gratitude-a-thon day 975: carrie fisher

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This is becoming the obituary-a-thon.

Carrie Fisher.

A lot like George Michael–this one just came out of nowhere.

Of course, like everybody in the world and beyond, Star Wars has been a big part of my life–from being dazzled by the very first one to my son’s obsession with light sabers. I loved Princess Leia, although to be perfectly honest, I did not covet her solar system hair. I mean, I want to eat Cinnabons, not wear them at my ears.

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But it wasn’t Carrie’s acting that made me a major fan, it was her writing and her honesty. Postcards from the Edge (book–film not so much) struck me as not only hysterically funny and poignant, but as wildly witty, honest and fresh. It inspired my writing to be more open and free.

Wishful Drinking too, another deep dive into personal matters of her madcap Hollywood upbringing was filled  with pithy, quippy, positively laugh-out-loud tales (in book, one woman show and film form).

Equal to her talent as an author, Carrie’s openness about her mental illness (bi-polar disorder) and addiction was refreshing. She had no shame, and spoke about both often with wit and heart.

Sixty is young (I’m looking down the tunnel of that birthday myself) and this firecracker had more to say. I will really miss this brilliant, brave, cavalier woman. She was really something. What a loss. Thinking about her sense of humor, I’m sure she would blame her death on Trump.

gratitude-a-thon day 767:girl power in the new year

Let’s end the year with some awesome women folk who have been killing it lately.

Carrie Fisher’s response to internet trolls discussing her looks is the best tweet of the year. “Blow me” away!

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Also this. Take notice. No matter how you slice it, being born beautiful is not something you can put on your resume. And guess what? It doesn’t last. Truth.

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Kennedy Center Honors gave the spotlight to Aretha in honor of Carole King. She SLAYED and totally stole the show, as usual. She even brought the prez to tears. She’s natural, alright. A natural STAR.

 

 

Sheryl Sandberg’s new year’s post about her resolution for the next year is a beauty. Read it here, because it won’t cut and paste!

One of my resolutions is to spend more time with my amazing women friends. Girls are good. Friends are essential. Nothing more powerful.

Happy new year!

 

 

 

 

 

 

gratitude-a-thon day 751: carrie & gary

Carrie Fisher has been one of my idols since she wrote Postcards from the Edge, back in the day. Smart, pee-your-pants funny, and super quirky, this woman, AKA Princess Leia, the product of old Hollywood legends Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher, rocking bi-polar disorder, a marriage to icon Paul Simon, and one to a dude who made her a mom and then left her for a man, is still sharp as a tack, and quick as a jack rabbit in the hilarity department.

Don’t believe me, check out this interview she gave to Good Morning America with her dog Gary.