What is legacy – a #letsblogoff post

At some point in my pursuit of an English degree at the University of Minnesota (it was the only college that let dogs in), I read the book The Ties that Bound: Peasant Families in Medieval England. It changed my perception of history and ultimately led me to a quest for the meaning of legacy.

I am still on that quest.


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10 Responses to What is legacy – a #letsblogoff post

  1. Paul Anater says:

    I’m reading Ties at your suggestion. Thanks for the recommendation. It’s having the same effect on me that it did you.

  2. Rufus says:

    Already a legacy at work 🙂 My goal is to get everyone alive on March 1, 2011 to buy and read just one more book… the paper versions, not Kindle.

  3. Joseph says:

    It looks like a most interesting book. I will have to add it to my list of books to read. And you’re right, of course. Not very many of those who make history will be mentioned in history books.

  4. Mark says:

    Thanks for going literary too. Thank you also for the ‘Ties’ recommendation.

    You’re right about the “trigger-pullers.” I think of Martin Luther and Rosa Parks. The momentum had been building for a long time. These people took the stand when the universe commanded, and the bullet flew into the zeitgeist, and the world was never the same.

    Well done–I also appreciate how you oriented this post around your (very unique) niche…hard to do!

  5. ModernSauce says:

    Fantastic! And I will add that book to my stack because I don’t even own an ereader!

    Legacy seems to be this dream of humans that we are all somehow more special than we actually are. I think we’re all just peasants – then and now – in varying forms. A mediocre madame, a lovable mutt, etc. etc. Delight in your peasantry. And flair for big words. ; )

  6. Rufus says:

    It starts with every kid who ever scratched her name into the wet cement of a freshly-poured sidewalk.

  7. Rufus says:

    Read the book in good health! Behind every good police blotter and obit column are hundreds of untold stories just screaming to be bound into books..

  8. David Rich says:

    well done! My two cents…we create a legacy everyday…sort of like compound interest. The more good things we do, over a long period of time equates to great wealth (in the spiritual sense).

    PS…You don’t have to die first.

  9. Rufus says:

    Two cents is just a dollar with big dreams and high hopes 🙂 The best legacies are spread out around as we we live each day. If done well, they continue spreading long after we’re gone as well.

  10. Rufus says:

    The ones that matter are the ones who learned how to lead from behind anyway, right?