“You just have to do the best you can with what you’ve got and sometimes magic strikes.” 💫
– Sally Field (b. November 6, 1946), Actor, Director, Author, Academy Award recipient 2x, Primetime Emmy Award recipient, Golden Globe Award recipient 2x, Screen Actors Guild Award recipient and nominee for both the Tony And BAFTA Awards.
“Anyone who has achieved excellence in any form knows that it comes as a result of ceaseless concentration.”
– Louise Brooks (November 14, 1906 – August 8, 1985), Actress, dancer, author, flapper icon.
“The harder the conflict, the greater the triumph.”
– George Washington (February 22, 1732 – December 14, 1799), First president of the United States (1789–1797).
“The water-rower has been an addition to my year-round training. It”s a full-body workout that allows me to get a great sweat while keeping my heart rate up… All without putting stress on my joints.”
-Rob Gronkowski, (May 14, 1989- ), New England Patriots tight end, 2× Super Bowl champion (XLIX, LI), 5× Pro Bowl (2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2017), 4× First-team All-Pro (2011, 2014, 2015, 2017), NFL Comeback Player of the Year (2014), NFL receiving touchdowns leader (2011), Third-team All-American (2008), First-team All-Pac-10 (2008).
Ho, Ho, Ho! Happy Holidays! Happy Row!
“My ideal date would invoke a park or rowing in those little boats on a lake.”
– Aja Naomi King
“Most mornings Andy rows over by himself in a dory from Port Clyde, half a mile away. On the way to the house, swinging a tackle box full of paints and brushes, he ducks into the hen house and emerges with half a dozen eggs, cradling them in one hand like juggling balls. He comes in the side door and chats with Al and me for a little while before heading upstairs” (51).
“He rows home at dusk. Comes back the next day and troops upstairs, his heavy thudding footsteps the only sound in the quiet house. I hear him pacing around up there, opening doors, shutting doors walking into different rooms” (288).
– Christina Baker Kline, A Piece of the World: A Novel (2017).
“More than once in the course of my story I have referred to my love of the country and out-of-door sports. When I was quite a little girl, I learned to row and swim, and during the summer, when I am at Wrentham, Massachusetts, I almost live in my boat. Nothing gives me greater pleasure than to take my friends out rowing when they visit me. Of course, I cannot guide the boat very well. Some one usually sits in the stern and manages the rudder while I row. Sometimes, however, I go rowing without the rudder. It is fun to try to steer by the scent of watergrasses and lilies, and of bushes that grow on the shore. I use oars with leather bands, which keep them in position in the oarlocks, and I know by the resistance of the water when the oars are evenly poised. In the same manner I can also tell when I am pulling against the current. I like to contend with wind and wave. What is more exhilarating than to make your staunch little boat, obedient to your will and muscle, go skimming lightly over glistening, tilting waves, and to feel the steady, imperious surge of the water!”
– Helen Keller, The Story of My Life.
“Down the shore everything’s all right.”
– Bruce Springsteen, Jersey Girl