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Entries from April 2010

Jury Duty: An Experience of Civic Duty

April 29th, 2010 · No Comments · Home, Muse News

I was just was called for Jury Duty and was found out I was a potential juror for a three week or more trial. I was thinking that was a long time, but if I could learn something by the experience it might be interesting. In the end, I was excused from the juror pool along with some ten or so others. The case was regarding the letting go of an employee after some 35 years or so employment. The employer was being sued by the plaintiff for letting her go on the grounds of discrimination: age and disability. I had given the case some thought over the two days as a prospective juror and I said to the court…

“It seems to me this case is about three things:

1. Aging – How does one experience getting older?
2. Change – Is one a victim of it or accepting of it if

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Feature April 2010

April 25th, 2010 · No Comments · Featured Musings, Home

An Inspiring Woman

Often times, our inspirations come from influences that resonate with our sense of self. My inspiration for writing this April Feature comes from Kate Douglas Wiggins and the letter she wrote to The Girl Scouts of America where she points out that The Girl Scouts is a training school for womanhood.

An Expose on Kate Douglas Wiggin (1856-1923)

Kate Douglas Wiggin was an American educator and author of children’s stories. She was born Kate Douglas Smith on September 28, 1856 in Philadelphia of Welsh descent and died August 24, 1923 (aged 66) in Harrow, Middlesex, England. A graduate of Abbot Academy, Class of 1873, she started the first free kindergarten in San Francisco in 1878 (the Silver Street Free Kindergarten). With her sister during the 1880s she also established a training school for kindergarten teachers.

Kate Wiggin devoted her adult life to the welfare of children in an era when children were commonly thought of as cheap labour.

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