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19 July 2019 Maybe you garden, and you define growth in terms of the flowers that bloom or the vegetables that fill your kitchen table. Sometimes it feels like those string beans will never grow, or the hydrangea will never blossom. “Did I use the right fertilizer? Did I forget to water?” And then one day, as if by magic, your garden is in full bloom, and that salad never tasted better.   Maybe you teach, and you define growth by how well your students can apply their knowledge from one context to the next. There might be some days when you think they have no idea what’s going on. “Did I forget to tell them something? Did I not give them the resources?” And then from the far corner of the room, you hear the most insightful response that changes your perspective, and you smile.   Regardless of what you do, growth happens, so embrace it. (I feel like that should be our catchphrase.) Meet it head-on instead of shying away from it and saying, “I’ll do it next time.”    No. Do it now! Staying in your comfort zone is easy. It’s what you know, and it’ll be there when you’re ready for a break. But for now, step out of your comfort zone, and join us in the stretch zone. You know, that fuzzy area between what’s comfortable and what scares the crap out of you. That’s where growth happens. Because, as one of our Harvard Graduate School of Education leaders recently said, “Great things never came from comfort zones.”   So try that thing you’ve been putting off: implement that cooperative learning strategy that frightens you, plant that fickle flower that you’ve coveted for years, surf that gnarly set, bro, or climb the crux you've been avoiding. Whatever you do, we encourage you to get uncomfortable because great things will happen.  

Cape Ann Partnership Provides GMGI Leadership Seminar

Local Non-Profits Combine Resources and Utilize the Cape Ann Community Foundation Grant to Develop Leadership Skills in Gloucester Biotechnology Academy Students

Biergarten + Sun = A Wonderful Weekend

20 May 2019 On historic property designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, the Notch Mobile Biergarten brought the South Lawn to life this past weekend with families, friends, and so many dogs. We are lucky to be situated on property that seems to be an oasis on the North Shore. The drawback to being an oasis is that not many people know where we are. I suppose that aligns with Olmsted’s original vision of his design, but we want to share what we have with our community and neighbors. The Notch Mobile Biergarten embodies this idea, so it seemed only natural to plan a weekend where we could gather our people and be present for an afternoon. Some folks who joined us came from Cambridge and Somerville, while others wandered in from Beverly and were thankful that we were “right next door.” There was even one couple who took a wrong turn on their way to go fishing and was pleasantly surprised at what they found instead. It’s incredible what you’ll find when you’re not looking. Our enjoyment came from the amount of people enjoying each other and their sense of place. Phones were put away, lawn games were taken out, and laughter was heard throughout the day. We couldn’t have asked for anything more. We set a goal to share our space with our community and watch them take as much enjoyment from it as we do every day. I think Olmsted would agree that we met that goal, and while we hope to do it again, I’m pretty sure he’s pleased that so many people were able to enjoy his life’s work right here on the North Shore.​

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