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December 12th, 2011

Ellen Richards t-shirt

Possible Branding of ESR materials

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

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

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.

Ellen would have loved this

July 13th, 2011

I found this on our lane today. Initially, I thought it was a wildflower called a Turk’s Cap. However, when I went to the internet to verify this, it appeared that it may be a Carolina Lily. They are from the same family although the Turk’s Cap has flowers that are 5-6 ” across and these were only about 2 1/2 ” across. They look much larger as I took them up close with my camera. These were designated the North Carolina State Wildflower in 2003.I found this on our lane today. Initially, I thought it was a wildflower called a Turk’s Cap. However, when I went to the internet to verify this, it appeared that it may be a Carolina Lily. They are from the same family although the Turk’s Cap has flowers that are 5-6 ” across and these were only about 2 1/2 ” across. They look much larger as I took them up close with my camera. These were designated the North Carolina State Wildflower in 2003.

New Jersey Teacher Features Ellen

June 13th, 2011

I am a Family and Consumer Science teacher in Southern New Jersey. As part of my Masters Program in Instructional Technology, I am going to attempt a simulated interview with “Ellen”. I would like to include the blog as one of my research pieces with your permission, as well as link to the blog.
I think the “interview” will help to solidify the belief that I have that Ellen was one of the first innovators in Instructional Technology with her philosophy of education. Still fighting the notion that what we teach is just fluff.
This was the first time I attempted to research Ellen and I was blown away by her. What a woman, or even a man! My project was to create a simulated interview with an educator who had an effect on education through technology. I chose to do the interview through the site - xtranormal.com. Through animation of cute characters I hope I was able to create a snapshot of some of the highlights of her life. My target audience is for an introductory Family and Consumer Science class in middle school. An Interview with Ellen Swallows Richards is my video. It runs about 10 minutes. I do hope you find it a positive spin on an incredible woman - I believe that I will have to do more searching into her and the other women who started Home Economics. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mn5g__AOX28&feature=youtu.be
As to why this project: It was suggested that we “interview” a person who had some influence in “instructional technology” - the integration of instructional theory into education. Since I had never really studied Ellen Richards, I thought she had a direct influence on the instruction that I had received throughout my career, so she would be a perfect candidate to study. I also feel that since Home Economics and Family &Consumer Science are always being on the chopping block, that it would be a good way for people to see that we don’t just teach “crafts”.
The research that I found truly amazed me, as well as the students in my class. I see this project as a jumping off point for some more research, as I am just beginning my journey into this Masters Degree. I think that the sort of video captures some of the highlights that so influenced Ellen and the development of the integration of Science into practical life skills. I hope that people will be intrigued, and continue to research her contributions to society and the discipline of Family & Consumer Science.
Susan Stinson
Southern Regional Middle School: FCS teacher
75 Cedar Bridge Rd
Manahawkin, NJ 08050

Watch for this hoax

May 14th, 2011

The article below is copied from Wikipedia site. I had found this book on Amazon as they suggest in the Wiki article and wondered who in the world was writing this book about Ellen. I think this is the answer. Do not be fooled into paying for something that is FREE! What in the world would Ellen think?

Alphascript Publishing sells free articles as expensive books

An Amazon.com book search on 9 June 2009 gives 1009 (6 August, gives 1,859) “books” from Alphascript Publishing.[nan 1] 1003 of the books are described as “by John McBrewster, Frederic P. Miller, and Agnes F. Vandome”. They are called editors in the book listings. It seems the only content of the many books is free Wikipedia articles with no sign that these three people have contributed to them.

The articles are often poorly printed with features such as missing characters from foreign languages, and numerous images of arrows where Wikipedia had links. It appears much better to read the original articles for free at the Wikipedia website than paying a lot of money for what has been described as a scam or hoax. Advertising for the books at Amazon and elsewhere does not reveal the free source of all the content. It is only revealed inside the books which may satisfy the license requirements for republishing of Wikipedia articles.

As an example of the “care” given to the books, the book “History of Georgia (country)” is about the European country Georgia but has a cover image of Atlanta in the American state Georgia.[nan 2] The Wikipedia article History of Georgia (country) does not make such a comical blunder.

PrimeHunter has compiled a list of the 1009 titles identified in June 2009.

Joyce and Ellen at Purdue University

March 12th, 2011

On March 10, 2011, Joyce and Ellen appeared at Purdue University as guests of the Purdue Women’s Club.  The stage was set quite splendidly as were the HD screen and the sound system.  It was great to be back in the mode of celebrating women in history, especially with Ellen.  We saw old friends and met new people whom we hope will become fans of our dear Ellen.






















My Health and Human Sciences friends, Debra Booth, Wendi Ailor, Christina Wright and Wanda Fox (below)

Technology Today

February 28th, 2011

Awesome Technology  (double click to open)


Those of us who have followed the evolution of science since Ellen Richards entered MIT in the late 1800s are in awe of what is shown to us today.  This link takes you to a YouTube Corning Glass piece that shows an incredible amount of technology for families in their homes.  Makes you wonder how much of it is actually out there right now.  

Happy New Year 2011

December 29th, 2010

 We have been posting for three entire years.  Most of my journeys with Ellen will soon come to an end.  Watch for more information on my future visit to Purdue University in March 2011.




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