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Captain Jennifer Harris Exhibit

The International Women's Air & Space Museum (IWASM) has a temporary exhibit on Captain Jennifer Harris, a Marine Corps Casualty Evacuation pilot. She served three tours of duty between 2003 and 2007, the first in Kuwait and the next two in Iraq. Captain Harris saved countless lives by flying in and out of combat areas for the emergency evacuation of injured soldiers and Iraqi citizens.

After graduating from the United States Naval Academy in 2000, Captain Harris learned to fly the CH-46 Sea Knight Helicopter. She was then assigned to Marine Helicopter Squadron HMM-364, Purple Foxes, and immediately deployed for Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF). A legendary squadron, the Purple Foxes became famous in Vietnam for repeatedly going into harm's way, under any conditions, in order to evacuate the wounded. That dedication continued in OIF. Harris was the first deployed female pilot in the Purple Foxes Squadron, and she eventually became promoted to the rank of Captain.

Captain Harris was one of the best CH-46 pilots in the Marine Corps. Unfortunately, on February 7, 2007, the very last flight of her third deployment and after completing a successful casualty evacuation mission, Captain Harris was killed in action when her helicopter was shot down by insurgents.

Currently, on display in the museum are her military uniform jacket, a model of the CH-46 Sea Knight Helicopter she flew, her Aviator Flight Log Book, her military dog tags, her Naval Academy class ring, and personal photographs.

Captain Jennifer Harris Exhibit

The museum offers free admission. Exhibit hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., seven days a week. Office, gift shop and research center hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.

The International Women's Air & Space Museum is located in the terminal of Burke Lakefront Airport, only seconds from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum and the Great Lakes Science Center. The mission of IWASM is to preserve the history of women in aviation and space and to document their continuing contributions today and in the future. In 1986 the museum opened in Centerville, Ohio. IWASM was welcomed to the City of Cleveland, Ohio in 1998, where you will find their home at Burke Lakefront Airport. Exhibits are in the lobby at Burke, as well as the west concourse, and are accessible seven days a week. For additional information please visit www.iwasm.org.


Should Old Acquaintance Be (Not) Forgot

I love this picture.

Girl Scouts in a basement


It’s goofy and you can feel the love between these girls from Troop 70141 all Juniors in colleges spanning the US from California to Pennsylvania. I am proud to say I was a Troop leader for these girls. It’s a picture of a sisterhood forged from Brownies to Ambassadors, a snapshot of these Go-getters who learned a lot about what it means to be a G.I.R.L. in their years together. They were Innovators when they used the icicles from a winter camp out to power their rolling ice cream maker, Risk-takers when they all zip-lined their way through the Wilds wildlife sanctuary and demonstrated their Leadership in highest awards, with one of these girls even taking a seat as a girl board member for GSNEO. They forged a sisterhood, their first experience knowing that a strong female network would lift them up and help them succeed.

Dr. Andrea Bastiani Archibald, Developmental Psychologist is a big fan of an all girl environment, touting its benefits and dispelling myths. “As for the theory that girls in all-girl environments just end up getting catty and tearing one another down? Quite simply, it’s wrong. Here’s the thing: the harmful stereotype of girls and women being backstabbing “mean girls” has existed for hundreds of years. But girls are more likely to be ultra-competitive with one another in environments where there’s only one or two spaces for them to take the lead. In all-girl environments? Every leadership opportunity in every area will be given to a girl, so girls learn to champion one another and collaborate rather than feel threatened. The friendships she’ll forge through these groups will form the basis of a powerful network of women who can support one another as they grow.” I can say that I experienced this magic first-hand.

I can also attest these are not skills that are temporary but deeply ingrained and a strong foundation to build upon. Bastiani continues “And these benefits?a greater sense of confidence, a higher comfort level with taking risks, the ability to claim every space as a space where girls and women belong, and the support and encouragement of a strong female network truly will help your daughter throughout her life. Studies show that girls who take part in certain all-girl activities go on to have more successful careers, experience higher levels of education, and be happier in life in general.”

Thanks for your contribution to our G.I.R.L.s. I hope one day you get to take a goofy picture in your basement like I did and savor your Girl Scout memories, while you plan many more!

M. Jane Christyson,
Chief Executive Officer,
Girl Scouts of North East Ohio


Beetology beet + veggie drink Cleveland Cooks™ Review

Let me start with a disclaimer. I do NOT like beets. I know they are healthy but I never could acquire a taste for them. They are bad enough cold but I tried a hot Borscht soup once on vacation and had to run to the restroom. Given that, I decided to give the Beetology beet + veggie drink a try to get the health benefits of beets. I chilled it in the refrigerator and shook it well as advised. Then the moment of truth. I liked it! A lot!

The ingredients on the bottle I had listed Beet Juice, Green Apple Juice, Carrot Juice, Kale and Celery. Outside of the green apple juice none of those ingredients sounded appealing to me but the combination was tasty. It didn't taste like any of the individual ingredients. I guess I could taste a hint of the beets but it wasn't the taste I had rejected over a lifetime. There seemed to be a slight peppery taste though that was not an ingredient. It just tasted good.

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Getting a prescription filled (humor)

A nice, calm and respectable lady went into the pharmacy, walked up to the pharmacist, looked straight into his eyes, and said, "I'd like to buy some cyanide".

The pharmacist asked, "Why in the world do you need cyanide? The lady replied, "I need it to poison my husband."

The pharmacist's eyes got big and he explained, "Lord have mercy! I can't give you cyanide to kill your husband, that's against the law. I'll lose my license! They'll throw both of us in jail! All kinds of bad things will happen. Absolutely not! You CANNOT have any cyanide. Just get a divorce!"

The lady reached into her purse and pulled out a picture of her husband in bed with the pharmacist's wife.

The pharmacist looked at the picture and said, "You didn't tell me you had a prescription."


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Wisdom of the Chalkboard

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Are you a Foodie?

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ClevelandWomen.Com Book of the Week
The Girl on the Train



The #1 New York Times Bestseller, USA Today Book of the Year, now a major motion picture starring Emily Blunt. The debut psychological thriller that will forever change the way you look at other people's lives.

Intersecting, overlapping, not-quite-what-they-seem lives. Jealousies and betrayals and wounded hearts. A haunting unease that clutches and won’t let go. All this and more helps propel Paula Hawkins’s addictive debut into a new stratum of the psychological thriller genre. At times, I couldn’t help but think: Hitchcockian. From the opening line, the reader knows what they’re in for: “She’s buried beneath a silver birch tree, down towards the old train tracks…” But Hawkins teases out the mystery with a veteran’s finesse. The “girl on the train” is Rachel, who commutes into London and back each day, rolling past the backyard of a happy-looking couple she names Jess and Jason. Then one day Rachel sees “Jess” kissing another man. The day after that, Jess goes missing. The story is told from three character’s not-to-be-trusted perspectives: Rachel, who mourns the loss of her former life with the help of canned gin and tonics; Megan (aka Jess); and Anna, Rachel’s ex-husband’s wife, who happens to be Jess/Megan’s neighbor. Rachel’s voyeuristic yearning for the seemingly idyllic life of Jess and Jason lures her closer and closer to the investigation into Jess/Megan’s disappearance, and closer to a deeper understanding of who she really is. And who she isn’t. This is a book to be devoured. -Neal Thompson

The Girl on the Train: A Novel


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Domestic Violence

Domestic violence is a pattern of repeated physical, sexual and emotional violence and behaviors that one person in a relationship uses to exercise power and control over the other. Cleveland and Northeast Ohio have many resources for victims of domestic violence.

Main Domestic Violence Page including:

  • What is domestic violence?
  • Why do partners abuse?
  • Are you in an abusive relationship?
  • Domestic Violence Emergency Help

Domestic Violence and Children

Domestic Violence and Immigrants

Housing Protections for Victims of Domestic Violence

Civil Protection Orders for Victims of Domestic Violence


Special Deals and Shopping for Cleveland Women and Girls

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