What is the history of miniature golf?
In these days of gender sensitivity, it is interesting to note that miniature golf had its beginnings as a lady's sport.
If you played stickball as a child, then you followed along a tradition that goes back to the 13th century and perhaps beyond. There are records of the Dutch playing a game where a leather ball was hit in order to reach a target several hundred yards away. The player who succeeded with the fewest strokes won.
Although the origins of the television set are kind of sketchy, there is one thing for sure: It helped bring back the visual element of Vaudeville-style entertainment that was lost to radio. Dancers, dog acts, and dangerous acrobatics, didn't fare well on radio, so many such acts faded away, along with "sketch comedy," a fast-moving style of madness that was lost to the half-hour situation comedy format.
Public libraries are quiet places to introduce your grandchildren to the great events and thoughts of history. Show them that books don't have to be read on little screens or recharged. Let the kids pick out books that interest them and share your thoughts and experiences regarding that subject. Borrow some videos of old shows and documentaries and discuss them. Libraries often have special programs, contests, and author presentations for children. Check out your local library!
Let us drift back in time to when you first learned to drive. Forget the panicked look on your instructor's face and think about the feeling of freedom you had as you anticipated going where you wanted when you wanted. Ah, the dreams of youth!
There is another dream driving automotive engineers, entrepreneurs, and expectant techies in the 21st century: self-driving cars. Somewhere between 2018 and 2020, they would be available to the public. Ooops. It turns out that mimicking the nuances of human drivers is a lot more difficult than first thought.
Remember your sense of freedom when you passed the driver’s test and got that coveted license? Suddenly, with keys in hand, you were no longer dependent on others to take you where you wanted to go. It is no wonder then, that taking away a license can be heartbreaking for both the driver and those forced to revoke it, says geriatrician Roopa Anmolsingh, MD.
“There’s a well-defined entry point for starting to drive, but there’s no exit point that tells you when you should stop driving,” says Anmolsingh, of St. Luke’s Senior Care Associates. “I always get asked if driving is a right or a privilege. Regardless, we know it’s very important for a person’s self-esteem and independence. It provides a sense of freedom.”
It’s summertime, and many thoughts turn to sports: baseball, basketball, tennis, ultimate Frisbee, and Disc Golf, to name a few. But have your thoughts ever turned to Pickleball?
Perhaps you’ve never heard of Pickleball, but it has been a fast-growing sport since its creation in 1965. Although it has a funny name, Pickleball is a world-wide phenomenon — there are over 2,000,000 Pickleball enthusiasts in the United States alone. It can be played through community groups, PE classes, retirement communities, senior centers, schools — anywhere there is enough space and some simple equipment. It’s a simple game for the whole family, so don’t you think it’s time to join in the fun?