I freely admit that I put Serakh out of my mind, although I did remember my promise about the prayer shawl. So much happened in 1917, and most of it I’d rather forget. The one bright spot was Jeannette Rankin, so I’ll start there.
In March of that year, when President Wilson was starting his second term, Jeannette was sworn in as the first woman elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. Mim was ecstatic. Ephraim stayed home with Paul, so she and I about two dozen of our friends celebrated another victory for women. You know, some women still couldn’t vote in this country thenWilson should have done so much more for us. But that’s water under the bridge now. And we had such a fine luncheon. Blue-ribbon trout and big sky apple pie.
By 1917 the Great War was raging full force in Europe, threatening to draw is in. […]
What was Edna Kearns doing on June 27, 1913?
Today I turn the blog over to the Suffrage Wagon News Channel and to the story of Edna Kearns, grandmother extraordinaire. Women have achieved voting rights in the United States, and in many–but not all–parts of the world. We humans have a ways to go in achieving dignity, sustenance, and equality of opportunity for all. Still, here’s to you, Edna. […]
A perfect ten! Nice job! Gold star!
I can think of at least a dozen ways to say that something works well or has met a standard of excellence. A phrase that was popular in the 1980s and seems to be on the rise again is “Good Housekeeping seal of approval.” According to the Google books ngramstatistics, the phrase first appeared in books about 1935. But wasn’t the seal older than that? Would Mrs. Jenkins, the housekeeper/cook in Blue Thread have heard it in 1912?
The short answer is yes. Good Housekeeping magazine started around 1885. The magazine later established a test kitchen and science laboratory of sorts and in 1909 started to give products its “Good Housekeeping Seal.” By the time Blue Thread starts in September, 1912, the magazine had established the Good Housekeeping Research Institute (GHRI) led by Harvey Wiley, the first commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. […]