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Renting out a Refurbished Lease on Life WE EAT THE ELEPHANT ONE BITE AT A TIME Working T gether,Winning Together
“Teamwork makes the dreamwork” …or so my brother Zach has said half-mockingly several times in the last fewmonths. I say half-mockingly because, though he believes the words, he also knows that true teamwork is so rare. At the core of Zach’s company, Vale, are soccer and basketball premier youth sports teams, that practice and play together. They play to win, but they also play to learn, have fun, and grow. We had a full staff meeting a few weeks ago where I shared my belief that the workplace is second only to youth sports in its ability to develop people, help them grow, and build strong bonds by bringing people together for a common goal. But it’s extremely rare for a workplace to meet that potential. I want the workplace at Robert C. White to meet that potential! I really, really do! We are a long way off, but we have great people who work together as a team, and we are aligned on why we do what we do. We take steps forward every day. Often they are baby steps, but still, we make progress and take those steps together. I asked Michael, one of our real estate specialists, to “take the pen” this month, share a little about himself, and share more about another of our core values: “Work Together, Win Together.” Maybe we should have named it “Teamwork Makes the DreamWork.”
Truly inspired by the information, I decided to sign up for a real estate class, and within a month, I was enrolled. The 22-week real estate class was taught by two instructors, and a guest speaker also came in to talk about property management. Luke was the guest speaker, and that’s where our relationship began. Although I went on to work for two other residential brokerages after passing the real estate exam, Luke and I maintained contact, and he served as a real estate colleague and mentor. In 2015, I decided to join Robert C. White & Company. At most real estate brokerages, you’re just an agent. They’ll bring on as many agents as they can and see who hits the mark. But that’s not the case at Robert C. White & Company. Here, we run a tight ship, and you’re more than just an agent. You can expect to grow both personally and professionally. If you’re ambitious, this workplace is a perfect environment to be part of. Luke is really good about giving the kind of constructive suggestions that help you improve, and he’s built a company culture that emphasizes teamwork. One of our company values is “Work Together, Win Together.” I take that to mean that the actions of the entire team come down to one result, and if one person fails, we all fail. Recently, I was showing a property to a potential tenant when I discovered a laundry chute tucked away in the bathroom closet. It didn’t appear to be a laundry chute initially. It looked more like a box with a piece of unsecured wood lying on top. After going into the basement, I realized what it was, and I was immediately concerned this could be a safety hazard for any child who resided in that property.
In scenarios like this, my job becomes about
more than just a commission check. I’m always thinking about how everybody involved in our whole sphere — the tenants we
serve, the propert y owners we represent, and vendors we work with — can be successful and safe. To prevent is better than
to cure, and this was a great opportunity to do more than what was required. Here at Robert C. White & Company we care a great deal about getting things right, no matter how slowly we may have to move at first. We correlate this with the proverb about how to eat an elephant … one bite at a time. In addition to working in real estate, I am also employed as a firefighter, which requires me to serve my community by working a 24-hour shift, 7–8 days a month. I really enjoy working both in real estate and as a firefighter. To be exceptional in both of these very different fields requires a great deal of versatility and dedication. When I’m not working, I’m enjoying time with my 12-year-old son, Michael Jr, or traveling the world with my lovely wife, Kelly, who is super supportive! In addition to traveling throughout the U.S., we have been to eight countries together and plan to visit many more.
Yours in “Go Team!,”
My interest in real estate started when I was 26 years old. At the time, I was working as a truck driver, driving tractor-trailers throughout the country, when I came across an insightful podcast on real estate.
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If your child is between 3–5 years old, you’ve probably noticed that they’re becoming a lot more talkative. By the time children are 4, they can usually speak in 5–8-word sentences. That makes this age range the perfect time to get your child interested in reading. However, this can raise a lot of questions. For starters, the question of how to get your child interested in reading is almost more important than when you do it. You may wonder how much time you should spend reading with them, how intensive reading time should be, and if you should make everything involving words and letters into a reading lesson. While the answers to these questions will vary from child to child, there’s one goal that every parent should strive for when teaching their child to read: Above all, help them enjoy it. When your child starts kindergarten, learning to read will be a part of the curriculum. This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try to teach them to read earlier, though. If your child loves to read, it can make their learning experience much more enjoyable. WHEN SHOULD YOU TEACH YOUR CHILD TO READ? And How Should You Do It?
Have you ever walked through a park and seen a plastic bottle or wrapper lying on the ground? If so, did you pick it up and properly dispose of it? You might not have realized it, but in that moment, you took a small step toward keeping your community — and, by extension, America — beautiful! April is Keep America Beautiful Month, and folks who celebrate aim to help each community in every state stay clean and green. Created by the nonprofit organization Keep America Beautiful, this holiday offers a perfect opportunity to roll up your sleeves and work to better the place you live in. Here are three ways to show your appreciation for a green America this month. Volunteer for the Great American Cleanup. This event is one of America’s largest community improvement programs, with hundreds of thousands of people participating each year. In 2019, over 550,000 volunteers participated in the GAC to bring natural beauty back into their communities. 2020 marks this event’s 22nd year, and you can be a part of it this month! Volunteer your time with a local Keep America Beautiful affiliate or another community improvement program close to home. Do your part to clean up your parks and spread awareness today. Start plogging. If you’re passionate about staying active and cleaning up your neighborhood, then this is the perfect activity for you! Plogging combines jogging and picking up litter, which takes care of your health and keeps your community clean. Anybody can do it: Just throw on your running shoes, grab a bag, head out the door, and pick up any stray bits of trash you see on your morning jog or evening walk. Improve recycling through education. An important goal during Keep America Beautiful Month is to spread awareness about recycling. There are various ways to educate those around you about recycling and encourage them to do their part. At work, for example, you can volunteer to lead a recycling initiative by printing off guides and fostering discussions on why recycling is so essential. At home, you can make a commitment with your family to fulfill the three R’s of recycling: reduce, reuse, recycle. DO YOUR PART TO KEEP AMERICA BEAUTIFUL AND MAINTAIN GREEN LIVING SPACES FOR EVERYONE
There are plenty of ways to help your child enjoy reading from an early age. One is to simply read to them and make storytime fun. If the pig goes oink or the mailman
has a funny, nasally voice, bring those features to life. You can also have your kids help you with daily tasks that require reading, like making a to-do list or shopping at the grocery store. When they’re helping you and having fun, it won’t feel like learning at all!
Finally, the best way to make reading enjoyable
for your children is to enjoy it yourself. Your kids watch what you do, and if they see you enjoying a good book, they’ll want to read even more. Reading opens up the world to them, and with your help, nothing will dull their
To discover more ways to participate in Keep America Beautiful month, visit their website at KAB.org today!
love of learning.
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THE OLDEST LIBRARIES IN AMERICA A Story of Many Firsts
What’s the oldest library in America? It’s an easy question to ask, but it has an unexpectedly complicated answer. Before the Industrial Revolution generated greater interest in public services, a library’s function and purpose varied widely. Several libraries in the United States claim to be the country’s “first,” but for different reasons.
libraries throughout the colonies to encourage the spread of the Anglican Church. Not surprisingly, most of the libraries’ holdings were theological.
A Few More Firsts
During the 1700s, a few more “first” libraries were established. In 1731, Ben Franklin and a few others started the first subscription library in the United States. Members of subscription libraries could pay to buy books or borrow them for free. In 1757, 60 men founded the Library Company of Burlington in New Jersey, and Thomas Rodman received a charter from King George II to operate the business in 1758. The library still operates under that charter today. The Library of Burlington was the first library to operate out of its own building after a prominent resident donated the land in 1789.
Colleges and the Clergy
Some believe Harvard University hosted the first library in the United States. Harvard was the first university in the United States, founded in 1636, and clergyman John Harvard seeded the library with a 400-book collection. Soon after, however, Thomas Bray, another clergyman, began establishing the first free lending
By the People, for the People
In 1833, just as the Industrial Revolution was picking up steam, the Peterborough Town Library was founded in Peterborough, New Hampshire, at a town meeting. It was the first tax-supported free public library in the United States and in the world. Not long after that, the Boston Public Library, known as the “palace for the people,” became the first municipal public library in the country. The Boston Public Library was also the first library to have a space specifically for children.
Out of all the “first” libraries in the country, these are the most probable progenitors of most libraries today — even if they weren’t exactly “first.”
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1/2 cup mayonnaise
Salt, paprika, garlic powder, and pepper, to taste
2 tbsp milk
1 tsp dried parsley flakes
12 large eggs, hard-boiled
1/2 tsp dill weed
Fresh parsley, minced, and paprika for garnish
1/2 tsp fresh chives, minced
Mix mashed yolks with mayonnaise mixture. Spoon or pipe the mixture back into the egg whites. Garnish with fresh parsley and paprika. Refrigerate before serving.
In a large bowl, combine mayonnaise, milk, parsley flakes, dill, chives, mustard, salt, paprika, garlic powder, and pepper. Mix well and set aside. Cut eggs lengthwise and remove yolks carefully to preserve egg whites.
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Did You Spot These Movie Easter Eggs?
DID YOU SEE IT? 3 of Hollywood’s Best Movie Easter Eggs
This April, many kids will search excitedly for Easter eggs, but aside from the holiday treat, the term “Easter egg” has a fun alternate meaning when it comes to media. In this context, an Easter egg refers to a hidden surprise or message, and people often enjoy trying to find as many as they can. This spring, turn on some of these classic movies and see if you can spot a few of Hollywood’s Easter eggs yourself.
is unknown, and sadly, a treacherous storm sinks their ship. Three years later, their eldest daughter, Elsa, is coronated, and guests arrive at the castle. If viewers scan the crowd of visitors, they will see Flynn and Rapunzel from the 2010 Disney movie “Tangled.” (Notice the time difference?) The theory, confirmed by filmmakers, is that Elsa and Anna’s parents were traveling to Flynn and Rapunzel’s wedding. The connections continue with claims that the shipwreck in “The Little Mermaid” was their ship, and some even think that Tarzan’s parents were actually Anna and Elsa’s parents, who survived the wreck.
In 2002, “Catch Me If You Can,” starring Tom Hanks and Leonardo DiCaprio, created just that. The movie follows the life of Abagnale, who briefly appears in the movie himself to arrest DiCaprio, who plays a young Abagnale. Today, Abagnale serves as a security consultant and teaches courses for the FBI.
Indiana Jones and Han Solo Teaming Up
No movie franchises are as prolific as George Lucas’ “Star Wars” and “Indiana Jones,” but they also share another Hollywood connection. Both series feature Harrison Ford, who plays Indiana Jones and Han Solo, and the franchises make references to each other, including hieroglyphics in “Indiana Jones” that feature R2-D2, C-3PO, and Princess Leia, as well as a club named Club Obi Wan. Though “The Empire Strikes Back”was filmed before “Indiana Jones,” Lucas had Ford in mind for his next great story and gave Han Solo a bullwhip in reference to Indy’s famous go-to tool.
Disney Royalty’s Family Tree
Frank Abagnale Arresting ‘Himself’
At the beginning of Disney’s “Frozen,” released in 2013, Elsa and Anna’s parents leave to journey across the
At 15 years old, Frank Abagnale Jr. started his career as one of the U.S.’s most prolific con artists. Abagnale scammed the government out of money, impersonated pilots and doctors, and swindled banks, making his story seem like a Hollywood plot.
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