My husband says I’m not much of a baseball fan (and he’s probably right), but some of you readers may be, so we’re resurrecting a previously posted painting to grab your attention today.

Punxsutawney Phil has stated that we will not have 6 more weeks of winter, the temperature today in my lovely central Texas town is hovering around 80 degrees, my peach trees have little buds on them and pitchers and catchers report in just 6 days (see, I do have some baseball knowledge). Spring is in the air!

We’re featuring a guest post today by one of our readers who reflected on Laura’s rendition of New Yorks Mets Hall of Famer, Mike Piazza entitled The Slugger over on his blog (just click the embedded link under “The Slugger).


Please share your favorite baseball memories, baseball team and your thoughts on the upcoming arrival of spring. For those of you in climates where spring is farther away, hopefully this post is an encouragement and not cause for coveting those of us in warmer climes!

And my baseball loving husband is excited for this season – he’s a Cubs fan, and “next year” is almost here!


Tim Donner · February 12, 2016 at 7:20 am

As the writer of that linked piece, I so appreciate the stunning and inspiring portrait of my Mets” new Hall of Famer, Mr. Piazza, and will soon be visiting spring training for the very reason enunciated by you…the yearly rituals of rebirth and renewal. Baseball does indeed mirror the cycle of life!

    Michelle · February 12, 2016 at 7:32 am

    I’m so glad you’re enjoying the portrait! Laura is really talented at capturing the true essence of what makes something great! Enjoy Spring Training!!

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