Saturday, April 27, 2013


I bet most of you don't know April 27th is Babe Ruth Day unless you're a true baseball fan.  George Herman Ruth, known as Babe Ruth was the first sports super star.  He was a bit unusual being a left-handed pitcher.  In his first World Series, he pitched 29 2/3rds scoreless innings, and set a mark that would stand for 43 years.   In three seasons, Ruth compiled a record of 94 wins and 46 losses with the Red Sox. 

He lead the Boston Red Sox's to two World Series victories before he was traded to the New York Yankees following the 1918 season.   It turned out to be the owner's, Harry Frazee, worst business decision because prior to the trade, the Red Sox had won five of the modern, post-1903, World Series.  The Red Sox never won another World Series until 2004.

The Yankees, who had never won a pennant before, became perennial American League and World Series champions.  With Ruth, the Yankees won their first pennant in 1921, another in 1922, and their first World Series in 1923.  The Yankees became the first team in baseball history to draw a million paying fans to its stadium, the Polo Grounds, which they shared with the New York Giants.  When Yankee Stadium was opened in 1923, it was known as 'The House that Ruth Built.'

Ruth ended his career in 1935 with the Boston Braves.  At the time of his retirement, his regular season record of 714 home runs was hundreds ahead of his closest competitor and would not be exceeded until Hank Aaron hit his 715th in 1974.  His lifetime slugging average of .690 has never been approached.  Ruth was one of the first to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame when it opened in 1936.

In 1946, Ruth was diagnosed with a malignant tumor on his neck.  His health declined quickly.  On April 27, 1947, the Yankees hosted Babe Ruth Day at Yankee Stadium, and his fans came to honor him.  His jersey number 3 was retired at his last appearance at Yankee Stadium on June 13, 1948.  He died August 16, 1948.  More than 100,000 people paid their respects at Yankee Stadium and at his funeral at St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York City.

Information came from The Learning Network and The United States History Sites.

Happy Babe Ruth Day!

Have a happy weekend, and I'll you next weekend. 

Sandra K. Marshall

Sunday, April 21, 2013

There Are No Safe Places

Everyone is looking for safety, but today there is no such thing.  When a person can fall into a sinkhole and die, be killed in a tornado, hurricane, earthquake, Tsunami, fires, floods, you know there's no safety.  These are only a few environmental events for there are sure to be more I have missed. 

When you throw in manmade castastrophes like war, terrorists, bombs, guns, knives, anger, ideologies, hatred and many more.  You know there's not any safe place on this planet. 

You cannot protect yourself by carrying a weapon, digging a home underground, moving to the country, living in another country, or by staying at home.  You have to live your life for however long it is.

We cannot be afraid to do anything we want to do.  It doesn't help us to be scared.  Nothing we do will prevents events from happening if they are going to happen. 

I intend to live my life to the fullest.  What are you going to do with your life?

May you enjoy a peaceful Sunday.  See you next weekend. 

Best wishes,

Sandra K. Marshall

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Wouldn't You Like to Pick the Television Channels You Pay For?

You might think this is a funny topic, but I do want to pick the channels I watch.  I don't need the 200 channels Time Warner, AT&T, Direct TV and others force on me. Between my husband and me; we only watch 20 to 25 channels all the time.  We shouldn't have to pay for more.

Do you watch 200 channels?  I bet you don't.  If you are like me you want to decide on what you get on cable.  You don't want to pay for something you don't use.  Instead of paying $75.00 to over a hundred for a bundle with over 200 plus channels you shouldn't have to pay more than $25.00 to $30.00 for the shows you want. 

What would you like your cable company to do?  Most cable companies are similar in price.  We need to tell them what we want instead of them telling us what we get. 

That's it for this weekend.  Everyone have a great week, and I'll be back next Saturday or Sunday.

Sandy AKA Sandra K. Marshall  


Sunday, April 7, 2013

Do you think there is too Much Violence on Television?

First, let me tell you I'm the worst scaredy cat in the world.  When I was a kid (many years ago) I was afraid to watch the original King Kong movie.  It was too scary for me, and everyone knows how phony that movie was.  lol  I know, I know it's a classic.  I'm just making fun of myself for being afraid to watch the show.

Now, I'm an adult and there are some movies I won't go to because of the violence, but there are some television shows I won't watch either.  On some of my favorite programs I'll turn the channel for a few moments to get past the violent scene.  When I think it's over I go back to the program.  Sometimes, it's only the tension that makes me turn the channel. 

You know those moments when the music heightens the tension, the character is by himself/herself and you know someone or something is watching.  You just feel the danger creeping up.  It's scary. 

To me some of the violent scenes on Criminal Minds, Blue Bloods, CSI, CSI: New York, Vegas, NCIS, NCIS: Los Angeles, Covert Affairs, The Mentalist and others cross the line with more violence than I want to see.  Some of these programs are family oriented shows, and they don't cross the line often. 

Criminal Minds is always full of violence, and I cringe and change the channel when they show it.  These people on this show are portraying FBI profilers, so I imagine they get it pretty accurate.  It is just something I rather they didn't show.  Telling is not better in books, but I think in many cases on TV showing is too much.

I watch all of these shows I've mentioned and more.  Do you think I'm over reacting to the violence I see on television programs and movies?  It's making me rethink if I want to continue writing romantic suspense or change to sweet romances.  Maybe, I'm just tired of seeing all the violence in the world.  It's everywhere, and we hear about it all the time.

Have a great week, and I'll see you next weekend. 

Best always,
Sandra K. Marshall