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Shirley Hershey Showalter

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Shirley Hershey Showalter grew up on a family dairy farm in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, and went on to become the president of Goshen College and a foundation executive at The Fetzer Institute.

The word “pioneer” best describes Shirley Hershey Showalter’s career. She was the first person on either side of her family to attend college. She was the first woman president of Goshen College, she helped the Fetzer Institute pioneer a unique mission fostering awareness of the power of love and forgiveness in the foundation world, and now she has written BLUSH: A MENNONITE GIRL MEETS THE GLITTERING WORLD

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Published on July 22, 2015 08:48
Average rating: 4.05 · 162 ratings · 45 reviews · 1 distinct work · Similar authors
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John Ruskin
“I believe that the first test of a great man is his humility. I don't mean by humility, doubt of his power. But really great men have a curious feeling that the greatness is not of them, but through them. And they see something divine in every other man and are endlessly, foolishly, incredibly merciful.”
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F. Scott Fitzgerald
“Family quarrels are bitter things. They don't go according to any rules. They're not like aches or wounds, they're more like splits in the skin that won't heal because there's not enough material. ”
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Diane Setterfield
“I am human. Like all humans, I do not remember my birth. By the time we wake up to ourselves, we are little children, and our advent is something that happened an eternity ago, at the beginning of time. We live like latecomers to the theater; we must catch up as best we can, divining the begging from the shape of later events. - Vida Winter”
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