Friday, December 7, 2012
That got old. He decided to relocate.
He moved on a Friday, found a place to live, and signed a one-year lease. The next day the station went off the air. No job, a year's commitment to a real estate company, what to do?
He started bartending at a comedy club. Something told him, 'hey, I could do that.' One day he screwed up his courage, walked up on stage, and tried his hand.
That was 23 years ago. He's been at it ever since, making lots of people laugh. More at: peterlipsey.com
Hey, Peter, what is the punchline?
McKenzie School Auction
Village of Wilmette Illinois
University of Minnesota
Southern California Rock Products Association
ERA Real Estate
Prince of Peace School Fundraiser
Illinois Chapter, National Electrical Contractors Association
Ball State University
Quinn, Johnston, Henderson & Pretorius--Law Firm
Ukes Harley Davidson Dealership
Wisconsin Propane Gas Association & The LaCrosse Area Builder's Association
The Great Southwestern Illinois Assoc.
University of Wisconsin/Stevens Point
SOMC LIFE Center
Dakota Asphalt Pavement Association
Big Wave Productions
This endeavor led to another career in real estate. One door closes, another opens.
A setback is a set-up for a comeback, as author and motivational speaker and friend Willie Jolley once said.
We found Peter's story in The North Shore Weekend
Friday, November 2, 2012
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Crazy strategy? Tonight he appeared on Dancing with the Stars.
HP had the story months ago, long before tonight's star turn:
Joshua Johnson might seem like a normal college student, but the 20-year-old has developed quite a unique way to pay for tuition.
The New York City native has been tap dancing on the subway to pay for his education at Penn State. And his talent has helped him raise the $6,000 he needs to pay for school each year.
On weekends, Johnson makes the trek from Pennsylvania to New York to perform in subway stations, where he says he can make about $200, The New York Times reports.
But in high school, a university education wasn't always on the agenda.
"I didn't really think college was an option for me; I was never really an 'A' student. But at the same time, I didn't want to look back on life and say to myself, 'I didn't go, because I didn't apply,'" Johnson said on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show."
Monday, October 1, 2012
More than seven years later, the Miami Marlins are giving him a second chance.
The Marlins said Thursday that they have signed Greenberg to a one-day contract, effective Oct. 2, and will play him that day against the New York Mets. Greenberg made his big league debut for the Chicago Cubs on July 9, 2005 against the Marlins, getting one plate appearance but no official at-bat.
"Life's going to throw you curveballs - or fastballs in the back of your head," Greenberg said on a conference call Thursday morning. "I got hit by one of them. And it knocked me down and I could have stayed there. I had a choice ... and I chose to get up and get back in the box."
Greenberg to get 1-day chance with Marlins
Update Oct 2: Leading off in the sixth, Greenbeg fanned on three pitches. The Marlins won in extra innings. Despite the strikeout, he said he would never forget the roar from the crowd when he stepped in. He showed courage. We say 'hats off' to Adam Greenberg. Reduce it to bare essentials, and what else is life but courage......?
Sunday, September 23, 2012
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Wins 2 sets.
Loses 2 sets.
Comes back to win the match and the championship in set 5. Long time coming, well deserved.
Thursday, September 6, 2012
A life filled with ups and downs, setbacks and comebacks.
This came on a day when icon Roger Federer was eliminated by Tomas Berdyrch in four sets, and Andy Roddick met the same fate from Juan Martin del Potro, putting him into retirement.
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
"I don't know if I would have lived had I not found poetry."
What is the comeback? Stealing a book from a sadistic guard who was also a college student, Baca teaches himself to read, grasps the power of the image, the power of literature, especially poetry, and sorts out his life. Eventually, he becomes a celebrated poet, but that happens later.
The book is variously described in various places as "raw," "searing," "violent." It is all these things and more. It has the most important quality of a book: it is extremely difficult to put down. The author is so transparent and forthcoming with the gritty details of his life, he has you in his grip from the get-go. Yet, a reservation or two, if I may. The writer seems to take responsibility for his life, but almost imperceptibly, pulls back just a bit, i.e. there is always a reason. Whenever possible, he lays off the blame for his crimes to abandonment, loss, heartache. There is always a powerful rationalization process going on, 24/7 as it were, and it is presented to you, the reader, in such an appealing fashion, the enormity of his crimes, and the flotsam and jetsam of human lives he has ruined gets glossed over. This is unfortunate, to say the least.
His depiction of prison life is eye-opening, unforgettable, and harrowing. Whatever you think of criminals and their prison surroundings, you can conclude nothing other than that our system is deeply flawed, and destroys rather than rehabilitates. This is a serious problem, and our society must address it.
This is an important book. It is not new (first published 1979), but thankfully NPR brought it to their listener's attention.
Not often does a member of the criminal underclass express himself so artistically. Even more rare: this story of rising from a life of crime to one of productive member of society. His book is being made into a documentary, according to his eponymous web site. We look forward to seeing it.
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Ex-Bear Chris Zorich agrees to pay back charity funds that remain unaccounted for - chicagotribune.com
Former Chicago Bear Chris Zorich, who was named a Pro Bowl alternate in 1993, retired from the NFL in 1997. He went on to receive a law degree from Notre Dame, never passed the bar and worked for a few years in the school's athletic department. He is currently unemployed, Lydon said.
The full story:
Ex-Bear Chris Zorich agrees to pay back charity funds that remain unaccounted for - chicagotribune.com
Thursday, August 16, 2012
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Thursday, August 9, 2012
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
Still, the resolve:
‘I’ll come back stronger’ – Kieran Behan
Reminding us what we already know: athletics are about courage, not winning.
His background story is a must read too....
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Friday, July 6, 2012
Griffith's success as a comic actor came even though his first dream in life was to be a serious singer. In college he majored in music, and as a young man, he set off for New York to audition for roles in operettas and jobs in choirs. But Griffith said the auditions failed to yield him a single offer.
"Instead of being hurt, I just started to wonder what I could do with the rest of my life. And I went home and wrote a few jokes," Griffith said. "That summer, I did my first long monologue, and a man named Orville Campbell came up to me and said, 'I have a record company. Would you like to record "What it Was Was Football"?' And I said, 'Yeah.' "
That set him on the road to becoming a television icon. Andy Griffith passed away July 3. R.I.P., you made us all smile, and you made this place a little bit more humane....
Sunday, July 1, 2012
That Could Happen
Instead, my suggestion is to rehearse and imagine the best that can happen. Here's a positive strategy. Let's say you are considering pursuing a possibility that seems a bit daunting. Therefore, to prepare for the great possibilities that are going to require extra stamina and courage:
Relive past successes. Make a list, mental or on paper, of the times you've tried and succeeded. Here is a powerful mental image: Braid a rope of past achievements to hang on to, both in good times and challenging ones.
Release past disappointments. Make another list of disappointments, and then tear it up, literally or figuratively. Shred it, set fire to it, flush it, and toss it in the waste basket. Gone!
Rehearse future possibilities. Produce, direct, and star in a mental movie of yourself exploring this wonderful possibility. See yourself meeting the challenges, bouncing back from any setbacks, and continuing on with energy and determination.
When you go all-out pursuing potential possibilities, your attitude becomes more positive, your energy increases, and your courage strengthens. Even if things don't turn out exactly as you had hoped, you've permanently boosted your attitude and resilience, keeping yourself open to new possibilities in the future.
If you start with the belief that possibilities are abundant and within your grasp, you will begin to see all the new opportunities available to you. If your belief is negative, you will see barriers instead. We all want to feel our opinions are correct. Therefore, if your opinion is that you have the ability to achieve great things, great things appear. But if you are convinced you're mediocre, you will only notice the average. To further support this diminishing belief in yourself, you will actually ignore the extraordinary abilities you have and focus your attention solely on your average attributes! Whereas pessimists see problems before possibilities, Optimists see possibilities before problems!
Friday, June 29, 2012
He loses in the first round of the Wimbledon qualifiers each year for the past 5 years, not Wimbledon, the tournament to win a wild card into Wimbledon.
He comes back (2012, June 28) to defeat legend Rafael Nadal, in 5 sets. He had never played in the tournament before, he had never been on Centre Court. He went out to get the "feel" of it before his match. He was hoping just not to lose 0, 1 and 1, he said.
He had "the eye of the tiger," though, a powerful hunger to win, and an insane self-confidence, and went all out on his shots. Taken together, it was enough for the no. 100 player to defeat the no. 2 player.
A "miracle?" Maybe. Certainly a stunning comeback to the site of his former defeats, failures, frustrations. As commentator John McEnroe said, an inspiration to every player on the challenger circuit (the minor league of tennis) that dreams can and do come true. Rosol himself turned to soccer for a metaphor; he said it was like a Czech "B" team defeating Real Madrid.
We saw it 'live,' unforgettable.
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Monday, June 11, 2012
Maria was 6.
She made that prophecy come true with a victory over Serena Williams, Wimbledon, 2004, to become champion.
Maria was 17.
Four years later though, a recurring shoulder injury necessitated surgery.
Rehab was slow. Her ranking fell to no. 126.
Some wondered if she'd ever be, well, "Maria Sharapova" again, or were her best days behind her?
In 2011, she was finalist at both Wimbledon, and Australian Open tournaments.
Then, the next year, the full comeback: a 2012 French Open championship.
Especially sweet, because this was a title that had eluded her.
Just 25, with a great future ahead, Maria Sharapova had made a stunning comeback.
Friday, June 1, 2012
Thursday, May 17, 2012
Kevin Hickey, a long shot who fulfilled a neighborhood dream, dies at 56 - PhotoGallery - Chicago Sun-Times
Unbelievable comeback(s) story ---- more than one......
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Saturday, May 12, 2012
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
Friday, April 27, 2012
The trials and tribulations of recovering from a motorcycle accident....making a comeback story thanks to his wife....listen to their story....
Monday, April 9, 2012
Sunday, April 1, 2012
We found this gem in his NPR interview:
On taking risks
"It's very easy to say no to leaving the house. I'm happy with what I got. No, I'm not going there. No, I don't want a new idea — the old idea is fine. No, I don't want a new thing — whether it's a president, an idea, a concept. No. And you're safe. You're right in your little hole; you haven't moved. And what you're doing before is what you're doing now. And that's safe. That's comforting, and you're going to die that way. 'No,' and you're put in your hole and that's fine and you're dead. 'Yes' requires you to move out of that hole. 'Yes' is like those little animals that pop their heads out and look around. But some of them don't go."
Born March 22, 1931, William Shatner is 81 years young....thanks to one of our readers for pointing this amazing fact out to me. Many have given it up by that age, Shatner is pressing on, traveling to new vistas, just like he did on Star Trek. Hats off to Wm. Shatner, he inspires us all.
Friday, March 16, 2012
What is the value of thoughtful legal work when your political or cultural enemies have you in a chokehold?
That was December.
Friday, March 16, 2012, Ravi is convicted, faces prospect of 10 years in prison or deportation.
Some say his sentence will be light, in any case. We've seen that movie before. Some said that about Rod Blagoevich, disgraced former Illinois governor, who joined another ex-Illinois governor behind bars this week.
"He'll get off light."
But Blago got 14 years, for corruption, more than many murderers and rapists get. (Guidelines here call for 10 years for murder with no prior record. Rape, about the same.)
You have to ask yourself (and I'm no fan of Rod, he should probably be incarcerated just for his bad management practices), but was Blagoevich 40% worse than a murderer?
We have a Republican friend who ran for county office few years back. The Dems got hold of his tax assessments, and boosted him right out of Cook County with a multiple of those around him. Nixon knew something about political enemies. Now, Blago.
If he'd have murdered someone, Blago might have gotten 10 years, on average. But Blago got another 40% tacked on.
Mr. Ravi has political enemies, too, or cultural. And now Mr. Ravi will have two months to think about those enemies, to read countless editorials, blogs, and comments about himself, to sweat it out, and then see the dice rolled on his behalf out of his control. Accepting the plea bargain? That was within his control. Gone now.
Wanting his "day in court" was something akin to doing surgery on himself. Where was his lawyer when he was turning down the plea bargain?
How much is good lawyering worth if you're in the really hot water?
Interesting things to ponder...........
Thursday, March 8, 2012
She went from near penniless to $1 billion US net worth on the strength of her powerful imagination.
Now she's dropped off the Forbes 400 list, for the best possible reason: appears she has given some $160 million of her fortune to charity.
Hats off to J.K. Rowling, read more:
Forbes list: JK Rowling fortune under vanishing spell - Telegraph
Thursday, March 1, 2012
Friday, February 10, 2012
Tuesday, February 7, 2012
Hats off to Manning, his teammates and coach Tom Coughlin. Sportswriters and fans were calling for his head just weeks earlier.
Now, at 65, he had led the team to a Super Bowl victory.