Beth Peterson

The Uses of Unhappiness

In honor of Memorial Day, some musings on Ralph Waldo Emerson’s first two sermons, and a bobbin boy named Nathaniel Prentiss Banks, who came from poverty and grew up to be an ardent abolitionist, and perhaps the least accomplished Union General in the Civil War.

Most Likely to Be a Girl Scout

In high school, the yearbook editors jokingly gave our guest speaker, Beth Peterson, that title, and there was nothing cool about that. Now, 30+ years later as a leader, Beth sees Girl Scouts doing pretty much the same things, yet somehow her neighbor is sending her emails with links to diatribes about how Girl Scouts … Continued