• What’s This About

    While coaching swimming nothing would send the hair on the back of my neck standing more than the words ‘I CAN’T’. My internal scream would send out a louder ‘WHY NOT’. The interaction, the turbulence, provided a direction…head first into the fire. I feared that the ‘I CAN’T’, if not investigated, concretes itself into the safe harbor, the containment, of a lifelong ‘BREAKWALL’. The ‘WHY NOT’ is ‘THE BEYOND’, the battle cry, the direction, the salvaging effort. The metaphor is ageless, human.
    Going ‘BEYOND BREAKWALLS’ is living your life… ‘BBW’ is the encouragement.

    I am dedicating these efforts in support of 'The Brotherhood For The Fallen'

    They represent reverently, modestly, and humbly the individuals who chose a side, planted their heels, and met their final call. They are Hero’s, represented by Hero's. It's an incredible honor.
    Thanks for visiting, that too is an Honor...

Moral courage will cost you…

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Take a stand on something you believe is right and then watch the sparks fly. Take a stand where there is no hardened proof to hang your hat on. You will stand alone no backing. ‘Friends’ will tuck tail and run to the popular position…whatever that is. Your intuition, ‘the writing on the wall’, will start to be doubted.


There is no graceful way out of this, it’s going to be painful. The clock ticking will eventually give up some answers…


Goes beyond any writing on a resume, beyond politics, beyond being reasonable. This is a costly fight…


You live one time, no practice lives…




Think of the swimming set this morning, the ‘place’ you reached by digging in and not giving in. Relate that set to the battles in your lives that put you on your knees sometimes, create tears in your eyes sometimes, make you feel alone, vulnerable, and afraid sometimes.


Be kind as you thank the Critics for yet another battle and then…


Fight like HELL…





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  • About Nial

    I fell a few times in the past few years that 'BBW' is a climb back, a rekindling of my Soul. The postings keep me 'tracking' in a passionate direction. I need that, Passion. The other piece that is so important to me, especially at this time in my life, is to somehow share the experience, the attitude, humor, pain... all things human. It's in this place we can relate and in certain moments...carry each other. I need that too.
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  • Swims Completed

    1. English Channel

    2. Strait of Gibraltar

    3. Manhattan Island

    4.Chicago Shoreline

    5. Chicago to Michigan

    6. Catalina Island