Beth Siegalkoff

Today, National Coaches Day honors the men and women who inspire the athlete in us to work harder and do our best.

Across the country in every community, coaches organize teams, plan practices and training and motivate players to strive to be the best they can be. At the same time, coaches pinpoint areas for improvement and supply guidance. Every sport or competition requires a leader, more importantly, a leader who knows the game and how to drive athletes to work together as a team.

Many coaches maintain a schedule for training, conditioning and preparing athletes. Not only do they create these schedules for competition but also what is best for players’ health. Injuries sideline athletes and upset team dynamics.

Although a coach’s final goal is winning, they do so through a wealth of knowledge. Coaches work to build teams that bond well too. They develop work ethics and standards for their athletes that many carry with them throughout their lifetime.

For many athletes, coaches teach them to focus and how to reach a goal – which sometimes is not about winning. Sometimes the achievement is an improvement, playing by the rules or learning respect for others, themselves or the game.

Coaches represent leadership, mentoring and inspiration. Often, a coach’s words will echo through an athlete’s mind for years to come. During difficult times, the words motivate them forward. Rarely do these coaches even know the impact they’ve had on an athlete until many decades have passed.

Did you know, in 1972, President Richard Nixon issued a proclamation naming Oct. 6 as national Coaches Day? He encouraged activities and ceremonies honoring coaches for the friends and counselors they became. Please take time to acknowledge the coaches you know.

Well, it is October; can you believe it? We have some happy face Jack O’ Lantern, knobby pumpkins, and gourds decorating the front yard. And there is a life size plastic owl perched on one of the fence posts. It has a furry toy rat it caught in its beak. It almost looks real. With just the right amount of light at night, it makes you do a double take as you walk by.

I added some scarecrows and black cats to complete the outside Halloween décor. The beginning of November, I’ll exchange the Jack O’ Lanterns and cats for turkeys, but I think I will keep the owl and the rat, just to scare off the critters that skulk around at night.

The weather is starting to dip into the 70s and as it cools down, my mind starts thinking it is time for soups, casseroles and other warm and yummy comfort food.

I must admit a bowl of Don’s Portuguese soup, a crisp Caesar’s salad, and a warm loaf of crusty French bread with butter sounds really good right now.

Maybe for dessert I’ll make pumpkin bars. I purchased the ingredients last week to make them, but I also purchased Marion Berry Ice Cream. The ice cream won out.

Have you ever eaten Marion Berry Ice Cream? I’ll just say its sweet subtleness draws you into eating more than you should.

Reminder: Boss’s Day is in 10 days. Let those bosses know they are appreciated. It can’t be easy keeping a business running while the pandemic looms overhead. Giving a few positive words never hurt anyone. And sometimes, it is just what someone needs to be lifted up when they are having a tough day.

Recipe for the day: Pumpkin Streusel Muffins

Flower of the Day: Gerber Daisies

Dates to remember:

This week – Galt High School’s Homecoming week

Oct. 11 & 12 – Quarter Break for the high schools – No school

Oct. 16 – Boss’s Day

Oct. 31 – Halloween

Until next week – Be strong, be courageous and make a memory.