Sunday, June 24, 2012

Sunday Salon ~ scouting, shelves, and books


My granddaughter Cady is in Savannah, Georgia.  Back in February, she and her friend Amanda sold a lot of GS cookies to make money for this trip.  One hundred years ago, in 1912, Juliette Low gathered eighteen girls to register the first troop of American Girl Guides in Savannah.  The name of the organization was changed to Girl Scouts the following year.  From the original eighteen girls, Girl Scouting has grown to 2.6 million members.  Cady, age 12, is one of them.  My daughter Barbara, once a Scout herself, sent this photo to my cell phone yesterday.  She's one of the mothers who accompanied the girls on this trip.


This is from Susan, a St. Elmo neighbor:  "I found a cool idea and put in gutters with end caps into my children's rooms, so they can see the books and make a choice.  When they were small and could not read, it was nearly impossible for them to choose."   This is a great idea!  Look how low to the baseboards she placed them.   I could have used this sort of thing in my bookstore.  It would have been even better than a table to display books, maybe especially children's books.


Recently finished
Murder and the First Lady ~ by Elliott Roosevelt, 1984, mystery (District of Columbia), 8/10
Reading now
For All Time: A Complete Guide to Writing Your Family History ~ by Charley Kempthorne, 1996, writing
Up next
Naked Spirituality: A Life with God in Twelve Simple Words ~ by Brian D. McLaren, 2011, religion

Christianity is in crisis.  McLaren confronts how the lack of a simple, doable, durable spirituality undermines the very transformation God is calling us to undergo.  As a result, our religious structures become tools to maintain the status quo and not catalysts for personal and social change.  He presents four stages of the spiritual life:  awakening, strengthening, surviving, deepening.
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Ginnie said...

Hi Bonnie: I'm wondering if you've read anything by Jonis Agee. I just finished "The River Wife" (set from 1811 through the Civil War to the 1930s and bootlegging) Ithoroughly enjoyed it although it is not a feel-good book in any sense. I think that her command of the English language is fine and I loved when she threw Audubon into the mix at one point !

Helen's Book Blog said...

Girl Scouts is such a great organization, my daughter did it for only two years though

Bonnie Jacobs said...


No, I haven't read anything by Jonis Agee. That one sounds like a complicated story, covering so many years.


Cady has been involved in Scouts for several years now, but this may be her last year.

Bonnie Jacobs said...

I found an online tutorial on how one young mother made a "rain gutter book shelf." She included photos of each step along the way, plus the finished shelf for her daughter's top-bunk reading. Here's the link:

Beth said...

I was in Girl Scouts, too, but my sash never got as full as Cady's. I actually had to drop out since I started working in the summer when I was nine, so wasn't able to take part in most activities.

I love the gutter idea!