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Making Positive Memories

Growing up, Rick Bruya’s sports participation was packed with fun, learning, and character-building experiences. And—as it turned out—a career-shaping one too.  From the stinging disappointment of not making an all-star team as a 10-year-old after earning a coveted spot the year before, to capping his senior season of high school football with a state championship, Bruya’s wide-ranging experiences were the perfect backdrop for launching him into the field of recreation. These days, he savors his role in guiding youngsters of … 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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Publisher’s Note–Animal Magnetism

In high school and college, I developed what I felt was a sure-fire recipe for dating success – combine pure animal magnetism with a dash of hope/patience and, throw in a bit of foolish bravado. Basically, I put out my “vibe” and waited for girls I was interested in dating to pick up on it. This replaced my “It’s-a-numbers-game” theory, which meant asking girl after girl out until somebody finally said yes. (It’s surprising how many no’s you can rack … Continue reading

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Cooperation and Competition: Evil Twins

It suddenly struck me that competition can be the evil twin to cooperation. I don’t really know what got me thinking about this; maybe just the state of affairs in the world, from interaction between nations of the world to bad behavior by parents, coaches and sometimes participants in youth sports. It seems to me there is a fine line between the inclusive concept of cooperation and the exclusive nature of competition. When the line is crossed from the former … Continue reading

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A Look At UV Water Treatment

Spas are a favorite water pastime and present in many recreational aquatic facilities, especially those with that offer hydrotherapy treatment.  However, the warm water is also a breeding center for many water-borne micro-organisms. And the warm water has more evaporation than drinking water thereby making the halogen treatment more volatile. Today, Ultraviolet water treatment for spas is gaining use more and more as a valid alternative for water treatment in recreational spa facilities as it adds NOTHING to the water … Continue reading

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