Author: Gretchen Lord Anderson

A journalist at heart, Gretchen Lord Anderson's spiritual leadership surprises even herself when it creeps into her writing. Born and raised in St. Joseph, Missouri (a wonderful place to grow up!), Gretchen has lived in Missouri, Nebraska, South Dakota and, now, in Wisconsin. She is married to Terry Anderson and they have three feline members of their family: Marvis, Joe, and Fern (and they give tribute to past members Lars, Walt, George, and Gracie).

Taking aim

One summer between university classes, I took a job as a counselor for the Campfire Girls. The camp was located near Parkville, Mo., in the deep woods above the Missouri River north of Kansas City. I had been a Brownie and a Girl Scout from elementary through junior high school years but Campfire Girls was…