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It ain’t weird, don’t be scared–it’s meditation

This year, I want give you a special gift. Actually, it’s an invitation: Try meditation. If you are tired of your thoughts yanking you around like an untrained dog on a leash, this invitation is do a little obedience training for your mind. And to help convince you to take me up on the invite, my holiday reading recommendation is 10% Happier by Dan Harris, co-anchor of ABC’s Nightline and weekend Good Morning America. In this … [Read More...]

The paradoxical freeing power of commitment

I’ve got a riddle for you: Let’s say you’re playing golf by yourself and you have to use a washroom. You just gotta. So you leave your golf bag on the tee. While you’re in the loo, say your golf bag falls over. There’s no one there to hear it land on the ground. Does it make a noise? Super deep, eh? It’s good for you to think about stuff like that—at least for a few seconds before you look it up on Google. Ok. I got something else for … [Read More...]

Finally! USGA makes no-brainer rules change

Glory, glory, hallelujah! USGA changes rule! Now there's no penalty for accidently moving your ball on the green. This follows this year's gong show U.S. Open that almost cost Dustin Johnson. Now, if you accidently move your ball or your ball marker, just replace them and you're good to go. Why did it take this freaking long to get this common sense rules change? A good ol' sh*t storm of bad PR. Never underestimate the power of … [Read More...]

I’ll bet you can make a commitment and keep it

In thinking about our societal problem with commitment, I’m reminded of a poignant episode of that paragon of social commentary, The Flintstones. In Season Two in 1962, Arnold the newsboy challenges Fred to a marbles game, re-igniting Fred’s gambling compulsion, sending him into a hypnotic, stuttering trance, ‘B-b-b-bet-bet!” Generally speaking, if I ask most people about their commitments, it’s such a loaded and scary word that they can … [Read More...]

My end-of-the-season ritual: It’s over and I’m good with that

I am not grieving the end of the golf season. I’m done and I’m good with it. I’ve accepted that I won’t be hitting the little white ball off green grass for another five months, except in the unlikely event that I go south this winter. Over the past half-dozen years or so, I’ve followed a season-ending ritual that allows me to segue into winter unbridled with sorrow and longing. If you are “normal” person, you may not grasp the pathos of … [Read More...]

Dawn Coe-Jones: funny, grounded and a heck of a player

My mother has a great line about women such as Dawn Coe-Jones: Dawn was a No-Shit Shirley. There was no pretense or ambiguity about Dawn. She was a straight arrow, and she'd call out anything that appeared steeped in BS, usually with a well-aimed and funny skewering. I was sad yesterday to hear of her passing at the age of 56 from cancer. As this tribute makes clear, the three-time winnner on the LPGA Tour had a directness that … [Read More...]

What’s so funny bout peace and love in a Trump world?

  After Trump jumped into an early lead, I was too nervous, sad and exhausted to watch any more and went to bed. I woke up shortly after 3 a.m. with a sense of dread that the unthinkable had happened. My mind raced with thoughts of people being deported en masse, media organizations being muzzled, and of nuclear annihilation. I worried for the future of my sons. But after getting up and digesting some of the coverage, I was somewhat … [Read More...]

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