Here is your weekly SSA Connection – Hope you Enjoy!


Grit: The power of passion and perseveranceLeaving a high-flying job in consulting, Angela Lee Duckworth took a job teaching math to seventh graders in a New York public school. She quickly realized that IQ wasn’t the only thing separating the successful students from those who struggled. Here, she explains her theory of “grit” as a predictor of success. Click here.



Best Baked Chicken

Here is another easy chicken recipe for perfectly baked chicken breasts that are juicy, tender, and loaded with flavor! If you’ve ever struggled with dry, rubbery, and just flat-out boring chicken breasts, you’re in luck, because today’s recipe is about as easy as they come. Click here.

5-Minute Wall Workout with Silver Sneakers

Even when you’re stuck at home with no exercise equipment, you can get a great workout for both your body and brain with these moves from SilverSneakers fitness expert David Jack. All you need is open space by a wall, which you can use for balance and support. You can perform these moves with or without shoes as long as you feel safe. Click here.

National Gallery Installation – Kay Rosen: Sorry

Kay Rosen’s SORRY has taken on new meaning since she first conceived the installation. The artist shares her creative process and how SORRY encourages viewers to form their own interpretation.  Click here.


Upcoming Alexandria Library Events

 Cooking with KoleSaturday, August 21: 12:00pm – 1:30pm

 Join an online cooking class straight to your own kitchen! Click here to register.

 Sisters in Crime: Stand Alone MysteriesMonday, August 23: 7:00pm – 8:30pm

 A panel of mystery authors from the Chessie Chapter of Sisters in Crime will discuss writing their stand alone mysteries. Click here.

 Affordable Housing and Co-living in Alexandria – Tuesday, August 24: 6:00pm – 7:00pm

 Learn about the City’s efforts to preserve and expand safe, decent and affordable housing for all Alexandrians. This session will cover the City’s existing affordable housing policies and programs as well as the Co-Living initiative, in which attendees will learn about co-living options, affordability and accessibility in neighborhoods throughout Alexandria.

Presented with Alexandria’s Office of Housing and Department of Planning and Zoning. Click here




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