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The Catlin Family Rules

  1. If you do dumb things, you get dumb results.
  2. Even smart people can do dumb things.
  3. It's not what's important what happens, what's important is who gets the blame.
    3a. Find someone else to blame,someone who's not present.
    3b. Use "It's not my fault" only as a last resort.
  4. Life is one long series of negotiations.
  5. Not very many marriages fail because a partner says: "You're right and I'm wrong." or "I'm sorry." out of love.
  6. Most of our lives are spent stumbling around from crisis to crisis.
  7. Never say "All right." Say "OK" instead, because everything is never all right.
  8. When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be 21, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years. - Mark Twain
  9. Watch out for the "Didjas" They sometimes lead to the "Why didjas?" then to the "Why didn'tjas" and things go downhill from there.
  10. There are practical ways of developing humility, by admitting our weaknesses, by being open to correction, by being patient with other's weaknesses, and by pointing the spotlight on others. - Rick Warren
  11. To love is to will the good of the other. (St. Thomas Aquinas - Summa Theologica II-II, q. 26, art. 6). If you want to know how you're doing check your forgiveness (Matthew 18:21-22).
  12. Parents cannot be responsible for their children's failures (or their successes). They can only be responsible for good parenting. All you can do, and all you can be is all you can be.
  13. True love is unconditional, and so is forgiveness.

Sayings and "Isms" From Family Members

Note: "Guy Mark Catlin" refers to the elder Guy who was the father of G. Peter, Not the son of Cheryl and Scot who bears his name. We hope that, one day, the younger Guy Mark Catlin will gain the wisdom and experience to be quoted here along with his namesake.

  • "That's what I told Will."
    - Guy Catlin
  • "I'd stretch a mile if I didn't have to walk back."
    - Henry Anthony
  • "Let's not and say we did."
    - Eula Catlin
  • "You can dress him up, but you can't take him out."
    - Jackie Grospitch
  • "I've only got one nerve left and you're gettin' on it."
    - Heather Lowenthal
  • "Good Morning, Glory."
    - Henry Anthony
  • "Too soon old, too late smart."
    - Guy Catlin
  • "We're good to go. Let's settle in."
    - Elliot Lowenthal
  • "Spif."
    - Pam Catlin
  • "I know when I get home I'm going to catch hell for something. I just don't know what for."
    - Guy Catlin
  • "When in danger or in doubt, run in circles, scream and shout."
    - G. Peter Catlin
  • "This curve is so sharp, you can reach around and wipe off your tail lights."
    - Henry Anthony
  • "Forget it, forget it, remove it from your mind."
    - Yanela
  • "If we get to drinking Sunday afternoon, and ask you to stay over til Monday, just remember, we don't mean it."
    - Guy Catlin
  • "Can't never does anything."
    - Henry Anthony
  • "You can fool some of the people some of the time, and most of the people most of the time, but you can't fool all the people all the time."
    - Guy Catlin with help from Honest Abe
  • "If you're so smart, why ain't you rich."
    - Guy Catlin (with help)
  • "Never pass up an opportunity to Pee."
    - Mike Grospitch

The Rules for Service

(With Compliments to Richard Foster and his book Celebration of Discipline.)

"Then, Jesus took a towel and a basin of water and redefined greatness." - Richard Foster

  • The Service of Hiddenness
  • "Hiddenness is a rebuke to the flesh and can deal a fatal blow to pride." - Foster
  • The Service of Small Things
  • "We can do no great things, only small things with great love" - St. Theresa of Calcutta
  • The Service of Guarding the Reputation of Others
  • "Speak evil of no one" - Paul in his letter to Titus (Chapter 3)
  • The Service of Being Served
  • "If I do not wash your feet you have no part in Me" - Jesus in the Upper Room (John 13)
  • The Service of Common Courtesy
  • "To be gentle and to show perfect courtesy toward all men" - Paul in Titus (Also Chapter 3)
  • The Service of Hospitality
  • "Practice hospitality ungrudgingly to one another" - Peter in his first letter (1 Peter 4:9)
  • The Service of Listening
  • "To listen to others quiets and disciplines the mind to listen to God" - Foster
  • The Service of Bearing the Burdens of Each Other
  • "Love is most perfectly fulfilled when we bear the hurts and sufferings of each other, weeping with those who weep" - Foster and Paul in Romans 12:15
  • The Service of Sharing the Word of Life with One Another
  • "We are dependent upon one another to receive the full gospel of God. The smallest member can bring us a word" - Foster

Other Tidbits

"At the far end, it's not what you get but what you give."