The Ramblings of a Simple Man

  • Oppiminen Suomeksi / Learning Finnish: Cases

    Cases. What are cases and why does Finnish have 15 of them and what does that mean for those of use trying to learn Finnish? I’m glad you asked! Let me try to tell you!

  • Oppiminen Suomeksi / Learning Finnish – The ABSOLUTE Basics!

    A couple of months ago, I decided I would embark on a language learning adventure. What language did I choose? Why Finnish, of course!

  • It’s your destiny! Take control of it!

    This morning as I was getting situated to start my work day, I came across a video by a professional beach volleyball player called Riley McKibbin entitled “Rise of a Benchwarmer”. The video starts out describing a scenario that played out while he and his brother, also a professional beach volleyball player, were coaching a…

  • Beat the ball. Don’t meet it!

    Volleyball is all about positioning. The difference between getting the dig, making the pass, or stuffing the block is often a matter of inches. Fractions of inches even. One of the most common mistakes we see in young players is they play themselves out of position. This usually happens for one of two reason. Either…

  • It is people! It is people! It is people!

    There is an old Maori proverb that says: Hutia te rito o te harakeke, kei whea te Komako e ko? Ki mai ki ahau “He aha te mea nui o te ao?” Maku e ki atu… “He tangata! He tangata! He tangata!”

  • A Coach’s Response: To the Coach that killed my passion

    Source Article: To the Coach that killed my passion. I wish I could say I have never been that coach for anyone, but I’m pretty sure I have been. In fact, I’m pretty sure I could rattle off at least four names from just one team!

  • Handling the trap set

    I’ve been a high school volleyball coach for about five years. The last three of those, I’ve been privileged and lucky enough to be the head coach. Before that, I played about 6-7 years of club and beach volleyball in New Zealand with, and against, some of the best in the nation. I wasn’t a star…

  • Apple vs FBI

    Okay, I’ve not been following the case, or the story surrounding it with much interest, but it has my attention now. We should all be VERY concerned with the result of Apple vs FBI in San Bernadino, CA.

  • Memories of a darker time

    This song always seems to take me back to a darker time in my life. A time I think has ultimately shaped the way I view the world and how I interact with it on a daily basis.

  • Appreciate your spouse!

    This evening as was scrolling through my Facebook feed, I came across the following video that had been shared by a friend of mine. The video is a young woman outlining the needs of a stay-at-home mum and why men need to appreciate their women. I’m not gonna lie, I don’t envy the job…

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