way to go guys! keep up the good work!
The Indy Local Food Guide is a great resource; download the 2014 edition here: http://www.indyfoodfarmfamily.org/
And check out our guides to local farmers' markets and community supported agriculture outfits, assembled last year (so possibly outdated, but still full of good info and tips).
Farmers' markets: http://www.nuvo.net/indianapolis/know-your…
So where can I get non-GMO, no pesticide, no hormone food in the Indy area?
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It may be true that kids won't go pro, but what about family bonding time while doing activities like this that the child has an interest in? Sports help to ingrain organizational skills, teamwork, and prioritization for success, which is what the work world looks for. If we just sit around saying kumbaya with our kids, who have expressed a desire to play and don't let them explore the opportunities out there, we could be missing the boat. Student athletes at least in the travel teams we have been involved with are required to maintain good grades. They also experience seeing different parts of the country that many kids don't have an opportunity to do. Lastly, many of them get D1 and D2 scholarships along with academic scholarships that help to cushion the cost of school. It isn't about going pro, but opening their horizons. For some folks it has worked out.
Riff in peace, Jason. Indy music has taken a massive blow this year.
I love this article….the bottom line is as parents we need to keep the proper perspective. Health, physical and mental trump any time on the field. Some kids just absolutely love the sport that they play. They're anxious to move to the next level. As long as the parents support them in a positive way, all is well. I have two college athletes. One plays volleyball at a D2 university,and the other plays football in the Ivy League. They always tried their best and were rewarded because of their dedication. Everyone needs to embrace their childs strengths, and be thankful for their health. As a parent, thats the greatest gift of all.
I find it interesting that I used to workout with a class of 7 other baseball players from the area. I know for a fact that 5 of those players signed professional contracts. I'd say that 62% is pretty good. I also know multiple other guys that have gone on to play some form of professional baseball, and by some form, I mean with an MLB team or affiliate. I am not referencing independent baseball which is still considered to be professional baseball because the players are getting paid.
The entire 1st paragraph is harsh. True, for the premise, but totally wrong altogether. It is a shame that Dr Profeta does not have a talented enough child to play professional ball. Maybe it is not in his genes. If I heard someone tell me that when I was a young child, I would have been pretty discouraged and never made it to the big leagues myself. Luckily all I remember is people telling me that I was gifted and that I would go far....fortunately I did until I tore my rotator cuff in pitching arm. So never tell a kid he wont go to pros!
I think the thing that I'm afraid of as a parent is that my kids will watch TV and play video games instead of being with other kids and getting their bodies worked and learning good sportsmanship while still being with your friends ...
Just to clarify, I speak from the perspective of someone that personally knows multiple families that spend practically every weekend traveling for sports that complain about it -- DO NOT LIKE IT. Have admitted to doing it out of pressure. Not to mention, it is hell on their family and marital lives. My apologies to the exceptions.
As a 48-year old mom, I went back to playing soccer 20 years out from high school. I am diving across a soccer field as goalie every week. My point being I am still very much into sports. BUT CAN'T AGREE WITH YOUR ARTICLE MORE!!! Most of those kids will burn or injure out. Where there's a will, there's a way. There is an adult recreational league for every damn sport--even kickball! So sad for all the parents and families that feel like they have to waste precious years of their lives doing the travel thing. Can't even fathom it.
My son is a freshman in HS. we are part of the "aau" weekends. travelling around indiana, etc for basketball. the part that is missed is that we have lots of travel time in the car and we actually talk. I dont expect my son to play college ball, if he does, that is a bonus for us. We are actually closer because of the time we spend together on weekends to/from and between games! You have to take it as a hobby and not a substitution for education and family. I am also in the ED, as a nurse and have heard the exact same questions, and it's all about perspective and balance.
I really do not think anyone understands the nature of Dr. Profeta's bet; he will bet the amount of his pension against anyone wanting to wager that their child will make the pros. I am sure that if he wagers this bet against 50 parents, he will win his bet at least 48 times out of that.
You stated, "CMom...there is not a sport around that does not have a rec league for kids (including high school) of all ages." Your article hit the nail on the head and is much, much worse than you think.
I signed my son up for rec baseball. He SUCKED!!!! He has a neuro birth defect that completely screws with coordination. His coaches loved him because he was teachable. They hated him because he lacked the physical ability to perform what was taught and it was frustrating to watch him struggle. They were amazed by him because at age 8, he could mathematically calculate if he could steal the next base and make it. (the coaches took a long time watching before word got out that this kid was a little rainman). They adored him because he was all heart.
Over the years, the parents, not the kids, were the issue. I had a parent tell me that we shouldn't waste our money on baseball. My kid sucked and would never get better. I turned on that POS dad and politely informed him I knew my kid was "bad", the other parents knew my kid was "bad", the team and coaches knew my kid was "bad". My kid even knew his was "bad". But my kid was smart and could own a ball team just as easily as his great kid could play for one. The difference is, no one wants a jerk on their pro team.
Rec center ball has gotten too competitive and my son quit to focus on Boy Scouts. He will be earning Eagle soon and that jerk kick will still not be in the pros. I wonder if that dad is kicking himself yet.
wow. apartheid as a platform to describe an approach to the affordable care act. interesting. brings to mind the phrase, "you can go sell crazy somewhere else."
as income inequality and globalization slowly erode the middle class in the u.s., it falls upon the middle class to support these programs through higher taxes;e.g., the federal funds you reference. this funding model is not sustainable in the current economy. as margaret thatcher stated, “the problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.”
while insurance companies, using the affordable care act as a platform, profit even more by cancelling selective health care plans to force everyone into the coverage requirements of "affordable" health care;e.g., you get the combo meal whether or not you want pay for it. prior to socializing an industry one might want to consider making it "not-for-profit."
my deductible is considerably higher than $1100/yr. my view, this is a good deterrent for abusing the entitlement pence is generously making available to indiana residents.
I'm pretty disappointed in the Vogue tonight. I understand that Against Me is a high energy band, but that shouldn't mean that guest can't be taken care of.
I was at the show about 45 min ago, and passed out due to the heat from the crowd. Prior to my blackout, I tapped a security guard on the barricade in attempts to signal him that I was losing conscience. He shoved me backwards into the crowd, which caused me to fall down into the hottest and muggiest area of the concert: everyones crotch. I blacked out, but luckily woke up to people pulling me up back to my feet.
After getting stomped on and kicked and grabbed I rushed to the back, threw up in a trash can, and walked out. I went outside for about 15 min for some air and then I tried to walk back in to get my coat from the check and the keys from my friend. I was told that I wasn't allowed back in because of intoxication. I asked the bouncer to direct me to the manager, who simply said "if you are intoxicated and throw up you cannot re-enter," and walked away. After talking the guard, I decided to find the "manager," (who is apparently the assistant GM) and have a one on one conversation.
After being told the same "canned" conversation (and sensing the lack of empathy in his eyes), I asked him straight if he thought I had been drinking. He said no. Then, after informing him about trying to let the guard know that I needed help, I asked him if he felt like that was responsible. He walked away. I wanted to yell at him, and let him know that his actions appeared apathetic. I wanted him to know that I was muslim and that drinking was against my religion. I wanted him to realize that people were getting sick and hurt out there and the guard on point at the main barricade was bobbing his head to the music and shoving people that needed his help (needed him to do what he was paid for.) But he didn't give a F***. It is a disheartening thought knowing that someone like that is responsible for the safety of the people there.
So yeah, I'm a little upset about missing the tail end of my favorite band playing a show, especially when the singer is going through a sex change which changes a mans voice into a woman's voice (so thats the last time it will sound the way i remember live), but thats even my biggest issue. If I had my throat stepped on instead of my stomach, I'd be dead instead of puking. denying assistance to someone who's about to pass out in a large ruckus crowd is unacceptable. Your actions were negligent, and they will compromise your brand.
You are spot on with this. And I WAS a professional athlete. Nothing too spectacular though...female professional surfer, very short lived career due to the fact that it wasn't really a career for me. I knew it was something to have fun with while it lasted, and I was getting ready to go to medical school anyway. But I did do well for that short time, even won a major event, and look back fondly on it. Mostly because there was no real pressure, I was just doing what I enjoyed and came naturally, and kept it all in perspective.
And ironically, I didn't go to med school either. We had our first child in our first year of marriage, and I decided it was way more worthwhile to actually RAISE my children then be an absentee parent.
At any rate, the "athlete gene" runs in our family, but we have never forced our 3 kids to be something they are not or didn't enjoy. They have stuck with what they enjoy the most. My take on sports has always been to help them find healthy athletic activities that they can enjoy for life, and will continue to be able to do into adulthood if possible, so that they can stay fit and happy.
And we don't do club sports, what a waste of money and weekend time! Not to mention overuse of body parts leading to lifelong injury.
My oldest is a sophomore in high school. He plays sports for a small private school and plays varsity soccer and volleyball, and we are starting a surf team there next year. NOT because he is looking to play in college, or get a scholarship, it's just because he enjoys the camaraderie. We are planning on him attending a junior college first as well, because that money saved will keep him/us out of unnecessary debt. As long as he keeps his grades up, he will be able to transfer to UCLA. Not a bad deal. Maybe he will even play sports there as a walk on, if that's something he really wants to do.
Of interest is that my husband coached a high school sport for 10 years at a very affluent high school in our area. He did it because he wanted to give back to the community we grew up in, in a sport he loves. The kids were mostly great, but sometimes the parents drove him nuts. He had one parent yell at him for 45 minutes when he didn't pick his son as MVP, telling my husband he ruined his son's college career. Well that kid went onto UCLA anyway, so I don't think it mattered. And the school athletic director just laughed at the story, reassuring my husband that he (the athletic director) had been told the same thing more times than he could count by nutcase parents.
I'm not advocating not to work hard if you have a gift. I'm just totally with you, that this whole thing has gone completely overboard, and entire families have totally lost perspective on what's really important and healthy.
I have two boys, both are good baseball players. The Travel Ball phenom is crazy in Chino Hills. Kids are on Travel Ball teams for the opportunity to play on the local High School teams. We have the Dirt Dawgs that are affiliated with Chino Hills High School and if you're on that team, chances are you'll be playing HS Baseball for Chino Hills High School. Same thing for Ayala High School down the road, they too have a Travel Team affiliation. My sons play Little League baseball and basically, if you play Little League baseball in Chino Hills and not Travel Ball, you won't make the High School baseball teams. What kind of crap is that! What ever happened to reading about baseball tryouts in the school newspaper and then trying out? It's also very costly to play on these teams. It's almost like you're paying now for the opportunity to play HS baseball later. Also, parents literally take little Jimmy Jenkins out of school on a Friday to go play in a weekend tournament in Las Vegas. Little Jimmy Jenkins is 9 years old! Is it in the best interest Jimmy to miss a day of school? For what?
The egos on those Travel Ball coaches are also ridiculous; most of them are former college, minor, or AAA major league players who are still pursuing the dream. I love watching baseball and watching the kids compete but frankly, I'm focused on my boys academics because sports is a "now" thing and education is FOREVER. Don't get me wrong, a lot is learned from sports; leadership, competition, teamwork and I tell my boys that they need to give their best on the fields because sports is life and life is sports; but that's where I stop. I also tell my kids to watch what happens to Johnny Football Hero in 20 years because chances are high that you'll find him in the local Buffalo Wild Wings sipping on a beer and talking about the touchdown run he had in the Ayala game 20 years ago.
My two cents, thanks for the article.
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