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HITTING THE MAT: The Making of A State Champ or At Least A Good Man! (Blog 11)

Blog 11 Preseason Week 11             Monday’s 45-minute car ride to KT-KIDZ Wrestling was good. During it, I spent some time sharing some of my high school underclassman war stories on the varsity wrestling mat with Dakota. I’m trying to work on Dakota’s self-confidence and mental toughness because I know he’ll have a much [...]

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HITTING THE MAT: The Making of A State Champ or At Least A Good Man! (Blog 10)

Blog 10 Preseason Week 10 We’re coming up on Halloween, and I don’t know where the time has gone. It’s dark and cold in the mornings now when I leave for work. And it’s dark and cold at night when I get home. My son Dakota has improved in wrestling during this preseason beyond my [...]

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HITTING THE MAT: The Making of A State Champ or At Least A Good Man! (Blog 9)

Blog 9 Preseason Week 9             My wife and I are a little frustrated right now. When I feel like this, I try to remind myself that Dakota is still only 14-years old. And… it took me 48-years to become the man that I have slowly and sometimes painfully become today. Progress is like [...]

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The Cyclical Father-Son Storm

His icy cold stare His fierce determined look He's fearless I admire that; he drives me crazy   He's 3-feet tall and 30 lbs His small bark resonates, “No, I won't!” My bigger bark echoes, “Yes, you will!” He's fearless I admire that; it drives me crazy   I engulf him in my shadow again [...]

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HITTING THE MAT: The Making of A State Champ or At Least A Good Man! (Blog 8)

Blog 8 Preseason Week 8  Wow! This week is off to another crazy start. Dakota and I snuck in a quick drilling session with some instruction that quickly wore me out late Sunday night. After about 15 minutes, my shirt was soaked, and I felt exhausted. I was a bit concerned because I shouldn’t have [...]

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HITTING THE MAT: The Making of A State Champ or At Least A Good Man! (Blog 7)

Blog 7 Preseason Week 7             I notice for the first time tonight that the leaves here are really starting to change colors. It’s a cool Monday night on Columbus Day in early October in the northeast part of Connecticut or the quiet corner, where I live with my family. Things have been a [...]

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HITTING THE MAT: The Making of A State Champ or At Least A Good Man! (Blog 6)

Blog #6  Preseason Week 6   It’s Monday night again, and once again Dakota and I are back in the car heading to another pre-season wrestling practice after consuming another dinner in seven minutes or less. These pre-season days are so busy. As a matter of fact, all of these autumn back-to-school days are busy. [...]

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HITTING THE MAT: The Making of A State Champ or At Least A Good Man! (Blog 5)

Blog #5 He’s Getting Better             As the next week of pre-season wrestling rolls around, Dakota tells me in the car on the way to practice that he isn’t feeling 100%. I wonder if his interest in wrestling is fading, or if he’s still feeling the effects of last week and those really tough [...]

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HITTING THE MAT: The Making of A State Champ or At Least A Good Man! (Blog 4)

Preseason Week 3- A Little Frustrated Blog #4 I feel like my 14-year-old boy Dakota is already changing for the better, thanks to wrestling. When I showed him moves at home this week, he actually said, “Thanks.” Wow… is all I can think. I guess wrestling really is putting him on the path to be [...]

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Dan’s Interview with Childhood Survivor Pamela Elaine Lockridge!

 Although Pamela is an author, like myself, I have never interviewed anyone quite like Pamela for my blog. Pamela is a childhood survivor and now an adult thriver. What she had to overcome as just a little girl is something that no child should ever have to face. But she did have to face it, [...]

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