The woods are lovely dark and deep
but I have promises to keep
and miles to go before I sleep
Sheila Bailey’s Blog
“Today is the first day of the rest of your life”
a fitting reminder that if I am going to start writing my ‘blog’ I’d better get on with it.
Seth Godin’s blogs are top of my reading list every day, and I am grateful to Seth and his cohort who run the AltMBA for helping me take up the challenge I was set when my dear husband, Dr Neville Bailey, died two years ago.
Neville had asked in his will that I continue my work in economic development and specifically that I establish the Dardanus Foundation to support “Medical and Social Innovation”
A good friend on the Isle of Man, Owen Cutajar, suggested I might find it helpful to look at the AltMBA course – a month-long crash course for ‘people who want to make a ruckus” and I was accepted onto the course in October 2017
At the end of the month I had to make a short personal video and mine has served to keep me focussed on the task in hand. And I was immensely heartened by receiving the Alt MBA’s ‘Perkins Award’ for the most outstanding body of work together with some very kind words from the coaches. (Frances Perkins was an American sociologist and workers-rights advocate who served as the U.S. Secretary of Labor from 1933 to 1945, the longest serving in that position, and the first woman appointed to the U.S. Cabinet. As a loyal supporter of her friend, Franklin D. Roosevelt, she helped pull the labor movement into the New Deal coalition)
In December 2018 I was joined in the task by our daughter, Julia, a specialist in web site development, who came back to help me from the USA where she had been living for some years.
With her help I have now formed a family company, Sheila Bailey Limited, based on the Isle of Man where I have lived since Neville was appointed Chief Medical Officer to the Isle of Man Government in 1984.
Much of my historic work can be found on http://sheilabailey.org
My photo is of three of our children, Anna, Julia and Timothy, walking in the Hampshire woods in 1958, when Neville was Chief Medical Officer at RAF Odiham (where he had taken a 3 year Short Service Commission in fulfilment of his National Service obligations) Our fourth child, Rosemary, was born the following year, when Neville had become a single-handed family doctor in Peterborough, Northants.