“The greatest of all mistakes is to do nothing because you can only do a little. Do what you can.”
– Liz Smith

Were we blogging last year at this time, WVFC would have been looking forward with relish to a mid-February date. No, not the one where hearts and flowers are taped to every grade school window and some of the single feel more singled out than usual. We would have heralded Feb. 16, the 30th anniversary of intelligent dishing  and a special day for one of our godmothers.

On Feb. 16, 1976, Liz Smith began typing her way into the consciousness of America. It was the day humanity melded with gossip forever. Now, with both Valentine’s Day and Liz’s 31st anniversary coming, our celebration of all things Liz is underway.

As most of you know, Liz and her dear friend Ann Richards were present at the birth of Women’s Voices for Change. They ushered us into this world as the hosts of the 2005 gala that yielded funds for this site as well as Project Esperanza, which provides free bone density testing to underserved populations.

We invite you to click onto Liz’s always intelligent, never gratuitous and thoroughly thought-provoking syndicated column throughout the coming days and encourage you to get to know more about the Grand Dame of Dish.

Wikipedia is a good starting point. Her memoir “Natural Blonde” is frank, riveting and more than a little ribald. Her column oozes with her spirit. No matter how you choose to dine with this juicy lady, you’re sure to have the time of your life.

Having the time of her life is what Liz has done for a lifetime. So, one final word, before we leave Liz’s words to speak for themselves: This woman was born in 1923 and will be 84 in February. She still  does everything she can every single minute of every day, which is more than most of us could dream of doing in a month.

She’s who we want to be when we grow up, and she’s just not grown up enough to make us look forward to it. We love Liz and we are delighted to be using our collective voice to shout about it.

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  • Elizabeth Hemmerdinger January 24, 2007 at 4:17 pm

    Hooray for Liz, for her fearlessness and delight in story-telling. Thank you, Laura, for directing us to the written words of a woman who speaks to so many of us and who’s grace and good humor are a touchstone. Elizabeth