Saturday, September 21, 2019

Thursday, September 19, 2019


Reading Henry David Thoreau's "The Maine Woods" and this passage really stood out.

They're hunting moose at night in/near what is now known as the 100 Mile Wilderness: 

Once, when Joe had called again, and we were listening for moose, we heard, come faintly echoing, or creeping from far through the moss-clad aisles, a dull, dry, rushing sound with a solid core to it, yet as if half smothered under the grasp of the luxuriant and fungus-like forest, like the shutting of a door in some distant entry of the damp and shaggy wilderness. If we had not been there, no mortal had heard it. When we asked Joe in a whisper what it was, he answered, "Tree fall." There is something singularly grand and impressive in the sound of a tree falling in a perfectly calm night like this, as if the agencies which overthrow it did not need to be excited, but worked with a subtle, deliberate, and conscious force, like a boa-constrictor, and more effectively then than even in a windy day. If there is any such difference, perhaps it is because trees with the dews of the night on them are heavier than by day.

Quote of the Day

I dream of painting and then I paint my dream.

via Wikimedia Commons

Vincent Willem van Gogh

Monday, September 16, 2019

History Repeating

Texas Girls Coaches Association News

Just got this via email from TGCA.  Notice requirement to be member before November 1:

The Board also voted to split Athlete of the Year and Coach of the Year for swimming and diving.  One athlete will be selected as Athlete of the Year in swimming and one athlete will be selected as Athlete of the Year in Diving in 4A-5A-6A.  One Coach of the Year will be selected in swimming and one Coach of the Year will be selected in diving in 4A-5A-6A.  As with Track & Field, the nomination process is the same, but you MUST designate whether you are nominating the athlete or coach for swimming or diving.  This can be done on the nomination form under the comments section.  All coaches and coaches of nominees must be a member of TGCA before the November 1st deadline to be eligible for honors.

Not a member?  Visit TGCA here

Quote of the Day

If you are lucky enough to find a way of life you
love, you have to find the courage to live it.

John Wallace Blunt Jr., a.k.a. John Winslow Irving

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Quote of the Day

Everyone is a genius at least once a year.  The real
geniuses simply have their bright ideas closer together.

via Wikipedia

Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

Friday, August 23, 2019


City of Mineral Wells recreation coordinator

City of Baytown athletic manager

Rockwall ISD assistant club coach

City of Freeport recreation supervisor

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Quote of the Day

You can get so wrapped up in performing
well, that you don't compete well.

via NBA

William John "Billy" Donovan Jr.

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Quote of the Day

Commitment separates those who live their
dreams from those who live life regretting
the opportunities they've squandered.

William Fenton "Bill" Russell

Monday, August 19, 2019

It's been a while...

...since I've used the Fishin' tag!

Bobby reeled in (then released) a 5'6" bull shark in Matagorda a couple of weekends ago:

This caught my eye in Leon's room.  He missed out on first place by a half inch:

Quote of the Day

You haven't taught until they've learned.

via The New York Times

John Robert Wooden

Sunday, August 18, 2019


via abc

Listen to and/or read a transcript of a recent Academic Minute on the topic of Revenge here


MD Anderson Family YMCA youth development director - sports & aquatics

High Tide Swimming (Round Rock) swimming instructor/swimming coach

USA Management (Prosper) aquatic director

Schertz Family YMCA swim team coach

City of Denison assistant swim team coach

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Weakly Demotivator

Quote of the Day

We're either winning or learning.  It's not
winning or losing, it's winning or learning.

via The Calipari Foundation
John Vincent Calipari

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Quote of the Day

If you're not teaching it that way, you
must be allowing it to happen that way.

via VintPrint

Nicholas Lou "Nick" Saban Jr.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Quote of the Day

Love is suffering.  One side always loves more.

via liveabout

Catherine Fabienne Dorléac, a.k.a. Catherine Deneuve

Tuesday, August 13, 2019


Elite Swim Program assistant age group coach

Texas Terrapins Swim Team head coach

NITRO USA team coach

Alcuin School varsity assistant swim coach

Trotter Family YMCA youth development director - aquatics

VillaSport assistant swim team coach

Texas A&M University - Commerce coordinator of aquatics & special events

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Quote of the Day

Tradition is a set of solutions for which we have
forgotten the problems.  Throw away the
solution and you get the problem back.

via Bytes

Donald MacDonald Kingsbury

Friday, August 09, 2019

Quote of the Day

Reporters thrive on the world's misfortune.  For
this reason they often take an indecent pleasure
in events that dismay the rest of humanity.

Russell Wayne Baker

Thursday, August 08, 2019

Quote of the Day

Misery no longer loves company.
Nowadays it insists on it.

Russell Wayne Baker

Wednesday, August 07, 2019

Tuesday, August 06, 2019

Quote of the Day

The goal of all inanimate objects is to
resist man and ultimately defeat him.

Russell Wayne Baker

Monday, August 05, 2019

Quote of the Day

Ah, summer, what power you have
to make us suffer and like it.

Russell Wayne Baker

Sunday, August 04, 2019

Saturday, August 03, 2019

Quote of the Day

If a man has no purpose his life is just continuous death.

via Wikimedia Commons

Pierre-Claude-Victor Boiste

Friday, August 02, 2019

Quote of the Day

We may pass violets looking for roses.  We
may pass contentment looking for victory.

via Pinterest

Sir Bernard Arthur Owen Williams

Thursday, August 01, 2019

Quote of the Day

Oh, I get a little tired now and then, but
knowing my lifestyle, that's only natural.

via reddit

Harry Christopher Carabina, a.k.a. Harry Caray

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Nationals Info

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Graham Johnston Celebration of Life

via SDPB

Graham's daughter, Jenny Lord, posted info on his Caring Bridge page:

Dad’s Celebration of Life will be held Sunday, September 1st (Labor Day Weekend) at Dads Club, 1006 Voss Road —off I10 in Houston. The celebration will begin at 1:00 with a time of remembrance starting at 1:30. The rest of the afternoon will include swimming of laps (for anyone interested) and food/drink. Dad wanted everybody to come casual and have a good time. There has been talk of a Graham Johnston memorial fund that would go towards a new pool named after him in the future. More on that later.

Quote of the Day

Letting your mind play is the best way to solve problems.

via Time

William Boyd Watterson II

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Quote of the Day

Slumps are like a soft bed.  They're easy
to get into and hard to get out of.

Johnny Lee Bench

Monday, July 29, 2019

Weekend at Don Cook

It was a very good weekend at the FCST-hosted Summer Champs in Sugar Land.
  • Our kids swam very well,
  • we stayed pretty close to the timeline,
  • the scoreboard worked well, &
  • the air handling system was able to keep up!
There's a coach in the Gulf that kind of looks like Freddie Mercury...when that storm rolled through, I imagined him thinking "Thunderbolts and lightning very very frightening..."

Graham Johnston

Legendary swimmer Graham Johnston passed away on the 27th.  Read more on Swimming World here

I'll try to post details on his upcoming Celebration of Life at DAD's club once they're finalized.

Read another piece at the Houston Chronicle here

“Swimming has been my life for so long,” Johnston said at the time. “I can’t picture ever doing anything else. I love the sport. As long as I am alive, I probably will be swimming.”

Over the years, Johnston trained for races by swimming two hours a day on a nearly daily basis at the Dad’s Club in Houston. By the age of 79, he had broken 81 records in Masters Swimming and was inducted in the International Masters Swimming Hall of Fame, according to the Chronicle’s archives.

Quote of the Day

Freedom is never given;  it is won.

Asa Philip Randolph

Thursday, July 25, 2019


South Shore Sails head coach

San Antonio Wave assistant coaches

Lakeside Aquatic Club senior coach & age group coach

Yo Jing Swim Academy instructor/coach

Quote of the Day

Blessed is the man, who having nothing to say,
abstains from giving wordy evidence of the fact.

via Writers Inspire

Mary Ann Evans, a.k.a. George Eliot

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Quote of the Day

I eventually became proud of my strikeouts, because
each one represented another learning experience.

Wilver Dornell "Willie" Stargell

Monday, July 22, 2019


...and, if you play your cards right, someday a congressman!

Quote of the Day

There are many men of principle in both parties
in America, but there is no party of principle.

via The Unz Review

Alexis Charles Henri Clérel, Viscount de Tocqueville

Sunday, July 21, 2019