Prieviet Moscow, Russia


After 15 hours of flying, I landed in Moscow, Russia with my Father. As I stepped outside, I   was stunned by the cold, it felt like I had suffered a fiere right hook from Muhhmed Ali. Its currently 4 degrees, “In the land of the Czar”

We drove past snow covered fields, tall apartment buildings, Coca Cola advertisements and even a  Mcdonalds, with its familiar golden arch logo, but unfamiliar Russian script under.

The ghosts of Russia’s history lingered like the frosty air, passing marvelous onion domed Orthodox Cathedrals, remnants walled government compounds from the Soviet Union, still bearing the infamous hammer and sickle emblem. Russia’s famous Kremlin is down the road from the hotel.

I am looking forward  to this time I get to spend with my Father, along with plunging   myself in Russia’s culture and covering some Russian Hockey, which during the NHL lock out has plenty of NHL stars.

Stay tuned for updates about this trip. I hope you are all having a warm holiday so far.


-Merrick Parnell


Published in: on December 15, 2012 at 11:52 am  Leave a Comment  


Break ups are never easy, but the one thing I pull from them is inspiration and at this time I am filled with a lot of it.

I often relate my feelings to music. A dear friend suggested the song “Fix You” by Cold play.  I pulled it up on you tube and had a listen.

It was perfect for how I was feeling, kinda gave me a peace. After reccent evetns and stuff not working out, I went back to this song. The same friend sent me an email saying how she thaught she was comepled to show me this song, because God wanted to get the message out that he can heal any pains we have and the pain we have and at this time I have a big one. I pulled the song up again and listened to it in reflection.

I became moved. I was overcome with this peace, it felt like the Holy Spirit of Jesus Christ was sitting right there with me on the edge of my bed. I could feel his embrace. It was like a weight had been lifted off my shoulders and I felt at peace.

These verses of the Song are the ones that speak to me the most:

And the tears come streaming down your face
When you lose something you can’t replace
When you love someone but it goes to waste
Could it be worse?

Lights will guide you home
And ignite your bones
And I will try to fix you

And high up above or down below
When you’re too in love to let it go
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But if you never try you’ll never know
Just what you’re worth

It’s incredible how God can use a song to speak tome  like that. I belive that he uses a lot of symbols to identify himself in our lives this was just one of them. One of my biggest praises of being a christian is the comfort that God will always be there for us, even when we shove him out, he waits at the door waiting to come back it in. When we invite him back in its like nothing had ever happened.  I have been loved by my parents, and friends and what awestruck me is that God loves us even more and yearns for us to involve him.

So as you listen to this song, listen to it with an open heart, allow Gods presence to surround you. Your shackles of transgressions, or regrets or anger, will become un locked and fall to the floor in a heap.  God wants to help fix us, and what ever is hurting us.

For those off you who know  and care about me, I just wanted to say how much I you all mean to me, and I love you all deeply.

Published in: on March 7, 2012 at 1:46 am  Leave a Comment  

super sunday


Super Sunday, an almost national holiday in america is fast approaching. This weekend, the NFL picked its to champions from its respective conferences. The Giants on New York will represent the NFC and the New England Patriots the AFC.

This game is interesting because of the historical match up. The Patriots will be coming into the game with a bit of a chip on their shoulder, because in 2007 the Giants ruined the Patriots perfect season.

The history of both the franchises is interesting aswell

The New England Patriots debuted in the AFL in 1959. Boston business man Billy Sullivan was the owner of the 8th franchise in the new American Football League. After  team name ideas were submitted by locals, the Boston Patriots was picked. This name provided a historical back ground, given Boston enrollment in the American Revolution. The orignal logo of Pat the Patriot was drawn up by Boston Globe Artist Phill Bissel.

"Pat the Patriot"

The Pats playing at Fenway Park

Besides Gillete and Foxboro, the Patriots also called, Harvard Stadium and Fenway Park home.



Another shot of Fenway set up for Football


The Giants  were established in 1925 and are the only one of the 5 teams that joined the league  that year no linger exist. To avoid being confused with the NY Giants Baseaball team, the team was orgioanly named the New York National Football League Company” and then became the New York Football Giants in 1929, which contuines to be their legal name


A drawing of the Yankee Stadium Football set up

The Polo Grounds, home of the Giants during the 40's

Giants Logo from 1965-60

The Giants have also had their share of  home playing fields. The “G-men” played in the Polo Grounds, Yankee Stadium, The Yale Bowl, and now the New MetLife Stadium.




Published in: on January 23, 2012 at 8:06 pm  Comments (2)  

Orcatraz: The Prohibition Years

This weekend, my friend Thane and I shot a 1920’s gangster themed photo shoot. Its been something that I had wanted to do for  awhile. The 1920’s are my favorite decade in Americas History.


A few words of wisdom from the Public Enemies of the era

“When I sell liquor, it’s called bootlegging; when my patrons serve it on Lake Shore Drive, it’s called hospitality.”

-Al Capone

“These few dollars you lose here today are going to buy you stories to tell your children and great-grandchildren. This could be one of the big moments in your life; don’t make it your last!”

-John Dillenger     

“Johnnie’s just an ordinary fellow. Of course he goes out and holds up banks and things, but he’s really just like any other fellow, aside from that.”
– Mary Kinder, Dillinger’s girlfriend

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Bellingham Snow

Snow finally blanketed Bellingham, with its frosty white beauty. Snow is great because it transforms normal everyday sights to winter wonders. The other day I took advantage of the Opportunity and took my camera out for a shoot.

All Pictures Taken by Merrick

Published in: on January 19, 2012 at 6:02 am  Comments (2)  

Ode to my Father

I Know this is a little late for fathers day but I would like to present an Ode to my father Mike P.

It was evening as the white TBM 700 soared through the skies. Sailing over the clouds. Painted pink and red by the setting sun. Inside the cabin, sat  Farther and  Son. They had taken this trip thousands of times in the little boys young life. Each trip was filled with conversation, about sports, life, friends, and beliefs. It was their this little boy learned the song “In the Jungle the Mighty Jungle the Lion Sleeps Tonight.”  This chorus was often sung into the night by father and son, sometimes interrupted by communication with the tower. The boy loved this opportunity, to talk on the radio,

“November 45 Papa Mike, wilco” the small boy said in response to the towers command.

Soon the lights of Orange County could be spotted over the dashboard. The young boy would stand on the seat to peer over the blinking lights of the dash board. His eyes big with excitement. The plane began slowly descending, he clutched the yoke and could feel it move as the father helped guide the bird down.

The plane landed on the runway and taxied to the Terminal.

I had experienced yet another meaningful time with my Father, one that I would not trade for the world.

Its not until later in life, that I think back on times like these, and now understand, that my father used  them to impact my life, and teach me how to be a man, that loved others and respected God, and worked hard.

Family has always been important to me, I love them dearly, even my best friends, I call brothers, because really that’s what they are. My Father has always been their to push me to be the best I can be, and as I grow older I appreciate it more and more.

Im not a huge country, but this song reminds me a lot of me and my father so I thought I’d share it with you.

Published in: on July 1, 2011 at 2:24 am  Comments (1)  

mTunes 3

Good day to you all. Im happy to bring you the 3rd installment of mTunes. It features a song by the Red Hot Chile Peppers and Matisyahu.

The song Strip my mind appeared in the Movie the Fighter Staring Mark Wahlberg, who plays Massachusetts Boxer Mickey Ward. The song appears in the movie when Mickey is training hard for his tittle fight. The song to me is very inspiring.

The next song i’d like to introduce is “One Day” by Matisyahu. Matis is a Hasidic Jew out of NYC. An interesting fact is the Matisyahu wanted to be a pro hockey player but his beliefs in the Sabbath, prohibited him. He developed a reggae and hip hop style that incorporates stories from the old testament and biblical morals. The song “One Day” is about how we as humans are destined for a plan set in front of us by God.

I encourage you to check out more of Matisyahu’s music

Published in: on May 4, 2011 at 1:16 am  Leave a Comment  

Slamed Thoughts

Sometimes, are hearts are touched in truly unique ways. This morning I was sitting at my computer doing some homework when I went off on a distracted tangent. recently, Slam Poetry has really interested me so I looked it up on You Tube, which, along with Facebook is homework’s sworn enemy. After doing a search I came across a post by Slam Poet, Buddy Wakefield, who is from the Northwest. This poem was entitled “Connivence Stores” I would like to share this poem, with you all as it is so moving, please enjoy!

Published in: on May 2, 2011 at 7:11 pm  Comments (1)  

Bassnectar Live

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