At Your Service by Maggie Inge

At Your Service: April 30, 2008

I am suffering from early onset election fatigue syndrome. It is a chronic condition that strikes every four years sometime in the fall; hence, the early onset. Perhaps it came early this year because the all-out battle for the American presidency has already been waging for a year now.

At Your Service: April 16, 2008


Snowdrops have sprung up in the lawn.  Robins have begun their ritual dancing in the grass.  The air is once again filling with the music of songbirds.  The temperatures are rising, the gloves are off and the wave is back.

At Your Service: April 2, 2008

These are tough economic times and all indications are that it is going to get worse before it gets better. Five dollars for a gallon of gas by summer – that’s what some are predicting. On a practical level, this means that the time has never been better to shop locally.

At Your Service: March 26, 2008

Excellence is easy – it sure looks easy when we see people performing various tasks with excellence. Those March Madness NCAA basketball players make shooting hoops look like the easiest thing in the world to do. But, what we are really seeing is the combination of the factors that contribute to excellent performance: planning, preparation, practice, commitment, know-how and innate talent. When they come together, it looks very easy.

At Your Service: March 12, 2008

Sometimes, bad things happen to good people. And sometimes, people must suffer the consequences of their own bad actions. Two very different tragedies are impacting our world, one very close and personal, the other very personal but not so close.

At Your Service: March 5, 2008

Anyone whose work includes dealings with the public also deals with constant reminders that excellence is a journey rather than a destination. No matter how hard we try, we sometimes fall short of our own expectations or those of our customers. This striving to be and do better is actually the stuff that keeps us on the path to excellence.

At Your Service: Jan. 30, 2008

When one is a perfectionist, good enough is never good enough; there is the constant striving for something never achieved. I know from my own experience. Take this column, for example. Each week I go through life, in the back of my mind tossing about ideas and subjects. As one rises to the top, I mull it over and phrases begin to take shape.

At Your Service: Jan. 23, 2008

I do not know what it is like to be white; any more than I can know what it is like to be a man. I was born into this life a black female and these factors, combined with the occurrence of that birth in the post World War II era, account for much of who I am. From this perspective, I offer a retrospective on the 40 years since an assassin’s bullet took the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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