Category Archives: Columns

People Parroting Pets?

See the resemblance?
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It has been widely noted that pets often begin to resemble their owners, sometimes to comedic proportions. Why is that? What is it that will ultimately make me look similar to my 20-pound, mixed Siamese/Maine Coon cat? I personally don’t see the resemblance, although my wife tells me there is a strong likeness if I don’t shave for a couple days. There is actually scientific data to explain this phenomenon.  Stanley Coren, Ph.D.,  professor of psychology at the University of … Continue reading

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Carelessness

He’d been an intern for me for 6 months and a pretty good one at that.  He was punctual.  He stayed current on the news of the day and had an opinion that wasn’t without foundation.  He was courteous and likable and more than a few peers commented that he was, “a really good kid.”  That’s the kind of feedback you like to hear and he’d certainly earned it. Thus when, a few months after he’d completed his internship, I … Continue reading

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LBWA — Launch The Fleet

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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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National Anthem Is 200 Years Old: Sing The Song as It Was Written!

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  This year marks the 200th anniversary of the momentous occasion when Francis Scott Key wrote the poem entitled “Defence of Fort M’Henry” that would eventually be put to music and become the fledgling United States of America’s National Anthem, better known as the “Star-Spangled Banner.” I have often waxed philosophically in this blog about how important music is to us all; how a song from years ago continues to delve up memories each time we hear it.  The Star-Spangled … Continue reading

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Risky Business

As an expert witness called to testify by attorneys in numerous drowning or near-drowning cases, I’ve observed a victim’s family members attempt to ease the pain of losing (or almost losing) a loved one by finding someone to blame. In certain cases, a lifeguard or pool manager failed to perform his or her duties, or a facility didn’t provide a reasonable standard of care, and the finger-pointing is justified. At other times, however, the tragedy is exactly that: a tragedy. … Continue reading

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