I bumped into Eleanor Roosevelt the other day outside the Apple store. It looked like she was carrying the new iPad. No surprise there – the lady has a knack for connecting with people and texts and emails are great tools for that.
Elly, how goes it? What’s your take on #metoo and #timesup?
The battle for the individual rights of women is one of long standing and none of us should countenance anything which undermines it.
Amen to that sister. But do you think women can sustain the movement?
A woman is like a tea bag – you can’t tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water.
But the personal attacks that some women have experienced…
No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.
You certainly demonstrated that a first lady could have great influence.
As for accomplishments, I just did what I had to do as things came along.
Sure, I can see that but you risked a lot when you spoke out about injustice, civil rights and the plight of the poor.
Do what you feel in your heart to be right- for you’ll be criticized anyway. You’ll be damned if you do, and damned if you don’t.
Does it pain you to see what the political climate is now in America?
Sometimes I wonder if we shall ever grow up in our politics and say definite things which mean something, or whether we shall always go on using generalities to which everyone can subscribe, and which mean very little.
A lot of people are discouraged by our present polarization and want to opt out or disengage.
Life must be lived and curiosity kept alive. One must never, for whatever reason, turn his back on life.
How do you stay so upbeat? Everyone wants to be happy but we don’t know how to get there.
Happiness is not a goal; it is a by-product.
It seems like everyone wants their 15 minutes of fame now, to go viral on the internet, to be recognized for something, anything. Do you see the downside to it all?
I once had a rose named after me and I was very flattered. But I was not pleased to read the description in the catalogue: no good in a bed, but fine up against a wall.
Funny. I’ve got to run but what’s the biggest lesson you learned from your experience?
I think that somehow, we learn who we really are and then live with that decision.
Jay Harrison is a graphic designer and writer whose work can be seen at DesignConcept. His mystery novel, Head Above Water, is available on Amazon and Kindle. You can also visit his author page here.