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Wake up America!

Wake up America!

I never thought I’d live to see the day when I’d see a man gunned down on television. I never thought I’d see their killer walk free months later to restart their life after a not guilty verdict. This has become so common I can’t imagine what my children will grow up seeing when they are my age.

They told me, “Trust the system.” But the system isn’t working for everyone.

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Strong Memories, Strong Memories by Ari Barnett

Strong Memories, Strong Memories by Ari Barnett

Man Time by Ari Barnett

My favorite fathers experience with my son, who is known throughout our extended family as “King Anthony”, occurs every Sunday between the months of September and January.  It is on those days, that my wife hibernates to the bedroom, dusts off her DVR with a week’s worth of missed programming, and lets King Anthony and I enjoy what has become known as ‘Man Time’ in our house.

Man time consists of not only watching various football games (thanks Direct TV Sunday NFL ticket) all day. It also includes tracking player statistics, stuffing our faces (me with buffalo wings, him with Similac), and learning the fundamentals of the game.  ‘Man Time’ is very special to me because I remember when I was little. My father would set me in front of the TV and we would partake in the same Barnett ritual. I believe that is how I grew up to love the game of football from such an early age.

‘Man Time’ usually ends around 6:00pm when my wife calls us from downstairs for dinner.  Once the calls go unanswered she eventually comes upstairs to find her two boys passed out sound asleep in front of the TV.  Mommy usually gets a good laugh out of this and snaps off a few pictures.  It’s ok though.  Anthony and I are good sports about it.  This our tradition.  Every week during football season.  Man time.  My favorite memories of my son and I.

Strong Fathers, Strong Memories – By Seth Golder

Strong Fathers, Strong Memories – By Seth Golder

Reflections of Fatherhood by Seth Golder

Doing Riley’s bedtime is one of the best times I get to spend with her. During the weekdays I don’t get to see much of her; I am practically out the door when she wakes up and have at best three hours with her by the time I get home. And to be completely honest, that last hour is usually a marathon of walking around with her, bouncing her and watching Word Party on Netflix to keep her up to an hour that will let her sleep through the night.

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Books and Hoops is Making Progress

Books and Hoops is Making Progress

The Books and Hoops program has made tremendous progress. Over the past few weeks I’ve been in touch with an up and coming graphic artist to create a logo. An IT consultant and I have been working to build a website. Business contacts have provided feedback to build a successful program. Most importantly, I’ve been in touch with two schools to begin the Books and Hoops program.

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There’s a New Breed of Basketball

There’s a New Breed of Basketball

Today’s game of basketball has changed. Now a days (I sound like an old timer), players are incredibly skilled. The average basketball player can shoot and handle the ball better than guys five or ten years ago. They can score on a zone, they can run an offensive play, and they can talk about the latest highlight on Sports Center. But where is the hunger?

Growing up I played basketball with a good group of guys. All they did was play ball. Day and night, all they wanted was to hoop. They worked on their game and expected to better than they were the day before. At the end of a pick up game, guys would start chirping about who got scored on, whose game was on point and whose sneaker game was ratchet. Simply put, they were hungry.

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Books and Hoops Update

Books and Hoops Update

Progress has been made for the Books and Hoops program. Thank you so much to those of you who have reached out to offer insight and given me lots of support in this endeavor. Many of you have been great sound boards to bounce ideas off of. While others have generously offered resources. All assistance is greatly appreciated!


Over the past week I’ve been able to secure a target group of fourth and fifth graders in Randolph, MA for Books and Hoops. Specific details like time and date will be coming soon. The goal of Books and Basketball is to close the achievement gap by increasing reading proficiency. Books and Hoops will raise reading enthusiasm by connecting reading strategies with basketball.

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