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...]

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...]

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...]