Starting Your Dreams Later In Life and Embracing the Detour

Jenee Darden speaking at Creative Mornings I know it's been a while since I've posted anything but that's because of my job. I'm working as a reporter covering Oakland and I host an arts segment on the radio where I get to interview amazing artists from around the Bay Area. Plus I'm publicizing my book  and building my speaking career!  You know what's funny? I thought this would all happen by the time I was 27-30.  Nope. That wasn't God's plan for me. I'm finally beginning to do the things I've wanted to do and I'm almost 40 years old. Some people reading this who are 40 will say 40 is still young. But some younger people reading may think 40 is nearly ancient. But I'm writing this post for those who like me, thought their career and personal dreams would come true much early in life. I'm here to tell you not to give up.  You know, death inspires life. A number of my relatives and friends have passed away, ranging in

A Big Snoozer: Oprah and Sarah Palin Interview

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She's the woman liberals love to hate and conservatives adore. So of course I was hyped about the Oprah interview with Sarah Palin. I didn't expect Oprah to pitch hardball questions because at this point they need each other. Oprah lost viewers when she endorsed then-Sen. Obama for the presidency. This was a way to get some of them back. And Sarah "Everyday I'm Hustlin'" Palin needs to sell books. If you missed the interview you didn't miss much. The ladies played it safe and I found the interview boring. Palin was charming and gave wordy answers as usual. Or as Charles Gibson referred to her answers in one interview "a blizzard of words." She didn't really say anything new and Oprah didn't ask tough questions because she's a Team Obama captain and had to stay neutral in the interview. Honestly, challenging the former-VP candidate wouldn't have been fair. Palin didn't give a yes or no to Oprah's question about whether rumors of a future talk show are true. Instead, Palin told Oprah how much she admired her as a public figure and American. ZZZZZZZZZZZ Palin did mention that her daughter's media-hungry baby daddy was going about the wrong way with the media attention, especially posing for gay men in Playgirl or porn, as Palin called it. I totally agree. Levi needs to put his clothes on and take care of his son. Palin surprised me when she admitted the Katie Couric interview wasn't her best moment. But she gave the same tired answer about why she resigned as governor--she could better serve the state of Alaska and America more out of office. Yawwwnnn.

Look Sarah, you can keep it real with me. You resigned because you're an opportunist. We all saw that during the election. That's not a bad thing from a business standpoint. But from a leader position, you let your Alaskans down. Right now you can taste the $$ and power. Isn't it sweet? Book deal, rumored talk show--you're jumping on it while it's hot. Smart move. You have a big following. Some members in my family pre-ordered your book Going Rogue and can't wait to eat up every wordy, anti-gotcha media word. But what I want to know is:

--What in the world were you thinking signing a $1.25 million book deal? You could've got way more than that.
--Did Bristol's pregnancy make you rethink your position on sex ed for minors?
--Explain your theory on the "In God We Trust" coin conspiracy, now that you've learned Pres. Obama wasn't the one who moved the words on the coin, but that the change was made when the Bush administration was in power?
--When was the last time you and John McCain spoke to each other?
--Can you promise me if you do have a talk show and it's on Fox that it'll be more interesting than Huckabee?
- You dodged Oprah's question about running for president. Just answer this: what's your campaign slogan for 2012?


  1. I am loving the questions you came up with and you're right, Palin's interview on Oprah was really boring and I think they definitely had an agreement prior to the taping that Oprah wouldn't ask her any questions that were actually relevant. I don't care about what she does in Wasilla and I don't really want to see her playing with her kids and bringing Piper trick or treating or going to work out. This stuff is not relevant to what we know Sarah Palin to be. Obviously her appearance was merely to sell more books but come on already, we could have been a little serious for a portion of it. And for the record, who gives a shit is Levi is going to be there for Thanksgiving? Give me a break.

  2. Thanks for your comment Holly! I think folks on the right and left wanted more juice from the interview. Another question I would ask is to elaborate more on how she feels about the health care bill.

    As for Levi going to Thanksgiving I forgot about that question. She said he's welcome but we know she was thinking, "HELL NO!" LOL

  3. Enjoyed meeting you at the SingularCity Happy Hour at La Cachette earlier this month and glad that brought me to your blog.

    I like the way you have managed to review Palin's appearance on Oprah without going political. The appearance was about selling her book and that's what your article is appropriately about.

    Speaking of Oprah, I look forward to your article on Oprah's move from CBS to OWN.

  4. Hi Linda,
    Thanks for your comment and for visiting Cocoa Fly. I'm still waiting to hear more about Oprah's big plans. I'm sure I'll have something to say about it ;)


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