Kudos to Eliza Barclay of NPR for raising the Girl Scout cookies issue. Except, everyone continues to miss the point. Girl Scouts is about teaching girls, not about selling cookies. Three years ago approached my local cookie table and ask if they had a healthy cookie. The experience so shocked and saddened me, in response, I wrote this story for the book, reprinted for anyone interested in different possibilities for future girls.
Cookies – the story
What if different leaders really led differently?
Last year, 2012, the mothers and daughters were out again in force selling boxes of cookies. I buy cookies faithfully every year and this year was no exception. Neither was the fact that I typically spend the previous months trying to manage my weight. Unfortunately, most, if not all, of the ingredients in these cookies are on the bad-for-me list — processed white flour, check; unrefined white sugar, check; hidden artificial flavor, check. As I like to support what might be budding female entrepreneurs, this year, as I went to purchase the cookies, I thought I’d go and find out if they finally had a cookie I could happily eat. Continue reading
“The pursuit of happiness is a fundamental human goal” – the United Nations, March 20, 2014
In honor of the UN International Happiness Day, I thought I’d look for a good article to pass on about how to be happy at work. Hah, easier said than done! Of course, there was article after article on the subject, but after about a couple of dozen, I got tired of the same old rehash. I mean if everyone has the same ideas, so willingly passed on and on to each other, why are we still talking about it? Why aren’t we all enormously happy at work?
While watching the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, two different concepts came to me.
- The quote attributed Albert Einstein:
The definition of insanity – Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.
- Comments often expressed by the NBC Olympics commentators and athletes themselves, to paraphrase:
There is a lot of stuff swirling around the top athletes they need to ignore and block out in order to stay focused on their own performance.
At first, these two ideas appear contrary to each other. Continue reading
CAL: For those of you still skittish about working at home, Get over it. This is the new economy. Here’s another article to help you grow that possibility. do work different in NewWorkPlaces™.
What Working From Home Really Means | Inc.com.
“Does your little home office make you feel like a small fish? Here’s what the big fish think of you. … Does working from home necessarily mean that you can’t compete?
Consider this: Econohomes grossed more than $50 million in revenue last year, and was named the second-fastest growing company in Austin, Texas. That growth was in no small part due to the extent to which Econohomes works with home-based business-owners.” continue reading…
TimeBanking was on the National News and Broke our Website
From TimeBanks USA: “On Wednesday, January 15th, Diane Sawyer and ABC News ran a brilliant piece on TimeBanking. The focus was on The Louisville TimeBank, which is located in Diane Sawyer’s hometown. The Louisville TimeBank was celebrating its 2nd anniversary, and we were there for the party along with the film crew.”
Interesting idea, TimeBanking is. What I like most about it is people valuing people. No matter what skill or expertise you have, it is of value to someone and you, in turn, value theirs. What a concept! Try it, you’ll like it all, TimeBanking, valuing others and everyone’s time being of value.
Best way to spend an evening? Share ideas, stories and experiences with a great group of people. Congratulations to close the gap ca and Planned Parenthood Mar Monte for bringing together great women for a great cause – increase the number of progressive women in the California Legislature.
Here are some stats I learned last nite:
- Women only hold 26% of the California Legislature seats but are over 50% of the population, and that number is declining.
- 57 seats will be open on account of term limits in 2012, which means nearly half the seats in the state legislature will come open in the 2014 or 2016 elections. This is opportunity now.
- Women often wait to be asked to run rather than self nominate. So start asking them.
- Women win elections as often as men, they just don’t run as frequently. Let’s break this pattern.
Why should we have more women in politics? Continue reading