HITTING THE MAT: The Making of A State Champ or At Least A Good Man! (Blog 21)

Blog 21 Week 8 Regular Season Freshman Year     Dang! Just as Dakota was starting to turn the corner and really step up his game! This last weekend might have been his best performance in a varsity tournament so far… But here we are again running into some very frustrating obstacles at the beginning of […]

HITTING THE MAT: The Making of A State Champ or At Least A Good Man! (Blog 17)

Blog 17 Week 4 Regular Season Freshmen Year The former state champ doorman, Tony, was the same as always. He was extra pleasant and wore that million dollar smile. However, when I entered the back gym’s wrestling room, something was different… The coach was really pushing the boys hard tonight; even more than usual. He […]

HITTING THE MAT: The Making of A State Champ or At Least A Good Man! (Blog 12)

Blog 12 Preseason Week 12             Dang! It’s Monday night again, and Dakota and I haven’t done any drilling for wrestling at all since his last practice. We did manage to get to the gym to lift some weights over the weekend though. But, even though lifting is better than nothing, it’s still not […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Dan Blanchard’s Blog Interview of Child Advocate Lisa Zarcone!

Lisa Zarcone is the author of, The Unspoken Truth A Memoir.  A story is about her childhood growing up in a dysfunctional household filled with abuse.  She is a wife, mother, and grandmother. Presently, she is working on a sequel which focuses more on the mental illness factor of parents, and the consequences to their […]