Those two topics in the title only go together because:
a) I have a WHOMPIN' viral infection that makes typing this entry feel like my fingers will fall off. That is how much my body hurts right now.
b) I am going to post some things in a booklet I found to get out of a lot of typing.
Circa 1952 (click on the pictures to make them larger):
I was a Girl Scout. In 197_something, something. And I remember feeling badly because all of the COOLEST badges were going on with the Boy Scouts. Archery. And canoeing. And killing bears.
Okay, maybe not the bears.
So, to soothe our souls, my friend Vicki and I set out to assemble the BIGGEST, BADDEST collections of badges EVER. Cooking and sewing and domesticating our little hearts out with some feminist "environmental recycling" thrown in.
But, I still wanted that Kayaking Badge.
I had no idea of the legacy that had been left to me. How far the Girl Scouts had come at that point. (And how far they are today...)
But, now I know where Martha Stewart gets her "know-how" anyway. She was probably an overambitious badge collector too. Except that she turned it into a media empire and I lost interest in favor of POWER TOOLS!
Nice stealth marketing on behalf of Stanley Home Products, by the way.
I look better with a SawZall in my hand than a mop, thank you very much.
(I'm off to take more Tylenol now...ouch. Ouch!)