With 40 years of successful marriage, Rod has fine-tuned his collaborative skills by learning how to listen and serve. He and his creative wife Suzanne, find simple joy in associating with and loving their four beautiful children and 12 darling grandchildren (his biggest fans).
Whether helping out at the Utah State Developmental Center, having a pajama story time at the library, or simply helping friends, Rod and Suzanne find joy in serving their community.
Here's a quick snapshot of Rod's family over the years.
Sitting on a beach reading a good book, while looking for great quotes to include in his writings, are a couple of Rod’s favorite pastimes.
The images below are links to two of Rod's most read posts. They have little to do with politics but a lot to do with life.
One of Rod's favorite posts is "American the Beautiful". He recounts the thoughts that ran through him one Sunday as the congregation sang this hymn.
Below are a few of his favorite quotes:
"Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not: nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not: the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan 'press on' has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race."—Calvin Coolidge
“How is it that the strange idea of making the law produce what it does not contain—prosperity, in a positive sense, wealth, science, religion—should ever have gained ground in the political world? The modern politicians, particularly those of the Socialist school, found their different theories upon one common hypothesis; and surely a more strange, a more presumptuous notion, could never have entered human brain.”—Frederic Bastiat, The Law, 1850
“A culture obsessed with technology will come to value personal convenience above almost all else, and ours does. That has consequences we will explore. Among those consequences', however, is impatience with anything that interferes with personal convenience. Religion, morality, and law do that …”—Robert H. Bork, Slouching Towards Gomorrah, 1996, p 9
“We need in our country today less politics and more statesmanship, less party and more patriotism. We need an awakening to higher ideals. We need a higher conception of America's place and destiny in the evolution of the world. We need something nobler as a purpose than our self-satisfied complacency at the material prosperity of the nation, for there is a moral and ethical success that is never rung up on a cash-register. We need the scourging of the money changers out of the temple of legislation ― State and national. ”—William George Jordan. The House of Governors, 1907
"The second most deadly instrument of destruction is the gun—the first is the human tongue. The gun merely kills bodies; the tongue kills reputations and, ofttimes, ruins characters. Each gun works alone; each loaded tongue has a hundred accomplices. The havoc of the gun is visible at once. The full evil of the tongue lives through all the years; even the eye of Omniscience might grow tired in tracing it to its finality.”—William George Jordan, "The Crimes of the Tongue", The Kingship of Self-Control, 1898
“In life as in war there are times when the wisest course is simply to stand still, to rest on one’s arms, to watch and to wait. When a mist of uncertainty enshrouds us and life seems to come to a pause, when we do not know just what to do, it is best to await the sunshine of revealing that will show us our way.”—William George Jordan, “The Red Blood of Courage”, The Trusteeship of Life, 1921
“Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our thanksgiving.”—W.T. Purkiser
“Whatever anybody says or does, assume positive intent. You will be amazed at how your whole approach to a person or problem becomes very different”—Indra Nooyi (Chairman and CEO, Pepsico), “The best advice I ever got,” Fortune, April 2008