February 22, 2013

Stargirl Wrap-Up

Welcome to our first book club discussion! First of all, what did you think? Did you like the book?

February 19, 2013

Thankful for Cookies

Picture courtsey of (maysquared.com)

 A few posts ago, Lindsay announced our new GSOH virtual book club. Our first book, Stargirl, is a favorite of mine. In her post, Lindsay challenged us to do an activity from the Science of Happiness badge. Here’s the challenge:
Stop and smell the roses! Pay attention to the little things that make you happy. Try taking mental photographs of the things you love throughout your day – it might be a pretty sunset, a fuzzy dog, or a food that tastes really good. Record three to five things every day.
I decided to take the challenge and here are my five things from yesterday:
1.       A great conversation with new friends
2.       Starting a new, and interesting, book
3.       Planning a vacation day to see my friend and her new baby!
4.       A delicious cookie (iced pumpkin, in case you were wondering)
5.       Laughing out loud during a TV show

February 11, 2013

Born To Travel?

Some people are born to travel. I, on the other hand, have yet to catch a major world travel bug. In fact, I’ve only just barely traveled outside of the U.S. (Tijuana, Mexico, during a trip to San Diego, CA and Stratford, Canada for a high school trip). I just don’t quite have the patience to plan and the yearning to travel to far away places (not to mention, the $$ to spend!). Mostly, I prefer to stay close to home.
Now that I think about it, I realize that I have done quite a bit of traveling in my lifetime.

Here I am during a hiking trip in Daniel Boone National Forest, KY, 2012

February 7, 2013

Welcome to our Book Club!

Quite a few of us on the program team here at GSOH love to read, so let’s start our own book club! At the beginning of the month, we’ll announce our selection, along with a challenge or fun activity. Toward the end of the month, we’ll post a few questions and fun discussion topics that you can debate in the comments section. We’ll even take suggestions for the next month’s book selection!

February 3, 2013

Have You Ever Skewered a balloon?

I grew up in an era when science meant listening to a teacher talk, reading the book, and taking the test. It wasn’t really until I got to high school and our chemistry teacher showed us how to make candy canes over a Bunsen burner that I thought science might be fun. As a kid I never got to go to COSI for an overnight, there wasn’t a Great Lakes Science Center, and hands-on meant you might actually get to be the one chosen to pour the ingredient into the mystery solution. It certainly did not mean that all of us were going to get our own set of materials and see if we could make something explode.