“It’s only words and words are all I have…” - The BeeGees

Quips & Quotes

I am a huge fan great quotes. I collect them the way some people collect baseball cards or postage stamps. Here is my own private stash of personal quotes. I know it is a little...well, anyways. If I qon't quote me, who will?

Failure: Teacher or Tyrant?

Every failure is either a teacher or a tyrant. It batters you or betters you. It makes you or breaks you. It lowers you or lifts you. Only you can decide which.

An extraordinary observation

Extraordinary only exists because of ordinary. If every event or moment were extraordinary, none of them would be. Life is mostly made up of the mundane. If you can find value in putting extraordinary effort into ordinary things, you, my friend, ARE extraordinary.

Almost too easy

That which is easy to attain is impossible to appreciate. That which is too easy is too easy. The price reflects the value and vice versa. 

Voting is for those who wish to be heard…and not just herded.


What shall I make today?

The easiest thing in the world to make is an excuse. The second easiest thing to make is a difference, All you have to do to make a difference is eliminate the excuse.

Take a stand…I mean a knee

Too many stand where they should kneel and kneel where they should stand. Get it right, and you find strength beyond your own. Get it wrong and even your strength is weakness.

Expected or inspected

If you are one of those people who only does what is expected when it is inspected, take a moment to reconcile this fact: You won’t ever make a real difference or leave any kind of worthwhile legacy.

Dog Fight!

Sometimes it IS the size of the dog in the fight.

If you tell everything you know, it is doubtful you know anything worth telling.

D. Gene Strother


“Almost” is the bitterest pill of all.


Suspicious minds

Suspect characters suspect characters of suspect character. Those who assume the worst in everyone expose the worst in themselves...which is the opposite of the pure in heart Paul mentioned to Titus. (Titus 1:15, The Holy Bible KJV)


If you cannot detect God on a Carmel beach at sunset, you are a defective detective.

at Carmel-By-The-Sea, California

I have dreamed more than I have done and I have done more than I dared dream...and still, I dream of more.

Dream on!

The struggle is the reward

I have observed that – more often than not – things that are too convenient are too convenient, that which is easily attained is of little value, and the primrose path leads to the Land of the Unfulfilled. When you have finally attained that thing, that position, that moment you so desperately struggled and fought to achieve, you may realize that the struggle was actually the reward.

Found fit

Sometimes you get to find where you fit. Other times, you gotta fit where you’re found. Either way, it’s a tight fit.

Listen, Class. Every class needs a Little Johnny and every Johnny needs a little class.

That is classy

Stand up

What will you do when standing up means standing out? It is easy to talk tough until it is tough to talk. Everybody is ready to do something until something must be done.

Don’t miss the next flight just because you missed the last train.

D. Gene Strother


I have been reflecting on the question: Which is worse? Too much reflection or none at all?

To The Losers!

Here’s to the bitter loser. Good losers are usually good losers.

Torn between two lobes

"You can win friends and influence people, or you can 'win' arguments and alienate them. But you can't do both at the same time." That's what my right brain said. Then, my left brain said, "Eh. How many friends does one guy need anyways?"


Humility is an indispensable component of true greatness. Its absence makes great things seem small and its presence elevates small things to greatness.

On Humility

A Simple Man

These are complex times, which means there has never been a greater need for what Ron Van Zandt called a "simple kind of man." Trying to figure out who you are and where you stand? Just be something "you love and understand."

In a world that identifies more genders than Dr. Pepper's 23 flavors, we need some simple men who are simply...men.

Nothing is for nothing. Every path and every person has a purpose. Find your path. Fulfill YOUR purpose...and be fulfilled.

Find your path. Find yourself.