Category Archives: December 2010

Little Steps

Midway through my first semester of high school, I learned I was moving. My father was taking a new job in Cleveland. I would be attending an all-male, Jesuit school. It was a bit of an adjustment. First, there was the “all-male” thing. I had discovered that I actually quite liked girls. Second, there was the skill set problem. I had concentrated my pre-high school efforts on playing sports in my yard, listening to country music, reading Louis L’Amour, fishing … Continue reading

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Field Notes Hayward Pool Products announces Gina Harris has been promoted to District Sales Manager, as a member of the Southern California Region. Harris previously served as Retail Specialist for Hayward for over nine years. Sport Resource Group has launched a new customer-friendly Web site ( It features a variety of categories and products which customers said will help them with research. UV disinfection specialist Aquionics named Oliver Lawal as its new President. Lawal was promoted from the position of … Continue reading

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Looking For Integrity?

My, what the last few years have wrought: a self-serving LeBron James, a cheating Tiger Woods and a scheming Pat Riley. We witnessed a comeback-hungry Whitney Houston, a battered Rihanna and an obscenity from Joe Biden. We buried a pitiful Gary Coleman, a reformed Dennis Hopper and a forever-youthful Jimmy Dean. We saw an irrepressible George Steinbrenner face a bottom-of-the-ninth-inning challenge that money could not change; may his pioneer spirit rest in peace. Brett Favre waffled and Charlie Sheen went … Continue reading

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An Even Playing Field

Why do teachers get paid a debatably decent salary, but most coaches are not paid at all? I understand the argument that many times coaches are Billy Jones’s father or a mother who volunteers, but why not pay him or her? Coaches spend on average 80 hours during a typical season not only in coaching but putting up with all types of abuse from parents and dealing with kids (some of whom whine and complain because they don’t want to … Continue reading

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Squeak Loudly And Forget The Stick

Editor’s Note: This column, “LBWA” (Leadership By Wandering Around), is based on the premise that, in order to find out what’s going on in the field, a parks and rec leader has to leave his or her desk and “wander around” the area of operations, talk to people, ask questions, and kick around ideas with the individuals in the thick of delivering services to the public. So the author will bring up issues and ask the leaders among the readership … Continue reading

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