July 12, 2020
Phyllis Logan ( January 11, 1956-present) is a Scottish actress, known for playing Lady Jane Felsham in Lovejoy and Mrs Hughes in Downton Abbey. She won the BAFTA Award for Most Promising Newcomer for the 1983 film Another Time, Another Place. Her other film appearances include Secrets & Lies and Shooting Fish.
Ten life experiences that helped form Logan:
1. Her strong work ethic“My working-class parents, David and Betty, gave me a very strong work ethic by example rather than by preaching: they had both started work at 14. And they taught the three of us right from wrong, which has given me an inherent sense of justice.“My father, a Rolls-Royce engineer, was a trade union leader: he became secretary of his local branch of the AUEW (the Amalgamated Union of Engineering Workers). If he had lived to see me playing the housekeeper, Mrs Hughes, in Downton Abbey, he would probably have been inciting all the servants to form a union!”
2. Her place in the family
“I was the youngest, and got away with a lot more than my brother, Cameron, and sister, Ann.“As children, we always looked out for each other and settled our differences without punch-ups.”
3. Coming from a family of entertainers
“In my family, there are a lot of natural performers, although I’m the only one to become an actor. My mother and my aunt Maggie loved to sing and could pick out a harmony at the drop of a hat.”
4. How her father felt about her career choice
“My poor dad thought that I was going off the rails at drama school because I was often out so late at night, but I was just so absorbed by it all.“Drama school was beyond my parents’ ken, even though they were delighted I was accepted.”
5. Her relationship with her parents
“I never confided in my mum and dad although I loved them. My generation didn’t discuss anything emotional with their parents.“My father would have been totally embarrassed; it was a generational thing.”
6. The death of her father
“Dad died early, at 59, when I was still at drama school, so he never saw any of my career. He was in intensive care and on a life-support machine for several months; it was horrible.”
7. Her relationship with her husband – and falling for another actor!
“My husband, Kevin [McNally, the actor], is my closest confidant; that’s the way it should be with a partner. We make sure we speak to each other every day even if one or both of us is away working.“It’s important to maintain contact – even if it’s only to discuss the car tax. I didn’t want to date another actor, because I thought they were vain. I always used to say that I would never have one in my house – but you can’t legislate for love.”
8. Being okay with not always being glamorous
“You have to be self-aware as an actor because your face is the raw material you work with, but I like to think I’m not vain.“When I’m not working, I never go out without a bit of mascara, but as Mrs Hughes, I wore almost no makeup. I’m a character actress, I’m not an iconic beauty like Joan Collins.”
9. Becoming a mother
“I thought I didn’t want a child for years because my career was more important to me than having a family; I was so busy.“It would have been nice to have had another child after our son, David, but it was tough enough having a baby for the first time at 40. But David doesn’t see himself as an only child because Kevin already had his daughter, Rachel, and his stepson, Peter.”
10. Her family values
“I have tried to pass on my parents’ values. As a stepmother, you are there to be a friend. It’s trickier when they are younger, but it gets better as they get older. David is now 20 and at university; his passion is music, although he might act later on, you never know.“What I care about most for children is that they have passion and compassion. I think David has got both – as long as he keeps that in his head and his heart.”
I agree with Logan’s quote regarding tea, but I I tend to prefer coffee. Regardless of which drink you prefer, it is the relaxation that we associate to it. For me, it makes me feel as though time slows down and I can savor my cup of coffee/tea. It is as if it is Sunday morning; time to relax!
Today is actually Sunday! Relaxation is the goal for many America families today. Some people will practice their religious preference. Some will gather with their families. Most people will probably pause to enjoy a special breakfast: Brunch. When my children were little, we would go out to brunch each Sunday. Brunch is a combination of breakfast and lunch eaten usually during the late morning but it can extend to as late as 3 pm. The word is a portmanteau (a word blending the sounds and combining the meanings of two other words)of breakfast and lunch. Brunch originated in England in the late 1800s, served in a buffet style manner, and became popular in the United States in the 1930s. No matter what activities you do on Sunday, remember to relax. Take some time for yourself. Do whatever helps you slow down and relax.
Here are some easy ways to help relax:
- Breathe it out. Breathing exercises are one of the simplest relaxation strategies, and can effectively calm your stressed-out body and mind anywhere at any time. …
- Release physical tension. …
- Write down your thoughts. …
- Make a list. …
- Visualize your calm. …
- Connect to nature.
Share in the comments what is your favorite drink to drink while you are relaxing: coffee or tea? Also, what activity do you do to relax? Thank you for sharing!