INTRODUCTION (added December 1, 2018).
December 1st marks the passing of my mentor in writing/editing, Dr. Lalia Phipps Boone. An extraordinary intellect, she was the 1st woman PhD at University of Florida (1951, Linguistics and Medieval Literature) and their 1st woman professor. Every article she wrote was published – and I do mean EVERY. Her curriculum vitae was 10+ pages long, single-spaced!
The daughter of an East Texas circuit-riding preacher, she was a Bible teacher herself. I was the youngest member of a Bible study group that met weekly to go through the book of Acts. She was in her mid-70s then, and still enthused about the power of God; the hope for the Church in Christ; and the unique leading of the Holy Spirit for every disciple, whether man or woman, girl or boy.
She took me under her wing in 1982 and trained me to edit. This was quite unexpected, but utterly changed my life. How I miss Dr. Boone! This post has more of her backstory and the unusual person/project that brought us together.
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Today is a significant day of remembrance for me. December 1st is World AIDS Day, which was set in place to encourage awareness of HIV/AIDS and those who are infected or affected by it. December 1, 1990, I attended a Christian conference on HIV/AIDS ministry, and that was part of what confirmed my “calling” to spend as much time as I could over the next seven years, writing and editing resource materials for HIV ministries and churches.
December 1, 1990, was also the day that Lalia Phipps Boone – my mentor in editing – passed away at age 83. Without her influence, I likely wouldn’t have become a writer of HIV ministry resources or much of anything else. So, I want to honor her memory today by telling you a little about her and how my connection with her changed the entire course of my life … and perhaps therefore the course of yours. Continue reading