Barb and Mark in Playa del Carmen.

If I had to sum up my philosophy of life in one word, it would be: persevere. I believe that any of life’s challenges can be met if you put your head down and just keep on keepin’ on.

I chose the name of this blog based on that philosophy. But “persevere” was already taken. As was “strive.” As were a dozen similar alternatives. “In the Deed,” however, was not.

And selecting this name results in a perfect mash-up of my life’s philosophy and one of my other passions: Nebraska football.

Inscribed into the four corners of the University of Nebraska’s Memorial Stadium is a poem that could serve as the long version of my life’s philosophy. The poem was written by Hartley Burr Alexander, a UNL philosophy professor. The inscription goes:

“In Commemoration of the men of Nebraska                                                        who served and fell in the Nation’s Wars.

“Not the victory but the action; Not the goal but the game;                                       In the deed the glory.

“Courage; Generosity; Fairness; Honor;                                                                               In these are the true awards of manly sport.

“Their Lives they held their country’s trust;                                                                    They kept its faith; They died its heroes.”

My greatest joy doesn’t come from the victory, but rather the action: Training for marathons and trail races. Finding the right angle for a photo. Composing and recomposing a painting. Exploring the flavors for a cheesecake or a cupcake. Finding New Orleans’ best bar (as if there was just one).

I’ll never run a marathon like Ryan Hall nor paint like Thomas Hart Benton.

But I’ve yet to run my best race. Or shoot my best photo. I will strive to improve. I will persevere. And I will continue to revel in the effort. Because I know, In the deed lies the glory.

— Mark Smidt

A little background

Although my wife and I have lived in several states over the years, we are native Midwesterners. But we began a new adventure on the Oregon coast in late 2015.

Here’s a link to my community, Lincoln City, Oregon, located on the Pacific Ocean and adjacent to the Oregon Coast Range.

Here’s a link to one of the newspapers I run, the News Guard, and that site contains links to our sister newspapers in Oregon.

Here’s a link to the local chamber of commerce and to the local visitor and convention bureau. Come visit us!


9 Responses to “About”

  1. gallivance.net February 2, 2013 at 6:18 am #

    Hi Mark, Yours is a powerful and inspiring philosophy, and I can’t wait to read more. Keep on keepin’ on. All the best, Terri


    • msmidt February 2, 2013 at 7:16 am #

      Thanks so much, Terri. However, I feel like a scaredy cat and a slacker after reading your blog. 🙂 I love the way you have chosen to live your life. I can’t wait to see more of your adventures.


  2. runnershealth March 7, 2013 at 8:50 am #

    This is very inspirational, Mark, and so applicable to running!


    • msmidt March 7, 2013 at 9:03 am #

      Thanks so much for the comment. I am struggling with a recurring, nagging injury again, so it’s good to be reminded that I just need to keep making slow, steady progress. 🙂


  3. Katherine O. Cooper August 19, 2014 at 9:28 am #

    Thanks for stoppoing by my blog – I think it was by way of Jim Brennan. I am one of his non-running followers. I follow him for his wisdom and wit. I am noticing that you and I share the same weather report. I love saying Keokuk. And Maquoketa (sp?) – love it out here. Hope you are well. take care, Kate


    • Mark Smidt August 19, 2014 at 9:49 am #

      I enjoy Jim’s blog and his attitude; great guy I’d like to meet one day

      The Quad Cities are a fun place, Kate. Our daughter lived there a couple years ago before moving to Des Moines. And we just moved our son to Des Moines, too, so I know what you are referring to in your latest blog post. 🙂


  4. Jason August 21, 2014 at 7:32 am #

    Great blog – I’m glad I found it!


    • Mark Smidt August 21, 2014 at 7:36 am #

      Thanks, Jason. Good luck on your training and racing.


  5. Ray Laskowitz July 20, 2015 at 7:48 pm #

    Thank you for stopping by Storyteller. — Ray


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