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Friday, March 1, 2013

Judy Blume

Less than an hour ago I happened to come across the NBC prime time show, "Rock Center with Brian Williams." Actually, The Ronald left the TV on in the family room when he went upstairs.....to watch TV in the bedroom. Go figure!

I was in the dining room writing, and since it wasn't loud enough to bother me, I didn't get up to turn it off. And I'm so glad I didn't because all of a sudden I heard something about the author Judy Blume. I stopped my writing, saved it, (of course!)...grabbed a glass of water and headed over to the couch. 

Chelsea Clinton did a wonderful job interviewing Ms. Blume. Judy celebrated her 75th birthday last month, lives part-time in Key West, Florida, and rides her bike around the island. Ahhhh, sounds delightful, doesn't it?

It's during television shows like this that I'm so glad to have the DVR with our cable system. Some of Judy's words were almost exactly the same as ones I've uttered. (Believe me, I'm NOT comparing myself to her AT ALL, in any way. I just found it so fascinating.) So...back to the DVR. I was able to listen, jot down her words, pause it, go backward and forward, and try to get the words right. Now....if I can just read my scribbles!


From Judy: "Writing changed my life. It gave me everything. It gave me courage. It made me understand more who I was.......finding my place in the world."

"I didn't know what I was doing, but I wasn't afraid to do it. I wasn't brave in real life, but I was brave in my writing....maybe because I didn't know any better."


Oh, how I can relate to all of that! Thank you, Judy Blume, for inspiring so many writers! And thank you for helping so many "tweens" make it through those awful growing up years!

12 comments:

  1. Becky,
    I think we can all relate to Judy's take on writing. I sure wouldn't mind joining her for a bike ride around the island :)

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  2. I saw Blume was on but couldn't what. Dealing with family issues on phones...father in law with broken hip, son with dying dog, etc....thanks for sharing a wee bit of the program.

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  3. Interesting! And Judy Blume at 75, wow, hard to believe the icon of the modern YA girls book is 75.

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  4. Her words ring true for me too. Sounds like it was an interesting interview.

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  5. I'm going to have to look for the interview online. She's 75? I have her frozen in her younger years, when I read her books. She really changed the face of YA or MG books. In fact, she probably led the way.

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  6. This is so neat! I love Judy Blume's books and have read most of them, especially the children's books. She is wonderful.

    So glad that you were able to catch her interview!

    Kathy M.

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  7. So nice. I'm sure most writers would agree with her. When it comes to the courage part, I can see how you particularly relate.

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  8. Thanks for stopping by everyone! Bookie, I'm really sorry about all the sad things going on with your family! I'm sending you hugs!

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  9. I don't watch TV much, but sometimes the DVR thing does come in handy, like it did for you :)

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  10. Darn, I wish I'd watched that. I LOVE her books for children. Heaven only knows how many times I've read her books to my kids, grandkids, and other younguns. Every kid should read "Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing" and Superfudge."

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  11. Hi Estrella and Susan! Thanks so much for stopping by. And I know that at least some of that interview can be seen online....and maybe all of it! Check and let me know, ok?

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  12. My kids LOVED her books.

    =)

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