Ways to SPICE Up Your Campouts

Welcome friends – thanks for stopping by!  Today we are going to talk about campouts. One of the fun things I get to do is write pieces for some of the BSA’s social media outlets. Last year, I wrote about our Scout Troop’s famous “Iron Chef” campout.  This is a long-standing tradition in our Scout […]

Holiday Good Deeds for Free

The holidays are a perfect time to do some good deeds. Money is always tight this time of year, so I’m going to share some good deeds you can do for free (or almost free). Volunteer I’m kind of a volunteer junkie. Between Scouts and church, and stuff through work, I generally do several hundred […]

Why Blogging is the BEST Hobby Ever

I’ve been blogging since May of 2007, which is like “dog years” in the blogging world.  I post regularly at least 1 to 3 times per week.  While it is a LOT of work, obviously, I enjoy it very much.  It has opened up a whole new world of opportunities for me. My Idea Platform […]

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Women helping Women with Kiva.org

I’ve been reading a book this week.  It’s called Half the Sky and it’s about the empowerment of women.  Actually, about 80% of the book is about the pretty horrible suffering women endure in the various corners of the world.  But the rest of it is about successful efforts many of the people of the […]

Scout Sunday Service

I don’t always share stuff like this on my blog, but I thought this one was pretty cool.  This post was featured on the state-wide Scouting website – Blog.Utahscouts.org recently.  I met the coordinator of it at the recent Build Your Blog conference and we’ve been collaborating on some posts like these since then.   […]

The Ulster Project-An Irish-American Love Story

My family is doing something interesting this month that you’ve probably never heard of.  It’s called The Ulster Project.  They do it in several US cities – ours has been going for almost 30 years.  It’s a peace initiative between Salt Lake City and Northern Ireland. Every year they’ve been sending a dozen teenagers to […]

Teens and Volunteer Service

Why should your teen get involved in volunteer service?  I’ll give you one reason.  Your teen needs to feel like a hero. Not every kid can be the popular one, score the winning sports goal, or win the top prize at the science fair, but every kid can do volunteer service. Usually, the recipients of their efforts […]

#GivingTuesday and Our Blanket Party!

Last year was my first #GivingTuesday event and I enjoyed it so much I decided to do it again.  If you have not heard of #GivingTuesday, it is a new worldwide charitable initiative that was started by the UN Foundation which sponsors my Shot@Life organization.  To my mind, it acts as the perfect antidote to […]