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Recently I wrote a post on my public blog about my Aunt Eleanor, who was a terrific influence on me when I was a teenager. She was an artist and interior designer, a beatnik (this was in the late 50s) and a freethinker.

She introduced me to philosophy and to people who actually lived and breathed it. Finally I was with people who wondered what life was all about and considered the big questions.

Of course, my major inspiration in life came from books, in the long run. But Aunt Ellie introduced me to the world of thinkers and that was the first breath of fresh air to enter my life.

Were you lucky enough to have a positive role model in your young life?

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Comment by Keith O'Connor on December 15, 2010 at 12:39pm

Thanks for commenting. I had this idea that a bunch of people would chime in with similar experiences. I guess I was luckier than I thought.

Comment by Maverick Jester on December 13, 2010 at 10:48pm

Wow. You were very lucky.


I didn't have any positive freethinkers in my life. Infact, if it wasn't for the Internet I would have believed some very horrible stereotypes about atheists. But my grandmother was a terrific influence on my life. She was tough, a little bit grouchy but a wonderful person to know. I miss her very much.

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