From the Editor
Game of Life
MBA Varsity Football 2007
September—it’s here! You know what that means? Football! Well, for me at least. Maybe it’s because I was born and raised in Texas where the game of football is ‘King,’ or maybe because as I grew up, I observed my dad watching football every Sunday afternoon, therefore I figured everyone must do the same thing…who knows?! What I do know is that for me, there’s nothing like a good football game and a bowl of popcorn.
I consider myself loyal to ‘my’ team—the Denver Broncos (with the Dallas Cowboys running a close second place). I became a Denver Broncos fan back in the John Elway days when we were living in Colorado. Unfortunately, the Broncos haven’t found a quarterback since Elway that quite matches up. Nonetheless, I’ve ridden out the highs and lows of seasons since ‘all the way with Elway.’ In fact, at our last home in Texas prior to moving to MBA, my husband and I had his ‘n hers garages. My garage had nothing in it but my car and my Bronco memorabilia. Nice!
Two Sunday’s ago the Denver vs. Cincinnati game was certainly one of highs and lows. The last two minutes of the game took me to the very height of football euphoria to the depths of football agony for the Broncos to finally win. Whew!
The game of life has many similarities. There are periods of time, certain events, certain people, that bring about happy, couldn’t-be-better than-this moments for us. And then there are the opposite circumstances that bring about those low moments or gloomy periods of time in our lives.
The good news is God is our loyal fan who never gives up on us, who cheers our victories in life and comforts us when we need it most. He tries to keep us from suffering penalties and from making errors. He’s the very Creator of teamwork—the team of The Father, Son and Holy Ghost.
I have fun with football. However, with Jesus I have life eternal. A life that includes Jesus is not seasonal, but year-round. Now, who’s got the popcorn?!
Happy to be Serving You,
Where Land and Sea Unite to Inspire (Quote of the Month)
“Success isn’t permanent, and failure isn’t fatal.” — Mike Ditka, former professional football player and coach
MBA Trivia Contest
Question for September 2009
Who made the stained glass windows in the MBA church?
Click on the graphic below for a larger view.
MBA Church Stained Glass Windows
Answer to August Trivia Question
Q: Who handmade the front doors to the MBA Church?
A: Jay Bietz, former staff member who taught Industrial Technology, made them during the 1979-80 school year.
MBA Church doors in the woodshop
Pam and Jay Bietz
Winner: Dave Breitigam, Class of 1982, and father of current MBA junior Tannor Breitigam. The Breitigam’s have made attendance at MBA a time-honored family tradition.
MBA Girls Junior Varsity Basketball Team 2009
The Basketball Hall of Fame is in Springfield, Massachusetts, the city where James A. Naismith invented the game. What few people realize, though, is that though he got the credit, the invention of this ultimate team sport was itself a team effort.
In the 1880s, Springfield College was a hub for physical education, the place where coaches from YMCAs all over the country came to improve their skills. In the fall, the game everybody loved was football. But when winter’s snow came, sports had to move inside, where the only activities at the time were calisthenics. Boring, the students complained.
Naismith went to the dean and pleaded for a two-week break from calisthenics to concoct a new indoor winter game. So Naismith and his students began an intense period of experimentation, with themselves as guinea pigs. Indoor football, they soon learned, was far too tough. The same was true of soccer and lacrosse, the other popular games of the day. They needed a game that would minimize roughness – hence the rule that players could not touch each other, that the ball could be touched with hands only, and that players could not run holding the ball. And no bats or sticks—that was asking for trouble inside a gym. The players would have to pass the ball to each other.
And so, day after day, Naismith and his students, through trial and error, steadily refined the game.
At the end of the two weeks, when the first fully developed basketball game was played, the only hitch was that whenever a score was made, the whole game ground to a halt while someone climbed a ladder to get the ball out of the peach basket they had fastened to the gym balcony. But that wasn’t such a terrible problem that first time out: the score was just 1-0.
The Creative Spirit Daniel Coleman, Paul Kaufman, and Michael Ray (Dutton)
Humor: a keen perception of the ludicrous
Written by Regina Brett, 90 years old, of The Plain Dealer, Cleveland, Ohio, August 2009
“To celebrate growing older, I once wrote the 41 lessons life taught me. It is the most-requested column I’ve ever written. My odometer rolled over to 90 in August, so here is the column once more.”
- Life isn’t fair, but it’s still good.
- When in doubt, just take the next small step.
- Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.
- Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and parents will. Stay in touch.
- Pay off your credit cards every month.
- You don’t have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.
- Cry with someone. It’s more healing than crying alone.
- Save for retirement starting with your first paycheck.
- When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.
- Make peace with your past so it won’t screw up the present.
- Don’t compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
- If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn’t be in it.
- Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.
- Get rid of anything that isn’t useful, beautiful, or joyful.
- Whatever doesn’t kill you really does make you stronger.
- It’s never too late to have a happy childhood. But the second one is up to you and no one else.
- When it comes to going after what you love in life, don’t take no for an answer.
- Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don’t save it for a special occasion. Today is special.
- Over prepare, then go with the flow.
- Be eccentric now. Don’t wait for old age to wear purple.
- The most important sex organ is the brain.
- No one is in charge of your happiness but you.
- Frame every so-called disaster with these words—“In five years, will this matter?”
- Always choose life.
- Forgive everyone everything.
- What other people think of you is none of your business.
- Time heals almost everything. Give time, time.
- However, good or bad a situation is, it will change.
- Don’t take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
- Believe in miracles.
- Don’t audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.
- Growing old beats the alternative—dying young.
- Your children get only one childhood.
- All that matters in the end is that you loved.
- Get outside everyday. Miracles are waiting everywhere.
- If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else’s, we’d grab ours back.
- Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.
- The best is yet to come.
- No matter how you feel, get up, dress up, and show up.
- Life isn’t tied with a bow, but it’s still a gift.
Dr. Richard Hart, CEO, Loma Linda University Adventist Health Sciences Center (hospitals and university), will be our guest speaker at the 11 o’clock hour on April 24, 2010 during the 60th Anniversary Alumni Weekend. Dr. Hart is the parent of three MBA graduates. Click photo for bio.
|Dr. Richard Hart
- 50% of boarding school graduates earn advanced degrees, compared to 36% of private day and 21% of public school alumni.
- April 22-25, 2010 60th Anniversary Alumni Weekend Make plans now to attend.
Pastor José Rojas, MBA 1978, Director of Volunteer Ministries, North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists, will be the commencement speaker for the May 30, 2010 graduation. Click photo for bio.
|Pastor José Rojas
- Honor classes for 2010 – Class agents need to contact the alumni office so we can begin working with you in contacting your classmates, arranging parties, etc. If you are the one who makes it happen, give us a call today!
Honor Classes for 2010 — 1950, 1955, 1960, 1965, 1970, 1975, 1980, 1985, 1990, 1995, 2000, 2005
Calling All Oceanaires! Do you have any old Oceanaires photos? Or maybe you can recall some memorable or humorous moments in class or on tour? Do you have any suggestions for the Alumni Weekend Reunion Concert repertoire? If so, contact the Alumni Office with your information, or questions regarding the concert.
|Ms. Arladell Nelson
It's a “don’t miss” event, April 24, 2010. The Oceanaires Reunion Concert will be conducted by Ms. Arladell Nelson, former MBA choir director from 1968–1998. We look forward to Ms. Nelson and all our former Oceanaires returning to our campus for this concert.
MBA’s Top 60 List
Top 60 List will be published in the fall issue of Sandscripts.