FREE Running AKA Parkour

Parkour, the French extreme sport of catapulting from roof tops and rocketing down stairs, has reached new heights with a school dedicated to the sport. This video showcases the students of Tempest Free Running Academy

Published in: on April 16, 2011 at 5:32 am  Leave a Comment  

Happy (Late) St.Patricks Day.


St. Patricks Day Edition of Parnell’s Passages

Good day all! and a very happy Saint Patricks Day, a day of rememberance of the contributions St. Patrick made in taking Ireland out from the darkness of the druid practice, to christianity. The story of Patrick is amazing in itself. Patrick was actualy born in England. When he was a teen, his village was raided by pirates and he was captured as a slave and shipped off to Ireland, where he worked as a sheep farmer. He managed to escape however and return to his homeland in England. While he was home in England God impressed him to return to Ireland, to spread the good news of God’s salvation to the Irish people, who were opresed by the Druids. Its truely an amazing story, and I encourage you to read more about it.

In addition, St. Patrick’s Day has been very meaningful to me. I embrace my Irish heritage, and use this day to rember my roots, and the sacrifices Patrick and the Irish nationwide, made.

The Parnells’ or Pernells’ (Original Spelling)  like many other Irish countrymen migrated from Ireland during the famine in the 1740’s. They sailed across the atlantic and settled in the Carolinas and the East Coast.

When the Irish first came to America, they were looked down upon and discriminated. Jobs were scarce, but they had grit and persevered. The Irish have a reputation of being a very determined culture, that was bread in Ireland, and it was that determination that gained inidepndece for southern Ireland.


Below is the Prayer of St. Patrick, It’s a very inspiring and moving,


The Prayer of St Patrick

Arise today
Through the strength of heaven;
Light of the sun,
Splendor of fire,
Speed of lightning,
Swiftness of the wind,
Depth of the sea,
Stability of the earth,
Firmness of the rock.

I arise today
Through God’s strength to pilot me;
God’s might to uphold me,
God’s wisdom to guide me,
God’s eye to look before me,
God’s ear to hear me,
God’s word to speak for me,
God’s hand to guard me,
God’s way to lie before me,
God’s shield to protect me,
God’s hosts to save me
Afar and anear,
Alone or in a mulitude.

Christ shield me today
Against wounding
Christ with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me,
Christ in me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ on my right, Christ on my left,
Christ when I lie down, Christ when I sit down,
Christ in the heart of everyone who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me,
Christ in the eye that sees me,
Christ in the ear that hears me.

I arise today
Through the mighty strength
Of the Lord of creation

So whatever your St. Patrick’s Day plans are, take time to thank God for your blessings, and for him to make  your path known, for you to be used for his will. I’m not talking about, in your face ministry, really all it takes is ministering by actions, and conveying Gods love through happiness, compassion, conversation and understanding.

“Erin Go Bragh”

(Ireland Forever)

Chicagoans enjoy a green river on St Paddys Day


Vintage Stamp of St Patrick


St. Patrick’s Symbology

The Shamrock represents the trinity, Father ,Son and Holly Ghost


The Celtic Cross

St Patrick is credited with drawing a Christian cross through the circle,  he created the first Celtic Cross and showed himself willing to convert pagan practices and symbols to Christian beliefs in order to ease the transition from pagan to Christian.


Published in: on March 23, 2011 at 9:39 pm  Leave a Comment  

“And We Danced….” an interview with Macklemore

by Merrick Parnell

Horizon Reporter

Ben Haggerty, aka, Macklemore,  a hip hop artist out of Seattle, has  recently emerged to  national notoriety. His impact songs have found a place with those across the U.S. and especially locally. He raps about living in Seattle, addictions and the late Mariners announcer Dave Niehaus. On March 4, Macklemore will bring his unique rhymes and catchy beats to Whatcom to play a show at the Syre Center Auditorium. The Horizon caught up with the artist to ask him some questions.

How did you get your start in hip hop and how old were you?

I first started listing to hip hop when I was seven. From there on out, it was always my favorite music. I always wanted to perform. I started out by putting on little performances for family and then talent shows, and the rest was kind of history.

Who are you trying to reach with your music, and what is the message that you want it to send?

I am just trying to be honest. I want to use honesty to convey the truth, and whomever that resonates with, is beautiful.

What gave you the inspiration for the song “Otherside?”

A lot of it comes from own experience battling with the struggles of drugs and alcohol. I always struggled with dependence and lack of moderation. The first verse is what I have seen and it’s talking about friends that had issues. A lot of the second verse is talking about myself. It’s a mixture of experiences and frustration as well as narration.

How would you describe your music?

It’s music that conveys what I perceive to be the truth. That humility and genuine sense of real life experience.

Where do you get your ideas for your songs?

Anything I come in contact with: could be a drive to the studio, watching a movie, or reading a book. It’s a connection with something greater than myself speaking through myself.

What do you do to produce a track and make it album ready?

I write a lot of material and pick out the good parts with my producer. Or a lot of time its getting right in the booth and tracking. After the vocals are tracked we spend a lot of time post-track making sure the song escalates and de-escalates.

What are your thoughts about playing in Bellingham?

Bellingham has a unique energy. They’re familiar with the music and more amped, They’re not afraid to let out and to be themselves and completely wild out to the music, and I think that’s really cool.  Bellingham and Seattle are among my favorite places to play.

Who has influenced you the most as an artist?

Names that come to mind, Lil’ Wayne and Kanye West. Those two have had the biggest impact on my career.

What are your goals for your music?

I want to further my understanding for this world. A lot of my music is contingent on me developing myself. And to continue to appreciate the moment and appreciate every experience.

What’s the story behind the Song “My, oh My” honoring the late Mariner announcer Dave Niehaus,

Like a lot of people in the Northwest when I heard Dave passed I was shocked and sad. I looked back on my life and thought about how much an impact Niehaus had on me growing up in the Pacific Northwest. Being a kid watching baseball with my dad, it started out as a therapeutic thing. I pitched the idea to Ryan[Lewis, Macklemore’s producer] and he was into it and he had a piano part that fit well.

What kind of reception have you had from the Mariners and Major League Baseball?

We have been in talks with the Mariners. They really like the song, the Mariners have been  really supportive, The Hall of Fame in Cooperstown has contacted me and wanting to use it at the Hall of Fame and the Niehaus  family gave their blessing.

If you weren’t a hip hop artist what would you be doing?

I see myself as a creative person, and I would be involved in the music, in marketing or the graphic arts or maybe the publicity side of it, having been a musician for the last 14 years. I have a grasp and understanding and it will always be a passion for me.

Published in: on March 3, 2011 at 5:27 am  Leave a Comment  

Sports Symbolgy: The Baltimore Ravens

Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary,

Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore,
While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping,
As of some one gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door.
“‘Tis some visitor,” I muttered, “tapping at my chamber door –
Only this, and nothing more.”

This is the Famous first stanza of the Peom “THE RAVEN” written by  Edgar Allen Poe, a famous poet who died in Baltimore. It was in Baltimore that he married his wife, Virginia Chlem, and wrote for a Baltimore Newspaper.

In 1996 Baltimore was awarded an NFL franchise, and the Cleveland Browns reclocated to Baltimore and were  re-named  the Baltimore Ravens to honnor Poe and  the impact he had on the city and the rest of the literary world.

The alternate logo, features a medievil like crest, with the intials of the team aswell as the state’s flag in the alternating pannels.

Ravens Alternate Logo 1996-presant



Above: Is the Origional Logo sketch by Bouchant, an amature artist that drew this logo that influenced the ravens first year logo


Baltimore Ravens  First Season Primary Logo (1996)


Also for your viewing pleasure I have included my own Poe reference, The Simpsons Portrayal of the Raven.

Please Excuse the  Quality of the Video, it was the only full length video available

Published in: on March 2, 2011 at 8:20 pm  Leave a Comment  

Sports Symbology

Today I am introducing a new feature on Parnell’s Passages its, Sports Symbology. Each Day I will selecting a sports logo and sharing it with you. It will include a brief history on the logo or team hope you all enjoy the feature.


Merrick P

Todays Logo:

The Albany Attack played in the National Lacrosse league from 1998-2002 in Albany New York.They played their home games at the Times Union Center.

The Attack Relocated to San Jose and became the Stealth wich now play in Washington.

I personally love this logo. It features a fierce wolf clutching a lacrosse stick, the logo is intimidating and the color scheme is very catching it reminds me of winter, wich is abundant in Albany.

Published in: on March 1, 2011 at 9:25 pm  Leave a Comment  

Fact Friday


The Native Americans were the first to play lacrosse. The Cherokees called the sport “the little brother of war” because it served as training for battle. A team had of hundreds, even thousands, of players,  in some cases the goals were miles apart, and a game might last as long as three days.

The Iroquois, in  present day southern Ontario and up state New York, played a more organized version with 12-15 players on a team and played on a field which the goals were 120 feet apart. The first Europeans to watch lacrosse being played were French explorers who thought the stick resembled a bishop’s crozier–la crosse, in French, wich is how it got its name.


The John Hopkins Lacrosse Team, 1893

Early Lacrosse Stick

Cherokee Lacrosse Stick

Currently  North America has to Pro Lacrosse Leagues. The National Lacrosse League(Indoor) and Major League Lacrosse (Outdoor)


Indoor Lacrosse Goalie


MLL Lacrosse Goalie


Box Lacrosse Field







Published in: on February 26, 2011 at 4:38 am  Leave a Comment  

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For those who are interested, I have a twitter and I try and post some interesting facts. Also if you have a twitter leave your feed in the comment box.

my twitter feed is

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Published in: on February 26, 2011 at 3:33 am  Leave a Comment  

O Brother Where art tho

This scene is  from “O Brother Where Art Thou,” staring one of my  favorite actors George Clooney.  The movie, based in the 1930’s and follows three escaped convicts. The Movie is loosely based off Homer’s novel  the Odyssey.  This scene is one of my Favorite  over all movie  scenes. A lot of the humor in this clip comes from Clooney’s character being entrepreneurial and improving a song that soon became a hit. Also the studio manager is entertaining a swell.

Published in: on February 26, 2011 at 3:06 am  Leave a Comment  

Liberty and the Pursuit….

This commercial appeared in the last world cup, It depicts commander George Washington leading a charge against the british during the Revolution. Instead of a horse, he rides a 2010 dodge challenger. To me the commercial has a lot of impact  because the revolution means a lot. The portrayal of Washington is very well done and has smirk that he has charging in to battle is very iconic and memorable.

The revolution was a time where americans knew they could be better, and wanted to live their lives to the fullest, but Brittain stood in they way. Many americans, young and old fought the British, and endured many hardships but prevailed. The revolution produced some of the bravest leaders our country has ever known, such as Washington, Franklin, Jefferson and we must not for get the bravery of Paul Revere on his mid night ride. The revolution set the pace for America emerging as a super power, the country was unified, by people who wanted to work hard for a goal, and that goal was to be a free country, independent from the tyranny of the English royals and Monarchy.

Published in: on February 19, 2011 at 1:10 am  Leave a Comment  

Skirmishing the monster under my bed.

An Original Merrick Parnell Poem

Inspired by true events


There’s a monster under my bed, it probably has scales and eyes that glow red. His snarls can be heard through the night, this is the source of my fright.


Night after night I lay there with fear knowing that a beast is so near.

Its a lot to handle for a boy of just 6 years.



Its not real I have said many a time. It just doesn’t make sense it  just doesn’t chime.

I have told my parents about my dilemma hundreds of times.

Its nothing sweetheart, just your imagination my father would state. I would hope that those words would keep it away.


Its during the stillness of the night when I am most scared.

It’s probalaly down there with its razor-sharp teeth, preparing to eat me for a late night treat.


All right this is it, I made up my mind, it’s not going to scare me this time.


Reaching for my flashlight and grabbing my toy gun,  ready to face this beast, for I need this battle to be won.


I begin the countdown before I engage, mustering up some courage to meet the monsters rage.

At the count of three I dive on the floor, turn on my flashlight and illuminate the night.


Curiously I peer under my bed, expecting to see my foes, terrifying head.

Wait!.. this is weird, a few toys and some old dishes are all that appear.


Sighing, as a crawl back in bead, I can now sleep without fears of monsters in my head.


Goodnight, I think to myself, as I doze off to sleep. Finally a good dream a thought soo sweet.



Published in: on February 16, 2011 at 6:01 am  Leave a Comment