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Rowing Through the Looking Glass

21 October 2014

[Unfortunately, this blog relies heavily on images, sadly missing in this archive. If this subject really interests you, contact me directly.]

Here is a speech I gave to the Beverly Hills Rotary Club on October 6, 2014 in anticipation of the arrival of . . .


9 October 2014

I have been silent for several months as I focused on a number of literary projects, several of which I will share with you in the coming days and weeks. Today I would like to tell you about a book that I merely read.

Recently Penguin Books asked me to review a pre-publication copy of SALT, SWEAT, TEARS – The Men Who Rowed the Oceans by Adam Rackley,

"Cowboy up, cupcake!"

8 August 2014

Here is a message I recently sent to a prospect for the Loyola Marymount University Men's Crew:


Dear xxx –

I just retrieved your athlete information form from my office mailbox on the LMU campus. I am very impressed with your candor and sincerity.

Our Admissions Office is skilled and experienced at looking past the numbers to discover the essence of an applicant, and I am sure you will be as articulate on your application as you have been on your athlete info form.

They Used to Say . . .

30 April 2014

The Loyola Marymount University Men's Varsity Four

has been nominated for Crew of the Week on

They used to say . . .

"Vote early! Vote often!"

. . . but if ALL of my readers vote, once should be sufficient.

You have until Thursday at 5PM on the U.S. East Coast.

But No Pressure, Trevor!

28 April 2014

Last weekend, I and my son and collaborator, Philip Mallory, took our small squad of seventeen Loyola Marymount University walk-on male athletes, mostly freshmen, no athletic scholarships offered to LMU Men's Crew, to the Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championships on Lake Natoma in Rancho Cordova, California. All but one had never even seen a rowing shell before they were first spoken to in their dorm rooms on our campus during their first week in college.

"Trust me. It gets better!"

11 April 2014

The 2014 San Diego Crew Classic last weekend was an opportunity for me to look back with tremendous affection and nostalgia. It was precisely 40 years ago that I first participated in this storied regatta. Back in 1974, there were small boats as well as eights, and I won the lightweight singles event by open water.

Before International Competition

28 January 2014

On April 5 and 6, 2014, I will be back in San Diego, my California home for more than 30 years until Susan and I moved to L.A. a few years ago. I will be there to proudly coach the Loyola Marymount University Men's Crews at the San Diego Crew Classic. The Crew Classic race weekend has become a favorite occasion to see old friends and reminisce, but this year a couple of my old crews are taking things a step further. The following will appear in this spring's 2014 Regatta Program:

Thank You, San Diego Crew Classic!

Riff on Yesterday's Blog . . .

5 January 2014

My team will return in a week, and my time to blog will dry up. While I still have the opportunity, here are some interesting riffs on yesterday's blog, starting with today's funny papers . . . [sadly missing in this archive]

Balancing all the alternatives and living your life with real thoughtfulness and true wisdom is of course quite a challenge. Life is hard!

Here are a couple of the many responses I have received today . . .


Peter -

Grover as Sisyphus

4 January 2014

This morning at 2AM I found myself thinking when I might have been sleeping. You see, yesterday I had gotten the following email from one of my guys: “I apologize for being subpar with my training this vacation. Talk is cheap, but I do plan on stepping up my workouts for the last week and a half of break. That said, I don't think I have been completely unproductive. I can tell that I am getting stronger through my effort with weights, and I've been consistently staying active with running.”

The More You Sow, the More You Reap

1 January 2014

It was 80 degrees today in Los Angeles, California, hardly what most people think of as normal weather for a New Year’s Day in the Northern Hemisphere. But 2014 has arrived nonetheless. One year ends . . . and another begins.

During the year just ended, Susan and I walked through a light rain on the Salisbury Plain to ponder the looming monoliths of Stonehenge. One of my most vivid memories of 2013.