Girl Scouts Together


girl scout pic

From first grade on, I was in Girl Scouts. It is a won­der­ful orga­ni­za­tion which gave me a great deal of skills and expe­ri­ence. I was a bit of an over­achiever in it and earned most of the awards possible.

When I went for my First Class Award, they were tran­si­tion­ing into a new pro­gram so I earned both the old and the new pro­gram which included the Sil­ver and Gold Awards. These awards were much more com­pli­cated than just earn­ing a sin­gle badge or chal­lenge. The Gold Award is very much the equiv­a­lent of earn­ing the Eagle Scout Award in Boy Scouts.

I also was the youngest ever in my area to earn the Green Angel Pin for out­stand­ing troop lead­ers. As part of earn­ing my Gold Award, I was a troop leader for a Brownie troop (grades 1 to 3). I always had assis­tant lead­ers who were over the age of 18, since I was still a minor, but I ran the troop.

Even now as an adult. I still try to live my life very much by the Girl Scout Law as it was when I was in Girl Scouts. Changes have hap­pened since then, but I still believe that Girl Scouts is a won­der­ful orga­ni­za­tion for teach­ing skills and pro­vid­ing expe­ri­ences that are both fun and edu­ca­tional. Skills you can use your whole lifetime.

If you would like more infor­ma­tion about Girl Scouts in the US, check out their main web­site at

There are also Girl Scouts and Girl Guides in many other coun­tries around the world.

Being Small Enough to Fit in a Shoebox



me at 3

That is an odd title I know, but there is a story behind it. From the time I was 2 years old, I went up to San Fran­cisco and saw an oph­thal­mol­o­gist named Dr. Jam­pol­ski. He always said that I had been his patient since I was small enough to fit in a shoe box.

He would sched­ule all day appoint­ments for me and have doc­tors and res­i­dents from all over the world come to see my eyes. Being a very small child, and hav­ing 20 or 30 strangers all look­ing into my eyes was quite a les­son in learn­ing how to be patient.

He did that because I had so many dif­fer­ent eye prob­lems in one set of eyes. I have been writ­ten up in many med­ical jour­nals and text­books to help teach eye doc­tors. I am happy that all those hours sit­ting and hav­ing my eyes exam­ined, has led to research that has helped so many other patients with their eyes over the years.

A more per­sonal and direct exam­ple of the research on my eyes help­ing some­one else is my cousin Scot, (who is 11 years younger than me). He also saw Dr. Jam­pol­ski on my mother’s rec­om­men­da­tion, and they were able to do more for his eyes based on the data col­lected on mine. That is a really good feeling.

Who am I?


rach old

Well I am on a new excit­ing jour­ney and I hope all of you enjoy the jour­ney with me. How I got here is an inter­est­ing story in itself.

Raised in a small town in the Cen­tral Val­ley of Cal­i­for­nia, I was a pio­neer in main­stream­ing in Cal­i­for­nia. I also was active at a young age in grass roots and polit­i­cal cam­paign­ing. I was a Girl Scout from first grade on. From the time I was a small child, I was placed in the role of leader, men­tor, teacher, and advocate.

My orig­i­nal goal was to get a teach­ing cre­den­tial and open an edu­ca­tional con­sult­ing busi­ness on the side pri­mar­ily in the area of edu­ca­tion and spe­cial needs. I have run into some snags along the way. So now I am start­ing a new path to get me out of the rut and into the running.