March 28, 2012

Bloodroot – an Early Spring Wildflower of KJ


Before you know it, it will really feel like spring and flowers will start coming up everywhere!  One of the most beautiful flowers of early spring is called Bloodroot.

March 25, 2012

100 Years of Girl Scout Fashion!

I had the great pleasure of being one of the first to view a one of a kind exhibit this weekend at our Historic Girl Scout Uniform and Memorabilia Exhibit.  On Friday evening Girl Scout staff, board members, and volunteers gathered for the official unveiling of this amazing exhibit.  They smiled as they found the uniforms they used to wear as a girl and shared stories of sewing on their badges.
On Saturday, I joined 30 Girl Scout adults and girls taking a behind the scenes tour with the museum curators and talking about body image with Ohio State staff and students.  We spoke with the Historic Preservation Committee members who worked tirelessly to put together this exhibit, they told us all about restoring and preserving these items which includes the very first Girl Scout uniform! 

In 1915, the khaki uniforms became popular. Girl Scouts tied a knot in the end of their scarf as a reminder to do a good deed that day. Once they did somehting kind, they untied the knot.

March 21, 2012

Cuddly Creatures Up North

Where in the world is Churchill, Manitoba?  It is a small town on the edge of Hudson Bay approximately 1388 miles northwest of Columbus, Ohio.  So why would anyone want to travel to a little town in the upper reaches of Canada that can only be reached by plane, train, or snowmobile?  My reason, along with most tourists, was to be able to spend several days watching polar bears as they wandered around the tundra that they lovingly call “home.”

March 18, 2012

Getting it done, with a little help from my friends

“I did the Talent Show last year and it was really fun. We had a lot of fun dancing even though we were nervous” –Katherine, Mall Lock-In Girl Planning Committee member

MALL LOCK-IN! Sorry to yell, but I’m excited. Today, I was reading all the Talent Show and Trash to Fashion Show entries and started to get excited about seeing all the acts and the recycled fashion! I know the girls in the shows will be putting a lot of time into getting ready, just like I am here for the annual Mall Lock-In event on April 21, 2012. But it’s not just me doing the work. There is the Mall Lock-In Girl Planning Committee (a group of amazing girls that have been meeting to plan activities, vote on ideas, etc), the leaders/parents who take the girls to the event, and my co-workers who are a tremendous help.

March 12, 2012

Our Juliette

As we began our 100th Anniversary I began reading about Juliette. I found that she was my kind of woman, quirky, adventuresome, and lived by the contemporary phrase, "Don't tell me what I can't do.”

March 11, 2012

Passion is Contagious

Why do you love the outdoors? How was your view of nature shaped?

Grant, age 4 and Dad with a Bressler walleye

I grew up in a family that spent as much free time as possible fishing, scouring the brambles along railroad tracks for raspberries under the hot July sun, cutting firewood all fall to heat our home, and in the winter it was back to the lake to ice fish for crappies and perch. My dad was passionate about the outdoors and I saw this every time we jumped in the car and headed to Bressler Reservoir in Lima, Ohio. I spent most of my time trying to catch crawdads with a small hook and a piece of worm. Several times I ended up in the lake with the crawdads as my Dad grabbed me and pulled me from the water. As I got older I began to fish more and was soon hooked on the sport by the time I was in 6th grade. This passion that he passed on to me led me to college where I studied biology. When I entered graduate school up in the wilds of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, I had to decide on a research project for my thesis. What could be more perfect than crawdads? They had been a part of my life since I was little. I chased crayfish all over the Lake Superior and Lake Michigan drainage basins. It was a great time and helped me graduate with a publication worthy thesis. All of this started with the times I spent as a kid fishing with my dad.

March 9, 2012

Camp leadership opportunities for girls in grades 7-12.

Camp is a great place for middle and high school girls to build on leadership skills while enjoying a fun summer experience. Girl Scouts of Ohio’s Heartland has lots of chances for you to participate in a fun camp session!

March 7, 2012

Attention Stargazers!

March 12, 2012, is going to be exciting! Of course, the most important reason it’s going to be exciting is because it is the 100th anniversary of Girl Scouts. However, something will also be happening in the sky that night.