Ruth Heidrich: Out for a stroll
I don't know about you, but my image of Ruth from her eponymous book in the Bible is that she's something of a drip. No doubt I was influenced by John Keats' depiction of her in "Ode to a Nightingale"
when, "sick for home . . . She stood in tears amid the alien corn." How strange it is, therefore, that the three Ruths that Lantern has had the pleasure to publish have been such powerhouses.
First of all, of course, there's our first ever published author, that hardy perennial Dr. Ruth Heidrich
, vegan triathlete and marathoner extraordinaire, who as the picture (right) illustrates shows no sign of slowing down. That's Jamestown, capital of the tiny island of St. Helena in the Atlantic Ocean, most famous for the fact that it was considered the one place that Napoleon couldn't escape from. Ruth writes: "My last around the world trip was wonderful, full of 'peak' running experiences, but one of the more unique was the climb up the 700-step Jacob's Ladder. . . . Quite a thrill!" Did I mention that Ruth is 74 years old?
Ruth likes to call herself the "other Dr. Ruth"
; which is all very well, except Lantern is also her
publisher. We mean, of course, the irrepressible Dr. Ruth Westheimer, 81 years old this June, and still full of plans and projects. Both Drs. Ruth have their Ph.D.s in education—the former in health education, the latter in education and family life, and it is in that area where Dr. Westheimer has made her mark with Lantern. We're thrilled to have her atomic energy powering our company.
Finally, the youngest and newest Ruth to join Lantern is Ruth Lauer-Manenti, who, on the face of it, would appear to be as stationary as the Drs. Ruth are on the move. Ruth's a yoga instructor, which you'd think might involve a lot of sitting. Except that Ruth teaches at Jivamukti Yoga School
, where they practice the particularly vigorous ashtanga
yoga, which, at its most advanced level, can be extremely taxing.
Anyway, as we celebrate our tenth anniversary, I thought I'd honor our revved-up Ruths and their commitment to living life with passion and conviction—and oodles of energy!