THURSDAY 25TH & FRIDAY 26TH
Rod on Maui, August 2003.
Photo by John Scoggins.
©2003 by Stanyan Entertainment.
A Thought for Today
Hatch a dream and then believe it.
From now on Iíll be writing one Flight Plan for Monday & Tuesday. Ken will
continue with his usual Wednesday feature ďThis One does it For MeĒ on
Wednesdays. Iíll do a new two-day Flight Plan for Thursday & Friday and
Ken and I will alternate weekends for our Saturday and Sunday feature.
A LETTER FROM THE ROAD
Rancho Mirage, California
25 September, 2003
Just after sunset if you stand at the top of Frank Sinatra Drive the
lights of almost all of The Coachelle Valley begin to twinkle on like
stars. Palm Springs, Cathedral City, Rancho Mirage, Palm Desert, Indian
Wells, La Quinta, a cluster of thriving towns and townships that until
just after World War II was mostly desert. This view at night would now
challenge the one from the Hollywood Hills or that from a mountainside
In the blackness looking down then up it has the effect of turning from
one sky to another.
I have been locked away in the desert for over a week now working on the
new book. It was a bit slow going at first but because I had done quite a
bit of writing in Maui last month Iíve got a handle on it now. Most of the
real work, always the hardest, is organizing the material Iíve written for
it. The original deadline for completion was Tuesday but fortunately itís
been extended a week so with any luck Iíll make it.
Thereís the writing, rewriting, setting each poem in two separate fonts,
calculating the chapters and pages and most of all finding an order that
will give Rusting in the Rain a logical beginning, middle and an end.
Richard Kegler has designed a beautiful dust jacket for the book and I
finished designing the title pages and chapter headings today.
A week from next Wednesday I start rehearsals for both the Salute to
Kander & Ebb benefit and The William Holden Wildlife Foundation gala and
Iím excited about performing with old friends again.
This will be the first time Iíve spent any real time with Clint Eastwood
since the two of us were contract players at Universal studios eons ago.
Clintís line to the press when queried about marrying a woman much younger
than himself is still one of my all time favorite quotes, ďIf she dies,
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