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By Ashley Judd

Ashley Judd is healthier often called the acclaimed actress in movies such as De Lovely and Double Jeopardy, yet nowadays she is likely to be discovered wading via an African refugee camp or Asian brothel than on a movie set. for many of the previous decade Judd has been vacationing human rights hotspots world wide to unfold the observe of wish, well-being, and gender equality on behalf of 1 of the top public overall healthiness nonprofits, PSI/YouthAIDS. Her paintings has placed her within the corporation of Bono, invoice Clinton, and different international leaders within the conflict opposed to illness and poverty and in advocating grassroots courses to enhance the lives of girls and children.

Memories of her personal painful formative years encouraged Judd to arrive out to these in determined desire, specially abused and deserted ladies. She writes movingly of neighbors comparable to Kausar, an AIDS patient within the slums of Mumbai who turns into an activist and peer-educator, and heroes akin to Dr. Rene, who lends his center and soul to...

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Mom was a restless gypsy at heart, never satisfied to stay in one place, full of dreams of bigger things. I would attend thirteen schools between the ages of five and eighteen, as I was bounced around from town to town, household to household, from Los Angeles to Kentucky to Northern California and back again, while Mom roamed, developing her lofty dreams. Along the way, I was taught to believe that our lifestyle was normal and never to question it or complain, even when I was left alone for hours, sometimes days at a time, or when I was passed without warning to yet another relative.

First my mother entered the room and knelt in front of me, looking concerned, and then my father came in. I wondered if they thought I’d fallen in the river or some such. “I got saved,” I whimpered. They weren’t mad at all. In fact, they both hugged me, were happy and supportive, which really surprised me. It was one of the few times that I can remember them agreeing on anything and the last cooperative effort they made on my behalf for many, many years. Mostly, they fought. Dad wanted to spend more time with us, and Mom did her best to drive him away from Camp Wig, back to his room behind the leather shop in Lexington.

The house was so lovely that it had its own name: Chanticleer. It was filled with Appalachian crafts such as hand-hooked rugs and Early American antiques and was surrounded by lawns and woods. I was enchanted by the new place and didn’t even mind starting second grade in a new school. I suppose I was mystified that Dad had suddenly disappeared without any explanation from Mom.

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