Bring Back Reading Rainbow for Every Child, Everywhere.

I love reading. It’s probably my favorite thing to do for many reasons:

  1. It’s quiet
  2. I can do it by myself
  3. There is always a new book to read
  4. I can have experiences without even leaving my porch
  5. It’s free entertainment

I grew up reading books with my mom. We’d go to the library constantly, bring home a huge pile of books, sit on her bed at night and read them all; sometimes multiple times. She still reads to me to this day! Our family favorites are “Liza Lou and the Yeller Belly Swamp”, “Horton Hatches an Egg”, and “Skippy John Jones.” 

I want kids to have the same opportunities to read great books like I did.

That’s why I backed “Bring Back Reading Rainbow for Every Child, Everywhere.”

Did you know that right now, 1 out of every 4 children in America will grow up illiterate? Numerous studies reveal that children who can’t read at grade level by the 4th grade are 400% more likely to drop out of high school.
As of 2011, America was the only free-market country where the current generation was less well educated than the previous

These problems won’t solve themselves.  Real change will require us all to work together. We cannot afford to lose generations of children to illiteracy. And if we work together, we don’t have to.

I’ve been looking for a cause to back, to get involved in. I think this is a great way to start. And if they want copies of my books for classrooms, I’d be more than happy to help out.

To find out more about this cause, go here:

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May 25th. I love it.

What a week.

First up this week, rugby. I love it. After taking two years off from rugby, I got the itch to play again and found out about a group that gets together on Tuesdays and Thursday nights to play touch rugby. It felt great to be back at it again! I really did miss it. I don’t know if I’m actually going to play in games with them in the fall, but it’s nice to know that I have the option.

I love it.

Next up, TJ getting is first MLB start! I love it. My dad told me on Thursday that he would be starting – the pitching staff was short handed because of all of the extra innings they’ve been playing so TJ got a chance! He even made his debut last Saturday and pitched a perfect inning! In his start, he went six innings, had some bad breaks, but I’ll give him some leniency because he’s still learning the league. He makes his next start on Wednesday in Chicago!

I love it.

Finally, the beach! After having what I consider to be the busiest year of my life, I took some time this weekend to hit Gulf Shores in Alabama so a little R&R. We drove 3.5 hours there, laid on the beach and swam in the gulf for 5 hours, then drove home. Not a bad time. Even though I was applying sun screen all day, I still have a killer burn. I don’t think I’m going to do anything at all tomorrow (at least that involves going outside).

I love it. It’s great. Everything’s great.

I love it.

Let me tell you how crazy this week was.

On Monday, I went to an office get-together for David and Chad. Willingly. I even drove there by myself.

On Tuesday, I went to City Park and played rugby for two hours. With complete strangers.

On Wednesday, I ate tomatoes. And I did not throw up.

On Thursday, I played rugby with some of the same strangers and some new ones.

Tonight, I’m going to a baseball game with people from work (after I watch the Indians game, at least).

What has gotten into me lately?

A moose broke my door.

Last Monday, I stayed late at work to supervise a visiting team that was practicing at the baseball stadium. I was actually in a really good mood because it gave me time to finish reading “Paper Towns.” I got home around 7:30pm, and this is what I walked into.
At first, I thought, something must have hit the window; they may have mowed the lawn that day. Then I saw that the wooden moose I had sitting on my porch was in the house. I walked further into the house and saw that someone had rummaged my apartment. I don’t know what they were looking for because they didn’t take anything; they left my TVs, Xbox, Blu-Ray player, iPods, my laptop, and spare car keys.

May 18th. I love it.

Love it.

First up this week, “Liberal Arts.” I love it. I had a lot of time to watch movies this week because I couldn’t sleep well, so on Tuesday night I stayed up late and watched movies I got from the library. “Liberal Arts” is a movie that was written and directed by Josh Radnor (HIMYM) and it basically about this guy that loves books. The best part was Zac Efron. He played this hippie dude that gives Josh advice. Quite enjoyable.

I love it.

Next up, Andy Samberg on SNL. I love it. The season finale was probably the best episode I’ve seen all season. There were so many guest appearances. I miss having Andy on the show. And Seth. And Bill. I miss them all, but I’m still watching it.

I love it.

Finally, Skype dates. I love it. On Wednesday, Brittany and I decided that we wanted to relive our glory days from college and watch “Naked Brothers Band” and eat Wendy’s. We used to do that when there would be new episode premiering. Well, since NBB isn’t on Netflix anymore, so we went for the next best thing – “Stuck in Love.” It’s a great movie that has Nat Wolff in it (from NBB) so we thought it still worked in our favor.

I love it. It’s great. Everything’s great.

I love it.

May 11th. I love it.

This was my first weekend off in two weeks and I definitely took advantage of it.

First up, new stories. I love it. With the recent death of the grandpa I’ve never met, I was given permission by my wonderful mother to turn it into a story. I don’t know if it will be book worthy, but assuming I embellish a little bit (because I need to as interesting as the story is by itself), but I hope that it will be interesting enough that a lot of people will want to read it. I spent my Friday night with my writing mountain (thanks for that skill, Mr. Chase), and have it all plotted out. Now, to write!

I love it.

Next up, the Twilight Saga. I love it. Now, this is obviously something I have never said before, but in my recent need to see anything and everything with Lee Pace in it, it brought me to Twilight. He was in the last movie, which meant that I had to watch the rest of them first so I could keep up. I didn’t realize that I had already seen the first four (I think I can thank Diana for that one), but I must say that I very much enjoyed all 9 hours of viewing. My next goal is to read all of the books. Yes, I’m caving in. Harry Potter is on the docket as well!

I love it.

Finally, “Neighbors.” I love it. Yesterday, Becca and I went to the movies to get our fix of Zac Efron. Needless to say, we were not disappointed. I thought it was hilarious, which is good because it is very hard to get me to laugh out loud at movies… unless i’m home alone and talking to myself. Too much info? Maybe.

I love it. It’s great. Everything’s great.

I love it.