The password for today is one year wiser.

From 7/31/14-

Today is a special day. It is the 34th birthday of the Boy Who Lived and the 49th birthday of the author who kept us captivated for over a decade and taught many of us how to immerse ourselves in a good book. In honor of this momentous occasion, I present to you ten lessons from the Wizarding World that can be translated to our daily lives right here at camp.

  1. No single house is more important or admirable than another. Each stands out for its own unique strengths and virtues.
  2. Never be afraid to stand up for your convictions and go with your gut, even if a 3-headed dog or 2-face man stands in the way.
  3. There’s a lot more to a meal than just food- dinnertime is bonding time. Food is good too, though.
  4. Sometimes a tough exterior is just disguising the best of intentions. Take the time to understand and appreciate the people around you, peers and potions maters alike.
  5. Don’t believe everything you hear. Quick-notes quills never tell the whole truth.
  6. Don’t try to grow up too fast. Sometimes all the answers lie in a children’s book.
  7. Bushy-haired girls can be heroes too.
  8. Never underestimate the power of humor. Sometimes a good joke is all you need to diffuse the tension.
  9. Take the time to appreciate nature and the world around you, even the parts you can’t see.
  10. Don’t hesitate to ask for help. The most meaningful victory are the ones you earn hand-in-hand with your friends.

-Lady Kate Gladstone

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