Z–Zillion (&the end of the April A-Z Blogging Challenge)

This is a great retirement story. I should say non-retirement story. Fashion design icon, Iris Apfel, is the subject of a new documentary released on April 29. The lady is ninety-three years old.  iris-apfel

I became aware of the documentary when a friend brought a page from the New York Times Magazine that had an interview with the designer. Zany, healthy, bright, and active in her nineties, she may be my new role model. (Sorry, all you other role models I’ve adopted in the past. I still love you. But this lady has an outrageous attitude that speaks to me.)

I loved her answer to the Times interview question asking if a person can learn to have style. She said fashion can be taught but style cannot. After WWII, Iris saw women in Southern Italy who wore clothes that were almost in tatters. But the way they put them together and the way they held themselves made them look like a squillion dollars.

Iris ApfelHer word, squillion. That must be more than a zillion, don’t you think? She made up such a goofy word and used it in an interview for the New York Times! I like this lady a lot.

Maybe it’s the same with writing. A person can learn the mechanics of writing, but it takes passion and a strong personal voice to make the work appealing. I’m sure Iris Apfel learned and grew as she went along. Writers can’t always start with a best seller, either. We need to have fun on the journey.


About Joyce Ann Brown

Freelance writer retired from a long career as a library media specialist, adventurer, reader, lover of all things spunky. Besides hiking K.C. trails weekly, I currently write for publications and write cozy mysteries. Find Catastrophic Connections and Furtive Investigation on Amazon.
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One Response to Z–Zillion (&the end of the April A-Z Blogging Challenge)

  1. Fun on the journey. Yes, indeed. That’s what’s missing for me. Reading about Iris is giving me something wonderful to think about. Thanks.
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