Monday, November 30, 2009

Year 12 1979

Here's a first pic of many from our Year 12 1979 Dinner on Saturday night celebrating 30 years since we left school... it was great to see some of the old boys and a very appropriate night with minimal fuss, quality pub food and a chance to chat... although I didn't catch everyone...

Sunday, November 29, 2009


Looks like they're tightly controlling the embedding of Glee clips on youtube... this is one of my favourite songs and the kids do justice to Cyndi Lauper's original version. You can check it out at the link

'Glee' 2

The Club figure out 'what's important'!

"GLEE" on TEN in Oz

I'm not sure how it works for you but I only have room in the week for a certain number of TV shows... and usually a 7.30pm program doesn't make the list with 2 girls who go to bed after 8pm!! However the little bits of 'Glee' I've caught have been dangerously tempting [I know I know] but their talented and the stories have 'soul'... there's the occasional sitcom moment but they do a pretty good job of capturing the angst and other adolescent emotions while tossing in the odd stunning performance of a song and entertaining along the way. I bet it has a loyal audience and then whole other groups ho 'just don't get it!'
This week it moved to 7.30pm Sunday and I'll be interested to see it's figures vs the average 'Idol' audience... are your young people watching it... are they dealing with relationships, teenage pregnancy, sexuality, self esteem... the ins and outs of competitive creative talent!!

Aussie Politics, ETS and Malcolm Turnbull

Tough choice for Malcolm Turnbull this week if he chose to see it this way... principle and common sense or integrity and some gains vs politics, weasel words and unity of an inherrently divided Party which is yet to fully embrace it's comprehensive defeat last Election.
On Channel Nine this morning Malcolm Turnbull spoke passionately, coherently an honestly about his own outlook and the Party decisions around the Emissions Trading Scheme. He made it clear that despite close decisions, both the Cabinet and Party Room endorsed their work and his leadership. This does mean that at some point Nick Minchin and others finally had enough of holding the line and want to wreck the Party as climate change naysayers who haven't got their way. It must be true that not only would Joe Hockey be seen as a more palatable leader, but he'd have to toe their line, otherwise why change!!

Laurie Oakes tried to put the case that Turnbull would lose on Tuesday and that likely it would be to Joe Hockey... would it not be better if he stood aside for the sake of the party. The counter is of course that this would leave what remains at the whim of those who would take 'no position' on climate change [despite their claims its all about waiting until after Copenhagen] and would lead to decimation at the next election either way!!

Interesting territory for an interview between one persons principle, a pretty straightforward choice on a complex issue and whether politics or a persons real convictions will hold sway!! Ihave always been impressed with what I see and know of Malcolm Turnbull and that was only enhanced by this interview... whatever happens on Tuesday!!
The government on the other hand has done terrible job of explaining the issues to the Australian public and on this and so many other fronts the Rudd Government comes up short on susbstance and very busy with spin and grand gesture!! This is a shame because their agenda is sound and their perspectives are forward thinking... it's just gloss in so many ways however!!

Advent Conspiracy

I came across this video clip at 'Rethinking Youth Ministry' and although it's almost too late for this year YOU may find it useful and could check it out here on Youtube

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Festivities, celebrations and Sport!!

Well, it's going to be a big day today!
The girls are all away in Forster and so I start the day with putting up the outside Christmas Lights [a little early but reflecting how busy we are in coming weekends]!! Maybe there's a lawn mowing in there somewhere, then a walk or swim [gotta love this weather with 38 predicted today] I need to finally add a mark to some essays I've been reading and then probably watch the cricket for the afternoon resting up ahead of my 30 YEAR HIGH SCHOOL REUNION!
Yep, the Maitland Boys' High class of 1979 are gathering at Rutherford's Bradford Hotel [Looms Restaurant] with nearly half our group but also lots of former teachers [amazing]... I have to say it's not really my thing but 30 years seemed long enough and we were a reasonably tight bunch with some great sportsmen, thinkers and creative types in the group. I guess I'm keen to see who we've become... if little annoyed that after my healthy year last year I have gone backwards a little... anyhow!!
Then of course comes the final match of the Wallabies depressing but predictable tour of the UK with a Test debut for Kurtley Beale [albeit on the bench and potentially as a winger]... Quade Cooper was in the same schoolboy team and has shown his ability and flair this and last year... Beale has had injury and fitness issues but is a naturally gifted footballer who if he maintain recent gains could just be a significant piece of the Rugby World Cup puzzle for 2011

2009 ARIAs on NINE

The Australian Recording Industry Awards [ARIAs] were held last night and telecast, after a long period of uncertainty, by the Nine Network!! This signalled a return to an 'ordinary' and 'boring' night. 'Empire of the Sun' were big winners as Jessica Mauboy's seven nominations yielded one for Single sales. This means she failed to win support or admiration from the industry alongside most other 'Australian Idol' artists!!
The show failed to repeat the recent and creative approach of teaming artists for impromptu duets or collaborations... with Lisa Mitchell, Kate Miller Heidke and Sarah Blasko coming close through a medley...
Anyhow, there were heap of talented Aussies on show and we should be proud of the ability of best an most creative... the rest mirrored the choice of two soap stars as hosts in Guyton Grantley and Kate Ritchie!!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Fundraising for a Cause

I know or have seen lots of blokes entering into the spirit of 'Mo-vember' as they grow a moustache during this month to raise funds for prostate cancer research. From time to time I also see and hear about other efforts to raise funds for needs, tragedies, whole countries and natural disasters. I wonder if there's a group of motivated young people or young adults in the Uniting Church somewhere around NSW/ACT who would be interested in a walk, concert or dinner to raise much needed funds for a world, national, regional or local worthy cause... in response to their 'discipleship'?
It might even be able to be linked to some kind of work party or trip where ongoing help is offered in a 'hands on' way as well!!
I'm sure some 'name bands' would be willing to support a country or region or group in need and it might galvanise a group, provide opportunity for action> reflection and faith shaping!!
BUT it's not something the Youth Unit should do in isolation... if you're reading this and think a group you're connected with might be into this in 2010/2011 then comment and let me know!!

Friday, November 20, 2009

Row 'M' Seat 30 "Twilight NEW MOON"

Discussion Guide to follow...

Installment 2 of the Twilight film adaptations 'NEW MOON' is an engaging depiction of adolescent angst made all the more real by the secrecy around the world of vampires and werewolves. The setting for this incedulous story allows each character to grapple with growing up, identity, how they interact and effect each other and all the uncertainties, challenges and story shaping action of the average teenagers life.

Watch the film with a cinema comfortably full of schoolgirls [if you can] so you know what's supposed to be funny or poignant, gripping or hilarious!! Perhaps the gratuitous 'shirt removals' are taken less seriously this way!!

Bella struggles as Edward decides she'd be better off if he left. Asking her to promise 'not to do anything reckless' he appears at those tempting moments and creating an incentive to 'push it' in Bella's despair and loneliness.

Jacob is experiencing quite a transformation as the teenage male hormones kick in and he represents the 'what's good for you' choice in love.

NEW MOON explores the world of the vampire, werewolf and the world of a whole peer group of different characters.

Not having read the books I was bored almost to sleep by the DVD of the first film in the 'Twighlight' series. I thought the angst was a little false and the incredulous stuff was too understated to creat the smile humour that lifts these stories to another level.

However in "NEW MOON" by all reports the Director and storytellers have made a much more engaging film.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Ordination: A lot of fuss about ?

I've been part of a few interesting dialogues over the the last few months about 'Ordination.' From conversations with Panels, a Formation Intensive, colleagues of varying views, peers, young people, family, acquantances and those with a casual interest.

What does 'ordination' mean? What's different for me? What does this mean?
What are your next steps?
Does this mean free weddings and funerals for family members?

This post will probably be saved as a draft more than once before I post it as I recall different aspects of this and help myself form some thoughts for my 'brief statement of faith' on 12.12.09.

One thing I know is I don't know everything there is to know about what it means to 'be ordained' and I seek permission to be sketchy, to change my mind and to speak only for myself and to take an approach of 'working it out as I go' for the next couple of decades and you can ask me again then!!

Here's what I reckon:
-there isn't any difference between the call to discipleship and the call to ordination, certainly not in terms of power or status, 'seriousness' of your commitment etc
-I think it's important to reflect that it's a call 'to' something not just about 'title'
-in the UCA it's a call to Minister of the Word, or Deacon AND I believe Youth Work [amongst other things]
-ordination doesn't have to be a denial of your baptism, it might just be a choice to live that out in a way the church asks or that makes sense in terms of the time and place you find yourself in or want to be in for the future.
-it's got something to do with time and something to do with place [or standpoint]-Its' got something to do with taking a new standpoint and being 'called' by the church and your own journeying
-It's not a career move but it has implications
-It's continually under examination by the context
-It's problematic in that symbol and tradition both inform us and hold us up e.g the Alb
The alb [in our case the ecumenical alb or long white fairly plain robe] symbolises many things and one is that "it's not about YOU", there's an identification with the ordinary, a recognition in the community at large it represents something of the transcendence of God and the mystery of what the person is 'leading' when they wear it on occasion.

Yet, are some of those things barriers in a time when normal or ordinary dress is so different. Are we in danger of the deity from 'Red Dwarf' TV show or the story of the Friars cat in Chapel [another day perhaps]

-I'm not interested in convincing anyone else they shold be getting ordained. I am interested in listening, encouraging them to explore and helping them ask 'different questions' to the ones giving them the answrs they want to hear
-I'm as surprised I'm being ordained as I am most times someone asks me to offer some form of leadership
-Yet I am as reserved and circumspect about this as I am about what I truly believe about my own intellect, gifts, persona and journey
-I already sense plenty of pressure about 'how I will go in a traditional congregational setting' despite peoples best efforts to envisage a new future for this ancient faith and church of ours
- I'm glad I'm not doing anything different for the first 12 months [most likely] to demonstrate a point
-I wil take seriously the caring question from this last week about what 'preparation' I am undertaking for my Ordination... which in my frame of mind I interpreted as being about organisation... when it was always about identity, time out, relfection, spirtual prepartions. I'm making a plan!
-To those considering or avoiding or questioning ordination I say "......." what do YOU make of it? Rather than everyone or anyone else? What are your questions and how are you seeking the answers? -It's something that in the past I have said 'no' to or 'not now' or 'not in this way' and somehow this time is different? Does it seem like 'selling out', 'domestication?' YET what are your gifts, what do you know you would contribute or do and is there an inkling for you that the questions are prompted in you by more than human interest?
More later perhaps...

[10] Resources to Change the World

Here's a sneak peak of a fun article for our next MESH Magazine... which will also include my previous post. In this case it's a reflection that simple ideas can build on what's actually important in relational ministry and mission...

[10] Resources to Change the World
While resources are important for events, programs or groups, there are some simple ideas which can open up limitless possibilities for ministry and mission with young people. To illustrate the point, here’s [10] resources to change the world. What [10] would you list?
They are a reminder that it’s actually about much simpler notions than entertainment, expensive nights out, continually trying to ramp things up or Bible Study only instead of having some fun!!
Youth ministry is inherently relational but even morseo in the current era it’s about asking ‘who God is calling us to be at this time in this place’ and helping young people engage in ‘mission’ helping others and changing the world. This and mature mentoring, exposure to new ideas and positive affirmation are well on the way to helping young people develop holistic wellbeing.

1. Soccer Ball
 Only the holder of the ball can speak in a group ‘icebreaking’ or discussion circle
 Play endless games of ‘poison ball’ with elimination and non elimination varieties
 [2] or [3] teams can play catch where you can’t run while touching the ball but you’re team scores a point if you can catch 10, 15 or 20 consecutive passes on the full
 Use it as the ‘bone’ for British Bulldog
 Oh yeah, play soccer [football]
 Sign it and give it to the young person leaving the group

2. Length of Rope
 Tug o war
 Tied in a circle, pick it up and move to a circle, the rectangle with eyes closed and others guiding
 Play ‘survivor games’ where last to be holding the rope is winner
 Set ‘initiative’ or group building tasks using the rope, getting over the rope
 ‘Trust exercises’ leading groups with eyes closed
 Sit around the egde in a circle no further than the rope away
 Abseling [and it’s great stories]

3. Ream of A4 Paper and Pens
 Sharing sheets answering Questions
 MySpace Pages
 Quizzes
 Scavenger Hunts
 Faith Questions
 Reflections and writing
 Bible Study Questions
 Feedback Sheets
 Group or Activity Programs
 Database of Group Participants
 Lightning Self Portraits
 Camp Rego Forms

4. Stick of Chalk
 Teams Chalk Chase
 Footpath Graffiti
 Drawing shapes on the floor for musical shapes
 Marking Goals
 Writing rosters on a chalkboard
 Prayer Wall

5. List of ‘Get to Know You’ Questions
 Hundreds of questions can help groups and individuals move from ‘icebreakers’ to deep sharing
 Camps, Discussion Nights, New Members, Re-shaping group, Leadership Team building
 Leaders ‘getting to know’ individual group members better
 It’s not all about physical games

6. Peoples Hats
 Keep the sun off heads
 Share stories, memories or anything about you and that hat
 Hats NO Hats Games
 Bushwalking
 Organise Embroidered Group Hats [especially for trips to wider events]

7. Video Camera, TV and DVD Player
 Films
 Discussion
 Viewing Discipleship Resources
 Video Scavenger Hunt
 Vox Pop Video
 Intergenerational Interviews
 Claymation and Lego worship resources

8. Bible
 Reading
 Discussion
 Creating ‘portable’ faith
 Q and A
 Storytelling
 For use in asking ‘what difference God makes?’
 For holding up as a mirror to explore who we are

9. A Pillow
 For sitting on during long talks
 Name Bop Game
 Only the person holding it speaks
 Camping
 D and M question time

10. A CD/MP3 Player
 Background music
 Music for reflection/discussion
 Worship
 Games soundtracks
 Musical chairs etc
 Party
 Talks
 Young people choose, explain and share a song
 Social Justice anthems
 Reflective worship

Missional Youth Ministry Ideas

Lots of ideas floating around for me this half year about 'mission' and ministry with young people... where my 'working definition' of mission is action we take to help with the hurts and hopes [the fundamental human needs] of those where we live!! It's about contributing to healthy community where we can and stopping negative influences we're known for as well.
My posts will be 'out loud' thinking, undeveloped ideas and glimpses [what's new] as I work through to a paper or a more considered resource.
So your in on the ground floor of my usual process i.e. I usually write any article, paper or resource over and over as new and deeper thoughts crop up... kind of like my minimum three week preaching prep cycle!!

To effectively engage in God's mission in the world where you live and particularly in relation to connections with younger people

To share the 'good news' of God's love and grace with all who'll 'hear it' and some who won't
To share the truth and impact of how God has been active in my life and world while discovering how God has been active in their life and world before I came along
Helping to create a world lived according to the values of God [joining the dance, hoping to get my song in tune with the rythmn of God etc etc]
Taking seriously the communal nature of faith, these goals and life as it is
Helping young people find: identity; meaning; belonging; and faith shaping

Mission Possibilities:
These need to be tested for contextual and cultural relevance wher you are
These are subject to the resources, gifts, collaborations and passions at hand

Background Resources:
Exemplar Youth Ministry Study
Which explores the characteristics of mature Christian faith pointing to shaping tasks, experiences and relationships making that possible
Search Institute Assets/Tools
Any writing by Pete Ward from the UK
"Threshold of the Future" Mike Ridell
"Culture Making: Recovering Our Creative Calling" Andy Crouch
It is not enough to condemn culture. Nor is it sufficient merely to critique culture or to copy culture. Most of the time, we just consume culture. But the only way to change culture is to create culture.

Cultural and Contextual driving forces:
Multigenerational activity
Cross Cultural activity
Communion or deep community connections
Affinity or networked interest groups

1. Schools healthy breakfast programs
2. Federal Government School Chaplains Program
3. Joining local community action and social justice groups rather than starting a 'church version'
4. Work parties and social justice action exposures or full on programs including mentoring
5. Balanced programs or groups which include age and context appropriate faith explorations using 21st C resources
6. Conneect with and enact advice from 'Project Green Church'
7. Learn about and support Fairtrade/Fairwear
8. Offer mentors for local school programs
9. Engage in sporting team comps/coaching
10. Support someone running for local Council
11. Homework Centre at the church property
12. Contribute to community centres/drop in centres
13. Run Camps aimed at all young people in your community BUT around AFFINITY with particular activities
14. The HSC: Study Camps; Care Packs; Tutoring; Retreats; Exam volunteers; community venue based worship marking points on the journey
15. Run an Easter or other Camp through an existing community event
16. Regular community BBQ
17. Boys version of a Men's Shed [open to girls also]
18. "Living the Questions" reworked for young people and run on Alpha style with meal
19. No 'one size fits all' children's or youth ministry, rather activities around 'affinity' with links to sensitive faith exploration possibilities in other layers of activity
20. Creative, contemplative and experimental worship experiences [special efforts]

OK, there's 20 to begin with...

Monday, November 16, 2009

POMO Ministry and Mission 'Rites of Passage' etc

After the modernist decades we have a brilliantly 'shaped' church community or institution for it's time BUT the world and society have undergone seismic shifts and we are yet to adjust except in rare cases, emerging initiatives and where the creativity and experimentation of gifted people is encouraged. Don't be fooled... the great shifts in the response of the church and it's shape have always followed societal change and finding ways to 'share the gospel' in the 21st C is no different.

Random Ideas>
  • People won't simply walk through an open church door
  • Schools are the last great gathering place and we need to see and engage in that mission field
  • In the confusion over when a child becomes an adult we can play a role through cross generational interactions/mentoring/'Belonging' or other exploration of faith and belonging etc
  • The HSC is a huge opportunity to build pre> during> and post> encouragement, resources, support and time out
  • Year 6 to 7 is well targeted by resources like 'Priority One'
  • Young people need encouragement towards 'portable faith' or faith practices and spiritual disciplines which aren't reliant on a local faith community connection yet encourage that from time to time
  • Sports programs for boys could connect local male coaches and boys in pratical and effective mentoring
  • Bible Study and discipleship material could name and open up the issue of the blurred 'rites of passage'

Alongside this our 'preaching and teaching' need to access many mediums and rediscover narrative and the connection of stories and Scripture, plus....

  • Ask open questions
  • Explore resources like NOOMA DVDs
  • Encourage 'experiences' not just learning
  • Invite participation of young people in creative planning and leadership
  • Use all the vivid imagery at your disposal
  • Build connections and community
  • Hearing God's word isn't just about 'speaking'
  • Start with story and move to Scripture
  • 'own' and 'ground' your statements e.g. your views are your views and beliefs or theology are often 'the view of the early church' or 'many Christians' or scholars... say so...
  • encourage play, intimacy, immediacy
  • Retell the ancient message for a new age [reframe]
  • Use acceptance of juxtaposition to advantange

More next time...

Sunday, November 08, 2009

"This is Who I Am" Vanessa Amorosi

This is an impressively edgy and poignant song from Vanessa that would generate plenty of conversation amongst the young people you are in ministry with...

Post Modern Youth Ministry and 'Rites of Passage'

In teaching this semesters course "Youth, Culture and Mission" we've just done a series of weeks around the contextual and cultural issues for ministry with young people in terms of: evangelism; mission; faith shaping; and rites of passage. This week it's preaching and teaching! I'm still pondering the really practical implications more broadly and also specifically in the 'rites of passage' area...

"One of the recurring themes in postmodern youth ministry circles is the lack of strategic points at which young people are recognized as becoming more than children. The church can be a place of recognition and communal rites of passage for youth."

Markers are external signs of our progress along, in Kierkegaard’s lovely phrase, ‘the stages of life’s way’
David Elkind

This topic is about the way we might help or hinder young people [adolescents] make the transition to adulthood and in the case of the Christian faith this might include the transition to mature Christian faith.

Changes in the child to adult transition
The relatively new concept [100+ years] of youth
‘stretched’ adolescence with part time work, study, living at home, late marriage, 50/50 church v civil ceremony and those simply 'moving in' together
Belonging, Meaning and Identity, Faith Shaping but also ‘recognition’
How do we ‘pass on’ the faith in this context?
Post modern interruptions… is ‘confirmation’ a graduation ceremony?
Spiritual and faith practices to aid the transition [portable faith]
What significant points can/should we mark and celebrate?
Membership and Leadership in a post modern context
1.5 and 2nd gen issues
In terms of ‘mission’, how/what will be meaningful entry points for connecting with young people in your community… what rights of passage could/should the church offer?
Issues around new understandings about sexuality
Divorce Single Parent Families
Year 12
Appropriate discipleship

How do we encourage creativity and imagination?
Can adults value children and young people offering then space, permission and vailidity?
Move from propositional faith to imagination

What are the commonly accepted ‘rites of passage’ in your church? In your family? In the youth sub-culture of the young people you work closely with?
Do you agree with Elkind that there is a lack of markers in our society?
Why? Why not?
If you were to construct a ‘rite of passage’ for the young people you work with, what would the purpose of it be? Who would you involve? What would you do?

"It is no longer possible to effectively present the Gospel in the way it was successfully preached in the first part of the 20th century. Understanding the postmodern worldview is not a luxury for a sociologists. It must be an essential insight for all Christians.”

From Rick Warren at
Post-modern evangelistic methods versus modern methods
Multiple encounters — less single encounters
Listener-centered — less witness-centered
Dialogue — less monologue or ‘telling’
Gospel story — less Gospel presentation
Story then proposition — not proposition then story
Asking good questions — not giving lots of information
Community integration — not individual isolation
Soft — not loud
Consideration — not argument
Guided tours — not ticket sales
More supernatural — less supersales (natural)
More earthly benefits — less eternal benefits
More relational validation — less evidence validation
More percent of time seed planting – less percent of time harvesting

Sharing Christ can be fruitful and rewarding, yet it will be ever adapting to the changing culture. After conducting hundreds of interviews with lost people, it was easy to determine that the cries of the confused are many and varied. The lost people reflect many of the concerns and views of those around them. However, there is a common cry of the confused. It is found in the title of a Styx song, "Show Me the Way."

STUFF to be sharpened before my next post on this:
In addition to the general Warren list...
Faithmaps [] mapping known reference points, not every answer
Story and it's importance
Enquiry not information
Relationship relationship relationship
Affinity and Mission [Oestericher]
Described by Mark Oestricher in "Youth Ministry 3.0" as the 2 focuses of the pomo era [I tend to agree, especially on the praxis value of engaging in 'mission'
People not programs
Celebrations, liturgy, events, community engagement/partnerships cf 'church versions of same'
Respondi and remembering to help young people engage in stories for the first time
catering directly to peoples issues, ages and stages in life
Intergenerational activity and relationships
Discipleship material across the age ranges recognising pilgrimage or journey
Transition focused resources like "P1" for Yr 6 to 7 transition
Camps, retreats, celebrations [not books for attendance/membership]

Youth Ministry 3.0 Mark Oestricher from
The reviwer says....
"We need to develop an ongoing conversation about youth ministry.
Marko's book provides for us a virtual history of youth ministry in the last 50+ years and does so clearly and simply. [in the US]
We need this book."

As you read this post, think about whether or not you agree with his 3-fold scheme.
Maybe you don't agree with it all, but in general. What do you think of his 3.0 proposals?

Here are the characteristics of Youth Ministry 1.0 according to Marko's new book,
"Youth Ministry 3.0: A Manifesto of Where We've Been, Where We Are & Where We Need to Go":

The 50s gave rise to a youth culture and this led to ministries like Youth for Christ and Young Life.The major emphases were on two things:


Youth ministry 1.0 was proclamation-driven.
It was fixated on identity formation and a theme verse would have been Matthew 7:13-14: "Enter through the narrow gate ...".

Youth Ministry 2.0 focused on autonomy (youth culture had confidence now) and discipleship programs and creating a positive peer group. 2.0 was not so much proclamation as program-driven.
A theme verse was Matthew 28:19-20a: make disciples and teach them.

Youth Ministry 3.0, call it a "third way," realizes it cannot meet this generation's needs with a 2.0 set of assumptions and methods. Youth culture has become the dominant culture in our world. And it is powerfully fragmented. It gives rise to the need for affinity groups. He says we need cultural anthropologists with relational passion. The themes are

Communion or affinity

Big idea for Marko: if 1.0 was proclamation-driven and 2.0 was program-driven, 3.0 needs to be not-driven. It wants to be Present. Marko thinks some prototypical Bible verses will be Acts 2:42-46

More to come...

Friday, November 06, 2009

New York Yankees clinch their 27th 'World Series'

As a sports tragic I have followed US baseball since I was in Primary School! There was just something about this game which we saw fleetingly on Wide World of Sports or the occasional network coverage of the finals. From that early age my fascination with New York had begun and thed Yankees were my team. Back then, pre internet, the occasional peer with a relative in the US or very rich parents, would appear on the scene wearing an authentic 'New Era 59 Fifty' cap [not a Parklea Markets or Hong Kong copy].

Then came the sports importers stores like the one at Miranda Fair and I had an adjustable Yankees cap for years until it fell to pieces.
This is a team which played a significant role in peoples recovery from the events of 9/11. They are the 'famous pinstripes' and home to the legend of 'Babe' R.uth

More recently via or the Yankees Clubhouse Store in Manhattan and now on Broadway near Times Square I added an authentic cap then a 'World Series 1998' edition!! We saw them play Atlanta Braves early that season in the Bronx and they later went on to win!! Yesterday Hidecki Matsui batted in 6 runs for the Yankees to win the 'best of seven' grand final 4-2 in the inaugural season of the new Yankees Stadium... high drama!

While the 'World Series' is a grandiose title it has a historic background rather than just being a claim to global status... anyhow...

We do plan on taking our girls back to NY sometime in the next 5 years so I look forward to the twizzlers, crack a jacks and expensive Heineken once more!! Still it's just a game!

Monday, November 02, 2009

"Oh My God" A Peter Rodger Film

One persons exploration across 3 years and 23 countries in search of what God means to people and now it's a movie! You can participate in the conversation here on the website!!