04.26.12 The Afternoon Delight



WashingtonDNR – Picture yourself volunteering with Washington DNR. Learn more about all of the opportunities going on this weekend.

Volunteer Opportunities | City Hall | City of Forest Grove, Oregon –  Opportunities to volunteer can be found on the City’s website.


Participatory Budgeting Goes Citywide – That’s the question in Vallejo, the first American municipality to approve citywide participatory budgeting.

City budget avoids service cuts but could cause long-term problems – Lake Oswego City Manager David Donaldson has released a 2012-13 proposed budget that avoids slashing services and programs but could pose long-term consequences for the city government’s finances.

The Bloomingdale Trail: It Takes a Village to Make a Park – The Bloomingdale Trail, an abandoned 2.7-mile railroad embankment that runs through four neighborhoods – Logan Square, Humboldt Park, Wicker Park and Bucktown – is being converted into a cycling/pedestrian path and park.

Thinking like a farmer boosts tax revenue | Better! Cities & Towns Online – On Tax Day, here’s an analysis on property taxes, the kind of taxes that cities and towns rely on most. Density and mixed-use — not parking lots — yield the most revenue by far.



Creating Sustainable Performance – Research has shown that managers can take four measures to help employees thrive at work. All four are necessary to promote a culture of vitality and learning.

How e-mail and texting have driven people to overuse exclamation points! – I can still remember the pact I made with a co-worker five years ago. We began to notice an alarming increase in the number of exclamation points crammed into e-mails and text messages. False enthusiasm was giving us a headache.

The Tao Of “No”: 3 Guidelines For Politely Declining – “No” is not a word that we typically associate with anything positive. But “no” is an inherent part of prioritization and defining what you stand for.

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