Eleanor Roosevelt and the Todhunter School
In 1927, Eleanor and her friends Marion Dickerman and Nancy Cook purchased a small, private school for girls in New York City called Todhunter School. The school provided primary and secondary education, and it emphasized art, music, and drama, as well as a college preparatory curriculum. Todhunter combined traditional testing and grading standards with progressive teaching methods.
Eleanor was Associate Principal of Todhunter School and taught courses in American history, literature, and current events. She patterned her teaching techniques on Marie Souvestre, the Allenswood headmistress who had been so influential in her own life. Eleanor greatly enjoyed her work at Todhunter, telling a reporter in 1932 that “I like it better than anything I do.”
Have you ever come across a description of someone and thought, “If I could do ANY thing, be ANY way, this is it”?
EB White, writer of what are almost certainly the best pig stories ever put to paper*, was once described as exemplifying “eloquence without affectation, profundity without pomposity, and wit without frivolity or hostility” - as well as “creative, humane and graceful.”
I don’t know that it gets any better than this.
* Death of a Pig
(1948) and Charlotte’s Web
US Food Administration, 1917-1918
Canada Food Board, 1914-1918
Ayam Cemani chickens.
From Wikipedia - “The birds are completely black: black plumage with a greenish shine, black legs and toe nails, black beak and tongue, black comb and wattles, black meat and bones and even dark blood (Not Black) and organs.”