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December 18, 2020

A time of healing and giving

first_imgAs I prepared to write a blog for today, my mind is focused on one thing…the tremendous devastation for our family, friends, and co-workers in the south.  My heart goes out to the people and the communities who have been affected by Hurricane Harvey.  And it’s not over for these amazing survivors, now it’s time to rebuild.  Rebuild their lives, rebuild their homes, and rebuild their communities.There have been such amazing stories of the many who have volunteered their time, energy and resources to assist those in need.  The love felt and outpouring of support from so many organizations and individuals has been tremendous, and I thank you!  It’s going to be a long haul, but together, we will get through this.We have received many inquiries from friends of the credit union industry about what might be done to help credit unions that have been effected by Hurricane Harvey. If you are interested, there are two ways you might be able to help.First, if you have specific resources you can make available to support business continuity or recovery efforts of credit unions, email [email protected] The Cornerstone Credit Union League is building a list of suppliers that will be shared with credit unions effected by Hurricane Harvey. continue reading » 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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October 18, 2020

Thomas Meunier snubs Arsenal and Manchester United by declaring he wants to stay at Paris Saint-Germain

first_imgThomas Meunier is wanted by Arsenal and Manchester United (Getty Images)Thomas Meunier has dealt a blow to Arsenal and Manchester United by revealing that he wants to stay at Paris Saint-Germain.The 27-year-old has been heavily linked to both Arsenal and United in recent weeks, with Unai Emery particularly keen on signing the Belgian for the Gunners.Meunier has just one year left on his contract with PSG, which means he could leave the club on a free transfer next year.But the right-back now wants to extend his stay in the French capital.ADVERTISEMENT by Metro Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE Metro Sport ReporterMonday 3 Jun 2019 5:21 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link About Connatix V67539 Read More Manchester United captain Harry Maguire Comment Thomas Meunier snubs Arsenal and Manchester United by declaring he wants to stay at Paris Saint-Germain SPONSORED Meunier says he wants to stay at PSG (Getty Images)‘I want to stay,’ he told VTM Nieuws.‘We have been talking about a contract extension for a while, but there’s no offer on the table anymore.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘I’m ready to stay in Paris. Everybody knows.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityReports had claimed that PSG are open to selling Meunier for €25 million (£22m).The Belgium international made 31 appearances for the French champions last season.More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop struggling Read More Advertisement Full Screencenter_img Read More Video Settings 1 min. story / Read More Skip Ad Top articles PLAY Coming Next Read More Skip 1/1 Advertisementlast_img read more

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September 16, 2020

Gordon, rushing attack heed lesson from down game

first_imgAt first glance, Wisconsin’s 37-3 win over Western Illinois three weeks ago did not seem much out of the ordinary.Although the Badgers rushed for only 167 yards as a team, that number didn’t heavily back the general trend, even for a program that prides itself on its running game. Just last year, Wisconsin had rushing totals below 200 yards in three of its 14 games, including a season-low 104 against Ohio State.However, with some change to the football team’s offense under second-year head coach Gary Andersen, few expected the drastic results that emerged from from the Badgers’ second game of the season.The player hyped as a preseason Heisman candidate and the Badgers’ number one option at running back, redshirt junior Melvin Gordon, was nearly invisible that Saturday. Rather, the game’s leading rusher, in terms of yards gained, was redshirt junior quarterback Tanner McEvoy.“Me having that bad game really opened my eyes to a lot of things,” Gordon said. “It just shows you, you have a bad game and not many people are on your side.”The Western Illinois defense clogged the box with up to 10 defenders in that game and Gordon had little room to work with all afternoon on the way to 38 net yards rushing, 21 of which came on one play.As for his only touchdown that game, it resulted from a pass of eight yards.“I just felt like it was one of those days where you got to get what you can get,” Gordon said. “I tried to be as effective as I can in the passing game. I tried to help out there and make some explosive plays that way. Sometimes you get those days where there’s nothing you can do, but you got to make plays and be effective a different way.”But the lack of success in the running game for Gordon provided a humbling and valuable educational experience for him that couldn’t be taught, not even by his predecessors Montee Ball and James White.It was something Gordon had to do for himself.“It’s just a different form of adversity being a starting running back and things not going your way and having a bad game,” he said.“I had a bad game as a leader. It’s been tough to try to overcome that for the first time, but I responded and I got to keep responding to every game. I’ve learned a lot of things being in this position now, learning some things that I haven’t learned before.”Gordon responded on the field. After a bye week two weekends ago, he resumed play at Camp Randall in style with his best rushing performance of his career last Saturday against Bowling Green. Thirteen carries, 253 rushing yards and five touchdowns later, Gordon had returned to the form which had garnered him so much attention.But he wasn’t the only one to have success last Saturday as the entire rushing attack, including fellow running back sophomore Corey Clement, broke free for the most single game rushing yards in program history with 644.Clement acknowledged that the whole group had something to prove after the poor showing against Western Illinois, Gordon added.“I just think he wanted to take that step forward and play his football that he knows,” Clement said of Gordon. “He’s been here for four years, and he knows how to dominate this offense. He showed for it last week, and hopefully he can keep progressing.”That determined mindset not only propelled Gordon and sparked the Badgers’ rushing attack this past Saturday against Bowling Green, but it also helped him work through the disappointment from the game against Western Illinois.“He’s got the same mindset every single day,” running back coach Thomas Brown said. “He gets frustrated at times when we don’t have production, but he shows up and works every single day, whether he runs for 12 yards or 150 yards.”Even if Gordon had a game with 12 yards, the depth Wisconsin has at running back means that even a bad game for him could mean a good game for one of the other backs like Clement.As has been the case with a rotating group of backs over the last several years, the jostling for playing time gives the Badgers a battle that few other schools benefit from. It also leads to big games for the whole group of backs, not just a monstrous game for the go-to guy in Gordon.“Practice makes our games come easier because of the competition that we have. I believe no one else in the country has it like us,” Clement said. “The camaraderie that we share is something special and great. We always want to be better than the next guy. I want to be better than Melvin. He wants to be better than me. That’s just the competition that we bring about in this group.”Although the eye-popping output against the Falcons may have put the rushing attack in elite company, both Gordon and Clement made it clear there’s more to the season than just one performance.And despite the offense changing slightly in favor of a dual-threat quarterback with McEvoy, contributing more with his legs than has been the norm for Wisconsin in the past, the power game and Gordon’s place as the focal point of the offense won’t disappear again anytime soon.“Because of that [game], we’re sharper mentally, and we’re working a lot harder because we don’t want to put that product on the field anymore,” Gordon said.last_img read more

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July 20, 2019

Second Wind in the House

first_imgby, Dr. Bill ThomasTweet10Share17Share4Email31 SharesSecond-Wind-BookstoreFor an author publication is something like a birthday. The little idea that wouldn’t let go, the idea that seemed to grow in your mind, the idea that became a book— is presented to the world.It is very exciting and also very frightening. You can pick the book up (it’s on the front table of all U.S. Barnes and Noble stores) and hold it and, like a baby, it feels so small and light. Also like a baby, your book will make its own way in the world. People will love it– or hate it. People will hand it to friends– or ignore it. No one can say what will happen because no one really knows. So happy birthday “Second Wind: Navigating the Passage to a Slower, Deeper, and More Connected Life.”My happiness is somewhat tempered by the changes that are remaking the world of books and publishing. If you care to look at the best selling books that have anything at all to do with aging, they are nearly all about “anti-aging.” Best-sellers are the domain of celebrities with breathless accounts of “anti-aging miracles.” The fact that Second Wind is a pro-aging book written by a (relatively) unknown author means that it is going to have a tough time getting started in the world.It is true that Second Wind was named in the top 10 nonfiction books of 2014 by Publishers Weekly. It is true that the book will be displayed at the entrance to every Barnes and Noble in America today (and many independent book stores). And yes it has been placed in thousands of libraries across America. Widespread distribution is one of the dwindling perks of having a big publisher. But that is not enough.Let me tell you where you won’t find Second Wind. You won’t see the book featured on This Morning or on Good Morning America. You won’t see it on The Daily Show. Oprah did not select it for her book club. In fact, I haven’t been invited to talk about Second Wind on any television program anywhere, let alone one with national reach.As the author of a book that explains why our society struggles against positive messages about aging I knew better than to expect our virulently ageist mainstream media to pay attention to, let alone promote, a book dedicated to exploring the hidden virtues of aging. My extraordinary team of publicists at Simon and Schuster hope to prove me wrong and have not given up pitching the book to national media. But I believe this book will have to find its audience the old-fashioned way– by word of mouth. We are going on the road with the The Second Wind Tour because we want to share its message with as many people as possible. We want to start a new conversation that is rich with possibilities.I now see myself as a writer AND a cultural critic AND an impresario of deeply authentic live experiences:I am a writer and I am proud of the Second Wind book and I do believe that it will help others reimagine their lives, their dreams.I am a critic of the relentless “adultification” of American society and remain dedicated to illuminating the virtues of life beyond adulthood.I am also the producer of a new kind of experience — I believe in the power of live “non-fiction” theater to share insights and, most importantly, help people understand why they so often feel that their lives are out of balance.This is not my dream alone. You can share this journey with me. You are invited to read the book and dispute, embrace and improve its arguments. You are invited to join us in 25 cities across America as we present a theatrical experience that celebrates the joy that comes with catching hold of life’s Second Wind.You are invited into a new conversation about life, growth and reimagination. And the conversation starts right here.The book is currently available for sale at many locations including amazon.comRelated PostsIntroducing The Second Wind TourLast summer I was taken by the feeling that the time was right to start a new conversation about why we so often feel that our lives are out of balance– and how we can restore that balance.What’s Your Best Books on Aging Reading List?In the time-honored tradition of year-end lists and gift ideas, I’m asking ChangingAging’s bloggers and audience to submit their personal Top 5 Books on Aging reading lists.Tribes of EdenIn the mid-1990’s I decided to write a book about aging. It was going to be a serious, deeply researched non-fiction book that would update the state of knowledge regarding aging. In the evenings, when I sat down to write this book — I had trouble concentrating. Instead of working…Tweet10Share17Share4Email31 SharesTags: publishing Second Wind Tour Simon and Schusterlast_img read more

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