World Cup Soccer – The Women’s Turn

USA Women's National TeamThe Women’s National Soccer Team’s journey to capture one of the 24 spaces in the 2015 Soccer World Cup is underway.  For results, schedule, and other facts, check out my Weekly Brief – World Cup Soccer: The Women’s Turn.

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Wkly Brief – Forced Improvement

Barbara Rath:

Galena, ILToday I found this post on ‘forcing yourself to improve’. I share it with your tonight, a night that I am so tired I can barely keep my eyes open. This post reminds me that by waking each morning before 5 AM to write, I am living my dream. I am forcing myself to grow and improve.

I hope you find inspiration in this author’s words.

Originally posted on Superordinary:

Gary Cohn owes his first job on Wall Street to a cab ride1.

Cohn was twenty-two and working as a salesman for U.S. Steel in Cleveland. On one particular day, he found himself in Long Island and decided to venture down to Wall Street. While he was there, he decided he wanted a job.

The only problem? Cohn didn’t know anything about finance.

Since he had no connections on Wall Street and little experience that would qualify him for a job, he couldn’t pursue the ordinary route of handing in a resume. So, he went after a different angle. He stood outside of the commodities exchange until he overheard a well-dressed man catching a taxi to LaGuardia. Without missing a beat, Cohn asked if they could share a cab ride.

This gave Cohn an hour in the car with a higher up in one of the top brokerage firms on Wall Street.


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Open Letter to FIFA Ballon d’Or Contenders

Abby Wambach

Abby Wambach, Pittsford, NY Youth Clinic: Grass does grow in northern climates.

Women soccer players throughout the world have filed an application with the human rights tribunal in Ontario, Canada. Their request: provide the same pitch quality that men have had in every World Cup (and will have in 2018 and 2022) for the women’s most prestigious soccer event, the Women’s World Cup.

I have spent the day researching this issue and there is agreement on one item: turf creates a different game. The ball rolls faster, bounces differently.  The game is faster and requires a different degree of skill. This is not a problem for professional women soccer players. They can adjust their game to handle the speed and unpredictability of the ball.  For me the issue is equality and injury prevention.

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Wkly Brief – World Cup Soccer: The Women’s Turn

The Women’s National Soccer Team’s journey to capture one of the 24 spaces in the 2015 Soccer World Cup is underway. The first phase of USA’s journey begins with the CONCACAF Women’s Championship where eight countries are vying for three definitive World Cup spots. A fourth country will have to duke it out with Ecuador for the remaining slot.

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Fear, Fraud and Fiction

In honor of my first guest post ever, Fear, Fraud and Fiction, published at the NH Writers’ Project website, I am taking today off.  I hope you will visit the NH Writers’ Project website and enjoy the post.

Sincerely, Barbara

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