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Bob Burbidge
Oak Bluffs, Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts
Bob Burbidge founded Genesis HR Solutions in 1991 and has been active in Human Resource Outsourcing since 1978. He is a life-long resident of Lexington, Massachusetts but is happy to spend much of his time on Martha's Vineyard in the Town of Oak Bluffs.
Interests: Current events, small business, history, sports, politics, movies, books, theater and all things Martha's Vineyard.
Recent Activity
Over the past few weeks, we have seen President-elect Donald Trump embark on an unprecedented “Thank You Tour” to those states where the blue walls were broken. I am not sure what these victory laps are meant to achieve except to feed the insatiable narcissism that lives deep in the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2016 at Vineyard Boomer
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As a baby boomer approaching retirement age (but not necessarily close to retirement), with a mother in a nursing home, I have often thought about what the winter of my life might look like. Between my wife and me, it is likely that at least one of us may require... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2016 at Vineyard Boomer
Pablo Neruda was a Chilean poet and diplomat who died under questionable circumstances during the Pinochet coup of Salvador Allende in 1973. He began writing poems at the age of 10 and he was once called “the greatest poet of the 20th century in any language.” Here is one of... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2016 at Vineyard Boomer
Welcome to 2016! And for the 10 million or so Baby Boomers who turn 65 today, Happy Birthday! It’s hard to believe that the 3.5 to 4 million of us born in 1951 have made in this far. But here we are. And here is my book list from 2015.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2016 at Vineyard Boomer
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Our friends from Vineyard Colors took advantage of the clear skies that blessed the Vineyard on Sunday night to record a beautiful astronomical event. The first was taken at 9:12pm (EDT), the second at 10:22pm (EDT). Thank you Moira and Yann and I hope you got enough sleep last night! Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2015 at Vineyard Boomer
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The lengthy run of this popular dramatic production continues on Broadway and in theaters throughout the country. Since its inception last January in Foxborough, MA, this tale of intrigue and suspense has gripped the country like no other in recent memory. For those readers returning from space travel, coma or... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2015 at Vineyard Boomer
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Tonight, our beloved Boston Red Sox open the second half of the season. Despite being one of the hottest teams in baseball the last couple of weeks, the Olde Towne Team is mired in last place, 6 ½ games behind the Evil Empire. Who knows what the rest of the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2015 at Vineyard Boomer
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Richard Johnson is the curator of the Sports Museum in Boston and each day he sends along an email that generally include his thoughts on sports and an occasional statement or two that underlie his progressive politics. His writings are funny and thoughtful and yes I’ve learned a few things... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2015 at Vineyard Boomer
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It took almost eight years, but Chappy and the Vineyard are joined at the hip once again. As reported by the Vineyard Gazette (and whose photo appears above) on April 2, the gap between the two islands closed so that the two became one. What do these changes mean? Well... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2015 at Vineyard Boomer
The Vineyard has been my home-away-from-home since the late 1950’s. As long as I can remember Chappaquiddick, while always asserting its independence as an island, was more often than not connected by a narrow strip of sand to its geological mother, Noepe (the name given to Martha’s Vineyard by the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2015 at Vineyard Boomer
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I can't recall Oak Bluffs ever getting 27" of snow in a single storm. Perhaps this is a first. I also hope it is a "last", for this winter at least! Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2015 at Vineyard Boomer
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One summer day in 1963, I was walking with my mother along the sidewalk of Lake Avenue where it bordered the harbor in Oak Bluffs. In those days, the Island Queen docked there, not at the mouth of the harbor where it does today. When mother spotted the then-Massachusetts Attorney... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2015 at Vineyard Boomer
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The older I get, the faster the time goes. Damn! While 2014 flew by faster than necessary, it did allow enough time to read some good books. All on this list are among my “recommended” list, which means a minimal three star rating (out of five) is required. The stinkers... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2015 at Vineyard Boomer
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After a two year hiatus, Ken Follett stepped up to the plate to deliver his final installment of the Century Trilogy, Edge of Eternity, and he hit it out of the park - sort of. If the goal here is to attract readers and sell books then it was a... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2014 at Vineyard Boomer
“Every dollar we spend on fossil fuel development and use is another dollar we spent digging the graves of our grandchildren”. So spoke Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) prior to the 59-41 vote for the development of the XL Keystone Pipeline on November 18. Although the motion passed, it fell one... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2014 at Vineyard Boomer
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In Massachusetts, the Subsidized Housing Inventory (SHI) is a measurement of a municipality’s affordable housing units. Chapter 40B, the Commonwealth’s Affordable Housing Zoning Law encourages communities to maintain minimally 10% of its housing stock as affordable. For those communities that do not comply, 40B allows developers to construct higher density... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2014 at Vineyard Boomer
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One of the perks of my role at Genesis HR Solutions is that when an employee celebrates a work anniversary, a lunch at a local restaurant is always involved and I generally get to tag along. Last week, Michael Day, who just finished his third year at Genesis suggested we... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2014 at Vineyard Boomer
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The National Football League (NFL) has had its share of challenges lately, but for years it has also been derisively called the “No Fun League” due mostly in part to its disdain for excessive celebrations. Still, viewers have been treated to some fairly entertaining end zone dance moves that might... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2014 at Vineyard Boomer
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Last Sunday, Jean and I planned to grab a quick dinner at the Off Shore Ale House, but the wait was too long. It reminded me of Yogi Berra who once said “Nobody goes to that restaurant any more. It’s always too crowded.” And yes, while Off Shore Ale is... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2014 at Vineyard Boomer
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In the early 1960’s, a sperm whale washed ashore in Oak Bluffs. It was a bit of an anomaly since it was the 5th largest sperm whale ever measured in the northern hemisphere. More so, sperm whales were rarely seen in the North Atlantic. Hunted to near extinction by New... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2014 at Vineyard Boomer
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Last week in Miami, I had the privilege to join some industry friends as we honored Bill Schilling, NAPEO's general counsel, who was retiring. When he spoke, he shared this poem (below), which was originally written in Sanskrit by Kalidasa, who lived in the 5th century. His words are timeless... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2014 at Vineyard Boomer
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I am not a dog person. Let's make that clear. But my daughter Christy and her spouse Crissy both are. Less than six years ago, they adopted Sophie, a beagle, while they were headed to the Vineyard Haven ferry in a shared cab. Today, she died after a brief bout... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2014 at Vineyard Boomer
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Remember "Occupy Wall Street?" Yep, that is old news. And perhaps Roger Goodell will keep his job as head honcho of the NFL and people will forget about Ray Rice. And the Red Sox? The sooner this season ends, the better it will be for all of us in Red... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2014 at Vineyard Boomer
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As the story goes, a father was walking the beach with his young son when they came upon an area covered with star fish, washed ashore by the incoming tide. When the boy picked one up and returned it to the water, his Dad told him “Son, you can’t save... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2014 at Vineyard Boomer
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Aug 31, 2014