Tennis & Life Camps

Thanksgiving. Cheating, Bitterness, and Understanding

I have been having a series of conversations recently with someone whose ideology I have deeply and bitterly opposed . Just as they have deeply and bitterly opposed mine. Throughout the course of these conversations, I have discovered that as I have stopped pushing or saying internally “What is the matter with you, anyway???”, and […]

TLC and Carjacking

A year ago today, I was carjacked. I made mistakes and miscalculations. I was on my way to play tennis at 6:30 AM on a Sunday. My first mistake was giving a ride to two 20-year-olds who appeared in our driveway on that rainy November morning with the temperature hovering around 35 degrees.  I felt […]

The Arc of Tennis, The Arc of Life

There is an arc to every career.  And to every tennis player.  To every society.  And to every life. At some point, as a singer/songwriter, whether or not Leandra and I decided to “retire” (which we did seven years ago) from performing publicly as a duo, our audience would have faded away.  It is never […]

Visualize This (Part II)

Ok, I was Mr. Cranky Pants devil’s advocate two weeks ago on my first blog on visualizing.  Or, rather, on visualization’s limits. So, this week I will argue against my last week’s blog. And you will see why living in my mind makes your life seem so much better. Last week’s blog (click here to […]

Visualize This

When Bianca Andreescu pulled off her amazing U.S. Open finals victory over Serena Williams, and was undaunted by William’s comeback in the second set, she explained it by saying she was not ruffled because she had visualized winning the U.S. Open her whole life (nineteen is a whole life???) and continued to focus on that.  […]

I Want To Serve Like She Does

A girl showed up at station drills (our optional time for campers to work on their stroke of choice) who had an absolute bomb of a serve.  One of the most beautiful, fluid motions I’ve ever seen.  The racket drop on edge down the back and acceleration looked like a gift from above.  Seamless and […]

It Happened Again, And Again. And Again…

Last night, our second junior camp of the week, we were closing the opening program in the dorm.  I looked out at the campers and gave the announcements of the expectations of being a camper at TLC.  I had finished, or thought I had finished, when I said aloud to myself, “What am I forgetting?”  (You […]

When No One Is Watching

It happened yesterday when one of our supervisors, unbeknownst to the entire staff, saw rain coming; and came out to the courts early to make sure the ball carts stored in our outdoor tower (which was currently leaking because of a caulking seal failure) were covered by tarps.  Nobody else thought to do it, including […]

It Takes A Village To Raise A Schedule

I made a mistake. It cost (I totaled it) 490 people minutes.  That’s a full eight-hour day for one person. I discovered it yesterday.  Actually, I didn’t discover it.  My supervisory staff did. I did not check the schedule carefully enough, and so incoming campers were going to get schedules with all incorrect times. Our […]

Positive Attitude: What In The World Does That Mean?

I woke up yesterday with deep anxiety.  It is not an unusual occurrence.  Some days it happens and some days it does not.  It may have a trigger that trips it, or an upcoming event.  Or it may be completely random.  As in, “Where in the world did that come from?” I now know where […]