Category Archives: A Step Ahead

The Gateway To Adulthood

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I was doing historical research for another column I’ve been working on when I came across an anonymous statement that gave me pause: “People either participated in the 1980s or sat back and watched. Those that engaged it seemed to be trying to recreate the 1950s.”  I was 20 at the very beginning of that era, in 1980. At the threshold to my future, I felt really good about what I was doing, and how I was going about it. … Continue reading

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Three Simple Rules

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The Harmons were proud of their “mom-and-pop” store, which had been in the neighborhood for years. Although it was really nothing more than a convenience store, the customer base was so loyal that the most popular items were always stocked. “Pop” was a fellow named Eddie. As a kid, he bought candy and soda at the very store he now owned. After high school, the place was so run-down that the aged owner sold it to Eddie for a minor … Continue reading

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Connect The Dots

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This world seems to reveal itself to me more each day. I am now at an age when taking a step back sometimes affords me a better view of the larger picture. People may liken this view to a batter in baseball who hits better in his third or fourth year. For him, the “game has slowed down.” He sees the arc of the curveball or the dip of the sinker better than in his younger days. Perhaps he hasn’t … Continue reading

Posted in A Step Ahead, May 2014, Parks and Rec Business | Leave a comment

Living Honorably

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As the rain fell, I sat quietly in church behind my drums, waiting for the cue for the next song (I play in the worship band). A guest speaker, standing at the podium, began to talk of some difficult times and challenges he had faced. He mentioned that there was only one way for him to truly clear his head when problems persisted. “I drive my car to the Metroparks, take a deep breath of fresh air, and immediately start … Continue reading

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Lucky Man

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Pulling into the parking lot piled high with snow at 4:00 a.m., Dane knew that those workers’ vehicles without four-wheel drive would never make it in or out of the valley safely. The park would be closed for the day. Dane called the dispatcher, and she reassured him that she would notify his four workers that plowing would commence the next morning, and they might as well just stay home today and wait out the storm. He knew they would … Continue reading

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