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Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

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Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

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April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

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Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

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Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

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April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

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Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

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Jewish World Review August 3, 2007 / 19 Menachem-Av, 5767

Hillbilly golf wins a new fan

By Lori Borgman

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | I have always been too impatient to appreciate golf. For me, it is a sport that is too slow and too quiet. Besides that, no one ever knocks anyone else down.

If you ever find me parked in front of a television watching golf, you can be sure I must be severely depressed.

Mark Twin said, "Golf is a good walk spoiled."

So now I've irritated all the readers who love golf. Well, hold on, because it turns out I was wrong. I just thought I didn't like golf.

Apparently, I do like golf.

We have just returned from a family reunion. After swapping news about kids and jobs and stuffing ourselves silly, somebody announced we were going to play golf hillbilly golf.

Maybe you've seen it. Well, you probably haven't seen Tiger Woods playing it and it probably won't be at the Augusta National, but hillbilly golf is making waves. The game consists of a three rung ladder about 4-feet tall made of PVC pipe. You attach a golf ball to each end of a foot-long cord, making bolas. Competitors, or rather sportsmen and sportswomen as I prefer to call them, toss the bolas trying to loop them over the rungs on the PVC pipe.

There is yelling, hollering, good-natured taunting, golf balls zinging through the air and winding around plastic tubing. This is golf as it should be.

There are even web sites featuring testimonials about hillbilly golf. Most of them say it is ideal for families, reunions, campouts, and RV parks.

Some claim the game is addictive. One testimonial said, "Just got a set four weeks ago and have played it every day since."

Poor guy probably hasn't been to work, taken a shower or fed the dog in nearly a month, but such is the addictive nature of golf.

Hillbilly golf comes on the heels of another outdoor game that also sounds somewhat, well, backwoods and hick cornhole. Cornhole is an outdoor game where you throw a bag filled with "authentic corn kernels" into a 2-by-4-foot box that slopes upward toward the back and has a hole the size of a grapefruit in it.

When I searched cornhole on the internet for specifics, the search engine immediately asked, "Did you mean Cornell?" No, I did not, and I do not know if they know about cornhole at Cornell but they should. Some physics person could probably turn it into a master's project.

The attraction of cornhole is that it can be played with one hand, leaving your other hand free for cold beverages, making it especially popular in summer months and for tailgating.

Cornhole has even made it big overseas. A retired handyman in Washington sent a cornhole game to his grandson serving in Iraq. A few weeks later the entire Kirkuk air base in Northern Iraq was playing cornhole. Before you dismiss cornhole as some hick pastime, you should know that I was at an artist's opening at an art museum and they were playing cornhole on the museum lawn, right next to the catered dinner with the live band.

Being an art museum and all, they might not have called it cornhole, they may have called it "untitled," but they were playing cornhole all the same.

Whatever you call it, you might discover that you like it. The same way I now like golf.

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