The Bear At My Door

first_imgI wake up a few hours before dawn, something that’s happening with increasing frequency, leaving me staring into the blackness, the void. Tangled with doubt – doubt about everything and anything including my ability to actually complete the book I’m writing, my son’s transition to a new school, the current rate we’re all consuming resources, and the divides that exist in our country, in our world. Some nights the dark wins and I succumb to the easy way out, that it’s all too much for me so I turn away.That night I decide if I can’t sleep at least I’ll spend the time writing so I drag myself to the living room. Even though my eyes are still half closed, I can see the full moon shining through the tall pines that guard my house at just the right angle to illuminate the deck outside my sliding glass door. The moonlight lights up his blue-black coat so that it glistens. His small round eyes meet mine, and hold my gaze. I can see his espresso-colored snout, his round ears pointed up as he turned his head from one side to the other, as if accessing me. He was the size of a golden retriever.A cub.Then mama bear steps out from where she’s been looming in the shadows. The light of the moon makes her fur glow, shaggier than her cub’s and a shade lighter. She stands on all four legs with certainty, knowing that this is her territory, emanating power. Her grounding force makes me stand up taller. The cub stretches his body long. The mama bear pierces me with her gaze and then raises her front paw with such deliberation and purpose that I am transfixed by the gentle way she placed it on her little bear’s back, as if saying, “Time to go, our work here is done.”I walk toward the sliding glass door, and watch the mama bear guide her cub down the deck stairs and into the forest. I look up what a bear represents as a spirit guardian and read what I already know, what I already feel. The bears left me with an expansive feeling, that I possess the tools required to take down my doubts, that if I dare inhabit my body in the expansive way of that mama bear I’d know my purpose.It’s tempting to explain away their visit that night, to tell myself they were on the prowl for food and it was a coincidence that I woke up at precisely the time the moon shone at the particular angle when the mama bear and her cub paused on my deck. Then the image of the bears pops into my brain, giving me the courage to string one word and then the next, to show up for my son, to reduce my consumption, to bridge the divides. The mama bear’s penetrating eyes challenge me to make the most out of this day, to take deliberate and purposeful action.last_img read more

Charlie Nicholas rates Arsenal’s transfer window after Pablo Mari and Cedric Soares signings

first_img PLAY Comment About Connatix V67539 Arsenal signed Pablo Mari and Cedric Soares during the January transfer window (Picture: Getty)Charlie Nicholas believes Mikel Arteta is paying the price for Arsenal’s poor spending in previous windows after the Gunners’ subdued activity this January.Arsenal left it late before bolstering Arteta’s squad with loan signings Pablo Mari, who arrived from Flamengo, and Cedric Soares, who joins from Premier League rivals Southampton.The Gunners were linked with the likes of John Stones, Thomas Lemar and James Maddison during the January transfer window and Nicholas says to only sign Mari and Cedric is a ‘reality check’ for his former club.Asked to assess Arsenal’s transfer window, Nicholas told Sky Sports: ‘It’s not exactly Hollywood… but Arsenal spent the wrong way for the last two or three seasons.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT Charlie Nicholas rates Arsenal’s transfer window after Pablo Mari and Cedric Soares signings 1 min. story ‘Now we’re getting a punishment for it.‘At least Arteta has identified that the big problem we’ve all known for three or four years is defenders.‘It’s not a great window for Arsenal but it’s a reality check.’ Arteta previews Arsenal’s trip to BurnleyTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 4:31FullscreenArteta previews Arsenal’s trip to Burnley is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Arsenal signed centre back Mari from Flamengo on Thursday and completed a deadline-day move for Euro 2016 winner Cedric.Explaining why he targeted the defensive duo, Gunners boss Arteta said: ‘For me, Pablo is very important because he balances what I want to do from the back, he gives us more options, more solutions and opens up the pitch more.‘He is a player we have been following for a few months and we are delighted to have him here.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityOn Cedric, Arteta added: ‘He is a player who has big experience, he’s played in this country and in different leagues.‘He knows what it means. He has been very willing to go to another top club. He has that desire and that commitment.‘I followed him a few seasons ago and I really like what he can bring and it was the right conditions for us as well to try and improve the squad.’MORE: Martin Keown rates Arsenal’s deadline day deal for Cedric SoaresMORE: Unai Emery slams Arsenal fans and rates Mikel Arteta’s start as manager Full Screen Metro Sport ReporterFriday 31 Jan 2020 6:02 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.2kShares Advertisement Video Settings Advertisementlast_img read more

Syracuse overcomes sluggish first half, closes out winless Friars on Senior Day

first_imgCody Jamieson just wanted to get back to the fun of lacrosse. The fun that usually comes with complete control of a game.The Syracuse men’s lacrosse team started the day with a behind-the-back goal from Chris Daniello. And the senior attack Jamieson ended it with the same technique, putting the exclamation point on the game and giving the Orange a seven-goal lead late in the fourth quarter.‘In practice, that kind of stuff happens all the time,’ Jamieson said. ‘It’s always good just to lighten the mood. After I scored, looking at the sidelines and watching everybody smile, that’s what lacrosse is about.’With that, everything was back to normal for No. 1 Syracuse, which found itself marred in more of a struggle than it anticipated against Big East foe Providence. On the strength of a strong second half, SU was able to close out a 14-5 win over the Friars in front of 4,956 on Senior Day inside the Carrier Dome Saturday.In between the two bookend glittering goals from Daniello and Jamieson, SU (11-1, 4-0 Big East) faced a rocky path to a victory against a Friars squad that had yet to win a game this season.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSlowing the pace of the game down to a grinding halt, Providence (0-12, 0-4 Big East) stalled for minutes at a time in its offensive zone. The Friars were patient, waiting meticulously for any opening that came their way.‘I mean, it’s frustrating,’ senior midfielder Max Bartig said after the win. ‘I’ve never seen anything like that in all my four years here. I understand teams want to slow the ball down, but to take the ball behind X like that and completely not even run an offense, it was frustrating.’At the same time, Syracuse was almost as sloppy with the ball as the Providence was cautious. The Friars were the benefactors of 12 Orange turnovers in the first half, as SU limped to just 58.3 percent (7-of-12) on clearing opportunities.It was a first half that left SU head coach John Desko rather annoyed at his team’s performance.‘I was a little disappointed with our play in the first half,’ Desko said. ‘But (Providence) did what they had to do. They had to slow it down, they had to play good team defense and they had to hold onto the ball, which they did.’Behind that game plan from the Friars, the Orange found itself with only a three-goal halftime cushion against a Providence team that had lost by an average of 6.3 goals per game this season.And it reflected in the teams’ attitudes heading into their respective locker rooms. Providence sprinted into theirs, clapping and high-fiving along the way. Syracuse’s trot was a slight jog, and there was none of the enthusiasm that radiated from the Friars’ line.‘We just said we had to settle down and loosen up the grip on the sticks,’ Jamieson said. ‘Start having fun and just putting the ball in the back of the net.’After a quick regroup in the locker room, SU got back to business as usual behind the senior Bartig. Two minutes out of the gate, Bartig dodged from up top. Moving right, he darted a shot past Providence goaltender Christian Dzwilewski.Bartig knew how important it was to set the tone out of the locker room, halting any Providence momentum before it could even start in the second half.‘It was pretty big,’ Bartig said. ‘We didn’t get the kind of start that we wanted in the first half. … We talked in the locker room and decided we needed to have a big third quarter. Coming out and getting that first goal, it was nice.’With that, Bartig sparked a three-goal run and a 5-2 third quarter in favor of the Orange, beginning the Orange’s second-half dominance. Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on April 24, 2010 at 12:00 pm [email protected]center_img SU out-shot the Friars 22-10 in the second half. It went a perfect 13-for-13 in clearing opportunities. And after a sloppy first 30 minutes, it limited its second-half turnovers to only two.Because of that, Jamieson had an opportunity for a little fun. And when it found the back of the net, the game came full circle.His team was finally in complete control.Said Jamieson: ‘That’s what lacrosse is about. It’s about having fun, and I like bringing that kind of excitement.’ Commentslast_img read more

Unpublished end, centuries-old lives

first_imgThe final of Copa Athletic-Real Sociedad will therefore be unpublished. With the current denomination of Copa del Rey this is the 44th edition and the Basque derby in La Cartuja will be the 21st final unpublished in this period. The last one was Barça-Alavés of 2017. By the way, Athletic and Real They have faced 18 times in the Cup qualifiers and the balance is eight wins for Bilbao and four for Donostiarras. The last time they saw each other in the Cup was in the semifinal of 1987. Then it was Real who won a double game) 0-0 and 0-1) and the San Sebastian team played the final and won it. La Real can boast much less of their adventures in the Cup. He is a long way from his eternal rival. In fact, he has played five finals under the name of Real Sociedad, although the website of the San Sebastian club is awarded the 1909 one won by the San Sebastián Cycling Club, embryo of the Royal Society. With the current denomination, his last final was 32 years ago, with that Real of the 80s How much he enjoyed. He lost 1-0 to Barça at the Santiago Bernabéu. A year earlier he had lifted the trophy, for the only time in its history, in La Romareda, by winning Atlético de Madrid on penalties 4-2, after 2-2 at the end of the extension. Athletic and Real Sociedad are the finalists of the 116th edition of the Spanish Cup, current Copa del Rey, which will be played on April 18 at the La Cartuja stadium in Seville. They are two of the most traditional clubs of Spanish football and older, with more than a century of existence: the Athletic It was created in 1898, although its foundation act dates from 1901while the Real born in 1909; but they have never faced each other in a Spanish Cup final in its different modalities (Spanish Championship, 1903-1930; Republic Cup, 1931-1936; National Soccer Tournament, 1939; Generalissimo Cup, 1940-1976; and Copa del Rey, since 1977). His last showdown was in the 1987 semifinal in a double-play tie (0-0) and (0-1), where Real ended up winning the Cup.The Basque derby par excellence will be staged for the first time in a Cup final. Athletic is already a veteran in these leaders, not in vain will play its final number 38: he has won the trophy 23 times (The rojilanco club is awarded on its website that of 1902, although it was won by a proto Athletic called Vizcaya de Bilbao) and on 14 occasions he has been runner-up. The last time he raised the Cup was in 1984, when he won Barcelona 1-0 at the Santiago Bernabéu. Y the last final he played was 31 years later, relatively recently, in 2015, when he lost 3-1 to Barça, at Camp Nou.last_img read more