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The five people that I’d love to sit down to dinner with.
As a writer the list of people I’d like to sit down to dinner with is very long. However, I want to share with you my top five and why they inspire me.
The first ones come from two of my favorite TV shows and the reason I’d love to sit down to dinner with them and pick their brains is because they are in an industry where beautiful are adored and these folks are all truly comfortable in their own skin.
Matthew Gray Gubler plays Spencer Reid on Criminal Minds, he’s tall, he’s thin, and he plays a genius on TV. He has described his home as living in a haunted tree house, he’s got a collection of kimonos, and he paints nouveau artwork. Why is he on my list, it’s simple. This man embodies everything Hollywood is not. He is comfortable in his skin and has had a wildly successful run in his show.
Kirsten Vangsness, this beautiful woman plays Penelope Garcia on Criminal Minds. Her character has ever changing hairstyles and looks with big bulky jewelry and she carries it all off with a great big smile. I completely admire her because she is in an industry where size 0 is actually considered acceptable. Size 0 is not a size and people will starve themselves to get there so the producers and directors are happy.
Pauly Perrette, this gorgeous bombshell plays Abby on the award winning television show NCIS. Her character is quirky, intelligent, and has the coolest tattoos. She’s also loveable with a heart of gold!
Why are these 3 people important to me? These 3 people are comfortable in their own skin, and they make it work for them (REALLY WELL) in a world that idolizes beauty (look at the news stand the next time you pass it) We see it everywhere, the swimsuit edition of Sports Illustrated is one of the top selling magazines every year. Why? Because you have beautiful women in bathing suits on every page.
I get on a soap box because the world needs to start seeing what’s inside people, instead of their outside. You can be a beautiful person outside, but if you’re ugly inside what does that make you? I was overweight and not the best looking person in high school and I was ridiculed for it. I’m still very bitter about it, but I know now that I wouldn’t be the beautiful person today if I hadn’t seen the ugly side of people.
That’s the case in most high schools, and that’s what we should not be teaching our children. Matthew, Kirsten, and Pauley are positive role models people should look up to. These are the people who are beautiful inside. (No I’m not saying the rest of the cast is ugly.) We need to look for the beauty inside people and that is so important to me. I’d love to sit down to dinner with them and see what their world views are, how they kept their positivity to become the amazing people they are today. These three people inspire me.
These two other ladies are connected as well. They worked together to help the world be a better place and they died within months of each other.
Princess Diana is has been and always will be an icon for her style, for her beauty, for being a royal, but most importantly for the work she did in the world. She worked with charities such as UNICEF and to ban land mines in war torn countries. She worked to make the world better for our children and people forget all these amazing things she did. Now her children William and Harry are doing the same thing and changing the face of the British Monarchy forever. They are breaking the rules, Diana was a hands on mom and that’s been passed down to her son William and that’s an incredible thing.
She also worked with the children’s hospitals, AIDS hospitals, and the Arts. The arts are so important because they teach children math and science in a different way, like baking is just chemistry you can eat and music teaches about resonance and sound.
Mother Theresa has always fascinated me, her work with the poor in particular and trying in little ways to make their lives better has always inspired me. In my own life I try to make everyone’s better in the little ways. People forget that the little things count. Something she said once really intrigued me, did you know that Mother Theresa herself was not sure about the existence of a God. She called him The Absent One. She once said "I am told God loves me -- and yet the reality of darkness & coldness & emptiness is so great that nothing touches my soul." Yet she had great faith and that pulled me through my own crisis of Faith when I lost my child. I would love to meet her and thank her for doing that for me. She was such an inspirational and amazing lady.
If I were to sit down with these amazing people, I would be a happy woman. All of them change the world in a positive way and that’s what I hope to do as well. That’s what I try to do every day, one simple act at a time. Did you know it takes less muscles to smile than it does to frown, and that a smile can be a game changer for people in a bad mood? Try it! Don’t be afraid to say hello to someone at the store, offer them a kind word, or a simple smile. Thank those veterans you see walking around with hats on, I’ve taught my children to do just that. These simple acts are what change the world. There are billions of humans on this Earth could you imagine what would happen if we did at least 1 simple human act of kindness every day?
Meet Lee Ryder's Books!
The Broken Earth Series
The Broken Earth Series
It all began with a war.....
Jess’ world changed when the outbreak killed her family. Now a war between gangs has driven her and her friends into the wilderness to survive, or die. They have no idea of where they are, or which direction to go. Driven by hope they move forward looking for peace and plenty.
Follow their amazing story in The Broken Earth Series
The Award nominated bestselling
Carnival of Darkness Series
Have you ever been witness to something dark. I mean darkness that is like the blackest pits of hell? Travel down the rabbit hole with Best Selling Author Lee Ryder into her award nominated Carnival of Darkness then travel even deeper down with more sinister characters in Carnival of Lost Souls
Don't read it in the dark
The Unspoken Truth
When a mystery from decades ago causes past and present to collide, will they find the answer to an innocent woman's death, or will it remain forever hidden.
The answer lies in
The Unspoken Truth
When a sudden tragedy takes her brother away from her, Dani Matheson dedicates her life to saving others as a lifeguard on the beaches of California.
Then everything changes when a devastating Cancer diagnosis sends Dani's life into an unending downward spiral.
Can true love pull her from the dangerous waters she's in or will she drown in the loss of all she ever knew.
Based on true events from the author's life....
About The Author:
Alden , NY Native and Amazon Best Selling award nominated author Lee Ryder knew she wanted to be an author very early on. From the time she began to read she knew and cherished the amazing worlds that could be brought to life in books.
She started writing in elementary school and never stopped. Her work was published in many small works throughout the year. Her writing blossomed in high school when she was published in the school literary magazine "Between The Lines."
When she isn't creating new worlds for her characters to live in she's spending time with her family or crafting. She's a firm believer in Random Acts of Kindness and spreading love in the world wherever she can.
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