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They Are All Our Children

This quote recently found it’s way into my inbox, and it spoke volumes to me with regard to why I believe in the importance of youth development and choose to dedicate my life’s work towards it.  I hope it speaks … Continue reading

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Someone Has Been Pushing My Buttons!

Last week began a multi-week series discussing Larry Dressler’s book, “Standing in the Fire: Leading High Heat Meetings with Clarity, Calm, and Courage.” One of the author’s main points in this work is that since the we only can control … Continue reading

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Tend the Fire, Don’t Fight It

Recently I’ve been reading “Standing in the Fire:  Leading high-heat meetings with clarity, calm, and courage” by Larry Dressler.  If you haven’t read it, I recommend it.  It’s all about how the stress, frustrations, difficulties, and even anger (known henceforth as … Continue reading

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My Amazon Adventure and What I Have Learned About Customer Service

If you follow me on Facebook you may have seen my recent adventures with Amazon.com as I have been less than subtle about some recent frustrations. First let me say that I have been a loyal Amazon customer for well … Continue reading

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Tis the Season- Of 4-H County Events Prep!

The holidays are upon us, and my kids will soon be out of school for several days.  During that time we will probably complete our annual Harry Potter marathon, make some crafts (I personally can’t stand making crafts, but the … Continue reading

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Don’t Let them Steal Your Joy

I have said before, and I will continue to say, being a 4-H agent is the best job in the world.  I have not only met both youth and adults I would never have otherwise, but I’ve had real life … Continue reading

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The Rise of Episodic Volunteers

I’m busy, you’re busy, we’re all busy.  The result of this shows as we look at volunteer research.  Long-term committed volunteerism is down, and episodic volunteerism is up. What does that mean to your county 4-H program? You’ve got to … Continue reading

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A Paper Clip to Conquer Prejudice

Whitwell, Tennessee is rural, blue-collar and largely homogenous (97% White) making it an unlikely setting for one of the most powerful documentaries on teaching tolerance and respect that I have ever seen. Paper Clips is a 2004 documentary film which … Continue reading

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“What’s That Hammer Looking Thingy?”

As a 4-H alumna, I grew up exposed to Robert’s Rules of Order and parliamentary procedure.  But that is not everyone’s experience.  It may not be your volunteers’ experience, it may not have been your experience.  While you can certainly … Continue reading

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4-H Science Inquiry Videos

Are you looking for some new resources for 4-H STEM?  Check out these Science Inquiry videos from Oregon State University’s 4-H program: 4-H Science Inquiry Videos

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