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Vamps With School Spirit

Vamps With School Spirit

They fly through the air at night, they have superhuman strength and agility, they put the bite on you time after time, and they can completely take over your life. Vampires? I wish! I’m talking about cheerleaders. My 16-year-old daughter Wendy is on the junior varsity squad at Good Times Regional High School. She is […]

I Can’t Wait to Get Homework!

I Can’t Wait to Get Homework!

It was my son’s favorite question, and he was asked it frequently by kind friends, neighbors, and grocery store clerks: “So, are you excited about being in kindergarten?” “Yeah! I can’t wait to get homework!” was his standard reply. And why not? At 5, “getting homework”—reading a poem to his parents, drawing a picture of […]

Be the Best Dad You Can Be

There is probably nothing quite so gratifying for a dad as to watch your children grow up and do well—to become productive citizens contributing good values to their families, neighborhoods, and communities. It’s especially delightful to watch them become parents themselves. Two of our three kids are at that stage of raising little people of […]

Looking for Safety in All the Wrong Places

Looking for Safety in All the Wrong Places

We’re all aware of the avalanche of debate that has evolved since the multiple murders in Newtown, which followed the shooting in Aurora, which followed the shooting in Tucson, which followed… In a typical display of brilliance, Congress used the culmination of these events, and particularly the heinous nature of the Connecticut murders, to call […]

Elections Have Consequences

Let me start with a story. The day after the election, I visited with a business person who explained to me that a significant donation to support the work of The Village would not be forthcoming as planned. It was explained that the individual was withholding any and all potential charitable contributions until getting a […]

Decreasing Addiction’s Toll

People are plagued with addictions of all kinds. On some level or another, we are all affected by our own, a family member’s, a co-worker’s, or a friend’s addiction. I am no exception. My dad had a wonderful career in progress and was devoted to his work, his family, and in every respect, the betterment […]

Thankfulness and Thoughtfulness

Thankfulness and Thoughtfulness

By Gary Wolsky, President/CEO The Village Family Service Center Thanksgiving, a time of gratitude, thankfulness, and reflection, is nearly here.  This provides a wonderful moment for us to review the incredible achievements this country has provided Americans since its founding. The opportunities we’ve had in the 236 years since the unprecedented collection of minds carved […]

Dad’s Phone-Pix Campaign

Dad’s Phone-Pix Campaign

Newsrooms used to be noisy with the ringing of telephones, the bellowing of old-style editors, and the clattering of typewriters. But on a recent afternoon, you could hear only the white noise of computers, the subdued warbling of desk phones, and the grim cursing of journalists whose computers had just betrayed them. Suddenly the brooding […]

What Group Are You In?

What Group Are You In?

Fear is a funny thing. It divides people into distinct groups—the “Hey let’s go to the haunted house” group and the “There’s no way I’m going in there” group. With Halloween fast approaching, it’s good to know what group you’re in and why. On our vacation last month, we planned an excursion that sounded like […]

Staying Out of Uncle Sam’s Pocket

Staying Out of Uncle Sam’s Pocket

By Gary Wolsky, President/CEO The Village Family Service Center Local communities have always had a strong commitment to the delivery of human services—to the degree that many of them developed locally funded entities to address local and regional needs. We’ve seen this in the development of church-related agencies, United Ways, and private nonprofits. Over the […]

Changing Lives Right Here in Our Community

I was visiting with a donor recently, and he talked of his commitment and generosity (many millions) to a higher education institution because of the huge positive impact it had on him. He said quite literally, “They changed my life.” I get it. The fabric of our society has been enhanced beyond measure by organizations […]

Character-based Mindset Long Overdue

Dr. Steven Covey’s “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People” makes some interesting observations about where he thinks our culture has, in my words, “gone off the tracks.” After reviewing 200 years of success-related literature, he suggests that around 70 years ago we began moving from a “character-based” to a much shallower “personality-based” society. When […]

Don’t Occupy Wall Street; Occupy Common Sense

By Gary Wolsky, President/CEO The Village Family Service Center My, don’t we live in interesting times? We have large numbers of “protestors” in New York and elsewhere raising hell about something or other. They don’t seem to know exactly why they’re demonstrating—just that it has something to do with Wall Street and the housing meltdown, the current […]