A WOMAN TO ADMIRE
Submitted by Patti Chadwick
Editor of History's Women
Since this is a brand new section at
Historyís Women, I get the honor of being the first to introduce
you to a woman whom I admire. As I was thinking of who I should
write about, the names of many women crossed my mind. I love Womenís
History and there are a myraid of exceptional women I could mention.
But I wanted to recognize someone who touched my life personally.
Her name is Alison Rivera.
When I first got the idea to start the
Historyís Women Web-Site, I had no idea where to begin. I spent
time in prayer, asking God to lead me in the right direction.
He led me to contact Ali. I still canít figure out where I got
her name from, but I contacted her at webhostingbyali.com.
It was the best decision I ever made. While making plans to sign
up with her web-hosting service I discovered she was also a web-site
designer. I told her what I was planning to do and what my hopes
and dreams were for my new web-site and she helped them become
a reality. She was patient with me and took the time to explain
things that Iíd never have figured out on my own.
Over the past few months that we've
worked together, I've discovered many things about Ali that I
admire. Sheís been through a lot of heart-ache and trials in her
life, but sheís never let them beat her. Sheís managed to rise
above adversity and remain free from bitterness. I donít know
if I would have come through such trials with such a good outlook
Another thing I admire about Ali is
her straightforwardness, honesty, and integrity. She means what
she says and says what she means. If she gives you her word, she
keeps it. Period. Sad to say, in todayís world, you donít often
find such virtues in people. She is indeed a "breath of fresh
air" in a "dog-eat-dog" world.
While all of these characteristics are
commendable, I've saved the best for last. The characteristic
I find most admirable in the life of Ali is her "heart" for people
in need. If there is a "cause" that needs to be taken up, Ali
is the person you want to call. Just this past month a friend
of Aliís that lives clear across the country from her was facing
a devastating predicament. This friend had been sick for sometime
with a heart ailment and was awaiting surgery. She had many medical
expenses and was not able to work and her family was suffering
financially. This woman had unsuccessfully attempted to get government
help many times and finances were now so bad that she and her
family were facing eviction. Ali couldn't stand by and let this
happen. She put out "feelers" to see where she could find some
aid and went as far as calling city officials and the State Senator
with a plea for help. And relief was given. Because of Aliís efforts,
her friend was saved from eviction and granted Social Security
Disability while she cannot work.
And thatís just the tip of the iceberg.
While I donít mean to use this section as an "advertising tool",
there are some things I just need to mention. On her various web-sites
Ali offers help to many different people with various needs. Many
of the resources she offers to others stem from tribulations she
has experienced herself and some she offers just to brighten your
day! For example, you will find a lovely site with free email
cards at http://www.dezignsbyali.net/ac/apcrdcreate.html.
you will notice her helping families find missing children. And
if you visit http://www.dezignsbyali.net/ac/diabetespage.html
you will find her championing the effort to find a cure for diabetes.
Ali is a multi-faceted woman with so
much to offer those she comes in contact with. Sheís honest, trustworthy,
and a great example of "Loving your neighbor as yourself". She
truly is a woman to admire.