What I’m Reading (Sept. 2017)

October 2, 2017 Leave a comment

A list of books I read in September:

  • The Confession by Domenic Stansberry (superb noir)
  • The White Devil by Domenic Stansberry
  • My Sunshine Away by M. O. Walsh (excellent novel)
  • Sweet Nothing by Richard Lange
  • In the Beginning by Michael Farris Smith
  • Coach Wooden and Me by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
  • Rainbows in the Mud: Inside the Intoxicating World of Cyclocross by Paul Maunder
  • Chasing the Rainbow by Giles Belbin
  • The Big Heist by Anthony Destefano
  • The Undertaker’s Daughter by Kate Mayfield
  • Essentialism by Greg McKeown
  • Zero to One by Peter Theil
  • Dr. Z by Paul Zimmerman
  • Making Rumours by Ken Caillat
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What I’m Reading (Aug. 2017)

September 2, 2017 Leave a comment

August reading list. The Force by Don Winslow is excellent as is everything by Richard Lange.

  • The Force by Don Winslow
  • The Smack by Richard Lange
  • This Wicked World by Richard Lange
  • Angel Baby by Richard Lange
  • IQ by Joe Ide
  • Symphony for the City of the Dead by M.T. Anderson
  • Who Thought This Was a Good Idea? And Other Questions You Should Have Answers to When You Work in the White House by Alyssa Mastromonaco
  • The Start-up of You by Reid Hoffman
  • The Alliance by Reid Hoffman
  • American Fire by Monica Hesse
  • Braving It by James Campbell
  • Runnin’ With the Devil by Noel Monk
  • You Cannot Be Serious by John McEnroe
  • Lodge Cast Iron Nation Cookbook
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What I’m Reading (July 2017)

August 1, 2017 Leave a comment

A list of books read in July:

  • The Thirst by Jo Nesbo
  • Dead Boys by Richard Lange
  • A Better Goodbye by John Schulian
  • The Bright Hour: A Memoir of Living and Dying by Nina Riggs
  • The Wizard of Lies: Bernie Madoff and the Death of Trust by Diana Henriques
  • The Mysterious Montague: A True Tale of Hollywood, Golf, and Armed Robbery by Leigh Montville
  • The One Device: The Secret History of the iPhone by Brian Merchant
  • Relentless: A Biography of Miguel Indurain by Alasdair Fotheringham
  • The Scapegoat: About the Expulsion of Michael Rasmussen from the Tour de France 2007 and Beyond by Verner Moller
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What I’m Reading (June 2017)

July 4, 2017 Leave a comment

A list of books read in June:

  • The Gun by Fuminori Nakamura
  • The Kingdom by Fuminori Nakamura
  • The Ocean at the End of the Lake by Neil Gaiman
  • Blood, Bone, and Marrow: A Biography of Harry Crews by Ted Geltner- an excellent biography of the writer.
  • Even I Get To Experience This by Norman Lear- there’s also an accompanying documentary.
  • Beatles ’66 by Steve Turner
  • The Phenomenon by Rick Ankiel
  • Ventoux by Jeremy Whittle
  • Legends of the Tour by various
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What I’m Reading (May 2017)

May 31, 2017 Leave a comment

A few more good books this month:

  • Rock Beats Paper by Mike Knowles. Another superb crime novel from Knowles.
  • American Gods by Neil Gaiman. Riveting book. Might have to watch the TV show.
  • Every Night I Dream of Hell by Malcolm Mackay
  • Shoe Dog by Phil Knight. Fantastic book about the early days of Nike.
  • Captain Fantastic: Elton John’s Stellar Trip Through the ’70’s by Tom Doyle. Entertaining and interesting.
  • Nowhere Near First by Cory Reese
  • Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann
  • Steadfast by Lizzie Armistead
  • Option B by Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant
  • Radical Candor by Kim Scott
  • Inspired: How to Create Products Customers Love by Marty Cagan

 

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On 25 Years Of Marriage

May 23, 2017 Leave a comment

Twenty-five years ago, on a Saturday afternoon in Texas, two kids said “I do.” In the weeks leading up to this day, as I’ve looked back at the past two and half decades and thought about our time together, our life together, I’m almost at a loss for words.

As a high school freshman, after breaking up with another girl, I’d retreated to the sanctuary of the basketball court at West Avenue Elementary School, a few blocks from my house. I needed to think and the place I did my best thinking was on the basketball court shooting baskets by myself.

Relationships with girls always went sour. The only saving grace was that the relationships tended to go bad fast. Was I ever going to find the right one? What would a good relationship look like? How would it work? Could I even have a successful relationship with a female? I had no example of a successful marriage. I was a child of divorce and most of my friend’s parents were divorced as well. Divorce seemed to be the norm, but it was not a norm I wanted for myself.

A few years later, some recently married friends advised that marriage was work. Hard work. Books should be read. I like to read books of all types, except books on relationships. Conferences on relationships might even be necessary. In some cases, a counselor might be required to help you learn how to live together. Marriage is work, work, work.

This picture of marriage held zero appeal to me.

I knew little to nothing of what a good marriage ought to look like, but the fuzzy picture in my head seemed to be better than the one others were painting for me.

Fast forward to college. After a couple of failed relationships, I swore off the opposite sex. No more headaches. No more trying. I was done.

A day, maybe two, later, I walked into Nix Hall, one of the dormitories on the campus of Hardin-Simmons University. The fall semester was about to begin. A group of people were watching Midnight Run on the TV in the common area. Sitting on one of the couches in the corner was a brunette with brown eyes. We had met once or twice before. She looked over at me and said, “Would you like an Oreo cookie?”

Pierced by Cupid’s arrow.

For the next few days, we kept running into one another. Some times by coincidence, and other times because I’d figured out when she ate lunch and dinner in the cafeteria. I asked her out on a Thursday. We  stayed on campus and went to a place called the Sub, where we each had a Coke. We sat at a table and started talking. The next thing I knew, the employees were mopping the floors and stacking the chairs. Four hours seemed to pass in about fifteen seconds.

The next night we went out to eat at a Mexican restaurant, Casa Herrera. Afterwards, we drove around the city talking.

It has continued on like that for nearly three years of dating and now twenty-five years of marriage.

Not once has it ever felt like work. Through ups and downs, highs and lows, triumphs and challenges, whatever the lottery of life might assign for the day, this marriage to this brown-eyed girl has always been the beacon of my life. She is always there, and that is enough. More than enough.

As a teenager bouncing a basketball and trying to imagine what a marriage could be like…I never dreamed anything this good. Not even close.

With much love and appreciation.

 

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What I’m Reading (April 2017)

April 30, 2017 Leave a comment

Sunset City is a book I’d recommend, especially if you like noir. Down City is a fascinating memoir.

  • Sunset City by Melissa Ginsburg (Page-turner, practically read in one sitting).
  • Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll
  • Where All Light Tends to Go by David Joy
  • Down City by Leah Carroll (Gripping, and heart-breaking)
  • The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon by Brad Stone
  • Dynastic, Bombastic, Fantastic: Reggie, Rollie, Catfish, and Charlie Finley’s Swingin’ A’s by Jason Turbow
  • Brown Eyed Handsome Man: The Life and Hard Times of Chuck Berry by Bruce Pegg
  • Little Bets by Peter Sims
  • Hourglass: Time, Memory, Marriage by Dani Shapiro
  • The Way of the Runner: A Journey into the Fabled World of Japanese Running by Adharanand Finn
  • The Only Rule Is It Has to Work: Our Wild Experiment Building a New Kind of Baseball Team by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
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