Category Archives: Columns

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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Two Scoops — Publisher’s Note

I was sitting on our front porch swing enjoying the cooling temperature of twilight and watching my two 7-year-olds (and the rest of the neighborhood pack they run with) race their bikes round and round the cul-de-sac when the front door opened.  Out came my wife holding the best part of summer in Ohio—two scoops of Graeter’s ice cream. She handed me my bowl of Black Raspberry Chocolate Chip and sat down with her favorite flavor—Toffee Chocolate Chip.  Now, if … Continue reading

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LBWA — Keep Players Coming Back

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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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Applications Open for Green Start Academy

Cary, N.C. – John Deere Golf and Environmental Science, a division of Bayer CropScience LP, today announced the application process for the 9th Annual Green Start Academy (GSA) is open to assistant superintendents in the U.S. and Canada. Assistant superintendents looking to advance their careers, hone their skills in critical areas like labor management and budgeting and meet prominent professionals in the field are encouraged to apply.  GSA will take place on October 15-17 at the Bayer Development and Training … Continue reading

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The Art Of Recognizing Others

Little acts of recognition go a long way.

I  had to go to a Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) hospital this week for some routine care. Most people have heard that the VA is being hammered right now nationally due to alleged dereliction and mishandling of duties at some facilities. So as I entered the facility, I had to wonder about the morale among the staff members who are there to help veterans. As I made my way down the hallway, I took notice of the many veterans, young … Continue reading

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