Virtue of the Week: Tenacity

Friends, Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experiences of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired and success achieved. You gain strength, experience, and confidence every time you plant your feet, square your shoulders, turn and look fear in the face …. You must do the […]

Virtue of the Week: Surrender

I often hear from followers about how timely our “Virtue of the Week” fits into their current lives. This is made possible by powers far greater than what can come from the mind of this fat old coach. A good friend Coach George Crace sent me a text today.. a quote by Fred Buechner “ […]

Virtue of the Week: Faithfulness

Keeping the Faith…(A short story about prayer and being faithful). A voyaging ship was wrecked during a storm at sea and only two of the men on it were able to swim to a small, desert like island. The two survivors, not knowing what else to do, agreed that they had no other recourse but […]

Virtue of the Week: Suffering a Cause

Dear Friends, First of all, I want to thank each and every one of you who has been praying for my health. Your prayers have made all the difference. I love you all. My health status is as follows. Last Monday, I underwent liver transplant surgery at OHSU. The surgery lasted about 8 hours. I […]

Virtue of the Week: Self-Respect

IDENTITYBy Julio Noboa, Jr. Let them be as flowers, always watered, fed, guarded, admired, but harnessed to a pot of dirt. I’d rather be a tall, ugly weed, clinging on cliffs, like an eagle wind-wavering above high, jagged rocks. To have broken through the surface of stone, to live, to feel exposed to the madness […]

Virtue of the Week: Responsibility

Get Up On That Ladder! James Alexander Thom, on the fear of taking responsibility: Have you ever had to paint some roof trim, high up? You get halfway up that 36-foot extension ladder and you start wondering about the ladder, its footing and your body weight. You stop and hug the ladder, looking neither up […]

Virtue of the Week: Respect

As time goes on, I am , learning more and more about this valuable virtue. Not having lived there, it is hard to understand the respect that we should have for the sick, elderly and handicapped. This poem sheds some light: Blessed In Agingby Esther Mary Walker Blessed are they who understand My faltering step […]

Virtue of the Week: Loyalty

AN OLD MAN AND HIS DOG An old man and his dog were walking along a country road, enjoying the scenery, when it suddenly occurred to the man that he had died. He remembered dying, and realized, too, that the dog had been dead for many years. He wondered where the road would lead them, […]

Virtue of the Week: Leadership

THE GOLDEN BUDDHA In Bangkok, Thailand there are many temples of Buddha …. but there is one temple that stands out above all the others. It is not the size of the temple that is so impressive; it is about the size of a two car garage. Rather the temple of the Golden Buddha is […]

Virtue of the Week: Knowledge

THE SHEPHERD STORY A shepherd was tending his flock in a field, when a new sports car screeched to a stop on the road nearby in a cloud of dust. The driver, a young man in expensive designer clothes and sunglasses, leans out of the window and shouts over to the shepherd, “If I tell […]