A new low

“A new low” is a negative term for describing behavior, but in golf it is the ultimate goal. Theoretically, the perfect score is 18 (which has certainly only been achieved in miniature golf.) Somewhere along the way the concept of “par” was invented to give average golfers something to feel good about, and terrible golfers…

Bounce, rock, skate, roll

Click to hear a soundtrack for this post. Flashback… The rink goes dark.  You hear the intro to Red Ryder’s Lunatic Fringe blend into Earth Wind and Fire on the massive subwoofers.  The multi-colored lights reflect across the polished skate floor.  Homemade flash pots with a little too much gunpowder shoot a mini-mushroom cloud of…

Salute to those who serve

I just love Scottish festivals – the wail of the bagpipes, the highland dancing, the heavy games, the sheep herding dogs and cold beer on a hot Labor Day weekend.  This year, there was one moment that stuck with me more than the rest, and it happened during the grandstand ceremony. For the first time,…

Father time

The births of my two children were unforgettable peak experiences in my life. I knew at the moment they entered the world that they would BE my world.  If you are a father, you know that it is one of the hardest and most rewarding things you will ever do.  I worked hard to be a…

The gold-plated rule

Regardless of your religion, you’ve surely heard a version of this Golden Rule: “Treat others the way you want to be treated.”  I bet  you agree that this “gold standard” of behavior is a good idea.  A society is more civilized if most people follow it.  But dang… it sure is hard to live up to!…

The fish of 10,000 casts

I’m chasing the sunset on a 737 headed back to San Jose.  I just spent some quality time with my dad and brothers on our annual fishing trip in northern Indiana.  While I thoroughly enjoyed scooting around Lake Webster looking for muskies, I couldn’t shake the feeling of déjà vu.  It’s been exactly a year…

Giving up is hard to do

I recently heard a friend say “I’ve been through a rough couple of weeks… sometimes I feel like just giving up.”  His comment really got my attention.  The urge to stop pushing forward in the face of adversity is human nature and I bet you’ve felt that way at times too.  So what really keeps…