“As I say to thousands of staff members at the beginning of every summer, the most valuable thing you can give someone is your undivided attention. Many people think it is your time. The problem is that you can give your time and not be truly “present” because your true attention is elsewhere, either in your own thoughts or drawn to a screen. A case in point: Last spring I witnessed a young father in a park near my house one Saturday morning with his three-year-old son. He was trying to teach him how to hold and use a Whiffle® ball bat. Instead of making steady and continuous eye contact with his son, the man kept looking at his BlackBerry, and the quality of that interaction clearly suffered as a result.” – Bob Ditter
“Another example is found in the work of Philip Zimbardo, emeritus professor of psychology at Stanford University. He has coined a term he calls the “language of face contact.” His studies show that the average teenage boy in the United States plays sixteen hours of video games a week. By the time a boy is twenty-one, he will have played over 10,000 hours of video games. Compare that to the 4,800 hours of study and class time it takes to earn a bachelor’s degree or the one-hour-a-week average that a young man spends with his father.”
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This is the front of the Staff House where the kitchen and Dining Deck are now located. The Program Office is the window on the left. The door is into the staff bathroom and the screen door, on the right, leads to the old kitchen. Some alumni may remember, “Zealand”, the German Shepherd.
We used to eat on the back porch and out under the trees on the uphill side of the Staff House. We served out of the sliding glass door and did the dishes where the freezers are now located. Alumni will remember how important it was to sit on the uphill side of the table in case someone spilled their milk or water.
Here is another view of the front of the Staff House before the dining deck was added.
And, here is how we look now!