CJ Sarver: 6 weeks Post Op

Dear Dr. Black, I could have attached a video or 100 to an email but I thought you might enjoy this just a little more. CJ is doing AWESOME!!!! There is still a “hitch in her giddy up,” especially at the end of the day when she is tired. It does not interfere with anything […]

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10 Years

I had no plans to mark the 10 year anniversary of the passing of my best friend, George N. Parks, but I stumbled upon a video released today by another best friend, Robert Hammerton. And it is stunning… and it is relevant…and it is required watching for all UDMB Drum Majors (as well as anyone […]

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The Bike That Goes Nowhere

I purchased a Peloton bike about two years ago. I had turned a big corner with regard to fitness and nutrition after a year of steady work to restructure and rewire my brain (and habits, and all that goes along with it). The bike arrived and I was instantly hooked….but something wasn’t right after a […]

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Finding The Time

Thanksgiving is here tomorrow and with the lack of a football postseason my world came to a screeching halt a couple of weeks ago…and that’s fine by me. As stated in my last post I have entered the “real post game” period of time. I’ve already checked off most of the items on that list, […]

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The Real Post Game

Band banquet is a couple weeks away but that is merely the icing on the cake each year. The truth of the matter is that the UDMB season has come to a conclusion once again. I still have 100 (you read that number correctly) mini essays to read, as well as 40 or so music […]

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Homecoming #25 — WOW!

A good friend sent me a text early Sunday morning, the day after the party. It said, in part: You have made a difference in so many peoples lives. You should be proud. While what he wrote is true, it is still not the first nor even the second thought that comes to mind. I […]

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“To Boldly Go”…year 25

I remember thinking: “I have never stayed anywhere longer than 4 years other than the house I grew up in.” I remember thinking: “5 years already? Wow!” I remember thinking: “How did 10 years go by so fast?” I remember thinking: “I wish George was still here to celebrate 20 years with Jim and I.” […]

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This Is Just The Beginning

Once again a group of adults (albeit young adults compared to myself … funny how they are always the same age and I keep getting older….) is about to take that big step into “the rest of their lives.” If you asked any of them they would tell you they had arrived for band camp […]

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