Category Archives: Insider Access

Boston Lights Exposition 2014


Now in its third year, Boston Lights Exposition 2014 is a biennial event taking place on Thursday, September 18, 2014 from 11:00 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Boston Marriott Copley Place Hotel.  Guests have the opportunity to attend AIA accredited seminars – such as those by renowned lighting experts Keith Bradshaw and John Curran – conveniently scheduled throughout the day.   Admission to Boston Lights Exposition 2014 is free, however registration is required. Attendees may register online or day of show.  … Continue reading

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Rehearse and Redo – Making Sure They Really Get It

I try not to hover. Parenting is a constant challenge to balance restriction and freedom. On the restriction side, I want to provide appropriate boundaries, offer wise guidance and coach my boys to success. On the freedom side, I want them to explore, make mistakes and get a little banged up. As 11-year-old Scotty’s mother encourages him to do in the movie The Sandlot, “Run around, scrape your knees, get dirty. Climb trees, hop fences. Get into trouble, for crying … Continue reading

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The One Secret to Smashing Stress You Haven’t Tried

Don't let stress steal our peace.

Did you sleep well last night? Not in cliched terms, like logs and babies, but real, restful sleep? Or did you toss and turn, unable to silence your frazzled mind long enough to let go of worry for eight short hours so you could face today fresh and rested? Stress is largely a self-created state of mind. It starts simply: the need to do ‘just a little more’ to keep up, to stay a step ahead, to finish our tasks … Continue reading

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Contracting For Maintenance Services


In recent years, most parks and recreation agencies have had to deal with the economic realities of reduced revenue and higher personnel costs. On the recreation side, program fees and charges can be revised, and/or programs can be eliminated or given to other service providers to close budget shortfalls. However, on the parks side—which is charged with maintaining the amenities, facilities, and landscape—raising additional revenue can be problematic. As a result, many agencies either are considering or have started to … Continue reading

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Guarantee Animal Encounters

Photo Courtesy of Quinta Mazatlan

Many years ago, I had the opportunity to visit Tanzania in East Africa and view the famous Serengeti annual migration, the largest and longest overland migration on earth. In earlier times, visitors brought home trophies of the “Big 5,” but fortunately today most leave with only photographs of the beautiful African elephant, Cape buffalo, leopard, rhinoceros, and lion. The first stop in Tanzania was an inner-city park designed to educate the local children and families on the importance of protecting … Continue reading

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