Eleanor Roosevelt, who was the first lady, wife of Franklin D. Roosevelt, was born on this day of October 11th in 1884. A statue rendered in her likeness stands at the Seventy-Second Street and Riverside Drive entrance to NYC's Riverside Park. It's featured in the photograph atop this entry.
The image is one you might recognize from a previous entry here on Blogger where I included the fact that Ms. Roosevelt had appeared on the television show, What's My Line?; and also within the aforementioned blog post, I included one of Ms. Roosevelt's most famous quotations; "No one can make you feel inferior without your consent."
Because today is Wednesday's Wisdom here on Blogger, the quotation bears repeating especially since it's also her day of birth.
Eleanor Roosevelt's quotation has been an inspiration to Cam, a female cardinal who is the author of Words In Our Beak Volume One; and it is referenced in both the digital versions (iBooks and ePub)
as well as the soft-cover version of that book.
Ms. Roosevelt's statue is a wonderful reminder of the wisdom contained in her quotation, as well as the legacy of inspiration that still is attributed to her. I know some of the wisdom firsthand, as I was a Eucharistic minister to Eleanor Roosevelt's dearly departed secretary, Maureen Corr.
Coor was a personal secretary to Eleanor Roosevelt from 1950 until Mrs. Roosevelt's death in 1962; and she shared many stories of this experience with me. Maureen passed away on October the 14th in the year 2009, at age ninety-two. This was long before Cam and I met, and ultimately quoted Roosevelt in Words In Out Beak Volume One.
Meanwhile, in my downtrodden times, it's not always easy for me to call to my mind that "No one can make you feel inferior without your consent." But it can be done, even if the process needs to be repeated on a daily basis, and Cam and I continue to say thanks Mrs. Roosevelt for the insight.
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Additionally, I have rendered some images from these books into other formats and they are available via Fine Art America (FAA). Some of my other photographs (Black & White Collection, Kaleidoscopic Images and the famous Mandarin duck who visited NYC) can also be found on my FAA pages.