Here’s what self-care means to BEST Executive Director, educator, advocate and caregiver, Gloria Kraegel.
Did you know that the Brain Energy Support Team (BEST) exists in not one, but two worlds? 🌍🌅
That’s right! BEST has a dedicated presence in the virtual world of Second Life.
We have created a virtual presence for reaching out to those with brain injury and their caregivers. BEST hosts a variety of social events, small group discussions, workshops, and skills training. Our goal in Second Life is to support those with brain injury engage in alternative and meaningful learning and PEER support.
Our office and our community center, the BEST PEER Center, can be found on Etopia Island in Second Life.
There’s more! BEST’s own Gloria Kraegel (whose virtual Second Life persona is known as Namaara MacMoragh), will be offering up several free community presentations on important and interesting topics at both Etopia and Nonprofit Commons.
Nonprofit Commons is a virtual community of practice for nonprofits and educators in Second Life which offers a unique opportunity for nonprofit leaders to meet, collaborate, and create.
Gloria Kraegel is on the board of directors for this organization.
The schedule of the aforementioned upcoming presentations is noted in the flyer attached below.
It’s a delicious recipe that just screams harvest bounty! Enjoy!
1 medium acorn squash
1 tablespoon butter (room temperature)
1 teaspoon brown sugar or 2 teaspoons maple syrup
Preheat oven to 350 and follow these steps:
1. cut top off squash and scoop out seeds
2. poke the sides with a fork
3. mix sugar and butter
4. add cranberries and walnuts until even with top edge
5. top with the butter and sugar mixture
6. place in a shallow pan
7. bake for 30 to 40 minutes
This recipe is for one squash, but make as many as you like. They’re great as a side with a lean meat like a turkey or chicken breast. They’re also terrific on their own.
Looking for a healthy and delicious recipe to try this summer? BEST Executive Director, Gloria Kraegel, has some family favorites that serve as go-to recipes all year round. Check out these great eats below!
Have a favorite healthy recipe that you’d like to share? Tell us about it!
4 Large portobello mushrooms
4 cloves fresh garlic (minced)
2 green onions (minced including green tops)
3 tablespoons salted butter
(1) Clean mushrooms and remove stems, reserve for other use. Place caps on a plate with the gills up.
(2) In a small bowl, combine melted butter, onion, garlic. Pour mixture evenly over the mushroom caps and let stand for 30 minutes
(3) Grill over hot grill for 10 minutes. Serve immediately.
Sprinkle with Parmesan Cheese and garnish with chopped parsley. These are wonderful served with a spinach salad or on a bun as a burger with whatever sides you like. Note: the cheese is optional.
1 can black beans
1/4 cup quinoa
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup bread crumbs (we like Panko Flakes)
2 tablespoons minced onion
2 cloves minced garlic
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons olive oil
(1) Bring the quinoa and water to a boil in a saucepan. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until the quinoa is tender and the
water has been absorbed, about 15 to 20 minutes.
(2) Roughly mash the black beans with a fork leaving some whole black beans in a paste-like mixture.
(3) Mix the quinoa, bread crumbs, onion, garlic, cumin, salt, hot pepper sauce, and egg into the black beans using your hands.
(4) Form the black bean mixture into 5 patties.
(5) Heat the olive oil in a large skillet.
(6) Cook the patties in the hot oil until heated through, 2 to 3 minutes per side.
This recipe is adapted from AllRecipes.com and is fantastic on a bun with cheddar cheese. Serve with whatever sides you like.
Click on the video below to view her informative presentation and get resources and information on this important topic that impacts the brain injury community and their families.
The Brain Energy Support Team (BEST) is thrilled to announce our continued expansion of support and education through online and virtual platforms. This fall, BEST will be launching additional online educational opportunities through the BEST Online Learning Center and in the Second Life virtual world platform.
Further, in an exciting recent development, BEST Executive Director, Gloria Kraegel will be joining the board of directors for the Nonprofit Commons in Second Life. Kraegel (whose virtual Second Life persona is known as Namaara MacMoragh), is excited to be connecting with other passionate and engaged international nonprofit leaders through this distinctive and innovative organization.
Nonprofit Commons is a virtual community of practice for nonprofits and educators in Second Life which offers a unique opportunity for nonprofit leaders to meet, collaborate, and create. This volunteer-led effort, with the support of AvaCon, has a long and rich history of creating a welcoming environment for nonprofits to explore and learn more about the virtual world. Additionally, through seminars and other meeting opportunities, nonprofit leaders can also have the chance to have important conversations with each other to share ideas and offer support.
Here’s what Kraegel (MacMoragh) had to say about her unique upcoming opportunity and the future for BEST online:
“I’ve been part of the nonprofit community in Second Life for nine years. I remember early on there were three organizations that collaborated on a grant. Their missions complimented one another on a project that got $50,000 to do. That highlighted the great potential of this kind of platform. I’ve been a part of Nonprofit Commons ever since.”
Kraegel continues, “BEST has had a strong presence in Second Life, offering support groups, workshops and social opportunities just like we do in Washington State. We’ve had the chance to work with creative, passionate people from the Nonprofit Commons community with whom BEST wouldn’t have otherwise had the opportunity to even know, let alone collaborate with. This is what keeps what we do fresh.”
For Kraegel, the personal benefits have been enormous as well.
“The best thing about being a part of this community is everything I learn. There are professional development workshops, webinars, and presentations along with discussions on a variety of topics from board development to fundraising to IT security that are so valuable.”
To learn more about the work of Nonprofit Commons in Second Life, please click here. To find out about what BEST has to offer in Second Life, click here to learn more and how to get started. To get more information on the latest online BEST courses, learning tools and more, visit the BEST online learning academy by clicking here.