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Apr 23

Growing Up With TDRPD

Posted on April 23, 2021 at 11:22 AM by Kyle Jost

I turned 40 last week.  It was a fun celebration with friends and family.  During the weeks preceding my birthday I found myself reflecting on where I am in life right now.   My reflections are happy - it is satisfying to think of the person I’ve become, the home I’ve created and the places I’ve been.  I am a real adult!  One repeating thought that I have is how I have spent almost the entirety of my adult life working for the Truckee Donner Recreation and Park District.  In many ways, we have grown up together.  

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Mar 31

Revitalizing the "Old Rec"

Posted on March 31, 2021 at 2:02 PM by Kyle Jost

The walls are thin at the Community Art Center.  Really thin.  When a child runs down the hallway, I can hear it from my office three rooms away.  When three children run down the hallway, it sounds like a heard of elephants.  I am careful about having private conversations - even when my door is closed.   And when the theater group is rehearsing for a show, I inadvertently memorize all the songs too.   

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Feb 26

How Do You Mountain Forward?

Posted on February 26, 2021 at 3:47 PM by Kyle Jost

I don’t need to remind anyone that the past 12 months have been, well, strenuous.  There were many times when I had to remind myself and our team that strain is a part of life and while we can’t control the opinions and choices of others or the restrictions placed on us by health officials, we do have control over our reactions.  The conscious decision to react with positivity and respect amidst the chaos of the past 12 months was the impetus of our Mountain Forward campaign.

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Feb 16

Smiling With Your Eyes

Posted on February 16, 2021 at 11:19 AM by Kyle Jost

If eyes are the window into a person’s soul, then smiles are the window into their hearts.  Smiling is a uniquely human trait and so important to creating and maintaining the connections us humans thrive off.  I miss toothy grins and silly smirks, beautiful beams and every smile in between.  So much of the human connection felt in daily face-to-face interaction has been lost because of the need to wear masks.  It is a disappointing side effect to COVID pandemic prevention.

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