Category Archives: Columns

Give “Hondo” A Hand

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Al “Hondo” Handy had only been with the OceanCity (Md.) Recreation and Parks Department for two months when he was asked to coach the department’s all-star team in a basketball tournament in nearby Salisbury.  At the time, he wasn’t coaching—he had started working at the department midway through the season—but he was refereeing games and impressed everyone with his knowledge and demeanor with the kids. After weeks of practice, Handy was sure his team was ready to compete—until the players … Continue reading

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Excellence Equals Inclusion

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In early August, I was informed that my division had achieved the Excellence in Procurement award from the National Procurement Institute. It was the fourth consecutive year that we won this award, and that prompted many calls and letters from other agencies in public buying. In response to questions of how we consistently achieved such honors, I explained that it was critical how we presented ourselves to the judges. That was half the battle in being recognized. As an example, … Continue reading

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Are You In The Crazy Column? — Publisher’s Note

I was standing at our kitchen island packing my lunch and mentally organizing my day when I heard my older 7-year-old daughter say to her twin sister, “Isabel. I’m in the crazy column!” Isabel didn’t look up—she kept her head bent over her cereal bowl and said, “I know Julia!” with as much disdain and boredom as she could muster. Normally, any conversation between the twins is purely background noise—taking second place to the rush to get all seven of … Continue reading

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Being Grateful For What I Have

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It is easy to forget about the little things  in life that really count and to be grateful for them. Thanksgiving is the time of year when we highlight the things for which we are grateful, but what are those things, really? I guess in this season of thanks, I am grateful for the things I have: a good family who is there for each other when it’s needed; I have a home, income, an active life of activities, a … Continue reading

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The Freshman Five: The First Chapter Of Adulthood

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So we’re visiting college campuses lately.  The final fledgling is getting ready for his solo flight from the mothership beginning fall 2015. It has all the same feel as before; mom is worried about him going it alone, grandma is reminding me about things I need to “cover” with him before he’s out on his own, brothers and sisters feel the need to tell me that he should commute to college and live at home because “he’s just too young for … Continue reading

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