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KARAOKE WISDOM Dear Ones – Two life lessons about Karaoke for you this morning…


Dear Ones –

Two life lessons about Karaoke for you this morning.


On my birthday last year, some friends and I went out for Karaoke, because I love Karaoke. (The photo below is me singing FAITHFULLY by Journey. Because I truly love that song.) Anyhow, my friend Jimi got up to sing WALK LIKE AN EGYPTIAN, and although he wasn't overly familiar with that particular song, and he didn't really manage to hit all the notes, he sang it with all his heart. As he sang, he also danced with genuine passion and joy. It was awesome. After he was done, I congratulated Jimi on his amazing performance and he said, "The only want to NOT look like a fool when you do Karaoke is to show up for it 100%."


I just heard a story last night about this hipster dude, who was doing a cross-country road trip across America, and who liked to entertain himself on the road by going into dumb Karoake bars all across the country and singing mocking renditions of songs he really hated, just to make himself laugh. Then one night, somewhere in Iowa, an old farmer came up to the hipster after he had fake-sung some Elton John song, and said, "Don't." The hipster was confused, but the farmer clarified: "Whatever it is you're doing up there when you sing, don't. Don't do that anymore. The people who come to this bar work really hard, and they come seeking a real emotional release. They choose songs to sing because they genuinely love those songs — because those songs make them happy, or sad, or because the songs remind them of some part of their life that had meaning. What you're doing, on the other hand, is just mockery. Don't." And the hipster dude was humbled and schooled, and maybe after that he became a tiny bit less of a total jackass.


In life, as in Karaoke, the only way NOT to make a fool out of yourself is to show up 100%.

And the only way to access your humanity — or anyone else's — is to be an earnest person.

Show up, and be earnest.


That's the formula, right there.

Then shut your eyes and just sing your heart out.


via Elizabeth Gilbert’s Facebook Wall

GIVE THE GIFT OF A BOOK THIS CHRISTMAS! Dear Ones – My wonderful UK publishers…


Dear Ones –

My wonderful UK publishers at Bloomsbury Publishing UK have just made this gorgeous and clever little video, about the love of books.

Watch it if you can — it's so sweet.

So many great quotes from authors…including my quote at the end!

ONWARD forever into the love of reading!


Give the gift of a book this Christmas
We wanted to make a video that reminded people of the power of reading and the importance of great writing. We realised that the authors we publish – from Sh…

via Elizabeth Gilbert’s Facebook Wall

#TBT — Kenya, 1989 Dear Ones – Here I am with a friend in Africa, in 1989. I w…

#TBT — Kenya, 1989

Dear Ones –

Here I am with a friend in Africa, in 1989. I was twenty years old. I had saved my money for two years to go on this trip to Kenya for a month, where I worked on a wild game refuge, studying the habits of scavenging birds.

That's where I met this cheetah, who had been discovered as a baby (its mother killed by poachers) and who had adopted the human family who owned the game ranch.

The cheetah's name was Duma, and he was absolutely lovely. Cheetahs tend not to be very aggressive, because they basically have no predators and no serious competitors. (If they don't like a situation, trust me, they can just LEAVE…really fast. And if another animal takes their kill, they can just go catch another one. Must be nice, being the fastest animal in the world. Makes for a relaxed life.)

What I remember about this moment was that I had just gotten the courage to pet Duma, and he had just started purring, and it had scared the shit out of me. (A cheetah's purr sounds alarmingly like a growl.) But all he wanted was more petting. Pretty soon he was rubbing his head against me, like a domesticated tabby. It was one of the great encounters of my life.

Years later, I discovered that the owners of the ranch had written this book about Duma:

My cheetah friend — like me — had gotten into publishing!

It's a small and wonderful world.


via Elizabeth Gilbert’s Facebook Wall

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