Eleanor Collins Gets Stamp Of Approval & Future Unknowns

I was thrilled to learn jazz singer Eleanor Collins whom I interviewed for two articles in the late eighties is depicted on a stamp. At the time of our interview she was nearly 70-years-old but looked two decades younger. Today she is 102 and looks and sounds half her age. What a marvel and what good advice she has for all who struggle. You can check out the articles from my archives, watch a CBC interview from two years ago, and hear her sing in 2015 (at bottom).  

Little did we know during our meeting that Eleanor would one day be honoured in this way. Life paths are not necessarily sealed and we see how unpredictable life can be. My camera is a murky crystal ball but as I peer through its lens it seems clear to me that today's visual perceptions seep deep into tomorrow's brew. “The present moment is the substance with which the future is made. Therefore, the best way to take care of the future is to take care of the present moment. What else can you do?”Nhat Hanh

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  1. Wow what a role model for aging well is Ms Collins. Today, I'm blogging on my "real computer" but I am going to re-visit this post on my IPAD where I can enlarge your articles and maybe look up a little more about this lady. ... And thank you as always for sharing your musing s which always give me something to think about -- and in a positive way, which is appreciated.

  2. I had never heard of Ms. Collins. What a story!! I just think that it is so important that one never stop learning and never stop accepting new things and learn how to embrace things. My dad had a friend in Idaho who was a 104. Nicest person you could ever care to meet and was sharp as a tack and knew everything that was going on the world. These people are my heroes.

  3. What a wonderful woman! And long-lived!

  4. I've never heard of Ms. Collins but what an amazing woman!

    Happy Tuesday, Penelope!

  5. Thank you for introducing me to this amazing lady. Your interviews are fascinating and how thrilled you must have been when you saw the stamp.

  6. don´t know about this lady. :( Or should I say didn´t now??

  7. Ms Collins lived life fully ~ great photos on your post too ~ Xo

    Wishing you lots of laughter in your days,

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  8. How interesting! And she is such a special lady! Love reading and learning more about her. Thanks for sharing! Hugs, Diane

  9. I’m happy with you, Maria, for the joyful surprise and your fond memory of your past work. Eleanor Collins is a remarkable model who has gotten better with age. The CBC Interview encouraged me to “make the very most of every day given to me” in the rest of my life. Thank you for this post..


  10. I enjoyed each and every photo! How wonderful that you interviewed Elleanor Collins. Now she has a stamp to honor her life. What a great age and she looks so good! Thank you for sharing this post Maria, so very interesting. Such a beautiful lady, a beautiful voice and a great attitude.

  11. I have never heard about this lady it's true she is ageing well, and it was probably very interesting to have the chance to interview her !


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