Archive for November, 2012

Hitchcock a Classic

November 30th, 2012

Hitchcock a Classic

If you have not seen the film on Hitchcock ("The Girl") and his allegedly compulsive obsession with Tipi Hedren (mother of Melanie Griffith) who starred in his classics, "The Birds" and "Marnie", said to be Hitchcock's great last work, or you're anticipating seeing the new feature film on Hitchcock's life (starring Anthony Hopkins and Helen Mirren as Mrs. H) -- both bios may not be the whole story and nothing but the story. Only Tipi Hedren knows and though she is quoted in a few Hollywood magazines and on line features (, not sure she's telling. Certainly not at AFI's screening of The Birds, where she remained elegant and focused on introducing one of the most renowned 20th century classics.

Rumored in Hollywood for many years, one had always heard that Hitchcock was enamored with beautiful blonde leading actresses (Tippi Hedren, Grace Kelly, Eva Marie Saint, Janet Leigh, Kim Novak) but that he became obsessed with Hedren beyond what was acceptably sane behavior. Here are two clips from both films, each thematically very different but both focus on one of the greatest filmmakers who remains a mystery to many. After viewing The Girl, I'd like to learn more about Mrs. Hitchcock, who apparently contributed more to his films than one realizes.

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Malala for Nobel

November 29th, 2012

Take a Stand: Nominate Malala for the Nobel

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On October 9, 2012, Malala Yousafzai was gunned down for the “crime” of going to school. Today the world stands with this remarkable girl, a girl so brave she stood up to the Taliban, a group so evil they stalk and murder innocent children for the “sin” of seeking education.

Tarek Fatah of Canada started a petition to nominate Malala for the Nobel Peace Prize; petitions from Germany, England and France have swiftly followed. I want my country, the United States of America, to join in this historic moment of empowerment for girls and women everywhere.

As an educator and board member of a non-profit dedicated to providing educational opportunity to children in South Sudan, I know first-hand the value of education for all children. I stand with Malala in her passion; I ask the citizens of the United States to stand with her too.

These are bold times for girls and women. Girls are going to school in places where it was unthinkable a generation ago. Women fill the jobs of doctor, lawyer, and politician. Travesties of justice – rape, battering, “honor” killings, sex slavery, servitude, genital mutilation – are no longer in the closet. The world knows the truth now.

Yet there is much to do, as Malala’s wounds attest. The hopes and dreams of girls throughout the world are no longer hidden – silent, muffled, afraid. Civilization is at the crossroads of opportunity to accept this call to action.

This is why I am asking Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to nominate Malala Yousafzai for a Nobel Peace Prize.

By nominating Malala Yousafzai, these global leaders will send a clear message: We stand with Malala and with girls everywhere in their fight for the right to equal opportunity through education.

Petition by Bonnie S. Lloyd, Rochester, NY, NY.

For more information and to sign the petition to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and former Sec of State Condoleezza Rice,
Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs: State Dept (Tara Sonenshine) and Under Secretary for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights: State Dept (Maria Otero):

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Gingerbread Family Festival!

November 28th, 2012

Easter Seals Hawaii Gingerbread Family Festival!

Make plans to bring your loved ones to join other families, friends, and organizations on Dec 2nd at the Blaisdell Center, all there to have great fun making gingerbread houses in support of one of Hawaii's greatest organizations responsible for helping thousands of people in need -- Easter Seals Hawaii. This is their biggest fund raiser and you can't find a more deserving organization. They pay for one on one care necessary to help newborns, toddlers, young adults and elders with disabilities and special needs.

For more on the little known history of this organization and the incredibly generous Harry & Jeannette Weinberg Foundation that has supported Easter Seals Hawaii and myriad other non profits throughout the state, watch tonight's special program on KFVE Channel 5, November 28th, at 7p (rebroadcast on Dec 1 at 5:30p). A new television series focused on Hawaii, tonight is a special Pure Pacific feature that looks at "Philanthropy in Hawaii - A Tribute to the Weinberg Foundation and Easter Seals Hawaii". It's nice to know that in this changing world there are still people and organizations who are "open gifting hands" ready to help others in need. Life is Good.

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Historic Surf Collectible

November 27th, 2012

Historic Surf Collectible

This rare book of vintage surfing photographs "Surfriders of Hawaii" by A.R. Gurrey Jr., is valued at a minimum of $25,000 - $40,000 but will auction likely for a lot more. Who knew! It's supposedly the first book (1914) handmade and assembled with photographic silver prints. Very rare, perhaps only 6 copies available in the world. As an historic document it was created by someone who actually surfed and each book contained different shots. For big surf and photography fans this is a must see. Vintage Surf Auction on line. Watch the video and you can get all the info.
Provided by the in California. Enjoy!

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Guess Who?

November 25th, 2012

Guess Who?

I love Pathe's library of movie and newsreel clips. Here's a compilation of celebrities in their younger days. I guessed all but two. Enjoy! Life is Good.

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