How to make a difference during a virus lockdown? ‘All you can do is, do your best’

An email to a golf professional friend came back with one of those automated replies. Within his message: “I have been laid off …” Ouch. I know many golf professionals and instructors whose ability to make a living has taken a massive hit. Salaried-professionals are being laid off because golf courses in Ontario are not allowed to open. Professionals who live on lesson revenue are trying to figure out—very quickly—how to earn money with online … [Read more...]

Feeling lonely and blue? A virtual meeting might provide for what ails you

This is not intended to be an endorsement of the Zoom platform. Other plaforms provide similar benefits. I have been using Zoom for years, so I'm writing about my experience with it during the pandemic. Alone in my recreation room about 7:40 a.m. last Wednesday, I gave a speech. It was a pretty darn good speech, judging by the reaction. I really felt like I connected with my audience. I had lots of company. I was accompanied—via Zoom—by 10 … [Read more...]

How can you help someone during the virus crisis? Just listen

We must love one another or die.                                          From the poem September 1, 1939 by W.H. AudenAs a society, our survival depends on loving each other, but our culture doesn’t know how to do it very well.Especially now, when there’s so much fear and stress, we need to connect more than ever with each … [Read more...]

Drawing on the best elements of golf can quell those queasy feelings

At 7:01 a.m. on Saturday morning, I was standing in a Walmart staring at an empty shelf. At one time, it was populated by opaque plastic bottles of isopropyl alcohol. Now, it resembled a barren prairie.Again, I felt that queasy feeling in my stomach that has become well-known to me since the damn virus infiltrated Canada.The other 100 or so folks who were in Walmart with me within minutes of its opening looked like they all had queasy, nervous … [Read more...]

Feeling sick about the virus? Do something radical—connect with a real person

Like many of you, I’m sure, I woke up yesterday feeling anxious. After my morning rituals, I immediately opened up my phone to absorb news—about the NBA shutting down its season, U.S. colleges sending students home, that I should start practising ‘social distancing,’ and on and on and on. After putting my phone down, my stomach felt nervous—that ‘on the edge feeling’ that something is coming after me.I worried about my 87-year-old mother who … [Read more...]