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what a beautiful, sad, but inspiratonal story. I feel blessed to be in such a caring profession. We here so much griping lately. That's why I read your blog to feel good about our profssion and about life in general. Keep up the good work! I am a SLIS student. If I become the great librarian you are, I will be successful. Thanks for adding so much to my days!


I stumbled across your blog and am grateful for the serendipity of this. I am teaching beginning Internet classes to Seniors and we have one staff member that gets VERY frustrated at their limitations. Thank you for reminding me that I can stay true to our goal and that I GET the opportunity to help these seniors on a weekly basis.

Linda W

Nice story, but I got jerked off track when you identified the lady as African-American. Nothing else in the story seemed to be related to her being African-American so it seemed odd to bring it up. Would you have mentioned that she was white, had red hair, wore glasses--the only things that matter to the story were that she was older & having trouble with computers, and that she was bipolar and schizophrenic and trying to reconnect with her family.

I know I sound oversensitive, but I was thinking I would show the story to the librarian who teaches our computer basics classes, mostly to older folks. But she is Arican-American, as are the rest of our branch staff and most of our patrons, and I suddenly thought the reference to race sounded odd. As if being African-American were odd in itself.



I had to think about your question. I read back over several posts, and it seems that I usually give some identifying characteristics about people: how they wear their hair, what they are wearing, their gender, if they speak with an accent, a handicap that affects the interaction, whether they are tall or round or thin -

or African-American. It appears to me, as a person writing about my experiences, that race is another identifying characteristic, but not something odd.

I certainly don't mean to offend anyone by these descriptions, and apologize if I have done so. Thank you for pointing it out.




I really enjoyed this story since many of my patrons are older adults. I commented on it on my blog "Senior Friendly Libraries" - http://seniorfriendlylibraries.blogspot.com/2007/06/inspirational-story.html .


Wow. I am amazed at the number of commentors who are concerned about the ladies ethnicity. Here is the inspiring story of a senior citizen who is still setting a good example for her community and they are worried that you mentioned she was African American. Are African Americans not permitted to overcome adversity, are they not permitted to try and be all that they can.

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