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Using Resources Wisely

Christine Jacobs

LWP Janet and I were Girl Scout leaders for 6 years, leading our daughters and their classmates.  We loved working together and challenging girls in our troop.  A piece of the Girl Scout Law encourages Scouts to use resources wisely.  The definition of resources is up to you. On the surface we always used this law to mean using global … Continue reading

Just Stop

Janet Walkow

Last month I was driving in Houston, TX. I was in town to visit my mother and other relatives. I grew up in Houston and can testify its roads are notorious for drivers who don’t always follow the rules – talking on cell phones, running red lights and turning right from a left lane. I’m always on alert for the … Continue reading

A Wayne Gretzky Story

Christine Jacobs

…..…. on moving forward There is a famous quote by hockey great, Wayne Gretzky, where he describes one of his skills:  He didn’t skate to where the puck was but rather to where it is going to be.  I recently read a reference to this quote as a reference to relationships and had one of those real light bulb moments. … Continue reading

Does Appearance Matter?

Janet Walkow

On any given day, what I wear and how compelled I feel to primp and make myself presentable depends on a number of factors, including what role I am playing: friend, boss, mom or runner. A quick look in my closet reveals the variety of costume changes that go along with these roles – clothes specific to running, work, going … Continue reading

The First Step

Christine Jacobs

I have never liked heights.  My hands get sweaty as I drive over tall bridges and I panic in tall buildings.  And don’t even think of getting me in a roller coaster. So how did I find myself on the floor of a small airplane getting ready for a tandem sky diving session? All three of my adult children have … Continue reading

Whose Life is This Anyway?

Christine Jacobs

In the book, Out of Africa, pioneer Karen Blixen ponders life, “My biggest fear was that I would come to the end of my life and realize that I had lived someone else’s dream.” I have read this snippet several times in recent years.  Each time it makes me stop and think about my own life and my own dreams.  … Continue reading

Parallel Worlds

Christine Jacobs

I once heard about a drifter who lived in a tent in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park and tragically died in a fire.  On the evening news, there was a tribute from acquaintances who declared that “He had his own sense of reality”.  That line always brings a smile, as it sounded so prototypical California. But with deeper thought I … Continue reading

Big Girls Do(n’t) Cry?

Janet Walkow

This year’s Olympic coverage has a strange twist and a different feel. Turning on the news after the US “Fab 5” won the gymnastics team gold, the media quickly turned their focus to the other competitors, sitting on the sideline crying. The reporters were celebrating the US victory as well as how they crushed the other girls to the point … Continue reading

Doing Well and Doing Good

Christine Jacobs

            A Grammar & Life Lesson Do you remember the difference between an adjective and an adverb?  The former modifies a noun and the latter modifies a verb. For example, look at the difference between the words well and good in the following phrases:  Do well in life.  Do good in life. Well, Well, Well Doing well can mean accomplishing … Continue reading

Feeling like ‘Other’

Christine Jacobs

One of my favorite passages in Jane Austen’s, Persuasion, comes late in the book as Anne Elliot is debating the strength of men’s and women’s feeling with Captain Harville.  He states: “I do not think I ever opened a book in my life which had not something to say upon woman’s inconstancy.  Songs and proverb all talk of women’s fickleness.  … Continue reading