Author: Haven Pell

In addition to being Father’s Day, today is the last day of the United States Open Golf Championship. That is not a coincidence. It always is. The golf we Americans see on television as we nod off on Sunday afternoons is produced by four groups. The Professional Golf Association Tour (PGA Tour) runs the pro […]

The finish line is in sight. This episode will cover the last three courts that I have played: Bayonne, La Bastide Clairance and Radley. I will then throw myself to the mercy of French and English public health bureaucrats for the last three that I haven’t: Urrugne, Bordeaux and Wellington. Covid restrictions will have to […]

The journey continues with a non-tour of the unplayed American courts. Many overseas visitors tour the United States, playing each court in succession over a short period of time and I suppose some Americans do the same, but I never did. Playing lots of courts in short order is more appealing when traveling abroad. We […]

In early February, Bruce Mehlman, of Mehlman Castagnetti Rosen & Thomas, a Washington communications firm,posted his quarterly slide deck.  It is worth a look as my summary gives it less than its due. The theme was trust or rather the lack of it.  Our government is underperforming and not getting away with it. The Congress […]

The mortgage meltdown that would tank world financial markets for the second time in less than a decade was still a year away in the fall of 2007. If you are in the investment management business, as I was during those years, you know these things, as they determine when must be at your desk […]

Would you like to be the role model for a fictional character? Unfortunately, it is not really your choice; much depends on whom the author would like to choose. Kenneth Grahame wrote The Wind in the Willows in 1908, and created the famous Mr. Toad along with Mole, Ratty and Badger. The book is designed […]

The Georgia Department of Public Health has suspended the Medical Center of Elberton in North Georgia from the statewide COVID vaccination program for a period of six months. Since this is a rural area, the residents who might normally look to the Medical Center of Elberton for its COVID vaccinations, will now be required to […]

There were two trips abroad in 2007 and these will result in three stories because one will be solely devoted to Hardwick and its especially colorful history. In late May and early June, I went back to England to play 6 courts that were new to me, two that were not and another that is […]

Likely, the most interesting conversation happening today surrounds the end of the Trump administration. It does not seem like a bold prediction that those who felt betrayed would abandon him as his power waned. That is how people behave. Especially in politics. I am not sure who the long-term thinkers are with respect to the […]