Author Archives: Penny Colman

Speaking at Seneca Falls

The photos (click to enlarge) are from yesterday, July 16, 2017.  Coline Jenkins,, Elizabeth Cady Stanton’s great, great granddaughter took them during my speech, at the Women’s Rights National Historical Park, Seneca Falls, NY.  The event was “Convention Days,” the … Continue reading

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Yellow bird

I’m in a writing frenzy, the end stage of finishing a book I’ve been thinking about and gathering material for, for many years.  A little while ago my cell phone rang. I glanced at it – Cesar, my neighbor and … Continue reading

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For those of you who followed my Sophie & Sophie/Grammy Day posts, (search “Sophie”) here is a photographic update:  Sophie, age 13, with her parents, Jonathan and Katrin, June 22, 21017, the day she graduated from 8th grade.

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When I’m writing until the wee hours of the morning, I have a snack of three multi-grain crackers with a glob of crunchy peanut butter and a dab of honey – yummmmyyyy – and I read something different from what … Continue reading

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Women Before Us

Writing and doing research today, I discovered the “Great Texas Women” website the following: The song, “Standing Before Us,” was discovered by Floyd Hoelting at St. Scholastica Convent in Fort Smith, Arkansas. For decades, this community of Benedictine nuns … Continue reading

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Robin Red Breast!

Just now I was out on our back deck, working on my manuscript when the robin came to feed her babies in the nest under the eaves of our veranda. I slipped into the house to get my cell phone … Continue reading

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Marie White’s Bearded Irises

Many, many years ago an older woman, an artist, lived across the street from me. We never really talked, just smiled and waved. Then one day she moved away to a nursing home. A year or so later, she called … Continue reading

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Found Her Purpose in Life

On March 28, 1841, Dorothea Dix found her purpose in life. It was a cold, blustery day when she arrived at the East Cambridge jail in Boston, Massachusetts, to teach Sunday school to the prisoners. But, first, with her characteristic … Continue reading

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When we entered a medical supply store,  the woman standing behind a long counter was focused on putting staples in a stapler. Our approach did not solicit her attention. Aware that the store was closing in ten minutes, I asked, … Continue reading

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Why giving up hope is not an option

“We are carried along by the heroines and heroes who came before and opened the doors of possibility and imagination.”  The quote is by Rebecca Solnit in her essay “Protest and persist: why giving up hope is not an option” … Continue reading

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