Eleanor Roosevelt Frances Happy New Year Remarkable Women Season 2

Season 2, Episode 1: Happy New Year with Frances & Eleanor

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Welcome to Tea Toast and Trivia. Happy New Year! Thank you for listening in and celebrating January 1, 2020, the beginning of a new decade.

Today, I am joined by my mother Frances to go back in time to another New Year’s Day.  January 1, 1936,  with Eleanor Roosevelt and her column “My Day.”

Eleanor Roosevelt would have thrived in our social media milieu of 2020. She was blogging before blogging was invented, which incidentally happened in 1997 and became a household name within a few short years. According Merriam-Webster dictionary “blog” headed the list of most looked-up terms on its site during 2004.

Eleanor Roosevelt’s newspaper column made its debut on December 30, 1935.  From that day until to 1960, My Day was published, without fail, six days a week. When Eleanor Roosevelt was too ill to work, the columns appeared every other day until September 26, 1962.  Readers across the country, indeed the world, benefited from Eleanor’s fearless determination to spread her ideas which included her thoughts on race, women,  Prohibition – topics that challenged the status quo.  It was her diary, her platform and she used it with enthusiasm.

The recommended citation for the January 1, 1936 column, My Day is: Eleanor Roosevelt, “My Day, January 1, 1936,” The Eleanor Roosevelt Papers Digital Edition (2017), accessed 01/01/2020,

So put the kettle on and join in the discussion. Frances and I look forward to your insights on

I am your host Rebecca Budd and I’m looking forward to sharing this moment with you.


Thank you for joining Frances and me as we remember a remarkable woman who chose to share her ideas and her daily life with anyone and everyone.  As we move forward, may we have courage to bring forward our ideas in a way that reflects our individual values and adds to the vibrant voices that engage in life-affirming conversations

Until next time, dear friends, safe travels wherever your adventures take you.

Music by Johannes Johannes Bornlof “Flight” Epidemic Sound

By Rebecca Budd

Blogger, Visual Storyteller, Podcaster, Traveler and Life-long Learner

21 replies on “Season 2, Episode 1: Happy New Year with Frances & Eleanor”

“Life affirming conversations…” That’s the key for real progress, isn’t it? I haven’t actually ever read any of Eleanor Roosevelt’s columns, but I have a suspicion they are exactly that, life affirming. Just from the snippet you read, I get that feeling. She provided an entrée for discussion of important ideas without imparting the divisive vitriol of today’s political environment. I doubt she focused on personalities but rather chose to elevate our potential. She obviously inspired your mother and her generation, who in turn passed on that courage to speak to their own daughters. I’m going to read the column you referenced right now to confirm my hunch!

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Your hunch was accurate – spot on!! I just recently came upon this column “My Day” and was surprised by the candor and ease of conversation, which is similar to the way in which our blogging community operates. Sharing experiences and observations. What I especially appreciated was that, as you noted, she chose “to elevate our potential.” I love her thought: “Happiness is not a goal…it’s a by-product of a life well lived.” Perfect words to begin 2020!!

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Eleanor Roosevelt’s column for 01/02/36 confirms my speculation in a surprising manner, the positive outcome of a ‘violent’ discussion, at least for her:

I was particularly struck, in talking with some of the younger men to find their minds running on such serious subjects as what would be the outcome in various European countries of their present situations. On no previous New Year, can I remember hearing history so violently discussed, and social conditions evaluated as to their bearing both at home and abroad. Many shades of political opinion were represented, but the whole trend of conversation strengthened my belief that the thing we all have to be thankful for, as we look back over this past year, is a growing sense of responsibility and social consciousness among all our citizens.

I want to read more of her keen observations!

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I am with you, Mary Jo. Frances feels great respect and admiration for the Roosevelts. While they had complicated lives, they had a genuine desire to create a better world. The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), a voluntary public work relief program that operated from 1933 to 1942 in the United States for unemployed, unmarried men created a way in which to improve physical condition, build morale, and increase employability. Eleanor, during her time, was the most well-known women in the world. Reading the “My Day” columns has given me insight into her ideas and communication strategies. I continue to learn…

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My dad told me about the CCC when I was a kid because they worked on so many state parks. It made going to such a park extra special to know that building a place for all of us to enjoy had also helped out these young men and their families.

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That was great! I always enjoy Frances’ memories, which are important herstory.
This is the best yet, a recounting of the first “blogger’s” first words in 1936.
Eleanor’s My Day, is every woman’s day and a day for all men to understand.
Thank you Eleanor Roosevelt, Frances & Rebecca!

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Frances talks about the Roosevelt’s quite often in her “look back” as they had great influence in the depression and war years. As an aside, I just read that on January 6, 1941, Franklin D. Roosevelt delivered what was to become known as the “Four Freedoms Speech.” Freedom of speech, Freedom of worship, Freedom from want, Freedom from fear. Universal thoughts that are deeply embedded in our values.

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I felt the same spirit of guilt-free existence. I just learned a new word – ambivert, a person whose personality has a balance of extrovert and introverts features. Isn’t it interesting and entertaining how we like to label behaviors to provide some sense of certainty. And yet, the idea of guilt-free is a universal longing. Happy New Year!!

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I’d never heard of “ambivert.” And you’re right. People seem to have a need to put labels on behaviors and the people they belong to. I rebel against this tendency. (Don’t get me started on the Meyers-Briggs.)

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WOW!! This is amazing, Liz. Thank you so much for sharing this link. I went to the Nebraska entry and found places that I had visited as a child. Frances will be absolutely delighted. Serendipity strikes again!

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