Last week I attended an event that Women In Need held called "Conversations with Tina Brown and Alexandra Penney." Tina Brown is the Editor In Chief of The Daily Beast and Alexandra Penney just launched a new book called The Bag Lady Papers. Women In Need provides homeless women and their families of NYC shelter and support throughout hard times and held this event in conjunction with two very successful women to show that homelessness can happen to anyone at any time. Alexandra Penney, a well known journalist and author was a victim of Bernie Madoff and lost her life savings at the age of 60.
"The first thing I thought was I need to start working right away," Penney stated. Instead of dwelling in her losses, thanks to Tina Brown, she began blogging on The Daily Beast. "My writing was an out pour of fear that allowed me to connect with a community and build myself back up again."
In her new book, The Bag Lady Papers, Penney discusses the fears of almost being a bag lady and struggles she encountered when she lost it all.
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