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Chasing Down the Muse: The question without a decent answer

October 27, 2011|By Cherril Doty

I was surprised that a lively conversation resulted for it seemed that would be the end. One of the reasons I have always enjoyed about working with youth is their refreshing ability to explore everything.

I try to emulate that, for, like Satchel Paige said, "How old would you be if you didn't know how old you are?"

Even now, occasionally I wonder how else I could have answered Jessica.

It was not an unreasonable question and yet I could not seem to come up with a reasonable answer. I still have no answer about how it feels to have wrinkles and it still doesn't seem to matter. But if it matters to you, I know the name of a good plastic surgeon who worked on my leg recently.

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"To keep the heart unwrinkled, to be hopeful, kindly, cheerful, reverent — that is to triumph over old age."

—Thomas Bailey Aldrich

CHERRIL DOTY is an artist, writer, counselor, and manager of the Sawdust Studio Art Classes in Laguna Beach. Always fascinated, inspired, and titillated by the beauty and the myriad mysteries of life, she can be reached at cherril@cherrildoty.com or by phone at (714) 745-9973.

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