Less is Enough Hero #1
Thursday, February 12, 2009
I’m going to include some info about people I find inspiring, who may or may not be food related. I’m not necessarily adding them in order of importance, but here’s the first (non food related) person.
I read about Osceola McCarty when she passed away in 1999. At the time I was trying to help a friend straighten out a financial mess she’d gotten herself into, and I cut out the obituary from Newsweek and sent it to my friend.
I said if this woman who left school after sixth grade and spent her whole life washing other people’s clothes and cleaning other people’s houses can manage to save $150,000 to give to a university she’d never even been to, you can figure out a way to pay your credit card bill every month.
There’s a great portrait of Miss McCarty by Annie Leibovitz that I saw a few years ago at a show at the Corcoran Gallery in Washington, DC. It’s included in the book Women.
Here’s a link to the article about Miss McCarty’s donation to the University of Mississippi.
And here’s a link to a page with links to other articles about her.