Pickleball – You Make the Call – 20160121 – Answer

The Question:

A pickleball player is standing at the Non-Volley Zone (NVZ) and the front of his shoes curl up in such a fashion that they are actually beyond the NVZ line, but because of the curl, they are not touching the line.

A ball is hit to that player and he makes a return volley back to the opposing team. If an imaginary line was extended downward from the tip of his shoe to NVZ line his foot would have been over that line; is this a fault?


The Answer according to USAPA Rules Chairperson:

“The NVZ, including the NVZ line, is a two dimensional part of the court. So, the tip of the shoe can overlap the line, but if it is not touching the line at the time the player is volleying the ball it is not a fault. The shoe must contact the line in the process of volleying the ball for it to be a fault.” [emphasis mine]


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STATUS QUOtes — 20160126

“You can’t choose the ways in which you’ll be tested.” — Robert J. Sawyer

“Love doesn’t just sit there, like a stone, it has to be made, like bread; re-made all the time, made new.” — Ursula K. Le Guin

“The visionary starts with a clean sheet of paper, and re-imagines the world.” — Malcolm Gladwell

“Old age is like everything else; to make a success of it, you’ve got to start young.” — Theodore Roosevelt


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The Meaning of Life in a Paragraph and a Book

I recently read the brainpickings article about the book “When Breath Becomes Air: A Young Neurosurgeon Examines the Meaning of Life as He Faces His Death”

The first paragraph of the article, beneath the quote from the book, is one of the most targeted and poignant statements on the subject of the human condition I have read in a long, long time. It encapsulates the essence of the “meaning of life” for me. It may be that I am more sensitive as I near my seventh decade, but it surely hit home! The section from the review and to which I refer is:

“All life is lived in the shadow of its own finitude, of which we are always aware — an awareness we systematically blunt through the daily distraction of living. But when this FINITUDE is made acutely imminent, one suddenly collides with awareness so acute that it leaves no choice but to Fill the shadow with as much light as a human being can generate — the sort of inner illumination we call meaning: the meaning of life.” [emphasis is mine]

The book has been very well received, but I have ordered it with mixed emotions. I am anticipating powerful insights, inspiration and guidance with the knowledge that I will be emotionally involved and perhaps burdened by the experience.

Visit the website to read the entire review of the book and if you order the book via that site, they receive a small commission.

You can read more about the book, When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi, at goodreads

STATUS QUOtes — 20160125

“It’s all a mistake…until it works.” — Seth Godin

“Two people can have a middling day, but one rounds up and the other rounds down.” — Robert Brault

“Wishing to be friends is quick work, but friendship is a slow ripening fruit.” — Aristotle

“I wish I had an answer to that, because I’m tired of answering that question.” — Yogi Berra


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Craco, Italy – A Mediterranean Ghost Town

Abandoned Town of Craco, Italy

Map Courtesy of Google Maps

Everything ages and with time, some things begin to decay. This happens to machines, people, buildings and whole towns. One noted place of decay is the Italian Town of Craco which suffered from landslides as well as sewage and water system leakage. The villagers decided it was easier to leave than to stay and try to salvage their beautiful, historic hillside village.

This brief video pays homage to this picturesque and haunting landscape leaving viewers to wonder at the majesty and grandeur it once must have displayed at the height of its history.

Craco – The abandoned town from Walter Molfese on Vimeo.

Quoted from the Vimeo web page:

“Craco is an abandoned town in the province of Matera, Basilicata, Italy.

In 1963 a landslide destroyed part of Craco. The population decided to abandon their homes. The landslide was mainly caused by leakages of water and sewerage networks and by the urban growth of the 20th century.

The Municipality of Craco is trying to recover the ancient part of the town, restoring the old centre for recreational and cultural purposes. Despite damage caused by landslides over the years, Craco is still gorgeous.

Word of appreciation goes to the Municipality of Craco (MT-IT), Craco Research and Craco Production who have authorized and allowed the video shoot in the site of Craco – Scenografic Museum Park.

The historic center of Craco was listed among the 93 sites to be saved in the world in 2010 Watch List of the World Monuments Fund which is reported every two years by the prestigious international institution.”

You can learn more about Craco and some of its history at the links below:

The Abandoned Italian Hilltop Village of Craco

Mediterranean Ghost Town: Craco Italy

Craco, coming alive on film

STATUS QUOtes — 20160124

“God made time, but man made haste.” — Irish Proverb

“For peace of mind, we need to resign as general manager of the universe.” — Larry Eisenberg

“The hard work puts you where the good luck can Find you.” — Unknown

“Home computers are being called upon to perform many new functions, including the consumption of homework formerly eaten by the dog.” — Doug Larson


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“My arms are too short to box with God.” — Johnny Cash

“You can no longer see me, but please know that I am there. I am the flowers in the garden, I am the wind beneath your hair.” — Sherry Rockhill

“I do not think that the banks of a river suffer because they let the river FLOW.” — Frida Kahlo

“I never hated a man enough to give him his diamonds back.” — Zsa Zsa Gabor


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Capture Mood and Emotions in Photography

As the readers of JBRish know, I am not a professional photographer even though I really like photography and I appreciate the creativity of experienced professionals and more advanced amateurs.

I was reading through a number of blog posts the other day and I came across the article below:

8 Tips for Better Pet Photography

Although I am not generally interested in pet photography, I do like cats and dogs and there are some wonderful pictures included in this article. The main reason I am writing about this essay, however is because of the following picture which was part of the article.

young woman with pet dog

Doesn’t this photographer do a wonderful job in capturing the love and emotions being shared between this dog and the owner? This picture speaks to the viewer and conveys so much. The photograph is simply remarkable!

If you are interested in pet photography or if you would just like to view nice pictures of pets, I encourage you to read it:

8 Tips for Better Pet Photography

This picture is copyrighted by the original photographer with all rights reserved!

STATUS QUOtes — 20160122

“Night is the mother of counsels.” — George Herbert

“There is no greater happiness for a person than approaching a door at the end of a day knowing someone on the other side of that door is waiting for the sound of their footsteps.” — Ronald Reagan

“If you’re giving your all to someone and it’s not enough, you’re giving it to the wrong person.” — Unknown

“Do not make the mistake of treating your dogs like humans or they will treat you like dogs.” — Martha Scott


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