american dirt by jeanine cummins

I just finished reading the outstanding novel American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins. The narrative portrays the journey of Lydia, a Mexican mother on the run from a drug cartel, and her son Luka to the border American where they hope to cross and reach safety. Stephen King, John Grisham, and Sandra Cisneros have all praised this captivating novel.

Peer Pressure and the Wrestling Team like a Family

Coaches may worry about their wrestlers succumbing to peer pressure, but they have to keep in mind that they cannot pick their wrestlers’ friends for them. Even more importantly, they cannot order their wrestlers to abandon certain friends regardless of any worries about the friends’ sleazy backgrounds or immoral intents.  A better approach by a coach is to pose questions to their wrestlers:  How do your friends support you as an athlete?  What are they doing to help you succeed?  How often do they attend your competitions?  Do they encourage or discourage you from breaking training rules?  What are their attitudes toward this team and the coaches?

Elite wrestlers simply must make the right decision when faced with peer pressure. They should encourage teammates to support each other and make reference to the team as a “family.” In this viewpoint, teammates can deal collectively with any type of peer pressure. All wrestlers, to be sure, need to be diligent to resist peer pressure. Here, mental toughness is the key. The unfortunate reality is that most kids will confront peer pressure almost daily, so the elite wrestler and his/her coach must be ready to deal with it frequently. 

Read more suggestions like this in the book The Elite Wrestler, which is available on Amazon and at

Brittny, Ohio’s best yoga instructor!

Over the course of a year, my daughter Brittny’s guidance as my yoga instructor dramatically improved my physical, mental, and spiritual health. I participated in her virtual Monday morning sessions (a wonderful way to start the week!) where her approach was always welcoming and cheerful. At 65-years-old I struggled to do some poses, but I listened to Brittny’s encouraging talk and at the end left feeling energized and inspired. So did my fellow participants.

101 Winning strategies for wrestling coaches

Are you a wrestling coach? Do you know a wrestling coach? Maybe you’re the one sitting in the bleachers wondering how to help your wrestlers win their matches in duals or tournaments. Well, I’ve researched the strategies used by hundreds of coaches like Dan Gable, Cael Sanderson, Tom Ryan, Tom Brands, Cary Kolat, Terry Steiner, and Jeff Buxton and put them into 101 Winning Strategies for Wrestling Coaches, a book that every coach, wrestler, or parent should read. It’s available at and

And after using these strategies, any wrestling coach will get the results they want from their wrestlers.