On October 27, 1889, this woman was born in Rochester, Kent, England. Raised in
a military family, she spent her early years in Jamaica and was educated in
both England and France.
In her early twenties, she landed a writing job at the London magazine “Modern
Society,” where she ultimately became a lover of the magazine’s editor, Frank
Harris. Her description of the beginning of that affair is absolutely
fascinating, and may be seen at http://www.drmardy.com/dmdmq/s#sex
In 1920, she married Roderick Jones, head of the Reuters News Agency. While they
were married for 42 years, it was not a happy union. In her 1969 autobiography,
published seven years after his death, she offered one of the saddest — but one
of the most arresting — lines ever written about a marriage:
“After forty years we still stood with broken swords in our hands.”
A novelist as well as a playwright, she is best remembered as the author of
“National Velvet,” a 1935 novel about a teenage English girl who rides an unheralded
horse to victory in the Grand National steeplechase race (a 1944 film by the same
title launched the career of a young Elizabeth Taylor).
Who is this Woman?
The Power of Praise
“Nothing so soon the drooping Spirits can raise, As Praises from the Men, whom all Men Praise.”
The words are a little dated (now, I’m sure, he would have written
“Men and Women”). But his point remains the same: When praise comes from highly
regarded people, it has an especially uplifting effect.
This week think about how praise — whether received by you or provided by you to
others – has shown up in your life. To stimulate your thinking, here are some observations
on the subject.
“There is no such whetstone, to sharpen a good wit and encourage a will to learning, as is
praise.” Roger Ascham
“I believe that you should praise people whenever you can; it causes them to respond as a
thirsty plant responds to water.” Mary Kay Ash
“Judicious praise is to children what the sun is to flowers.” Christian Nestell Bovee
“What every genuine philosopher (every genuine man, in fact) craves most is praise – although
the philosophers call it “recognition.” William James
“The applause of a single human being is of great consequence.” Samuel Johnson
“Praise is the sunshine, it warms, it inspires, it promotes growth.” Harriet Beecher Stowe
“We begin to praise when we begin to see a thing needs our assistance.” Henry David Thoreau
“One cares so little for the style in which one’s praises are written.” Edith Wharton
“The love of praise, howe’er conceal’d by art, Reigns more or less, and glows in ev’ry heart.”