Thursday, February 23, 2006


Partin' with intolerance

I've always loved me some Dolly Parton. Still have this album. I was in sixth grade when it came out in 1977.

Big hair. Big personality. Big you-know-whats. How could a redneck boy resist?

Dolly Parton has always been a little ways "out there."

So've I. Which is why I completely understand why she said what she said in the following -- and why I admire her now even more.


By Peter Cooper, USA TODAY

NASHVILLE — Dolly Parton has no trouble relating to outsiders. "I've always been a weird, out-there freak myself," she says.

Growing up in the mountains of East Tennessee, she was used to not being accepted. "My grandfather was a Pentecostal preacher. It was a sin to even pluck your eyebrows, and they thought it was a sin for me to be there looking like Jezebel."

Read all about it.

Yep, grace can be found in the most unusual places.

Btw, she always cracks me up when she talks about her reclusive husband: "I can't even get him to go for a Big Mac, much less the Oscars."
I love Dolly. I cannot believe she is 60 this year. I have such fond memories of watching her on Porter Wagner's show in the mid 1960's at my grandparents' house in Porum. (When the TV was on, it was tuned to Porter or wrestling. When it was off, the record player was blasting Flatts and Scruggs.)

I admire her so much for always pushing the edge for those who have been treated so badly by society -- the poor, the working class, women, and now the transgendered. She has such an easy open acceptance of people, all people.

I don't plan to see the movie because it's just too close to my life, but hooray for Dolly and for Felicity Huffman for their work!
For a similar take on the same subject, check "God Makes No Mistakes" from Loretta Lynn's newest album.
yall better hush. That kansas church will be all over your ass.
Bring 'em on.
That Kansas "church" is a cult of personality.
You really think he has personality?
OK. Maybe it's just another freak show, and Phelps is the head freak.
I read Dolly's autobiography a few years ago...Another book I've read.
Bless her own sweet self. She is one class act.
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