Thursday, February 3, 2011

"Go West, young man, and grow up with the country!"
Me, I reckon about any direction would do for a young person and the country still has a great deal of growing up to do, being an ongoing experiment in self-government & all. But in any case, 'twas the great newspaperman Horace Greeley who pointed young fellers in the direction of the setting sun back in the day and, not that it's so very important, other than as a reminder of his life & lively times, Horace was born 200 years ago today. He also is said to have said, "I am the inferior of any man whose rights I trample underfoot." Always timely, sad to say, as there will always be those who stomp and those who are stomped upon. Speaking of such, on the day young Horace turned ten, Elizabeth Blackwell came into the world, little knowing that she would be a heroine, featured in many a book of history & rightly so, being as she was the first of her gender to be allowed to graduate from an institution of medicine.
"A blank wall of social and professional antagonism faces the woman physician that forms a situation of singular and painful loneliness, leaving her without support, respect or professional counsel." E. B.
Didn't let it stop her.

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