Bloggerhood Etc. 2/23/14

Kid on a bus.

Photo: Sarah Ruttan

Best Parenting Post.Stamps in Their Passport: The Highs and Lows of Travel with Children” by Sarah Ruttan at Alice Calahan’s The Science of Mom.

Best Commentary.School Is About More Than Training Kids to Be Adults” by Michael Godsey at The Atlantic.

Best List.Want to ‘Take Up,’ Rather Than ‘Give Up’ Something for Lent? Try the Acts of Mercy” by Elizabeth Tenety at America.

Most Infuriating.How The Boss May Be Quietly Pocketing Your Server’s Tips” by Dave Jamieson at Huff Post Business.

Best Reflection.When Your Life is Out of Control During Lent” by Natalie Trust.

Best Special-Needs Post.A Fashion Breakthrough for Those with Developmental Disabilities” by Melissa Hart at Oregon Live.

Most Monastic.De(tales): Mystery” by Hope Lyda, guest-posting at Cara Strickland’s Little Did She Know.

Best Profile.Is the College of Faith for Real?” by Evin Demirel at SB Nation.

Best of the Bunch.Spiritual Assault: How Not to Run a Parish” by Barbara Parsons, part of a series of stories on the Catholic priesthood at Commonweal.

Best Video.Zeppelin!” by Louisville Leopard Percussionists (via YouTube).

To catch up on the great posts I’m reading online and to get a sneak preview of next week’s candidates, check out my new Around the Blogosphere board on Pinterest.

Bloggerhood Etc. 2/17/15

Bare tree against blue sky.

Photo: Cara Strickland

Best Parenting Post.Outsmarted By A Three Year Old; Tales of a Manipulative Child and a Manipulated Father” by Joe Ellis Gage at Fatherhood Stories.

Best Confession.I Almost Didn’t Vaccinate Our Kids” by Andee Zomerman at Nature of a Servant.

Best Special Needs Post.In Defense of Monsters” by Robert Rummel-Hudson at Support for Special Needs.

Most Honest.What I Didn’t Resolve in January” by Cara Strickland at Mudroom.

Best Profile. “The Plane Builder of South Sudan” by Jason Caffrey at BBC News Magazine.

Best Question.Is Liturgy Magic? A Response to Peter Leithart’s Puritan Sacramentalism” by Fr. Andrew Stephen Damick in Orthodoxy and Heterodoxy.

Best Letter.Dear Scarlett, all I knew to do was to kiss your face (a letter to my daughter)” by Natalie Trust.

Best Interview.‘Every Person Is a Gift From God,’ Archbishop Edoardo Menichelli; Ancona-Osimo, Italy” by Jim McDermott in America.

Best Story.Solving a Lingering Mystery from Cheryl Strayed’s Wild” by Katie Calautti at Vanity Fair.

Best Video.The One Ring Explained” by CGP Grey (via YouTube).

To catch up on the great posts I’m reading online and to get a sneak preview of next week’s candidates, check out my new Around the Blogosphere board on Pinterest.


Bling Your Booth, Part One

STOP: Girl Scout Cookies here!

Check out these creative Girl Scout Cookie Booths from around the country…

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Photos via Pinterest. Check out my Girl Scout Pinterest Board here.

Learning to Lead

courage, confidence, and character

It’s been less than a year since Anna joined Girl Scouts, and yet she is the most experienced Brownie in our troop. This wasn’t the plan. When she joined last April we hoped to find an active Brownie troop with at least some girls who had started as daisies. We figured that their experience would help guide Anna, since she (and we too) were new to Girl Scouts.

For many reasons that I won’t go into, it did not work out that way. Instead, Anna is by far the most experienced Brownie in her troop, and that’s okay.

She has stepped up to the challenge.

It took three tries to find the right troop. But when we joined in October there was one small problem. Anna was the only Brownie. So in November, she help us lead a Brownie information night where she showed off her badges and patches, and taught everyone to make jewelry with multicolored rubber bands and a plastic fork. Four brownie joined after the info night and we now have a good Brownie group.

Girl Scout Law

Since everyone but Anna was new to Brownies, we started the Brownie Quest journey in December. Anna has been a great girl leader through the whole process, helping the other girls learn the Girl Scout Law (above), participating in all the activities, and finishing all her “homework” on time.

In January, we took a field trip to an orthodontists office. Anna was able to overcome her own shyness about her braces and share her own experience with the other girls in the troop (Cadettes, Juniors, and Brownies). She even showed off her “mouth jewelry” to everyone.

Flag of Brazil

And in February, Anna learned the samba as part of our World Thinking Day activity, and made both a Brazilian flag and a poster of Brazil facts for our booth at our service unit’s World Thinking Day event. Anna shared her knowledge of Brazil, danced some, and took a turn playing the maracas.

As I watch her engaged in all these activities, her vest covered in badges and patches, it’s easy to forget that she’s been a Girl Scout for only ten months. She’s taken to it, and she’s already learning to lead.

And that reminds me how quickly we all can go from student to teacher, and from learner to leader. It also reminds me that we are always doing a bit of each in life—leading and following, teaching and learning—and we’ll continue to do so as long as we want to keep growing.

Cheerleaders of Faith