Dolly Parton  

rm_MustangD6644 53M
1052 posts
5/3/2006 7:06 pm

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Dolly Parton

The other week while I was waiting for a pizza at my local pizza shop, just around the corner from my house [Oh the Temptation], I was having a read through one of the ladies mags they have there.

In this one particular magazine was an article about Dolly Parton, but what made this article different was its mention of one of her charities.

The charity is her Imagination Library, and she set it up to provide children from her local county with one new book per month until the age of 5, to inspire them with a love for books and reading.

The reason she started this is because he father was illiterate, and she knew from personal experience, just how hard that makes things in today's world.

Think about it, if you were illiterate, you wouldn't be reading these blogs, you would just be looking at all the naked photos, if you could work out how to get on this site in the first place.

This effort by Dolly is now spreading, in conjunction with other counties and cities across the US.

I came away after reading that article with a new respect for Dolly, and I am wondering if this post has changed your opinion of her as well??


rm_hotdarter 48F
1520 posts
5/3/2006 8:14 pm

Mustang...I have been following her contributions to society for years. She thinks big and starts small, so her ventures are successful.

angelofmercy5 60F
17881 posts
5/3/2006 8:20 pm

Mustang....there are a couple of things I have read about Dolly Parton that gave me a newfound respect for her! And the icing on the cake is that she is still married to the same man after all these years...and they live simply and are very happy!

imLadyBambi 59M/51F

5/3/2006 8:24 pm

It does change my prospective outlook on her.

Thanks for the update.

Lady Bambi

rm_MustangD6644 53M
1031 posts
5/3/2006 11:16 pm

Hot that is actually a very useful thought;

Think Big Start Small.


rm_MustangD6644 53M
1031 posts
5/3/2006 11:18 pm

Angel; if she can manage that and a very sucessful career, then she is a lot smarter than a lot of people give her credit for.


rm_MustangD6644 53M
1031 posts
5/3/2006 11:20 pm

Bambi; I'm glad to have helped, because I think that constructive people need to be recognised for their achievements.


KaliforYadreamin 46M
33 posts
5/14/2006 11:01 pm

Yeah, I've read a little about her background.

Going to school with no shoes & other kids laughing at her threadbare clothes.

Sure was a great springboard for creative brilliance.

Her charitable focus makes it clear she hasn't forgotten her roots & origins.

Its another nice kinda reminder that maybe charity starts at home.

I've been speaking to a few folks doin there own thing to raise money for charities like SIDS & open Family-(feeding homeless street kids in Melb), Smith Family etc. All good causes.

I just came away from a 400km charity bike ride raising money for Centre for Eye Research Australia which deals with macular degeneration of the eye & educates people about the range of options to best use the sight you've got. Made some good friends & had a truck load of fun.
CERA runs the Eyebank for cornea replacement surgery. Hows this statistic; a sound 70 year old cornea, can be transplanted with an operational use of a further 70 years. Obviously younger is better but hey, science U gotta love it.

I am a bit pressed for cash this year with moving house & changing jobs but figure I will still manage around 1% of my income as a donation this year.In the past I have managed 3-4 %. Its pie in the sky right now but I figure that down the track I would like to hav sufficient disposable income to direct say maybe 30% of my income to a whole raft of local charities.

Man I love your sense of perspective & ability to draw relevance & meaning from a simple trip to the local pizza place.

Your wholesome sense of community just keeps on turning.

Keep up the good work.


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