The Rodeo Diet

Everybody’s something-free these days: gluten-free, dairy-free, tree nut-free and more. We know so much more about how our marvelous bodies work than ever before, and we know what fuel they need to function optimally.

Now that it’s rodeo time, let’s remember that it’s ok to be fried-twinkie free, or cotton-candy-free, but some foods are sacred traditions that must be respected. To function optimally during these early spring days of mutton-busting, barrel-racing and steer-roping, barbecue must be administered. A little or a lot. Eaten at a cook-off, a booth at Reliant Arena or in your own backyard.

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Put Some Spring in Your Text

We’ve been knee deep in baseball books this past year, and aside from interactions with the charming authors and a new understanding of America’s favorite pastime, what has been most delightful is discovering the richness of baseball language.

Old-fashioned, descriptive, passionate and creative, baseball terminology presents a verbal feast unmatched by any industry accessible to minors. And though much of it may have been coined before Branch Rickey was weaned, it’s not obsolete: sportswriters and sportscasters use these expressions regularly, without the least facetiousness. Their freedom and delight with language are inspirational.

Baseball season is nigh. Whether Grapefruit League or Cactus, teams have lathered on the sunscreen and started Spring Training. While they’re warming up, we should, too. To honor the season, let’s all commit to putting some earnest, old-school expressiveness into our writing, whatever our subject.

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