Bineta Ngom, author of Becoming An Angel of Change: A Sengalese Woman’s Journey to Inspire the Global Community Through Her Empowering Life Stories. "We woke to the song of the poor children living in the streets…I saw a frail, barefoot child with cracked lips, peeling skin, and a bumpy scalp, his arms and legs covered with wounds. He carried an empty 2-pound tomato can with a handle of electrical wire…I clambered down to fill his can with milk and give him a piece of bread. I was 8, growing up feeling joyful. Life became meaningful…I came to America with a dream that no one could see but myself, living a trial-and-error life, my inner world so loud that nothing could stop me from achieving my goals of helping women and children in need…By embracing my pain, I stopped suffering.” familybridgefoundation.org
Jackie Becker, author of Raging Against Aging: Kicking & Screaming, Laughing & Crying, Stretching & Kvetching, a very New York book, but not a how-to, targeted to Baby Boomers. "My husband and I were in NYC celebrating our 25th anniversary…on the crosstown bus, we were holding onto the straps behind the driver, when two young girls got up to give their seats to some lucky ‘old people’…Those seats were meant for US! I wish I could tell you that I felt dignified, respected, deserving…the truth: I was mortified–OUTRAGED! What had given me away: my gray roots, my wrinkles, my sagging neck, my orthopedic shoes that I have to wear? I turned to writing to try to make sense of this process that I thought would only happen to other people…blogging random thoughts from the 60s. ragingagainstaging.blog
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