Tour de Parks: Alderfer-Oenslager Wildlife Sanctuary

Last week, I got in my new used car and headed south to visit Alderfer-Oenslager Wildlife Sanctuary and Wolf Creek Environmental Center. I have been itching to walk this as part of the Tour de Parks but life just kept interrupting.

It was a beautiful late summer day and the scenery was gorgeous, even though the heat has taken a toll and fall is setting in. I walked the 1/2 mile wetland trail but plan on being back once fall color takes hold, and walk the woodland trail.

Ready, let’s head down the path by the green and red trees.


What is that tree with red on it? I do not know but boy did I have a fun shooting pictures of it. I love the color combination of red, green against the blue sky.

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See, I told you I had fun taking pictures of the trees.           😉

Now on down the path we go to the environmental center. I left the center with plenty of pamphlets so I can start planning the 2016 Tour de Parks.




This is on the other side of the environmental center. It is here that I leave you to explore this serene place. That is the shadow of my head and it will have to suffice as my selfie for this walk.

Enjoy the slideshow and be still and know that He is God. 



No Joy In Open Floor Plans


Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.

Proverbs 16:3

In Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking, author Susan Cain points out the case against open floor plans. After sorting through lots of research (sited on page 295), she indicates the following disadvantages:

  • High staff turnover
  • Impairment of memory
  • Reduction in productivity
  • Making people sick, hostile, unmotivated and insecure.

Now I am not going to give away all the disadvantages revealed, you will just have to read the book to find out.

Not Creative

Open floor plans are not mentally or physically healthy for employees.  Creativity gets stifled because no one has a quiet place to go and work out their ideas – other than the bathroom stall. There are times where you just need peace and quiet to resolve a customer’s problem.

Plus there is one other “minor” issue –

The Federal PRIVACY Laws

None of my co-workers had the need to know the details of my conversation with a customer, other than my manager or the compliance people who periodically monitored calls for quality assurance purposes.

An open floor plan increases the risk of 3rd party information being over-heard by someone who does not need to know.  

If I am sitting in a bank and there are two desks side by side with no walls, the financial counselor and their customer at the other desk can easily hear the conversation I am having with my counselor. 

So before you decide to tear down the walls or not even build any – consider the business you are in and the type of information discussed either in person or on the phone.  You would not want anyone to hear what is going on in your life whether it pertains to career, finances or relationships so what makes your customers want snippets of their life overheard by other people?

Colds & Flu

If you think a cold spreads fast in a cubicle nation, just wait until the cubicle walls come tumbling down or never get erected.

Sneezes can travel up to 100 mph and wet spray can radiate 5 feet.

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Now imagine someone suddenly sneezing in an open floor plan.  We’ve all been there, suddenly caught off guard by a sneeze and no time to reach for the Kleenex or cover your nose and mouth. 

While walls will not stop the spread of germs, at least they can slow the spread down.

Cheaper but…

It might be cheaper to not erect walls but don’t be surprised if the money you save is spent on sick time.


Don’t Try To Cure The Children

(Author’s Note: I had planned to talk about open floor plans today but, with the school shooting that happened in Chardon, OH yesterday I changed my mind.)


Fear not, for I am with you;

Be not dismayed, for

I am you God.

I will strengthen you,

Yes, I will help you,

I will uphold you with

My righteous right hand.

Isaiah 41:10

Susan Cain’s book “Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking” contains a chapter about introverted children (Chapter 11).  She talks about raising a child who is an introvert and covers educating those children.

All parents and educators need to read this chapter.

One of the most important aspects of the chapter is pointing out how successful introverts are once they get into the working world.  They are successful because they choose the working environment where they know they can excel.

Unfortunately they are unable to choose their school environment.  However, parents and educators can work together to make sure introverted children have the best possible school experience.

Parents and educators:

“Don’t think of introversion as something that needs to be cured.” 

Susan Cain

“Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking”

Work with the children to bring out their best don’t force them to become an extrovert.   Help them learn how to cope with social situations.

Remember one-third to one-half of students are introverts.  They are just as much the future as extroverts.

Please raise and educate them well.  Your children are your future and your legacy.