Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Doris Haddock, my shero

What an inspiration you were, Granny D. I was thrilled to meet you when you were in Austin three years ago tomorrow for the premier showing of Marlo Poras' documentary film about you, "Run Granny Run." It was my favorite film of that year's SXSW lineup. I've kept this postcard from the film displayed on my desk since then.

My family spent summers near where you were born in Laconia, NH. Your spirit is like the mica flashing from the granite rocks under the surface of the cool, clear Crystal Lake water we swam in as kids. "Live Free or Die" was a motto we breathed.

Thank you for living free and being a model for us, especially for women over 50 -- or 60, 70, 80, 90... Some of those New Hampshire voters said you might not live to the end of a Senate term if they had voted for you in 2004 -- but you did.

Doris Haddock, presente!

"Democracy is not something you have, it's something you do."

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