Tag: goddess

Margaret Fuller’s Cenotaph: “A well-worn path” American (1810-1850)

With a few hours to spend in Boston before a recent flight, I decided it was time to make the pilgrimage to the Mount Auburn Cemetery to visit Margaret Fuller’s monument or cenotaph, as it’s often called. A cenotaph is basically an empty tomb and Margaret’s is empty because her body was never recovered from the shipwreck in which she drowned off the shores of Fire Island, New York in 1850. For those of you who don’t know, Margaret Fuller “was an American journalist, editor, critic, and women’s rights advocate associated with the American transcendentalism movement. She was the...

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Temple Grandin: “I Can Picture It Perfectly”(American b. 1947)

I have fallen for another remarkable woman, a woman in a western-style shirt and a bolo tie. Writing these posts, my sister and I continually fall head over heels for the women we read and research, women whose contributions are undeniable. Temple Grandin’s life journey, from a three-year-old who did not speak to a seventy-two year old still traveling the country talking about autism and the humane treatment of farm animals, is one worth exploring. What you stand to learn on both fronts is amazing. Driven to constantly open doors in her own life, Temple Grandin has opened doors...

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Visibility Matters: A Statue for Mary Wollstonecraft

The VERY-soon-to-be-erected sculpture honoring Mary Wollstonecraft is highly captivating and holds an abundance of significance. This statue is significant because it honors the woman often referred to as the “foremother of feminism.” It’s significant in that it adds one more statue of a woman in a city, London, where “over 90% of the statues commemorate men”(Crockett). It’s significant that the artist Maggi Hambling is a trailblazer herself, a woman some call a “modern legend”(Slawson). Hambling explains that this sculpture, unlike the typical bronze male ones, “is designed to encourage a visual conversation with the obstacles Wollstonecraft overcame, the ideals...

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Finding Dorothy by Elizabeth Letts (Published in 2019)

Although we came to discover Matilda Joslyn Gage from different angles, I’m grateful that my search led me to Elizabeth Letts’ latest novel, Finding Dorothy. I set out to discover Matilda Joslyn Gage after I read of a phenomenon called the ‘Matilda Effect’, the focus of my recent post: Matilda Joslyn Gage: In Her Name. Elizabeth Letts explains her path to Gage in the Afterword in Finding Dorothy: “About six or seven years ago, I was reading The Wonderful Wizard of Oz aloud to my son when I found myself wondering about the author. Why was I so familiar with...

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Figuring by Maria Popova (2019)

As you prepare for the new year, consider subscribing to Maria Popova’s weekly blog, Brain Pickings. If you enjoy these weekly posts, you’ll want to read her book, Figuring. These new year’s intentions will be a pleasure to keep! Happy New Year to all!  An acquaintance told me about Brain Pickings, a weekly newsletter posted by Maria Popova. Sunday mornings have not been the same since. Where I used to await the Sunday Boston Globe or New York Times, I now open my email and devour Brain Pickings as I sip my Sunday coffee. When Popova started mentioning her...

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