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Here’s an Update

Here’s an Update

Well this post is a bit of a test. I am going to update you on previous posts, but if you haven’t read them (shame on you)…I mean please do. I fixed my washing machine! As you recall form “It’s a Glam life” it had broken down. I disassembled and cleaned the drive motor, replaced a couple of belts and a switch, and it purrs like a kitten. I know this because after I repaired it I stood and watched a ...

Weekly photo challenge – Silhouette

Moon over Spinalonga and sunset over Camp de Mar, Majorca ___ From about the author... ..I love travel, being near the sea, reading, writing, chocolate, coffee, Italy, freshly cut grass, the smell of lavender, children’s laughter, the smell of autumn,  Christmas, church bells, freshly baked bread, family holidays, spending time with friends…………….. I have always written stories but confined my work to boxes and drawers, unsure of what to do, unsure of where to go. I recently enrolled on  a creative writing course feeling the time was right for me ...

Thursday Thirteen: A Baker's Dozen of Favorite Things To Do

This is my first week trying out the Thursday Thirteen but it seemed fun and I enjoyed skipping around to other blogs doing it so here I am, stepping out to give it a shot.I thought I'd list thirteen of my favorite things to do.  Readers of any of my novels might get to know me just a little bit better if I do so here goes (and they're not in order of preference) 1.  I love to sit out on ...

Nosh Some Hamentashen

Hamentashen, whose sweet fillings peak through the center of the delicious pastry, have become the symbol of the holiday of Purim. Just like any Hanukkah celebration requires latkes, the Purim celebration needs Hamentashen. You can always purchase them in virtually any supermarket, but why not try making them at home. Here is my Hamentashen recipe that I've been using forever. I use the dough recipe that my Grandmother made. Now, she never wrote a recipe down. It was always, "a pinch ...

Looking for My Expertise

I've heard that if you want to have a successful blog, you need to specialize.  You need to declare yourself an expert at something, and then focus on that one area of proficiency.  Then as people look for information, instruction, education about that "one thing", there YOU are! Well.  That puts me at quite a disadvantage then.  I am expert at nothing; I have experimented with a lot of hobbies, but I am the master of none. I am very good at fixing ...

Portugal: Growing Fruit and Vegetables – October

Orange peppers are still growing in October! Here we are hurtling towards the end of October and enjoying the sun when autumn arrived quite suddenly. One minute we are swimming in the sea and enjoying temperatures of 25C. While the cloudless blue sky suggested not a hint of rain. I should have known better because our wedding anniversary was looming and it ALWAYS seems to rain around that time. True to form ominous clouds gathered in a slate-grey sky and obliterated the ...

Chocolate Truffles

Ingredients: 300g Chocolate broken into small pieces (you can use the chocolate you prefer, but make sure it's a good quality chocolate.) 1 1/4 cup cream (creme fraiche is really good for this recipe) 2 Tbsp unsalted butter 2 Tbsp of your favourite booze (optional) 200g cocoa powder. Method: Place chocolate pieces in a large bowl. Heat 1 cup of the cream until it comes to a boil. Remove from heat and immediately pour cream over chocolate and stir until the chocolate has completely melted. Remember the smaller the ...

Fun Flower Facts: Hosta

Hosta, also known as plantain lily, is a genus of about 40 plants native to Eastern Asia. It is a flowering plant, producing spikes of lily-like flowers in lavender or white, but it is more valued for its attractive, showy foliage. Hostas can be found in a variety of colours, including: green, blue-green, and yellow, with many varieties being variegated. Leaves also come in a variety of shapes and sizing, ranging from heart-shaped leaves to sword shaped. The flowering period is ...

Grandma's Iris patch

The Iris is called, "The Poor Man's Orchid" by some folks.  I can understand why. The Iris is fragrant beyond belief, especially after the first dew of the day has fallen or there has been a soft warm rain. To a small child, the perfume of a whole patch of Iris is a heady experience indeed ---almost intoxicating with it's freshness. It is, to a little lad, like myself at the age of Five, almost as good as the smell of Grandma Herself. My ...

Beach Activities – Stone Art

Imagine the scenario: you’ve taken the children/teenagers on holiday to a beach only to discover there are no touristy beach activities such as banana rides, pedalos and beach trampolines etc to keep them amused. They survey the location in horror as they realise there’s nothing but sand, shells, stones and sea and the family are about to have a 21st Century boredom meltdown! It’s back to basics and worse still – there’s not even a mobile phone signal! They have ...

a weaving arachnid & another misspelling

an orb weaver. the first time i noticed one like this, was about a year ago. she was on the front porch...in the same area as this one. she was much bigger than the one who spins her web out there now. these Orb Weavers are nocturnal. the ones usually seen are females. they have bigger, rounder bodies. top side under side she waits...night after night...not just for a meal...but for a male too. the males are smaller, and their main purpose in life is to seek out a ...

Portugal: Growing Fruit and Vegetables in Containers – July

My container gardening diary continues… The temperatures in July, after scorching winds, soared into the 30Cs and certainly tested my tenacity and ability to grow fruit and vegetables in containers. Unlike cacti, succulents, hibiscus and the other variety of plants I grow,  container grown fruit and vegetables are certainly more challenging for the novice gardener. However, I am pleased to report the only casualty during July was my sage plant. Why did it die? I just don’t know. But as you can ...

Best Plants for Dorm Rooms

Life as a student can be stressful, particularly if they are living on their own.  Dorms are often small and cramped. But growing plants in the dorm rooms can help make the school year more pleasant. Plants add life and positive energy to any space, including small spaces.  Plants can improve the air quality, especially since dorms aren’t known to be airy and spacious. They can also help relieve stress and create a calming and relaxing environment. Students don’t need to ...

Milligan’s Gander Hill Farm For Sale

This is the big news I promised you from my last post. We have decided to sell the farm and now have it listed with a realty company. We have been at the farm this past week getting the farm ready to sell and looking at other farms. The more I learn about farming the more I realize that our current land would only be good for just a few head of cattle and probably not much more then that, I want to raise more then ...

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Steps Toward an Amish NFL???

America loves football – specifically the brand of football produced by the National Football League (NFL) .

In fact, research shows that the number of football fans in this country continues to grow faster than in any other professional sport.

The action, strategy, athleticism – and let’s be honest – the violence, makes the NFL must-see-TV for most households in this country every Sunday during the football season.

It’s interesting, however, to note that several developments during the past few months may lead some fans to think the NFL leadership has some pro-Amish leanings.

Let me explain.

I’m not asserting that the league will be swapping out helmets for quaint Amish straw hats or make players travel to games by horse and buggy – but consider the following Amish-esque policies the NFL has recently enacted.


Head coach for the New Orleans Saints, Sean Payton, has just begun a season-long suspension at the hands of the NFL administration for allowing his defensive players to systematically target and injure competing players via paid “bounties” offered by assistant coaches.

While Payton kept his job, the punishment forbids him from engaging or even talking to anyone associated with the NFL from now through the Super Bowl in 2013. Now if that’s not the same as an old-fashioned, Amish shunning I’ll gladly change my name to Jedidiah Zechariah Stolzfus.

Less Violence

Last year the NFL rules committee announced a change in kick-offs, requiring these plays occur at the 35-yard line to slow player speeds and reduce the risk of severe injuries – specifically concussions. This rule change seeks to make one of the most exciting plays in football, less violent.

And now, team owners and league officials are discussing eliminating kick-offs altogether to further reduce violent collisions. The NFL seems to be getting in touch with its inner pacifist, similar to the non-violent Amish who practice a pacifistic lifestyle.

Submission to Patriarchal Authority

One of the key distinctions of Amish culture is captured in their use of the German word Gelassenheit, or “submission,” which they define as obedience to the will of community authorities and patriarchs.

This Amish approach for order ironically mirrors the leadership model of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. During his nearly six-years as head of the NFL clan, Goodell has meted out penalties stiffer than a Mennonite minister’s collar for a variety of infractions ranging from performance-enhancing drug use to player conduct off-the-field.

Goodell has laid down the communal law, and expects strict adherence or else he’ll dispense his brand of justice faster than the crack of a buggy whip.
Having said all that, I’m not expecting the NFL to go hardcore Amish:

  • Don’t expect the NFL to institute half-time butter churning extravaganzas or barn-raising celebrations during the playoffs.
  • NFL rookies won’t be given the opportunity to experience Rumspringa, nor will there be team quilting bees or scripture readings.
  • I also don’t think NFL stadiums will swap out beer and hotdogs for Amish goat’s milk and soda cracker pudding.

However, the reality is that the threat of class-action injury lawsuits from past players against the league is spurring this kinder gentler devolution of the NFL.

Who knows, in a few years perhaps a rowdy game of Amish horseshoes may have more action than an NFL season opener.

Question: Is the NFL too violent? If so, what should be done about it?

Image courtesy Wikimedia Commons

Tor Constantino - The Daily Retort

A topical blog that focuses on issues of faith, family, finance and fitness. I have more than 20 years experience as a former journalist and current PR practitioner. Additionally, I'm a father, husband, marathoner, writer and believer.

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