The Camp Echo Lake Trail

Across the Way with Brenda: Look Up and Notice Something Awesome

Posted by on January 17, 2017

We were supposed to be packing up to fly home the next morning.  The end of our family vacation was inevitable and my “to do” list was getting all of my attention. I was very focused on which bathing suits were still damp – that…

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Across the Way with Brenda: The Antidote to Murphy’s Law

Posted by on October 25, 2016

Have you ever had a Monday morning when you felt like nothing was going your way?  You know, “Murphy’s Law” seemed to be everywhere you turned?  Let’s start with what the definition of Murphy’s Law is: “A rule that states, “If something can go wrong,…

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Across the Way with Brenda: Choose Kindness and Other Lessons from RJ Palacio

Posted by on April 12, 2016

Last night, here in Montreal, I was lucky enough listen to RJ Palacio tell her story.  If that name sounds familiar, I’m not surprised.  RJ Palacio is the author of the book Wonder, which tells the story of Auggie, a tough, sweet 10-year-old boy who…

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Across the Way with Brenda: The Green and Golden Rule

Posted by on February 23, 2016

Recently, I called my husband Jay to ask him a quick question.  I don’t remember the topic because it wasn’t pressing or high priority.  I simply had a moment, which was convenient for me, so I decided it was a good time to talk.  Since…

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Across the Way with Brenda- Senior Village Reflecting on Summer 2015

Posted by on November 25, 2015

  As we approached the final week of summer 2015, we gave each senior village camper and staff one final survey to complete.  The difference was that we didn’t ask the usual questions about your favorite food or your favorite activity.  In the final survey,…

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