1. That is a wonderful speech. Thank you for sharing it. You are one to be proud of in Indiana. Well done.

  2. This is a very thought-provoking speech Sheila. It’s disturbing too, in a good way! I printed it out and forwarded it to friends. And it’s not just college kids who need to think about it. I have just retired from decades of full-time work + for the last 10 years of work caring for my mother who died last year aged 96. No way would I have time to browse your great blogsite if I hadn’t retired. So … I am ready to ‘get a life’! But what to do? The first month of retirement has been unapologetically on the “I” end of the “I/we scale”, more fun please to replenish. But I want to give back to community. Your speech raised issues of personal return versus moral obligation, and nurturing the individual versus nurturing community. I’ve never felt comfortable with the notion of moral obligation. It seems adversarial for some reason. Geneticists and neuro-scientists are increasingly finding it’s part of our human nature to be co-operative and altruistic (as well as selfish and competitive, etc) and perhaps this makes the question of personal return versus moral obligation a little clearer: it all comes from self initially. Which is not to say you can’t be just as effective in civic engagement and social justice – just not base it on moral obligation. Is the personal political? Or the political personal? I’ve always felt more comfortable with the notion it’s the latter despite strident calls of old colleagues on the left.

  3. Shannon, what a fun picture! You look adlobare. I’m so glad you’ve had amazing friends in London, especially to help you with your struggles with your kids. You look so happy and I’m glad for you for the times you can get out and just have fun. Looking forward to having you back in the states. I’d LOVE to see you sometime soon… Ann

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