Two Windows

A Moment in IOKDS History Ladies Home Journal Article Excerpt from Margaret Bottome’s featured column, “Heart to Heart Talks with The King’s Daughters”…January 1891 “Two Windows” “A friend in Berlin last summer told me the following story which helped me so much that I give it to you: “The dingy panes of glass in the…

Look Closer

Since before Christmas, I’ve been trying to get over this “nagging cough”… I can’t seem to get rid of it! It made me miss out on many of my family and friends’ Christmas traditional events, but my cough has also made me want to look closer into 2020. To help battle my cough, I’ve been…

What’s on the 2020 Agenda?

Just like it is important to have an annual physical for your body, it is important for IOKDS members to regularly examine their Circle, Branch, City Unions, Chapters, and the International facets of our organization. Perhaps you have experience in SWOT analysis which involves brainstorming internal strengths and weaknesses along with external threats and opportunities.…

What Counts?

We count money…we count birthdays…we count the number of days until Christmas Day…we count lots! What we don’t count enough of, though, are the blessings of kindness touching our lives and the lives of those around us. Yesterday I was reminded. I stopped over to my brother’s camp to return his thermal coffee mug…he brought…

Who Knows?

On November 9, 2019, I had the privilege of celebrating 30 years of the Fall of the Wall in Berlin, Germany. On a casual walk in East Berlin, my eye caught these words painted on a courtyard entry way arch: “We know who you are… We know what you do.” I caught my breath. As…

God’s Presence Yields God’s Presents

On Oct 19, 2019, I was lucky enough to not only attend the New York Branch Annual Meeting at the Notre Dame Retreat Center in Canandaigua, N.Y., but to give the meditation; or should I say, medication? You see, when we passed out the meeting agendas, we discovered that the word meditation was misspelled; it…

SCARLETT’S TOMORROW

How many times have you heard someone say, “I’ll think about that tomorrow,” “I’ll do that tomorrow,” or “Ask me again tomorrow”? This was the subject of a “Monday Morning Devotion by Diane” that a friend of mine e-mails to a group of people every week. After reading her devotion surmising that we have become…

Thank You God!

This is my favorite time of the year – Fall.  The trees are full of color, the air is crisp, and I can see God’s beauty everywhere.  But how often do we think of the other seasons of the year and their beauty?  In the winter, things are all resting (I don’t like to call…

A Change of View

A couple weeks ago, I had the pleasure of having a wonderful lunch with one of the remaining members of our old Omicron Circle, who fortunately like me, has stayed connected with IOKDS through her membership as a Member-At-Large.  As we were sitting at a table awaiting our fancy lunch to arrive, I noticed she…

Dream of the Old Days

Do you like Barbara Streisand’s recording, Memory?  When I hear the song, it brings back some of my personal memories about good times spent and leaves me energized with the warm emotion of nostalgia. While the melody and words give me feelings of connection with special people, they also motivate me to reconnect with old…

My Light…My Light

My twin sister, Beth, and I shared a bedroom growing up. Her twin bed was by the window, just how she liked it…so she could look out and see things. My twin bed was on the wall side of the room, just how “shy me” liked it…so I could face the wall. One bedtime ritual…

The Face in the Mirror

How many times have you looked in the mirror and wondered, “Who is that person looking back at me? Surely that face does not belong to me, because I’m not nearly that old!” When someone makes the statement that we are only as old as we feel, that age can make very dramatic swings from…

Faith and Community

As patterns of religious and philanthropic participation are changing across all types of groups and organizations, I think about IOKDS, an international, interdenominational, and intergenerational Christian organization. Trends of lower religious affiliation and activity may be leading to less charitable time and money giving as well as less community engagement. Can our local, state/province, and…

Busy Hands, Stronger Circles

Our daughter has recently co-authored an educational enrichment book entitled, “Better Together.” The book focuses on how working together eases the workload, brings new ideas into the classroom, strengthens the learning process and builds relationships. When applied to KDS, having a Circle Project can bring new life to the group, which strengthens the circle, the…