Ethel gets her name — and her nickname, Ekie — from her grandmother, who also inspired her to fill her soul with gratitude. It’s probably why Ekie has had a lifelong dream of serving in the Peace Corps (and why she’d invent a holiday called Unreasonably Awesome Acts of Generosity and Kindness Day). She finds joy in watching her friends’ band perform, seeing her children grow into good, kind people, and visiting the Weeki Wachee River in Florida (which is a little closer to home than her future Peace Corps post).


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