How Paring Down Is Like Archeology

May 31, 2012

There comes a time in many people’s lives when we ask ourselves — Why am I holding on to so much stuff? It’s a big question. Some of us hold on to things. Our attics and basements and garages and rooms are the repositories of keepsakes, I-still-might-use-this, this-is-still-good, I-don’t-dare-get-rid-of-this, I-don’t-know-what-else-to-do-with-this stuff. Clothes we haven’t worn [...]

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Talent & Passion: Do They Always Go Together?

April 15, 2012

For some of us, a passion starts at a very early age. And so does a talent. I wonder, though, how often the passion and the talent aren’t for the same thing? I’ve talked before about my son, Colin — it was his observation to me three years ago that led me to start this [...]

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Talent & Temperament: Is It All In the Genes?

March 18, 2012

You’re looking at the next generation of Diehl golfers. What will his game hold? This is Nate. Last summer, daddy Graham (#3 in the Diehl Boys lineup) took his boy out for the first time on a golf course. Nate is 6 1/2 and he loves to play sports. I imagine that what was most [...]

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Weddings & Golf – Northwest Montana Style

February 17, 2012

This is my son, John, and my daughter-in-law, Trina, on their wedding day in Kalispell, Montana. I’m missing them so much tonight. Well, every night, really. It’s hard to have one of my boys — a piece of my “Magic Circle” as John once described his brothers and me — clear across the country. It’s [...]

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Rock Idols, Love Stories & Two Writers Talking

February 5, 2012

You’re looking at a phenomenon. Mariam Kobras’ first novel of a 40 year old rock star who reunites with his lost love (and the mother of his son) sold out on Amazon before its official launch. It’s rapidly caught fire and selling well in several countries. And Kobras had never written fiction – or written [...]

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Who Says Golf Isn’t Funny?

February 3, 2012

I swear I do have a funnier side. I saw this You Tube video this morning and have to share it. A routine golf cart patrol turns deadly… “It’s a goddam driving range out here!” “Get those nine-irons up on that bunker!” Seriously, you have to watch this. The Golf War

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How One Letter Led To Writing for Golf Digest

January 29, 2012

Wow. There it was. Tucked in a file of notes, pieces of writing and old magazine covers: The letter I wrote to the late Peter Dobereiner, venerable British golf writer and former columnist for Golf Digest — the letter that led to my first national magazine article. I’m a keeper. I keep everything I think [...]

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Bullying: 3 Stories, 3 Outcomes & 1 Dad

January 25, 2012

I read the news today, oh boy… A father (a police officer) turned his son in after seeing a viral video of his son participating in a beating. ‘I did the right thing as a parent,” he said. Watch the news report I thought about how many parents would not do the right thing. Then [...]

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Can We Put the Brakes On Our Addiction to Hurry?

January 16, 2012

Call this Part 2 of my blog post on not having goals this year. This essay was published in 2004 in The Daily Messenger — and I referred to the “no goals” essay in it. Like that essay, I still feel the same way about slowing life down for more fulfillment and happiness. My trip [...]

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For Some of Us, Life Is Better Without Goals

December 31, 2011

Happy 2012! In January 2000, this essay was published in the Democrat & Chronicle in Rochester, New York. It’s one of my favorites. At the time, this got a half-page spread on the editorial page, accompanied by a large illustration of a locomotive speeding down a track and a woman jumping off. (Wow, you’d never [...]

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