Never, Ever, Lose Your Poise — Coach Frank Broyles. One of the many life lessons one learns by playing competitive sports is to never lose one’s poise or cool.  Now there are athletes who do “lose it” on occasion, but the great ones seldom do when the game is on the line. Coach Broyles knew how…

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The more clearly we can focus our attention on the wonders and realities of the universe about us, the less taste we shall have for the destruction of our race. — Rachel Carson. Some mornings I wake up and marvel at the beauty of the morning sun pouring through the window. I walk outside and…

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We must have internal peace, to give birth to beautiful ideas. — Harriet Hosmer. The great sculptor, Harriet Hosmer, knew a great deal about beauty but also knew what it takes to produce great sculpture. She said, “There are many obstacles to fame, but to surmount them, to produce fine works, we must have tranquility of…

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The body provides something for the spirit to look after and use. —  Alan Turing My knee replacement is a week away, and after several other orthopedic disasters this spring Turing’s words hit home. I feel like I haven’t done a very good job of “looking after” my body. Of course, part of all this is…

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Yes, I finish my week of being refreshed and inspired today. Now I return to reality and knee surgery. Here are a few words of inspiration: “Let us have one creative energy, one incessant revelation. Let it take what form it will, and let us not bind it by the past to man or woman,…

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