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The adorable, always humorous MBA Jane is my way of honoring our Sisterhood Merit Badge program, now with 7,428 dues-paying members who have earned an amazing number of merit badges so far—10,782 total! Take it away, MBA Jane!!! ~MaryJane
Wondering who I am? I’m Merit Badge Awardee Jane (MBA Jane for short). In my former life …
For this week’s Each Other/Her-Story Expert Level Merit Badge, I settled down for a long nap, lovely weekend of my favorite thing (after snack food): reading.
Ah, books, how do I love thee?
Let me count the ways:
Of course, there are more reasons, but time to get to our badge, Madge.
To earn my Expert Level badge, I needed to read two biographies, one featuring someone from the 1800s and one from the 1900s.
My trusty librarian at my side (Some people have replaced their friendly local librarians with an app like Goodreads or Amazon and the like, but I prefer my librarians to be of the flesh-and-blood variety. Call me old-fashioned.), I picked out my first book …
Pioneer Girl, by Laura Ingalls Wilder.
I knew I wanted to read more about ‘Half-Pint,’ my favorite and bestest girlfriend of my childhood. Naturally, we had never actually met, but I feel Laura and I would have gotten along famously, had we only been alive at the same time in history. Of course, there are simply scads of biographies written about my Bestie, but I wanted the info straight from the horse’s mouth, so to speak.
Ah, Bunny! Laura’s trusty steed would have liked me, too. I just know it.
I ate up Pioneer Girl like it was going out of style. Some interesting facts I learned about her:
Still eager for more Half-Pint facts? Read her Little House series, autobiography, diary entries, watch the television series starring Melissa Gilbert and Michael Landen, view documentaries, take a road trip to all the places she lived and traveled to, go to their museums … why, there’s even a full-length musical about Laura and a Japanese anime series!
New life goal: become so important that someone makes a musical and/or a anime series about me.
Craving a quiz?
Well, here’s one that’ll cause you to scratch your head in puzzlement before you even begin pondering the answers.
The following is a list of incredibly kooky laws from around the globe. Try guessing the locations that passed the laws, then I’ll reveal the answers at the end of the post.
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My featured Merit Badge Awardee of the Week is … Sherrilyn Askew!
Sherrilyn Askew (Sherri, #1350) has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching & Crafting for earning an Intermediate Level Mosaics Merit Badge!
“I made a larger mosaic piece (larger than the last one). I am making a series of stepping stones that are being installed in our hummingbird garden (currently under construction). My daughter is helping me by making a few stones as well. We need them as paths to get to the spigot which is in the garden, and to be able to get at the weeds in the beds. It’s a pretty big garden.
The first one I made, my partner “helped” me with, so I had to take a wire brush to it when it dried to get the concrete off of the tiles. The second one, I lectured him about leaving it alone and letting me do it, so I only had to brush the edges to soften the concrete corners a bit. Since I made it on the 4th of July, that is its theme. My daughter and her friend made stones that day as well. I love the way they all turned out.”