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By Ashley Judd

Ashley Judd is healthier often called the acclaimed actress in motion pictures such as De Lovely and Double Jeopardy, yet nowadays she is prone to be stumbled on wading via an African refugee camp or Asian brothel than on a movie set. for many of the earlier decade Judd has been traveling human rights hotspots worldwide to unfold the observe of desire, well-being, and gender equality on behalf of 1 of the top public health and wellbeing nonprofits, PSI/YouthAIDS. Her paintings has placed her within the corporation of Bono, invoice Clinton, and different international leaders within the conflict opposed to ailment and poverty and in advocating grassroots courses to enhance the lives of ladies and children.

Memories of her personal painful adolescence encouraged Judd to arrive out to these in determined want, specially abused and deserted women. She writes movingly of associates equivalent to Kausar, an AIDS patient within the slums of Mumbai who turns into an activist and peer-educator, and heroes corresponding to Dr. Rene, who lends his middle and soul to...

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There was a cinder-block Holy Roller church just down the road from us along the river, and one week while they were having a revival, I got saved. As with so many of my childhood memories, I don’t have any idea how I arrived there, why I had gone to the meeting with one of my little friends from up the river, where the grown-ups were, what the evangelist said, or what it was that compelled me up the aisle for a full immersion baptism. My memory resumes when I am sitting at the foot of my bed, still damp, crying softly, frightened I was going to be in big trouble for having done something momentous in secret.

They moved to Erie, Pennsylvania, where he found a good job with General Electric building locomotives during the war. My father, Michael Charles Ciminella, who came along, was their only child. After the war, Papaw and Mamaw briefly owned a diner in Erie until Papaw, who used to play some serious poker, lost the business to one of the local “hard guys” in a card game. His gambling days over (for a while, at least), Papaw moved his young family back to eastern Kentucky, where he worked as a brakeman for the C&O Railroad.

Her girlfriends were wrapped up in Ashland High Tomcats basketball and prom dates, but Mom had dropped out of high school when her pregnancy started to show and finished her courses with a tutor. Mom gave birth to my sister, Christina Claire Ciminella, on May 30, 1964, the week her high school class graduated. She received her diploma in the mail. Back at school in the fall, Dad wrote Mamaw and Papaw letters, thanking them for taking such good care of “Honey and the baby,” whom they often drove to Lexington on weekends to visit him, telling them how much he loved them for it.

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