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Brandon

Mr. Maddon doesn’t need what he thinks he needs

Joe Maddon, manager of the Tampa Bay Rays, after a fly ball hit a catwalk in Tropicana Stadium and cost his team the game:  “It just needs to be a real baseball field…” Eight-year-old kid, in the Tampa Bay projects, after playing a game with his buddy and a dozen imaginary players, using a broomstick...
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The greatest single cause of atheism

“The greatest single cause of atheism in the world today is Christians, who acknowledge Jesus with their lips, walk out the door, and deny him by their lifestyle. That is what an unbelieving world simply finds unbelievable.” – Brennan Manning That quote opened a song once. Name that song, name that band, name that year. ...
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Thoughts from an American in Senegal with the Peace Corps

David Campbell, 24, is from Wilmington. Right now, he's over in Senegal with the Peace Corps. I wrote this story about him for the Wilmington Star-News, and interviewed him via email earlier last week. Of course, what’s going in the story is only a small portion of all he’s really experiencing over there. He said a lot...
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“The Pick” – Announcing the cover for The Edge of Legend

Welcome, everyone, to "The Pick." In the next thirty seconds, you will see The Cover, the one you all surely poured your hearts and souls into voting on. Some of you may be disappointed that The Cover chosen is not the cover you picked.* But I'm pretty sure that none of you will be disappointed...
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The choice has been made

The decision has been made. We’ll announce on Monday, August 2, which cover we’ve gone with for our forthcoming book The Edge of Legend. The cover is nearly finished, and includes a couple of tweaks from what you see here.  Further details about the book covers: we’ll be making the announcement in an 140-character long status...
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Proud

Got a real nice phone call earlier tonight. Been thinking about it on and off ever since. It was my old journalism professor, and my first journalism boss, and the harshest but best editor I’ve ever had. He’s been reading my book. He’s been really busy this summer. As it goes with most newspapers these...
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Which book cover design should we use for the book about Ant?

The debate rages on at the book’s official Facebook page, but it’s been brought to my attention that some people who don’t use Facebook are blocked from seeing the pics. So here they are, the two possible cover designs for my forthcoming book The Edge of Legend.  Which one do you like best? The one...
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What Inception Is Really All About

If you haven’t seen Inception yet, two things: One, don’t read this. It’ll ruin the whole movie. Two: Why not? I’m posting this in honor of my youngest brother, Logan, who turns 18 today, because we share a like passion for great movies. Inception was one such movie. Happy birthday, lil’ bro. This is the...
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When Barry Bonds Became a Super Villain (also: ARod, Eminem, Pres. Obama, and my dreams about them)

Barry BondsThanks to Joe Posnanski, I found myself today* getting all wrapped up in imagining the life and mind of Barry Bonds, and what the arc of his life looked like and why.  *(When I should be working or packing for our upcoming vacation. But whatever. I’m ahead of schedule. Well, I was. Now I’m...
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We went and took lots of pictures of Harlem Globetrotter “Ant” the other day

Well, Brent Holloman, a talented graphic artist who’s also a professional photographer with Millie Holloman Photography went with me to take lots of pictures of Harlem Globetrotter “Ant” the other day. If you’re out of the loop, I’m writing a book about Ant* that will publish in fall 2010 and am handling a lot of...
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I’m Trying Surfing. It Hurts.

That is not me.The water is warm now. I can surf now. Well, I can try to surf.  Well, really, I can try to learn to surf.  The wife, Katie, and I bought surfboards. One last summer. One two months ago in preparation for this summer. Once we realized we’d be in Wilmington likely through...
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Santa of the Streets

Relevantmagazine.com today published my essay about the man Wilmington knew as the Ogden Santa. A few lines of it are below. Check out the whole thing if you have a sec.  Word. Dane Hobbs didn’t have a TV or a car or even a cell phone….or, for that matter, a house. He had a wallet...
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