Only by chance did I learn of the political pundit Keith Olbermann appearance this week on the Martha Stewart Show. No longer a virgin: I have now watched an entire daytime TV show, or almost. Tuned in a little late as Martha and Keith were talking about the election. Commiserated on homophobia in California--link here is to his inspired rant about Proposition 8 in California. They admired Obama campaign's use of the internet, "He's thinking modern," Martha noted.
Great fun to watch Keith, the cooking novice, try to follow along with Martha to make a Triple Chocolate Pumpkin Pie. Carried away at one moment--I can all relate-- she poured in too much ground cloves. Keith gamely tried to use his fist, as she instructed to move graham cracker crumbs around the pie shell.
Martha Stewart has always impressed me as
basically a home economist. First time I saw her program was in a hospital waiting room on my way to eye surgery. First she did one of her detailed drills on how to set up a laundry room--what should be in it, the best arrangement. I thought at the time she was providing a service for at-home young women who never had a Home Ec class. These began to fall out of favor in the 1980s, I believe. Not that everyone needed ALL the detail Martha is so fond of providing.
This was followed by an interview with a collector of antique irons. Fascinating: Home Ec as it should have been with history to add richness and context.
In a similar way, Martha followed the hilarity of the pie-making with a long segment about the program, City Meals on Wheels, "No homebound senior should go without a meal on Thanksgiving or any holiday." [Very satisfying voluntary stint when I delivered meals last year.] Martha has been honored for her support of the program, a national one. As pointed out in "Elders' Unique Economic Difficulties,"a recent post at Time Goes By, seniors are a very vulnerable, often little noticed population in our continued shaky times. In New York City, senior center programs are facing cutbacks. They could use Martha Stewart's advocacy because the City threatens to cut many of them.
Disclaimer: Ron Bloom, spouse, was chair of Home Economics at Morgan State University in Baltimore. I was very proud of innovations he brought to the program--particularly a class on substance abuse. In one of many unnecessary retrofits, so popular in academe, it had been re-named "Human Ecology." Please.