Laura Ingalls Wilder writes in Little House in the Ozarks: "I know a little band of friends that calls itself a woman's club. The avowed purpose of this club is study, but there is an undercurrent of deeper, truer things than even culture and self-improvement. There is no obligation, and there are no promises; but in forming the club and in selecting new members, only those are chosen who are kind-hearted and dependable as well as the possessors of a certain degree of intelligence and a small amount of the genius which is the capacity for careful work. In short, those who are taken into membership are those who will make good friends, and so they are a little band who are each for all and all for each..."
"They are getting so in the habit of speaking good words that I expect to see them all develop into Golden Gossips."
"Ever hear of a golden gossip? I read of it some years ago. A woman who was always talking about her friends and neighbors made it her business to talk of them, in fact never said anything but good of them. She was a gossip, but it was 'golden gossip.' This woman's club seems to be working the same way."
Who wouldn't enjoy belonging to such a club?
A gossip goes around telling secrets, but those who are trustworthy can keep a confidence.