Here’s some one liners Im hearing right now. All names are withheld to protect the innocent:
1. You’ve had your opportunities in the USA now. Come back to New Zealand.
2. Bro, you’re not a kid anymore. Stop writing like you’re 13.
3. You go too far.
4. Gossip content doesn’t make us feel comfortable to be a part of your blog.
5. I’m going to kill you.
6. I will invest in your website, if you give me 50% of all earnings and final editorial sign off of all content.
7. Put more of yourself into it. Your personality, your charisma, your humor.
8. Call yourself a Maori? you don’t even use macrons!
9. I don’t read your blog. Too much New Zealand stuff on it that as an American, I don’t care to know or understand. (Always the person, who has never owned a passport and… fair enough!)
10. You don’t have enough NZ content on it.
My favorite was no. 3 –touche. Apologies to anyone I ever offended, with creative artistic liberty licenses I shared, to give freedom of speech and expression to issues or just for fun. For me, visibility (no matter what the angle taken) is a celebration of your presence in the world. Celebrity = “someone worthy of being celebrated.”
If I judge someone harshly, I judge myself ten fold. Also a point of this blog. I just do mine up front.
Again, thank you for being good sports. And if you think you’re worthy of being showcased, hit me back with a comment on any blog post, with a brief message of what it is you want to promote. Thanks team.
Praise: A. “Your blog is a good idea. Needs a more updated look to it.”
B. “You’re a fabbo fellah. Do you know that?”
C. “Mighty man. A tall poppy.”
D. “Crazy nutter! Bahahhaha.”
E. “We like the Maori content. hori = Maori. :) “
These last five compliments, all could apply to you fellah-esses and fellahs who read Horiwood.Com. I’ll take the criticism (plus D – my fav), gladly – and give you the praise. Your readership and presence is this blog. You are its pulse and arms. Thanks people.
[Artwork by the good people of Washington DC at the Restore Sanity Rally - Signage via TPM. Volunteer humorists and spontaneous political 'actors' expressing themselves at the rally].
It is the people that make America such a great nation. Surreal. Crazy fun.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 11.2.10~
A special thanks to The Team at The Roosevelt Hotel – for fixing my computer so I can still blog in Hollywood and bring you entertainment news.
Team Roosevelt are the best. Amazingly supportive of Maori Kiwis in Tinsel Town. Thanks.
Stay Roosevelt when you get to Hollywood – it’s where the Jolie-Pitt family stay when on red carpet duties in the hood.
[ps: And I must say: New Zealand --kei hea te tautoko? Where is the support? Love ya. :)]
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 10.27.10~
When you write, let it be from the depth of your gizzards. Write as if the whole world will read it–Brian Cohen, NZ.
Now exactly who was the conscientious Sammy Cahn? He was known as one of Hollywood’s most romantic songwriters, because of his ability to phrase lyrics. He was a wordsmith. As American empire is built upon the ability of its artists and entertainers to romance the world via pop culture; Sammy Cahn was a good one.
Born Samuel Cohen, his Jewish parents immigrated from Poland to the US. All immigrants and their children, have to work harder. Most do as Cahn showed. His successful songwriting partnership with Frank Sinatra produced music magic for America, like few others could in music. He scripted Sinatra’s blue-eyed boy talent. He also was a sought after songwriter of Doris Day and Dean Martin. Like myself, Sammy Cahn had four sisters – Sadye, Pearl, Florence, and Evelyn, all who played piano. To read more about his work, go here.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 10.20.10. This post for the Jewish teacher I had in New Zealand, Brian Cohen, who when I was a Maori kid, sitting in his class next to my fellow hori lad, Timmy Cotton at school, Mr. Cohen would read the stories I’d written as his homework assignments, in class during English lessons to the entire class. Brian was a rugby obsessed school teacher, a military competitive sports coach, who also loved literature. The American beatnik poets in particular. My stories were the only one’s of our class, he would unapologetically read out, when I was 11 years-old. So unfair. At this time in New Zealand, Maori kids schoolwork was rarely celebrated by the education system at the time. In his own way, Brian Cohen – the redhead in winter, (the blonde in summer) Jewish-Kiwi school teacher, was revolutionary concerning Maori causes.
I wanted the floor to open up and hide me when he taught from my work, but I had Timmy as my bodyguard against all of the jealous glares of the other kids in class. Timmy was tough, an adopted kid, he was almost six feet at 12. He was the best Maori bro to have beside you ever.
Thanks Mr. Cohen for being such an amazing school teacher. I’m with your people now, seeing what that’s all about. :). This one also for brotha Taika Cohen of Te Whānau-ā-Apanui Maori tribe- who has just wrapped on filming The Green Lantern with Ryan Reynolds, Temuera Morrison, Tim Robbins and the very talented Angela Bassett~
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 10.20.10~
[Paula Macks is the hot blonde, in the blue hat, like Hollywood's Ruta Lee, pictured below at Hamburger Hamlet, West Hollywood. Girl line up: In this photo: Susana Tuya Sarmiento, Maria Linnell, Francieli McWilliams, Paula Macks]
Meet Paula Macks, a restauranteur who has co-authored her taste palate on Auckland – the supercity’s rise to fame as a gourmet city, internationally loved in the Ponsonby district.
Paula’s kingdom, is this one: “One of my favourite stories about Ponsonby, and given my reputation as a faithful chronicler of city life you will know that this is comparatively true, is that the suburb was named in 1873. But no one knows which of three possibles it was named after: Sir William Ponsonby and Colonel Frederick Ponsonby, who fought at Waterloo, or the local MP of the time, Mr Ponsonby Peacock. With the way that the place has developed, wouldn’t you just love it to have been the third man? (more…)
An excuse to share Art in the City of Angels:
For the one person, who just tweeted, my ‘Maori blonde’ attempt to make sense of political rhetoric today in the U.S, these fresh Hollywood flowers are just for you.
Tweet freaks: u b werkin da Bird! Politically conscious 2!
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 9.8.10~
Blogging in Los Angeles, the Entertainment Capitol of the World is all about adding an expression of culture as one’s ‘own’ infusion in celebrating the Hollywood, American cultural mix.
Celebrity blogging is about passion, obsession, reality-avoidance at times to lift recession’s gloom, about providing opinion, humor, sharing others pictures and opinions too; photographs and words, recycling news, messages, images, studying people (or ideas) as trending ‘celebrity concepts’ that fascinate or are being emulated. Sometimes as a blooger you add your own taste preference into the mix, or most times, the taste preferences of you the people who all vote in a blogger’s community of readers, inform the direction and flavor that a blogger tries to serve.
For being the center-piece of a blog that has reached the 2.4 million milestone, I have to thank you, the audience, who shape and inform an expression of democracy in your voting preferences every day as a hidden often unseen galaxy of stars; that I too look back on and read most days–and think wow–you’re all amazing people who in some way, your tastes are all reflected throughout a seemingly endless string of blog news posts on Horiwood.Com.
At the 2.4 million benchmark in the life of this blog. Thank you.
[Two pics: Fountain sculpture - Beverly Hills. Bronze Maori Tiki - Aunt Elvi's art tastes, Westwood]
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 9.6.10~
A big shout out to Team Coco, who I hear totally rocked the Emmys.
Don’t get too drunk, especially you Sharon Hardy!. :)
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 8.29.10~
It has to be said that at the 2.3 million benchmark of horiwood.com; that a blogger really should write a book or movie script about now. Obviously, entertainment/ infotainment is a forte.
However, your passion, love, interest for all things eclectic on this blog (informed, ignorant, loving–just plain silly) keeps me blogging.
Thanks for being the best readers a blogger could ever ask for while living in Hollywood. You rock!
Thought for today as the beloved lies sleeping: As broad the canopy of a great tree, is the extent that its root system will be, beneath the ground, where the eye cannot see. Always be great and fruitful, by never fearing to do the work by going deep. This is magnificence just being. Deep people create peace. Love you all! ;)
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 7.9.2010~
And from the Ben Elliott blog, thanks for the referrals 2day. Rock on. Go Minnnesota. ;)
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 7.4.2010~
For all of your support around the globe–thank you for growing Horiwood.Com to this point.
For the next, 2.2 million–may the content on this blog, get less silly and more meaningful. :)
Peace ya’ll. And many thanks… .
[Image: Q'orianka K, movie star, Young Hollywood Princess, Hope of Peru as an Advocate on Global Climate Change, and... a Twilight Saga casting reject of 2009 (vicious Hollywood!). Q'ori's latest film Princess Kaiulani is currently in theaters. Unless we support important artists like her in the world--they disappear. This is her life's message. Taylor Lautner and Alex Meraz are also pictured --both break out stars of 2009 and Q'oris friends. Q'oriankais pictured here with the incomparable Robert Redford --auteur of new filmic voices of importance in the world].
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 5.18.2010~
For the climb, thanks everyone. :)
This from a special fan from New Zealand, sent in the form of an e-mail:
“4 Years ago yesterday (your time) that you moved to the big United States of America!
“Congrats for surviving the onslaught and proving your steel. Hope all is well with you and that you’ve found love. You deserve to.”
America + New Zealand = [Mai] Love. You know it! ;)
[Blast from the past video, courtesy of Miley Cyrus and The Climb for Disney's Kids: Inaugural concert showcase]
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 5.10.2010~
A mother is a woman who births life, nurtures, inspires, leads with a life of love and joy. However, really… a mother is a world leader.
My own mother’s full name in Maori means: “To stand tall as a warrior maiden, on a hill, until the rising of the dawn,” so for me a mother has always been a warrior woman in battle too. Very Xena: Warrior Princess, I know! :)
And because my Maori mom always sung to me from as far back as I can remember; a mix of Maori, Tongan songs and (when she’s with her sisters, Patsy Cline country songs too), or her favorite gospel songs—from when I was a hori babe who was born in Fiji, she’s always been a little bit Aretha Franklin to me too.
She’s a woman who has always fought racism just by being a strong person who possesses an amazing smile. My mother inspires because she’s never let others limit her world view, her passion for world travel (whether that be her adventurous trips to China, America or India) which she still goes on to this day. And perhaps what I most love about my Maori mom is her diverse love for the people of the world.
Along with her best friends, my mother literally feeds people in the Phillipines who live on rubbish dumps. She sponsors a rice paddie field that feeds and sustains them all year round. As a New Zealander, she’s Asian friendly and a woman of action day in and day out. As a Maori woman and Kiwi world leader, my mom has mad crazy love for the World.
Mothers are magical people. The more I get older, the more I have come to love mine. Like many women who are mothers, mom has worn the multiple hats of wife, mother (of six), grandmother (of 13 granchildren) and Aunty (to over 100 cousins and their children) for as long as I’ve known her–proof that mothers are much more multi-talented than us men often give them credit for.
And on that note, to mothers across America all the way down to New Zealand –and somewhere in between… Happy Mother’s Day y’all.
Here’s the faboosh Betty White on SNL last night–being the American mother of show biz that she is. To watch Betty steal every scene and bring on the lol’s with her SNL castmates, go here.
[image of Aretha Franklin's star, Hollywood Walk of Fame - the Maori and Polynesian version, archives Horiwood.Com]
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 5.9.2010~
For all of your support both locally here in Los Angeles and worldwide, thanks for supporting Horiwood.Com to grow this blog towards the 2.2 million milestone.
You are the true stars of this blog. Muchos gracios por favor. Let’s continue to grow together. Many thanks and I love you all. ;)
~Picture of Tom Cruise on set of his movie today, courtesy of a single parent who blogs too, Lainey Gossip.Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 4.30.2010~
My parents love me… and to have that revelation… is all you need… no matter how dark the US can get. Hollywood can take huge chunks out of you.
If you can, phone your parents and tell them that you love them.
Thanks dad and mum for being great teachers. Still getting me through. :)
[Image of Prince William Windsor at the Government House, Auckland City with Princess Diana and Prince Charles courtesy of New Zealand history.]
Three photo: Trinity Boxing right where I live… And: Kia Ora Trinnie… wherever u r in the UK! :)
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 4.1.2010~
Whose Molly in this song? But I love this video by Philip Bloomfield of Dublin’s happy-faced people on display.
I Scream…. Happy St Paddy’s yall! Yiiiiihaaaaa!
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 3.17.2010~
Today, Horiwood.Com had another record breaking growth day today for this year’s viewership records. Thank you.
Here’s some indigenous yellow from Taranaki Maori of New Zealand, The Patea Maori Club with their song, Poi E that was once a record-charting #1 hit on the New Zealand music pop charts for weeks, back in 1984. I know… Miley Cyrus wasn’t even a mere country twinkle in Billy Ray Cyrus‘ Tennesse-raised eye back then. Lol!
Thanks for your support worldwide on this blog. Let’s “bop on down” to this song together and celebrate diversity in life, and entertainment of all kinds from the great City of Angels. Thank you.
Ps: Aren’t smiling Maoris swinging poi balls skillfully in the timeless joyfull dance of life, so much fun! Here’s a pic of Angelina Jolie as a child in Hawaii doing exactly the same thing. A-List stars of the world have always loved the poi dance. Thanks again and enjoy. Special thanks to Taranaki for the Maori magic in Hollywood today.
[Picture of Oscar-winner Angelina Jolie courtesy of James Haven's archives. Picture of Oscar-nominated Keisha Castle-Hughes courtesy of South Pacific Pictures via South Seas Cinema Website]
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 3.16.2010~
… for Mauri ‘Ola poets today. You all know who you are and what you stand for in the world. Mauri ‘Ola poets of Whetu Moana [Sea of Stars] vol II. May your precious and significant voices never be silenced through lack or via the political oppression of exclusion and may your words always be included for the world’s stronger future by being written, expressed, shared, printed, published, recorded, recorded in music, downloaded, filmed, and heard throughout the world. Because printing, broadcasting, and distributing us… and our words in our own image is our business.
Much Love. :)
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 3.16.2010 as a part of the black paua series~
Horiwood.Com is well on the way to the 2.1 million milestone. For growing together… Thank you all very much for your support on Horiwood.Com each day.
Love you all worldwide.
[Image of Wainui Beach from Robbie "Liberty Wahine Bell" Pere-Barker's back yard... I swear! Gisborne, Ngati Porou Country, East Coast, North Island New Zealand. Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 3.15.2010. Tu much!]
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 3.15.2010~
Thank you. Let’s go! :)
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 3.13.2010~
This post is especially for the 70%+ Americans who have yet to own a passport:
Courage, Adventure & Love.
Two million thank yous are in order.
One of my friends from New Zealand in Hollywood is Maori actor Cliff Curtis. His nickname is Happy Hori and he reminds me to smile more than not. I think that’s the whole vibe of Cliffie’s life and art really.
Here’s ten great quotes heading into Oscars Weekend about happiness. Smile ya’ll. America’s Mood = Yellow.
1. If you want to be happy, be. ~Leo Tolstoy
2. The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up. ~Mark Twain
3. If you’re not happy. It’s nobody elses fault, but your own. So smile.–Eli Kanim
Much love to you all worldwide for your mad love and support. Thank you. Let’s grow and love together.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 3.3.2010~
~Pic snapped today. Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 23.1.2010 as a part of the Until the Sun comes up on the Santa Monica Blvd series~