Today is my sister, Saloni Ruth‘s 43rd (US) Birthday. She’s a gem in her community as well as being a fine sportswoman. On this day, the front page of The Washington Post here in America, looks like this.
Gizmos & Gadgets for Christmas feature for retailers. Although diversity has never once gone out of fashion, Vogue leads the charge on Diversity is a feature story. War Medics focus on Trauma Transit efforts. Crystal meth in America is pinpointed to be stemming from Mexican Cartels. Oregon was a sight of a suspected bomb plot. Meanwhile many can’t afford housing costs in Washington D.C, the nation’s capitol.
What an interesting front cover today from The Post. There’s a lot going on.
Happy Birthday Sharon. From as far back as I can remember Sharon filled our home with ukelele music. She became an adept songwriter and entertainer playing the guitar–performing in front of audiences at a young age. She is national tennis champ title holder along with her sister Cherry as well as a netball champion, a cup winning athlete and a touch rugby football, team player extraordinaire. In high school she was a decorated beauty queen. She had a special bond with her playful grandfather Graham Edward. Most of all, her spirit has ruled justly and she has lifted the burden of the oppressed where her heart led her. Really, she is like the archetypal “All American girl” but she is proudly Maori and Kiwi. Today she lives in a New Zealand city, where whales are known to swim in schools sometimes in her surrounding shores.
Sharon: I love you on your special day we have always celebrated with joy as your family. You were born on The Island of Vava’u, Tonga where whales swim and play, 43 years ago today in a principality ruled by a Monarchy. Of her Island where Sharon and two of her sisters were born in the beautiful South Pacific, it is written:
“The Vavaíu Island group in the Kingdom of Tonga is a spectacular tropical island paradise in the Pacific Ocean. It has a year-round climate suitable for swimming, snorkeling, diving and sailing. Some islands are ringed by white sand beaches while others have tropical forests, sea-level caves, and dramatic limestone cliffs with breathtaking vistas.
“Remote and truly unspoiled, the waters around Vava’u are crystal clear with visibility exceeding 100 feet. Most of the islands are uninhabited, a few have villages, a few have very small unique resorts with exceptional food. There is abundant sea life with over 100 species of colorful tropical fish, giant clams, manta rays, sea turtles, spinner dolphins, and July-October the Humpback whales!
Truly a paradise with the only Polynesian Monarchy this is a truly remarkable place to explore.”
This year Tonga is having their very first democratic elections. It is a hallmark defining moment of democracy and liberty for the Kingdom of Tonga. In memory of Uncle Sam Sasser, The American footballer who used to visit you in Tonga as a baby, here’s an image of The Washington Red Skins, getting whopped by the Minnesota Vikings. :)
Howard Frendrich writes: LANDOVER, Md. — After scrambling 10 yards on his creaky legs for a key first down, Brett Favre popped up with one of his shoulder pads flapping around and started leaping on teammates for hugs. Moments later, the Minnesota Vikings’ 17-13 victory Sunday over the Washington Redskins complete, Favre went over to new coach Leslie Frazier and handed him the football.” Bret Favre is 41 years old, a grandfather– and still playing football.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 11.28.10.
[Image Dustin, Meryl, Justin Henry - Kramer Vs Kramer via TMZ]
Writes Meaghan Williams of Associated Content: “The Huffington Post, a progressive news-reporting and opinion-editorial-driven website started in 2005, is adding divorce to the list of topics granted its own section on the site. Now, in addition to opining about comedy, arts, news, sports and the like, Huffington Post writers will share primarily anecdotal stories about their divorce experiences, divorce-related news, and advice for people in the process of getting or recovering from a divorce.
In the section’s inaugural post, “Introducing HuffPost Divorce: Everything You Wanted to Know About Divorce But Were Afraid to Ask,” Arianna Huffington, eponymous founder of The Huffington Post, explains how divorce has affected her personally. We won’t get into how Arianna discovered why she needed a divorce, it’s a tad bit shocking. But I do think the whole ‘divorce section’ is another way of processing peoples grief, loss, rendering apart, in current conditions.”
Hollywood, Calif–We’ve come a long way in America, since we found the need to string a man up in a public place and flog him. His crime for a flogging?
At times he disobeyed our own need for our desire to increase production at a rate we wanted, in order to appease a lazy sense of entitlement.
In the process we once killed our fathers. Thankfully that’s changed.
TV Movie Still – LeVar Burton playing Kunta Kente, Father of America, in Alex Haleys Roots 1977.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 11.4.10~
Watching Bashar Murad, a Palestinian kid, singing his own original music recently, reminded me of how important artists who cross-over from Palestine into the Western World, and vice versa are in the world.
They’re unique and much needed to facilitate Peace. They are the bridge, for us and our thinking beyond ourselves.
Which reminded me too to ask this question: have you fullas and fulla-esses brought my friend Bob’s book yet?. Hope so. If you haven’t. Here’s the blurb (back sleeve intro/ synopsis) of Courage to Love by author Robert Ellis. Click on book’s cover by artist Salvador Dali – to buy and gift for Christmas, or friendship gifting too? Hey! Here’s the skinny:
“It is an unthinkable match— Josh, a 21-year-old American lieutenant and Haja, a teenage Palestinian freedom fighter. Both wounded in war and sent to Tel Aviv-Yafo’s Rose of Sharon hospital, they are brought together during a hospital attack by the beauty of music and its ability to transcend each other’s language. Despite different religious upbringings, and the stern commands of their families, Josh and Haja fall in love.
Tensions rise to the breaking point as they fight two battles: against the wounds destroying their own bodies, and against the centuries old traditions concerning Muslim women, and the dictates of an Orthodox Jewish heritage.
In a haunting reminder of Romeo and Juliet, author Robert Ellis takes us on a journey through the turbulent struggle of young love in today’s wars. Facing the threat of a new terrorist attack, can Haja and Josh overcome the odds against them, and give themselves, their families and the world, the Courage to Love?”
Awesomery. If we all read book’s like Bob’s book here, then kids like Bashar Murad will have a better chance of being understand, less at risk, and a real voice of Peace and forgiveness in this world, along with their Jewish sisters and brothers of Palestine and Israel also. Thanks Bob for writing this novel for Bashar’s generation. Um, and how’s novel number two doing?
You can facebook Bashar Murad here. If you do, can you send the link to this post too, so he knows about it. (I can’t do that too. Shesh! :)
As Bashar sings here, the Arabic language projected on a screen behind him, is so profound viewing this performance from Hollywood. It’s kinda groundbreaking entertainment. Exciting.
Bashar has like, a mouth full of steel right now (major teen braces happening) in his ‘star trajectory planning,’ and I’m sure he’ll get better with time. Find out about this kid, and again, buy Bobby Mac’s book! :)
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 10.7.10~
Heard of Rossmore yet? These guys are made up of a band of fathers, who can still rock it out with bluesy rock, feel good tunes for California. Pictured above from L-R: band members are Steve Weeks, Bill Fay, Jed Daly, Rich Benoit, filmmaker Bill Birrell and Ernie Scarbrough.
Larchmont Chronicle reports that the band has opened for Foreigner. This Sunday night these lads are Calabasas turning on a show. Calabasas is Kardashian and Britney Spears country, if you know California at all.
Let’s go Rossmore, fathers who can rock it. And go Calabasas!
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 8.7.2010~
~”I wish I was a little less crazy, a little less out there… I wish I was a little more solid, a little more grounded”~Billy Ray Cyrus thinks humility and green.
Miley Cyrus‘ papa, Billy Ray Cyrus goes in to bat, for American’s teen Queen -after her bird imagery of her Can’t Be Tamed album, got covered in an oil slick of CNN TV coverage about endangered birds of the gulf oil crises (for reals).
Billy Ray is pictured here with band members of Brother Clyde patching up the family’s image. Nice job. Cyrus takes Iraq war lyrics and fuses them with a Florida green issue, overlay, with music video pics of current events.
His Iraq comment via the boot is this: “Lately (a single form the band’s self titled album) is coming out very soon,” Billy Ray reports. “It is a really powerful record about the sign of our times … I just got back from Iraq and Afghanistan. Seeing what is going on in our world, the song ‘Lately’ is going to speak to a lot of people. The music is going to translate.”
Musically, Billy Ray is all about experimenting (with country, grunge, rap and rock fusion) while fostering a group of up and coming, eclectic alternative india musicians with a slow down and feel good again message, for earth/ life sustainability too. Here’s the band’s new song, Lately.
Go fellah! Band members of Brother Clyde are: Jamie Miller (of theSTART and Snot), Dave Henning on base, rapper King Phaze, Dan Knight on gat, and Samantha Maloney (Courtney Love‘s Hole band). Any boy band with a girl drummer has gotta do okay.
Courage to Slow Down, love people’s lives not war acceleration without defined purpose, and take care of the earth. Wise country wisdom from Billy.
True fact: the first day, Susan K took me to Hollywood Blvd for gelato, Billy Ray walked past the gelato store, several times, doing a shoot on the Walk of Fame. Because of that, this is his plug. We had pistachio gelato. It was delicious fun. California does the best pistachio gelato. :)
Buy Billy Ray’s new single for 99 cents, right here. I love this pic–for branding purposes, you can never have enough symbols going on in the background. A symbol = audience’s meaning.
[Image of B.C courtesy of Country Music Love]
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 7.31.2010~
Hollywood Knights are real men. They come in all forms. In this case, Robert Shapiro plays stand in father, lawyer, sobriety coach and publicist, for the 12th most googled woman of America, troubled young Hollywood starlet Lindsay Lohan. Lindsay is currently staying at Shapiro’s home to avoid the paparazzi blitz and to have a safe haven for her court-imposed sobriety.
It has to be said, that as a Knight in shining armor for Hollywood’s younger generation, Shapiro rocks.
He tells UsWeekly that LiLo will start serving her 90-day jail sentence on Tuesday morning. Robert says: ”I have agreed to represent Ms. Lohan on the condition that she complies with all of the terms of her probation, including a requirement of jail time that was imposed by Judge Marsha Revel. Ms. Lohan is suffering from a disease that I am all too familiar with (Shapiro makes reference to the fact that his son sadly died of a drug overdose in 2005). Hopefully, I can be of assistance to Ms. Lohan and Judge Revel in implementing a treatment approach recommended by medical professionals for Ms. Lohan’s long term recovery and sobriety.”
Taking Lohan’s situation from that of ‘Hollywood bad girl of gossip tabloids’ to the medical arena, makes the issue so much more humane. I like his style, already. Smart.
[Lindsay is pictured here, on Malibu beach, being photographed for German GQ. She's a busy girl, despite her troubles locally in L.A. Internationally she's adored abroad as an icon of Hollywood glamour and entertainment]. It’s actually a humane feeling, seeing Lindsay for the first time in two decades, actually being given a decent chance, that’s really about her. Nice one, Mr Shapiro. And… Go kid! A winning Hollywood combo.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 7.17.2010~
~A father is both a protector and a wise, trusted friend. When your dreams appear sunk beyond all recognition, a dad has the power to breathe Peace into your spirit and restore and heal your dreams.~
Happy father’s day. Special thanks to Papa Elie, Bob in America. Dad. More recently Uncle Emile whose example as a good brother, fathers me. And, of course a’chorus’ of angels of L.A and N.Z (without gender) who in a plethora of ways, both seen and unknown, have stood on my behalf to all provide united (sometimes jagged) and strong pieces of a rock in America I could stand on to ride out the fiery arrows and slew of storms.
Your graces have been sufficient for me.
For your Love – I Love You & Thank You. To all of you who read this blog, sorry for the grumpy days when I’ve been a ‘bad daddy’ blogger. Lol! May the air we breathe get sweeter at the top and may hope, peace and love–never die in America. Up! :)
[Mood: Black & White. Music: Gospel. Song: breathe into me by singer/ songwriter, Israel Houghton].
[Image of Ted Kennedy's bad *ss, father's day present one year, courtesy of Boston.Com]
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 6.20.2010~
Cute facial expressions from Ms Niecy Nash for Ebony Mag as the magazine asks the question of this generation, Our fathers, where are they?. Love it.. :)
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 5.14.2010. Source~
“Our Israel night last Tuesday was a great success. There is a perception in the world, that Obama has become a Jew oppressor. The USA’s debt is colossal, oil gushes in the Mexican gulf. World balance of power is shifting from the USA. Like all of history’s superpowers, they last for a while, then they fade away, usually rotting from the inside with materialism, moral collapse, etc.”
As I love America with all my heart—what do we all have to do to support the President to change this world perception of this great country?
[Dad leads an organization that has 400 organizations throughout the world associated to it. These observations come from living in dialogue with global community. He is also an author and his first book is now in its 3rd edition. His second book is also in print. Both of his books are not political] Go dad! :)
[Image artwork: from the album, Peace In The Middle East]
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 5.13.2010~
~a good brother is the trusted vitner of a star sibling’s soul–the keeper of the family orchard of dreams, and the future well being of the art of family in the world~
… I have never been that kind of brother, but thankfully James Haven is. :)
James Haven who gave up acting to become the brains behind his sister, Angelina Jolie‘s A-List, A-1 rise to fame as an entertainer, the auteur of modern Hollywood celebrity and an American human rights world leader, turns 37 today.
Happy Birthday James. Star son, star brother, star Uncle and father of humanitarian causes from America into deepest “darkest” third world Africa.
I See You. See you in The Valley some Sunday. :)
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 5.11.2010~
Romantic Literature and The White House’s First Family are the top trending influences of naming the next generation of Americans.
According to KStew Angel’s twitter, Kristen Stewart is ranked #9 and Robert Pattinson at #10 on IMDB’s Hollywood starmeter. Zoe Saldanas of Star Trek and Avatar fame sits at number 1.
With Stewart and Pattinson ranking so well amongst all stars in Hollywood at this moment, the power of Stephenie Meyer and her Twilight Saga literary legacy, translated to film looms large on America’s pop cultural landscape.
In the LA Times this weekend, (Saturday) Meyer’s legacy is having a big impact on the way mothers of America are naming their children. According to this rather interesting report, ‘Isabella is now the top baby name for girls, Jacob for boys, the Social Security Administration said Friday. Isabella’s climb to the top in 2009 ends Emma’s one-year reign. Jacob is on an 11-year run at the top.’
The article goes on to say that, ‘Many of the top names — and the fastest risers — match the popular “Twilight” series of books and movies about teen romance and vampires.’
‘Mom and Dad may be looking to popular vampire books and the first family for baby names: Cullen is on the rise for boys and Malia for girls.’
‘ Edward moved up 11 spots, to No. 137 on the list, and Cullen was the biggest riser among boys’ names, up 297 spots to No. 485. Edward Cullen is, of course, a vampire. His girlfriend? Bella, a common nickname for Isabella.’
‘A little more than 22,000 girls born in 2009 were named Isabella, followed by Emma, Olivia, Sophia and Ava. Nearly 21,000 boys were named Jacob, followed by Ethan, Michael, Alexander and William.’
So, Twilight and the White House’s First Family are hot trend setters amongst the next generation of American leaders names. Of course, no one is going to name their child Gaga so Twilight Moms rule the roost on the naming of America’s babes.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 5.9.2010~
Tom Brady and David Beckham were sighted taking their sons, Brookyln, Romeo, Cruz and John Edward Thomas “JET” Moynahan to the UCLA football game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, CA –Saturday, April 24.
Young JET is a little sport, to roll out with those tough Beckham lads. Good to see Sports leaders make family their priority. Nice one.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 4.25.2010. Source.~
Here’s Stevie Wonder celebrating the joy of being a father and the importance of living for your children and considering their beautiful lives, while being a ‘celebrity’ as he sings his hit Isn’t She Lovely for the good people of Japan.
He makes America such a beautiful country to live in. He’s the hot shizzle! And today, I’m celebrating this American leader, father of American arts, culture, pop culture, real American male leadership, entertainment and music. Rock on brotha! Love him.
Look closely as true American male leadership is found in the depths of that joyful smile. Wowsa!
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 4.14.2010~
“There are many teachers, but few fathers”–Paul The Apostle
The role of the father has long been under threat in America. This post pertains to a “father deficit” of sorts in American cultural life. It is being written to strengthen and uphold America’s cultural capital in this beautiful country I love. So, here we go. Here’s a little West Hollywood true story. Read if you have what it takes to strengthen the younger generations of America. Thanks Team.
Grandad horiwood finally got out of his slippers to head to the local internet cafe to grab a nice steaming cup of Earl Grey Tea–on special for grandaddy bloggers.
In the process of blogging in public and a shared public space–a single mother with two children walked into the cafe. The rugrats made a bee line for me (obviously, I was the oldest bloke in the room) and asked me very intelligent questions like “what are you doing?”–which is always an intelligent question to ask anyone, because in this economy–most people don’t actually know what they are doing to get through an economic rut, or why they are doing what they do, to get out of it. It’s very much a “do something and just hope for the best” economic climate here. So I liked this child’s intelligent question.
Because she was intelligent she commanded my attention from me and as these two children consumed my time for 15 minutes, their little eyes searched my soul in our game of playful childlike exchange where to make them laugh was my goal. All the while, their eyes were asking “Can you be our daddy?” Heartbreaking yet amusing too.
I put aside my need to laugh out loud (as I am the most irresponsible person, that I know of) and I pretended that I could be for a nano-second and gave them their “father” moment today that all children deserve and need each day as a part of their basic human rights in order to grow as whole American little people.