Dolly Parton wisdom

The imitable Ms. Parton recently said in a Parade magazine interview (November 27, 2016) that she’s no angel, despite having played one on TV, and she doesn’t consider herself a star but she knows how to make things work for her.

I admire Dolly’s spirit…she’s always looking to the future, living out her dreams, shakin’ things up. Anything’s possible: “What I ain’t done, I might do yet,” she says. Go Dolly!


Mrs. George Clooney

Wanted to pass this on (from CNN) as we await People magazine’s cover story on the Clooney nuptials in Venice this weekend:

“The bride wore a custom Oscar de la Renta gown that featured French lace, hand-embroidered pearls and diamanté accents, an off-the-shoulder neckline and a full circular train. The groom was dressed in a Giorgio Armani tuxedo with a white shirt, black bow tie and customized cuff links from his bride, with his name inscribed in Arabic.”

Roz Chast book a winner

Read Roz Chast’s best-selling memoir “Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?” in one sitting. It’s a heroic, poignant, funny book about how she coped with her parents’ painful descent into senility and the ravages of old age. Very relatable for anyone dealing with aggravating elderly parents.



Inspiration from actor Michael Caine

From Michael Caine’s memoir “Acting in Film: An Actor’s Take on Movie Making.”

“Success, it may surprise some to hear, comes from doing, not negotiating, not counting lines, not weighing credits. Do it, do it, don’t wait for it.” 

Michael Caine

I think this applies to any craft, writing included.

Looking forward, not back

“Mad Men” graphic designer and artist Milton Glaser on his craft:

“When I’m finished with a job, I’m finished with it. And it just sort of goes into the storage room, and I’m on to the next… Truthfully, I’m more interested in what I’m going to do than what I’ve already done.”

By the way: Mad Men’s seventh and final season begins Sunday April 13.