“What The Dickens” Does That Mean?

Joseph Heller coined the term in his 1961 novel Catch-22, which describes absurd bureaucratic constraints on soldiers in World War II.
canstockphoto18257208

Last week I was standing in line at the local electronic gadgetry store waiting to buy yet another device to make my life more complicated and I got into a conversation with a lady in front of me. We were lamenting the days before smart phones, tablets, laptops and all the other “communication” devices that have supplemented, or maybe replaced, face-to-face conversation, especially in the younger generation. I commented to her that all this world-wide communication was a “fool’s paradise.” “What … Continue reading

Posted in Parks and Rec Business, Special Website Content, The Week-Ender | 8 Comments

Simply Satisfying

How do you find happiness?
canstockphoto21978043

It’s been about 2 months since Robin Williams decided he didn’t want to hang around earth anymore. Seems the whole nation mourned his passing and rightfully so. He was part of the fabric of our lives. He gave us great escape, great examples, great memories. I recall the impact of the Dead Poets Society line when he told his class of young budding gentlemen to “seize the day.” For 10 years afterwards, those words showed up everywhere you looked. “Carpe diem,” was engraved and pasted on … Continue reading

Posted in Parks and Rec Business, Special Website Content, The Week-Ender | 5 Comments

A Recipe For Successful Youth Programming

Photo: © Can Stock Photo Inc./stevanovicigor

Appetizers I cannot count the number of times my colleagues and I have come up with a great idea for a new program, camp, or class and then watched staff members struggle to turn our vision into reality. After one or two failed attempts, they often revert to some of the more tried-and-true standbys. For example, a company I worked with planned elaborate theme-based summer day-camp programs, complete with activity schedules, materials lists, and instructions for each and every project, … Continue reading

Posted in Issues, October 2014, Parks and Rec Business, PRB Top Stories | 1 Comment

PERC Donates Equipment To Yellowstone

canstockphoto8799773

WASHINGTON – Yellowstone National Park is reducing waste and greenhouse gas emissions through a donation from the Propane Education & Research Council. PERC’s donation includes a propane-powered Exmark zero-turn mower, 11 mower cylinders, three Generac portable propane generators, one Generac standby generator, and a 12-cylinder capacity storage cage. PERC is also donating refillable Manchester Tanks and a cylinder refill unit to the park, which will enable Yellowstone to reduce small cylinder waste from campers through a first-of-its-kind program. “Yellowstone is committed … Continue reading

Posted in Insider Access, Parks and Rec Business, Special Website Content | Leave a comment

Live More, Play More

Photos Courtesy of Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission

While growing up, my personal experience of playground fun was swaying on tall swings that took me up towards the sky. Then my friends and I would race to the huge metal slide for even more fun! Every day after school we would run to this special place: we could be independent, make our own rules, play pretend games, make new friends, or see old ones—it was a real social meeting place.  Indoor Vs. Outdoor Well, in the intervening years … Continue reading

Posted in Issues, October 2014, Parks and Rec Business, PRB Top Stories | Leave a comment
Business Services

ParksNReviews

Central Park of Haines City

351 total RV sites, 13 pull-thrus for RV’s up to 45 ft, average lot size 30′ x 60′; full hookups, sites include concrete pad and picnic table, large clubhouse, RV supplies, bocce ball, darts, billiards, crafts, entertainment, exercise classes, church [...] More