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Softball’s Hidden Gems—Register Your Team Today

Softball often gets construed as baseball’s little brother. It doesn’t quite have the national following garnered by the MLB, it doesn’t quite have that air of American nostalgia or the famous names that have become bigger than life for so many. But in a way, what it’s lacking produces the allure. Without the baggage of an intense national following, it seems more approachable for those who may have never played and it still has that foundational competitive spirit. And it is just plain fun. The birth of this beloved sport came shortly after a Yale and Harvard football game when a Yale fan threw a boxing glove at a Harvard fan. The Harvard fan grabbed a stick and struck the glove…. This was followed by the shout of “play ball,” from a man named George Hancock, and the first game of softball was played on that Thanksgiving day in 1887. Hancock went on to create a ball and a bat over the next week and launched the beginning of the centerpiece to so many company picnics across the nation. Some fun softball facts: -The sport was designed for indoor play with closer bases. Before it became a phenomenon all its own, it was meant to help baseball players hone their skills in the winter....

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How Resilient Living and Homesteading can Heal the World (Kind of)

By Dan Smith Perhaps the title of this piece seems overly optimistic, sensationalist or naive–I’m not totally without my own doubts–but I like to dabble in optimism from time to time. So I’m going to present my case, and you of course, can decide its merit… If I had to pick the dominant theme of our national and global discourse, divisiveness would win the day. Politics, race, immigration, economics, terrorism, environmental issues, civil rights, and  [insert one of infinite conflict-laden issues here] all seem to have everyone at each other’s throats. And our ideological schisms become further inflamed by a media industry that encourages mindless bickering absent of critical thought. Presidential elections never help the situation.  But amid the derisive atmosphere, a burgeoning movement bubbles below the surface. A momentum of minds and hands that hold the promise of a more civil coexistence. People across the nation increasingly seek a more  localized life, wanting to provide for more of their own needs with fewer and fewer external inputs. Resilient living, homesteading, self-reliance, survivalism or whatever you want to call it, is a growing force. In 1994, there were about 1,700 farmers markets in the US, currently there are more than 8,000. Locally grown and produced food is commonly sought by consumers. Words like “regenerative...

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Toys for Tots Claims a Storied Past

Dan Smith Take part in a unique story this holiday season… Few true stories begin with a Marine and a toy doll. These two elements sit juxtaposed in the collective psyche—the symbolic innocence of a child’s toy and the hardened veneer of a soldier. But in 1947, the unlikely meeting of these forces catalyzed the launch of an organization committed to the joy of boys and girls around the country during the Christmas season. It all happened a couple...

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