Archive for December, 2011

Celebrating Women’s History Month

Tuesday, December 20th, 2011

Women’s History month isn’t until March 2012, but Ellen and AAFCS are ahead of the game.  We are advertising our Life and Legacy DVD in their Women’s History 2012 Gazette.  This will take the story of the founding of Home Economics over 100 years ago and its founder Ellen Swallow Richards to an entirely new audience.  We know others need to know our story.  Don’t forget that March is an excellent time to feature the history as well as feature all the things that Ellen is credited with to make the lives of  families and individuals better.  image

Holiday Gift from Jamaica Plain

Tuesday, December 20th, 2011

My friend, Gretchen Grozier,  from the Jamaica Plain Historical Society has sent me the most fabulous MIT fleece jacket.- to keep me connected as part of the Boston-.MIT family.  Ellen would have thought it a most practical gift and so do I.  Usually our North Carolina mountain weather is such that this jacket would cover me every single day.  However, here it is the 19th of December and our temperatures are at 60 degrees.  Who would have guessed it.  Two years ago at this time, we had 10 inches of snow and were housebound for days. Thanks, Gretchen.  As always, I have a wonderful time in Jamaica Plain and this time celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the JP Library was indeed a great experience.

Joyce and MIT shirt                                            


Easier to read Logo

Monday, December 12th, 2011

Ellen Richards t-shirt

Possible Branding of ESR materials

Monday, December 12th, 2011

As a serendipitous thing, this afternoon, I went online to search for a web site that promised free business cards.  Now, I am no newbie in this as I realize there isn’t any such thing as FREE.  However, the cards are really quite nice and with the exception that they charge to ship, they do not cost.  The neat thing about the web site, though, is they take the information you give them for the business card and use it to customize other articles that they encourage you to purchase—as in T-shirts, ball caps, etc.  They have an entire business package there right before your eyes, all with your branded theme which you chose to make your business cards.  If I had found this when we were first marketing the Ellen DVDs, it would have been a great thing.  Hence, I am not marketing them much anymore so  don’t really need slick materials.


New page added: Guest Author

Thursday, December 8th, 2011

Recently, I have been working with a graduate student from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Ranae Aspen,  on one of her assignments relating to the environmental work of Ellen.  At the left, you can see where I have posted her final paper on Ellen as an Environmentalist.  She also has a Powerpoint that I am still trying to post.  Watch for this soon. 


 Also watch for another Powerpoint that was developed by Gayla Randel from Kansas relating FCS to the STEM movement.  She has created a great historical powerpoint that relates to the current science, technology, engineering and math initiative in our public schools.

Today is Ellen’s Birthday

Sunday, December 4th, 2011

sepia Ellen

Ellen’s Birthday on December 3 marks 169 years since her birth in 1842. It has been 100 years since her death in 1911.  It is amazing how her teachings of over 100 years ago are so relevant today. Just yesterday, I had a phone interview with an author who is writing a book on simpler domesticity. As we talked of her thoughts, it was clear that those who are returning to a more simple way of life today are following much of what Ellen was talking about long ago. Her ideas on the “ART OF RIGHT LIVING” relate closely to those who desire to grow their own food, make their own clothes and possibly even live off the power grid by producing their own power.

Just last week, Bob and I were able to meet our new Purdue Health and Human Sciences Scholarship student, Rachel. It was so evident that I was still in a promoting mode as I told her of my journeys with Ellen throughout the Centennial Celebrations and since then. I told her to ask about the DVD on Ellen’s life as I knew they had one in the College as I gave at least one away at another visit. She is preparing to teach Family and Consumer Sciences classes and she needs to know this history.




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