“Seriously… I’m Kidding” by Ellen Degeneres is a funny, quick read. It’s the type of book you read if you’re looking for a laugh, not the type of book you read if you seek your life’s purpose. I’ve always liked Ellen. I liked her stand up and I watched her sitcom “Ellen,” even after she went on David Letterman and announced her character was Lebanese. I was sad for her when the show was cancelled. She was brave and ABC was not.
I even got to meet her once in the late 90’s. It didn’t go well, for me anyway. For her, on the other hand, I’m sure she still remembers it. A couple of years ago she went on “Oprah” talking about what a bad time in her life it was after “Ellen” was cancelled. That’s probably why she wasn’t very nice to me. She had a lot of misguided anger. I held a grudge for a while, but then her talk show started and, damn it, she was so likeable.
When she talked about this time period in her life to Oprah, she said she was financially strapped, and I’m sure she doesn’t want to bring it up, but she was with Anne Heche at the time. I think that alone is enough for me to forgive her. She also had misguided love. So, I chalked it up to the fact that Ellen was having a bad day. A bad month. Probably a bad year.
I forgive you Ellen for squabbling with me over $2. Seriously, I’m not kidding, it was over $2. Remember in “Better Off Dead” when the paper boy is trying to collect his paper route money? “Give me my two dollars!” I’m not saying that’s exactly what happened, but that’s kind of exactly what happened.
Anyway, I like her so much I even read her book. In “Seriously… I’m Kidding” Degeneres teaches us how to be a supermodel and she gives the secret of life (Shhh, I’ll tell you for free so you don’t have to buy the book if you don’t want to. It’s Kale. Seriously. If you think I’m kidding, then you’ll have to buy the book.) She writes short stories and shares journal entries, and she talks about family. Ironically enough, she uses the words to the song “We are Family” at the beginning of the chapter on family.
“We are Family” by Sister Sledge was my family’s theme song back in the late 70’s and through the 80’s. When they sang “I got all my sisters with me” I can honestly tell you that as an 8-year-old, I thought they were talking specifically about my family, because I had two sisters. How did they know I had my sisters with me? I wasn’t sure, but they did. Rock on Sister Sledge.
My favorite chapter is the one on meditation. I’m kidding. It’s not. But, it’s a good chapter. You should definitely read what she has to say about it. She also doles out life advice. Kind of like me on my blog. I’m beginning to think Ellen and I may be kindred spirits or something.
She has two chapters especially for children. She writes a hilarious chapter for teenagers. And there’s even a chapter for deep thinkers. There’s something for everyone. I highly recommend you read this book. It’s smart, funny and enjoyable. I’m serious!
The reality is, according to Ellen, “Everyone looks better in fuchsia.” I agree. Seriously. Just look at this picture. Fuchsia and iridescent fuchsia. It doesn’t get better than this. By the way, this is the third time I’ve used this photo in my blog. That’s how seriously awesome it is.