• 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...

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The PODCAST is a quick ‘Heads Up’ you can say. This little verbal update puts my world into yours just a little bit. This verbal ‘Spin-Up’, in my own unrehearsed and raw words might just tighten the gap between our lives.


WARNING: there’s a ‘South Side Chicago’ accent (slang) going on, unmuffled, and in need of some serious ‘delivery’ lessons. In other words…Honest! It’s my intention to share a glimpse into my life, some unprofessional reflections as a policeman, a diver, swimmer, coach, story teller, speaker, and searcher.


Limited to less than 12 minutes the podcasts will be scheduled for the 1st and the 16th of every month. The casts will make BBW a bit more personal as they will expose personality. It’s my hope to create a transparent avenue for passion, emotion, and maybe even a sprinkling of inspiration.


Regardless…let’s have a little fun.



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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