A little shameless self promotion …

Forgive me, I don’t often do this (self promote). But I’ve wanted to do more logo-footer
editorial writing for years. And as many of you know, it’s easier said than done for all kinds of reasons.

What I’ve discovered is, there’s a separation between church and state — in other words, the editors of most magazines and newspapers don’t care how long you’ve been writing advertising copy, it doesn’t make you a Continue reading

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After I’m gone …

I recently completed a project for an estate and trust lawyer.  And another client of mine is an investment advisor.  Both of them are in the ‘money’ Figure in the fogbusiness.  One helps clients accumulate it; and the other helps them dispose of it.  But I’ve always believed that money is the least of what we leave behind — our legacy, in other words.

Which is the reason why I decided to take a stab at a recent WordPress Daily Prompt for this post:  “Imagine yourself at the end of your life.  What sort of legacy will you leave?  Describe the lasting effect you want to have on the world, after you’re gone.”

A good place to start is probably the non-monetary legacy my parents left me.  They were kind, loving, generous people.  Everyone was welcome in their home, in their lives and in their hearts.   It didn’t matter who you were, or where you came from.

They were honest to a fault.  Their ‘word’ was like a blood oath.  And there isn’t a human being who ever knew them, who would ever have questioned their integrity, or their intentions.

Family and friends meant everything to them; and whenever anyone needed help my parents could Continue reading

Day 88. Early Feminists

Whose name comes to mind when you think of feminists?  Without spending too much time thinking about it, a few come to my mind.  

Susan B. Anthony, who was an American suffragette.  Liz Carpenter, one of the founders of the National Women’s Political Caucus.  Letty Cottin Pogrebin, an American writer and journalist, who was one of the first girls to celebrate a bat mitzvah in Conservative Judaism.

Harriet Tubman, the African American slave who went on to become an abolitionist, humanitarian and Union spy.  And perhaps, one of the best known, at least in our time, Gloria Steinem, the American journalist, social and political activist.

What I didn’t know, is that there are some men who have made the list of feminists.  Here’s just a few:

Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa von Nettesheim, who was born way back in 1486.  He was a German magician, occult writer, theologian, astrologer and alchemist, who also happened to write the “Declaration on the Nobility and Preeminence of the Female Sex”.  Alan Alda, an American actor of some note, who campaigned for the Equal Rights Amendment in the 1970’s and early 1980’s.  John Lennon, who presumably needs no introduction, and Joss Whedon, the writer-director and creator Continue reading