I read Richard K. Rein’s column religiously and enjoyed the one on March 16th as much or more than any.

Unfortunately, I have to edit this one a little bit. I hope it doesn’t hurt: First paragraph, second column, “crept”, not “creeped.” Sorry.

Now on to more interesting stuff. On my first job, after school my senior year in high school, I worked for an architect in Asbury Park. On my first day he showed me how to run blueline prints on the little machine in his office. Then you had to trim the prints to size because the paper was a little bigger than the drawing sheets. He left to go see a client and I was making these prints and daydreaming about how this was the beginning of a great career, rivaling Frank Lloyd Wright at least.

You know a great journey starts with small steps? The operative phrase here is “dreaming,” ‘cause as I trimmed the sheets with a long paper scissor I was cutting the original drawing sheet taped to the board underneath in half. I realized this after about four or five cuts into this original and figured I should just pack up and quietly go before he came back to fire me.

On the contrary, he patiently showed me how to tape them back together almost invisibly. Great guy!

Keep writing, you’ll get it.

Bob Sussna AIA

Sussna + Matz Architects PA

Cooperative Egg Hunts?

Soon many children will be running and dashing and scrambling for brightly colored and well-hidden Easter eggs. A lucky few may manage to grab some of the treasures while the majority will go home with empty baskets.

Easter egg hunts, like many other endeavors in American life, are grounded on the idea that competition is good and also fun. But psychological research shows that competition is not natural, and that cooperation motivates us to do our best. In fact, schools and work sites often produce inferior products because they value competition rather than excellence.

Instead of turning an egg hunt into a battlefield where there are winners and losers, how about a system where everybody wins.

Ronald J. Coughlin

New Jersey Violence Prevention Institute, Mercerville

Corrections

The correct sponsor for the “Kids in the Arts” program (“For Parents, Camp Nightmares,” March 2) is the Professional Center for the Arts (www.professionalcenterforthearts.com).

The correct telephone for Megan Oltman, owner of Your Life’s Work Coaching, is 609-466-6592 (U.S. 1, March 9).

A photograph of the owners of Tech-Terra (U.S. 1, March 16) was labeled incorrectly. The owners are Neville, Irene, and Matt Richards

Facebook Comments