David Stanley

Teacher & science guy, writer, musician, coach, skier and bike racer, I am interested… in everything; your story, food & spirits and music and everything in the natural world, spirit & sport. My son is 22 and still needs his Dad. I am 56 and so do I. I blog on life and death, cancer and sports, kids and education at http://dstan58.blogspot.com/

Posts by David Stanley

My Son Loves the Tour de France, and So Do I

Bicycle racing grabbed me hard in 1979. I’d always ridden a bike; as a ski racing kid, I’d heard that Jean-Claude Killy trained off-season on the bike. As a soccer player infatuated with all things Euro, the appeal of riding was natural. But when I hurt my knee in 1978 as a college soccer player, […]

A Cancer Fighter’s Playlist

On June 27, I had the privilege to speak with an old student of mine on his radio show. I left teaching in 2012, and thanks to social media, I’ve stayed in touch with many of my students. It’s a cool thing, to watch these young men and women go from squirrelly, nervous 9th graders […]

Melanoma Brought Us Together

Melanoma brought us together for the best of reasons, and the worst of reasons. This past weekend, June 17-18, was the Indianapolis-based Outrun the Sun 12th annual 5-mile for melanoma fundraising and awareness. With an array of events from a 1 km walk to the full-fledged 5-mile race, Fort Harrison State Park was where all […]

Baseball Cards: Grab onto your youth

My Uncle Irv was the wacky uncle in the family. The fun uncle. He had a master’s degree in Library Science so he knew stuff. Tons of stuff, cool stuff, as befits an uncle who knew Miles and Coltrane before they were cool. He took karate before martial arts were mainstream. He was into Zen […]

Hey Budweiser-Can that New Can!

Budweiser, in a move that should shock everyone familiar with their product’s archetypal can, has decided to rename their flagship Budweiser brand “America.” The restyled can will be used from this summer through the November election. It’s not just the name that has been changed. The iconic can has been redesigned in a move that […]

Stop the Screaming ! ! !

There’s not much TV in my life these days. I’m bored with cop and detective and legal shows. I worked in hospitals so I don’t watch Doc-dramas. NOVA is still good stuff. I do watch some sports; oddball Euro stuff like bike racing, soccer, and just about anything that involves sliding down snow and ice […]

The Dad-Lens

When you’re 23, you look at life through a Celestron NexStar pointed towards the sky. “When I’m 30, I want to be there,” you say, as you gaze at Deneb, perhaps 7,000 light-years away. You point the scope toward some fainter star, perhaps Alnilam in the belt of Orion “And when I’m forty, I’ll be […]

When Young Men Die on their Bikes, I’m Gutted.

Bicycle racing has always been a risky sport. Training on the open roads leaves you at the mercy of motorists; whether careless, drunk, or plain mean-spirited, nearly 5,000 cyclists die at the hands of motor vehicles each year in the US. Cycling in the US means you accept the risks of training on public roads […]

Government is not a business, in 250 words.

In recent times, there has been a greater call to “run government like a business.” We need to “get rid of those politicians” and “bring in some businessmen who know how to get things done.” Here in Michigan, we did that with the election of Rick Snyder. With a B.A., an MBA, a CPA, and […]

Behind the Scenes at the CNN Democratic Debate

  Perhaps you saw the debate from Flint, MI on Sunday evening, March sixth? It was a debate of substance; two amicable ex-colleagues both on the hunt for the nation’s top elected office. Hillary made her points. Bernie delineated the differences between the two. I was there, stage right, first balcony, first row. Come with […]