Are You Man Enough To Be A Girl Scout Leader?

A Slice of AnnyWorld:

Since the goal of these letters is to inspire and empower girls of all ages, I assumed that I’d only feature girls & women in my correspondence.  I was wrong.

Meet Hank Harris, a 92 yr old WW II Vet who’s been a girl scout troop leader for many decades. 

Hank has always loved scouting.  Unable to join the scouts as a boy due to a lack of dough, he formed his own group, The Boy Ranger Scouts.  The Ranger Scouts focused on learning outdoor skills from a local man who volunteered to teach them.

Fast forward a couple of decades to the time when Hank’s daughter, Jill, was old enough to join the girl scouts. He and his wife, Carolyn, started a troop in North Carolina and never looked back.  Over the years he’s taught hundreds of girls how to pitch a tent, bait a fish hook, or start a fire. 

But Hank taught his girls much more than how to cook breakfast over an open fire.  He gave them confidence and self-respect–traits that can be hard to come by for girls that age, and something many never acquire.

His contribution to the girl scouts in his area has been so huge, that they named a lake at one of their camps Lake Harris, in honor of Hank and his wife.

So my hat’s off to you, Hank!  Thanks for reminding me that men can inspire and empower girls too.

Click here to find a girl scout troop in your area.  And check out another woman who’s empowered many, Girl Scout founder  Juliette Gordon Low.

Purple Passion of the Fortnight: Girl Scout cookie oven..thin mints here I come!

Purple Passion of the Fortnight: Girl Scout cookie oven..thin mints here I come!

Destination of the Fortnight: Lighthouses on the Outer Banks of North Carolina

Destination of the Fortnight: Lighthouses on the Outer Banks of North Carolina

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Practical Creativity: To-Do Lists Made Fantastic!

My buddy Bonnie seems to have more hours in her day than the rest of us!  She balances a full-time job with parenting her son Wally, being a wifey to Craig, ice skating and playing the flute in a band.  Just writing that sentence made me tired. 🙂

But she wasn’t always this productive. Like many of us, she uses a to-do list to get the most out of her days, and like many of us, her to-do list often became an albatross around her neck.  She’d stare at it and either get overwhelmed, or uninspired, by what she had to accomplish.  And so would her son Wally. (She has him make his own to-do list for every weekend.)

Then it struck her…fun, novel stuff should be as valued as chores, practicing piano or whatever. So she started adding items to her list like get a Starbucks coffee, or get a mani/pedi.  Wally’s list might include things like go to Dunkin’ Donuts, or play soccer for an hour mixed in with make your bed, and do your math.

To make their to-do lists even more exciting, Bonnie and Wally use different colors for certain items on their lists, and sometimes use pictures, such as a soccer ball to symbolize soccer practice, instead of words to remind them of what they’d like to accomplish.

Now they both look forward to checking off the items on their lists, and as a result, enjoy fun, balanced, productive days.

Bonnie whipped this list up on the spot.  Notice the coffee doodle by Starbucks stop.

Bonnie whipped this list up on the spot. Notice the coffee doodle by Starbucks item.

So the next time you make a to-do list, think of Bonnie and create a fantastically fun one.  Then send me a pic of it so I can post it!

Purple Passion of the Fortnight.  I'd love to drink tea or coffee out of this cup!

Purple Passion of the fortnight. I’d love to drink tea or coffee out of this cup!

Destination of the Fortnight: Big Island of Hawaii..I've been but Bonnie wants to go.  Maybe she can sunbathe with the chap in the photo!

Destination of the Fortnight: Big Island of Hawaii. Bonnie’s pick–she’s never been and is dying to go. Maybe she can sunbathe with the chap in the photo when she gets there!

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PURPLE SNOW!!

I pride myself on not letting the weather affect my moods or my mobility as much as possible.  I intentionally avoid commenting upon the weather negatively or positively most of the time.  But this #POLARVORTEX that turned Chicago into #chiberia has pushed me to make an exception.

Hence today’s Purple Thursday theme is PURPLE SNOW!

Some lucky people living in southern Russia get to experience something very unusual – purple snow. Yes, you read that correctly. Purple snow. Russian scientists who have analyzed it believe that the unusual colored snow is the result of a massive dust cyclone from Africa entering the upper atmosphere and then mixing with snow clouds over Russia. In any event, the scientists say that the snow is perfectly safe but they do not recommend eating it.  The rest of the pics may be purple snow or tricks our eyes are playing on us.  Either way they’re divine, so ENJOY!!

 

 

 

 

 


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WELCOME!

Come explore with me…dive into empowering girls of all ages.  Soar into all things purple, and create and share your own world or worlds you’ve traveled.  This space is for us all to expand and journey into our knowns and unknowns.


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