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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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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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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

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Swimming Into Positive Visualization

April 4, 2016
Swimming Into Positive Visualization

Every Sunday morning I head to the pool for a rendezvous with 2,000 meters of water. Like all of life, some days are easier than others. On brilliant bluebird days like yesterday in Bozeman, it’s hard to go inside to swim, but yesterday, like all days, I emerged better for it. Swimming is my anti-depressant.… Continue Reading

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Because It Matters

April 3, 2016
Because It Matters

If you want to write, write. If you want to create, create. If you want to inspire, inspire. That is SUN pouring in the window at Sola Cafe. It’s a glory day in Yellowstone Country after a week of daily snow flurries. I rose early as I do every Saturday and busted out an upper… Continue Reading

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Love+Courage=Grace

March 25, 2016
Love+Courage=Grace

I’ve always loved the word grace. It simultaneously conjures up elements of fluidity and stability. A way of moving and a form of prayer. A symbol of respect and a gesture of generosity. To move with grace signifies finesse and to interact with grace represents an act of kindness. When we live with character and… Continue Reading

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Throw Like A Girl

March 23, 2016
Throw Like A Girl

I’m really excited to share my freshest “Love, Dad” column from Montana Parent. This piece is near and dear to my heart and it’s a little teaser for my next big project, a girl power/anti-misogyny manifesto. I’m a big believer that we should all be feminists, championing the cause and advocating on behalf of our… Continue Reading

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Love and Basketball

February 25, 2016
Love and Basketball

From the time I was a little boy, love and basketball went hand in hand. As an adult, love and wilderness have been my drink of choice, but basketball has remained a passionate presence. Traveling around the country with my Yellowstone sermons and more recently with my Grizzlies On My Mind book tour, I’m often… Continue Reading

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STOP Being “Busy”

February 19, 2016
STOP Being “Busy”

When did “busy” become the word of the day?  Think about it. When was the last time you asked someone how he or she is doing where “busy” wasn’t part of their response? In a society that values self-sacrifice and hard work over self-examination and personal growth, “busy” is the Holy Grail, while self care… Continue Reading