Kim Sheridan is an award-winning author, filmmaker, and more. Her focus includes animals, the afterlife, health, and the environment. Kim is the founder of Compassion Circle, a not-for-profit organization with a mission to expand the circle of compassion to all beings (home of The Rat Refuge, The Fish Refuge, Vegepet, Green Mush, and more); EnLighthouse Entertainment (which produces award-winning films that make a difference); and Earth Fairy™ Films (which spread the message of environmental responsibility). With a background as a Naturopath, Kim is the co-founder of HealthForce, co-author of Uncooking with Jameth and Kim, and founder of both Healthy Chick® and Healthy Hunk™, empowering people to take charge of their own health and well being. An environmental advocate long before it became trendy, Kim has many years of experience in the realm of environmental action and eco-renovation, merging Feng Shui principles with environmental responsibility. She is also the author of the award-winning book, Animals and the Afterlife, with a goal to provide comfort to those grieving the loss of a beloved animal. Kim has been listed in 2,000 Notable American Women, Who’s Who in Executives and Professionals, and Great Minds of the 21st Century. Her goal is to make the world a better place, and to teach compassion and respect for the Earth and all living beings.
Where did the name Sheridan come from?
When Kim and her husband, Jameth, first met in 1990, they decided they were going to choose a joint last name when they got married, instead of taking on the man’s last name as is common in our culture and goes back to when men owned women. Jameth and Kim were not satisfied with simply adopting either of their existing last names or hyphenating them. Whose last name would they adopt? In what order would the names be hyphenated? Traditionally, the man’s name is taken and the woman forsakes hers, or she hyphenates hers along with her husband’s. The husband’s name stays the same and he usually does not hyphenate the names, even if his wife does, thereby carrying on the patriarchal tradition. None of these scenarios felt right for Kim and Jameth. They wanted a last name that was reflective of who they are, just as last names were when they originally came into being. Jameth and Kim also wanted a last name that symbolized their partnership. They intended to choose a new last name before they got married, and to include it in the ceremony. However, when they did get married, they had not yet come up with a name that felt right to them. So, for the time being, they just kept their existing last names. They then put out the intention of finding a last name that symbolized their partnership (and made it clear that they were married), and they investigated various systems of naming over the years. Eventually, they elected not to adhere to any existing system but rather to choose a name that just felt right to them. After much consideration, along with an uncanny chain of events, the name that felt the most right was Sheridan. This name has personal meaning for both of them. So, they eliminated their former last names years ago, as they both symbolized a limited patriarchal lineage that never takes into account the women in any family. People are accustomed to women changing their last names to symbolize marriage, so why not a man and a woman doing so together for the same reason? For Kim and Jameth, this represents a true partnership. Hence, the name Sheridan.
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