Friday, November 18, 2011

Hello, Dolly


There is an American who I admire visiting Australia at the moment.  This person is a staright speaking, hard worker who tells it like it is.  And it’s not Pres Obama.  It’s Dolly Parton on tour here in Oz.

She is an intelligent, astute and caring individual who is not afraid to laugh at her own image. 

I also respect the fact that she never appears to be malicious or unkind to others.


Dolly Parton (1946 - ) is an American singer-songwriter, author, multi-instrumentalist, actress and philanthropist.  She is best known for writing and performing country music and is often referred to as the "The Queen of Country Music."  Parton, who plays the autoharp, banjo, drums, dulcimer, fiddle, guitar, harmonica, flute, pennywhistle and piano, began composing songs at the age of 4.  Her mother wrote them down as Parton sang them around the house.  Since the mid-1980s Parton has supported many charitable efforts, particularly in the area of literacy, primarily through her Dollywood Foundation (Dollywood is the name of her highly successful theme park).  She has also raised money for various other causes and charities and has donated significant sums.

Some Dolly Parton quotes:

"The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain! "

"Find out who you are and do it on purpose."

"If you don’t like the road you’re walking, start paving another one."

"It's a good thing I was born a girl, otherwise I'd be a drag queen. "

"I'm not offended by all the dumb blonde jokes because I know I'm not dumb - and I'm not blonde either."

"It costs a lot of money to look this cheap."

"People always ask me how long it takes to do my hair. I don’t know, I’m never there."

"The magic is inside you. there aint no crystal ball."

“I describe my look as a blend of mother goose, cinderella, and the local hooker!”

"I`m not sixty, I`m `sexty`" commenting on her 2006 birthday milestone.

“I was blessed to have family members who encouraged me to pursue my dreams. Whether it is your parents, or your uncles or your aunts or even the neighbor down the road, it`s important that kids have someone who encourages them to chase their rainbow.”

"If I have one more facelift, I'll have a beard!"

“There`s a heart beneath the boobs and a brain beneath the wig."

“I saw early on that I could make a business out of this (music business) because I wanted money, I wanted to travel, I wanted clothes, I wanted to be loved, I wanted to be staying in fine hotels. It wasn`t to get away from what I was because I knew that would always be me. I`ve never been ashamed of my people. I love my people and I love my home."

“I always love working with children. I never had children of my own. God has his purposes. God didn`t let me have children so everybody`s children could be mine. That`s kind of how I`m looking at it."

“I look just like the girls next door... if you happen to live next door to an amusement park."

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