Fathers & Sons Breakfast

This past weekend I had the pleasure of getting together with 11 amazing individuals. 5 Fathers and 6 Sons.

My fraternity brother had kept pushing me on an idea we both spoke about earlier last year. Getting our sons together to play and creating an atmosphere where us young Husbands and fathers could congregate and build with each other through this journey called life.

I woke up early and linked up with Donell & his son Ky. We went to buy groceries for the breakfast.


We got together and Justin had already started making the waffles, eggs and bacon with his son Justin Jr. Continue reading

R-I-P Tyrice Thompson


Rest In Peace - Tyrice Thompson

Rest In Peace – Tyrice Thompson


Rest In Peace - Tyrice Thompson

Rest In Peace – Tyrice Thompson

UPDATE 2/7/2013: Scottsdale Police Made an Arrest Today on the person who Stabbed & Killed Tyrice while he was working as a Security Bouncer.


– There will also be a Benefit Concert/Show in Tyrice’s Honor at the Roxy on Monday 2/11/2013. More information coming on that as well

The Visitation services will be:

Saturday February 9th
Public Viewing is from 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Eastlake Mortuary
1715 s Jefferson Street
(Jefferson & 16th street)
Phoenix, Az 85034

Services for Tyrice Thompson will be:
Sunday February 10, 2013 at 5:00pm at:
Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church
1401 East Jefferson Street
Phoenix, Arizona 85009
602 258 0831

UPDATE 2/5/2013: God is Good, We put the word out yesterday & someone decided to help fly Tyrice’s Brother & Family in on their own Jet. We asked and we received. Tyrice’s Sister Torrie wanted me to let everyone know that the family is appreciative of all the Support and you can keep Donating towards Tyrice’s Funeral expenses. ALL of the DONATIONS we continue to Give & have received will go Tyrice’s SON Takai So please KEEP spreading the word. I know that these are the times where collectively the true God (LOVE) nature in us shines bright as we all connect together to do the Miraculous.

The Visitation services will be:
Saturday February 9th
Public Viewing is from 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Eastlake Mortuary
1715 s Jefferson Street
(Jefferson & 16th street)
Phoenix, Az 85034

Services for Tyrice Thompson will be:
Sunday February 10, 2013 at 5:00pm at:
Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church
1401 East Jefferson Street
Phoenix, Arizona 85009
602 258 0831

UPDATE 2/4/2013: I Spoke with Tyrice’s Sister Torrie Thompson Today and she asked me to help her bring their other brother and his family from Seattle for Tyrice’s Funeral. Please Click on the Donation Link and send whatever amount you can to help bring Tyrice’s Brother, Sister in Law and two Niece’s to Phoenix. Let’s rally up our support within Phoenix & ASU to bring our friends family together during this time of loss. Click the Social Networking Buttons below and spread the word to your Twitter, Facebook and Emails ASAP.

(After Clicking Donate, if you do not have a Paypal account, look to the bottom left of the page next to the Visa Logos and it will allow you to enter your Credit Card there)

Tyrice Thompson’s Funeral Service will be This SUNDAY FEB 10th, 5pm @ Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church. 1401 E. Jefferson Street, Phoenix Az 85034

#ThankYou & GodBless for your support to the family.


(You can Listen to the A-State-Shuffle by clicking the Link above. Right Click & Save As if you want to Download Tyrice’s Song made when he was playing Football at ASU about the Football Team)

It saddens me to write about another friend who has passed away this year

Tyrice Thompson, it’s unfair that you had to leave so young because you’ve always shown so much potential in everything that you did. As I sat in bed last night deciphering the news about your passing before word got out I had time to think about everything since I first met you.

I first met you when I would volunteer with my Fraternity to come to your high school and speak to your class about the path to College. The first day I met you, you took the opportunity to ask about anything you wanted to know about College. You asked a question that made everyone laugh and we answered it. You then followed that question with a bold statement that you would see us soon because you planned on playing football at ASU.

Two Years later after getting to know you on and off, you stepped foot on Arizona State University’s Campus and seeked me out just to let me know that you had fulfilled your promise to me from when we first met. I remember welcoming you with open arms and feeling overjoyed to see you “Make It”. I had mentored many young youths prior to you and you truly made me proud to have seen your progress. We kept in contact and you always knew you had a big brother figure on campus, you used your lil brother card and I was more than happy to redeem it whenever you came out to my events and parties.


You came to me and told me that you produced music and wanted to Rap. My response to you was always welcoming because I remembered that you did what you said and set your mind to. A few weeks later you were always over at my house with Nate, Ben and all the homies recording upstairs. I remember telling you that if what you created was good I had no problem letting you guys perform it at my parties and events. To tell the truth, you guys’ music kept me motivated to put on the best parties while we were in College because I wanted to see you guys get the best shine in whichever way I could help. The A-State-Shuffle was made and at that point I was sold that you had it made brother. I knew that you would make it in anything that you wanted because you showed talent throughout everything.

As time went on, we had great chats online late nights when I was going through my spiritual cleansing. I felt that you understood me because you did not shy away from me after I stopped Partying and Drinking. I felt like I was losing friends left and right and even though we didn’t hang out much you kept encouraging me to let my light shine as I was transforming. I remember a call we had one late night and I felt that you were on the same path as I. That night gave me strength to continue reading my Bible and not worry about losing friends because of my choice to follow God. I thank you for that moment because it helped me ease into continuing to just be me as I pursued Christ more because someone that I looked up to understood what pressures I was going through.

When we last saw each other, you gave my wife and I a super big hug and you were genuinely happy for our new baby on the way at the time. You made me blush cause you kept just saying wonderful things to my wife about the great man that she had. I hold those uplifting words up now and remember the great feeling it gave off as you were uplifting me. I will hold on to that part of your spirit to enhance me to pass that on as I continue living. I am now understanding our positive impacts you leave on people keep on living long after you are gone.

I am thankful to have been able to hold your hands in the Hospital this past wednesday and to pray with you. I massaged your feet as you were sleeping hooked up to the machines and left you some inspiring words at your bedside. As I left that Night I was heart broken because I felt that my supernatural healing powers were not strong enough to bring you back. I looked through every scripture of healing and cried out for your healing after I left. Even after hearing that you did not have brain function yesterday I still held off on speaking about you in the past tense, I prayed for a miracle today as everyone was starting to find out about your death.

You were sent to keep me going with my growth. You were the only one besides my wife to uplift me during my walk and I believe that was a purpose that was accomplished. In your death I will look to be a better version of you to the down hearted brothers and sisters who are looking for a way out to make something positive out of themselves. I will find a way to uplift more spirits as I meet people because I know that the experience we had was not just between you and me; You uplifted everyone you met.

I will walk in Light and Continue to let God’s Holy Spirit Guide me. I will remember you whenever I feel down about this road to righteousness. I will remember you when I bring positivity to someone who had nowhere else to turn.

I Love you & May You Rest In Peace Tyrice Thompson

Thank You & God Bless for being a part of my Life.
– Stan

Puppy For August

Should We Buy August The Great a Puppy?

My wife has been on a campaign to get our 9 month old son a Puppy. I think it’s HER who want’s one of those cute little dogs that hides in purses and she’s championing August The Great as the reason. I used to play the same game on my parents growing up lol.

Well, The latest campaign came in this video she uploaded and sent me a link to watch. Watching August The Great in this Video made me give in. We just might have to look into getting a puppy for my Wife, I mean August The Great lol

Thank You, God Bless


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Seattle Sonics Are Back

Well, Almost Back.

My Wife called me to tell me the News about the Sacramento Kings being sold to Seattle today. I was working so she was excited to be able to break the news to me first since i’m always first on major news in the Family.

I got off the Phone, checked my Facebook timeline, No Word. Checked ESPN, No Word.. Then I went to NBA.com and there was a slight story brewing about the team being sold by the Maloofs to Hansen and a Seattle Group. Next thing i checked was the Roster of the current Sacramento Kings team. 2 Players stood out.. Aaron Brooks & Isaiah Thomas.. How cool would that be for two Seattle Natives to be back home for the home team.

The Sonics were the 1st Major Sports team I watched when I first moved to America from Kenya. I remember sitting at a table with my father eating Wheaties learning about Michael Jordan from our 1st American Friend. He then went on to tell me stories about The Super Sonics that we had. All of this was amazing to a 9 year old in a new Country. Later on in Life I would meet Shawn Kemp, Gary Payton in pickup games in the Central District. I remember sophomore year in High School when we played against the Bulls in the Final. Having the team back would bring back some great childhood memories and build some new ones as well. Even though I live in Phoenix and have cheered on the Suns the past few years, One thing that has remained is our mutual Dislike for the LA Lakers. 🙂

So far No major sites have confirmed that it’s all true, but after having Mixed feelings last year watching the Thunder play in the NBA Finals 4 years after being removed from Seattle i’m ready to root for a “Sonics” Team. Maybe it took us watching our old team we took for granted to go to the Big game to light a match under us to be excited again. Hopefully it all works out and Seattle gets a basketball team to cheer for again.

Thank You God Bless


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Creating A Life List

In the film, The Bucket List, Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman star as terminally ill acquaintances on a quest to complete a wish list of activities before they  “kick the bucket.” As a result of the movie, the phrase “bucket list” entered into American vocabulary to describe the things a person dreams of doing sometime during his life. In this article, I’d like to discuss instead a life-list: a personalized list of things you want to do every day in your life. This list is motivated by dreaming about the sort of person you aspire to be rather than the kinds of things you want to do.

Since a life-list is intended to include only what you see yourself doing daily, it should meet the following criteria:

1) Your life-list should consist of just a few things.
2) Your life-list should consist of only the most important things.
3) Your life-list should reflect your values.
4) Your life-list should be your life-list. In other words, it should not be based on considerations of the kind of person others expect you to be, but instead on the person you dream of becoming.

One of the tendencies in creating a life-list is to pile onto it every conceivable idea you have of good things you could do each day. But let’s face it: a long list of anything is discouraging. If you end up with 40 things, it will be intimidating just to read through them each day—and virtually impossible to do them.  Instead of lifting you, an overly long life-list becomes a burden and is quickly discarded. To keep the life-list from being overwhelming, pare it down until you have only a handful of items of extreme importance to you. It’s better to make a life-list of only two things you actually review and do each day, than to create a life-list of 40 things that ends up in the trashcan.

Why do I feel so strongly about developing a life-list? If you write down and live out a life-list, it will become your legacy. We are known by what we repeatedly do. How we spend each day, taken in total, determines the mark we make on this world.

When you are eighty years old, sitting on the porch in a rocking chair and looking back on your life, how will you feel? You won’t have to answer to anybody but yourself…not your parents or your spouse or your business associates. What did you do with this gift of living? It will be an important question to you then. Why not make it an important question now?

By – John Maxwell

Making Money As A Student

Every kid needs to make some money , right ? You want a job. You can’t get a job. You need experience. You got no experience. High School and College kid problems.

But fear not. Not every job has to be a career. Money plays. You don’t need brilliant ideas. Sometimes you just need to  make some money for the summer. Or to pay for your braces. Or to pay for the phonebill your parents killed you on. Whatever you need cash for , its always a problem that needs solving.

To solve your big money problems, sometimes you only need to solve simple problems. Sometimes you just need to be creative. I’m going to give you 2 ideas any student going to any school can do to make more than minimum wage.

1. Shoelaces.

Say what ? Shoelaces. I said it.

I guarantee you that if you go to the parking lot of any high school or college football game with a bunch of shoelaces in team colors that you bought for 2 bucks a pop,and put up a sign and 2 chairs, you can make money. Not football season? . Go to where ever there are people in your community. Flea Market. Basketball Game.  Dance recital. Wherever people who go to your school show up , you show up. You set up your sign and your chairs.

On the sign you put something like ” Get in the YourSchool spirit”.  I will re lace your shoes with “YOURSCHOOL” color laces for $10 (small schools), $20 bucks (big schools with more drunk alums or lots of rich people).  If you want to make it even more fun. You can add “I will lace them in 5 minutes or they are free”. If you are really enterprising, you can put up on the poster about 5 different ways to lace the shoes and charge a premium for anything but “Missionary” lacing.

Easy money. Guaranteed.

2. Become an expert in programming All in 1 tv remote controls. People are buying a single remote control to replace all the remotes they have. No one really wants to take the time to figure out all the options.  No one wants to take the time to learn how to program the stupid remote. In fact it pisses them off that it takes far more time than they have to do something they bought the stupid remote to do.

To help solve everyone’s problem, go to a local electronics store and find out what remotes they sell. Go to the local Walmart, Target, Best Buy, etc, etc. if the grocery store sells remotes go there too. Find out what the most popular sellers are . How do you find out which are the most popular ? You ask someone.

Then , you become an expert in programming those remote controls. The worlds best expert.  Once you know your shit. Go back to the store with business cards with your email/cell phone number on it and the following


Your Name

I will program any Remote Control for $20

I Have a Phd In Remote Control Programming

Cell #/Email/Website


Then you go to all the stores and tell them that their customers will be far happier if they send them to you to program the remote. You will program it exactly like they want it, connecting to any and all devices.  All the store has to do is let you put up a stack of cards next to the remote control maybe a little sign.  Then you give a sheepish grin to the manager of the electronics or remote control section of the store and tell them how this is really important to you and how you will do a great job. you promise.  Then every couple days you go back to the store and talk to the salespeople who work there and remind them about your PHD in Remote Control Programming and how if they send you enough business, you might be able to spiff them a commission.

Then you damn well do a great job or some other kid is going to steal your remote control programming business

There you go. Easy breezy money. nothing fancy. Nothing complicated. Just some hard work , some customer service and the ability to be nice to people and thank them when they pay you and tip you.


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How Can I Rest More?

Three things:

1) Think back to the five greatest moments in your life. Did any of them occur while you were staring at a screen or talking on the phone? Can you say, “wow, the number 3 most impactful moment in my life was that time I was crossing Main Street while talking on the phone with my buddy and it was just AMAZING!” No, you won’t say that. Nor will it be the time you were playing online scrabble with friends or surfing that little website, “jamesaltucher.com” although that last one might make the top 10. Let’s be disciplined  and stick  to five.

2) Your computer screen overstimulates the pineal gland. If you cracked open your forehead and drilled a whole through the center of the skull, and suck out what’s underneath with a straw you’d drink your own pineal gland.

Don’t do that.

The pineal gland, among other things, regulates the melatonin in the body. When it’s overstimulated, like when you stare at a computer screen all day, the melatonin in your body is suppressed and your sleep and rest periods will be automatically more difficult. You won’t get into a deep sleep, for instance, or you will wake up at 3 in the morning, anxious about all the things you have to do and the cycle repeats. The pineal gland stops functioning well as we age, which is why older people get less sleep. They don’t NEED less sleep, as is commonly thought, but they get less quality sleep because the pineal gland calcifies and less melatonin is produced in the body, resulting in less sleep as well as more age-related diseases such as cancer.

So basically, when you stare at a computer screen all day, particularly at night, your body is going to think you are a  90 year old man. When you are a 90 year old man, not only is it harder for you to get sleep but it’s harder for you to get basic tasks done, so you have to stay at the computer screen longer. The famous shit-sandwich-cycle (as seen on Oprah, etc) repeats.

3) Staring at a computer screen releases dopamine in the body. The dopamine hormone is the “reward hormone”. It tells the body,”Job well done”. Normally you want that hormone only released when you actually do a good job at something. Unfortunately, lots of drugs also trigger it. Which is why we become psychologically addicted to many drugs. Guess what? Staring at a computer screen also triggers it. So we become an addict. And even when we have nothing do, we still feel this need to stare at a computer screen.

Part of your feeling, “I never get enough done” has nothing to do with getting enough done. It’s actually a withdrawal symptom of the addiction of looking at the computer screen. So we must remove our addictions.

By the way, if someone talks to you about hormones say, “Hmm, I never heard a whore moan.”

Ok, back to work:

I want to sleep better. I want to rest better. I also want to be more creative in my life and help more people. So we are going to do this shit-sandwich diet and accomplish this.

A)  Make a To-Don’t List. Not a To-Do list. But this morning I’m going to make a list of all the things I don’t want to do. Here’s part of my list: I’m not going to play online chess for more than five minutes today. I’m an addict and can play for hours. Five minutes is basically five games. That’s enough. I’m not going to read news online. What’s better – to read a poorly researched, opinionated, poorly written news article or to get up and read a good book. The latter is better (I felt the need to answer that question just in case there were doubts). The news is always lies. What happened to radiation in San Francisco because of Fukishama? What happened to Avian Flu? Where is Greece already? Nothing in the news comes true. No news! Which means, no cat pictures!

No random surfing. No responding to hatemail. No returning emails you don’t have to. No junk food. Junk food prevents you from sleeping because it’s hard to digest.

No alcohol. Alcohol has sugar. Right when you need to rest it spikes up and you’re completely awake even when you don’t want to be.

And finally, no screen time after 6pm. It doesn’t matter what you have to do. You will get more done in the long run if you turn off the computer after 6pm.

B) Do something EXTRA for each client. This might seem counter-intuitive. You have a hard enough time getting things done – this is why you asked the question in the first place. How will  doing something extra help.

Every client is asking you to accomplish a list of tasks. Always keep in mind, “What extra task can I do for this client that they did not ask for?” This will result in several benefits:

–  You will get through the main tasks so you can get to the extra task

– It”s pleasant to surprise people. It’s like a classic Steve Jobs talk. He gives an entire talk, showing all of the amazing new Apple products and everyone cheers and then finally he says, “oh I forgot to tell you, we also MADE A TIME MACHINE!” And the crowd goes crazy. We came to expect that in Steve Jobs talks, which is why they became so famous, such a source of pleasure to watch.

– Give and you will receive. Clients remain loyal when they know you are standing out on the ledge for them. They will also cut you slack when you need it so you dont’ have to feel overwhelmed all the time. They will become your partners instead of your clients.

– While you are doing the extra task for the client, you won’t be doing the mindless stuff, like surfing the web, looking at “cat pictures” (I put in quotes because we all know what that  really means. Err, at least for me). Doing extra for a client will cut down on your “random” time, which will ultimately result in more rest time.

– By the time you are done with the extra task it’s time to rest.

C)  Take a 20 minute walk. Try to do this every 90 minutes. I’m going to tell you a secret. The mind isn’t creative. Your emotions are not creative.

When was the last time you were panicking or afraid or anxious and suddenly you came up with the greatest idea you’ve ever come up with? I’ll answer for  you: NEVER. When our mind is filled with thoughts, it crowds out the inner silence that is the source of ALL creativity.

We have a mind in order to get food. Our competitors for food were all bigger and stronger than us so we needed to come up with a brain that could outwit them. But your true source of creativity comes when the mind slows down and you connect to the deeper parts of you.

This happens when you take a walk. You get some exercise. Your eyes enjoy new input. You get away from the screen. And guess what, your subconscious, or superconscious, or whatever you want to call it, gets a chance to be creative.

D) At the end of the work day: return all emails. Set aside that time to return all non-immediate emails.

E) Finally, at the very end of the work day, list everything you did that day. This isn’t a “To Do” list. This is a “I Did” list. You will be surprised how much you got done.

So, to summarize, here is the “get more rest” cheat sheet:

– no screen time after 6pm

– take walks

– you know perfectly well what is “bad screen time” versus “good screen time” so be strict about that.

– do an extra task each day for each client

– make an appointment with yourself each day to return emails. This way you won’t feel anxious about them during the day. Don’t do anything during that time other than return emails.

– No junk food. No alcohol. No coffee after 9am (coffee stays in the system for 12 hours). No online games. If you want to do social facebook time, set a limit of 5-10 minutes a day on it.

– If you really wanted to rest: don’t eat dinner. Breakfast and lunch is enough. It’s not like you are going to die of starvation. The 90 minutes of dinner can be rest time.

– No TV past 8pm. For shows you love you can always download to the ipod later and watch them on your commute. Go  to sleep instead. What happens after 8pm is you forget  that you used to only watch the shows you love and you start watching, “Keeping up With the Kardashians” (if you happen to love that show, please stop).

– Wake up an hour early for exercise and/or reading. Since you just went to sleep early, you should be able to do that. Even 2 minutes of exercise is good.

Try this: Doing the above list, try to work only four hours a day instead of eight. You will be surprised how easy it is. You will be surprised how guilt you will feel (because of screen withdrawal symptoms).

It’s hard to do this list. We’re all addicts to the screen. If we all did the above, here’s what will happen: we will get more work done, we will  be more creative, we will get more rest, our children would see us  more, we’ll have more sex, we’ll get more exercise, we’ll sleep deeper, we’ll live longer, we’ll look better.

Sounds pretty good.

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R.I.P. Deshawn Milliken



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I Was Saddened this Morning to find out about the Death of a Good Friend from Seattle. R.I.P Deshawn Milliken

Met you for the 1st Time when We Played for the Giants in Little League Baseball with Coach Harvey. Saw you and your Sister Grow up in Seattle and it was all Love. We were always on the Same Baseball Teams and Football as Well. I remember when you came to Garfield High and Started playing Running Back as a Freshman.

I came to Arizona and we caught up again after you had went to school elsewhere. You always came and supported me at my parties and every time anyone from Seattle was in Phoenix they always told me how you had already gave them the word about supporting my events cause you were proud of your Seattle Homie doing his thing in Phoenix.

The last time we played Football together was for the Rams the Year we won the Championships and you hurt your knee. Time does not go back. Literally Yesterday when I was going up the stairs holding my Son and my Knees were hurting and I was thinking about this upcoming season you came to my mind. I was wondering how you were doing because I hadn’t seen you since then and how it was messed up that you hurt yourself that way. I really said in my head, I wonder how D-Mill is doing. Hopefully in someway that thought reached your spirit and your palms itched or whatever it is they say happens when someone is thinking about you.

You were Loved by many and it’s hurtful that someone took your life on Christmas Eve. I pray for Everlasting Healing to your family Today, Tomorrow and Future Holidays to come when you will be missed. I pray for strength for everyone who loved you to know that You made a Big Impact while you were on Earth as If you were in Heaven and not to feel a deep loss. You came and did exactly what you were meant to do. I am happy that our lives crossed paths my younger Brother.. I will hold on to your kind words whenever we talked and know that you truly had a Kind heart.

May You Forever Rest In Peace Deshawn Milliken

Thank You & God Bless your soul