6th Grade Travelers

6th GradersLast week I spoke to about sixty sixth graders at Maryetta Elementary School about my trip to South America during my Semester at Sea adventure!  In this picture I was telling the kids a story about when my friends and I stayed in a riverboat on the Amazon River.  We had caught a crocodile on a late night outing and our guide brought it back for us to play with.  They were a great group of kids.  We had fun!

Quick Tip: Holiday Weight Gain

On average Americans believe they gain 5 to 10 pounds from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day.  Actual weight gain is projected to be 1 pound according to the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.  Suprised???  I was.  The article continued to state that those who exercise during the holidays are less likely to gain weight.  Therefor one of the best preventative mechanisms against holiday weight gain may be physical activity.  No matter the case, make one of your goals during the holiday season consistency.  (November 2013 issue of the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, eatright.org)

Tawnie Goodwin


I cannot imagine spending 27 years of my life in prison for graciously trying to reconcile a population.  Nelson Mandela did it in a way in which many could not–he did it without showing bitterness or strife toward others.  My quote today is from Mandela.  We should count it a blessing to learn from his gracious example of selflessness and forgiveness.

“Difficulties break some men but make others.”  ~ Nelson Mandela

source:  http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/12/05/nelson-mandela-s-most-inspiring-quotes.html

Quote of the Day

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”  ~ Theodor Roosevelt ~