Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Internally Grateful

I love that line in Jerry McGuire where Ray randomly states, “Did you know that the human head weighs 8 pounds?  Well, I don’t know if that’s true, but I do know about 3 ½ pounds of that weight would consist of your brain.  Or so John Silva, the host of the new NatGeo show Brain Games, claims.  If you have a social life you may have missed the show.  Friday night at 9:00 isn’t the best of time slots.  But, you should try to catch it On Demand if you can.  The games and experiments featured will seriously blow your mind.  I know it sounds all brain researchy, but trust me, it’s profoundly entertaining.

Speaking of brain research, I happen to love it.  Many moons ago I used to teach other teachers about brain-based learning.  It’s fascinating how the brain works.  Isn’t it intriguing that we all know there’s a thin strip of paper hanging out of the top of a Hershey Kiss yet most of us don’t know it’s called a niggly wiggly?  How is it that we’ve gone our entire lives and not asked what the name of that thing was?  It’s probably for the same reason that Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups have been around for 85 years and no one has figured out how to get that little smudge of “Reese’s Residue” off the middle of the wrapper?

I’m not trying to pick on the Hershey Company here.  These are just things I think about.  (There’s no doubt my brain is looking at quirky in the rear view mirror.)  Kisses wouldn’t be the same without the niggly wiggle.  And don’t even think about divorcing the peanut butter from the chocolate.  Think about the children!  There truly is something to be said for putting classic combinations together.  Lucy and Ethel.  Pepperoni and cheese.  Socks and sandals…okay maybe not socks and sandals!  But truly one of the best combinations to date would have to be Community Foundations and interns. 

This past weekend I attended the wedding of one of our former Foundation interns.  It was an elegant wedding with a beautiful bride and a handsome (and hilarious) groom.  It’s hard to believe that Katie has already graduated from college, married the man of her dreams, and secured a job with a real paycheck and benefits.  Alas, that’s what interns do.  Students go off to college, choose a major, and then some of them get to practice their real-world skills right here at the Community Foundation before they venture off into the big, scary world.  All of this thanks to a ‘Community Foundations Intern Program’ grant from Lilly Endowment, Inc. which is administered by the Indiana Grantmakers Alliance. 

So, today’s blog is a thank you note to both Lilly Endowment, Inc. and Indiana Grantmaker’s Alliance.  It doesn’t take a brain surgeon to see that we are internally grateful.  (See what I did there? J) Thanks!

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