Inspiring People – Amelia Earhart

Amelia Earhart Sitting in Airplane for Featured Photo

Good Morning! Here’s the Monday Morning Blog!

How was your week? Did you get a chance to talk to your teen yet? Try asking them what their favorite color is. You may just start a conversation.

I asked my two young adults what their favorite colors are. One said red and the other said red or black. Red and black were the school colors from the high school they attended. So it makes sense. When we picked out their first cell phones, one was red and one was black. And each kid got their favorite color.

National Women’s History Month

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I’ve been focusing the posts this month on women who have done inspiring things or made contributions to our country’s history. Since there are five Mondays in March, I chose to write about another inspiring woman as a final post for National Women’s History Month, and that woman is Amelia Earhart.

Amelia Earhart, a fellow woman pilot

How many of you know that I’m a pilot? I soloed an airplane, became a private pilot and started an instrument rating. That’s where my training stopped. I came to a point in my life where I needed to focus my money on things other than flying. It wasn’t an easy decision, but since I’d still be a pilot after attaining the certificate, I knew I’d be able to complete training to become current and start flying again, when the time is right.

Amelia Earhart did a lot more flying than I have done. According to AmeliaEarhart.com, when she was ten she saw her first airplane at the state fair and didn’t think much of it. “It was a thing of rusty wire and wood and looked not at all interesting.” She didn’t become interested in avaition until almost a decade later when a little red airplane swooped down towards her and a friend.

Growing up as a tomboy, she wasn’t afraid to take on things that were seen as not being feminine. She kept a scrapbook of newspaper clippings about successful women in male-oreinted fields for inspiration. During my research, I learned she did a lot more than just fly an airplane.

She did other things before her first flight

Did you know that Amelia Earhart…

  • After graduating from Hyde Park High School, she attended a girl’s finishing school. She left in the middle of her second year.
  • She went to work as a nurse’s aide in a military hospital in Canada during World War I.
  • Then attended college and became a social worker at Denison House, a settlement house in Boston.

all before doing her first flight on January 3, 1921.

Denison House contributions

According to Wikpedia.com, Amelia Earhart was hired as a social worker at the Denison House in 1926 and became a full time staff member in 1927. While she was working there as a teacher and home visitor, she was in charge of adult education and supervised a girls program. She was also taking flying lessons to pursue the interest which was sparked in her.

After six months of working, she was able to save up enough money to buy her own airplane, a Kinner Airster.

Photo By John W. Underwood

Here’s what sciencephoto.com had to say about the airplane,

It was very much an experimental proposition. The engine was a Kinner-copy of the Wright Gale, forerunner of the Whirlwind, but it was anything but a success. It threw more oil than it consumed and vibrated excessively. The experience gained from Earhart’s flying helped Kinner build a better engine and by 1930 he was a leader in the field.

Flying takes over

After building flight experience on the weekends, Ameila Earhart received a phone call at work in April of 1928. She originally responded that she was too busy to answer, but finally decided to take a call that would change the course her life was on.

“How would you like to be the first woman to fly the Atlantic?”

Of course she said yes and it led to a flight in a Fokker F7 called Friendship. The flight made headlines world wide, and led to many more flights, during a time when flying was building momentum, especially for women pilots. One of her most famous flights, the one to circumnavigate the world, she never came home from. She disappeared in July of 1937 and what happened to her is still a mystery to be solved.

An interesting story

Every person has a life journey. I’m interested in how people navigate the challenges in their lives to do great things. Amelia Earhart did some amazing things as a woman pilot, but she did other things which made her more than just a pilot. That’s the part of her story I didn’t know before I took a look. Be open to learning about other people. We all have interesting things and experiences to share with each other. If you are interested about learning more about Amelia Earhart, check out her website AmeliaEarhart.com.

My first book – The Hard Way

Cover design of my first book

When Paul Jones meets Anik Hatcher and is introduced to his gang, Paul becomes a key player in their most harmful “prank” yet. He learns how the decisions he makes, good or bad, can quickly affect his whole life. Find out more by picking up your own copy of this teen/young adult read. The Hard Way

If you want to check out the first chapter to see how you like it, sign up for my email list and you’ll have the first chapter delivered to your email.

Have a great week!

Teen Resource – Girl Scouts of America

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Good Morning! Here’s the Monday Morning Blog!

How was your week? Did you hear from that teen in your life? Did you reach out to them?

I had the pleasure of sitting in our family room with our oldest son as he’s learning how to play the guitar. It made me think about what my parents went through listening to me and my brother practicing our instruments. I listened to him play the same thing over and over and when he got it, we celebrated together. What a fun moment!

National Women’s History Month

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I’ll be focusing my posts this month on women who have done inspiring things or made contributions to our country’s history.

Founded by a woman, the teen resource I’m talking about today continues to educate and empower young women in our country. The Girl Scouts of America.

Girl Scouts of America

According to Wikipedia, Girl Scouts of America is a youth organization for girls in the United States and American Girls living abroad.

The organization was founded by Juliette Gordon Low in 1912 after she met with the founder of scouting for boys. She created a group called Girl Guides in England in 1911 and brought the idea to her hometown Savannah, Georgia and created a troop for the girls there. In 1915, Girl Guides became known as the Girl Scouts.

The organization prepares girls to empower themselves. It promotes compassion, courage, confidence, character, leadership, entrepreneurship, and active citizenship. There are many activities for the girls to particpate in to acquire life skills and receive badges for their participation and accomplishments. Each of these badges are displayed on a sash worn with their Girl Scout uniform.

Though their participaton in these activities, they visit some really fun and interesting places. I was involved in the creation of a program that taught a local group of Girl Scouts about Aviation and helped them earn their Aviation Badge. We created a three part day at a private airport where they learned about the elements of flying, met Elizabeth “Betty” Strohfus, a Woman Airforce Service Pilot, and they each were able to go out onto the ramp to touch, sit in and get a ride in a small plane. Each of these segments fufilled a requirement for the badge. So, if the girls completed the day, they also received a badge for their sash.

Girl Scouts and STEM

Last week I talked about women who used their knowledge of STEM principles to do great things like help build the Brooklyn Bridge and make key contributions to the Computer Science field. Here is a link to it in case you missed it. STEM Women Pioneers.

In Girl Scouts, some of the activities are set up to learn about STEM principles and earn badges for it. the program we created for the Aviation badge would qualify. According to their website, some of the badge categories which utilize STEM subjects are

  • Digital Art – badges help girls build valuable technology and computer skills
  • Science and Technology – badge connects girls to favorite science topics like video game development, the physics of roller coasters, and technology used to create new fabrics
  • Innovation – badges encourage problem solving using scientific methods from fields like anthropology, engineering, graphic design, and business

Is Girl Scouts for teens to get involved in?

Teen Wondering about

With the name Girl Scouts, one may ask if there is a way teens can become involved. The answer is Yes. It has groups for girls in grades K-12. High Schoolers involved in Girl Scouts are in groups called Senior or Ambassador. They not only become mentors for younger scouts or camp counselors, but they also work on projects that impact the community and themselves. If you are interested in checking it out, here’s a link to their website Girl Scouts of America

It’s not just about the cookies…

Even though, they sure are good.

It is that time of the year again to purchase your cookies and support the Girl Scouts of America. What’s your favorite kind? I’m a peanut butter patties fan myself also known as a Tagalong. Did you know that some of the cookies have two different names like my favorite? That’s because they have two different bakers making the same cookie. Due to trademarks, they each have to bake the same cookie under a different name.

Interesting thing about the cookies. Over the weekend we had one of the neighbor girls come to our door to sell us some cookies. My dad was always a fan of buying from the kids who take the time to go door to door. We bought four boxes and it warmed my heart. Not only to have the opportnity to support the scout who came to our door, but it also reminded me of my dad. Doing what he would have done to support the cause.

Girl Scouts is a great resource for teens. Involvement in the organization helps girls meet new friends to learn and enjoy amazing experiences with. If you are looking for a group to join, this may be the one for you. I’m glad to have been a part of the process by helping those scouts gain their aviation badge. Not to mention the multiple troops of scouts we are helping by purchasing all those cookies.

What experiences have you had with the Girl Scouts? Have you tried any of their cookies? Are you now or have ever been a Girl Scout? Please let me know in the comments below.

Looking for a great teen read?

Cover design of my first book

Paul Jones takes us through what it was like starting his freshman year of high school without his best friend, who recently moved away. As the school year continues to unfold, he shows us how he’s affected by the peer pressure those new friends provide and its consequeces.

The first book in The Way Series, The Hard Way, is available for purchase on the books tab of my website. Here’s a link to it. The Hard Way

Have a great week!

STEM Women Pioneers

Good morning! Here’s the Monday Morning Blog!

How was your week? Did you touch base with that teen in your life? We are back to having both of our young adults in the house again. It feels good having all of us together.

National Women’s History Month

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I’ll be focusing the posts this month on women who have done inspiring things or made contributions to our country’s history. The two women I’ll be talking about today meet both of these criteria.

Their contributions utilize the elements found in STEM, an acronym introduced in 2001 by scientific administrators at the National Space Foundation (NSF)

STEM Defined

STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Using the term STEM is a way to bring all of these disciplines together. Many people struggle with the classes that are found in the STEM family. However, they are found in many things in our day to day lives. Science develops vaccines and new foods. Technology creates new iPhones and tablets every year. Engineering helps to build things like buildings and bridges. Finally, Math calculates the statistics you see on the news and determines how much fuel to put on the airplane which takes you on your family vacation.

Women Pioneers using STEM

To celebrate National Women’s History Month, I want to talk about two ladies who made contributions to our country’s history through the use of elements found in STEM. One is Emily Warren Roebling who contributued to the building of the Brooklyn Bridge, the longest suspension bridge in the world in the late 1800s. It was also the first one to be built with steel cables. The other is Admiral Grace Hopper who was a founding mother in the area of computer science.

Emily Warren Roebling (1843-1903)

According to the American Society of Civil Engineers, (ASCE.org) despite advice she received in her early years about what higher education women did or didn’t need, she studied math and science at a convent school in Washington D.C. Emily Warren Roebling was the wife of Washington Roebling who was a civil engineer and the chief engineer during the construction of the Brooklyn Bridge.

During the construction of the bridge, Washington developed caisson disease (decompression sickness). Fearing the project wouldn’t be completed without her husband’s contributions, Emily began taking notes from her husband on what needed to be done. She took that information to the crew, but she also began to study the technical issues involved in building the bridge. Things about the strength of the materials they used, stress analysis of those materials and the calculations that determined the catenary curves used in the building process. An important part of a bridge built with cables. According to Google:

A catenary is a curve that an idealized hanging chain or cable assumes its own weight when supported only at its ends.

With all of the knowledge she obtained, Roebling became a good stand in for her husband. So good in fact that many believed that she was the intelligence behind the building of the bridge.

Abram Hewitt, a competitor in the steel business said of the Brooklyn Bridge and Roebling,

“An everlasting ,monument to the self-sacrificing devotion of a woman of her capacity for that higher education from which she has been too long disbarred.”

Her contributions in the areas of STEM live on in the Brooklyn Bridge.

Admiral Grace Hopper (1906-1992)

Admiral Grace Hopper was an American computer scienctist and an United States Navy rear admiral.

According to GraceHopper.com, she enjoyed breaking things as a kid, to only put them back together. This was done in an effort to learn how they worked. She earned bachelor and masters degrees in math at Yale University and added a PhD to it. She also double majored in physics. Covering two of the four STEM areas.

She attempted to enlist in the Navy during World War II, but she was deemed too old (34 at the time) so she joined the reserves instead. She started her computer career in 1944 when she worked on the Harvard Mark I project. The Harvard Mark was the first automatic calculator.

Do you know where the term “bug” in the system came from? It was coined by Hopper when a moth infiltrated the circuits of the Harvard Mark I.

In 1949 she went to work for the Eckert-Maulchly Computer Corporation where she worked on the UNIVAC I and developed the linker, which converted English terms into computer language. Most believed that computers could only do arithmetic, well Hopper proved them wrong. Just look at what they can do today.

According to Hopper, the most damaging phrase in language is

“We’ve always done it that way.”

Her contributions in the areas of STEM live on in the computers we use today.

Women Pioneers Make a Difference

If we and the pioneers before us didn’t challenge that phrase, many of the inventions and ideas we have today wouldn’t have never come to fruition.

Women like Emily Warren Roebling and Admiral Grace Hopper show us that people can make things happen. With their skills in STEM, one went on to help build the Brooklyn Bridge, which still stands today in New York City. And the other laid some of the foundation into the technology we use everyday in computers and cell phones.

Want to learn more information about either of these ladies? Follow the links provided in their profiles above.

The Hard Way

Cover design of my first book

Are you looking for a good teen read for yourself or that special teen in your life? Take a look at The Hard Way. It is the first book in The Way Series. It can be found on the books tab of the website.

The Hard Way

Have a good week!

Teen Issue – Remote vs. In-Person Learning

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Good Morning! Here’s the Monday Morning Blog!

How was your week? Did you touch base with that teen in your life? We are still spending time with just one of our young adults. Our oldest comes back from Arizona this week. We miss having our oldest around, but it is kind of nice to have the one-on-one time with our youngest.

National Women’s History Month

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I’ll be focusing the posts this month towards women who have done inspiring things or have made contributions to our country’s history. This month, I would like to take the time to thank all of the teachers who have been helping teens continue to move forward with their learning even through the pandemic. They have had to do some pretty creative things to get the job done. Definitely making contributions to our history and our future.

International Women’s Day

Do you know what today is? March 8th is International Women’s Day. Like I mentioned last week, it was the founding step to March becoming National Women’s History Month. President Jimmy Carter’s Presidential Proclamation declared this week Women’s History Week to correspond with International Women’s Day. That week long recogntion eventually became a month long one.

COVID-19 Graphic

It was about a year ago…

When everything started…

  • We were sent home from work and school
  • We were told to not go anywhere unless it was deemed essential
  • We were told to wear masks and social distance from one another

It is when we embraced the COVID-19 Pandemic

I saw a lot of Facebook posts over the weekend about this being the time when it all started last year. Hard to beleive it has been a year already.

Teen Issue – Remote vs. In-Person Learning

There were some teens completing their high school experience remotely before the pandemic. But, do we remember when this major switch to all remote learning started last year? Teens were sent home from school with no plan in place to how they would continue school. A year later, with many of the schools starting back in-person, I am wondering how kids are doing with these transitions.

Remote Learning

Some teens are doing really well with remote learning. Sure they are missing their friends and the social aspects of in-person school, but they adapted to the issues of time management and a different type of socialization.

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Time Management

During in-person learning at school, the teacher drives the time management segment. While teens are sitting in their classrooms, they are held accountable for what they are doing with their time with attendance and participation. The same thing could be accomplished through remote learning, but some kids won’t show up. Either they don’t deal well with the format or they don’t have the right technology at home to do it.

While learning from home, it can be harder to stay focused. There can be more distractions at home than at school. Teens may have their parents to help them stay on track, but the time management piece falls more to the teen to manage with remote learning.

Different type of socialization 

How are you doing with interacting with your friends and co-workers on screen? It is the same for our teens. I started a new day job during COVID. It has been harder to learn the job remotely. Can’t just tap a co-worker on the shoulder and ask a question. Have to make a phone call or set up a meeting.

What about the chatter that goes on in class that one can learn from? Not just about class, but about other things that go on in a teen’s life. Sure, some of those same things can happen in an online Zoom meeting or class, but what about what is gained by actually hanging out at school? Or, what are the mental health implications of not being there?

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Hanging out at school

One of the biggest social pieces missing right now for kids and teens. Building relationships with teachers and others is an important part of the school experience. It is a huge motivator to student success in school. Not to mention all of the school activities that have been modified or cancelled due to COVID-19.

Mental Health Aspect

The lack of social interaction that cames from hanging out at school and in-person learning has lead to students having feelings of isolation and depression. This is one of the reasons I start every blog post asking if you have checked in with that teen in your life this week? They are going through a lot of new feelings due to having to learn from home. Learning how to interact with people over a computer and giving up many activities including hanging out at school is a lot to have to deal with as a person. Ask them how they are doing and make sure they are okay.

Do you really know how teens doing with the transition between remote learning and in-person? Do we know how this different type of socialization has affected them? Have we checked in and asked them? Please let me know in the comments below.

The Hard Way

Looking for a good teen/young adult read about peer pressure and choosing your friends? How about checking out The Hard Way? Here is a link for more information.

The Hard Way

Cover design of my first book

Have a great week!