Now that’s an odd pairing.
In the last couple of days, we’ve lost them both.
I don’t believe I’ve ever read a book by Sidney Sheldon, but if my mother didn’t have one of my books in her hand, she had one of his. (My father, on the other hand, loved Andrew Greeley novels. In my Dad’s devoutly Catholic eyes, the fact that Greeley was a priest made it all right to read his steamy love scenes.)
A quote from Sheldon that resonates with me: “I love writing books. Movies are a collaborative medium, and everyone is second-guessing you. When you do a novel you’re on your own. It’s a freedom that doesn’t exist in any other medium.”
And I’ll be kind to you, dear readers, in quoting Ivins. There are so many wonderful, pithy things she’s said over the years, but the following can offend no one. In its simplicity, it sometimes moves me to tears and at the same time, gives me hope and fills me with pride at being an American.
“It is possible to read the history of this country as one long struggle to extend the liberties established in our Constitution to everyone in America.”
Rest in peace, Sidney and Molly. You’ll be missed.