ABOUT YOUR HOST, PHOTOGRAPHER AND PART-TIME PHILOSOPHER
I was born Irene Rose Tanner in Hopkinsville, Kentucky
on the brink of The Great Depression.
What perfect timing for a lifespan!
Gleaning guidance from The Greatest Generation.
My contemporaries are Louise Hay, Maya Angelou, and Shirley Temple.
Think Sunday night radio – Jack Benny and Fannie Brice, Artie Shaw, Ella, Frankie,
The Great American Songbook – the Lindy Hop.
Think the Golden Ages of TV, Broadway, and Fashion.
I remember good manners, southern hospitality
and necking – first base was far enough!
I had 24 cashmere cardigans worn backwards with plaid pleated skirts, pearls,
saddle shoes and bobby sox.
Eleanor Roosevelt spoke in my college auditorium
and casually referred to "my husband, Franklin”.
I nearly swooned to be in the room.
The Feminist Movement was a mystery to me. I already had freedom and equality.
Including assorted boyfriends, two short-term husbands,
and eventually a long-term significant other.
Was a single parent of two with several equal pay career paths…
textile designer, stylist, and image consultant.
Travelled spiritual paths from Religious Science through quantum theory.
Founded a non-profit organization, offering opportunities to
less-advantaged seekers of self-sufficiency.
In another life I would like to be an Argentine tango dancer.
I'm still gearing up for my Grand Finale in this one.
I arrived small and weak
I shall leave old and bold.