Category Archives: Publisher’s Note

Horn of Plenty — Publisher’s Note

Before my infernal bird-chirping, ocean wave-crashing alarm rang, my wife jumped out of bed to make sure the kid’s bathroom door was locked tight against the possible incursion by my youngest daughter. The 6-year-old was scheduled for foot surgery and was not allowed to have anything to drink or eat prior to the operation. My wife was convinced she would forget—drink a glass of water and then the whole thing would have to be rescheduled. With a thud, I heard … Continue reading

Posted in Columns, Issues, November 2013, Parks and Rec Business, Publisher's Note | Leave a comment

Big Things, Small Packages

“Over the years, I’ve been teaching kids about a simple but powerful concept — the ant philosophy. I think everybody should study ants. They have an amazing four-part philosophy, and here is the first part: ants never quit. That’s a good philosophy. If they’re headed somewhere and you try to stop them, they’ll look for another way. They’ll climb over, they’ll climb under, they’ll climb around. They keep looking for another way. What a neat philosophy, to never quit looking … Continue reading

Posted in Columns, Issues, October 2013, Parks and Rec Business, Publisher's Note | Leave a comment

Crash Course Cover-Up

It was the winter of 1984 and all the kids on my street were hooked on the Winter Olympics. Each night we tuned into whatever event the network was showing and spent the rest of our non-school hours hosting our own Olympic program in the fields and frozen streams of our Wisconsin home. Of all the “events” we competed that fateful winter, my favorite, by far, was the Wisconsin Bobsled Race. All the kids on my cul-de-sac and my siblings … Continue reading

Posted in Columns, Issues, Parks and Rec Business, Publisher's Note, September 2013 | Leave a comment

Top Ten: PRB Style

Due to my wild success with my first Pub Note, my dad decided to have me write a sequel. Obviously, none of that is true, my dad is just getting lazy and is passing the buck to me. So here it goes – the Top Ten things I learned as a seasonal employee in the parks department this summer. 10. When you are on trash duty, always volunteer to drive. 9. Do not drive trucks on the grass if it … Continue reading

Posted in August 2013, Parks and Rec Business, Publisher's Note | Leave a comment

That Summer Job

When my dad said that I had to get a summer job, I immediately thought of something like flipping burgers at McDonald’s and did not warm up to that image. Thankfully, he suggested applying for a job at the parks department lining baseball fields. I exhaled, thankful that I was not stuck with the alternative. Turns out, I was in for a bit of a surprise. First off, I had to apply and go to an interview. It was the … Continue reading

Posted in Columns, Issues, July 2013, Parks and Rec Business, Publisher's Note | Leave a comment