harvesting laughter

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I love Ellen DeGeneres. Yeah, I know, me, Portia de Rossi and a bazillion other folks. But when I think of people who follow Gandhi’s directive to “be the change we wish to see in the world,” this woman is at the top of my list.

Hanging out with my mom last week gave me the chance to watch The Ellen Show for more than a few minutes. It’s a luxury I don’t give myself during the work week and am thinking I should. Because watching someone harvest so many laughs from top-name performers, world leaders and everyday people–all without being mean-spirited or judgmental–brightened my outlook and rekindled some silliness gone dark.

Some of her best work, I believe, was in the wake of 9/11 at the Emmy Awards. This was the presentation that had been postponed several times, if you recall, because no one felt much like celebrating. As host, Ellen pushed the national resilience reset button with one line: “What would bug the Taliban more than seeing a gay woman in a suit surrounded by Jews?”

I could list a dozen other reasons I love her. Like her show game “Stuff Your Cups” that gives funds for breast cancer research. Her support of “Noah’s Wish” that made a huge difference in the lives of creatures following Hurricane Katrina. Her ability to get guests to step outside their buttoned-down personas.

But I can’t right now. Because now, it’s time to dance. 😉



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