Category Archives: June 2011

Follow The School Model

Have you ever stood on the tee at a local charity golf event with trembling hands and a jack-hammering heart, fearing how ridiculous you would look swinging the club and never connecting with the ball? Now think about a 6-year-old child with a bat in his hands in the local recreation program, struggling to put the bat on the ball while chants from the opposing team of “Hey, batter, batter … swing!” surround him. His confidence fades with each swing … Continue reading

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Revelations By Ron

Two guys were sitting at a table next to my wife and me as we drank our Saturday morning coffee. All of us marveled at the snow accumulating outside, grateful for the hot brew warming us. This quiet coffee shop, where we spend an hour most weekends, is filled with an eclectic group of locals seemingly on the same mission: to catch up with each other’s lives and remember the importance of some “down time.” The banter was generally light, … Continue reading

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Training

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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This-N-That

Relay The Message Hi Ron, I just had the opportunity to read your article, “A Plea to Parents,” in PRB (January 2011). I just want to tell you what an excellent article you wrote and wish every parent could read. As a parent of three boys and a high-school varsity hockey coach, I couldn’t agree with you more. Kids today need to be involved with additional activities besides school or they find other opportunities to occupy their time, some of … Continue reading

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40-For-40

Tomorrow is my wife’s 40th birthday, which means we have both entered our fourth decade. As a way to celebrate this dubious achievement, I’ve created the 40-for-40 club. It has two members and one goal –- to have 40 new experiences in one year. These experiences don’t have to be earth-shattering things like travel to China, meet the president, or run a marathon. Instead, I’m looking at more simple and meaningful things like drive in a convertible, go dancing, eat … Continue reading

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