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BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND! — Weekly Newsletter 10/31/07

Oct. 31st 2007

I like house plants.

Don’t you?

But I only have one.

I wish I had more of them, but I never think about getting one when I’m out.

I never put “buy house plants” on my “to do list.” (Besides, most of you know of my recent trauma at “Michael’s”! TERRIFYING! I ran from there screaming like a little girl! THAT was waaaay scary!

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Oct. 30th 2007

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Request for prayer.

I just got a call this morning from my friend Troy Donald. Troy and I were teaching and coaching partners at Memphis Catholic High School. He called to tell me that one of our former students, Darius Truly, had been murdered on Saturday in Los Angeles.

Darius had become an aspiring actor and had received awesome reviews for his performances on stages across the country. As a high school student, he was one of the brightest students I ever taught. He was funny and intelligent beyond his years, popular with students and teachers alike. He challenged me everyday to think outside of my own racial and cultural templates. His violent death is tragic and sad. Please pray for his family and for all who knew him.

Darius Truly and J. Nicole Brooks in Suzan-Lori Parks’ “The America Play.”

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SURF’S UP!! — Important News 10/26/07

Oct. 26th 2007


Greetings All!

Is this Seattle? Portland? Southeast Asia during the monsoon? I’m officially over this wet weather and will give a FREE YEAR OF BOOT CAMP to whoever ends it and lets the sunshine in!

The Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure is tomorrow morning at 8:30 at the Shops of Saddle Creek. This is a GREAT cause and a fun race. I think there’s a store front in the Carrefour Shopping Center (Kirby and Poplar) that’ll be open today from 4 to 9 for registration. There is no race day registration. I FULLY intended to include this in Wednesday’s newsletter. My apologies.


Thank you, one and all, who’ve given toward this wonderful charity! Monday is the last day to make online donations. I’ll bring my two Team for Kids shirts to Boot Camp next week and I’d like everyone who has donated to sign their name on my shirts. I’ll wear those shirts in New York! Thank you again, so very very much!


OK, you can stop! I’ve heard you! There will be a Girl’s Night Out too! I’ve been told that you girls want a night out too and that Sergeant Tony can be an “honorary girl” for the night! OK, fine! YOU suggest the day, and I’ll get the word out!


A GUY’S STORY — (This story was requested this morning at 0530. Thought some of you might enjoy it too.)

I was going to tell you a story about my philodendron, but I’ll wait until next week!

Instead, I offer you this little story about a “guy.”

A few years ago this guy showed up at the 0530 class. He was quite the metro-sexual. He had highlights in his hair, a year round tan, and wore very colorful spandex tights over his skinny legs. And even though he was in his late thirties or early forties, he sounded a lot like Bill & Ted when he spoke. Lots of “kewl dude” and “wow, man” and “that’s sooooooo bowwwwwgus.”

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CRASH! — Weekly Newsletter 10/24/07

Oct. 24th 2007


I don’t know what else to say.

The response to last week’s newsletter/email caught me off guard.

It has been pretty unbelievable! I don’t think I’ve ever written anything that has gotten such a response! I even got emails from people that YOU forwarded the newsletter to! I got phone calls and I’ve gotten cards in the mail. I’ve read your own stories and your own testimonials and they’ve been wonderful!

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Oct. 23rd 2007


The following is an incredible email written by James Ray and sent out just the other day. You don’t even need to know anything about Mr. Ray to mine the gold from this email.

Thanks Wendy for sending this to me!

October 22, 2007
4:45 PM
At the time of writing, my home and office have been evacuated due to the fires raging in

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SAD NEWS — 10/19/07

Oct. 19th 2007

Sad News

Good afternoon everyone!

I wanted to pass on a few important things before the weekend.

— I regret to inform you that Lisa Holt’s father died suddenly this morning (Friday). Lisa is a 0830 Boot Camper and a friend to so many of you who know her through Boot Camp and several other connections that Lisa has in the community. She also works part time at Fleet Feet Sports. Please keep Lisa and her family in your thoughts and prayers. This is a real tough time for them.

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RAPID EYE MOVEMENT — Weekly Newsletter 10/17/07

Oct. 17th 2007


Many of you know that I had to travel back to my hometown of Fort Smith, Arkansas, last week. My sister-in-law died after a valiant battle with cancer. We also had to put my mother in a nursing home. Those things, combined with other things that have happened in my life in the past week, have made for a pretty tough time.

As I’ve talked with some of you this week, I’ve realized that I’m not the only one who has been hurting.

One of my favorite music videos is REM’s “Everybody Hurts.” If you’ve never seen the video

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Oct. 10th 2007

(Shameless Promotion to Follow)

As many of you know, I’ll be running the New York City Marathon on November 4, 2007 to raise $2500 on behalf of Team for Kids

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Team for Kids is funded by the New York Road Runners Foundation (NYRRF) and promotes physical health, emotional well-being, and personal achievement in underserved communities in the United States and beyond. These programs provide the structure and motivation for children to become physically fit for life.

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BOND, JAMES BOND — Weekly Newsletter 10/3/07

Oct. 4th 2007


Those were things I heard in my neighborhood as a boy when it got dark outside.

My mother, and all of the other mothers in the neighborhood, would have to drag us in the house. Although we could stay out longer if we were catching “lightening bugs” in jars.

You too?

Moms and dads don’t say those things much anymore. Kids don’t play outside very often. Actually, kids don’t play much anymore at all.

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