My son Micah won the Stoa National Invitational Tournament of Champions last month in Humorous Interpretation. This video is of the final round, taken by Michele Geesaman off her iPad.

Stoa Blue Book Is Set for Success

The case list for Stoa Blue Book, Monument Publishing’s sourcebook for team-policy debaters in Stoa speech and debate league, released this morning. I’ve got several reasons you’re going to love this year’s book.

The 2014 Stoa National Champions, Reesey Rea and Megan McKinley.

The 2014 Stoa National Champions, Reesey Rea and Megan McKinley.

How many captions can you come up with from this awful butchering of the English language (complements of Frontier Airlines)… (iPhone 4s)

No Vendor Booth? No Problem.

I missed the application deadline for a booth at NCFCA Nationals. I made proper appeals, but the answer is firm: no Training Minds booth at Nationals. So here’s what we’re going to do, and I think you are going to like it even better.

There won't be a Training Minds booth at NCFCA Nats. But no worries, we're gonna take good care of you anyway.

MEET UP: Free timepieces, coaching support, shipping, and more.

I’m hosting the first Training Minds MEET UP. What is a meet up? It is a gathering at a disclosed location for anyone who wants to stop by and learn more about what I do with Training Minds and Monument Publishing. I’ll have a box of nifty timepieces to give to anyone who registers, PLUS to the first 10 who just plain old show up.

Stranded, but These Good People Responded in Amazing Ways

I was supposed to return home on Monday morning for Memorial Day with the rest of the family, but we were stranded with a broken down van in California. I had six children, no place to go, mechanics off for the weekend, at a loss of what to do.

At every turn, we found Gods people willing to help.

At every turn, we found God’s people willing to help.

We’ve been in worse situations before. Wendy and my book, Love in the Houseopens with this story of breaking down in the middle of an Indian reservation (I added the excerpt below). The teenagers that were with me in California remember the dire straights we were in. Such dilemmas put a lot of stress on the family.

I have found that in times of stress and worry, God’s people come out of the woodwork and lend a hand. Let me tell you the story, and let a few of its details settle in.

Why We Need to Connect at NITOC

Approximately 500 families are gathering in San Diego for the National Invitational Tournament of Champions. The fires from last week displaced us until just recently: we received word that we will finish off NITOC at San Diego State University.

Come by to visit or to save big at the Training Minds vendor booth at NITOC.

Come by to visit and to save big at the Training Minds vendor booth at NITOC.

If you’re here, be sure to stop by our booth. Let’s not have this opportunity of being together in San Diego get away from us, for there are a number of great resources I have for you, both for now and next year:

Power Judging

The San Diego fires have put a damper on the National Invitational Tournament of Champions (NITOC). With Cal State San Marcos closed, over 500 families from across the country are having to adjust to perhaps the wackiest nationals schedule ever.

Pictured: my NITC campers having fun the day before competition. As you can see, the fires have made things rough.

Pictured: my NITC campers and coaches having fun the day before competition. As you can see, the fires have made things rough.

Thank God that the best tournament directors in the nation are in charge. No offense to all the other TDs in the nation, but sorry, Craig and Julie Smith are big shoes to fill. I sincerely believe they are the most punctual, efficient, wise directors in the nation.

Intensive Coaches

I’m in Escondido, California, for our first-of-two national tournament preparation camps. Later this morning, 45 debaters from across the country will be coached by these folks:

NITC Coaches

Coaches meeting, the day before our big NITC day.