September 25, 2010

Lombardi Time

Any discussion about what it takes to transform boys into men should always include a consideration of the lessons used by great coaches to train boys and young men on how to be winners.  Although I am not an avid fan of professional sports, I am a fan of the late Vince Lombardi who some claim was the greatest football coach of all time.  Before I talk about what Lombardi himself called “Lombardi Time,” I want to give you a brief summary of his life as a coach.

September 18, 2010

Walk Like A Matador

Do you know the name of the first grocery store in Peoria that had scanners at checkout lanes (instead of cash registers where everything had to be rung up one at a time by hand)?  I know the name of the store because I worked there when I was in high school.  The store was Randall’s Foods and it was located in the Westlake Shopping Center (across the street from Northwoods’ Mall).

September 11, 2010

Transforming Boys Into Men

About 15 years ago, I purchased a tape set that consisted of recordings of 4 different talks that were given by a Catholic priest on the topic of true devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary.  During one of the talks, the priest explained a theory that he had heard from his brother-in-law about the different tendencies men and women are born with.  His brother-in-law was a psychiatrist and a devout Catholic who had been counseling married couples for over 25 years.

September 4, 2010

Hammerheads, Bricks & Challengers

A few months ago in an article entitled Ambushed By My Cousin, I told you about how I promised a cousin of mine that I would write about what I thought parents should be doing to raise their boys into decent, honorable, and respectable Catholic men.  In the Ambushed article, I talked about the men on both sides of my parents’ families – the Williams men and the LaHood men.