Afghanistan’s First Rugby Team

In 2010 a young businessman returned to Afghanistan with a dream about starting  a Rugby league in the war torn country.  He had fallen in love with the game and the physicality of play and thought that it would be a popular sport to introduce to his homeland.

There was then the challenge and recruiting entire teams from a population that probably had never seen a rugby match in their life.  The athletes of Afghanistan were more than willing to learn and take up a new sport, so they went about teaching and  learning games. At first they started with just five people but continued to add them so that it was then ten people, then forty people . Then after they played for awhile they had a one month camp in Kabul and then chose the very first national rugby teams from that tryout.

The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost

Which Road Should Jonathan Hilton Take
Often we are haunted in life by the question of which path to choose. I am no different.

 

The Road Not Taken Poem

I have always thought that this simple poem helped me understand and deal with many different situations and helped me to experience many great things.  When traveling on short distances or long, it is far more interesting to take the lesser traveled path.

Facebook and You

You Are The Product At Facebook

I found this picture pretty interesting.  When you look at all of the changes that are happening around this medium, it is important to realize just where you fit in the chain of Facebook’s existence.  Face it, if they weren’t able to make money from using you as a commodity you wouldn’t have the services that you do.  Facebook and you

Be Honest Today

what is honesty?
Live honestly

***Always Be Honest-How much is your integrity worth?  What can you gain by being dishonest that you can truly enjoy?  If your word is worth nothing than neither are you.

Some Honesty Quotes

Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom.” -Thomas Jefferson

Integrity is telling myself the truth. And honesty is telling the truth to other people.” – Spencer Johnson

Honest hearts produce honest actions.”- Brigham Young

To be persuasive we must be beliewhat is honestyvable; to be believable we must be credible; credible we must be truthful.”- Edward R. Murrow

Leroy Jethro Gibbs

Leroy Jethro Gibbs

Leroy Jethro Gibbs

Leroy Jethro Gibbs is the character that Mark Harmon portrays on NCIS.  Of all of the NCIS characters, I have been told that my perspective on life is very similar to his and I take that as a compliment.  It was from this character that I got the idea for writing down my “rules for life”, because if you don’t have rules to live by you can easily lose your way.  There have been several different versions of the rules that have come out over the course of the show, but they are all pretty good rules to follow if you are an NCIS Agent or just a person in the world.

What Is Confidence?

“Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities!  Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers, you cannot be successful or happy.”  

Norman Vincent Peale

 

What is Confidence?

Confidence, jonathanhilton.com In everyone’s life, no matter who you are or what you do, the feeling of confidence you have about yourself and your abilities will directly lead to the amount of success you enjoy throughout your life.   Confidence alone is not enough to lead you to the top but it can supply the power to get you there.

Playing Golf

Jon Hilton likes playing golfThere is nothing quite as relaxing as playing 18 holes on a warm summer day with people you like hanging out with.  Usually most people who play golf are pretty decent people because the game is too hard for people with bad attitudes.  In fact I have never met someone on the golf course that I didn’t see some redeeming quality in.

Thank You! Be Grateful

Being Grateful is Good

Be grateful for what you have
Smile Great things will Happen Today

The phrase, “thank you”, is one that we often times either forget to use enough or even more often forget how much it can mean to someone else.  Often times I think that we don’t properly thank someone when what they did was seemingly so insignificant to them that thanking them might make them uncomfortable.   Recently I met someone, who had never met me, and had no pre-conceived notions about me whatsoever.  We proceeded to have a quick ten-fifteen minute conversation in which I learned more about her and she more about me than I would have thought possible.  I mention this because that person, I am sure never realized what kind of impact they had on me.  I have never met anyone who had such a unique ability to make everyone around her feel better about themselves.  So I say “Thank you” to her, we may never meet again, but the impact on me has made me want to be more positively impactful on the people I meet.  I have made it a mission that when I meet people to try to make them feel like I felt that day.  I am so grateful for this encounter.

The Don’t Quit Poem

 I have often found inspiration in these simple words.  Originally I was introduced to them by my grandfather, and whenever I feel like quitting or feeling sorry for myself,  I can read these words and somehow find the inspiration to keep on moving forward.   It seems sometimes that life is an overwhelming experience, with many pitfalls and unpleasant experiences, but there is so much good out there and so many really great things to experience.  Never let the world get you down.  Don’t you EVER quit!

Here is the original poem in it’s entirety:

 

I Am A “Psych”-O

Shawn and Gus Eating and Being Psychic
Shawn and Gus

It is with a little bit of embarrassment  that I admit that I love the television series, Psych.  Truly I just love to watch Psych!   It is a show designed, I think for people who are younger than me but I started watching it on Netflix and thanks to Psych episodes online, I quickly went through the first four seasons of the show and am an avid “Pshych-O”.

Always Be On Time

be on time, effective time management
Be On Time

“Strict punctuality is perhaps the cheapest virtue which can give force to an otherwise utterly insignificant character.”~ John F. Boyes

 Be On Time

In my experience throughout life, the first rule of anything that you do is to always be on time.  I know it seems like common sense but I am constantly surprised by how many people fail to follow this simple practice.

“You may delay, but time will not.” ~ Benjamin Franklin

It doesn’t take any special talent or skill and really anyone can do it.  It portrays your interest and responsibility to other people about anything that you are trying to do.

Tomatoes Suck

Jon Hilton Doesn't Like Tomatoes
Tomatoes Suck!

As far back as I can remember I have really not liked tomatoes.  I just think it tastes bad and particularly the texture isn’t something I have ever liked.  No tomato in my sandwich I will have a BL with no T thank you very much.  But here is the problem.  I really like many tomato products, ketchup, tomato sauce, tomato paste, I can even eat tomatoes if they have been cooked.  But fresh tomatoes out of the garden, no thank you, you can keep them.

Burning Desire to Win

Jonathan Hilton burning Desire for Success

Burning Desire To Win!!!

A long while ago, a great warrior faced a situation which make it necessary for him to make a decision which insured his success on the battlefield.  He was about to send his armies against a powerful foe, whose warriors outnumbered his own.  He loaded his soldiers into boats, sailed to the enemy’s country, unloaded soldiers and equipment then gave the order to burn the ships that had carried them .  Addressing his men before the first battle, he said, “you see the boats going up in smoke.   That means that we cannot leave these shores alive unless we win!  We now have no choice we win or we perish!  They won.

Favorite Stephen King Movies

After a conversation I had today I wanted to put a list of some of my favorite movies based on Stephen King Novels out there to scare, inspire or entertain your kids who probably weren’t alive when they first came out! Fun Making the list!

Salem’s Lot

Author Ben Mears returns to ‘Salem’s Lot to write a book about a house that has haunted him since childhood only to find his isolated hometown infested with vampires. While the vampires claim more victims, Mears convinces a small group of believers to combat the undead.  Vampires in Maine what could be scarier than that?

Graphic Design Samples

On this page you will be able to view the slideshow below of some of the graphic design work I did for the Moosehead Messenger.  You can hire me to do your graphic design work at Maine Web Connection.

 

Boston Bruins Captivate New Fans

Zdeno Chara of the Boston Bruins
Zdeno Chara #33 of the Boston Bruins celebrates with the Stanley Cup after defeating the Vancouver Canucks in Game Seven of the 2011 NHL Stanley Cup Final at Rogers Arena on June 15, 2011 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. (Getty Images)

By Jon Hilton

BOSTON- As Zdeno  Chara hoisted Lord Stanley’s cup high over his head, I am not sure that everybody watching truly understood what the Boston Bruins Victory over the Vancouver Canucks 4-0 on Wednesday night meant to the franchise and it’s future.  The Boston Bruins are now relevant.

Beckett Near Perfect, Sox Beat Rays

Josh Beckett
ST. PETERSBURG, FL - JUNE 15: of the Tampa Bay Rays of the Boston Red Sox during the game at Tropicana Field on June 15, 2011 in St. Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)

ST PETERSBURG, FL – It was a night of near perfection at Tropicana Field as Boston Red Sox ace Josh Beckett mowed down the Rays in dominant fashion to lead the team to their tenth win in eleven games defeating the Rays 3-0 on Wednesday night.  A Reid Brignac infield single in the third inning was the only blemish on Beckett’s pitching line.  With the Bruins winning an exciting game 7 and securing the Stanley Cup for the hub, the question can be asked, was anybody watching?  Hopefully they were, because this was a vintage Josh Beckett performance, and perhaps his best ever in a Red Sox uniform.

What You Will Find on Mainely Entertaining

I have put the video from the home page here, so that you can get some explanation about it.  I wanted someone who visits this site for the first time to get an idea of what I have put on this site, quickly and hopefully enjoyably.  So I put some images from the posts here with a little music.  The song is called “The High Road” by Broken Bells.

Lloyd Pickett, Jr.

By Jon Hilton

I have been blessed to have had a relationship with all of my grandparents and six of my great-grandparents.  This article is about my Mother’s Father, Lloyd Pickett, Jr., or Grandpa to all of his grandchildren.  Today he is on my mind and I can’t help thinking about all of the good things he did for me in my life.   I wanted to let him know that he was appreciated and will be missed for what he did and who he was.    Here’s to Grandpa Pickett, Lloyd Pickett, Jr.