Statements and Speeches
Statement in the Congressional Record
Apr 26 2005
Mr. President, I rise today in recognition of Rachel Simon and her extraordinary book, Riding the Bus with my Sister. The book chronicles the time her developmentally disabled sister Beth spends riding the bus. It brings to light the world of adults with developmental disabilities, finds unlikely heroes in everyday life, and discovers unrealized inner strength.
Rachel Simon was born in 1959 in
Rachel graduated from
After college, Rachel moved to
In the next several years, Rachel wrote the story collection Little Nightmares, Little Dreams and the novel The Magic Touch. From her house in
Around that time, Rachel also began writing commentary for the Philadelphia Inquirer and teaching at
As readers of Riding the Bus with my Sister know, Rachel's life changed when she wrote an article about her sister Beth's unusual lifestyle of riding the buses in the city where she lives. Over the course of riding with Beth for the next year, Rachel came to leave most of her jobs behind, found her way back to her sister, and rediscovered her friendships.
In May 2005, Riding the Bus with my Sister will be televised as a Hallmark Hall of Fame movie on CBS. Rosie O'Donnell is starring as Beth, Andie MacDowell is starring as Rachel, and Anjelica Huston is directing.
Both Rachel and her sister Beth are amazing women, and I rise today to honor them.