Introductions to Religioins of the World

by Roy M. Barineau, Ph. D. on May 9, 2014

Introductions to Religions of the World

Baha’i

Buddhism

The Chinese Religions of Taoism and Confucianism

Christianity

Hinduism

Islam

Jainism

Judaism

Primal or Local Religions:

Native American and Native African

Shinto

Sikhism

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The Hucks Through The Years

by Roy M. Barineau, Ph. D. on December 11, 2013

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The Hucks Through the Years

 

Hucks 1994 Quincy Earliest Surviving Picture of the Hucks taken at Quincy Golf and Country Club, 1994

 

The Hucks gathered for play on the 80th birthday of Roybob's father, 2004 The Hucks Gathered for Play at Golden Eagle on the 80th Birthday of Roybob’s Father, 2004

 

The Hucks, c. 2005 The Hucks Gathered for Play at Golden Eagle, c. 2005

 

The Hucks' Cup, Indian Bayou Golf Club, Destin, FL, 2006 The Hucks’ Cup, Indian Bayou Golf Club, Destin, FL, 2006

 

The Hucks Cup, Indian Bayou Golf Club, Destin, FL, 2007 The Hucks’ Cup, Raven Golf Club, Destin, FL, 2007

 

Roybob's Fiftieth Birthday, 2008 The Hucks after Play at Golden Eagle on Roybob’s Fiftieth Birthday, 2008

 

A few Hucks gathered for a reunion, c. 2008 A Few Hucks Gathered for a Homecoming, c. 2008

 

The Hucks' Dash for Cash, 2010 The Hucks’ Dash for Cash, 2010

 

The Hcuks at a farewell gathering, 2013 The Hcuks at a Farewell Gathering, 2013

 

The Hucks' Dash for Cash, 2013 The Hucks’ Dash for Cash, 2013

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Book Review: Funny (but true) Golf Anecdotes

by Roy M. Barineau, Ph. D. on August 12, 2013

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Book Review: Funny (but true) Golf Anecdotes: about Tiger, Phil, Bubba, Rory, Rickie, Jack, Arnie, and all the rest.

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Dick Crouser, Funny (but true) Golf Anecdotes, Meadowbrook Press, New York, 2012.

The title describes the book. Crouser presents eighty-three pages worth of short golf stories relating to many of golf’s famous names. Some anecdotes are more humorous than others, but there were enough funny ones for me to me to award the book a full sleeve of balls. I included some “shorties” in my own book, and here are a few of my favorite “shorties” from Crouser’s book.

“Pro-Am Strategy”

Donna Caponi was playing with a sportswriter in an alternate-shot match. She would “hit a booming tee shot”; the sportswriter would scuff the next shot into the woods. She would “hit out of the woods onto the green”; he would putt “off the green into the water.” After several holes of similar frustrations, “she hit a big drive that stopped just in front of a water hazard. ‘What should I do here?’ he asked. ‘Whiff it,’ she said.”

“A Tough Golf Course

Robert Trent Jones was never the pro golfer’s favorite architect, because many felt that Jones had something against a golfer being able to shoot par. Jimmy Demaret, one of Jones’s severest critics, ran into him once and said, ‘Saw a course you’d really like the other day, Trent. On the first tee, you take a penalty drop.”

“Faldo’s Pricey Present

Nick Faldo had just won the biggest purse of his life – a cool $1 million – and was feeling generous when he asked his wife if there were anything she’d like to have. ‘A divorce,’ she said. ‘I wasn’t thinking of anything quite that expressive,’ Faldo replied.”

“How Slow is Sakura Yokomine?

LPGA star Christina Kim has never been known for keeping her opinions to herself. After learning she wouldn’t have to play behind Japanese player Sakura Yokomine during the final round of the U.S. Women’s Open, Kim said, ‘Phew. I’m glad… She’s slower than trying to bake a pie with a lighter.’”

“Maltbie’s Last-Round Comeback

The thrill and drama of the last-round comeback has made tournament golf a huge spectator draw. Palmer, Ncklaus, Woods, love, Faldo – they’ve all done it. Roger Maltbie has, too, although he didn’t seem to possess the supreme confidence golf miracles normally require. Ten strokes back entering the last round of an Andy Williams tourney, he was asked what he’d have to shoot to win. ‘The rest of the field,’ he said.”

“Slow-Play Disease

The curse of the public golf course is slow play – the six-hour round. But even a few pros suffer from slow-play disease. Like Bernhard Langer, according to some. He and Lee Trevino were paired for a round in 1992, and as Trevino was coming off the 18th green, he was asked to comment on Langer’s new beard: ‘He was clean-shaven when we teed off.’”

If you are looking for a few laughs related to the game of golf, I recommend Funny (but true) Golf Anecdotes: about Tiger, Phil, Bubba, Rory, Rickie, Jack, Arnie, and all the rest.

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Book Review: The World’s Only Collection of Great Golf Poetry

by Roy M. Barineau, Ph. D. on May 23, 2013

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Book Review: The World’s Only Collection of Great Golf Poetry

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M. R. Henderson, The World’s Only Collection of Great Golf Poetry, Aldis Publishing Co., Los Angeles, 2007.

The very title of the book reveals the sarcastic nature of its author, M. R. Henderson. There are, of course, many books containing golf poetry, but his is “The World’s Only Collection of Great Golf Poetry” [emphasis added]. Having given up on golf, Henderson is described as “a retired mental patient” who “works tirelessly to educate children about the nature of golf, and how it can destroy self-esteem and ruin lives.”

The book is very small and very short. The poetic style is interesting. On occasion, Henderson launches into what the reader assumes to be a climb towards a lofty linguistic treat only to plummet rapidly into dark, vile, bitter satire. Here are a couple of my favorites.

A Man Once Said


A man once said of golf
it is not whether you win
or whether you lose
but it is, in truth,
how you play the game
That man was a fucking idiot

 

The Birdie


Like whiskey to an alcoholic,

the birdie keeps a bad golfer coming back
again and again and again
“Hey, remember that birdie?” he asks
again and again and again
When a golfer lies in bed at night
he does not remember the hideous slice,
or long string of triple bogeys
Only the birdie, so sweet, so sweet
A steadfast example of his true skill
And if he should ever score an eagle,
call his wife so that she may divorce him
and at least salvage her life

If you are looking for lofty, inspiring, edifying golf poetry, do not look in this book.  If, however, you appreciate golf poetry that is facetious, acerbic, and sarcastic, this may be the book for you.  Unfortunately, there is not a lot of poetry here.  The book is a very brief read.  Also, unfortunately, Henderson does not yet have a way to distribute the book.  Perhaps, that will come.  I m awarding two out of three balls to M. R. Henderson’s The World’s Only Collection of Great Golf Poetry.

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Book Review: Zen Golf: Mastering the Mental Game

May 6, 2013

Roybob’s Book on Golf: The Hucks, A Golfer’s Divine Comedy, and a Religious Philosophy of Golf Book Review: Zen Golf: Mastering the Mental Game See Roybob’s Ball Rating System Joseph Parent, Zen Golf: Mastering the Mental Game, Doubleday, New York, 2002. All the major religions of the world have divisions and subdivisions, and Buddhism, the [...]

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Book Review: The Story of Golf

December 27, 2012

Roybob’s Book on Golf: The Hucks, A Golfer’s Divine Comedy, and a Religious Philosophy of Golf Book Review: Story Of Golf See Roybob’s Ball Rating System George Peper, The Story of Golf, TV Books, New York, 1999. The Story of Golf emerged as the companion volume to a PBS documentary (2000) of the same name. [...]

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Book Review: Buddha Plays 18

December 26, 2012

Roybob’s Book on Golf: The Hucks, A Golfer’s Divine Comedy, and a Religious Philosophy of Golf Book Review: Buddha Plays 18 See Roybob’s Ball Rating System Edward Sarkis Balian, Buddha Plays 18, Second Edition, Silver Sky Publishing, Encinitas, California, 2011. The Buddha Plays 18 is an interesting book which, to some degree, resembles part of my [...]

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Book Review: Missing Links

December 20, 2012

Roybob’s Book on Golf: The Hucks, A Golfer’s Divine Comedy, and a Religious Philosophy of Golf Book Review: Missing Links See Roybob’s Ball Rating System Rick Reilly, Missing Links, Random House, New York, 1996. The Ponkaquogue Municipal Golf Links and Deli was named by Golf  Ilustrated as “possibly the worst golf course in America,” but it [...]

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Roybob’s Book on Golf Now Available Through Barnes and Noble

December 7, 2012

Roybob’s Book on Golf is Now Available Through Barnes and Noble Roybob’s Book on Golf: The Hucks, A Golfer’s Divine Comedy, and a Religious Philosophy of Golf

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Roybob’s Book on Golf Is Now Available on Kindle

October 19, 2012

Roybob’s Book on Golf is Now Available on Kindle Roybob’s Book on Golf: The Hucks, A Golfer’s Divine Comedy, and A Religious Philsophy of Golf

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