And while that was very satisfying, I always was writing articles for various magazines and newspapers on the side.

And then I began doing this column (“A Step Ahead”) for Parks & Rec Business magazine, and I began to grow a base of support from professionals who admired and sought out my essays and work.

Some of my essays began to appear in PRB’s sister magazine, Camp Business, as well. We gathered those essays and produced a book (“A Step Ahead; Collected Essays of Ron Ciancutti”).

The response from the book initiated the idea of a blog, and that is how I have come to communicate twice a month with this audience through The Week-Ender.

So what’s the punch line? Can I forgive myself for not having the sure path and clairvoyant vision of my selected peers? Did my lack of specific direction mar my dedication to a life of complete satisfaction?

Well, I think not.

I very much appreciate and love my job with the Park District, and that gives me a lot of professional satisfaction. The writing I do satiates the part of me that always wanted to shape lives, provide direction and add beauty to other’s lives.

I pondered all of this as I was walking my dog this morning (my fifth dog since the continuous line began when I was 8 years old). I smiled with satisfaction as I unleashed him and put him in the back yard and closed the gate behind me this morning.

The character I’d been seeking…was me.

I dropped into my little VW Jetta and decided to open the roof all the way today—sure, it was cool outside, but look at the many beautiful colors of the falling leaves!

Ron Ciancutti is the Purchasing Manager for Cleveland Metroparks. He is not on Facebook, but he can be reached at

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2 comments on “Surely

  1. You forgot to mention the sure hands of parents – How fast they can change a diaper or put an infant into a car seat. I was surprised to find myself so awkward again when child #2 was born, but that sureness did come back…and now is gone again.

    Did being a parent derail me from having the career I was meant to have? Or am I doing exactly what I was supposed to be doing all along? Hmmm…

  2. Dan Downey on said:

    When I was in school, the Beatles were coming on the scene and I wanted to be a drummer in a world-famous rock band.

    Then later the focus was to be “Ranger Dan” with the National Parks Service.

    Well, here I am some 20-plus years later working in the world of the design, sales and construction of children’s playground equipment. I don’t remember there being a course of study or a specific degree for that in school. It has not been without challenges at times; however, when the ribbons get cut on the new facilities and you see the smiles on the faces of the children and their families…nothing can beat that!

    Thanks for your weekend articles. They are great.
    Dan Downey

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