Musial Moments 2018

I’m a sucker for a good sport. You know, someone who goes out of his or her way to display class in the heat of competition. This year’s Musial Award honorees put their own special twists on class. Telling their stories is the highlight of my writing year.

There’s Florida State softball coach Lonni Alameda, who loaned her team bus to a rival at the Women’s College World Series. And when one of the rival players left her uniform on the bus, Coach got in the car to hand-deliver it. Is it karma that Florida State won its first title? Not so much for these acts, she says, but for the joy of giving back through a lifetime in the sport.

There’s Kaiden Whaley, a young goalie who saw that his opponent, playing nets for the first time, needed some help. So, Kaiden skated over after the first period to offer a mini-goalie clinic.

And there’s Sister Jean Dolores Schmidt, the chaplain for the Loyola University men’s basketball team. She offered the world a clinic on how to handle a moment in the spotlight with grace, humor and charm, shining a light on her school, her order and her team.

I don’t want to bore you with capsules of each of the nine winners, but you can explore them on your own. And be inspired to your own Musial Moment. Your own act of kindness, grace and class in the heat of battle.


Finding a career in your passion for the outdoors

Parents have to work really hard to pull kids away from the video games, mobile devices and all things digital or virtual to give them a healthy dose of reality. Not surprisingly, many find an “escape” in the reality of nature and the outdoors.

What a shame it would be to put it all away to become an accountant. Why not find a career in the wild?

On assignment for Terrain, I found 10 universities within a 200-mile radius of St. Louis that offer young adults the opportunity to build a career while indulging their passion for canoeing, rock climbing, hiking and the outdoors. They offer majors in recreation, tourism, management, outdoor leadership, therapeutic and natural resources management.

The variety is as vast as the outdoors themselves.

Health care’s young leaders think outside the box

Anyone out there who doesn’t have a complaint about health care in America?


Anyone at all?

Didn’t think so.

But you could think differently after learning about the Catholic Health Association’s Class of 2018 Young Leaders. The honorees have developed innovative IT solutions, found ways to quantify the benefits of spiritual care, advocate for the underserved at the state and federal level, interpret and explain the ethics of health care to a new generation and to carry on the work of the founding sisters of Catholic health for the challenges ahead.

Taken alone, each story, offers assurance that the future is in better hands. Taken as a whole, the group offers a brighter future for the industry.

I hope you enjoy these stories and have your faith renewed.