Earth’s Loss is Heaven’s Gain

Our household is mourning the passing of John Wooden today.

John Wooden was a regular guest at our evening meals.
(Well, maybe not in actual appearances,
but as the focus of many discussions.
seemed as if he were right here, with us.), and his
books fill up an entire shelf in the family room.

Plus, my youngest son has aspirations to be the next John Wooden.

One dinner, I casually mentioned that I had heard John Wooden speak
at my college.

My husband and sons practically fell off their chairs.

"WHY haven't you ever mentioned this?"

They acted as if I had forgotten to tell them I have a substantial
trust fund (which, by the way, I don't).

Anyway, John Wooden was a national treasure. The men in my house
admired him for his basketball savvy. I admired him for his
enduring character.

And his wonderful marriage to Nell!

All I can say is...

Earth's loss is Heaven's gain.

This was sent to me by my dear friend Irva:

Given to him by his father, John Wooden carried this message,
folded and tucked in his wallet until yesterday,
when he died at 99 years old.

Be true to yourself.
Make each day a masterpiece.
Help others.
Drink deeply from
good books.
Make friendship a fine art.
Build a shelter against a rainy day.

About Suzanne

Suzanne Woods Fisher writes bestselling, award winning fiction and non-fiction books about the Old Order Amish for Revell Books. Her interest in the Plain People began with her Old Order German Baptist grandfather, raised in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. Suzanne's app, Amish Wisdom, delivers a daily Amish proverb to your phone or iPad. She writes a bi-monthly column for Christian Post and Cooking & Such magazine. She lives with her family in California and raises puppies for Guide Dogs for the Blind. To Suzanne's way of thinking, you can't take life too seriously when a puppy is running through your house with someone's underwear in its mouth.


  1. Mocha with Linda says:

    I was worried this was going to be about your dad!

  2. Heather's Blog-o-rama says:

    I remember seeing an interview with him a few years back…probably around the time he was 90 years old. It was an interview on CBN..he talked about that paper in his hand…For some reason I thought he also carried a copy of the 10 commandments as well. I blogged a little about that today as well. I had tried to find that original interview….to no avail. However, I did find a really sweet interview about the love letters to his wife 🙂 🙂 It was on YouTube..and I posted that to my blog 🙂 What a neat man… Thanks for sharing, Suzanne 🙂
    Greetings from Oregon,Heather 🙂

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