It’s a stirring moment that invariably brings a smile and a tingle whenever we see the replay of those epic last 10 seconds of the USA Olympic Hockey Team’s victory over the Soviet Union, punctuated so perfectly by Al Michaels’ “Do you believe in miracles?”
Even for those who aren’t particularly enamored of Canada’s national sport, ice hockey can be a fascinating game to watch. My son has played hockey since high school and to this day he plays in a men’s league in Richmond as a 40-year-old who can still skate circles around younger guys.
Mark Johnson was one of the stars of that 1980 USA Olympic Gold Medal hockey team, going on to an 11-year career in the NHL that included being named to the all-star lineup at one point.
Johnson loves to talk about the miracle of 1980, but he delights even more so to talk about the other miracle that followed. I guarantee you this video will thrill you and maybe even change the course of your life:
By the way, the victory over the Soviets, who had won the Olympic gold medal four consecutive times, was not the medal winner for Mark Johnson and his teammates. They had to then play Finland, which was no slouch of a team, either, for the gold medal and won it, 4-2.
Being an aide or intern to a senator or representative in Congress is a lot like what it must have been for Daniel, the Old Testament prophet who at a young age found himself among a small group of conquered Judeans being groomed for the court of King Nebuchadnezzar.
Part of the group’s three-year study and preparation for service to the King involved adherence to a royally prescribed nutritional course that conflicted in key respects with the dietary regimen of the Jewish faith of Daniel and three of his friends, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah.
We don’t hear much on Capitol Hill these days about “sin.” It’s one of those words associated with another time, a different moral culture, the America of yesterday when religious terms were more prominent in public discourse.
Today, the talk is about “racism,” “anti-semitism,” “age-ism” “nationalism” and related terms. But what if there is one factor that underlies all of our “isms?” And if there is that one factor, maybe it’s related to what the Bible refers to as “sin?”
One thing can be said for sure about capitalism and that is where there is a demand for a consumer product, there will be a producer to satisfy that demand if a profit can be made. Thus, the new “Consent Condom” from Argentinian firm, Tulipan.
What is the Consent Condom? Glad you asked, particularly if you work on Capitol Hill. Put a bunch of smart young adults in a pressurized, highly competitive workplace and “things” inevitably happen. Now the name of the product makes sense, doesn’t it.
It wasn’t that long ago that no amount of money would have been enough to get me to do what I will do for the fourth time in five years, starting early tomorrow morning, February 2.
Me and more than a dozen buddies from Friendship Baptist Church in Sykesville, Md., and thereabouts will board a United Airlines flight from Dulles International Airport to Houston. It’s the first leg of a trip that takes us to Puebla, Mexico, arriving late tomorrow evening.