Tennis & Life Camps

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Excuse Making

A friend of mine, who has been a TLC family camper for years, woke up recently with double vision.  This is not normal. The longest three days later, the results of his MRI came back.  Serious maladies were ruled out, but he would need to go to a neurological ophthalmologist to work through it. As […]

Old Dog, New Trick

We say we cannot change. I sometimes wonder whether or not this is true. In our actions.  In our minds.  In our tennis games. Are we not set in our ways by such and such an age that it is too late? Are we not doomed to repeat the same mistakes in our lives and […]

A Simple Act Of Love

“She has a crisis of confidence.” That is what her dad said to me when I told him his daughter had natural talent and could make some breakthroughs that weekend. “Sara” was one of our retreat campers this winter, where we talk about how we can use the Three Crowns • Positive Attitude • Full […]

TLC Blog – Vision

Four years ago today, Steve Wilkinson passed away. Steve “saw” the court better than any person I ever played.  He always was thinking three shots ahead of his opponent.  He set points up methodically, surgically.  If I had a dollar for every time he short-angled me to my backhand, forced me out of my comfort […]

TLC Blog – Tennis and Light (Part 3 of 3)

I have a confession to make. I am Clark Griswold. Yes, that Clark Griswold. Your neighbor who puts up so many holiday lights, the entire neighborhood suffers a brownout each evening at 4:30 when the sun goes down and the lights go on. The neighbor whose house guides airplanes home through the thickest fog, and […]

TLC Blog – Tennis and Light (Part 2)

On this Winter Solstice, the longest night of the year, we all look for the winter days to quit being so long and light to come back. Sometimes all we get is a sliver. But a sliver of light is still light. One of TLC’s cherished adult campers, who still plays six days a week, […]

Tennis and Light (Part 1)

What do Hanukkah and tennis have to do with each other?  It turns out, plenty. A dear friend of my spouse’s and mine is a musical genius.  There is no other way to put it. During our 25 year concert career, he played on many of our 14 recordings and recording release concerts and wove […]

Thanks Given

At TLC, everything we do is centered around giving thanks to others.  It is where everything starts and everything ends.  Everything.  Our daily Thank You Bowl where we draw from the bowl and read each morning thank you notes campers have written for staff and staff have written for campers.  Our random Gratitude Minutes at […]

Relax Your Grip

Have you ever seen someone grip something so hard you swear they are going to burst their muscles, tendons, and blood vessels all at the same time? I have. Over and over. Many campers, particularly adults, appear to be on some sort of secret mission, for which an enemy agent will have to pry their […]


Those who know me best know how competitive I am.  How I, more than anyone I know, need the Three Crowns℠ to focus on what is important.  There was a moment when it all made sense again at the Minnesota State High School League Girls State Tennis Tournament last week. 109 TLC campers participated in […]