I’ve been thinking about #mentors today. One of my best mentors was my grandma, Joy Alice Brown.

She got a doctorate when women didn’t get doctorates, and she became a high achieving professor and researcher at New Mexico State University. She helped both the intellectually disabled and the intellectually gifted through her work. I followed in her footsteps there, helping the intellectually disabled before I became an attorney and started helping families through divorce.

She was the reason that, since I was eight years old, I knew I could and would get a doctorate. Mine happened to be in law, while hers was in education, but no matter.

Grandma Brown was the smartest woman I ever met. She read faster than anyone I knew, and retained everything. When she told me I should marry my wife, I knew I was on to something (she was very protective of her grandkids). She has always been a light and example for me.

(The photo below is from the first time Grandma Brown met Elliot, our adopted son. She was on her last legs, but she loved him up before going the way of all the earth.)


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