Negotiations in the four-day old Reynoldsburg teacher’s strike are scheduled to resume this week-end. Both the board and teacher union representatives have agreed to meet again with a federal mediator on Sunday to try to reach a contract agreement. The resumption of talks occurs against the backdrop of strong community pressure.
Louisa May Alcott
One of my favorite books growing up was “Little Women”.Â I’m sure I’m not alone in that regard.Â However I was fortunate enough to spend a few years living in New England, which meant I was able to visit the house and town that was familiar to my favorite character “Jo”.Â I specifically remember one very special birthday spent in Concord, MA. picnicking in the green across the street from Louisa May Alcott’s home.Â It was a wonderful experience that strengthened my love for the famous author.Â This Friday evening “American Masters” presents “Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind Little Women”.
Alcott’s name is almost universally recognized and her reputation as a morally upstanding New England spinster has been firmly established. However what I learned growing up was that Alcott spent her youth with intellectual neighbors like, Emerson, Hawthorne and Thoreau.Â Can you imagine living in a small town with these gentleman around to listen to and observe! Â Alcott was actually a free thinker with democratic ideals and progressive values about women.Â I think her politics come through loud and clear in her stories.Â One tidbit of information I learned in this program, Alcott wrote for years under theÂ pseudonym A.M. Barnard.Â A.M. Barnard wrote scandalous, sensational works with characters runningÂ from murderers and revolutionaries to cross-dressers and opium addicts.Â Not quite what we’re use to in “Little Women”.Â Alcott is a fascinating woman, I hope yo can join us on Friday evening.
“American Masters: Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind Little Women” airs Friday, Febraury 10, at 10:00pm on WOSU TV.