Saturday & Sunday–We finally managed two days & overnights at our bungalow at the Jersey Shore; unlike many people we typically go year round–I kayak into December–but this year our work pressures have been toooo intense to spend time there. Plus Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony: A Friendship That Changed the World was too big a writing project to do there, i.e., not enough room for all my research material, no wireless internet connection, etc. The days were sunless, but peaceful with few other intrepid people & Linda finally had the time to finish reading my manuscript. Getting to “know” Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony through my writing, she said, was a “deeply emotional experience.” That was what I discovered too; so what a wonderful response to receive from her, my relentlessly perfectionist critic.
This evening my son Jonathan, a singer-songwriter, also president of the National Down Syndrome Society, is performing at a club in New York City. Another son David, a professor of African American history, is talking about his book Race Against Liberalism: Black Workers and the UAW in Detroit at the Englewood Library. We’ve gone to two of Jonathan’s fabulous performances, plus he said tonight is for a “young” crowd, so we don’t have to flip a coin to decide where to be–we’ll go to hear David!