Secret to long life revealed

Avoid men and eat mush is the secret to longevity, at least according to a 109-year old Scottish lady.

From today’s New York Times: Oats have been a staple of what is now Scotland since the Roman Empire. A village in the Scottish Highlands even hosts a global porridge-making competition, where the Golden Spurtle is the top prize.
The former oldest living woman in Scotland swore by the dish. Before her death in 2015 at age 109, Jessie Gallan revealed her secret to longevity.
“A nice warm bowl of porridge every morning,” she said, and “staying away from men.”

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!

Great Ben Stiller quote

From this Sunday’s Parade interview: “Most brilliant actors are a little bit kooky,” he said.



Today’s quote from Frank Bruni of The New York Times, June 9, 2014 op-ed “A Quiet Cheer for Solitude.”

“It’s in solitude that much of the sharpest thinking is done and many of the best ideas are hatched.”


Advice for writers

“Almost all good writing begins with terrible first efforts. You need to start somewhere. Start by getting something–anything–down on paper.” Anne Lamott from Bird by Bird


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.


Natalie Goldberg wisdom

“To encounter a fine book and have the time to read it is a wonderful thing.” Natalie Goldberg from Old Friend from Far Away.