March 8, 2007 12:00 AM
Left Brain-Right Brain
I'm writing tonight (actually, 1 a.m. Wednesday) from Sedona, Ariz. I'm making my annual trek to spring training and stopped in Sedona overnight. I prefer to drive most years because I find a few days on the open road can be very good for the soul. My wife, Marcia, and I have spent the past few days using some much needed vacation time in Santa Fe before traveling today to Sedona, and then finally tomorrow on into to Tucson.
I love the desert southwest, having grown up in El Paso, Texas. I am especially fond of New Mexico and the amazing vistas and open prairies that flow from every direction. The fields of gold just south of Raton were simply breathtaking this time. I've never seen them so beautiful. I've found too, that the open road feeds and reignites the sparks of creativity so it is always helpful for me in that way.
I realize I've missed some pretty good Broncos stories while en route, but there is always time for a Broncos cartoon later on after I finish with spring training. I love everything the Broncos have done so far in this off-season and can hardly wait to see the results in training camp and into the fall. Travis Henry is a great back who will fit into the Broncos system very well. And Daniel Graham is going to be a terrific addition to the offense.The deal for Dre' Bly just makes the Broncos secondary one of the NFL's best. They are methodically dealing with their needs in a really smart way and are greatly improved through these deals. I still feel they will have some difficult baggage to deal with in regards to the untimely losses of Darrent Williams and Damien Nash. I know a little about grief having lost my first wife, Debbie, to cancer in 2004. I have struggled at times on this trip (Debbie used to come with me on these trips sometimes, and we spent our honeymoon in Santa Fe) as past memories trigger emotions when you least expect them to. Thankfully, Marcia, understands, but it is awkward nonetheless when tears come pouring out at unexpected times. We always take some time while in Tucson to place roses near some Saguaro cactus that Debbie had grown to love and photograph often.
It is as much a part of my spring training as going to the ballpark. All that said, grief is not something you are over in some four-step process. The old adage that time heals all wounds came from someone who never had them to heal in the first place. Losing someone takes a lifetime of adjustments but you never "get over it." To put it simply, I'm concerned for Javon Walker and how he is dealing with all that happened on New Year's. It will be a key to the Broncos season.
Anyway, I know it will be interesting once I get settled, and I'm able to draw some 'toons at the ballpark. I'm going to try and blog some of my daily sketches so check back throughout the day, starting this afternoon (March 8). And please feel free to send me your comments. I have the greatest co-bloggers on this site. Let's make it a great community of rabid sports fans.