Tuesday, December 29, 2015

WHAT IF WOMEN RULED THE WORLD?


WHAT IF WOMEN RULED THE WORLD?
Former White House press secretary Dee Dee Myers says it could happen

Waaay, waay back in February 2008, Ms. Myers mused that:
Women should rule the world.
That was it, the answer to her frustration and growing political alienation. It seemed so simple, so obvious. Women!

If women were in charge, things might actually change. Instead of posturing, we’d have cooperation. Instead of gridlock, we’d have progress. Instead of a shouting match, we’d have a conversation. A very long conversation.  But a conversation nonetheless. Everyone would just hold hands and sing “Kumbaya.”   Or would they?

Jump to 2015 and we of the Red Hat Society ponder, “What would life be like if Red and Pink Hatters ruled the world?”


For starters, if Hatters were in charge, the world would at least be more fun and definitely more colorful.  Picture us teaching the world leaders to line dance.  (No leaders required in line dancing; quite a sobering thought!) Most Hatters are through with the outdated “women are the power behind the throne” idea.  Considering our demographic controls most of the purse strings; we own the throne.  Collectively, we have the wisdom of the ages.  Let’s put it to good use. Here we come!  Now let’s all hold hands and finally sing that song. And, maybe will still have time for a spot of tea.

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Tuesday, December 22, 2015

WANT TO AVOID DISEASE? HUG MORE

If you failed to get a flu shot this year, you should cuddle up. New research suggests that you can inoculate yourself from common diseases with hugs. It seems counterintuitive, especially since germs are easily spread through physical contact. But researchers from Carnegie Mellon are convinced a new study shows hugs and other forms of social support actually prevent illness. They exposed 400 random individuals to a cold or flu virus through nasal drops, then quarantined them for a week in a hotel.

Meanwhile, they asked the participants about how much support and physical contact they had received recently. Those who felt more supported by their loved ones--and received more hugs--were significantly less susceptible to stress-induced infections.

 Actually, hugs have long been scientifically-associated with stress relief. When we embrace others, oxytocin is released into our brains, making us feel more secure and trusting towards each other. It’s known as “the bonding hormone,” and when it’s released it lowers our cortisol levels, reducing stress. But never before have hugs been shown to protect against disease. So while flu shots are still the best bet for avoiding sickness, it can't hurt to augment your prevention routine with as many hugs as you can get!


Helpful hint from The Daily Curio, thank you.  Red Hat Society Members are hugging PROs!



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Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Rule #1 - Red Hat Society Style



One of the wisest people we know is Ruby RedHat, our RHS mascot.  Her adventures with Pink Pearl can be followed in our broadcasts.  We hope that you are familiar with her famous “Top Ten Rules forLiving.”  Red Hat Society Members don’t have many real rules, like Pirates, these rules are more like guidelines. If you don’t know about Rule #1, let us introduce you:

“Accept Reality and live in the here and now.”

When asked to elaborate on this rule, Ruby said:  “We (Red and Pink Hatters) accept life, and people, as they are.  When push comes to shove, we have to do that.  The sooner we stop wasting our energy trying to change other people or inevitable circumstances, the sooner we can expend our strength on what we want to do with rest of our lives. 

A large part of accepting reality is doing the best we can within the boundary of the day in which we are currently living. Among the things we can never change is our past. Ruby says there’s no point wasting valuable mental energy rehashing our personal histories, and she’s right!

So here’s to living in the present and enjoying life to the fullest! #RHSisSimplyFun

(Ruby RedHat’s “Top Ten Rules for Living” may be found on the RHS website, www.RedHatsociety.com under Fun Stuff.)

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Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Adult Coloring Books - Relax and color

 
Adult Coloring Books have recently become top sellers on Amazon.com. Adult Coloring Books are a FUN way to relieve stress and sharpen your mental skills. "Studies have shown that making art can normalize blood pressure, cortisol levels and heart rate as well as improve feelings of well-being and self-esteem," says Erica Curtis, LMFT, art therapist and instructor with UCLArts and Healing. "Coloring involves attention to the present moment," says Curtis. "And, like during meditation your mind may wander, yet the task of coloring requires it to return to the focal point that is grounded in the present."

Coloring a Mandela or plaid design for 20 minutes was found to be more effective at reducing anxiety levels compared with free-form coloring over the same amount of time.

Coloring books are a way for people to artistically express themselves when they may lack the skills or ability to try traditional art forms like painting, sculpting or craftwork. You don't have to learn how to color. This is why coloring may be ideal for people with decreased cognitive function, like dementia or Alzheimer's disease, or those who have trouble concentrating.

When is the best time to color? Whenever you need it! "Just like following a healthy diet and exercise, the more you do it, the more you will reap its positive rewards," says Curtis. Five to 10 minutes here or there throughout the week is all you may need!

Highlights from UCLA Health newsletter, October 2015, "Mind and Memory"

Being a Red Hat Society Member is also stress relieving. Try it! 


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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

QUEEN AND MEMBER BOARD (QMB)











Red Hatters tend to be talented, resourceful and creative women.  If you have any doubts about this, spend some time browsing through the RHS website, specifically the topics on the QMB (Queen and Member Board), the place to put your finger on the pulse of the RHS itself.  And I can prove my point beautifully by quoting a fabulous recent post (very slightly edited for brevity's sake) comparing the Queen and Member Board itself to a big house:

"I see it like a huge, rambling Victorian. A 'painted lady' of the finest kind with wide halls, warm fireplaces, cool, pleasant porches, window seats in towers and big expansive rooms with pocket doors that can make space to hold lots of QMBers at one time. There are still plenty of those cozy little rooms and hidden nooks that you can easily miss if you aren't careful.  There are rooms for almost every reason you can imagine.

Every morning while still in my jammies, I grab a cuppa and zip across a lawn that's still dewy and cool (please wipe your feet) to slip into that big house thru the side door.
That's the door marked Active Topics. That way I don't miss anything that was said about me while I was asleep.  And I don't waste time opening doors to empty rooms.

The first place I usually head is The Chapel because we all know that scary things happen at night.  It says Spiritual, Inspirational, Prayer Requests on the door. It's a quiet room but I've never gone in there with a prayer request and found it empty.  There always seems to be a Sister handy to pray with or for you, your loved ones or someone else in need.

Then I usually head back to the front of the house and start 'prowling the halls' to see who is around and what's happening.
I always stop by the Events Calendar in the main hall. Only way I can keep track of who, what, when, where and where?
I usually stop by all the big Event rooms to see what's being planned but I don't say much unless I'm going too. Then I like to make sure I join in the short meetings and planning sessions. Talking about the anticipated event just makes it all the more fun when I get there.  Of course, I am always popping in and out of the QMB Reunion room, teasing everyone about this event.

Right thru that side door is a cute little room that Sue Ellen turned into a gallery of sorts and there are always lots of photos of Sisters and their events on display.  I love to just wander the room enjoying the pictures. (Sometimes I even see myself!)  Over in the corner is a large basket for items lost or found at Red Hat Society events.

I slip into the front reception room for new members and usually find Jet there making everyone feel welcome. The questions just fly around the room. I love to watch the new Hatters enjoying the QMB.
Take a left and there is a large room down another wide hallway called The Comedy Club. Lots of hi-jinks going on in there 24/7. No cover charge, no minimum and no dress code. BYOB.

Directly across the hall is another very large room. High ceilings with wide windows letting in lots of sunlight make it an inviting spot for a good natter. Big comfy couches and chairs, rockers and lounges, and a huge wraparound porch leading down to the gardens and then ultimately to the beach. The sign over that door reads Hatters Chatter and Wow! Do we ever.
You'll find discussions going on about everything from the weather to windows, from squirrels to shoe sizes. Always something being said to give you pause to think or just have a good time.

Making my way through all the rooms I find Sisters in the Library having a discussion about a current best seller and the newest Hollywood release. The hum and glow coming from the computer lab tells me someone is posting a new photo. The room with Quiet Please! on the door is the Writers Workshop. There's even a room labeled "It's All About Me!" (Milestones and Accomplishments)

Lately several Sisters can be found in the kitchen. The good smells coming from that room will make your mouth water. Seems like someone is always trying out a new healthy twist on an old over-loaded recipe or else passing out samples of some gooey concoction. Either way it's always a treat.

I love the Arts and Crafts Room. Big tables to spread out your work, shelves full of all the materials needed for scrapbooking, card making, hat making and decorating, gifts and give-aways, decorations and centerpieces and so much more.  And always a Sister or two to help.
Watch out!! That glue gun is hot!

Oh yes! There is a First Aid and Safety room too.

Right by the back door is a large electronic world map mounted on the wall at just the perfect height for us shorties. Push the lighted button for the state or country you are interested in and you'll be able to find out what's happening at home with our Sisters when they aren't here at The House.

There are more rooms than I can list and I enjoy every one of them. Now that I'm retired I zip next door much more often.

Oh sure, sometimes I might hear raised voices over one issue or another. Sometimes it can make my visit a little uncomfortable. So I just quietly shut that door behind me and move down the hall to another room and another discussion.

I like coming in The House and finding friends scattered throughout the rooms.  I like seeing new acquaintances, listening to a different point of view or meeting someone for the first time. 
I remember the first couple of times I visited The House as a new Red Hatter.  I felt like I was invisible.  Then I got lucky and found a few friends willing to listen to a new voice and the rest is herstory.

Now I move through this huge house with the ease and familiarity of a treasured cleaning lady.

ROTFLMBO.....

Can just anyone wander in here? No!
You have to be an official Member.
Is it free? No!
It costs a whole whopping $.06 a day for 24/7 access.

What's it really worth?
It's priceless!"

"Sin City Pat", AKA Queen Pat Hickok (Sin City Sweethearts, Las Vegas, Nevada)

Pretty creative, right?  Queen Pat has done a beautiful job of describing the experience that awaits any Red or Pink Hatter who visits the QMB and stays around long enough to get acquainted.

Excerpt from 05/30/14 Friday Broadcast Introduction by Sue Ellen Cooper

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Thursday, November 19, 2015

Mini Apple Tarts

The joy of having company and entertaining is one of the many things the Red Hat ladies like to do. The holidays are the perfect time for baking and cooking some of our favorite foods and sharing a laugh with our closest friends and family.  Here is a very quick, simple, and delicious recipe that your guest will be happy to enjoy!

 Ingredients:
Crescent Rolls dough
Granny smith apple sliced or chopped
1/4 cup Butter
1 tsp Cinnamon
4 tbsp Brown sugar 
1/2 tsp Pumpkin spice (optional)









1.Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2.Unroll the croissant roll dough.

3.  Brush or drizzle melted butter on both sides of the dough.

4. In a small bowl mix the cinnamon and brown sugar, then spread over the dough.

5.Roll an apple slice or a spoonful of chopped apples inside the croissant, be sure to start at the smallest end.







6. Sprinkle brown sugar mixture on top before placing into the oven. 

7.Bake for 15 - 20 minutes.

8.Serve warm with whip cream or ice cream

Enjoy!


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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

INDULGE YOUR SENSE OF HUMOR




Ruby RedHat, Red Hat Society Mascot



Ruby RedHat's Top Ten Rules for Living number four is: "Indulge your Sense of Humor!"
Humor is almost as essential to Hatting as air is to breathing. When we were little girls, we'd burst into giggles at the drop of a hat. But, as we grew older, we sobered up - so much that we may have overshot the mark. The RHS highly recommends more giggling, and Membership in our Society will help provide them.

So how does one premeditate laughter? I have heard it said, more than once, that our brains can't tell the difference between forced laughter and real laughter. If we put on a huge smile and start chortling, our mood will actually improve because the brain assumes that something good is going on. It sounds counterintuitive, but I suggest you try it. It works!

In the early days of Red Hatting, we coined a saying, "Lighten up, ladies!" (LUL) Lightening up, ladies, can lead to LOL (lots of laughter).

Ruby RedHat is of the opinion that laughter is the only medicine that needs no prescription, has no unpleasant taste and costs no money. She likes to call it "vitamins for the soul." Maybe we should refer to it as Vitamin "L"! And there's no such thing as an overdose!


Excerpt from 10/19/2012 Friday Broadcast Introduction by Sue Ellen Cooper

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

How To Look Cute in Pictures

It starts with your smile…

Behind that smile is your tongue
Put your tongue on the roof of your mouth just behind your teeth when smiling for a picture. The resulting expression looks more relaxed..

Push that chin
When posing for a photo, push your chin and head slightly forward. It feels kind of unnatural, but on film it does wonders in making your face look thinner and getting rid of any hint of a double chin.

Push your shoulders too
Again, a slight push forward. This will emphasize your collarbone and make your arms look thinner. Good posture also makes you look more regal.

Turn your body.
Instead of facing the camera head on, pivot slightly, planting one foot in front of the other. Point your toe to the camera and put your weight on your back foot.

Make those arms look “skinny”
Either place your hands on your hips or hold them slightly away from the sides of your body.


Strike your best pose then practice, practice, practice.


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Thursday, November 5, 2015

Boa Constrictor - RHS style!



Boas are fluffy, frivolous and fun to wear.  We drape them over our shoulders, trail them behind us when we walk the red carpet and occasionally get them tangled in our trains.   What would we do without them?! 

But what happens when it begins to tickle our noses or a personal summer set in?  What to do? Where to put it? 

Try this solution.  Make a Boa Constrictor.   It’s easy.   Take a Teddy – yes, that’s right - a pretty piece of lingerie and sew up the bottom.  Carry the Boa Constrictor in your purse and when you need to, stuff that boa inside and use the straps of the Teddy as handles.   Cute!



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Tuesday, November 3, 2015

BRIDGING THE GAP


 A headline emblazoned on a recently-received magazine promised that this issue would help me organize and display my collections more effectively and attractively. Apparently there are a lot of us who enjoy collecting and displaying selected things that appeal to us personally. Among my acquaintances are those who collect teapots, matchbooks, ceramic buffalo, turtle figurines, and beautifully-illustrated children's books - just to name a few. I, myself, have a couple of dozen old chunky, brightly-colored water pitchers on high shelves all around my kitchen. Monetary value does not figure in any of the collections I know about.


Why do you suppose so many of us start collections (especially offbeat ones) in the first place? Is it just an expression of the "hunting and gathering" instinct, or do these things begin, many times, kind of by accident? Who knows? But it's undeniable that collections fill some sort of inner need for many people.

Once we have narrowed down the types of objects we collect, we can begin to experience the thrill of the "treasure hunt." It is great fun to prowl garage sales; thrift stores, etc., and pounce on the perfect addition to your collection. I once found myself clutching a royal blue (cracked) pitcher to my chest while marveling at my luck in getting to it before "all those other people" who surely wanted it desperately? It was definitely a "cat with a mouse" sensation. (Cracks don't matter; the object can be situated with the crack to the wall and no one will ever know.)

Sometimes, collections get started without the collector even noticing. My friend, Queen Jayne, has quite a number of pieces of art featuring bridges as their subject matter. A few years ago, when she and her husband moved, she finally took note of this and hung all of these pieces together in her new home. Jayne is the kind of person who holds on to her friends, who likes to bring people together. It isn't hard to see why she is drawn to images of bridges. She has spent a good part of her life bridging gaps between people.

Interesting, don't you think? That's kind of what the Red Hat Society does too. Bridging gaps is also our specialty. I hope you realize that - whether or not you have shelves of stuff - all of you Hatters have become collectors too. Since you've been a Red Hatter, you have been adding to your collection of friends, certainly within your chapter, but very likely beyond. You may have added new friends from nearby Chapters, on the QMB or Facebook links on our website, or at local or our international conventions. Of course, friends have no monetary value, do they? But they are priceless.

Excerpt from the 08/24/2012 Friday Broadcast Introduction by Sue Ellen Cooper







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Tuesday, October 27, 2015

AN ANGEL NAMED “GRATITUDE”

"Every woman eventually reaches the age when she doesn’t want any more birthdays, but still wants the presents."


I don't know who said that, but I can't help but agree with it. But, there are indeed worse things than having birthdays, and one of them is having a birthday and having all your family and friends forget it. (Fortunately, that hasn't happened to me yet.) My recent birthday was well-remembered by most of my friends and family. So, in spite of my advancing age, I feel greatly blessed.

And I did get presents, all greatly appreciated. One in particular touched me in a unique way. She is a nine-inch tall resin angel named "Gratitude." Emblazoned down the front of her dress are what appear to be randomly pasted words. But, when read all together, they comprise this message: "May we always be connected in our journeys. And may you always know how deeply you are loved, how your heart is never alone." This lovely inscription encourages me every time I look at the little figure.

But I also love her for another reason: the words in her message look like they have been cut out of magazines, somewhat randomly perhaps, and assembled. They remind me of my new love of making collages - the joy I have found in mixing fragments from here and there (magazines, my own old drawings and paintings, old books, etc.) with acrylic paint, ink, watercolor, and anything else that occurs to me. And, mixed in with all of these things, I like to glue words, sometimes in a stream of consciousness way. When I've finished some collages, even I don't know what they're "about." I just know how much I enjoyed making them.

Red Hatters love to talk about finding freedom and fulfillment, whether that involves a return to bringing old dreams to life or cultivating new enthusiasms. In making collages, I have found renewed excitement in making art and freedom, in liberating myself from the idea that every image I create has to look a certain way. The inner feeling that this has led to can only be described as fulfillment.


No, this angel isn't wearing purple and red. But, she still serves as an ever-present reminder of the beauty of Red Hat Society values. Because Diana, the person who gave her to me, is a Red Hatter! She was certainly unaware of all that this figure would symbolize to me, but this kind of thing happens among Red Hatters all the time. We call such lovely surprises "Scarlet Sparkles."
Excerpt from 08/10/2012 Friday Broadcast Introduction by Sue Ellen Cooper.

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Thursday, October 22, 2015

Monster Mash -RHS Tissue Monster

Ladies get ready for the Red Hat Society's Virtual Monster Mash being held October 29th for a MONSTER of a good time. Please get you little monsters ready. If you don't have one, stuffed, baked, sewn or otherwise, here is a quick and easy craft.  With a little creativity, you can conjurer up, your own personal monster to bring to the party!


MATERIALS:
Tissue paper
construction paper
Pipe cleaner
Scissors 
Glue gun


1.  Fold 10 -15 sheets of paper back and forth like and accordion.  Once completed, wrap the pipe cleaner around the center, to secure a foundation for the body of your little monster.  Clip the ends in the shape that you want your monster to be in.  I chose a pointed tip monster, however, it can be round or squared.  


2.  Very carefully, pill the layers apart, one sheet at a time, to create a full body.

3. With the construction paper, cut out eyes, nose lips and any other body part or added accessories that you want to make.  I chose to make eyes with eyelids, teeth and lips.



4. Hot glue your face together and eeeekkkk!  My girl is ready for the Virtual Monster Mash at the Red Hat Society!  


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Thursday, October 15, 2015

My Vitamin F

A Friend shared this article with me and I want to share it with you. 

Why do I have a variety of friends who are all different in character?
Some of them can be considered marginal even.

How do I get on with them all?

I think that each one helps to bring out a "different" part of me...
With one of them I am polite
I joke with another friend
I sit down and talk about serious matters with one of them
With another I giggle at every silly thing
I have my wine with one
And dance with another
I listen to one friend's problems and give them advice
Then I listen to another advising me

They are all like pieces of a jigsaw,
When completed they form a treasure box
A treasure of friends!
They are my friends, who understand me better than myself
who support me through good days and bad days.

Real Age doctors tell us that friends are good for our health.
Dr. Oz calls them Vitamins F (from Friends) and counts the benefits of friends to our well being.

Research shows that people in strong social circles have less risk of depression and terminal strokes. If you take Vitamin F constantly you can be up to 30 years younger than your real age. The warmth of friendship stops stress and even in your tense moments, it decreases the chance of a cardiac arrest or stroke by 50 %.

I am so happy that I have a stock of Vitamins F!

In summary, we should value our friends and keep in touch with them.
We should try to see the funny side of things and laugh together, not forgetting
to open our mouths big to swallow the floating vitamins F!


Thank you for being one of my vitamins!

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Tuesday, October 6, 2015

RHS Halloween Monster Mash




They're in the closet... They're under your bed… Creepy crawlers both purple and red! This October, they'll make a dash for the RHS Halloween Monster Mash!

Join The Red Hat Society for our first ever VIRTUAL Monster Mash! Everyone is invited. RHS hopes that this is a great way for women around the world to see how we play and the fun that can be had in the RHS.

And...we'll host the very first VIRTUAL Ghoulish Monster Adoption Ceremony hosted by the Hatquarters of the Red Hat Society!

What's a Monster Adoption all about?

This is a special adoption ceremony where all attendees will exchange the monsters they make or find for a fellow Sister's monster. All the creatures submitted will be placed in Monster Daycare where they can be viewed by Monster Mash attendees until the ceremony takes place.

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Ready to attend the greatest, most joyful event for women in the world?  Let this serve as your official invitation to Eat Dessert First at the Red Hat Society's 2016 Remember the a la Mode International Convention in San Antonio, Texas. 

Thursday, October 1, 2015

RHS MONSTER BOOKMARK

They're in the closet... They're under your bed… Creepy crawlers both purple and red! This October, they'll make a dash for the RHS Virtual Halloween Monster Mash!

To start things off, and get you hatters in the ghoulish mood, we decided to create a MONSTER bookmark.  A cute and crafty idea for all you one eyed, one horn, flying purple people eaters that like to read a scary book every now and then.

It is simple, easy and fun to make!


Materials:  
Paper - 3 or 4 different colors
Scissors
Ruler
Glue




1. Draw three squares 2 1/2" - 3" each, to form an "L" shape.  Draw a diagonal line through the two squares on the end.  Cut the lines so that there is a square and two triangles on the sides. 
  
3. With a different color paper cut a square and glue it on the inside of the bookmark.  Fold the outside triangles in so that the whole bookmark becomes a square. Glue the last flap together and add another colored triangle to the top. 
4.  Draw and cut out monster teeth.  Glue, to the inside of the mouth, add eyes and a touch of bling!
 
5.  RHS Monster bookmark is ready to be used.



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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Monster on the Desk



At the dawn of the new millennium, as the Red Hat Society was taking off like a rocket, many of us were less than enthusiastic about learning to use computers; we were slow to see the absolute necessity for doing so.  But learn we did.  Some of us have mastered only the fundamentals; others now qualify as true “techies.”  

I can vividly recall the pain of struggling through the learning process.  In the book The Red Hat Society: Fun and Friendship After Fifty” I summarized my initial attitude with a silly poem (with apologies to Dr. Seuss for using his famous “Green Eggs and Ham”) as my format:

“The Monster on the Desk"

I will not learn to use that thing.
I won’t admit that it is king.
I will not force myself to learn
And from my pen and paper turn.
I do not like computers, sir!
I do not like them, I aver!
I will not use them on a table.
I’m telling you, I am not able!
I will not deign to press those keys,
Not even if you pay me fees!
I do not want to use that thing,
Not even for a diamond ring!
I’d really rather have a spinal.
And this decision must be final!”

Inevitably, most of us experienced an attitude adjustment.  It’s a good thing we did, as it’s hard to imagine any way the RHS could have grown and maintained cohesion apart from the internet.  Of course things are changing so fast that technology advances daily and some of us continue to feel the pain of trying to keep up.  Generally speaking, I don’t think that most of our children and/or grandchildren tend to be all that patient with us, thinking that we should instantly be able to master their new gizmo (that was invented yesterday afternoon).  That makes us feel inadequate and “slow,” not a good feeling.  I doubt that I’m the only one who has wilted under the disdainful gaze of a seven-year-old whose eyes betray pity and dismay at my woeful ignorance.  How do you correct a child who feels sorry for you?  If you know, please tell me.

from Friday Broadcast 07/10/2015 Sue Ellen Cooper

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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

You're invited to a RHS Virtual Pirate Party!



 Ahoy there matey!!! ARRR-H-S invites all Wenches and Pirates to join us for a VIRTUAL Pirate Party!  On Thursday, September 24, 2015 bring your Pirate booty for a bit of Yo-Ho-Ho!  Want to learn all about the Virtual Pirate Party and how you can play too?  Click on the link:

Not a Red Hat Society pirate but want to see what we're all about? You are welcome to learn all about how we celebrate all things pirate by clicking on this link: http://redhatsociety.com/fun-stuff/talk-like-a-pirate  


Whether you are a Member of RHS or not, you are welcome to join us in this free virtual event.

Want to Join The Red Hat Society? Visit http://www.redhatsociety.com

Ready to attend the greatest, most joyful event for women in the world?  Let this serve as your official invitation to Eat Dessert First at the Red Hat Society's 2016 Remember the a la Mode International Convention in San Antonio, Texas.



Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Why Feathers?





Did you know that Red Hat Society Members have a tradition of including a feather or two in our royal correspondence? This practice was originally adapted from the Disney "Dumbo" story. Do you remember how it goes?  Dumbo is given a feather by his friends and he thinks the feather is what gives him the ability to fly.  Of course, he later learns he doesn't need the feather at all to soar.   And, neither do we.  To Members of the Red Hat Society, the feather is a sweet reminder that we too, have the ability to soar!    

Are you ready to soar?!   #RHSisSimplyFun  Not a Member of the Red Hat Society?  
There's only one, join the fun!

Ready to attend the greatest, most joyful event for women in the world?  Let this serve as your official invitation to Eat Dessert First at the Red Hat Society's 2016 Remember the a la Mode International Convention in San Antonio, Texas.


Tuesday, September 8, 2015

The Wonderful World of Online Parties

Wondering what in the world an online party is?  Well, here’s your chance to find out because, on September 24th, 2015, the RHS will be throwing a virtual Pirate Party!

OK, let’s back up a little.  What’s all this about pirates anyway?  Waaaaay back in 2008, we had a big RHS event in Savannah, Georgia.  After the official convention was over, Queen Marlene Matthews (Ramblin’ Roses, Orange, California) and her partner in crime, Queen Bee Marcy LaSalle (FUN-Key Flint Red Hatters and the Movers and Shakers, Flint, Michigan) arranged a farewell luncheon for some of the attendees who were not quite ready to see the fun end.  The place they chose to lunch turned out to be an actual historical site of actual pirate gatherings way back when.  Inspired, Queen Marlene decided to start a new Chapter she dubbed Wenches Gone Wild. Right around that time, the first “Pirates of the Caribbean” movie came out. Then it was discovered that September 19 had been officially designated “Talk Like a Pirate Day.”  My scholarly research has revealed that the idea was hatched by two guys playing racquetball and made famous a few years later by humorist Dave Barry (who has got to be one of the funniest people on earth.)

Like pretty much everything we do in the RHS, the idea caught on. Now there are other RHS Chapters and individuals playing pirate and enhancing their regalia with such accoutrements as purple eye patches, sporting stuffed parrots on their shoulders and (yes) talking like pirates.  In case you’re wondering I’ve discovered that “Avast ye swabs!” means “Stop what you’re doing and listen, you underlings!”  
 
Now, lest you fear that some Red and Pink Hatters are committing acts of robbery and mayhem at sea, let me assure you that none of that is happening.  As far as I know these are strictly law-abiding ladies. But they DO like to sashay around sporting (temporary) skull tattoos, say “AAARGGGH” a lot, and pretend to be dastardly characters.  Some even carry (plastic) blunderbusses or swords! You just never know what Red Hatters will come up with next, do you?
-excerpt from the Red Hat Society’s September 2015Queen to Queens communication by EQM Sue Ellen Cooper


Not a Member of the Red Hat Society?  There's only one, join the fun!

Ready to attend the greatest, most joyful event for women in the world?  Let this serve as your official invitation to Eat Dessert First at the Red Hat Society's 2016 Remember the a la Mode International Convention in San Antonio, Texas.


Thursday, September 3, 2015

Yo Ho-Ho - A Pirate's Ship for Me!

Ahoy Mateys!

This month Red Hat Society is getting geared up for our virtual Pirate Party and it's about to be addled.  We wanted to start the month out with a Yo Ho ho!  Here we have taken a pirate ship and blinged it up the RHS way.   Very simple to make and fun to do.


 MATERIALS
Glitter
Rhinestones
Glue
Pirate ship


Start with the bottom of the ship and begin adding your rhinestones all around the ship.

  Glue the edges of the ships sails and add glitter.


Add your own style and flavor to the ship and watch it come alive!

Not a Member of the Red Hat Society?  There's only one, join the fun!

Ready to attend the greatest, most joyful event for women in the world?  Let this serve as your official invitation to Eat Dessert First at the Red Hat Society's 2016 Remember the a la Mode International Convention in San Antonio, Texas.