Tennis Club News
July 4, 2016
"I've often noticed that certain things that happen in life--often the things that are most important--seem to occur without your conscious participation. It's almost as if you are oddly passive, that things just fall into place. Of course you are not completely passive, but whereas life often feels like you're riding a bike with the brakes on--every attempt at progress is met with some kind of resistance--there are instances when you are scarcely aware of having to exert yourself. Destiny is not handed to you on a plate, but sometimes the effort normally demanded by life is replaced by a feeling of ease and grace. You get it in tennis during those strange interludes when you find yourself making strokes in such a way that the distinction between what you have been trying to do and what you are actually doing evaporates and you are just...playing tennis. It happens in writing when the words, which have been coming only grudgingly and haltingly, begin to flow. In both circumstances you know that you are doing it right even though you can't say exactly what it is that you're doing differently."
Otherwise Known as the Human Condition
4th of July. Don't we have some sort of party? Well, yes. The courts are open for pick-up doubles from 10:00 to 4:00. And we have a barbecue. We watch Wimbledon. We hang. We socialize. The party is wicked fun, always.
There is a potluck part to the party: If your last name begins with the letters A-M, please bring fruit or salad; if your last name begins with the letters N-Z, please bring an appetizer or dessert. If your last name begins with the letters Sch, please bring your smile. A contribution will be appreciated but is not necessary. The club's famous mime troupe, the Cascades, may perform.
June is the busiest month here. Tuesday is the busiest day, Thursday second busiest, Monday the least busy. Weekends are busy early, then slow in the afternoon.
Never mind these Shakespeares and famous writers, let us hear from, like, the people:
-What's up with all these puddles? Did it rain?
-Today is Tuesday? You might have mentioned that a little earlier.
-Hello, Tennis Club.
-Hi, are the courts closed?
-Yes, it's pouring out.
-Well, you can cancel my reservation: I don't want to play in the rain.
The club book, the directory, is here. Get yours at the club. (The website has updates on everything including membership. Click on Member Portal.)
The next Round Robin is scheduled for Wednesday, July 13.
Pierce Harman has been around, playing, chatting, and taking some amazing photos. Pierce has posted some terrific shots of members in action. We urge you to take a look at his photos of the club at: Pierce Harman's CTC. And you might take a look at his professional website: Pierce Harman.
Take a look
Men's and Women's Doubles are scheduled for Thursday and Mondays. Sign up on-line under Reserve a Court - Events.
The website has a tradition of blurbing books written by members. Let's try a new feature: club artists with current or upcoming shows.
We invite all club artists to send us info or blurbs on their shows.
Pierce has kindly posted lots and lots of great photos of the tournaments and other club events of last year. You can see, and even download his photos at: Pierce Photos 2014.
A call for contributors: We need some on-the-spot correspondents. Please send us opinions or comments or jokes or observations or pleas. Or stories.
Some links of interest:Rogers Cup
Craig Lambert wrote a must-read article for Harvard Magazine about Bruce Wright's take on the 'high set' stance and movement in tennis. Take a look: High Set The article is accompanied by a separate video demonstrating the technique. High Set Video Thanks, Craig, for sending this nifty technical riff along to us.
The book? Membership for the coming year hasn't been settled, so the book will be a while in the making. In the meantime, the website will be updated as data dribbles in.
We are going to try out a new feature on the newspage. Let's call it The Book Blurb. The Blurb will note books not necessarily about tennis, but authored by CTC members. So, if you members have recently, or maybe not so recently, written a book that you'd like blurbed, please let us know.
Let's start with:
"The fundamental question of information philosophy is cosmological and ultimately metaphysical. What is the process that creates information structures in the universe?" Heady stuff, no?Well, the club's own Bob Doyle who works much magic here behind the scenes tackled this little issue in his book, Free Will: The Scandal in Philosophy. And the club's own Craig Lambert wrote a nifty, readable article for Harvard Magazine on Bob and his place in the free will issue. Take a look at Craig's article,Two Steps to Free Will.
In the midst of renovating garages and ruling vast sectors of cyberspace, Bob Doyle wrote a bit of a magnum opus: Free Will: The Scandal in Philosophy by Bob Doyle. "The fundamental question of information philosophy is cosmological and ultimately metaphysical. What is the process that creates information structures in the universe?"
We have a new book by a club member, Game, Set, Match: Billie Jean King and the Revolution in Women's Sports, by club member, Susan Ware. The book is: A Publishers Weekly Top 10 Sports Book.
We have some new books from club member, Julie Baer:
Love Me Later
Julie Baer presents us with a unique book. Her fantastic artwork depicts nature and people in a special way. -- Bookreviewcafe.com
I Only Like What I Like
"CHILDREN BEWARE –will have you trying the untried, 'cause it's FUN! The collages fill you up to the eyeballs."
Take a look at: William P. Homans, Jr., A Life in Court, by Mark S. Brodin. Bill Homans was a long time member of the club with "a storied legal career." A lot of folks at the club knew and liked Bill. He could tell a story or two, couldn't he?
We want to mention New Classic American Houses, a book by Dan Cooper about the architecture of Albert, Righter, and our own John Tittmann. "New Classic American Houses is an architectural page-turner brimming with creative interpretations of traditional forms."
Hot off the presses, a new book by Faith Moore, Celebrating a Life, Planning Memorial Services and Other Creative Remembrances. "Celebrating a Life" provides the ideas, inspiration, and how-to advice needed for creating a meaningful memorial service. Light-hearted but sensitive, this thoughtful guide covers it all."
While We Were Sleeping by David Hemenway.
"This book powerfully illuminates how public health works with more than sixty success stories drawn from the area of injury and violence prevention."
The Parents We Mean To Be: How Well-Intentioned Adults Undermine Children's Moral and Emotional Development by Rick Weissbourd.
The New Yorker review said, "In this ardent and persuasive inquiry, Weissbourd, a Harvard psychologist, warns that 'happiness-besotted' parents do children a disservice by emphasizing personal fulfillment over empathy."
Some useful links:
Here's a link to the espn site, with pro ranking.
And a club member (let's call him Sol) suggested a link to the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, R.I. The site is rich.
"On the court, tennis players exchange not only ground strokes but lots of information. It's a richly interactive sport, both verbally and non-verbally. If players communicate clearly, simply, and consistently, the game will proceed more quickly, and with less fuss and misunderstanding. Here are a few guidelines that can make the game more fun, friendly, and fair for all...."
We've had some requests to run Craig Lambert's piece, sampled above, on Tennis Communication. (We'd better leave this link up on the newspage permanently.)
The Yearbook link will take you to the last newspage from 2015. From there you can see the whole of the Persistent Archive of last year's news.
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