It’s a few days after Thanksgiving, and I’ve just gotten back from the strange and mysterious world of no WiFi. Yes, believe it or not, there are places in this world where homes have NO WiFi! Our family’s farmhouse in very rural South Georgia is one of those places. But you can get 4G service if you have Verizon, so all is not lost. You just have to watch your data usage. But a very nice trade-off is seeing the Milky Way Galaxy and gorgeous sunsets, so I don’t mind going without WiFi for a couple of days. Read more »
We’ve been asked recently by our COO why we are volunteers and why we put so much time and energy toward Girl Scouts. She shared her story and asked for ours. This isn’t mine, but I wanted to pass it on and add a comment. Read more »
In case the handful of you who read my blog aren’t aware of it, posts around this time of year really slow down due to my schedule and level of activity. I try to stick one in from time to time, but sometimes I’ll go a while without a new post. I was actually working on one about Robert’s Rules, but it was so dull that I had to put it to the side. I’ll get to it soon. Also, all of the research and reading I did over the past few months for the past series about the 2004 restructure burned me out to be quite honest. Read more »
Here’s one of my jack-o-lanterns for tonight. I’m such a Girl Scout nerd.
Welcome to the next installment of Pet Peeves, where I vent about irritations I deal with as a volunteer. This isn’t the typical stuff like parents and paperwork, but more about things that GSUSA or councils do (or don’t do) that makes things just a little frustrating for leaders. Or a lot frustrating, depending on my mood. But – I do try to offer some kind of solution after I complain about whatever it is that’s bothering me, so hopefully I can be of some help.
As a side note – during this past year’s City Slickers summer camp, I was telling my co-leader about situations I always seem to get mixed up in. She said to me, “Have you ever noticed that anytime trouble breaks out and you’re involved, at some point you say, ‘I was just trying to help!'” So sometimes my help is not the best thing in the world. Read more »
Before I begin, I would like to reiterate something I said in my last opinion blog post about the 2004 restructure. I know there are those who say that we need to put the past behind us and move forward. I agree to a certain extent. However, putting the past behind you doesn’t mean you should forget or disregard it, because if you do this, you run the risk of repeating or not fixing your mistakes and continuing down the wrong path. C.S. Lewis speaks to this in the following quote from Mere Christianity:
We all want progress. But progress means getting nearer to the place you want to be and if you have taken a wrong turning, then to go forward does not get you any nearer. If you are on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road; and in that case, the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive man. We have all seen this when we do arithmetic. When I have started a sum the wrong way, the sooner I admit this and go back and start over again, the faster I shall get on.
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