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Monday, January 21, 2013

WEEK 4: HELEN KELLER

Week 4 we celebrate:

HELEN KELLER
June 27, 1880 - June 1, 1968

For many of us born in a certain era, when we think of Helen Keller, we picture Patty Duke in the 1962 movie, 'The Miracle Worker'.  Ever since then, I have been in awe and admiration of Helen.

To be born in the late 1800's and accomplish what she did as a woman was impressive as it was, but to do it being blind and deaf is remarkable. She has always been the epitome of strength, courage, determination and perserverence to me.

Born in Alabama, she lost her sight and hearing to illness at 19 months. In spite of that, she lived a remarkably adventurous life - travelling the world and meeting famous people.

She had her first book published at 11, wrote an autobiography at 22 and went on to pen ten more books. She was an activist, speaking out for women's suffarage as well as labour rights.

Helen lived a full, rich and long life, leaving a legacy of wisdom and inspiration that was born of 'walking the walk'.

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