Thursday, November 6, 2008


In the last couple of years, I've started to play a little bit of squash. My undergraduate university is a champion squash school, but I never went up into the courts until years after graduating. I barely saw a football game there, too, because I was always competing in my own sport. That was rowing, which has proven a little tough to keep up since college, except for a stint in Los Angeles when I rowed out of the UCLA boathouse, and for a couple of years in England in grad school.

I have the great privilege of telling people about Jesus for my job, and listening to folks as they work through what Christianity means or simply help them deal with the concerns life brings. And it's always nice to meet up for a meal or coffee. Jesus did that, having pretty significant conversations while sharing food. But the occupational hazard is eating two lunches or having a superabundance of coffee in the day. Then going home to the good food that my wife (shall she have a pseudonym on this blog? Perhaps the Authoress will do, perhaps not. The comments will tell me).

Anyway, some guys find it hard to sit down to chat, which suits me fine. So I like to play squash with men I meet in the church's "More to Life" Wall Street Ministry. Some men who are laid off work actually have time in the middle of the day to do this. So I am playing squash, and trying to keep fit that way, while enjoying the conversations. It's also a confidence booster for these guys, because I have won a total of two games in my entire squash career. See video link for the Two Ronnies on beginner's luck, which I haven't yet had!


Ran Barton said...

Cliff - I am delighted that you're going to be writing on the net. We'll all be the richer for it. Feel free to call the missus any name you want here, but keep it clean. Think of the children.

Clifford Swartz said...

Ran, You're always a great source of encouragement and wisdom! Do you keep a blog? If so, what is the address?
Are you still basking in the glow of the Phillies victory, or do thoughts already turn to next year?

Honor and Lynn said...

Glad to see you out in cyberspace. About the "what shall you call her?" question, has she weighed in on this? Here is my 2 cents: I trip over Authoress in reading it. Personally, I'd rather see these alternatives for the future life of your, playwright, The Published One, or perhaps She Who Has Been Published, or lastly perhaps MOMC (mother of my children).

Ran Barton said...


I do keep a teeny, tiny blog, here:

I will be basking in the glow of the Phillies for the next 15 years, I suspect.

Cheers, Ran

Clifford Swartz said...

Ran, I can't seem to figure out how to comment on your blog, so here's a quick note to a post in yours regarding oil. A man in our congregation wrote a book about the topic ( in case that is of interest, either to read the book or the blog.
Interesting how many translations to your family motto -- very different meanings across the spectrum! - Cliff