MPHPL Reviews ... "Keep Moving" by Dick Van Dyke

MPHPL Reviews ... "Keep Moving" by Dick Van Dyke

Depending on your age, when someone mentions Dick Van Dyke, you might think of: 

Regardless of which film or program you choose, you'll have a smile on your face. Dick Van Dyke has been pleasing audiences for the past 70 years and has no intentions of stopping. 

In Van Dyke’s latest book, Keep Moving, he offers up advice on “how to grow old” and questions the old adage “act your age.”  To quote his book, “As far as I know, there is no manual for old age. There is no test you have to pass. There is no way you have to behave. There is no such thing as ‘age appropriate.’” He explains that if he feels like singing, he sings and if he feels like dancing, he dances. In a conversation with his friend, Carl Reiner, they reminisce on working together and remember the fun that they had on set. Their piece of advice for us? “Be who you are.”

When asked to rank what really matters, Van Dyke’s list is as follows: 

  1. “The way family and friends regard you is a real measure of the way you look on the inside.”
  2. “Questions matter. Good questions matter even more.”
  3. “Music makes life more delightful, delicious, and de-lovely.”
  4. “[Books] feed the brain and fuel the imagination.” - and -
  5. “A sense of humor is the way we make sense out of nonsense.”

Van Dyke also shares about his loves and losses.  In the chapter, “I Was Supposed To Go First,” he shares his memories of losing his longtime partner Michelle. Van Dyke says that “It’s worth making sure those scrapbooks are filled.  Make sure you have fun.  Make sure you smile and laugh.  Make sure you live.”

Van Dyke talks about meeting his third wife, Arlene, and that despite a 46 year age difference, when you love someone, age is just a number.  In the chapter “What Do You Talk About with Her,” Jerry Van Dyke, Dick’s brother and junior by six years, is always wondering “what do you talk about with her?”  And Van Dyke always answers with, “What does anyone talk about with his or her best friend?  We talk about everything.” 

Early in Van Dyke’s Hollywood career, he decided that he wouldn’t accept any parts that he would be embarrassed for his children to see.  I think this has worked well for him.  I know that I will always smile when he trips over an ottoman, sings with penguins, solves murders with his son or works at the coolest museum ever!

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Review by Karen Palmer
Youth Services Supervisor
Mishawaka Library

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