July 12, 2005


Today I was trying to remember when I first read Bunker Mulligan. I was happy, and tearful, to find that I had documented the occasion:

The sphere grows every day. You write a post. Maybe someone notices it. Oh, look, a comment. And they've left a link to their own blog. And then you go there and realize that you now have yet another blog you'd like to read every day and you're running out of time in the day.

Shoot. That just happened to me.

Mike left a comment, so I went to his blog and found an amazing post on intelligence. There's so much there, but one tidbit is

To truly be "smart," you must have knowledge and experience. And those must both be broad and eclectic. Knowledge can come from books, but experience only comes from doing something other than reading and writing. Unfortunately, many people feel they can get by with one or the other. I've known some very intelligent people with loads of knowledge who cannot judge distance, hammer a nail, or relate an allegory to anything in their lives. I've known people with years of experience doing things who cannot understand theoretical concepts well enough to capitalize on that experience. The "intellectual elite" fall into the former category.

I started reading his site again from the beginning, and I found one bit that made me smile:

Like Twain, I shy away from organized churches. I've found a better relationship with God on my own. My cathedral has 18 holes, bunkers, tee boxes, water hazards, and greens. I'm closer to God on the golf course than I am sitting in a pew surrounded by people who believe almost the way I do.

If there's a heaven, Bunker's playing golf there every day.

Posted by: Sarah at 11:56 AM | Comments (4) | Add Comment
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1 I was just looking at my blogroll and thought for a moment about removing the link to his site but I could not bring myself to do it. The world is a poorer place without him in it, but thinking of him playing golf in Heaven made me smile. Thanks

Posted by: Cerberus at July 13, 2005 03:26 AM (nzIoS)

2 I haven't been able to take him off bookmarks or the blogfeeds I read, either. I'm still feeling I failed him in some way. Or maybe I just failed in follow through on what he suggested. I know it's silly but I feel I failed a lot of people by not writing on what's needed in education, life, etc. And mayabe that is conceited of me. I don't know but I still feel grief that we are not getting the benefit of his wisdom anymore.

Posted by: Ruth H at July 13, 2005 04:40 PM (o+WT7)

3 Me too, Ruth. I find at least one thing every day that I'd like to hear his opinion on...

Posted by: Sarah at July 13, 2005 04:52 PM (X9WY3)

4 Yeah to all of that. Man, it's funny how you miss a pen pal like that, isn't it? And I haven't been back to the golf course yet, either. God Speed Bunker. Thanks, Sarah: you're a gem. And thanks to your husband for his dedicated service, from a veteran.

Posted by: Paulie at The Commons at July 13, 2005 09:18 PM (4KwiQ)

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