Category Archives: February 2011

Tough Decisions Made Easy(ier)

Most of us have just finished “running the numbers,” which is code for setting the annual budget. If you’re like me, you do this in more than one facet of your life. I run three budgets: PRB Magazine, my family budget and one for my son’s travel baseball team. All of them take lots of time, lots of thought and lots of compromise – and none of them come into compliance without a fight. As you well know, a big … Continue reading

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The Great Neighborhood Initiative

The street lights start to blink awake as the sun slowly sets; there is just enough time to catch one of the early fireflies, or a quick game of hide-and-go-seek before the street lights declare it’s time for all kids to head home. The moms of these kids don’t know exactly where their children are or what they are doing, but they do know that they will be home soon, and if they were up to something mischievous, a parent … Continue reading

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A Cup Of Coffee

We are a country of coffee drinkers, although I am not among them. Americans collectively drink 400-million cups of Joe each day. Our national drink is served in almost every concession stand in the country, from golf courses to ball parks. It is not a benign beverage, however. While we often focus on trying to ”green up” the type of cups in which coffee is served, the real culprit is in the source of the coffee. Because we live in … Continue reading

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Connect The Dots

Many organizations–including parks and recreation agencies–will soon face a major shift in staffing due to the “Baby Boomer effect” and the “Generation X and Generation Y effect.” The baby boomers have retirement in their sights, and will be leaving organizations in record numbers. While it has been common for boomers and older-generation employees to stay in agencies long-term, the Generation X and Generation Y effect will make this a thing of the past. These employees are looking to build skills … Continue reading

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A Rewarding Experience

The next time a parent gives you an earful about how your program operates, be thankful. That’s right … thankful. Admittedly, overseeing a youth-sports program comes with a truckload of frustration, but it’s also an enormous privilege to be at the helm of something that has so many life-changing consequences for children. I was reminded of just how lucky recreation professionals are here in the United States while on a recent trip abroad. I do quite a bit of traveling–but … Continue reading

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