Three-peat? It does not happen very often. Once you reach the pinnacle of any endeavor it is difficult to back it up again and again… First you must believe, then you must execute, and then there is always lady luck. These victories were sweet as most come from behind victories are however, this David vs. Goliath story was not supposed to end this way, or so most thought. Morgan Hill needed two back to back victories against Santa Clara after losing to them early in the tournament. They re-focused their state of mind.

Maybe it is the memories of this same team making it to the biggest stage last year, the Bronco World Series. Also, it was about spending time with what became my baseball family. Or for me, it is because the next stop for regional play is a John D. Morgan Park in Campbell. My sister-in-law’s Dad is John D. Morgan, was Chief of Police in Campbell who passed all to soon in the late seventies. That makes it a family park. Or could it be that watching my 13 year old brother Mike play his all-star games at that very park when I was 16 years old? The most memorable game was when the Manager read the players a poem before the championship game.

It’s All In The State Of Mind

If you think you are beaten, you are.
If you think you dare not, you won’t.
If you like to win, but don’t think you can,
It’s almost a cinch that you won’t.

If you think you’ll lose, you’re lost.
For out in the world you’ll find
Success begins with a fellow’s will;
It’s all in a state of mind.

For many a game is lost
Ere even a play is run,
And many a coward fails
Ere even his work is begun.

Think big and your deeds will grow;
Think small and you’ll fall behind;
Think that you can and you will;
It’s all in a state of mind.

If you think you’re out-classed, you are;
You’ve got to think high to rise.
You’ve got to be sure of yourself before
You can ever win a prize.

Life’s battle don’t always go
To the stronger or faster man,
But sooner or later, the man who wins
Is the fellow who thinks he can!

So in the end my brother Mike took this message to heart and has lived his life according to this philosophy. FYI, little brother is now the Head Coach of the Willow Glen High School baseball team whose 27 – 0 record this year speaks for itself…Jayne

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Technology and recent advancements in digital photography has brought the images of our lives to the forefront of daily life. Now more than ever it’s not about the technical perfection we photographers search for every time we dawn our cameras. Many times we forget that the simple things make the perfect image. A smile, a father daughter moment, friends and family that’s what it’s all about.

Living in the shadow of the Silicon Valley our semi-rural town is best known for the large amount of mushrooms produced and distributed nationwide. It’s a quiet existence definitely a behind the scenes town. Even our neighbors to the south in Gilroy (The garlic capital of the world) enjoy the limelight. Not to worry we love our town.

One of the things I love about Morgan Hill is its small town wholesome goodness. Morgan Hill Independence Day Inc., is a non-profit community run group that funds and produces the local 4th of July Celebrations that includes a Street Dance, a Parade, a 5k Run, a Family Bike Ride and of course a Fireworks show. All of this because a small town wants to keep Americana alive in northern California.

I had the pleasure of participating, not by riding but by capturing those moments that families strive for. The simple pleasures of spending quality time together. During these tough economic times when a trip to Disneyland may not be in the family vacation mix, one can find plenty to do locally right in your own backyard.

The 6, 13 or 30 mile bike ride had plenty of stops along the way where you would find patriotic dressed volunteers cheering you on providing water, local strawberries, and other snack foods to re-energize the riders. They encouraged, especially the kids to have fun and praised them for challenging themselves.

So, when you think there’s nothing to do around your town, check again there is more to do than you realize. If there is not, get involved and set something up to bring your community together. Surely you will find away to experience the beauty of where you live. Family oriented fun and by family I mean community…Jayne

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