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We recently got back from a vacation to the beach. It was a wonderful time with the whole family. If your family is like mine, most days you can’t drag the kids out of the bed in the morning. But at the beach, the kids (grandkids in this case) were up well before the adults.

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I attended a track meet recently. Actually, it was a middle school track meet. I was there to cover the high school baseball game next door but I had two granddaughters competing in the track meet so I stuck around the track meet until they ran.

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I have to admit something. I do look at social media from time to time. Facebook. Twitter. Instagram. Not enough to be a problem (I don’t think) but still daily.

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When I was a teenager, we were always looking for a place to play pickup basketball. There was an outdoor court at Mr. Don P. Smith’s house. Same at the Junior High. We had “ways” to get into two gyms in town that had long been closed down.

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I was inspired this week by coach Dabo Swiney’s words offered during a press conference following his football team’s national championship game. (Yes, I’m a huge Clemson fan. You might remember that my son played football there.) He talked about how his hometown of Pelham, Ala., shaped him.

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I was sitting with one of my granddaughters last week, watching one of her siblings play basketball. Behind us was a dad who yelled at his son the entire game. He was mostly encouraging, but called constantly to his son to give him tips and encourage him to “take it to the rim.” This dad nev…

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I have a friend who is agonizing over how to best raise her son. (Haven’t a lot of us been down that road?) In particular, she wants to make sure that he is an active youngster and, as a result of that, becomes an active adult.

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I happen to believe that sports are an essential component to a life well lived. A lot of that means participating in sports, but we also get a lot of pleasure in being spectators. Sometimes that’s all we can do. I’ll never ride in the Tour de France, but I like to watch it and keep up with …

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I love interviews. Always have. I love the tough questions, the banter, the back and forth. I love the insight that comes from answering questions that you didn’t see coming.

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I can hear it now. After the last four columns in which I wrote about various life lessons, maybe with a sports twist, my wife will have said somewhere along the way: “Those are all nice, but you need to write about sports and injuries and that sort of thing.”

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A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about getting out of your comfort zone. The gist of that one was that if you want to be a better athlete, you’ve got to get outside of your comfort zone. To do things that you don’t routinely do. To push your personal limits.

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I had the opportunity to speak to a group of physical therapy professionals last week at our national association’s annual meeting. A friend and I had presented at the same meeting last year on “Finding Your Purpose in Life.” Our follow-up to that was this year’s “Impossible is Nothing.”

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I’m not afraid of snakes. I’m not afraid of dark places. I’m not afraid to go into neighborhoods that others think I shouldn’t. I’m not afraid of being in the forest alone.

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As I write this, we are winding down our annual Camp Blackberry. Camp Blackberry is when we have our grandkids for a week. All of them. 24/7. Their ages are 5, 7, 8, 9, 11 and 11.