I read with great interest Oprah’s interview with Barbra Streisand in the October issue of O magazine. For starters, we’re talking about two of my favorite women because they live with such strong passion and purpose and they walk their talk. Oprah’s Q&A has a nice rhythm to it and it really gets to the heart of Barbra’s issues and success.

I also couldn’t help but recall the wonderful experience I had the last time Streisand was at The Garden. I was working in midtown Manhattan at the time, so I just strolled over after work. I had heard that there was a line where you can, at the last minute, buy any tickets not used by sponsors. I was thrilled to get in, didn’t care a lick that I was in the nosebleeds, because I could hear her. Every note. Every word.

I can listen to Barbra Streisand sing almost anything, but Don’t Rain On My Parade brought tears to my eyes like nothing else. I couldn’t believe I was there.

My favorite quote from the article:

“You’ll get paid vacations and summers off,” my mother would tell me [about being a secretary]. “It’s a steady job.” But I knew I had some other destiny.

You don’t say?