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Inspiring Minds: Johnny Cash

6 Jun

JohnnyCashStampIn honor of yesterday’s release of the Johnny Cash forever stamp, here are 10 reasons why he deserves it. Prepare to be awed and inspired.

1. He worked his way up from cotton fields at age 5 to a Grammy (his first of many) at age 35.

2. He was a devoted artist, writing 1000+ songs, 60 of which were penned in the last four months of his life.

3. He recognized hardships in others, often playing free shows in jails and wearing his signature black on their behalf.

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Inspiring Minds: Jamie Lee Curtis

14 Nov
Jamie Lee Curtis

My favorite holiday movie. Recognize it?

Sue had a thing for Jamie Lee Curtis. She respected her, related to her. And the more I learn about Jamie (and myself), I do, too.

It started with this, a magazine spread where Jamie insisted on two pictures: one glammed up and airbrushed, one stripped down and real. It was Jamie’s idea, not her publicist’s or the magazine’s. Sue saved it and made sure to show it to every women in her life. She never missed an opportunity to remind us of the unique beauty we each possess, both in the pretty moments and the gritty, real ones.

Jamie Lee Curtis True Thighs More Magazine

Jamie Lee Curtis in MORE’s September 2002 issue.
Photo by Andrew Eccles

Sue reveled in her age and individualism. That’s not to say she didn’t have her vanity, but her vanity was about projecting the full beauty of Sue, mind and attitude included, all of which was no one’s ideal but her own. And when you have that kind of confidence, people see even your flaws as part of your beauty. I always marveled about that in Sue. Even at her sickest, I never once heard her ask someone not to take her picture or claim that she looked awful. As a woman, trust me, that’s a feat.

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Inspiring Minds: Bruce Lee

7 Nov

A friend posted this on Facebook recently, and I was floored. Who knew the martial art great Bruce Lee had the heart of a poet and a philosopher? Apparently a lot of people. Just not me. And maybe not you. In which case:

Wife Linda Dragon Philosophy

Read the story behind the letter here.

To live content with small means; to seek elegance rather than luxury, and refinement rather than fashion, to be worthy, not respectable, and wealthy, not rich; to study hard, think quietly, talk gently, act frankly; to bear all cheerfully, do all bravely, await occasions, hurry never. In other words, to let the spiritual, unbidden and unconscious, grow up through the common.

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Inspiring Minds: Kurt Vonnegut

17 Oct

Do you ever wonder if maybe life isn’t about trying so hard or racing to the finish or filling up every minute with something productive? Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying it’s good to be lazy all the time either, but what’s the point of life if you can’t enjoy it?

That’s why it was refreshing to find this quote:

I tell you, we are here on Earth to fart around, and don’t let anybody tell you different.

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Inspiring Minds: Dalton Ghetti

3 Feb

Photo courtesy of Old Stuff Magazine

My friend April recently posted a link to Dalton Ghetti’s tiny pencil art on Facebook with the simple, eloquent comment, “People are amazing.”

After seeing pictures of Dalton’s work and learning more about him, I couldn’t agree more.

My favorite quote from the artist:

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