— Randy Rainbow (@RandyRainbow) February 12, 2018
from Erika Kind
from Haddon Musings
As we turn the calendar to August, I know some of us are looking forward to the total solar eclipse that will occur in the United States on August 21st. This week it was the birthday of Maria Mitchell, who against all odds became an astronomer. This is her story:
Maria Mitchell is the first acknowledged female astronomer. She was born in 1818 on the island of Nantucket in Massachusetts. Although the American essayist Hannah Crocker explained that same year in her Observations on the Real Rights of Women that it was then a woman’s “province to soothe the turbulent passions of men … to shine in the domestic circle” and that “it would be improper, and physically very incorrect, for the female character to claim the statesman’s birth or ascend the rostrum to gain the loud applause of men,” Maria Mitchell’s Quaker parents believed that girls should have the same access…
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Check out the video in this post! You’ll be glad you did!
I read this story this week about this amazing woman. Viola Smith has been called the counterpart of Gene Krupa. I know that you are going to enjoy getting to know Viola and I have embedded a video of her playing those drums for your enjoyment. As Viola says:
‘Never lose your groove!’
Viola Smith turns 101 this month. As the oldest member of Local 802, she has an important lesson to teach all of us: never lose your groove!
We have a living legend in our ranks. At 100 years old, Viola Smith – who was one of the first professional female drummers and was called the female Gene Krupa – is probably the oldest active member of Local 802. (In fact, she turns 101 this month, on Nov. 29.) She first joined Local 802 in 1942.
She was born Viola Schmitz in Mount Calvary, Wisconsin, where her father…
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