Author Archives: Penny Colman

Rosalie the Riveter

Shortly after midnight, Frank Cutitta sent me a message that his Aunt Rosalie the Riveter had died. I met Rosalie in 2009 when she was honored at New Jersey State Federation of Women’s Club of GFWC’s 101st Public Affairs Day, … Continue reading

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Harriet Tubman

WOW! Harriet Tubman won the vote to be the new face on a $20!!!!! Got the news shortly before Barbara Howard announced it at “Swing Low,” the memorial to Harriet Tubman in New York City. Abandoning my book-in-progress, I speedily … Continue reading

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Great Egret

What a treat to see on my book-writing-break walk today–a Great Egret! (A sign that I should take more breaks, perhaps?)  Flat Rock Brook, Englewood, New Jersey

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Mother’s Day

On the eve of mother’s day 2015, I’m thinking with deep love and profound appreciation about my mother Maritza Morgan, an internationally known artist, who also had a 40-year career as a journalist, writer and translator.  I’ve written about her … Continue reading

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Honoring Nurses

Linda’s mother, Mary Batastini Hickson, was a nurse, and proud of it! So here is a shout out to her and all nurses, for this–National Nurses Week–and all the weeks of the year! During a visit to Arlington National Cemetery, … Continue reading

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Nellie Bly

“Google Doodle Honors Pioneering Journalist Nellie Bly for Speaking Up ‘For the Ones Told to Shut Up’” Nellie Bly, was born Elizabeth Jane “Pink” Cochran today, May 5th, in 1864. Here’s the link to an article and song: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/05/05/nellie-bly-google-doodle_n_7210966.html

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Bookstore

We made a quick trip to Williamstown, MA to reconnect with Linda’s college friend with whom she had discovered opera and theater in New York City, oh, so many years ago, and to once again be dazzled by the amazing … Continue reading

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Squat

Yesterday, seeing me and 14-month-old Balan talking about my rock garden, Linda marveled at our mutual ability to squat! Quinn just walked right into the garden. 

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Why is Rockwell’s “Rosie the RIveter” iconic?

Here’s the link to Sam Robert’s article “Mary Keefe, Model for Rockwell’s ‘Rosie the Riveter,’ Dies at 92,” in “The New York Times” (4/24/15). He had emailed me asking if I wanted to “weigh in on why the painting became … Continue reading

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Rosie the Riveter and Mary Doyle Keefe

For my book, Rosie the Riveter: Women Working on the Home Front in World War II, I interviewed Mary Doyle (later Keefe), the model for Norman Rockwell’s cover, “Rosie,” for Saturday Evening Post.  After we talked Mary sent me a copy of an … Continue reading

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