Hooo boy, am I tired. Last night, the Chicago Cubs advanced to the National League Championship Series in a thrilling, 9-8 game that was exhilarating the entire time I watched. I tuned in during the sixth inning, roughly two hours after the game had begun, and more than two hours before the game was going to end.
I am on the search for new podcasts, and I want *you* to suggest a few new options.
I like listening to comedy podcasts, politics (left, right, and center!), sports (mostly NBA), and I like a couple business-minded shows like HBR Ideacast and Freakonomics. Over the past few weeks though, I’ve trimmed down my collection for the first time in years.
If you asked many people—particularly those from other areas of the state—where Indiana’s worst environmental problems exist, they’d probably say it would be in Northwest Indiana. But they just might be dead wrong. The data suggest that Northwest Indiana’s reputation for air and water pollution may be quite different from reality.
There was a time when seeing the Chicago Cubs make the playoffs made me jump with joy. After seeing them win the title in 2016, this week's accomplishment just seems a little... dull.
How do you stay organized?
I write a lot of things down. I am pretty particular about my email. I have calendars, to-do apps, texts/Facebook messages/calls, and all that jazz. There is a lot to keep track of out there, and I manage to squeak by. There has to be a more holistic approach I can take to manage the many messages coming in and out of my face every day.
I would be the very last person to describe myself as athletic. I have never dribbled a basketball, thrown a pitch or lobbed a volleyball over a net. And running? No, absolutely not. I did not think I was capable. As silly as it sounds, I did not even know how to run. Where do my arms go? How am I supposed to breathe?
Links of the Week: NBA 2K18, Amazon and Whole Foods, and A Whole Lotta’ Good News Happening in the Region
I usually use the Links of the Week space to highlight some of my favorite reads from around the web that doesn’t involve the LIFE sites. This week, though, there were a bunch of stories that I really enjoyed on our sites that I really enjoyed and thought could use from cross-fertilization. I see and/or read almost everything that gets up, so if you only follow one or two of our four networks, this may make a great opportunity to see what you’re missing.
How do you decide on a college football team to root for?
I am under the assumption that most college football fans find their fandom in three ways: 1) genetics (Dad loves Notre Dame!), 2) you find your team while young for some weird reason (Oregon’s jerseys are rad!) or 3) you go to a school with a good team.
Links of the Week: HowStuffWorks Cashes In, Meditation Apps, and What Your Voice Sounds Like to Other People
With the finalization of the Kyrie Irving - Isaiah Thomas trade this week, it seems the NBA off-season is, finally, mostly over. The off-season, from the NBA Draft until the dog days of August, represents a time for fans to see what direction their organization is going. Some teams, like the Boston Celtics or Cleveland Cavaliers, are going for broke to make a run at the title. Other teams like the Toronto Raptors are hedging their bets, betting on their veterans with short, high-value contracts that they can easily get out of in a couple of years.
Links of the Week: Judge Judy, Mayweather vs. McGregor, and Superhero Movies Have Officially Jumped the Shark
After this weekend it will all be over.*
Thank you every single one who shared something good with me this Sunday when I asked some friends to "Tell me something good," and for these many years giving us something positive to report on, share and celebrate. There are so many challenges we are all facing that are streaming in front of us every day. Even more of them are happening every day that encourage us all about the generally positive state of mankind. Your words, stories and pictures are like vitamins for the soul. I experience much of what his great in life through you.