Mainstreet Women: A Thankful for You Roll Call

I’m incredibly grateful this Thanksgiving for all you extraordinary women! As many of you said during our Mainstreet Women interviews, we’re the nation’s backbone, the glue that holds our country together. I was writing about you in my gratitude journal (yes, I promise I’m actually writing the book too) and thought I’d just shout-out my gratitude a little more directly! Thank you for being a part of Mainstreet Women:  Ali, Alicia, Alyson, Amie, Beth, Brenda, Christina, Cindy, Cyndi, Dana, Diane, Donna A, Donna I, Elaine, Elizabeth, Heidi, Jada, Jane L, Jane S, Janine, Jeannie, Jennifer, Jill, Julie, Karri, Kate K, Kate V, Kathy C, Kathy H, KC, Kris, Lisa B, Lisa M, Lisa W, Luz, Maggie, Marcia, Maria, Marjorie, Mary B, Mary L, Marybeth, Mary Dee, Michelle, Paula, Penny, Raina, Renata, Rossell, Stefani, Stephanie, & Uma.   We live in: Arizona, California, Connecticut, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia, … [Read more...]

Main Street Intrigues: Women Hold the Key

Main Street Intrigues   About 40 days before the 2012 U.S. general elections I was feeling pretty confused. I kept hearing the term “Main Street” from pols, pundits, and the news media. The term “Main Street” had become common lexicon over the past 5 years and I realized, I had no idea what Main Street really means. Okay, I’m fibbing a little. As a lit nerd (undergrad English major) I’ve read Sinclair Lewis’ best-selling novel Main Street several times. Lewis’ satirizing of life in small town America positioned him to be the first American to receive the Nobel Prize for Literature and in my view, is a must-read for lit nerds and anyone who enjoys a darned good read. And, I confess that my not-so-inner child has relished Disney’s Main Street U.S.A. from Orlando to Tokyo and a few theme-park visits in between. But I digress. Main Street Today Beginning in 2008, the news media heralded Main Street as the ultimate victim of Wall Street and the banking industry’s shenanigans that brought about the U.S. economic crisis. That same year, vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin used the term Main Street frequently, “we need a little bit of reality from Wasilla Main Street … [Read more...]

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