I’m not a politician, a war correspondent, or a newscaster. I’m simply a human being who, like millions of others, has been watching events unfold in Egypt. I don’t want to be one of those people who digests monumental news in soundbites and then quickly moves on, uninterested in others’ hardship and pain unless it directly affects me. Ultimately everything has an effect on all of us who share the planet. This post is my way of recapping the events and thereby remembering and acknowledging those who died and those who were willing to die for the very things we Americans take for granted every day.
We may know things about peoples’ lives, but that doesn’t mean we know what’s in their hearts or understand the journey they’ve been on. That is true for all of us, but especially celebrities who are the subject of so much hearsay and gossip. That’s why it’s important to remember that speculation isn’t fact and rumors aren’t the truth and both can be destructive.
Take Priscilla Presley for instance. The public knows her as the only wife of Elvis Presley, the “King of Rock and Roll” and the mother of their only child, Lisa Marie Presley, who was once married to Michael Jackson. But what else do we really know about her?
Long before the movie An Inconvenient Truth educated the world about global warming, and long before it was cool to be green, Ed Begley Jr. was walking the talk. Back in 1970, before most of us understood that our very survival depends on our protecting and preserving the planet, Ed was recycling his garbage, driving his first electric vehicle, and eating vegan. And he was only 21 years old!
“I use the word ‘other-worldly’ to describe myself, and people who know me well either complain or see it as a compliment that I seem to have one foot here and one foot somewhere else. That’s been true since I was a little girl, partly because starting when I was eight years old my dad had a series of heart attacks and he almost died over and over again. A number of things happened to me as a result of that; some were good and creative, while others continue to challenge me. For one, I never saw life as a given. I still don’t, which is good and bad. Sometimes I wish I took life a little more for granted because for me there’s an intensity to it. I experience great appreciation, but I also have some intense fears and worries, which I try and work on.”
That is an excerpt from an interview I did called Up Close and Personal with Mary Steenburgen, that appeared in Luxury Las Vegas Magazine. Talking with Mary was comfortable and easy, like two old friends reconnecting after many years.