Registration for GE 2017, Sept. 22 - 24, will open in late spring!

Friday, April 28, 2017

Mission: Sisterhood

One of the girls in my troop wrote this short essay as part of her Mission: Sisterhood Journey.
I found it heartfelt and moving, and thought some of you might enjoy it.   She gave me permission to share it with you.

Sisterhood is the feeling of  deep connection and community one experiences in female relationships.  Sisterhood is much like the bond you have with a sibling but one does not necessarily have to have a sibling in order to understand this powerful bond.    
 Sisterhood begins with yourself as you cannot be a true friend to anyone else before being a true friend to yourself.  Once you are your own friend sisterhood expands to include others.  Sisterhood is the trust and understanding in a relationship that is lasting and that can define and create ever deeper relationships between individuals and groups.  Sisterhood is based on positive friendships and cannot be forced.  You can experience sisterhood with another person but it cannot be forced.  You can also experience sisterhood by being a positive force on yourself and others.  Sisterhood is hard to attain but is extremely rewarding for the individuals involved.  Sisterhood is not only a way of defining a relationship but it can also be a lifeline and help someone through difficulties.  Sisterhood is a fulfilling part of a girl's or woman’s life and can be experienced at any point during a lifetime.  Sisterhood can be experienced by people of different ages or even generations.  Sisterhood increases your confidence level and empower you to become the best person you can be.
Sisterhood has affected me personally by giving me the courage to participate in the performing arts, pursue STEM fields, meet new people, see different perspectives, speak my mind, and to try new things.  Sisterhood is the understanding, love, and compassion that has helped me through some of the most difficult experiences of my life.
Sisterhood has affected me in so many positive ways.  I have experienced sisterhood in my high school and in my girl scouting careers.  Sisterhood is not just a concept but is a way of being and understanding others in an extremely personal and deep way.  

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Great Escape Book Club 2017

 I'm watching my neighbor, Nicky, walk his dog.  Last year he was a somewhat chubby fifth grader whom I met at a pen pal club run by his school. During the snowy months, this sixth grader's become a taller youth, almost a man.  (Now if he could just put down that phone while he walks...) Transformation is all around the neighborhood this week. It's almost spring and time for Great Escape planning to kick into high gear (along with flowers.  I need green things to grow!)

Neighborhood, community and transformation are some of the themes of our pick for this year's book - the fourth Great Escape book club selection.  Oh and humor, too! This is our first fiction book.
A Man Called Ove by Fredrick Backman
I don't want to give away the plot so I'll just say that on Goodreads, its average rating is 4.35/5 and over 177,000 people have rated it.  We think you will love it - and it's an 'easy read' too!  Enjoy, and watch for registration for the 2017 Great Escape to open soon!

More about the GE book club here.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Thought Of The Day From The Oval and Clapham Tube Station

For the past 9 years, an employee at a London Tube station has posted a "Thought of the Day."  You can see some of them here.  I thought you might like to see what he posted as a reaction to the attack at Westminster yesterday.
(BTW the Oval is a cricket stadium, and Clapham is a section of London.)

Friday, March 10, 2017

Cookie Centennial Dance

Girl Scouts has been celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Girl Scout Cookie this year.  The Lexington Girl Scouts dedicated their annual "Me and My Pal" dance to the Girl Scout Cookie Centennial, and I thought you might enjoy some pictures from the party!
Part of the Cadette Troop which organized the dance for the Daisy/Brownie/Junior GS and their escorts

The photo booth is always a hit, and the props sure celebrate cookies!

Round and Round they go under the tutelage of Mr. Jim Banks, dance caller extraordinaire!  How long has he been doing the GS dance?  Even I can't tell you that.  But he's been retired from teaching gym for quite a while now!

Graveyard of GS cookie flavors.  I miss the lemon cremes.  What's your favorite blast from the past?