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Southern Oregon Lavender Trail Tour

hdr_00009_0Manuela and I visited six Southern Oregon lavender growers on the SO Lavender Trail tour on Sunday, July 13. The photo is from the English Lavender Farm on Thompson Road in the Applegate Valley.

 

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Family History Software updated

My family history pages have been updated to version 10 of The Next Generation of Genealogy Site Building.  Please report any anomalies to me.

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Getting Ready to Upgrade Family History Pages

Version 10 of TNG will be out tomorrow at RootsTech. I’ll be upgrading as soon as it’s available online.

TNG is The Next Generation of Genealogy Site Building.

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Thoughts on retiring from active employment

On September 30 I retired from active employment in local government after more than 38 years–the last 13+ years as Human Resources Director for the City of Medford.  I will continue to be active, however, as Chairman of the Board of  the HRA VEBA Trust, a three-state health benefits trust serving more than 40,000 local government employees in Oregon, Washington and Idaho. I will also continue to actively support the Oregon Chapter of the International  Public Management Association for Human Resources, and the Oregon chapter of the National Public Employer Labor Relations Association.  It was  pleasure to appear at ORPELRA’s annual conference this week in Wilsonville, talking about experience with Oregon’s employment relations statute.

Some random thoughts on retiring;

  • I have repeated many times my belief in public service as a noble calling. The dismal support by Americans in their public servants is depressing, but I am constantly amazed by those who carry on despite this.
  • I am sometimes asked what I tell professionals just starting out, and I usually laugh., and then tell them some basic rules which I have accumulated over the years and listed here in no particular order:
  1. “You are only as good as your word.”
  2. “Always tell the truth, even when it hurts.”
  3. “Be careful what you wish for.”
  4. “No good deed goes unpunished.”
  5. “If you don’t know where you are going, any road will take you there.”
  6. “Don’t promise what you cannot deliver. “
  7. “To be successful in politics, you have to learn how to stand on the right street corner when the bus goes by.”
  8. “If you want to be a manager, the first person to manage is yourself.”
  9. “Never forget the importance of supporting those who do the work.”
  10. “No problem is so big or so complicated it cannot be run away from.”

And, since I don’t believe in only 10 rules, here’s another (like rule 10 advice from Charles Schulz):

“People expect more of you when you have naturally curly hair.”

 

 

 

 

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Public Service Recognition Week May 5-11

This week has been designated by Congress as Public Service Recognition Week, and, as a professional public employee, I want to recognize the thousands of public servants at all levels of government for the services they provide, not just to residents of the United States, but throughout the world. They include aid workers in Africa, clerks in embassies, soldiers in Iraq or Afghanistan or elsewhere, first responders in our nation’s towns and cities, managers of local parks departments, teachers, air traffic controllers, public highway workers, scientists working in the national health regulatory, Border Patrol officers, and countless others (the list goes on and on). And, while others might not always agree, to me public service also includes elected officials both paid and unpaid. Each and every day, those of us in the public service have one mission–to make the lives of our fellow human beings better, safer and more fulfilling. Public service is, at its root, ennobling. I know of no higher calling.

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Class Dinner

Each year, I’m reminded of the camaraderie of my high school classmates. Somehow, our class of 1966 graduates of Enterprise High School manages to figure out a way to get together, if only for a dinner at a Redding restaurant or someplace nearby.  Our class truly is special. Though most of us have lost a step or two, or have suffered from one malady or another in the years since we graduated, we have managed to keep in touch.  I’ve been told that no class before or after ours has that degree of closeness, and I am glad to be a part of it. We’re getting together this weekend in Redding, and Manuela and I are looking forward to a weekend away from home.

UPDATE:  I posted a few photos at http://greencity.phanfare.com/6041370

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New Family Addition

My son Robin and wife Teneil welcome their fifth child, Owen Will Detling, b. February 26 in San Diego, California.  Owen joins the San Diego Detling basketball team with three brothers and a sister, though he’ll have to slim up from his birth weight, according to his dad.  Robin’s brother Shannon and his wife Amanda are expecting their fourth child in August.

Owen Will Detling

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Adrienne Claire Riley (1954-2012)

My sister Adrienne Riley died Dec. 17, 2012, at Eden Medical Center, Castro Valley, California with her husband, Mike, and their children Kevin, Megan, and Amy at her side. She was born July 22,1954 in Willows, California, to Howard and Wilma (Wells) Detling.  She was Howard and Wilma’s third child and first of two daughters. 

After graduating from Enterprise High School in Redding, California, in 1972, Adrienne attended the University of California at Berkeley, where she met and married Michael Lloyd Riley on September 7, 1974. Adrienne earned a BS degree in Nursing and a BA degree in Human Development from California State University, Hayward.
 
Adrienne began her career as a Registered Nurse in 1981 with Kaiser Hospital Oakland; and since 1995 had been associated with the Maternal Child Department at Valley Care Medical Center in Pleasanton, California, where she and her family resided for many years. Adrienne enjoyed reading, sewing, traveling, shopping, San Jose Sharks hockey, UC Berkeley football, and playing Bunko. Adrienne’s passion in life was her family; especially her love for her three children, and her granddaughter, Madison. In her professional career, she was known by physicians and nursing colleagues as devoting extraordinary care to the welfare and well-being of her patients.
 
Adrienne is survived by her husband, Mike; and her  children: son Kevin, his wife Stacey Powell Riley, and their daughter Madison of Brentwood; daughter Megan and husband Patrick Bowen of Concord; and daughter Amy of San Ramon. She is also survived by three brothers: Doug Detling of Medford, Oregon; Martin Detling of Eureka, California; and Wade Detling of Deer Park, Washington; and her sister, Valerie Liggatt of Redding, California. Her caring and loving spirit will be missed by all who knew her. 
A Celebration of Adrienne’s Life was conducted Jan. 13 at Valley Community Church in Pleasanton, California.

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For the APE in all of us

I was grateful for the opportunity to beta review this great new publication when it was in preparation, and Guy Kawasaki and Shawn Welch have done a wonderful service to those who wish to enter the world of self-publishing. The inclusion of so many helpful links and practical advice delivered with a sense of humor and sage language does a great service, and I will be referring to this book regularly when moving to the next step of my own project–a family history of 15 or so generations. An excellent electronic edition will prove invaluable and it’s a great value at less than $10. Well worth more than its digital weight.

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00AGFU5VS

The book has been updated to version 1.1, and is on sale at Amazon for a limited time.

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New Bicycle Law Guidebook released

Ray Thomas of the Portland law firm Swanson, Thomas, Coon and Newton has published an updated handbook of Oregon bicycling law.

Go to: http://www.stc-law.com/pedal-power.html

A great resource.

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