Celebrating MBE this International Women’s Day

Happy International Women’s Day! I love that this day exists for us to celebrate all kinds of diversity and women who are making an impact around the world. One of those women, one who I’m so glad we have to celebrate today, is Mary Baker Eddy. I’ve been thinking a lot recently about the impact that Mary Baker Eddy has … Read More

Four ways CLC prepared me to be an actor

On the surface, spending a summer at camp and performing a play are very different activities. For example, at camp we try to unplug from gadgets and get outside, while plays are (usually) indoors and often require quite a bit of technology to pull off. But as a professional actor in Chicago for the past six years, I’ve found many … Read More

Winter Camp Reflections

“You’re going to spend New Year’s at camp?” my friend said,”Isn’t that gonna be a little cold?”   Well, honestly, yes.  It was a bit cold.  But it made the hikes around the lake invigorating and the light dusting of snow beautiful.  The lodge and Alford Hall were nice and toasty, though.  With fires crackling, we toasted marshmallows for s’mores, … Read More

The Gift of Truth

This morning while driving to an early meeting I was listening to a program on NPR.  The topic was having a “no gift Christmas.” — the basic idea is that people have enough stuff and maybe the gift of time or presence is worth considering.  I didn’t hear the end of the program, but the idea kept coming back to … Read More

South America 2018

In mid-November, Becca and I headed down to JFK Airport in New York to begin a 16-day trip to share about the activities and opportunities at Crystal Lake Camps with Christian Science church members and attendees in several cities in South America. We had a wonderful time meeting lots of new people, sharing about the impact and mission that a … Read More

The Power Behind Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is really a tremendous time of year.  I was really struck last spring about it, as I happened to be in London at a church’s Wednesday evening service, and a testifier gave a testimony that came out of prayerful work she had done from the previous Thanksgiving.  What a contribution to humanity Mrs. Eddy has given us through this … Read More

The Origin of The Monster Mash

There are specific things about Halloween that make Halloween the most Halloween possible that Halloween can be. No matter what you call it – Halloween, All Hallows’ Eve, All Saints’ Eve – even if you use the little comma and call it Hallowe’en (not sure why you would do that but hey, to each their spooky own) October 31st is … Read More

A Trip to Prince Edward Island Canada

I started working at Crystal Lake Camps the summer of 2013. Whenever the councilors invited me, I would visit the Dunwoody boys to read a bed time story to them. My favorite was reading chapters from “Anne of Green Gables” by Lucy Maud Montgomery (or Maud as her friends called her). I found a yellowing copy of it on the … Read More

Creating a Planet Run by the Sun

In high school I began to learn about the various environmental challenges that our earth is facing. At The Principia College I continued to study which factors are negatively influencing our planet and how we as humans can still be positive change agents, within my sustainability minor. I became most fascinated in mankind’s involvement in greenhouse gases such as coal, … Read More

Designs of Love in Henna

I’ve been doing henna for about 3 years – so not too long. I’m Indian, and so I was always used to henna in my culture. Whenever there would be a wedding, there would be henna there, and I was always fascinated by it. One day, I bought a tube from the market and I tried it out! I fell … Read More