Oct 8th (I think)
Whew! I feel like I am caught in a whirlwind. Moving in all directions. I prefer my life to be calmer but it’s been calm and will be again, so I will simply brace myself and move into it. So much going on on every front…interviews, photo shoots, events that I’ve committed to speak at, medical stuff, family stuff. Have you ever felt as though your life was a three-ring circus? I’m sure you have. That’s all well and good but when each ring gets a little out of kilter the challenge is to breath deeply, meditate whenever possible (today I think it’ll be sitting in my car on the way to get an MRI!) and know ‘this too shall pass,’ which gets easier as one gets older. Trust me. It does. All the harder stuff is swirling around but there is also fun stuff like dance lessons. That’s right, I am taking swing dance lessons and after that I’ll move on to hip hop dance lessons. Richard and I like to swing together. In fact, last night we danced through the entire album–”Fly Me to the Moon,” the fantastic new Rod Stewart album that Richard has been working on for 2 years. It is so wonderful…and perfect to dance to. Rod has said it’s the album he’s proudest of. I can see why. Dancing for an hour last night really helped quiet me down. Physical activity has a way of doing that which is one excellent reason to do it…stress reduction. I’m sort of amazed I’m even writing a blog today.
What I really must do…right now…is write my introduction to the remarkable Alice Waters, the ‘mother’ of what is known as California Cuisine. Actually, she is a committed activist in favor of teaching children about food—where it comes from, why fresh is best, how to savor and cook it and not go the fast food route. Alice founded the famous Chez Panisse restaurant in Berkeley…considered by some to be the #1 restaurant in the country. She will be honored tomorrow at the Hammer Museum in Westwood and I present her. Then to NY for business of varying sorts, then to Atlanta in support of The Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention, then back to L.A. To present Ted Turner with the Environmental Media Awards Lifetime Achievement award which he so richly deserves and on and on.
I’ll stop now and get to it.