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I’m going to do my best to remember Sam Berns…

This Sam Berns story nearly brought tears to my eyes:

We won it for Sam! Patriots fans dedicate play-off victory to brave teen, 17, who died of rare aging disease a day before he was due to be team’s honorary captain. (Make sure you watch the video at the bottom of the story. It’s short and so unforgettable.)

And the statement by team owner Robert Kraft, who donated $500,000 to the foundation started by his parents in search of a cure, is a must read, as well:

Robert Kraft: “I loved Sam Berns and am richer for having known him. He was a special young man whose inspirational story and positive outlook on life touched my heart. I am so lucky to have had the opportunity to spend time with him and to get to know his incredible family. Together, they positively impacted the lives of people around the world in their quest to find a cure for Progeria. The HBO documentary ‘Life According to Sam’ shared his incredible story with a national audience. It was so beautifully done. It made you laugh. It also made you cry. Today, it’s the latter for all who knew Sam or learned of his story through that documentary. Earlier this week, I had extended an invitation for Sam to be the Patriots’ honorary captain for tonight’s playoff game. I was looking forward to spending more time with Sam and his family. News of his passing came as a complete surprise. It is another reminder that we can’t take anything for granted. Be sure to give your loved ones hugs and kisses and tell them how much you love them. My heart aches for his parents, Scott and Leslie, his aunt Audrey and the rest of Sam’s extended family. Words cannot express the sadness or the depth of sympathy I feel for them today.”

I think we can all learn a lot from Sam Berns, and his attitude toward life. And his Mother’s words about how we all take time for granted are spot on.

Today, I will hold my wife a little longer, write a little more, and take more time than normal to count my blessings, all in honor of Sam Berns.

Keep the faith,

Stan R. Mitchell

Oak Ridge, Tenn.

P.S. If you enjoy fast-paced books, you just might like my works. “Sold Out” tracks the life of a legendary Marine Sniper after a CIA unit decides to kill him for reasons of national security. “Soldier On” follows the lives of several German soldiers in a depleted infantry company trying to survive the final, miserable months of World War II. And, “Little Man, and the Dixon County War” tells the uphill fight a young deputy faces after surviving three years of war only to find himself in the sights of a mighty cattle baron.

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My favorite Super Bowl commercials and the lessons they teach

I need to post one more thing about this year’s Super Bowl before I let it go. And as the headline gave away, I’m talking about commercials here.

My two favorite commercials from the Super Bowl can teach you just about everything you need to know about life, in my opinion.

The first one is, of course, the Dodge Ram one. I so relate to its message with the small business that I’ve poured my heart and soul into. I’m, in fact, throwing this post up from work — our paper has a special section this week, which means double the work, but when you can make a little extra money in the newspaper business, you suck it up, shut your mouth, and hide it away for a rainy day. (And for the snarky commenter in the back who asks why I’m posting this when I should be working? Well, big guy, the blog helps me get my name out and sell books. It also takes me about fifteen minutes to post, because, um, I’m a writer. This is what I do. By the way, exactly why are you so quick to criticize others? That’s really not cool, you know.)

My second favorite video contains another important life lesson. In short, have fun no matter where you’re at in your life. And tonight, work was made much more bearable because my bestie April Snellings stopped by to say hello for a few minutes. And just like in the video below, make sure you’re having fun. Don’t play the the typical misconception of a writer… You know, the one that goes like this… I’m a writer, which means I’m a loner;. As such, I have to sit in my basement and be miserable. I can’t have any friends or ever not be writing. Well pal (or gal), you’re missing out. And you’re probably not going to be successful.

Writers hang together. We uplift each other. We party and try to relax even when our books are rejected or aren’t selling well. And then the moment we’re done getting the encouragement (or space) that we need, we pick ourselves up and get back into the saddle. So, as the video shows below: You can (and should) have fun, regardless of what age you are!

So, what was your favorite commercial? And if you don’t mind, when you comment, go to youtube first, find the clip, and link to it in your comments. I’d love to see the one that meant something to you. Now, I’m back to work. Well, after I go grab that snarky punk back in the corner and have a few words with him out in the parking lot… Hopefully, we leave with a handshake and a smile, but sometimes people just have to learn the hard way. After all, it’s slipperier than hell out there right now. : )

Stan R. Mitchell

Oak Ridge, Tenn.

P.S. Please accept the greatest gift I can give, a book I believe to be worth $10,000.

P.P.S. Thanks to all who continue to make my novels a success. I seriously couldn’t have done it with everyone’s support. I’m excited to say that Little Man, and the Dixon County War  has gone as high as No. 16 on the Amazon UK Paid List (see here and here). My second novel, Sold Outhas also done well, going as high as No. 81 on the Amazon Paid List for the category of War (see here and here). Learn more about both books here.

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Ravens take the Super Bowl; Danah and I celebrate like crazy!

Danah and I enjoyed the Super Bowl tonight at a small party with two couple friends.

2013-02-03 22.02.02(1)We were all in for the Ravens from the moment the Patriots (my favorite team the past few years) and the Packers were beat out of the Playoffs.

Weirdly, Danah and I both respected and appreciated the 49ers big time last year, and most of this year. That is until their Coach benched Alex Smith following his injury. It was an absolute jerk move to make against a player who was playing well enough to not even have come close to losing his job.

But once the Patriots and Packers were out, we knew who we were for.

Ravens all the way.

Ravens because the 49ers coach is a jerk.

Ravens because we love Ray Lewis.

Ray Lewis has reminded me of Reggie White for a long time and while I know there are plenty of haters against him, I say let the past go and forgive the man. He’s influenced and inspired millions, myself included. Big time, in fact.

One of the things Shaolin Kung Fu teaches is livign in the moment, and few people live in the moment — and with as much passion — as Ray Lewis. It’s something we could all learn from him.

You only have this moment, right now, once. Seize it. Breathe it. Live it.

So, with that, here’s a couple of Ray Lewis tribute clips. Watch them and get fired up. Get off your ass, let out a war cry, and get after your goals.

Stan R. Mitchell

Oak Ridge, Tenn.

P.S. Please accept the greatest gift I can give, a book I believe to be worth $10,000.

P.P.S. Thanks to all who continue to make my novels a success. I seriously couldn’t have done it with everyone’s support. I’m excited to say that Little Man, and the Dixon County War  has gone as high as No. 16 on the Amazon UK Paid List (see here and here). My second novel, Sold Outhas also done well, going as high as No. 81 on the Amazon Paid List for the category of War (see here and here). Learn more about both books here.

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More ‘terrible’ than Tebow? The Jets

I didn’t think this was possible, but the Jets situation has gotten worse.

A bunch of players have come out and said Tim Tebow wasn’t an option as starter, and that he was “terrible” at QB in practice. Here’s a column about it, which defends Tebow.

Honestly, it’s almost painful to watch what Tebow is going through. He’s on a bad team, in a terrible locker room.

Stan R. Mitchell

Oak Ridge, Tenn.

P.S. Please accept the greatest gift I can give.

P.P.S. Thanks to all who continue to make my novels a success. I seriously couldn’t have done it with everyone’s support. I’m excited to say that Little Man, and the Dixon County War  has gone as high as No. 16 on the Amazon UK Paid List (see here and here). My second novel, Sold Outhas also done well, also, going as high as No. 81 on the Amazon Paid List for the category of War (see here and here). Learn more about both books here.

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The Emperor Has No Clothes

If you’re like most NFL fans, you know the Jets suck. Bad.

They’re 3 and 6, and really should be 2 and 6 as they got lucky beating the Dolphins the first time.

Everyone across the league is laughing at them, but what does Rex Ryan — their coach — say?

Well, after being hit with the award of most over-rated coach in the NFL, Ryan has the audacity to say, “At the end of the year, we’ll see who’s overrated.”  (Yep, he really said that. Just hit that link in this paragraph if you don’t believe me…)

And then on this same team, we have starting QB Mark Sanchez.

Surely, he sees something different than his delusional coach, right?

Nope. Sanchez said this whopper in conference call with reporters yesterday: “I feel like we’re close.” Yep, and that quote is from the New York Jets website itself. (Link here.)

Sorry, Mark. But you’re not close. Your team sucks, and you’re playing terrible yourself. Here’s a few quotes closer to reality about you…

From the New York Post, and this writer was one of your fans:

“I have been in Sanchez’s corner all the way, because I have seen him rise to the big playoff occasions, and because of my reservations about Tebow, who should be a running back. I have only now wavered in my belief that he gives the Jets the best chance to win. Can Tebow do much worse than 9-for-22 for 124 yards with one horrific interception and one fumble? Probably. Can Tebow do better than three wins in his last 12 games? Possibly. Sanchez is 11-14 over his last 25 games. His regression is regressing. He cannot possibly lead or inspire playing like this.”

From Opposing Views:

“Now, I know that there is more to the Jets struggles than Mark Sanchez, but yesterday Sanchez was a miserable 9 for 22 with a fumble, interception in the end zone, and once again, 0 points. Sanchez has now completed less than 50% of his passes in 5 of the Jets 9 games (4 of those games being losses coincidentally). Not only that, but after his two turnovers yesterday, Sanchez now has 17 in 9 games. … Sanchez is turning the ball over at a sickening rate. … Sanchez is struggling in the red zone.”

There’s really not much more to say. It doesn’t matter what the coach or QB says. The Jets are terrible.

And I think Coach Ryan is refusing to play Tebow because he’s stubborn, and he doesn’t want to admit that bringing Tebow on the team was a really stupid idea. One of the most collosally stupid NFL moves that I’ve seen in a long time. (About as stupid as bringing on an offensive coordinator that you don’t like, which Rex Ryan also managed to do.)

And, no, before you go there, I’m not one of Tim Tebow’s religious fanatical fans.

Stan R. Mitchell

Oak Ridge, Tenn.

P.S. Please accept the greatest gift I can give.

P.P.S. Thanks to all who continue to make my novels a success. I seriously couldn’t have done it with everyone’s support. I’m excited to say that Little Man, and the Dixon County War  has gone as high as No. 16 on the Amazon UK Paid List (see here and here). My second novel, Sold Outhas also done well, also, going as high as No. 81 on the Amazon Paid List for the category of War (see here and here). Learn more about both books here.

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