Caroline Waxler

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What good shall I do this day? by The Father of Invention
Founding Father of the USA (and the one man most often confused as a former president), founder of the first public lending library, founder of a fire department, university, and hospital, inventor, and role model for one of this country’s greatest traits (ingenuity!)… how did Benjamin Franklin do it? To start: he had a good schedule.
Above image from And the Pursuit of Happiness, by Maira Kalman.

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What good shall I do this day? by The Father of Invention

Founding Father of the USA (and the one man most often confused as a former president), founder of the first public lending library, founder of a fire department, university, and hospital, inventor, and role model for one of this country’s greatest traits (ingenuity!)… how did Benjamin Franklin do it? To start: he had a good schedule.

Above image from And the Pursuit of Happiness, by Maira Kalman.

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Four Years Ago….

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A volunteer virgin on the Obama campaign

What’s it like to volunteer on a political campaign? I found out last weekend when I traveled from New York City to Greenville, South Carolina, to go door-to-door for Barack Obama. In a word, it was great! Greenville was dark and foggy when I arrived at the designated “supporter housing” on Friday night. I was told I’d be staying in a pool house—and envisioned sleeping on inner tubes. Not to worry. There were three of us assigned to beds in a big, open room. Very youth hostel, but comfy. My two campaign-mates were international affairs grad students at Columbia University; we stayed up for hours talking about the election. South Carolinians apparently don’t sleep in like New Yorkers do. Just a few hours after I shut my eyes I had to get up to start canvassing for Obama. My task was to see if people were going to vote for him in the January 26 Democratic primary—and if they weren’t sure, to answer any questions and offer more information. After a brief run-through at a staging area in the back of an antiques store, we were given our marching orders. An organizer provided talking points, safety instructions, and details on read more
Thursday, 1/24/2008 at 3:47PM | Updated on August 20, 2008
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My first time: Volunteering for the primary

I’m about to leave for the airport—on this holiday weekend—to fly from New York City to South Carolina to campaign for Barack Obama. At 37, I’m finally realizing my dream of taking part in the political process—something I’ve wanted to do since I was kid. My mother planted the idea in me. She’s a constitutional law expert who once had aspirations to be the first female Supreme Court judge. She had always wanted to go to the primaries because that’s “where it all starts,” she told me. “When I was young, on TV they’d say, ‘From the snows of New Hampshire, through all the primaries to the White House.” In 1980 she finally volunteered, on behalf of George H.W. Bush. She had a great time—despite the drudgery of answering phones and sending out letters—but her candidate lost to Ronald Reagan. That wasn’t her only disappointment; the other biggie was the shock of no free coffee. Even though I’m a registered Republican, my political activity seems to center around Democrats. In 2006 I had a chance to campaign for Harold Ford, a college friend who was running for U.S. Senate from Tennessee. Unfortunately, at the time I was in a financial read more
Friday, 1/18/2008 at 3:05PM | Updated on August 20, 2008



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