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The Ping Pong Microcosm

    Recently I have experienced a rather depressing phenomenon, something extraordinary for me in that I had not been through something like this that keeps on repeating.  It’s this:  I find myself ahead in a game, maybe 8-3 or 9-3 – in other...

Moaning and Bemoaning

Maybe I live in another world, another time.  I got a friend who has started calling me Retro Man, but I don’t care.  I know I can’t bring back Whitney Reed (and amateur tennis from the late 50's), but I can’t identify with any of these keh-zillionaires on those grass...

Ping Pong Advice For the Forlorn

    I play well against the moribund, the sclerotic, the prepubertal and just about all the cachexic gomers I meet.  But I don’t do so hot against people who can actually hit the ball back to me with some consistency.   Between you and...

The Story of Job

   Recently, after the group met for our weekly session, it occurred to me that maybe my insistence on Pongers playing a certain way – MY WAY – was not the Right Way.   Maybe My Way Or The Highway is not the most prudent or tactful approach...

Don’t Worry Be Happy – Part III

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is, as it’s name suggests, is a form of talk therapy which combines elements of thinking (cognitive) and behavioral disciplines.  It grew out of behavioral theories as developed by John Watson and B.F. Skinner, and the cognitive...

Don’t Worry, Be Happy – Part II

     In Part I we met the “hole puncher” – my emotionally intense goombah who took fist to wall when things weren’t proceeding … shall we say, swimmingly.   Now I’ll introduce you to another example of a guy with ‘control’ issues but with...

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