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I Love This Man

September 25, 2017
I Love This Man

I love this man. I love his voice.  I love what he stands for. I love that he stands up for what he believes in. I love that he speaks his truth.  I love that he doesn’t like saying “his name.” If you haven’t listened to the entirety of King James’ press conference today, you should.

He’s the best player in the NBA. He’s the most exciting and explosive player the game has seen in a decades. He plays with reckless abandon, is unselfish and makes the players around him better. He’s charismatic, eloquent, charming and funny. He’s charitable, giving and philanthropic. He’s put 1,300 kids through school donating almost 45 million dollars.  His teammates, peers and coaches adore him.  He vocally stood up to Donald Sterling, is standing up to President Trump, and he loves the game of basketball. He’s a model citizen, he’s as real as they come, he has two children with his wife and high school sweetheart.  He is the poster child of the game we love. If you HATE Lebron, which I so often hear, take a look in the mirror.

These protests aren’t about disrespecting the flag, or the men and women who have put their lives on the line for this country, it’s about equality, it’s about the state of our nation, it’s about what is just, right and verdant.  It’s not a statement or a protest if it doesn’t make people uncomfortable.  That’s why the locking of arms doesn’t do much for me.  It just doesn’t make anyone uncomfortable.  In an arena where far too many athletes over the years have been afraid to voice their opinion, Lebron is changing the game. Lebron’s voice matters and today his voice was powerful. I love that Lebron and Kapernick have made so many people uncomfortable. Remeber the words of Martin Luther King, “The hottest place in Hell is reserved for those who remain neutral in times of great moral conflict.” Fight on Lebron, Fight on!

With nothin’ but love, Michael W. Leach

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Fight On

June 1, 2017
Fight On

This is what the Electoral College gave us? A climate denying demagogue who just threw a middle finger to the rest of the world and future generations by pulling the US out of the Paris Climate Agreement. This is a sad and disturbing day for our planet, for our oceans, rivers and mountains. It’s a… Continue Reading

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Science Matters

April 23, 2017
Science Matters

I’ve done a lot of Earth Day presentations over the years, but this represents one of my ALLTIME favorites, speaking at the California Academy of Sciences, an amazing place brimming with brilliant men and women doing essential research and work that matters. It’s hard to fathom in 2017, that we need to march in order… Continue Reading

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College Campus Rape Culture

March 2, 2017
College Campus Rape Culture

Why is this an issue no one wants to talk about? Why is this an issue I never even heard our first female presidential candidate mention? Just thinking about the rape epidemic on college campuses literally hijacks me.  It’s an issue I’m passionate about—one that I speak and write about.  One that I talk to baristas and complete… Continue Reading

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Eddie Would Go

February 10, 2017
Eddie Would Go

Spinning at the gym late last week, it hit me. I needed to get away—get outside, in nature, and most importantly, in water. I swim.  I’m religious about it.  Ever since my wheels (legs) began to fail four winters ago, I’ve swum 4-7 days a week.  It’s what I’ve got, so it’s what I do. … Continue Reading

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Not Ready To Make Nice

November 14, 2016
Not Ready To Make Nice

Stop telling me not to be angry about the results of this election. Stop the kumbaya appeals for unity. I appreciate your open-mindedness, and pleas that we are all one—not Republicans, not Democrats, but Americans—but I’m afraid I need to call bullshit. I was born in Couer d’Alene, Idaho, a very Montana-like landscape and community.… Continue Reading

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A Note To Our Children

November 10, 2016
A Note To Our Children

Election day note to my nine-year-old daughter. When I got Kamiah down last night, after two hours of sharing what we had anticipated to be a momentous and joyous occasion, things weren’t looking good. After she fell asleep I went downstairs for a couple more hours of heartache and angst. By 11 PM MST, I… Continue Reading

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Smile

November 1, 2016
Smile

I’m injury prone—have been since I was in high school.  While it’s slowed me down over the years, it’s never stopped me from pursuing my passion for exercise, my addiction to dopamine, and my need for keeping my body in motion. My latest injury, sustained in a routine session at the gym, has proven deflating.  … Continue Reading

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Ali Shook Up The World

June 10, 2016
Ali Shook Up The World

He was a generation before my time, but growing up in my house, Muhammad Ali was a religion.  He’s a transcendent figure whose courage and charisma truly shook up the world. As a kid in Chicago my dad fought, Golden Gloves, so I grew up on the sport of boxing.  Though I never saw an… Continue Reading