Monday, June 15, 2009

There Is No Shortage of Addictions at Prairie Winds Golf Course

There are a countless number of addictions that can claim a hold over our lives and alter our professional success, financial standing, and even relationships with other people. Some addictions may seem harmless, or even beneficial, on the surface. People who are devoted to exercise may find an inescapable pull to go to the gym for hours every day. Or, concerning an addiction to which I perhaps can relate a bit more, those with an utter devotion to golf cannot imagine a sunny Saturday morning that is not spent with a club in hand. What’s wrong with either one of these scenarios? The truth is, even healthy pastimes can become dangerous if time with family is compromised, other responsibilities are not met, or injuries are ignored.

Of course, there are also the addictions that we more typically view as dangerous—drugs, alcohol, sex, overeating, etc. We all know the dangers of getting caught up with any of these activities and there are support groups available for people who are struggling to break free from the chains of such unhealthy lifestyles.

No matter the type of addiction, putting yourself in a positive environment and surrounding yourself with a supportive network of friends is crucial. For those of you who have read one or more of my books, do you think that the Prairie Winds Golf Course and its regulars would be helpful to someone who is trying to get his life in order? There is no doubt that quite a few of my characters are struggling with some of those so-called monkeys on their back. From drinking to obesity to dangerous sexual practices, it is difficult to keep track of the addictions present in just one location.

If you haven’t already, I hope you will read Lifetime Loser, Finish Line, and Tuey’s Course and discover the all-too-human personalities who spend their time on the fictional golf course I created.

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