SEPTEMBER is #NationalRecoveryMonth


Early 2015 Fantasy Football Draft

Before the season and even training camps begun, based on Yahoo! Fantasy Football Rankings, I drafted a team in a Public League with basic scoring settings (Non-PPR, RB favored). Here is the team I drafted from the 10th/10 position.

Round 1, Pick 10: Aaron Rodgers. I got my Top 3 QB by taking the 1st QB in the draft after all RB’s were taken with the exception of Gronk at #5, Antonio Brown at #4, ODB Jr at #8, and Dez Bryant at #9.

Round 2, Pick 1: Calvin Johnson. I got my No. 1 WR whose right after the top WR’s already taken as stated above.

Round 3, Pick 10: Mike Evans. As a rookie he had huge numbers and separated himself from the younger WR’s proving he can duplicate the big stats and big plays. Hopefully, Jameis gets him the ball.

Round 4, Pick 1: Melvin Gordon. My first RB drafted is a Rookie with huge upside. Strong and quick, he will carry most of the load for an already talented Chargers team who will be competing for a division title and playoff spot in December.

Round 5, Pick 10: Andre Ellington, in a non-PPR league this could hurt me but Ellington is still the No. 1 back in Arizona and will get Rec Yards along with Gordon having two young backs who can catch out of the backfield will make up for the PPR being gone.

Round 6, Pick 1: Jordan Matthews, Now the No. 1 WR in Philly’s fast, high-powered offense and will get plenty of targets, Rec Yards and touchdowns. I feel like this is the perfect position to take my 3rd WR of the draft and solidify my strong WR’s. All three have big play potential and play in offenses that will get them ball and let them make make moves after the catch and get in the end zone.

Round 7, Pick 10: Joique Bell. Ellington having health issues, grabbing another pass catching RB was essential. If Bell stays healthy, he will be the No. 1 guy in Detroit ahead of Rookie Ameer Abdullah and will get the touches he needs at the goal line. If they choose to pass in the red zone, I have Megatron already in the lineup.

Round 8, Pick 1: Jason Witten. One of the best Fantasy Tight Ends over the past decade and a staple in the Cowboys lethal pass attack. As one of Romo’s trusted targets, he will be a safety blanket and a touchdown machine every week.

Round 9, Pick 10: Pierre Garcon

Round 10, Pick 1: Miami Defense. A little early to draft a DEF in a Public League, but this could possibly be the most fantasy points from a defense this year with big time additions and run stoppers all over the field.

Round 11, Pick 10: Arizona Defense. See above.

Round 12, Pick 1: Giovanni Bernard. Best available player this late in the draft is an absolute steal, even as a No.2 RB in this system, if the No.1 goes down with injury or starts to turn the ball over, Bernard is RB 1 or RB2 every Sunday.

Round 13, Pick 10: Tre Mason. Also, VERY good value this late in the draft as mySleeper pick, in my opinion as Rookie RB Todd Gurley isn’t 100% healthy starting the season.

Round 14, Pick 1: Doug Baldwin. Will see more targets this year than any other with attention drawn to Jimmy Graham.

Round 15, Pick 10: Reggie Bush. Dropped after the draft for Kicker Cody Parkey.

Barbara Kruger’s Contribution

Amazing art mural created by Barbara Kruger, at the Getty Museum in Los Angeles. I had a moving experience reading people’s responses to society’s most important questions.
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July 2015

You have moved beyond a problem, Moonchild.

It is over. You are safe.
Yet for some reason you may still be dwelling in the place of fear and
frustration that you were in before your problem was solved. By allowing yourself to go over and over negative thoughts, and by worrying about a possible recurrence of a problem, you are giving that problem more power.

There is no need to revisit what you have already conquered.

There is no reason to fear it will happen again.

It won’t.



Happy Birthday, to me. 

J. Severns

Nepal Earthquake & Disaster (Full Story)

Full Story, here.


Derrick Rose Game II Buzzer-Beater

Here is a picture of Derrick Rose after successfully making a jump shot to win Game II.

The Series is now tied 2-2 after LeBron James successfully made a jump shot to win Game III. IMG_20150508_211643

Fresno-Madera craft beer festival features 100-plus brews

The Fresno Bee

May 7, 2015

Mt. Whitney Xtra Pale Ale from Tioga-Sequoia Brewing Company will be one of many beers poured by 45 breweries at the Fresno-Madera Craft Beer Festival.

 It is craft beer festival season in the Valley and the next chance to sample all kinds of beer is Saturday, May 9, at the Fresno-Madera Craft Beer Festival.

This one is at  ApCal Wine Tasting & Events Center at 32749 Avenue 7, Madera, just north of Fresno, from 2-6 p.m.

About 45 breweries will be serving more than 100 craft beers. A full list of breweries participating is online and includes Dust Bowl Brewing, Hangar 24, Clown Shoes Brewing and Lagunitas. At least five Valley breweries will be there, too.

Organizers say one thing that makes this craft beer festival different is the setting. No parking lot or blocked off street here, but a green expanse with a big leafy oak tree that’s surrounded by vineyards.

Bands Night Heat and The Wild Hare will provide live music.

Tickets cost $45 at the gate, $35 in advance online at  apcalwine.com. Designated drivers who will not be drinking cost $10.

“It’s going to be a packed house,” says ApCal owner Darren Schmall. “We’ll actually probably have to cut off ticket sales at the gate.”

Buy tickets online to be sure to get in. The price includes a glass, unlimited samples, soda, juice and water.

Food will be available for purchase from Mattie’s Pizza, The Smoke Joint and the Mediterranean Grill.

Sober driver service will be provided by Uber.

bclough@fresnobee.com, (559) 441-6431 or  @BethanyClough on Twitter.