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 TeaToastTrivia.com.
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