Softball has been around since a man named George Hancock first invented the game in 1887 in Chicago. It took over 100 years, but women’s fast pitch softball became an Olympic event in 1996.
Fast pitch is different from the looping, relaxed pitch often used in recreational softball leagues. Fast pitch players must hit a ball traveling at about 70mph. This is slower than baseball, but certainly much faster than the meandering slow pitch game. However, since the pitcher’s mound and the home plate are much closer than in baseball, (40 feet versus 60 feet) the player must react to the pitch just as quickly.
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When we first decide to write, we feel good about it—we have memories and stories that form who we are. We want to explore ourselves, to capture times long gone and preserve them in story form. To leave a legacy about our lives. But other voices compete with our writing—“what will people think; you should be ashamed; you will embarrass the family. Don’t air dirty laundry; you know only part of the truth, so be quiet. Your mother will roll over in her grave if she found out you wrote that.”
We all know these voices. They make us throw down the pen, sit back and turn on the TV. We don’t want to lose our family. We don’t want to make them angry. Writing a memoir is an act of courage, even defiance against powerful family dynamics. We need to find a way out.
As a family therapist, I have worked with many families, and because of my background, I’m in a position to help my coaching clients understand the source of their resistance to writing their stories, and the source of the critic voice inside.
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4. DO NOT hit the delete button when you feel critical after writing. DO protect your writing from curious family or friend invaders. Treat your work like a young plant that needs protection.
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Today's technologies, however, enable the private publisher to at least alleviate some of the risk. Here are some things I do that no major publishing house can do (physically); I'm serious, folks.
1. Select only those manuscripts that are absolutely, positively riveting, and totally, totally original.
I can do this because there are only two “readers” in my company, and I am one of them. Corporate manuscript selection involves a whole bunch of "readers" who are limited by, not just their own personal literary tastes, but also their idea (usually hallucinated) of what their superiors want to hear from them. With some exceptions (some of which go on to become national bestsellers), the rule of thumb is if a new book (fiction or non-fiction) has made it all the way to the corporate press, passing through the usual sieve of oft-conflicting individual tastes, ideas, fears, whims, moods, and on and on, it must be worthless. Few good books can actually please ten people in a row. A dash of originality is certain to get a book shot down by any one of the ten (or fifteen, or twenty) folks assessing its quality (from the agent’s reader (usually a college student who will read the first twenty pages for a few bucks) to the publisher, with many intermediaries in between, because it is "not like anything they've read before" (and not in a good sense, either), and also because each "reader"'s idea of originality is different from that of the next "reader."
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I recently spoke with Matt Trush, who operates the website http://analogapartment.com/. Analog Apartment is a place for people who love collecting and experiencing their music on vinyl and is a site that is designed to help you mange your record collection. Now you can keep track of what you have and what you want in a simple, elegant web application.
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What made you design the program, had you tried others on the market?
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The grading system that you incorporated into the program, is this the standard Goldmine system? Do you have any plans to change that?
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the notes section, what can that be used for?
Personally, I use the notes section to keep track of favorite tracks, lyrics, and information about my experiences with the album and artist.
It is also great for capturing information about an album where we do not have a dedicated field. With the new filter feature, one can locate records based on anything that is entered in notes. It's really flexible.
With respect to cover art, we will look to expand this functionality down the line. Right now, we just wanted to make it easy for people to add an image to associate with an album.
We just launched some updates to our record collecting app, my.analogapartment.com.
In this update, we focused on making it easy to keep track of the records you have AND the records you want. We even added a handy print feature so you can take your wishlist with you to the local stores, record fairs, and garage/stoop sales.
Is there any way Holiday in Shimla
to take the data that I enter and copy it to another program like Excel or Word? (A copy and paste feature?)
Right now, we don't have a feature to pull the data into Excel or Word but I have received requests to do this. We will probably build it into the program. If anyone wants an Excel or Word file with their collection information in it, they can shoot me an email and I'll be happy to export their data from the database.
The flipside, we also want people to be able to Article Promotion Tips And Traps
upload a list of albums into Analog Apartment. For people that already keep track of their collection in Excel or another program, we don't want them to have to enter each album individually. Just like exporting, we're happy to import a collection from a spreadsheet into My Analog Apartment on behalf of the user.
Right now, the program is available as a free download. You will be amazed at just how easy it is to document and catalog your record collection using this simple software. It was developed by record collectors- for record collectors and is the best one available on the 0x3ec
market today and I highly recommend stopping by and giving it a try. You won’t be disappointed.
Author Robert Benson writes about rock/pop music, vinyl record collecting and operates http://www.collectingvinylrecords.com, where you can pick up a copy of his FREE ebook called "The Fascinating Hobby Of Vinyl Record Collecting."