Five Reasons to Play Chess

“These young guys are playing checkers. I’m out there playing chess.” –Kobe Bryant Chess is a great way to engage others in a social and educational way, yet in a non-threatening way when the battle begins. Chess requires a strong work ethic to improve, but is actually a simple game to learn and begin playing. ForcingContinue reading “Five Reasons to Play Chess”

Beginners Learning Chess – Top 5 Mistakes

Most of us who learn chess early on are self-taught. Let’s face it – we all fall into habits without realizing it. Some of those habits can lead us down a path where it becomes difficult to see ourselves steadily improving, or finding more winning positions. In this video we examine some of the trapsContinue reading “Beginners Learning Chess – Top 5 Mistakes”

New Frontiers

I’ve been offered a lot of encouragement from the staff at a nursing center and family members to continue to grow our community outreach.  The center offers physical therapy and cares for patients who require a brief stay to recover from surgery.  The center also offers long-term care for those experiencing memory, mobility or otherContinue reading “New Frontiers”

Chores Open Doors

Getting even one chance this year to visit my family in Texas has been tough.  Missing some important events earlier this year like my aunt’s funeral and my cousin’s wedding upset me quite a bit.  Something wonderful happened in June however.  My wife got a call from her Dad to let us know his frequentContinue reading “Chores Open Doors”

New Tricks In Their Final Stages

2010 was filled with emotion coming to grips with family members in risky health situations and even survival. My wife’s mother was recovering from major back surgery, and her grandfather was holding on after being diagnosed with stage-4 lung cancer that year. Unfortunately, within a few months, Leonard passed away during the Christmas holidays, soContinue reading “New Tricks In Their Final Stages”

What’s Out There?

In a first of it’s kind research project called the Nun Study, a convent of nuns donated their brains to science to further the study of Alzheimer’s disease. Mentally active until death these women showed no visible signs of dementia despite brain scans with advanced chemical changes that cause Alzheimer’s. My wife and I areContinue reading “What’s Out There?”

The Fun Never Stops

Well, it’s been just over a year since our last blog post.  With the best of intentions the beat moves on.  Everyday life is a thing of the past as I share new experiences with my wife in the Garden State.  We moved from Atlanta, GA last fall to Southern New Jersey.  To those ofContinue reading “The Fun Never Stops”

What An Experience

Last weekend was something new for my wife and me.  Yvonne’s aunt invited us several weeks ago to go horseback riding – we finally did.  She also introduced us to Sandra Floyd.  Sandra began a wonderful program in recent years that provides fun and excitement for kids who are physically handicapped. Sandra is amazing inContinue reading “What An Experience”

Easter Twist

Where do I start?  Yvonne’s parents were in a car accident on their way to West Georgia which is about a 45 minute accident-free drive. Thankfully we were sitting down to Easter lunch only two hours later – all passengers accounted for along with a car load of delicious food.  Everyone meets at Yvonne’s grandparent’sContinue reading “Easter Twist”

Riding the Wave

Does chess have a stadium scoreboard?  Who’s leading?  Who’s catching up?  Yvonne let us know last week about her first experience participating in an actual chess tournament.  This got me thinking about her opponents who stood with her toe to toe.  Shoe sizes will grow of course and egos will shrink as young players gainContinue reading “Riding the Wave”