Thursday, June 16, 2011

What's the Story - Picture Story Prompt: Elvis Presley and Sofia Loren

Let's say it together, 1,2,3...SEXY! They get my vote for two of the most beautiful people to ever share a picture frame (click on the pic for an enlarged version...go ahead, its worth it).

How did the dialogue between Elvis and Sofia go?  Of course it would have been heavily accented in southern twang and rolling Italian 'r's - but maybe they didn't even have to say much...they wouldn't need too...just look and laugh and look some more. Pretty good views either way.

Unlike my last post about the 97 year old author Lilian Jackson Braun, on how a person's writing and perspective improves with age - good looks like these don't last much more than the time it takes for the shutter to flash. These people existed in an instant of time together, so damn beautiful.

What's my point? Enjoy the now, drink it all in and live; take risks and silly, playful pictures; take continual mental notes and write about your beautiful moments- make them live on forever in print.

I don't know. I just wanted to share these beautiful people in this beautiful moment with you.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

The Cat Who - Author Lilian Jackson Braun

Penguin Group (USA), via Associated Press
Lilian Jackson Braun
I never read even one page of Lillian Jackson Braun's mystery books with titles that always featured the phrase 'The Cat Who,' but my grandma did. As a kid, I remember seeing grandma's signature bookmark of a tissue (unused...I'm pretty sure at least...) to hold the page in plenty of those paperback books.

 I never had the desire to read those books, and still don't, but I liked that a cat was part of each plot somehow. Even though I don't want to read the mystery series of Lilian Jackson Braun, I sure would love to read more about her and her life.
This one has something to do with UFO's I think

Lillian Jackson Braun died this last week at age 97. Each of her twenty-nine Cat mystery books were written longhand over the past 41 years.

You know what I love about that? The first book she published in this series happened when she was 56. It's never too late to write, and I have a feeling, the more experience and observations we make over the years of our lives, the more we have in us to genuinely, honestly write.

So many other career possibilities pass by with age, but writing celebrates it, uses it, and turns it into a treasure.

Here is the link to the article about Lilian Jackson Braun in the New York Times if you are interested in reading more about her.