A Thought for the Month

December
Be yourself, everyone else is already taken.
-- Oscar Wilde

November
Life is too short to be normal. Stay weird!
-- unknown

October
The will to succeed is important, but what's more important is the will to prepare.
-- Bob Knight

September
You reach out twice in life -- you reach out for help, you reach back to help.
-- Ken Hudson, Father of the Boston Shootout

August
Ice cream is cheaper than Therapy.
-- Woody Paige

July
I have tried always not to break any rules, but to test highly their elasticity.
-- Bill Veeck (under oath)

June
Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.
-- John F. Kennedy

May
Vision without Resources is Hallucination.

April
The happiest people don't have the best of everything, they just make the best of everything they have.

March
One thing about the truth is you don't have to prop it up, it can stand on its own.
-- C. R. Hall-Esq.

February
Hustle until your haters ask if you are hiring.
-- E. Putman, Esq.

January (2017)

School sucks -- the dregs of ignorance from the very core of your being and replaces it with knowledge and sometimes even wisdom.
-- an Abacus original

December

Until the lion learns how to write, every story will glorify the hunter.
– African proverb

November

A great coach can help a team win six or seven games. A good coach doesn't cost his team any games; a bad coach does.
-- Wilt Chamberlain

October

It isn’t the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it’s the pebble in your shoe.
-- Muhammad Ali

September

The Celtic ‘system’ was designed to permit intelligent, winning players to endlessly use their own curiosity and creativity to accomplish results.
– Bill Russell

August

Never second guess yourself...If you work toward being normal, you will never know how amazing you can be,
-- George Raveling

July

If the purest form of leadership is service, there is nobody who embodies leadership better than Pat Summitt.
-- Doris Burke, ESPN

June

The vibrant and varied personalities I encounter keep me laughing and reflecting and realizing how much I can learn from the amazing kids I teach.
-- Rebecca "Tutor Me" Guillory

May

We can be disappointed if we fail, but we are doomed if we don't try.
-- Spike Lee

April

Learning to speak [without stuttering at age 28] was my biggest accomplishment and your biggest nightmare.
-- Bill Walton

March

Steph Curry doesn't get into a Zone -- he wakes up.
-- Michael Smith, ESPN

February

The "Un-Zone": playing as if he'd rented his body on game day and got stuck with a size too big.
-- Darcy Frey, "The Last Shot"

January (2016)

A Grandpa doesn't judge, he loves.

December

Big-time college sports is exploitation disguised as education.
-- Dan LeBatard

November

Few minds wear out; most minds rust out.

October

Fundamentals are a crutch for the talentless.
-- Kenny Powers

September

Remember, say a kind word to someone who looks up to you in awe, because that little person soon will grow up and leave your side.
-- George Carlin

August

Just what makes that little ol' ant,
Think he'll move that rubber-tree plant?
-- Sammy Cahn's "High Hopes"

July

It's a long road and a little wheel, and it takes a lot of turns to get there.
-- Charlie Daniels

June

The argument that we could have perfection is often the defeating of good.
-- Fay Vincent

May

People born round don't die square.
-- Teddy Atlas

April

We cannot direct the wind, but we can adjust our sails.

March

What nature gives, nurture must refine, hone and tune.
-- George F. Will

February

When cerebral processes enter into sports, you start screwing up.
-- Bill "Spaceman" Lee

January (2015)

And after all the violence and double-talk, there's just a song in all the trouble and the strife; you do the walk, you do the Walk of Life.
-- Mark Knopfler.

December

Humor is a way of holding off how awful life can be, to protect yourself.
-- Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

November

Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.
-- Teddy Roosevelt

October

A smooth sea never made a skillful sailor.

September

A word to the wise is unnecessary; the stupid need advice.
-- Bill Cosby

August

The only justification for looking down on anyone
is if you're gonna stop and pick them up.
-- Rev. Jesse Jackson

July

The world's comprised of two great schools:
Enlightened rogues and religious fools.
 -- Duane Allman (among others)

June

I know we've come a long way,
We're changing day-to-day.
But tell me,
Where do the children play?
-- Cat Stevens, 2014 inductee to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

May

There are two Rules for Success:
No. 1 Never tell everything you know.
-- Roger H. Lincoln

April

Luck?
That's when opportunity meets preparation.
Are you preparing to get lucky?