Fairplay, Goodwill and Sportsmanship


Quotes by Richard Denny


Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything. - George Bernard Shaw

A bank is a place that will lend you money if you can prove that you don't need it." Bob Hope

"Well-bred instinct meets reason halfway." George Santayana

"There is no satisfaction without a struggle first."
---Marty Liquori

  "Self-confidence is the first requisite to great undertakings."
Samuel Johnson

"I didn't worry about it too much. I knew what I wanted to do and where I wanted to be."
---- Kenny Brown, winner of the 2003 Napa Valley Marathon, commenting on his emergence from a portable restroom just as the event was starting.

Somebody at Umstead telling the story about a runner (himself?) being charged by a bear during a run--his friend ran but he stayed put. After the bear lost interest and left, when asked by the friend why he hadn't
run, runner said, "The bear decides if I get eaten. I decide where."

Marketing authority Tony Robbins says that the definition of insanity is to do the same things you've always done and expect to get different results.

  "The reason most people never reach their goals is that they don't define them, or ever seriously consider them as believable or achievable. Winners can tell you where they are going, what they plan to do along the way, and who will be sharing the adventure with them."
Denis Watley

  "I've found my true sport! You're actually encouraged to eat peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and M&M's while you do it!" Beth Shiller

Few understand the mental agony through which an athlete must pass
before he can give his maximum--and how rarely, if he is built such as
I, he can give it." -Sir Roger Banister, who made history when he ran
the first sub-4 minute mile on May 6, 1954 at Oxford's Iffley Road track

This month's quote is by Galen Rowell. Galen and his wife Barbara
died in a plane crash on August 11, 2002. He was a friend of everyone
who loved the outdoors. His photos were on book covers, pages and
calendars all over the world. In addition, Galen was an accomplished
ultrarunner who ran the Ohlone Wilderness 50Km Trail Run in the San
Francisco Bay Area.
"Humanity is all better for it when creative individuals succeed in
communicating their life's most important visions into the minds of
others." Galen Rowell, August 23, 1940 - August 11, 2002

  "The child is grown, the dream is gone and I have become comfortably numb."
---- Lyrics from the Pink Floyd anthem "Comfortably Numb."

"There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find
the ways in which you yourself have altered." -Nelson Mandela

  "The will to win is nothing without the will to train."
---Juma Ikangaa

"There is no satisfaction without a struggle first."
---Marty Liquori

"Frustration is the first step toward improvement. I have no incentive to improve if I'm content with what I can do. It's only when I face frustration and use it to fuel my dedication that I feel myself moving forward." John "the Penguin" Bingham.

"From the outside this runner's world looks unnatural.  the body punished, the appetites denied, the satisfactions
delayed, the motivations that drive most men ignored.  The truth is that the runner is not made for the things and people and institutions that surround him." George Sheehan

"What I have realized through all this is that I have absolutely no fear of my death. It is inevitable and for the most part, I cannot control the time, place and how. What I can control is how I live my life up until that point."
"So, for myself, I intend to live my life as usual albeit with an increased sense of awareness for my surroundings in the unlikely chance that at the end of this, possibly some action I took will make a difference."
---- Allan Field, a streak runner from Columbia, Md., commenting on UltramarathonWorld.com about his daily running pursuit that began Jan. 1, 1980.

  "May the road rise up to greet you, and the wind always be at your back" - Irish proverb

  The race is not always to the swift But to those who keep on running.



"You have to recognize when the right place and the right time fuse and take advantage of that opportunity. There are plenty of opportunities out there. You can't sit back and wait."
Ellen Metcalf

"The marathon is the ultimate endurance test.  Oh sure, people sometimes go longer than that.  But 26 miles 385 yards is where racing ends and where ludicrous extremes begin."

  "No one can possibly achieve any real and lasting success or 'get rich' in business by being a conformist."
J. Paul Getty

"All cases are unique, and very similar to others."
T.S. Eliot ("The Cocktail Party," 1949)


"A discovery is said to be an accident meeting a prepared mind."
Albert von Szent-Gyorgyi

"So much of what we call management consists in making it difficult for people to work." Peter Drucker


"A bear, however hard he tries, grows tubby without exercise."
Pooh's Little Instruction Book (inspired by A. A. Milne)

"It's a recession when your neighbor loses his job; it's a depression when you lose yours."
Harry S. Truman

"What the eye sees not, the heart craves not."
Dutch proverb



  A young and successful executive was traveling down a neighborhood street,  going a bit too fast in his new Jaguar. He was watching for kids darting out  from between parked cars and slowed down when he thought he saw something.

  As his car passed, no children appeared. Instead, a brick smashed into The Jag's side door! He slammed on the brakes and spun the Jag back to the Spot from where the brick had been thrown.

He jumped out of the car, grabbed some kid and pushed him up against a parked car shouting, "What was that all about and who are you? Just what the  heck are you doing?!" Building up a head of steam he went on. That's a new  car and that brick you threw is going to cost a lot of money. Why did you do it?"

"Please, mister, please. I'm sorry, I didn't know what else to do," pleaded  the youngster. "I threw the brick because no one else would stop..." Tears were dripping down the boy's chin as he pointed around the parked car.

"It's  my brother," he said. "He rolled off the curb and fell out of his wheelchair  and I can't lift him up." Sobbing, the boy asked the executive, "Would you please help me get him back into his wheelchair? He's hurt and he's too heavy for me."

  Moved beyond words, the driver tried to swallow the rapidly swelling lump in his throat. He lifted the young man back into the wheelchair and took out his handkerchief and wiped the scrapes and cuts, checking to see that everything was going to be okay. "Thank you and may God bless you," the grateful child said to him.

  The man then watched the little boy push his brother down the sidewalk toward their home. It was a long walk back to his jaguar....a long, slow walk. He never did repair the side door. He kept the dent to remind him notto go through life so fast that someone has to throw a brick at you to get your attention.

  "God whispers in your soul and speaks to your heart. Sometimes when you don't have time to listen, He has to throw a brick at you. It's your choice:

Listen to the whisper-or wait for the brick."



The Greatest Occupation


A few months ago, when I was picking up the children at school,another mother I knew well rushed up to me. Emily was fuming with indignation. "Do you know what you and I are?" she demanded.  Before I could answer and I didn't really have one handy - she blurted out the reason for her question. It seemed she had just returned from renewing her driver's license at The County Clerk's office.  Asked by the woman recorder to state her occupation, Emily had hesitated,uncertain how to classify herself.

  What I mean is," explained the recorder, "do you have a job, or are you just a..."  "Of course I have a job," snapped Emily. "I'm a mother."

  "We don't list 'mother' as an occupation...'housewife' covers  it,"said the recorder emphatically.  I forgot all about her story until one day I found myself in the same situation, this time at our own Town Hall.  The Clerk was obviously a career woman, poised, efficient, and possessed of a high-sounding title  like "Official Interrogator" or "Town Registrar."

  "And what is your occupation?" she probed.  What made me say it, I do not know. The words simply popped out. "I'm a Research Associate in the field of Child  Development and Human Relations."  The clerk paused, ballpoint pen frozen in midair, and looked up as though she had not heard right.  I repeated the title slowly, emphasizing the most significant  words.  Then I stared with wonder as my pompous  announcement was written in bold, black ink on the official questionnaire.

  "Might I ask," said the clerk with new interest, "just what you do in your field?"

  Coolly, without any trace of fluster in my voice, I heard myself reply,  "I have a continuing program of research (what mother doesn't) in the laboratory and in the field (normally I would have said indoors and out). I'm working  for my Masters (the whole darned family) and already have four credits (all daughters).  "Of course,the job  is one of  the most demanding

in the humanities (any mother care  to disagree?)  and I often work 14 hours a day (24 is more like it).  But the job is more challenging than most run-of-the-mill careers and the  rewards are in satisfaction  rather than just  money.

  There was an increasing note of respect in the clerk's voice as she completed the form, stood up, and personally ushered me to the door. As I drove into our driveway, buoyed up by my glamorous new  career,  I was greeted by my lab assistants - ages 13, 7, and 3.

  Upstairs I could hear our new experimental model (6 months) in the child-development program, testing out a new vocal pattern. I felt triumphant!  I had scored a beat on bureaucracy!  And I had gone on the official records as someone more distinguished and indispensable to mankind than"just another mother."

  Motherhood...what a glorious career.  Especially when there's a title  on the door. Send this to another Mother you know. Whether a stay at  home Mum or a career Mum, we should all carry this title.

  The Images of Mother:

4 YEARS OF AGE   ~ My Mommy can do anything!

8 YEARS OF AGE   ~ My Mom knows a lot!  A whole lot!

12 YEARS OF AGE  ~ My Mother doesn't really know quite  everything.

14 YEARS OF AGE  ~ Naturally, Mother doesn't know that, either.

16 YEARS OF AGE  ~ Mother? She's hopelessly old-fashioned.

18 YEARS OF AGE  ~ That old woman? She's way out of date!

25 YEARS OF AGE  ~ Well, she might know a little bit about it.

35 YEARS OF AGE  ~ Before we decide, let's get Mom's opinion.

45 YEARS OF AGE  ~ Wonder what Mom would have thought about it?

65 YEARS OF AGE  ~ Wish I could talk it over with Mom.


  "I gutta suffer a little every day, or I'm not happy."
Lance Armstrong

  We have a choice: to plow new ground or let the weeds grow."
Jonathan Westover

Implementing the second-best idea now is often a better strategy than waiting a week or a month or a year to come up with the perfect idea.

"The ability to ask the right question is more than half the battle of finding the answer."
Thomas J. Watson

  The fullness in life lies in dreaming and manifesting the impossible dream.                                                                           -    Sri Chinmoy

"Take calculated risks. That is quite different from being rash."
George S. Patton

"more than a race but a life challenge"

"Nothing is a waste of time if you use the experience wisely."
Auguste Rodin

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