Life is a good beach — enjoy!
Aotearoa New Zealand beaches are one of the biggest perks you could ever see in the world, to vacation on, when visiting New Zealand. They’re transparently everyone’s property. Apparently.
Everyone in NZ feels a little entitled to own their fair share of sun-basting time on beautiful beaches like Onetangi all year round. Do you blame them? These beaches are a gift to all New Zealanders, at the moment. Tourists even more so. You just want to put the beaches of New Zealand in your own pocket and never do without them once you’ve discovered them.
My favorite thing to do at Onetangi is to swim and play chess with a friend, although the pawn pieces do get buried in the sand, if you’re negligent of them. So easy to do when drinking the superb Waiheke Island wines on offer. Or with ten guitars of locals playing around you at a beach BBQ too. If you’re lucky. Situated in the Hauraki Gulf, ‘the island is partially protected from the prevailing colder/wetter west and southwest winds, making it both drier and warmer than the Auckland isthmus.’ This makes it warmer and drier as the ocean moderates falling temperatures at night.
May you never walk alone, through time and space–a prayer for Mawhera, Greymouth, New Zealand this Chanukah.
Music 1: You’ll never walk alone by Johnny Cash – Liverpool footage for Scotland.
Music 2: Elvis Presely, Amazing Grace, America.
Music 3: Sir Howard Morrison, Whakaaria Mai/ How Great Thou Art
Arohanui –from Little Russia, West Hollywood. May your spirits remain vibrant and warm as bright lights for the World.
Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA.12.10.10~
GIBBS ST “ON” – WHITE HOUSE PRESS SECRETARY, ROBERT GIBBS ON “COMPROMISED DIPLOMACY” OVER WIKILEAKS DOCS IRAN SCANDAL
Reading very Catholic–this method of information distribution, I must say.
Here’s what the White House is reporting via the recent Wikileaks Docs political scandal that sheds much light on international leaders angst, frustration, fear?/ genuine neighborly concern? and anger with their problems and misunderstandings with Iran. I write this in California where many people from Iran live in Beverly Hills, Westwood etc as valued American residents and citizens. I must point out that Iran is not Iraq or Afghanistan, it is Ancient Persia.
Before you read on though, as this is an entertainment and celebrity news blog, click on this case of Gibbston Wine grown and cellared in Queenstown New Zealand that Beyonce was seen sipping on at lunch this weekend in Auckland The Supercity. Apparently the wine is a beauty. Alright, news continues:
According to Bloomberg, the White House fears Diplomacy has been compromised with the Wikileaks distributed secret information of speical documents gleaned from cables, to the world’s press for upcoming publication. Specifically Bloomberg reports:
“Nevertheless, these cables could compromise private discussions with foreign governments and opposition leaders,” according to the statement from the White House Press Secretary, Robert Gibbs. “When the substance of private conversations is printed on the front pages of newspapers across the world, it can deeply impact not only U.S. foreign policy interests, but those of our allies and friends.”
Republicans also condemned the release of the cables, with Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina stating on Fox News Sunday that “the people at WikiLeaks could have blood on their hands.” The top Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen of Florida, called the revelation of the documents “extremely irresponsible.”
The Pentagon’s Response to the leaks that escaped their management is: “The Pentagon announced today that it will take a “series of actions” to prevent future reoccurrences, such as developing procedures to monitor user behavior that is similar to steps taken by credit-card companies to detect fraud. The military will also conduct security oversight inspections at forward bases and remove the ability of classified computers to download information onto removable disks.”
Perhaps you’ll appreciate this case of wine then as a reading companion in the upcoming weeks as you follow the Wikileaks Docs, news stories about to hit the world via Spain, France, Germany, New York, The UK in the next few weeks.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywod California USA. 11.28.10~
Christina Koutsimanis looks as gorgeous as ever. What a smile and a zest for life. Go CK!
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 10.27.10~
Rock Mafia: “You know I want to believe that we’re a masterpiece, but sometimes its hard to tell in the dark. Who owns my heart? Is it Love. Or is it Art?”
Miley Cyrus asks this question of America and her music peers in the music game. Do we have love in our hearts? Or are we just aestheticism worshippers? Not a bad question to posit, in an age of facebook, twitter, myspace, google and mobile telephony culture of our digital age. A glossy photoshopped picture, or a stripped back ‘reality pic’ being the currency of our times. Music too. Words third.
The song, uses the words “creation,” “masterpiece” and “rock mafia.” And there’s the vibe of experimenting in her lyrics, like American pop or rock stars do at her age in their song lyrics. It’s the tradition of rock n’ roll. ‘Art’ is a word ‘Gaga’ has convinced the world she owns. ‘Masterpiece’ is Kanye West’s word, Gaga’s too. Creation, is a word Cyrus perhaps is owning. (more…)
“We box not against flesh and blood, but against oppression of people, trapped underneath layers of harmful systems, not working for them.
“We box against these systems, created by those with no heart, that sit, intoxicated on The Young’s blood, obscured in darkness”–2010′s community-focused manifesto.
If you’re a boxer. Let’s work! There’s a lot to box about and good things to box for. First we must turn the light on. That’s a good start. :)
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 10.1.10~
I love Beyonce Knowles‘ P.R moves on the celebrity and merch chess board lately. They’re smart, to both make bank and also to speak into an accelerating drug culture as people escape in recession to avoid the reality of a scaled back American dream.
The last week in Hollywood has been insane for people aged 20 to 45 being wasted on stuff-not-alcohol, at some bars. On a level, I’ve never seen before, in terms of the amount of wasted people, has quadrupled.
Don’t get me wrong, like Hollywood is not a convent, so drugs are a part of it, but the level of people wasted, is oppressive. Not because of them being wasted in higher numbers (no pun intended) but because it’s a sign of these economic times, that crushes peoples spirits. That pisses me off. It’s like a silent but present bully, weighing heavy on a generation of Americans psyches. It’s sad to see occurring.
What sucks, is that no one looks happy, either. Like, it’s not like the hippies were happy and cool in the 70′s, rebelling for a social cause. It’s not that look at all. The look is dark and scared. They look glazed and beaten up, in that state. Did I mention, that these California people are incredibly gorgeous though, so it makes the tragedy even more gutting, from an ‘aesthetics’ stand point.
I think of parent artists, who created these canvases called their American children. I don’t think these artists, bled on canvas to tell this kind of American picture. That irks me too. This is inter-generational art, under threat. Being eroded. Gutted. From within the soul. It has to stop. Then there’s the foreboding feeling, that there’s still more knocks to come. They know it too. So perhaps, they are leaders of the next wave of challenges, if they get through these temporal ones.
Wonderland is definitely in reverse. It’s a bit off putting. Like surreality, gone lopsy. A tad bit odd.
As we know, crystal meth drug culture is a big issue. Especially in many L.A communities (not to name hoods). Put simply, crystal meth culture exists for people who can’t afford the culture of diamonds and chandeliers. They’re shut outside it, yet all the role models being held up, are dripping in both. There’s a disconnect, so crystal meth culture exploits this – and the masses get hooked in. It’s a very social drug.
Thankfully in New Zealand we had a crystal epidemic a decade ago. I have a niece named Crystal, who developed her own strategies as a babe, to avoid it, when it hit her generation hard. She’s instinctually smart and an amazing person. And I think of her, when I look at these 40 year-old kids on it. Knowing, that teens and the 50+ set who are most at risk of it, are not even present in the room.
It’s a trip to watch, strip people of their ability to fight back, at what’s costing them their dream in the first place. That one, is going to be around for a while.
When Lady Gaga came on the scene – her Bad Romance video has many crystal symbols in it. In fact, many of Gaga’s fans get her crystal symbology. The same way red wine drinkers do. She’s a marketing genius at producing symbols, to attract and cyphon markets. Beyonce is too, but needs more symbols generated – to now compete at the level Gaga has been with symbols generation.
Since Beyonce switched it up with a good P.R team – her marketing is set to take on drug culture. This week, we saw Beyonce take her diva self to the block – for a block party. This positions her brands within reach of the little people who first made her a star (safety in Beyonce whiplash aftermath from the public that swung to now Gaga-flavored fickle times), but the positioning of Beyonce on the block, also declares her war for community issues and concerns, that happen in neighborhoods, that need an angel (or advocate).
And, she’s now – launching her statement against “tina” culture (more…)
[John Key, son of George Ernest Key and Ruth Lazar is pictured here with Brooke Fraser]
For the second time this Labor Weekend, USA, here’s Brooke on this blog, with her song, Still Standing [Shadowfeet].
Quote of the weekend from Brooke (again): “When the world is falling out from under me, I’ll be found in You, still standing… Whispers of a well-lit way.”
Let’s go New Zealand. Up!
~This live performance at Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London. Full lyrics follow after the jump for resilient inspiration. Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 9.5.10~
[This image: Silver Fern imprint art in Sand, Bethells Beach, New Zealand]
A purple tinged sunset cloaks the sandstone of Ross Bridge Tasmania. Majestically solid views across a river.
[Photog: Sam Abell]
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 8.30.10~
Choose your own destiny–2010′s wisdom
Just thirty seconds of camera work towards her next ten million dollar check, Britney Spears releases her new TVC for fragrance Radiance at the same time her BFF Neil Patrick Harris is at the Emmy Awards 2010 in the world spotlight.
Spears is one of the savviest marketing stars in the game. Good work.
A single word (you can now smell -clever!) is Britney Spears’ message today. Which is:
“glowing. glow. aureole. corona. the outermost region of the sun’s atmosphere. visible as a white halo during a solar eclipse. light. visible light. visible radiation. physics-electromagnetic radiation that can produce a visual sensation. ie: light was filtered through a soft glass window. effulgence. radiancy. refulgence. refulgency. shine. brightness. ie: the location of a visual perception along a continuum from black to white. gleam. lambency. gleaming. glow. an appearance of reflected light. sheen. shininess. luster. lustre. the visual property of something that shines reflected light. burnish. glossiness. polish. gloss. the property of being smooth and shiny. an attractive combination of good health and happiness; “the radiance of her countenance.” happiness or felecity: state of well-being characterized by emotions ranging from contentment to intense joy. good health. healthiness. the state of being vigorous and free from bodily or mental disease.”
What a powerful message in a single word as Spears reminds her fans, what a star means and the purpose of what ‘celebrities’ are meant to do in the world too. Go Southern girl now in L.A!
After reading all of that, how can you not feel radiant? Just reaffirm these words daily and you’ve got the message. What a word! And isnt being ‘celebrity’ all about marketing the five senses of you audience fanbase. Spears does it the best.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 8.29.10~
Samuel G Freedman, has a great article in the NY Times today about black churches slow recovery after Hurricane Katrina’s devastation.
Basically, there used to be 75 churches in New Orleans, only 12 have been able to reopen in the last five years. Rev. Charles Duplessis story touched my heart today. His congregation meets in his home each Sunday. How inconvenient for his wife and children and their family life.
So, sending out some light and love for them today, on this Hollywood blog. Why not?! :)
If you’re interested in reading up on their progress, in the interest of gospel’s deep roots here in America, then go here to read at Herald Tribune. If you’re spiritually inclined, and are in a position to make a change for Rev Duplessis–than you know what to do. :)
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 8.28.10~
The entrance of your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple.–the ancient poetic illuminating words of Psalmist King David, Ezra and poetic literary, musical friends.
فَتْحُ كَلاَمِكَ يُنِيرُ الذِّهْنَ، وَيَهِبُ الْبُسَطَاءَ فَهْماً.
פֵּ֖תַח דְּבָרֶ֥יךָ יָאִ֗יר מֵבִ֥ין פְּתָיִֽים׃
你 的 言 語 一 解 開 就 發 出 亮 光 ， 使 愚 人 通 達 。
La révélation de tes paroles éclaire, Elle donne de l’intelligence aux simples.
La exposición de tus palabras imparte luz; da entendimiento a los sencillos.
Ko te whakapuakanga o au kupu he homai marama; na reira i homai he mahara ki nga kuware.
[With retro live soulful music by grammy winning poetic-psalmist, Lauryn Hill today for our entertainment]
~Poetry with love today, brought to you by US. Horiwood.Com, California USA. 8.19.10~
~We are because we were planted.~
May we always have a sense of gratitude to appreciate the everyday things around us, while having the courage to see the beauty in everyone and everything, for this is the eloquent language of love.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 8.7.2010~
I wonder what my Maori mom, is doing right now in Israel. Too cute. Way too much… I’m sure.
Hey mom, hope you’re loving your trip in “the Holy land.”
Hope you’re having fun. Kihi nui.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 7.17.2010 and The Maori Rose of Sharon, New Zealand 7.18.2010. Image of Aretha Franklin‘s star Hollywood Walk of Fame. Music by Ree, Do Right Woman, with the message from America, Courage To Love Arabs and Muslims, people just like ourselves too. True Love is unconditional, not based on skin color, or the language you speak, or pen one’s handwriting in. Because this is our conviction of Liberty, which relies outside of laws of ink alone, and that does not come from the hand of man or the hand of woman either; neither is love confined to the believed borders of nationalism, the constructs of race, or the limitations of religion outside of love relationship with all God’s children. True Liberty as walked in love, neither comes from the constrictions of current world leaders blindsided political models of leadership, that become mere afterthoughts of hindsight in the canons of history as reflective, sobering lessons learned from ‘history’s past mistakes.’ Love is more active than that in the present. We live in times, where recent political mistakes have cost too many lives–and we can no longer be passive global citizens with consciences that we claim are alive, but we need to act too in Love for those, our own nations may deem ‘enemies.’ So, as people who choose to live in the light of Love’s truth which is timeless and not bound by either current events or history, we have a lot of work to do ahead of us, right now in supporting our leaders, not to miss what Love is. May unconditional love define action as we all grow up and see beyond borders of hatred, into the hearts of people just like you and me. May we let Love be Love, and yield to it with all inclusive humility. Let’s wurck~
Beautiful are the words “We are all the same people” in an “orchestra of life.”–Herbie Hancock.
If we believe in peace; our breath, rhythm, heart, soul languages, bodies, dreams will unite like a river to give voice to it. Hot musicality is Mr Herbie Hancock recording his new album, The Imagine Project around the world. Herbie’s vision transcends differences in the earth’s languages, religions and tongues spoken, to join hearts and minds in a common purpose, that will outlive us all. Smart. The rest, is the small stuff–and let’s not sweat that.
Here’s the project’s electronic press kit for meaningful entertainment today. And, my favorite book, at the minute speaks of the same themes: Courage To Love by author Robert Ellis, also available as a Peace audio book.
With Herbie’s new album–what a fine coordination effort around the world for a great cause.
This album has Grammy Winner written all over it.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 7.16.2010~
These words from Alegra22 blog, have resonance this eve, while sitting at the feet of our beloved. She’s been having dreams lately:
“Two nights ago I had a lucid dream. A flood was coming. Standing on a hillside I could see the wall of water moving towards me, covering the earth. It was beautiful and terrifying and there was no escape. In the next minute I was running down a narrow city street, preparing for the impact, for death. As I ran, I looked up at the stone walls of an ancient city and then suddenly I found myself lifted above them, held by the limbs of a tree. The water rushed past me and I understood how perfectly, exquisitely alive I was. And so was the tree. It pulsed and hummed with an energy that radiated like light. It was protecting me.
I woke up and without thinking about the words, I wrote in my journal:
The Flood and the Tree of Life.
The dream has multiple meanings for me. It spoke to the themes in my novel and thesis, confirming that I am on the right path. But more importantly, it reminded me that the garden of my own childhood Eden, that state of grace, is still alive and well inside of me. (more…)
Image: Romance tree, by Wayfarers Chapel
Poem: The Beginning of the Ends by Emile Kanim
For in the beginning
we anticipated an end.
This endless end
compelled us into
this brighter beginning.
–Stunning poetry. Circuitous. Complete. Like the circle of love for life.
On the road from Serra Malibu, we stopped at the Road Inn for hash browns and pancakes with maple syrup, washed down with coffee. Then it was on to Palos Verdes, to the Wayfarers Chapel, to see the fruit of the romance tree in lively bloom of plentitude.
Trip Advisor says of Wayfarers Chapel: “Inspiring Beauty: This architectural jewel, all glass & wood, sits overlooking the rugged coastline of Palos Verdes, and is used for religious services and weddings, but is open for tourists. The gardens, fountains, reflecting pools, endless fragrant rose bushes make for a peaceful, thought-provoking meditative walk. Surrounded by trees, the views from the hillside change with the weather…. fog-shrouded like a Japanese painting, or radiant with color on a clear day. I think attending a church service would be profoundly beautiful, with the sun coming through the all-glass Chapel. Wayfarer’s Chapel is a must-see for those of any and all faiths.” Lloyd Wright is the architect of this talked about center piece of Californian life.
[Image of tree courtesy of Wayfarers Chapel. Image of Courage To Love weddings courtesy of Horiwood.Com, author Robert Ellis, Rev. David Brown. Poetic words by Emile Kanim from Plentitude: The Book, 2012].
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 7.1.2010~
“You are the like the dew of Haramon, glistening on”–
Creative Poetic Prose: While you were sleeping, I took the liberty of delicately tracing your spirit. Beyond your furrowed brow, lay a secret garden watered by a reservoir of love. There were all kinds of people in it, that your life has crossed paths with and touched over the years. They are your flowers you’ve grown with your prayers, when no one was watching. The depth of the garden’s flowers is both eclectic and rare. Just like you are.
As the summer solstice occurred at Stonehenge, a celebration was had. This image of a Crystal Bowersox look-a-like reaching with joy, is a groovy image.
The festival, which dates back thousands of years, celebrates the longest day of the year, when the sun is at its maximum elevation.
Daylight is such a gift.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 6.21.2010~
One for Juliet Ellis from Mother Theresa‘s Majestic Crest bedside today:
“The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow. Do good anyway“–Message posted by Mother Theresa on her orphanage’s door in Calcutta. Author Unknown–although we know she wrote this. :)
[subtext: it is the nature of goodness to be its own song in the world]
[Music Al Green and Annie Lennox for the Hollywood Studio System. Woot!]
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 6.16.2010. This message is also a Letter of Love for the World, as posted on Aunt Elvira’s wall of her “Hollywood set studio,” as spotted while on the Fathomless Love Show. As a part of the In Celebration of A Queen’s Life Series of LA. Love her! This blog post going up today, at a Lady of Love’s feet across Los Angeles to the world–as a reminder that good people are born to stir Love up, with a brisk whisk of star courage.~
Hot. Acts of loving kindess is the art of Aunt Elvira.
Spiritual X- Ray of a great: Yaweh Rafah in Aunt Elvira is: the kindness of El brings anointed healing and comfort for the afflicted. Her thoughts, wit, words, smile, humor and theatrical delivery is hot healing oil for the wounded in spirit. With laser-like precision, she cuts, corrects, encourages, realigns, stitches, binds and heals lives.
This is the spirit and art of Aunt Elvira as percieved, with the prayer of faith.
Big love. So strong, smart,.
[mood: lessons in the under study's ICU, theater room of the Fiery Dove]
[Image courtesy of This Blog]
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 6.15.2010~
A prayer request for the locum.
“Yahweh-Rapha, the Lord who heals you.” Rapha means “to mend, to cure, to repair, to make whole.”–Exodus 15
“One day these hands will touch the world”–Rachel Scott of Columbine–her teen words at the altar of precious American Life, written in her bedroom and traced in faith–like twin palms of a precious lamb posted on… [blog] wood for a beloved Daughter, Sister, Aunty, Cousin, Friend and Mother of LA.
The Theological thinking: “Are any of you sick? You should call for the elders of the church to come and pray over you, anointing you with oil in the name of the Lord. Such a prayer offered in faith will heal the sick, and the Lord will make you well. And if you have committed any sins, you will be forgiven.”–James 5: 14
[Mood: Elisha's Prayer of Faith + Gabriel Ataya. Prayer of healing for Aunt E]
~A good read: Miracle at Marah – Exod. 15).Music: Kevin Prosch as spirit food for a “Hinn” of healing oil that comes without price in America in the 2010′s for all who are sick and have need of a Physician. Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 6.15.2010. Tallis of Elisha, courtesy of This Blog~
Result: After the prayer of faith with anointing oil was made with Uncle Emile, Aunt Elvira prayed, smiled and said in prayer: “Father God (Abba Father) I See You.”
Streetside at front. The view.
And – Orchids in a store.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 6.13.2010~