The Zen of Solitaire

Voice Card  -  Volume 33  -  Suzanne Card Number 16  -  Fri, Sep 30, 1994 10:36 AM

This is a response to VC 32 Drury 4 ("What?")...

In the last issue, Drury expressed her distaste for Solitaire, raking John's 10% theory over the coals yet once more, virtually challenging the game's raison d'etre. The following discussion presents a different view.

Perhaps Solitaire is for some an acquired taste, much like caviar, fine old scotch, raw oysters, squid in any form, or bowling. While for those who have not acquired an appreciation it can seem like a senseless sort of time waster, for others the activity provides a mindless focus which with practice can produce a meditative state, emptying the mind of its laundry list of day-to-day clutter and freeing up space for more interesting thoughts to emerge. It can be a healthful form of relaxation.

Just like bowling isn't the game for everyone, neither is Solitaire. However, please note my recent pronounced change in bowling attitude. Sometimes these things just happen; I certainly can't explain them. But because of this breakthrough personal experience of mine, my optimism for others learning to appreciate the potential benefits of a long-loathed activity has heightened. It wouldn't even surprise me if at some point Drury changed her tune about Solitaire.