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Old 03-07-2004, 08:05 PM   #16
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the obvious, Jesus, Bono, MLK, Aung San Suu Kyi, lots of famous brave and inspirational people.
But it's the quiet achievers , the "little people", the survivors who carry on with dignity and love who really rock my world.
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My mum
My childhood Sunday School/Scripture teacher( who died recently)
and people who's stories I stumble across in books and magazines, too numerous to recount.
I'd like to share this recent one with you. My mother has given me several books by Rabbi Rudy Brasch. I recently found his autobiography and bought it to give to her. In the meantime I am reading it.
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"Reminiscences of a Roving Rabbi" Chapter 3- On A Mission To Ireland
"....With the advent of peace, it did not take long for me to be given another opportunity to break new ground....When in 1946 I was asked to pioneer Liberal Judaism in Ireland.
My first engagement was, as it were truly Irish. As a Jewish Rabbi in a catholic country, I was invited to address the Protestant Society of Friends of Islam!....
Without a doubt of all the services, the most memorable was the childrens' service I held on the Day of Atonement...not because of the beautiful voices of the children's choir, but the presence of a five year old girl. We did not know her name and called her Eve.
Just a few days prior to the service "Eve" had been brought to Ireland and had been adopted by one of the families belonging to my congregation. She had been found in a sack in one of the liberated Polish concentration camps. Although she survived she was tragically bereft of her entire family and was unaware of her identity. Hers was a sad, old face and she could not smile. What love can do! Meeting her years later, though still traumatised, she could laugh again. She never felt sorry for herself or bore any hatred in her heart..."

Knowledge of people like Eve inspire me.
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Jesus Christ
Mother Teresa
Rosa Parks
MLK
Nelson Mandela
Rev. Billy Graham
John Lennon
Bono
Michael J Fox
Elie Wiesel
Anne Frank
John and Robert Kennedy
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Mr Heath - 6th grade teacher - environmental awareness
My buddy June - breast cancer survivor
My parents - if I'd known being a good parent would be so much work I would have taken notes
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Some other good mentions here that I forgot. .

Speaking of teachers...I have a few I'd like to thank:

-A 5th grade teacher (not my teacher, but the teacher of the class next door). She would read my stories I'd written during our writing workshops, and one day she said, "When you write your first novel, dedicate it to me". At that moment, I decided that I wanted to take up writing as my career.
-My 9th grade Language Arts teacher and my 12th grade Advanced Speech/World Literature teachers. While I'd decided early on that I wanted to be a writer, I was still rather shy and wary of sharing my writing with people, for fear that they'd make fun or something, but these teachers helped me get over that. And they helped me improve my writing skills even more.
-My 12th grade AP Government teacher. He got me more interested in politics, and, like my parents, he also helped to encourage me to speak my mind.

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I thought about some teachers too. My primary school only had 30 kids, divided into upper and lower division. The two teachers were wonderful and dedicated,Mrs Daley and Mr Davies. What a team. And then Mr Mewing (SAM), my English teacher in high school, what a nice man. I loved school.
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I forgot about teachers...

High school - my Math, English, and Art teachers
College - Drawing 1 teacher, 3-D Design and Ceramics teacher. lol like they are reading this forum

Speaking of teachers, has anyone read Sting's book Broken Music? Among many people, he also dedicated it to several of his teachers. I thought that was sweet.
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Speaking of teachers, has anyone read Sting's book Broken Music? Among many people, he also dedicated it to several of his teachers. I thought that was sweet.
I haven't and was thinking of buying it. Is it any good?

Sting is also touring but no Vancouver date yet.
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Yes, I enjoyed the book very much...I'm really a Police fan, I don't like solo Sting but he is a very talented writer. The book was both entertaining and substantive.
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my former housemate, and friend, cormac mcanallen.
an inspiration to all who were lucky enough to know him.
RIP cormac, gone but never forgotten.
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sorry to hear about your friend gav.
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my former housemate, and friend, cormac mcanallen.
an inspiration to all who were lucky enough to know him.
RIP cormac, gone but never forgotten.
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