The perils of pressure—Part Three

Following Monday's and Wednesday's posts that looked at how young university golfers melted down at the Ontario championship and the common reasons why, I conclude this thread with thoughts on how you can keep it together both on the golf course and off.   October 27, 2017—So how to do you stop yourself from getting to the point that you might break a psychic gasket? The following are techniques that will help during a round when you … [Read more...]

Did the universe perform a random act of kindness for me?

Ezine #9—When I sat in my seat on Flight 1126 very early last week, I thought, ‘What just happened? How did I possibly make this flight?’ But something made it possible. It’s been a week since the ordeal, and I’m still not sure. I feel a little like the disbelieving Dad in a sitcom who rents a house with his family, and the kids come running into his bedroom on the first night screaming. “A ghost is throwing books on the floor and … [Read more...]

Buyer beware with Uber

I believe Uber has a ways to go until they earn my complete trust after an incident on Monday morning in which I was billed for a ride that I never took. Uber initially refused to refund the fare--as per the story below--but after I posted to FaceBook and Twitter about my situation, it refunded the money. I am pleased about that, mostly that Uber has shown some accountability. Regardless, the situation caused me a ton of stress and to … [Read more...]

How Lou Reed taught me to play better golf

Ezine #4—I had the coolest job in the world. In my world, at least. In 1986, I was the music critic for the Canadian Press news agency in Toronto. I was paid to listen to albums, go to concerts and interview rock stars, and write about it all. Among the folks I interviewed one-on-one were David Bowie, Robert Plant, Peter Gabriel and Joe Strummer. Usually, I was pretty cool about meeting these people, but every once in a while I’d get … [Read more...]

A blog about judgment; I hope you approve

Ezine #3—When my boys were in high school, I often suggested they join various clubs and participate in social activities beyond sports. Apparently, however, engaging in such things would be “uncool.” Of course, I translated uncool to mean, “I’d love to act on your great wisdom dear father, but I’m terribly afraid of being judged by my mean-spirited peers.” You don’t have to be a teenager to be concerned about what people think about you. … [Read more...]