Stories to enjoy with your family and friends

April 6, 2020

A great activity to do with your family and friends while staying home and staying safe is to ready books and share your thoughts with one another.  I believe the books I’ve written will help you have hours of enjoyment.  Please check them out.  I welcome your input.

Young Hearts - Three Stories for Youth and All Book One Cover - great stories for discussion and hope
Great children’s stories by Daniel J Arthur


Link to children’s stories introduction video.

Tumblr link:  Young Hearts – Wonderful Children’s Stories

Daniel J Arthur Books

BWF All England Open Superseries 2017 results

March 12, 2017

The 2017 BWF All England Open Superseries badminton tournament was a big success this past week. There were some tremendous individual and team efforts in all five events – women’s singles, men’s singles, women’s doubles, mens doubles, and mixed doubles. It is worth watching matches on demand on YouTube especially as presented by

The champions were as follows:

Tai Tzu Ying, Chinese Taipei, Women’s Singles

Lee Chong Wei, Malaysia, Men’s Singles

Chang Ye Na and Lee So Hee, South Korea, Women’s Doubles

Marcus Fernaldi Gideon and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo, Indonesia, Men’s Doubles

Lu Kai and Huang Yaqiong, China, Mixed Doubles

There were many wonderful performances that I hope to be able to report on, but feel free to check on those videos available on YouTube and elsewhere.

March badminton news: Dave Freeman and the All-England

March 5, 2017

I’m back from San Diego and the 60th Annual Dave Freeman Badminton Tournament for players from youth to elders, even top level national team participants. Although I had limited success at the C level, I enjoyed many aspects of this event, named after one of the best, if not the best, USA players ever – Dave Freeman.

The level of play at this tournament was fantastic for amateur players. The winners of the A level events were eligible for a nice cash prize, and I believe many of them would be competitive now close to the Superseries level. For instance, the Xu twins, winners of the Women’s Doubles event, looked ready to test their skills at international tournaments, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see them ranked in the top 20 within a few years. They deserve a chance to get out there and try their luck. These top USA players need some coaches to travel with them. Do we have the resources to support them?

After a few BWF Grand Prix Gold tournaments including the recent Yonex German Open, it’s time now for the Superseries to begin with the Yonex All England 2017. Qualifying starts on Tuesday for the Superseries events with the Finals scheduled for next Sunday, March 12th. Fans are looking forward to seeing all the highest ranked players competing for this first big title of the year. And, it should be an exciting year with fantastic new doubles teams and singles players. Get ready to go on YouTube and find BWF for the best coverage beginning with the round of 16 on Thursday, March 9th – live or on demand (begins at 4:00 AM P.S.T in the USA).

Top badminton players and their chosen rackets – 2016

dja Badminton

Top badminton players and their chosen rackets

by Daniel A. Jones

It’s been a very interesting year in professional badminton with veterans and youngsters both having amazing campaigns. I have been impressed by so many performances of the top ranked singles players and doubles teams. Badminton World Federation has done an outstanding job of promoting the best sport on Earth – a healthy activity for your lifetime. I will write about the various tournaments and individual accomplishments throughout the 2017 season.

For now I want to introduce just a few of the top players for 2017, and I will list some of the current badminton rackets used by many of these players. These are rackets I have found that they have used in the 2016 season from either the racket maker or BWF as the main sources. Of course, many of the pros will change models for 2017.

Up and coming men’s and women’s players in doubles and singles –
CHEN Qingchen
Jhe-huei LEE
Yang LEE
Beiwen ZHANG

Top singles players –
TAI Tzu Ying
LEE Chong Wei
Ratchanok INTANON
Jan O. Jorgensen

Top doubles players –
CHEN Qingchen
Wee Kiong TAN
Kevin Sanjaya SUKAMULJO
KO Sung Hyun

Rackets used by selected professional badminton players –

Yonex Voltric 80 E-tune

LEE Chong Wei
Yonex Duora 10

Markus Fernaldi GIDEON
Victor MX90

Kevin Sanjaya SUKAMULJO
Victor Jetspeed S 10

Wee Kiong TAN
Victor Jetspeed S 10

TAI Tzu Ying
Victor TI99, formerly Hypermano X 800

Carolina MARIN
Yonex Nanoray Z-Speed

NG Ka Long Angus
Victor TK8000

Yonex Voltric 70 E-tune

Liliyana NATSIR
Victor JS 8 S Natsir L

Tontowi AHMAD
Victor JS S8 PS

SUNG Ji Hyun
Victor JS-8 ST and Victor Brave Sword 12 (per BWF profile)

SON Wan Ho
Victor Hypermano X 800

YOO Yeon Seong
Victor Brave Sword 12

Christinna PEDERSEN
Yonex Nanoray 800

Yonex Nanoray 900

Yonex Voltric 70 E-tune
Yonex Arcsaber 11

Mathias BOE
Yonex Duora 10

Yonex Duora 10

Mohammad AHSAN
Yonex Nanoray 900

Yonex Arcsaber 11

CHOU Tien Chen
Yonex Duora 10

Yonex Voltric 80 E-tune

KIDAMBI Srikanth
Yonex Voltric Z –Force II

Ratchanok INTANON
Yonex Voltric 70 E-tune

Yonex Voltric Z –Force II

Greysia POLII
Yonex Nanoray 900

Nitya Krishinda MAHESWARI
Yonex Nanoray GianZ

Yonex Voltric Z –Force II

Gabrielle ADCOCK
Yonex Voltric Z –Force II

Peter GADE
Yonex Voltric 80 E-tune

Yonex Voltric 80 E-tune

Hans-Kristian VITTINGHUS
Carlton Kinesis X900 LTD

Yonex Nanoray 9000 – maybe 900 actually

WONG Wing Ki Vincent
Yonex Voltric 70 E-tune

Victor Jetspeed 10

Li-ning n90II

Yonex Voltric I-Force

FZ Forza Kevlar CNT-Power 10000s

Yonex Nanoray 800

Wilson CX 9000 J (FIERCE)

JUNG Kyung Eun
Victor Zet Speed S 10

Selena PIEK
Babolat Satellite Power

Gabriela STOEVA
Babolat Essential (blue)

Heather OLVER
Babolat Satellite Power Metrix Flex 6.5

Yonex Arcsaber 11

Marcus ELLIS
Yonex Voltric Z Force II

Carlton Vapour Trail Tour DSiL

Michael FUCHS
Yonex Voltric 80 E-tune

KO Sung Hyun
Victor Brave Sword 12

Natalia Koch ROHDE
Victor Wave Power 6600

Liu Ying GOH
Victor HX800

CHAU Hoi Wah
Victor Jetspeed 10

Yonex Voltric Z Force

PEI Jing Lai
Victor Jetspeed 10

LEE Chun Hei Reginald
Victor TK 900

Victor Hypermano X 800

Looking upon you with loving kindness

When I am among any of the wonderful people on this planet, I am hoping that they can see in me someone that is exuding loving kindness. I am noticing many things as I look around, and truly that people have so much to offer us is one of those things I see.

Most people are focused on what they are doing with the people they are with, if any.  Occasionally, they notice me.  When they do I hope they see loving kindness.  No matter what they may think about me and my expression, that is what I feel.

If they are being silly, I feel that.  If they are being serious, I feel that.  If they are quiet and in their own world, I feel that.  If they are angry, I feel that.  If they are prejudiced, I feel that. If they are smiling and laughing, I feel that.  If they are happy, I feel that.  If they are confused, I feel that. If they are working, I feel that.  If they are sad, I feel that.  If they are vulnerable, I feel that.  If they are strong, I feel that.

I know the potential each and everyone has to make a wonderful contribution to our world.  That is what makes me feel this loving kindness.  Do good.

Snoqualmie Falls flowing powerfully like we should with loving kindness
May our loving kindness continue to flow like this.

Try to help clean things up

We live in a beautiful world on a beautiful planet with beautiful creatures of all kinds, human and otherwise.  We have many challenges in front of us to make our ecosphere the best it can be.  Let’s do what we can to make it better in a holistic sense.  We all will be the happier.

Butterfly on the Western Slope of Colorado taking a breather on Mount Sopris conifer.
Butterfly on the Western Slope of Colorado taking a breather on Mount Sopris conifer.

Voting in a democracy

The United States of America provides its citizens the opportunity to vote people into political positions and for initiatives of all kinds.  Participate. Use far more of your critical thinking ability than your emotional response to make your decisions.  First you must get registered to vote.  Find out how and get it done.  Get help if you need it.  Do your best to make objective decisions that will help you, your loved ones, and the greater good.