At Your Service by Maggie Inge

At Your Service: Sept. 9, 2009

His smile is of the contagious variety; the accompanying twinkle in his eyes gives you the sense, that for just this moment, the world is populated by only you two. She seems to be clairvoyant; before you ask she is handing you what you wanted from behind the counter. He’s only six, but he can tell passersby how to get from his house to the local tourist venue. It may sound like an excerpt from the latest television reality series, but it’s what I found on an impromptu Catskill Mountain tour this holiday weekend.

At Your Service: September 2, 2009

In reaction to the economic panic of 1893 and a parallel decline in sales, The Pullman Palace Car Company (manufacturer of railroad cars) cut the wages of its employees. The company owned the town in which its workers lived. When the employees complained that the company had not reduced rents to correspond to the reduction in their income, owner George Pullman refused to talk to them. The workers went on strike on June 26, 1894.

At Your Service: August 26, 2009

“Try the steak, it’s so good that we can’t seem to keep it around,” the waitress smiled in a soft voice accompanied by a twinkle in her eye. Someone else might have enthusiastically offered, “The steak is so hot it’s flying out of here.” The art of closing the sale is always a matter of personal style.

At Your Service: August 19, 2009

In the midst of a telephone conversation with a friend, it occurred to me that the project I was about to begin was one that other circumstances (i.e., if I could afford to have someone else do it) he might be hired to do. In other words, he is a professional who earns his living doing what I was doing as an amateur. I took the opportunity to ask him a quick question about my little project.

At Your Service: August 12, 2009

“Change is the only constant.” It is a phrase and concept that we hear all the time and the subject of much conversation. In practical terms, we are increasingly challenged by the need to deal with change in every aspect of our lives.

At Your Service: August 5, 2009

Rules are the wrap that holds the fabric of any organized system together. As members of families, companies and communities, our participation is dependent upon our mutual agreement to abide by the rules. Laws and rules define that which is prohibited, leaving everything else to us as a possibility.

At Your Service: July 29, 2009

She flails her arms and legs in the air; she recently noticed that when she is facing the other direction the same motion moves her forward. When that happens, The-One-Who-Has-Always-Been-There takes the same position at the edge of her sight range and says, “Good girl, come to Mama, come to Mama.” And then, if The-One-Who-Comes-and-Goes is near, he will swoop her up in the air and blowing into her tummy say, “That’s Daddy’s little girl!” It doesn’t matter how many big ones are around when she does this, they all stop whatever they are doing, get excited and make the same kind of noises.

At Your Service: July 22, 2009

By Margaret S. Inge
It has been 40 years since Neil Armstrong stepped onto the moon, taking a giant leap for mankind. It was the culmination of millennia of dreams of wonder and eight years of dedicated work. The timing could not have been more perfect then; it is the kind of event we could use now.

At Your Service: July 8, 2009

by Maggie Inge
One broadcast during the holiday weekend posted pictures of Jefferson, Franklin and Adams and asked the question, “What would they think of today’s leaders?” My own answer to the question is that they would be quite proud of our leaders; they would be equally embarrassed by those in positions of leadership who abuse the privilege.

At Your Service: July 1, 2009

On the 233rd anniversary of the Declaration of Independence the state of the union continues to evolve. The union that was forged among the 13 original colonies was not perfect. It was an exclusive arrangement between men of privilege. Yet, it also contained the seeds of a powerful vision that would expand to embrace the participation of the originally disenfranchised.

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