... as flattering as the phrase might be -- I'm no "self-made woman." Until they sell those handy self-cloning kits we've all been waiting for (and I'm keeping an eye out for 'em on engadget or gizmodo), that's just not possible. Each of us are the product of families and mentors. Communities of people who gave because the act of giving was imperative. People who gave when they didn't have to, even when the act might go unnoticed, or come at personal cost. People who gave because generosity is part of what makes us truly human beings, and is of itself a life-affirming act.
In response to a flattering review in the LA Times as mentioned a BoingBoing posting.
Xeni, that was well said!