V I E - Cut and print in 4 takes.  

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Tuesday, April 19, 2022

P is for Philippians 4, Pujols, and Piano.

#AtoZChallenge 2022 Blogging from A to Z Challenge letter

 Good morning  and welcome to day 16  of the A to Z challenge. This year I chose 3 themes for the challenge: Limericks, MLB sluggers in my lifetime, and A to Z wordles. For more information about these themes click here


Part I: A to Z Limericks

I like Philippians 4:4

I should attempt to follow it more.

Paul, in emphatic voice

Says always rejoice

Cause there's much to rejoice in the Lord.


Adapted from my 2/3/2014 Facebook post


Part II: A to Z Homerun hitters of my lifetime




From 2011 -2021 Albert Pujols hit 280 homers mostly while playing with the LA Angels.  former Ro This was the 5th most homer output during those years.  That is not why were talking about the 3 time MVP, 2 time World Series Champ. He is also the 5th all time homerun hitter in MLB history  and just has to hit 15 more in this his final MLB season to tie A-Rod for 4th place overall. 4 more dingers and he's be in the rarified air of Bonds, Aaron and Ruth the only players to have 700 or more.  If this turns out not to be his last season or if he hits a total of 35 or more long balls this season (which he has accomplished 10 other times in his storied career) he could surpass Babe Ruth for 3rd all time.  Between the years 2000 and 2010 Pujols hit 408 dingers and was 2nd only to A-Rod in that time frame.  Pujols is the only player to be in the top 5 in 2 of the 4 quadrants of my life that I divided these homers by.  Pujols hit all 408 of these 1st decade 21st century bombs for the St. Louis Cardinals.  Pujols has been reunited with the Cardinals for this supposedly final season.  He has already hit 2 homers in this young season,  



Part III: Wordle Starting Words from A to Z



Note: Correct letters in the correct places will be shown in bold. Correct letters in incorrect places will be shown in italics.



My March 16th starting word was piano.


P I A N O The A is in the final answer but not in the right location
D R E A M-  Added the R and E but nonr of the 3 letters are yet in their proper places. Leaving only 1 spot for R in the next guess 
C A T E R - There are at least 4 words that fit with c a (blank) e r. . Caper and caner will not work as the p and n were eliminated on the first guess.  I went with Cater as it's much more common than cager and it turned out well for me.  Cater in 4. 

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Monday, April 18, 2022

Last 5 Next 10 Tax day Edition

As it turns out I didn't finish any books in the  traditional way since our last edition.  Each year I read the chronicles of Narnia through.  I have been doing this for about 40 years.  This year I decided to mix it up a little and listen to the books being read rather than reading them myself.  4 of the 5 selections here are from the CHronicles of Narnia and the only one that wasn't was a comic book anthology.


Voyage of The Dawn Treader- C.S. Lewis
Listened to via Hoopla
4/1/22


The Essential Defenders - Len Wein
Read myself, borrowed from a friend.
4/1/22


The Silver Chair by C.S, Lewis
Listened to via Hoopla
4/6/22


The Horse and His Boy - C.S. Lewis
Listened to Via Hoopla
4/14/22


The Magician's Nephew - C.S. Lewis
Listened to Via Hoopla
4/18/22





Ten books I am currently reading or planning to read soon are .





God's Forgetful Pilgrims - Michael Griffiths

The Case For Easter - Lee Strobel

Mere Christianity - C.S. Lewis

Love, Dance & Egg Rolls - Jason Tanamor

An American Marriage - Tayari Jones

Until Tuesday, A Wounded Warrior and The Golden Retriever who saved Him - Luis Carlos Montalvan

First Degree - David Rosenfelt 

Inside The Voyage of the Dawn Treader - Devin Brown

Roger Ebert's Movie Yearbook 2007 - Roger Ebert

The Collected Short Stories of Louis Lamour - Vol I

I finished book 15 on 3/24 and finished book 20 today (4/18). This means I completed 5 books in 25 days.  Over the course of 1 year at that rate I would finish 73 books.  In the first 108 days of this year I have averaged reading 1 book every 5.4 days.  If I keep up that pace I should finish approximately 68 books by years end. I am not sure I can sustain such a pace this month while completing the a to z challenge.  But after the challenge I hope to finish a lot of these books I've been working on.  

O is for Orange, Oliva, and Overt

#AtoZChallenge 2022 Blogging from A to Z Challenge letter

 Good morning  and welcome to day 15  of the A to Z challenge. This year I chose 3 themes for the challenge: Limericks, MLB sluggers in my lifetime, and A to Z wordles. For more information about these themes click here


Part I: A to Z Limericks

From the thet can't all be winners department ...



Orange, is a wonderful fruit.

And has vitamin C to boot.

While it's no crime,

That it has no good rhyme.

It does make me want to say "shoot!"













Part II: A to Z Homerun hitters of my lifetime









Tony Oliva got elected to the Hall of Fame by the veteran's comittee this year receiving 12 of the 16 votes he needed.  Oliva played for the Minnesota Twins from 1962 to 1976 and hit all but 1 of his 220 career homers from 1964-1975.  


Part III: Wordle Starting Words from A to Z


Note: Correct letters in the correct places will be shown in bold. Correct letters in incorrect places will be shown in italics.



My March 15th starting word was overt.


O V E R T - Guessed the E and T the T but not in their proper place.
T E P I D-  Got the T and E in their proper spots.
T E A C H  Added a third letter in the right spot.
T E A S E - Correct in 4 guesses


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Sunday, April 17, 2022

I May Have This Read at my Funeral


 Today is Easter Sunday.  Well it still is in my time zone.  After church today I was driving to a family gathering and I heard this song. The song is over 30 years old and I have heard it plenty of times.  As I listened to it today and reflected upon the lyrics and thought about it in the context of Easter.  I realized I'm accepted by Christ, and He loved me so much to die for my sins and his resurrection shows that His love is packed with power.  I hope these lyrics minister to you today as much as they did to me .



"I'm Accepted" 
by Degarmo & Key | from the 1989 album The Pledge

I May not be rich
Don't wear fashion clothes
Don't live in a mansion
Don't have much that shows
Never won a contest in popularity
Don't have much to offer 
But Jesus still loves me

I'm accepted, accepted
I'm accepted by the one who matters most.

Never set a record in sports agility
Never was magnetic in personality
That don't really matter
I'll do the best I can
'Cause there's a God above me
Who loves me like I am

I'm accepted, accepted
I'm accepted by the one who matters most.


If you think you're a loser
When you fail it seems at everything you do
Just remember there's a Savior
And you are worth enough
He gave his life for you

I'm accepted, accepted
I'm accepted by the one who matters most.
I'm accepted, accepted
I'm accepted by the one who matters most.
I'm accepted, accepted
I'm accepted by the one who matters most.






Saturday, April 16, 2022

N is for Next, Nelson and Nails

#AtoZChallenge 2022 Blogging from A to Z Challenge letter


 Good morning  and welcome to day 14  of the A to Z challenge. This year I chose 3 themes for the challenge: Limericks, MLB sluggers in my lifetime, and A to Z wordles. For more information about these themes click here


Part I: A to Z Limericks

So many people get vexed

Wondering what to do next

I say don't have a cow

You're building next now

so just keep on doing your best.









Part II: A to Z Homerun hitters of my lifetime




When I decided I would be doing an a to z list of home run hitters in my lifetime I decided to apportion my lifetime in 5  approximately 11 year chapters and try to fit 5 players from each chapter on the list.  Yesterday13 days into the challenge I finalized my list.  Yesterdays entry and todays entry are both from the last chapter which encompasses 2011-2021. Yesterday I featured Miguel Cabrera who has hit 502 homers in his MLN career.  Today we talk about Nelson Cruz who is not far behind Cabrera with 450.  

Cruz has the most homers of any player between 2011 and 2021 His 372 is almost 50 more than the player behind him on the list.  During that time frame, Cruz has hit 163 homers for the Mariners ,, 80 for the Rangers , 76 for the Twins, 40 for the Orioles, and 13 for the Rays. Cruz now plays for the Washington Nationals and has hit one homer for them so far this season.  



Part III: Wordle Starting Words from A to Z



Note: Correct letters in the correct places will be shown in bold. Correct letters in incorrect places will be shown in italics.



My March 14th starting word was nails.


N A I L S  Got 2 letters, 1 in the right place 
S H E L L-  3 letters all in the right position 
S M E L T - smelt is a verb and a noun and I "nailed" it in 3.


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Friday, April 15, 2022

M is for Meaning,Miguel Cabrera, Mouse

#AtoZChallenge 2022 Blogging from A to Z Challenge letter

Good morning  and welcome to day 13  of the A to Z challenge. This year I chose 3 themes for the challenge: Limericks, MLB sluggers in my lifetime, and A to Z wordles. For more information about these themes click here


Part I: A to Z Limericks

I'd like to make a good syllogism

One that would refute nihilism

God exists.  He has plan. 

So there's meaning for man.

Now I'll go learn ventriloquism.

Originally published on FB March of 2014






Part II: A to Z Homerun hitters of my lifetime



Miguel Cabrera and I have something in common.  We have both worked for the Kane County Cougars.  He, when he was coming up with the Florida Marlin organization at the turn of the century and me, last summer when I worked in their concession stands. Cabrera's major league stats are more o,[ressive than his minor league ones and even my prodigious vending skills.  He is 9 hits away from joining the elusive 500 Homer 3000 hit club.  Cabrera hit 247 homers between the Marlins and the Tigers from 2003 to 2010.  In 2011 to 2021 (time spent entirely with the Tigers) he has hit 255 dingers.  








Part III: Wordle Starting Words from A to Z



Note: Correct letters in the correct places will be shown in bold. Correct letters in incorrect places will be shown in italics.



On March 13th I opened my Wordle with an animal for the 3rd day in a row.  


M O U S E- Got 3 letters, 1 in the right place 
S O U N D-  This was a mistake in logic guessing u in the place I knew it wasnt. 
B O G U S Despite evidence to the contrary, this was not a bogus guess. 
F O C U S - Focus in four. 


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At about 12:15 this morning I did my wordle early.  I started with mouse and finished in 2.  

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