Bucket List Photo Challenge: Day 19.

Day 19 of my Bucket List Photo Challenge!

I will get to the photo, I promise. But I have to talk first.

It’s my belief that each and every one of us, somewhere deep inside, has a respect or admiration for a certain celebrity or two, no matter how much we say that we don’t care about celebrities, etc. Sometimes we think that they don’t know what real life is all about. But I think there are some out there that are very real people with very real lives.

I’ve found one through Twitter in recent months— Kathy Ireland.

In June of 2011, I was reading an article about Elizabeth Taylor and her final years, etc. in Vanity Fair. In the article was the following paragraph:

The born-again, 48-year-old Ireland, married to a doctor since 1988, seemed an unlikely business partner for Elizabeth, who loved to swear and was known for her eight marriages. But Ireland adored her nonetheless. “She’s the most remarkable woman I’ve ever met,” Ireland said before Elizabeth’s final medical crisis. “She was always trying to get me to loosen up!” Once Elizabeth offered to donate $10,000 to the charity of Ireland’s choice if she would just say the word “fuck.” (She did and she did.)

You can see that complete article here.

This piece made me really like Kathy Ireland… and Elizabeth Taylor. So I began following Kathy on Twitter. 

Last spring, on the anniversary of Ms. Taylor’s death, Kathy was tweeting and answering questions about her dear friend. I asked a question about Liz— did she have a sense of humor? And Kathy Ireland tweeted me back! She told me that Elizabeth Taylor had, “the best” sense of humor– and the ability to make fun of herself.

Now, since we are talking about real life, I have to tell you: the best quality in a person, in my opinion, is the ability to have a little fun at your own expense. There are very, very few people that can actually do this. So I was so happy when Kathy Ireland shared this with me.

After this initial tweet, co-author Joe Kelley told me a story about how he had met Kathy when she was in the Detroit area back in the mid-90’s. She was visiting a K-Mart in Troy, Michigan for March of Dimes. Here is a photo that he dug up:


Anyway, today Kathy tweeted about dreams. She wanted to know what we were doing to support our own dreams. Since today is National Popcorn Day and my children’s book is about Popcorn… I tweeted Kathy and told her that I was taking advantage of this day and promoting my book.

I almost peed myself when Kathy retweeted my tweet. Here is my Bucket List Photo for today:

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Yes, it’s a screen shot. But it’s still a photo. My game– my rules. But here is what I like: this is real life. I don’t know if celebrities like Kathy Ireland realize how much one tweet like this can affect someone’s real life — how much strength and encouragement one can draw from this simple recognition. But it was really cool— and no matter how many copies of Pete the Popcorn get sold today, this made it all worth it.

You can see my list of words and phrases for January below… we’ll caption the above photo REAL LIFE and scratch that item off the list.

Don’t forget to let me know if you’re joining in! I want to send you over to new participant FORESTWOODFOLKART who showed us some branches today!


Fresh Start





Usual Movement









Real Life








Day One








Remember, let me know here if you’re doing a Bucket List Photo Challenge in 2013. And upload your photo to Twitter using #BucketListPhotoChallenge

Please let me know if you’re participating so I can give you a shout-out here!

January 2013

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