Category Archives: Publisher’s Note

ReLAX!–Publisher’s Note

I grabbed the pink umbrella wedged next to one of the car seats, shook it open and tried in vain to shield myself from the driving sleet and hail stinging my face. I was dressed for 48 degrees and rainy – boots, rain gear, ball cap — but was not prepared for what felt like a winter storm. Crazy weather for Ohio in late May, but not unprecedented. As I trudged along the asphalt path leading from the overflow parking … Continue reading

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Lightning In A Basket — Publisher’s Note

Lightning dotted the sky as the lifeguards/swim instructors hurried us across the pool deck and into the boiler room separating the women’s locker room from the men’s. I was 12 years old. My brother was 10. Our swim lesson was aborted and we were wet, cold, and shivering. There had been no time to grab a towel and the boiler room was not heated. But, we were safe from the lighting and possible tornado raging outside. As we waited in … Continue reading

Posted in April 2014, Columns, Issues, Parks and Rec Business, Publisher's Note | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Columns, Issues, March 2014, Parks and Rec Business, Publisher's Note | Leave a comment

Publisher’s Note–It’s Not Easy Being Green

About this time last year, we learned Kermit the Frog is right. “It’s not easy being green.” As soon as last year’s “Green” issue hit the streets, we heard from folks who thought it wasn’t “green enough” or quibbled over esoteric definitions of what it really meant to be green. There wasn’t enough focus on LEED certification or there was too much focus on LEED. The word recycling wasn’t used enough or shouldn’t be used at all because that’s putting … Continue reading

Posted in February 2014, Issues, Parks and Rec Business, Publisher's Note | Leave a comment

Nobody Kicks a Dog When It’s Down

Dale Carnegie tells the story of a young man who, at the tender age of 30, became a Congressman for his home state. The newspaper and pundits of the day were outraged and the young representative was skewered in the press for being “too young for the job.” At the press conference announcing his election, a neighbor to the new Congressman found himself standing next to the boys’ father. He mentioned he had read the terrible things the reporters had … Continue reading

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