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Sunday, May 16, 2010

Planting the roots. Growing the zest.

Yesterday was the 20th anniversary of Jim Henson's death.  I watched clips of Sesame Street, Fraggle Rock and the Muppet Movie with my kids all morning and reflecting on how integral this one man was to my young life.  As an adult I can see the reason he has left his imprint on a generation and then some. He was not only a gifted performer and creative, but also a brilliant collaborator.  He inspired play and creativity and fun all around him.  People loved working with him.  They really wanted to be near him.  He exuded joy in his work, and attracted the best people in the business to him through love and creativity and excitement.  What an amazing feat.  Just check out any of these to see what I mean.  The two part medley is amazing, and I didn't make it three notes into Big Bird singing It's Not Easy Being Green without crying.

I'm feeling really inspired today. I feel like I'm on the brink of something.  I know there's something big out there for me (besides motherhood).  I'm pretty sure it has to do with food, and I think RootsAndZest is a gateway.   I don't know what the big picture is and I'm okay not knowing today, because I haven't felt this hopeful in quite some time, at least not in any real way that felt like it was going to last.  Today I do, and I'm grateful.

So cheers, Mr. Henson.  Thanks for inspiring this feeling of grounded uplifting.

I think it's what I want to be.


  1. Jim Henson's death had a big impact on me, but his life had an even greater impact.

    I'm so happy that he was a part of this world.

  2. Jim Henson was my first celebrity death. Before his either I didn't understand or it didn't touch me but the idea that I could never hear Kermits voice again hit me pretty hard. I can still remember my old Muppet Babies poster I had on my door.