Well, it has been radio silence for quite a while, in terms of posting new RenWomen blogs. But I assure you I had an excellent excuse: I was concentrating on writing, rewriting, and polishing the book! I am happy to announce that RenWomen: What Modern Renaissance Women Have to Teach Us About Living Rich, Fulfilling Lives is now finished and ready to go to press! Yay!
I am SO proud of the women we profile in this book! They come from all different careers and walks of life. There are: actress, poet, and linguist, Hélène Cardona; professional explorer, writer and symposium leader, Lorie Karnath; and restaurateur, designer, and philanthropist Barbara Lazaroff. There are those who turned tragedy or misfortune into triumphs like Kathy Eldon whose 22- year-old son was killed in Somalia; and Eva Haller, who barely escaped being killed by fascist forces during World War II. The youngest of our RenWomen, Alexandra Franzen, is an online entrepreneur, coach and writer; the oldest is eminent thought leader and former CEO of Girl Scouts of America, Frances Hesselbein. There is Lydia Kennard who led Los Angeles Airports through the 9/11 crisis; and Bosnian native, Marinela Gombosev, who came to America to build an expansive new life. There is former opera singer turned producer, Dale Franzen; therapist, professor, and photographer, Lita Rawdin Singer; and twin sisters Margaret and Christine Wertheim, who work at the intersection of math, art, environmentalism, and women's crafts. And there are the three founders of The MYHERO Project, the multiply-capable Jeanne Meyers, Rita Stern Milch, and Karen Pritzker. Each RenWoman has forged her own path, learning lessons along the way. These lessons are evident in both their lives and their words, and form the bedrock of this book.
I will continue in these blogs, to talk about our RenWomen, what living the Renaissance life is all about, and how you too can channel your inner RenWoman!