Diana Nyad, America's most celebrated long-distance swimmer, tried and tried to cross the Florida Straits. On her fifth attempt, at age 64, she made it. If she runs for the presidency in 2016, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton could echo if not exceed the scope of Ms. Nyad's achievement.
At first blush, competing on DWTS would seem a frivolous blip on the radar screen for me. But, au contraire, it was yet another chance for me to live out loud my philosophy of tackling every challenge with no room for regrets. I didn't "win" on DWTS, but I lived out loud. No regrets.
Some behind-the-scenes snapshots from this morning's Good Morning America announcement of this season's cast of Dancing With The Stars.
Of course there are the stories that revealed the brutal and often ugly nature of the games and their athletes. These are the stories that can stay in 2013 and hopefully never come back. But let's start with The Good.
Recently two celebrities offered us mirror textbook cases on how not to talk about the belief -- or lack thereof -- of another.
Yes, you can be well-intentioned and still do harm. That, at least, is what television personality and media mogul Oprah Winfrey learned when she apparently and good-naturedly dismissed Diana Nyad's claim to being an atheist.
I recently had the distinct pleasure of meeting -- and giving two big hugs to -- Diana Nyad at a fundraiser for Creative Visions Foundation. Crea...
That second night, throwing in a few laps just easy backstroke kicking for some relief, I would look up to see the Empire State Building towering into the clouds. That was the ultimate metaphor of how grand the experience was for all who participated, in the pool and out.
"Find a way!!" This is a quote from Diana Nyad when she was interviewed by Oprah Winfrey about overcoming challenges to make her historic swim from Cu...
Tomorrow morning I will begin a 48-hour swim to benefit Hurricane Sandy victims in the NY/NJ area a year after that storm changed thousands of lives in a matter of few violent, terrifying minutes.
If it was an 18-hour swim, it was never 17 hours, 57 minutes. It was 18. Along with the training, the organization of an expedition this size, 45 people out into the wilderness that is the unpredictable and dangerous stretch between Cuba and Florida, is monumental.
I can't imagine my life without being an athlete, it's always felt like an inherent part of me. Young women my age have people like our mothers and like Diana Nyad to thank for that.
I thought I'd be further along in my career as an artist by now. When I was a girl, I dreamed of the fruits of my talent being respected and compensated monetarily. I saved drawings with Cray-pas on Manila paper to make it easier for my biographers after I died.
She was the bravest person I knew -- for she shrugged off physically suffering in a way that I couldn't, and wouldn't. She was very smart and very sassy. But I did wonder if she had a death wish.
Their only goal is to swim faster or get it over with, and how they do it or how they feel is irrelevant. Why bother? As a passionate amateur swimmer myself, one who has no desire to race and who swims exclusively for the joy of it, I hate to think what they're missing.
The original concept of a hero, at least to the ancient Greeks, was that of a demi-god, the child of a god and a mortal, in other words a human with god-like characteristics of bravery and self-sacrifice.