Author Archives: Penny Colman

Susan B. Anthony Crashed the All-Male July 4th, 1876 Celebration

A lot of hoopla was held leading up to the Centennial 4th of July in 1876, none of it honoring women’s contributions, or even including women as participants.  So, Susan B. Anthony finagled five tickets to the all-male main event … Continue reading

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Orphan Fawns

“Bring a camera,” Linda whispered from the back porch. I did, and there they were–the orphans–eating my garden–sigh! Printing copies to send to various grandchildren at camp, including Sophie who, six years ago when the deer first appeared, sympathetically dubbed … Continue reading

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14th Amendment

Very cool!: I’ve been immersed in the 14th Amendment re my current book project so very cool to read this in Justice Kennedy’s majority decision in favor of same-sex couple’s right to marry: “under the Due Process and Equal Protection … Continue reading

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Fabulous Experience

Fabulous experience yesterday taking granddaughter Sophie and the other terrific girls, members of Girl Scout troop 3700, to visit some New York City women’s history site. My daughter-in-law Katrin de Haen took wonderful photos. From left to right:  the display … Continue reading

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It Rained!

Two bummed-out looking twins whose grandmother and daddy didn’t pay close attention to the weather and got caught in a torrential rainstorm a long walk away from home!

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“Iron Girl”

            Last week I went to the Paterson Museum, Paterson, NJ, to see this marvelous bronze relief by Gaetano Federici, “In honor of Eleanor Egg, Champion of America.” It was commissioned in 1931 after she … Continue reading

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Female Heroes

I rarely listen to anything during my long walks but recently I took my little radio and earphones (low tech, I know) and heard the cooolest piece on NPR about Maia Weinstock, a science writer who is “Bringing Female Heroes … Continue reading

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Taking a Break

Taking a break we went to Staten Island yesterday (about a 50 minute drive): visited the Chinese Scholar Garden with its impressive rockery resembling mountains that inspired ancient monks, eight pavilions, a waterfall, Koi-filled, pond, Chinese calligraphy, soaring roof peaks; … Continue reading

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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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