Mystery solved! I now know the identity of one of the most intriguing people on my morning train: the woman I often overhear on her cell phone, battling bureaucracy in the service of sick children. (As I observed in an earlier entry, she’s one person I can’t begrudge the energetic use of a cell phone during our commute.)
The latest edition of Maplewood’s own Matters Magazine identifies this woman and her mission: Dr. Jane Aronson, the founder of the Worldwide Orphans Foundation, which is dedicated to helping improve the lot of children orphaned by AIDS and other scourges. MSNBC called her a “force of nature,” which sounds a lot like my own impression of the good doctor. (It’s funny how some people just give off that sort of aura, even to the casual observer.)
I’m looking forward to losing this cast and getting my train on so I can check in on Dr. Aronson and the rest of my train faves.