Category Archives: Compassion


… today, these words were spoken to me by complete strang-ers…

“We flew him to Hawaii. We walked a mile. We gave him shave ice. We gave him a tee shirt.”

Anger was the emotion X-pressed.

All this while getting coffee.

What did that mean?

Thanks Hawaii… I love the real Hawaii too.

I don’t do Artiticiale Intelligentisa…. I do authentic America. I don’t need IT to know my pulse, or my soul, or my culture, or my wairua, or my IP, or my brain, or my freedom of expression, or my face online, or if you don’t accept that you are not my guidance either when I pay for MAI own Starbucks coffee (that includes the internet) apparently… then grow up!. But… I listen.

Because…. in my soul I AM HAWAII II… you don’t own the internet… if you do… tell China that… not moi. Okay. Enough heard and shared.

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 4.3.11~



New Zealand’s opposition leader of the nation’s Labor Party, Mr Phill Goff not only had to deal with a gay sex scandal of a Jr. politican who had to resign, but he also said his members of Parliament had talked about the sale of state assets by John Key‘s government and the impact it would have on electricity prices, as well as the Christchurch recovery, which he said the Government was using as an excuse to make changes such as cuts to Working for Families.”

Kiwis don’t like selling off national assets at all (because politicians do come and go) when assets go what’s left for future generations? Eroding community programs is also viewed as an erosion of cultural strength too at the grass roots.

There’s a lot going on in New Zealand. Rebuilding is definitely robust opposition terrain to flex some weight behind such issues. For sure. The whole nation’s heart is with Christchurch City though, the people are awesome.

In any event, there’s a royal wedding to attend for the nation’s PM, so Mr Goff needs an introduction about now as the caretaker leader during the upcoming days where the world will celebrate Will and Kate‘s special day in London.

Phil has been one of the nation’s longest serving politicians. Always thoughtful and purposeful. Most of all patient is how I remember him when I was in high school. Just kidding, he’s not that old! Blimey.

The climate these MP’s are in is leading ‘Facebook culture environments of peeps,’ where work gets in the way of Facebooking (darn it!) like this story perhaps shows, More than half see work as a big yawn.

Who are the new neighbors in New Zealand who’ve snapped up the state assets? What asset territories/ companies were sold off and what nations are the buyers from? New neighbors are always fun if we take a chipper view of these harrowing facts of sold assets. All these questions… and so little Facebook time too in a day. What will Kiwis do? :)

The Rugby World Cup is ahead in the upcoming months. Exciting stuff to plan and prepare for in anticipation or a major sporting event on the planet. Go New Zealand! It’s a party in Kiwi-land soon.

What about Sir Peter Blake‘s son, doing extra mural university papers and being on college campus when he can be and standing as an MP (no disrespect meant to the other candidates). Perhaps he could motivate the student pack in Dunedin as a good young leader? And generate some exciting culture in Dunedin that would benefit Canterbury youth as well? Why not! Give this student town something to Facebook about. Or, why doesn’t Dunedin (or Canterbury) create its own Facebook all Kiwis can use.

So many exciting possibilities ahead for Dunedin. Kara whiua!

[Photo caption - Labor Party leader Phil Goff emerges from a meeting with his front bench at Otago University in Dunedin today - NZPA].

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 3.28.11~



Photo caption January 1997, Reuters – ‘Wearing protective clothing, Diana watched workers from a British-based de-mining organization, Halo Trust, clear some of the 5,000 mines found so far around Kuito, believed to be the most heavily mined city in the world. The minefields of Angola were the focus of worldwide attention when the Princess visited, beginning her work for the cause of banning land mines. She followed up her journey to Angola with a later visit to war-torn Bosnia, championing the anti-mine cause. The princess also visited the International Red Cross’ prosthetic center at Huambo, Angola, where several hundred mining victims have been fitted with artificial limbs and taught how to use them.’ — Words CNN news archives.


~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 3.27.11~



Not everything appearing as a Saint, is–C.S Lewis (all that glitters isn’t gold).

Would you sell the cricket bat in a nation’s hand? Or the rugby field from under their feet?

Living in humilty is to not live in delusion. Wisdom resides in humble people, who have an ability to recognize that fame is a mirage that only a minute few project. It is not reality for majorities of most people. Because humility recognizes this, in between navigating the quick sand fleeting mind fields of passing fads, humility is a spiritual protective force field around a nation’s future. Staying grounded on solid ground you still at best are a steward of, ensures a secure future for people you lead is to Stay Strong as a leader.

We call this art of humility Kia Kahatanga of financial management in New Zealand.

Future generations will praise such a leader who has this spirit. Fame is a demon. It seduces people into living short term. The wise think long term. Having been seduced in the past, I know this first hand and seek to help in this area.

We learn from mistakes. We need to learn quicker.

Debt is a demon. A nation’s assets in this current crazy world economy, perhaps need to be locked in a trust of safe keeping, under a key.

Vampires (sharks… whatevz you want to call them) swirl around freedom’s ramparts shores. And crawl over the green grassed hills and forrests of ‘home.’

Public demonstrations are all the rage. They are a sign of Demon.St.Ration at work. Seeing people live on coupons one loaf of bread at a time is debilitating. That’s not good leadership. It’s orchestrated mismanagement being pimped off shore. It needs to be curbed. It’s not freedom, it’s enslavement.

Democracy is being eroded. Culture is being sold. People of the future are being sold in this process to these narratives of potential enslavement. It is the nature of spend and debt to enslave. We must stop it. Asap.

This post can also be read in tandem with this post too (there’s a very good article to the New York Times cream of journalism from a veteran’s wise perspective observing the selling of America as America’s top journalist shares good insights of learning from America’s own life experiences).

[Photo caption - Currently on sale via the Knights Sports, Sporting Memorabilia, Wisden Almanack Auctions website and listed as 'Lot no. 452' is this item. The cricketing belt buckle. Brass belt buckle with cricket bat, stumps and bails and crossed racquets, 2.25"x2". VG. Estimate: £40/60.]

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 3.27.11~



America fashioned the art of jazz music. The world has furthered it. Here’s a Hollywood take on John McLeod’s Rex Hotel Orchestra sassiness that transcends all difference and culture boundaries through musicality. Love it. So smart.  With Hollywood trumpet finesse included in this hot mix.

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 3.27.11~



Alright today in Hollywood I notice that Gypsy no.5 pins its fashion retail sales hopes on a ‘white horse’ billboard. The photograph was snapped against grey sky backdrops on La Cienega and Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood CA 90069. Good luck to Gypsy no.5 with this marketing lead, a tribute (perhaps) to violet-days of National Velvet Hollywood cinematic history as well as emerging world trends. Cute billboard marketing.

We also celebrate today with an art portrait snapped by Kiwi-American artist-fashion emerging star, Miss Tessa. Hopefully I’m forgiven for sharing this picture as blogging on a budget Hollywood paparazzi-o today. :) Probably not! However, sharing is art so I’m going with it. I first saw Miss Tessa creating artwork when she was 16. Her work was a giant mural for dyslexia awareness, so she’s a good one. Art for good causes is not a bad start in the art world. A charity benefitted from Miss Tessa’s first exhibited work. She exhibited at a cross-cultural red carpet film event depicting Latino actors being filmed in Christchurch, Canterbury – the Garden City.

Years later this city would be struck tragically by earthquake devastation. Both Russell Crowe and supermodel Rachel Hunter offer commentary on how to help this city.

Anyway here’s 5 things you’re looking in Hollywood on a day where California said farewell to a legend in Dame Elizabeth Taylor being laid to rest beside Michael Jackson. These five things are -

1. Dita Von Tesse‘s twitter couture for Marie Claire Russia is out there

2. Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie film make together offshore for a change.

3. Movie script premise, conspiracy theory spooky humor – World Bank and US

4. Black racism by Miami police needs a word in oil slicked recovering Miami

5. Basketball fans humor – All Stars Unite – Kobe Bryant, Jay-Z & Beyonce

Bonus Post 1: US at the box office – I Am China by Jayden Smith & Jackie Chan

Bonus Post 2: Paramatta Eels footballers are saving Ireland’s traveling youth via Fiji in Aussie land

Bonus Post 3: MAORI HIJAB KOROWAI CLOAK Leadership – Like Maori legends who walk for justice

Hollywood Media Outlets covering Dame Elizabeth Taylor’s epic contribution to Hollywood culture and the world today as she crossed her finishing line too are - E!Hollywood NewsHollywood ReporterAccess Hollywood;Hollywood.ComET OnlineDeadline.ComCelebrity GossipYoung Hollywood.

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 3.24.11~



כִּֽי־יָ֭דַע דֶּ֣רֶךְ עִמָּדִ֑י בְּ֝חָנַ֗נִי כַּזָּהָ֥ב אֵצֵֽא׃

Otiia e mohio ana ia ki te ara e anga atu ai ahau: kia oti ahau te titiro iho e ia, ano he koura ahau i toku putanga mai.

But he knows the way that I take. When he has tried me, I shall come forth like gold.–Job, The Mystik – being refined under pressure.

Not to be outdone, by supermodel of the world, Rachel Hunter, Oscar winner Russell Crowe is sounding the trumpet too, for the special city of Christchurch.

the part Maori actor in this YouTube video message, ”At 12.51 on February the 22nd, Christchurch, a city that my family’s called home in the past, was ripped apart by a violent earthquake.”

“Christchurch continues to hurt,” Crowe’s message says.

Christchurch is a city that reflects us all in duress and crises. May this special spirit rise to achieve the full potential of purpose that it’s been gifted in the fire of adversities, tested greater than the purest gold or the strongest iron, to lead the world with new things.

In case you missed it, Rachel Hunter‘s message is a real pearla too. She glows… adding to this special spirit rising from the Garden City’s rubble that Russell rightly notes, fosters and ignites in this video.

This spirit is brave, noble, big-hearted, proven and above all resiliently strong and compassionate. Go Christchurch. Thanks Russ.

Russell Crowe’s Hollywood Star, (The Maori version featuring The Legend of Maui motif), via this post. This news report via The New Zealand Herald.

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 3.22.11~



Kia Kaha Commonwealth & Canada. Let’s do it! :)

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 3.21.11~



Supermodel and California resident Rachel Hunter said today, “I just wanted to send my condolences to the beautiful people of Christchurch City. You are in my prayers. Your courage is beautiful, your strength inspiring in your special time of rebuilding as a people. Much love. Rachel.”

There you have it. Go Christchurch! And go Aotearoa New Zealand.

Fabric – Woven Wool -Royal tartan.

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 3.21.11~



FUKUSHIMA, Japan — The toll of Japan’s triple disaster came into clearer focus Monday after police estimates showed more than 18,000 people died, the World Bank said rebuilding may cost $235 billion and more cases of radiation-tainted vegetables and tap water turned up.

More can be read at The Washington Post, who holds no.1 google billing, on this story. is no.2.

Go WashPo, Go Japan!

As Japan’s people require friends committed for the long haul in their rebuilding effort as a people, here’s Yahoo’s links on ways to help.

AMERICAN RED CROSS: The American Red Cross is currently supporting and advising the Japanese Red Cross, which continues to assist the government in its response.  You can help people affected by disasters, like floods, fires, tornadoes and hurricanes, as well as countless other crises at home and around the world by making a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Donate here.

GLOBALGIVING: Established a fund to disburse donations to organizations providing relief and emergency services to victims of the earthquake and tsunami. We are working with International Medical Corps, Save the Children, and other organizations on the ground to provide support. Our partners on the ground are working hard to provide immediate relief. Donate here.

SAVE THE CHILDREN:  Save the Children, which has worked in Japan since 1986, has an immediate goal of $5 million to launch longer-term recovery for children affected by Japan’s March 11 earthquake and tsunami. Save the Children has opened the first child-friendly space in Japan, protective environments where children can gather to play and share their experiences under the supervision of trained, caring adults. Donate here.

SALVATION ARMY: The Salvation Army has been in Japan since 1895 and is currently providing emergency assistance to those in need. Donate here.

AMERICARES: AmeriCares and its relief workers in Japan are working to deliver medicines and supplies to hospitals, shelters and health responders to treat and care for survivors.  The AmeriCares team began mobilizing within hours of the first reports of the dual disasters, dispatching an emergency response manager to Tokyo to direct the efforts of our relief workers in Sendai, the largest city closest to the impact zone. Our team is in direct contact with local officials, evacuation shelters and hospitals treating the injured in Miyagi, Fukushima and Iwate to determine health needs. Donate here.

INTERNATIONAL MEDICAL CORPS: A team of doctors flew to Sendai, where they will be delivering supplies, assessing needs, and identifying communities that have not yet been reached. We continue to coordinate with local health authorities and partners on critical gaps, providing technical expertise and assisting with logistics. Donate here.

SHELTERBOX: ShelterBox responds instantly to natural and man-made disasters by delivering boxes of aid to those who are most in need. The box includes a tent for a family of 10, cooker, blankets, water purification, tool kit and other items survivors need to rebuild their lives in the days, weeks and months following a disaster. Donate here.

[Thanks Yahoo. News story provided by Associated Press writers].

[Photograph AP - WTA Tour player Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark holds a flag dedicated to the people of Japan after her match against Victoria Azarenka of Russia during]

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 3.20.11~



Rihanna goes on tap for ensuring that water gets in the hands of the 1 in 6 people who don’t yet have access to clean drinking water. She’s a Commonwealth star we love. The beauty queen and pop diva of Barbados’ good moves on the humanitarian chess board can be read below.

1. Battleship for Human Rights – Operation Ellamy in Libya

2. All Night LongLionel Richie & Guy Sebastian unite

3. Yoon Eun Hye is a fashionista stepping up her game

4. Adagio for Strongs – Palm tree @ moonlight

5. Game of Thrones on HBO

Pop star Rihanna is spearheading a new campaign for international charity UNICEF.

The Umbrella singer is one of four celebrities who are taking part in the Tap Project – offering fans the chance to win a collection of bottled TAP water.

Other stars joining the 23-year-old are Disney queen Selena Gomez, country superstar Taylor Swift and Entourage actor Adrian Grenier.

The project encourages fans to sign onto the UNICEF Tap website and donate $5 towards the cause.
Once fans donate they will be entered into a competition to win ‘The Ultimate Deluxe Platinum Celebrity Tap Pack.

The Pack features four limited edition bottles of water from Gomez, Rihanna, Swift and Grenier.

Each celebrity has their face etched on their own bottle with the word Tap printed on it.

The website markets the water with the slogan, ‘Rihanna, now collaborating with her kitchen sink.’

It also makes a tongue in cheek statement about the price.

‘Only $5 to win some ridiculously famous water,’ it says.

‘The Ultimate Deluxe Platinum Celebrity Tap Pack (Limited Edition) includes bottles of real tap water from celebrities more famous than you,’

‘Contribute to the UNICEF Tap Project for a chance to win this luxurious and desire collection of water from the most famous celebrities in world history.

‘History. Yes, the history of the world.’

Every dollar from fans entry helps UNICEF provide clean, safe water to a child in need to 40 days.

Fans wanting to donate and have a chance to win the celebrity water can log on to

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 3.19.11~



Arianna The Aggregating Alligator Huffington brings us these news links sourced from media outlets on Japan’s nuclear crises (thanks). Repairs Begin As Survivors Asked To Relocate For A Year..
IAEA: Race Against Time To Control Nuclear Crisis.. Japan Considers Burying Nuclear Plant.. Record Number Of Aftershocks.. 20,000 Foreigners Plan To Flee Country.. NRC To Review All U.S. Nuclear Plants.. How To Help.. LIVE UPDATES.

Known Cost to Life – 6,900 dead, 10,700 missing. This 9.0 quake now cedes the 1995 earthquake tragedy in Kobe. Sad.

Community Living Impacts. 452,000 are homeless. 343,000 have no electricity. 1 million have no water.

‘Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano admitted that Japan was not prepared for what happened. ”The unprecedented scale of the earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan, frankly speaking, were among many things that happened that had not been anticipated under our disaster management contingency plans. In hindsight, we could have moved a little quicker in assessing the situation and coordinating all that information and provided it faster,” he said.

‘In the disaster zone, tsunami survivors, rescue workers and ordinary people observed a minute of silence Friday at 2:46 p.m. – the moment a week ago when the quake struck. Many were bundled up against the cold. As a siren blared, they lowered their heads and clasped their hands in prayer.’

In Libya News, the UN has ordered a cease fire but Kadafi is still killing people.

I like the approach of these people in this picture, when you read such news going on in Japan and Libya.

Nothing much else will work except what they’re doing. Pray for Japan. Lift them up.

[Photographs - New York Times Front Page Friday 18th March and Pic of Japan's people praying courtesy of Reuters]

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 3.18.11~



CNN Reports – ‘China was one of the first to send a rescue team, a 15-member crew many of whom are now scouring disaster areas in Sendai searching for survivors. China has also flown millions of dollars in relief to Japan. “China is also a country prone to earthquake disasters, and we fully empathize with how they feel now,” said Premier Wen Jiabao. “When China was hit with the massive Wenchuan earthquake, the Japanese government sent a rescue team and also offered rescue supplies.” China is ready to give more, as Japan needs it, he added.

‘In May 2008, an 8.0-magnitude quake devastated Wenchuan in Sichuan province China, leaving over 80,000 people dead or missing. In April last year, another major quake, followed by a mudslide, left more than 2,200 people dead in northwestern Qinghai province. China knows first hand how devastating earth quakes are to communities moving forward from them.

‘The Chinese suffered miserably under Japan’s wartime occupation from 1931 to 1945. Millions of lives were lost.’

The fact that China can put aside differences and old war wounds and cross cultures into Japan in a moment of crises, shows the deep bonds of good too, that exist between these two nations.

Some social media sites in China show a few people being nasty (saying the quake is Karma to Japan), but in the main most Chinese on line are being extremely empathetic.

To read more about this story, CNN’s Jaime FlorCruz provides good insight into Chinese and Japanese students within the USA working together to help Japan.

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 3.17.11~



Leonard Cohen is that sage, poet, performer, musician who writes songs so effortlessly like he’s penning the art of cool in a tune.

He’s a seer, a prophet and in the main, quite insightful as a discerning voice across any era.

Here’s a cool documentary from Snag Films who love it when I promote their docos on this website in Hollywood. The film is produced by Lionsgate, Horse Films, Icon.

Watch Leonard. Click on above pic to see a much loved character in action … being celebrated.


Bonus news link today – 1/4 of Japan’s population are 45 years of age and older - Disaster is heavy burden for elderly.

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 3.17.11~



Prince William Windsor was choppered into the grounds of Hagley Park in Christchurch City where he praised a “student army” of volunteers for doing “a fantastic job.”

Christchurch’s young have worked tirelessly at cleaning up the earthquake devastation since the City’s 6.3 quake.

Obviously these esteemed youth citizens life experiences in moving on quickly amidst devastation, makes these youth leaders unlike many pampered Western young people today. They now have skills to be mentally fit in highly pressurized devastating circumstances. Their reflexes to act and not remain in shock are skills many youth need to develop in the world today.

In Christchurch City, these esteemed youth citizens of a modern world are rebuilding their lives. To read more about their amazing life experiences and stories of survival, check that out at the Official Christchurch newspaper, The Press – one of the best journalistic newspapers I’ve ever read, right here. Their archives are full of stories of these amazing young people’s attitude and zest for life and living.

Yesterday, Will spent time with Greymouth Pike River Coal Mine families who lost family members in a gas explosion in a fossil fuels mine. Meeting in Shantytown, resident Bernie Monk said ”He’s a down-to-earth person. It was humbling, really… he kept reiterating he knows how it feels.” More on that story can be read here, also via The Press.

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The soundtrack for the Rugby World Cup festivities has begun in an unusual way. Sports festivals favorite Lionel Richie has teamed up with one of the best male vocalists on the planet, Guy Sebastian of Australia to record a new version of Richie’s hit All Night Long. Sebastian was the first ever winner of Australian Idol reality TV Talent show.

The song that has been performed successfully at The Olympic Games in Los Angeles in prior years (1984 -watch video footage below) is being remade with a charitable focus in mind. Richie and Sebastian aim to help raise funds for the earthquake hit City of Christchurch, who lost loved ones in their hour of devastation. Says Richie of the joy of giving to this City:

“I can think of no better use for one of my most successful copyrights than to help raise needed funds for the people of New Zealand. New Zealand has been very good to me over the course of my career and I welcome the opportunity to return the kindness.”

Lionel selected All Night Long for the region of Canterbury, as “it will give people a reason to donate and celebrate the good times ahead instead of just dwelling in the past.” Word.

Richie and Sebastian will perform the song on stage during their current New Zealand tour.

Guy Sebastian, a gracious statesman of Australia in a pop cultural capacity added, “Being offered the tour with Lionel is a real honour but getting to record with him is truly humbling,” Sebastian said.

There is so much good will occurring in the South Pacific right now, it’s amazing to watch. What a good collaborative effort between two fine entertainers for noble-hearted people and for a noble cause.

Above is Guy singing Receba o Poder/ Recieve the Power with Australian-Polynesian R n B vocal princess Paulini, Espanol-singing artist Silva AlemãoRobert Galea (Italiano). Amélia Farrugia (France) in a song that guy and Gary Pinto penned.

Richie and Sebastian’s song has RedOne as producer on it. As we know RedOne is a producer who grew up in Africa with a cross-cultural daily reality and his work involves producing some tracks for Stefani Germanotta of the USA. I’m feeling that We Are The World giving vibe strongly on this one, aren’t you?

Here’s Lionel in action.

[Story penned by NZPA via The New Zealand Herald]

Artwork – Holly V. Hoof of Los Angeles to celebrate this moment that is humbling to blog about because goodness, kindness, compassion that is honoring life is being shared freely and willingy in hearts with such a gesture. So powerful.

Fine entertainment producing in action. If you’ve ever taken the time to read the lyrics of Christchurch’s national anthem, this is the “freedom’s ramparts on the sea” part of the anthem being fulfilled in entertainment for Christchurch City. As we know “ramparts” is also a word found in the Star Spangled Banner of the USA as well.

May Love & Peace always be our power shared equally and freely around the globe amongst people in our common bonds of shared humanity. To love others and be considerate to others is to be royal and warm-hearted. May that always be what we sing about and celebrate with and in our strong communities (the real celebrities of us all)… the most. True power is when we serve others like brothers and sisters into our comos-zealous destinies at the foot of The Tree of Life.


~Thanks Lionel, Guy & RedOne. Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 3.16.11~



日本. Today on Horiwood.Com we have an audience of readers who care about cancer awareness more than politicians, politics, money, global economies, lifestyles or Hollywood celebrities. Excellent!

We also have a community of people voting today who care more about helping the Japanese people in crises, about brave new heroes solving Japan’s nuclear reactors meltdown crises, than any other issue in the world. Also excellent! I’m with you all.

So heartening to see your votes today. Priorities are in the right place – with Nippon.

The Horiwood Top Ten as voted by 50 nations of the world today, looks as follows in the Hollywood news posts you think are most important. Let’s go!

Kiwi cultural anthems for Japan sound like this today. Check it. In addition  is a beauty to click on as well.

1. Timely – Gerard Butler for cancer awareness

2. Steven Brooking is a New Zealand English Teacher, missing in Nippon

3. Justin Bieber & Selena Gomez

4. Chiba Japan takes a hit – 6.0 quake off Pacific Coast

5. Plato, Atlantis & the concept of underwater societies

6. Gerard Butler for cancer awareness – original post

7. Teenaged moms reality tv stars still rate in crises

8. Snow falling on Sendai Japan

9. Evacuation nation – Fukushima Iwaki Japan

10. CNN reports Japan is officially like Chernobyl cue Nuclear Waste Chernobyl news story angles, again.

Some news agencies actively helping Japan’s people with news coverage (with important charities in between) in this moment are - Fox NewsFinancial TimesGlobe and MailGlobalPost.comGlobalVoices; ; GuardianThe HillIndependentKCRW’s Left, Right and CenterLos Angeles TimesJAPAN TODAY; McClatchyMediaiteMosaicMother JonesMSNBCNew York Daily NewsNew York ObserverBuzzMachine; ; Youth RadioAltercation (Media Matters)AmericablogAndrew SullivanBAGnewsNotesBloggingheadsB Boing Boing.

[Images - Front page New York TImes Today. That kid is soooooooooooo cute! And Gerard Butler of Scotland's photo is via Miz Posh ].

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Here on Horiwood.Com over 12,600 blog posts have been created with a celebrity, entertainment, arts, culture news focus and published online in Hollywood.

I do not work for the US government, yet when you google Horiwood.Com today the 4th highest ranking for this website is a Food Stamps agency website link. That’s what Google SEO says this blog does. I give out food stamps agency/ US Government information. Go figure! :)

So, much to my surprise… It’s an honor and privilege then to feed California. On that note, if you need food stamps and are a part of 40 million Americans that do, and you live in Cali, here’s that Google has assigned to this blog today using this blog’s name:

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I publish this post as Japan’s food supplies in crises ebb low post the tsunami. Many people in the world were covered by an economic tsunami (officially called the global economic recession) we witnessed in our lifetimes are in the same boat as people in Japan in this moment. Food for thought today, perhaps.
Japan is now twice covered by tsunamis. Their economy and their recovery is the news show we now watch of people in a bubble within a bubble. They are US.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 3.15.11~


Ngati Porou (the Maori tribe on the East Coast of the North Island of New Zealand) are big hearted people.

They are like “super Maoris” as a tribal unit in mobilizing on most issues, even issues for others.

Here’s a story by Scotty Morrison & Tini Mollyneux (exec producer) that shows the Ngati Porou people of Gisborne having a radio-a-thon for survivors of the earthquake in Christchurch, far away from the tribe in the South.

That’s tumeke. Love this story!!!

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 3.13.11~



Growing up playing rugby football, I never thought I’d see the day where somehow I’d get to blog in Hollywood (woot!) about rugby football coaching legend Graeme Henry hanging out at a cricket match with The Gladiator/ Robin Hood Oscar winner guy (Russell Crowe). Yet today is that surreal collision of Kiwi childhood dreams converging into this one photograph by Mark Mitchell. For more photos of Russell, Graeme and friends, go here to view these lads in action for Charity cricket for Christchurch City’s rebuilding effort post the quake in Wellywood. A nice gesture.

Graeme Henry is the current coach of the New Zealand All Blacks rugby team, a football team most people in the world have heard of and like. Graeme’s always as laid back as a Tararua cheese TVC. He’s a dude.

Voted in Hollywood today, here’s our top ten trending celebrity, entertainment and news posts on a day where we are all conscious of earthquake survivors in Japan, Christchurch and Tsunami survivors too. Peace!

1. 80′s music commentary – Herbs with Maori anthem of Nuclear Waste wisdom

2. Fukushima Iwaki Japan vacate 170,000 people in nucler meltdown precaution

3. Amber Rose before the storm

4. Tsunami & Quake Watch – Japan in 3 pics – 3.11.11

5. No waste – fashion recycling keeps it real – Michelle Obama is measured

6. The Bush family have a budding writer via Christchurch

7. Hollywood Vegas cellulite bikini confessions by Holly Madison & Kim Kardashian

8. Virginia bootleggers movies are a new theme in Hollywood reflecting the times

9. Friday by unknown artist Rebecca Black

10. Best Sports People of 2010 – Social Media votes via Twitter results

Writes Reuters of this Satellite image of Japan post the quake and tsunami – This one-meter resolution satellite image of Fukushima Daiichii Nuclear Power Plant in Japan, right, was taken one day after an 8.9-magnitude earthquake struck the Oshika Peninsula on March 11, 2011. According to news reports, this is the largest earthquake to hit Japan in recorded history. Analysts believe the powerful earthquake moved Japan’s main island eight feet, shifted the Earth on its axis four inches and unleashed a devastating tsunami. The image shows extensive destruction to buildings, vehicles and infrastructure. Entire regions have been flooded, swept away or reduced to ruin. The image was taken by GeoEye’s IKONOS satellite at 10:36 a.m. (local time) on March 12, 2011 from 423 miles in space. The image on the left is a satellite images of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant taken by the GeoEye-1 satellite on November 15, 2009. - Washington Post for REUTERS.

People on a rooftop await rescue in Kesennuma, Miyagi Prefecture -Reuters

Cricket spectators support Christchurch’s earthquake relief fund by attending a charity cricket match in the nation’s capitol. That’s the humanitarian spirit! LOVING IT!!! Go Kiwis. Pic via NZH.

With 10,000 people missing in Japan’s hour of need, we can help by acting with faith and hope. Go here to make a difference if you’d like to. :)

Music today – Commonwealth Anthems from Kiwiland, backstage with Crowded House performing at Live Earth Day Australia. There’s a new star on our watch older than us all…. it’s the Earth. The more aware of the earth we are, the better we will all be. This rousing performance reminds us of that. Much love from the City of Angels today. Kia ora Russell and Graeme! Mauri ‘Ola…. Life to US!

USA Media outlets raising awareness about the people of Japan too in this moment our earth’s watch are: AmericablogAndrew SullivanBAGnewsNotesBloggingheadsBoing BoingBrave New FilmsBuzzFeedPeek (Alternet)Political AnimalPolitical Capital (CNBC)Political WireRaw StoryRedstate.orgSeeing The ForestThe Swamp (Chicago Tribune)Swampland (Time)TalkLeftTalking Points MemoTapped (American Prospect)Taylor MarshThat Minority ThingTruthdigThink ProgressThis Modern WorldWashington Whispers (US News & World Report)WonketteThe Young TurksRoger E. HernándezChristopher HitchensRich LowryDick MeyerJohn NicholsJack ShaferRobert ScheerLynn SweetBrian TillGeorge WillMichael WolffPBS NewsHour. Nice one!

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 3.13.11~



( 大 卫 的 诗 , 交 与 伶 长 。 调 用 百 合 花 。 )   神 啊 , 求 你 救 我 ! 因 为 众 水 要 淹 没 我 。

我 陷 在 深 淤 泥 中 , 没 有 立 脚 之 地 ; 我 到 了 深 水 中 , 大 水 漫 过 我 身 。

求 你 不 容 大 水 漫 过 我 , 不 容 深 渊 吞 灭 我 , 不 容 坑 坎 在 我 以 上 合 口 。

耶 和 华 啊 , 求 你 应 允 我 ! 因 为 你 的 慈 爱 本 为 美 好 ; 求 你 按 你 丰 盛 的 慈 悲 回 转 眷 顾 我 !

Psalm 69 for Japan. Artwork, Tiger Rain by Utagawa Hiroshige, woodcut print – LACMA, Los Angeles, photographed by Horiwood. Accompanying music, Gräfenberg, Johann Crüger, Praxis Pietatis Melica, 1647.

Go here to make a difference.

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 3.12.11~



Michelle Obama says, “As parents it breaks our heart that any child feels afraid in the classroom or online.”

FLOTUS says to get involved with schools. Find out what your kids are up to.

I love this conversation. Timely.

The greatest problem of bullying in America is economic bullying. All other bullying and kinds of bullying behavior, are a reflection of what’s happened to the average American in this economy.

I like Mrs Obama’s words on “compassion” being needed.

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 3.10.11~



Some news peaking your interest and mine today. Christchurch’s Ross Bush was a brick layer who died on the job, during this City’s horrifying quake.

Ross’ daughter’s note on his workplace fence expresses his work ethic, “you lived by the brick as a brick layer, and you died by the brick.” Heart-breaking stuff.

Ross Bush’s workmates also left their sentiments for losing their good well humored mate who achieved a lot in his life. Two photos also depict how Singapore and Australian friends came to serve, rescue, help Christchurch, New Zealand in their hour of need. How heartwarming to see. A singapore soldier stands outside Knox Church, damaged severely in the quake.

Alright, in silly news – here’s those blog posts links then. This one for Ross Bush and Knox Church community members, especially Ross’ little girl.

Photos via New Zealand Herald with thanks.

1. NAACP Winners 2011

Cupcakes in Canada

2. Angelina and Brad are never allowed to fight

Charlie Sheen Goes Live!

3. Footballer Tom Brady covers Sports Illustrated magazine

Sheen Saga to the Big Screen? Really!

4. Kim Kardashian tweets her 100th bikini shot

Donald Trump is still on the Want to President too campaign

5. Whose Bad? When Beyonce performed for a not-the-dictator guy

Hugh Jackman: Dog Walk with Ava!

6. Haka

Drink Water with your Coca-Cola – Gerard Butler‘s Sheen commentary

7. Hone Tuwhare‘s No Ordinary Sun poetry for current World Events

Ke$ha Tattoos Fan’s Ankle

8. Aishwarya Rai

Celebrities Head To The World’s Most Exotic Destinations

9. Wall Street Culture & Cali

At 13, Kylie Jenner makes her Vegas party debut. Wrong? Or just show biz?!

10. If you don’t sell to Google, Google will try and mimic you and chomp you -Nasty? Or just biz.

Team Jimmy Fallon!

New Zealand News: Treasury: Rebuild to cost up to $15b

Earthquake sparks anxiety for already tense Egyptian community

Praise for community’s fortitude

Christchurch – The Fightback Begins

TO SUPPORT CHRISTCHURCH CITY, if you want to, then go here to make a difference in this city’s rebuilding efforts.

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 3.5.11~



[Photo caption - Alan Grinberg - Mount Aspiring National Park. A view]

If in the silhouette of your skyward majesty,
your big-hearted presence breathes life into my soul,
may I be found in your wild and open summits
along your magical trails, aspiring upwards
to world inspiring peace kissed views. 

You are sheer splendor, a reflection of the divine.
--Mauri 'Ola. Life to US.

–Mount Aspiring College’s Hollywood Fan Club, for Christchurch City’s Thank You! To see more of this great mountain, head to Summit Post. This one for my grandad too, G. Edward Cruickshank, a mountain climber and tennis star–

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 3.3.11. Blog post no. 12,656. Horiwood.Com is a 3,000,000 attained website, made in Aotearoa New Zealand & the USA.~



Westminister, London held a vigil for Christchurch earthquake victims. A sweet gesture from Kiwis, Aussies, Brits all living in the UK. And in Kaiapoi, South Island New Zealand, Jaime Gilbert and Joe Pohio are farewelled at tangihanga (funerals) too.

Did I mention that New Zealand communities are extremely close and tight-knit communities? These pics tell that picture, a little better.

[Pic NZPA, Getty Images via NZH]

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 3.2.11~


Posted by horiwood on March 3, 2011 in Christchurch, Community, Compassion, Kaiapoi, London



PS 22 Choir and Ithacappella and Adiza, turn on a fireworks show. It’s all about combined energy in community this year. Keep shining America and beautiful people of the world.

Today at Starbucks the 3 barista bros, talk Polynesians, Maori ta moko artistry and the All Blacks rugby football squad being so awesome at the haka. They also talk the Wiggles of Australia being so talented as child entertainers being ordinary blokes who came up with good ideas as friends. I like their thinking. Creative, uplifting and globally aware. I realize I need to school up on my American football knowledge more, cause these guys are putting me to shame with their knowledge of New Zealand and the South Pacific.

Here in Hollywood, we give thanks for children, the generation who will succeed all that we give into (or take) from the world. May smart thinking, with compassion light up the skies for these kids. Let’s do it.

Our top ten today are:

1. Natalie Portman – Oscars acceptance speech – Best Actress 2011

2. Climbing to the 3 million Hollywood blog community milestone together. Woot!

3. Healthy family teen friendships – Justin Bieber & Selena Gomez romance

4. Model citiizen – Christopher Chandler

5. Video Footage link – Christchurch City post quake

6. Lady Gaga humor – smile kid!

7. The Rock of Hollywood – Dwayne Johnson

8. Charlie Sheen talks smack for dudes feeling trapped

9. Stan Rosenfield on client’s allergies to butter addiction in the USA

10. Art – Man of Sorrows by Matthew Brooks

Thank you!

Boom, boom, boom… even brighter than a boom, boom, boom.

Featured rugby football star is Anthony Boric today. BTW – like football, rugby football is a cool sport for kids to grow up playing. It’s all about team work skills on display and communities uniting on the football field for every game. Fireworks happen on a rugby football field. As a sport its magic. I love it.

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 3.1.11~



As a resident of Little Russia in West Hollywood, I always see the strangest things. Like cloud whisps above Chabad Community Center candles, on a day where avante garde fashion designer, John Galliano has taken on Oscar winner Natalie Portman‘s people of Jerusalem opening up the anti-semitic debate. I’m just going to let the sky answer on that. No, it’s not saying 9-11 (this year, anyway!) instead, it has it’s own upturned Salvador Dali mustache today. :)

Hollywood blog shares we’re sharing via social media, that you like… here we go then.

1. Dark, weird & manipulative – Ryan Gosling & Kiki Dunst talk movies

2. George W. Bush is a wanted man

3. Whites gnashes just got bigger

4. 10 rugby football stars of New Zealand

5. Aunt Frieda of Syria was da illest in a Westwood kitchen.

6. Rabbi Topp runs a smart community in LA

7. Texas Landscapes & the Coen Brothers – a winning cinematic formula

8. As Good as it Gets poetry – Sam Cruickshank for Mauri ‘Ola poets collective

9. Klutz Confessions 12.27.10

10. All of the Lights lyricsKanye West feat Rihanna & friends

Thought for the day – The concessions of the weak, are the concessions of fear.–Forbes website.

[Hollywood photography - Herb Ritts on Dustin Hoffman, on Salvador Dali - 1996]

Bonus Post – Ko wai a Natalie Hershlag? Forbes Magazine related Quotes: “Mazel is the term used in Jewish mysticism to describe the root of the soul. The mystics say that only a ray of our soul actually inhabits our body. The main part of the soul, our mazel, remains above, shining down on us from a distance.

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 3.1.11. Other bloggers and USA media outlets who might be covering anti-semitic news awareness Hollywood entertainment news today too, are: Ellen GoodmanDavid KirkpatrickHoward KurtzNew York TimesNPRNewsweekPeoplePoliticoProPublicaRadarReutersRolling StoneThe RootSalonSan Francisco ChronicleSlateTIMETimes Of LondonTMZUSA TodayVanity FairWall Street JournalWashington IndependentWashington TimesWashington Post; ; Youth RadioAltercation (Media Matters)AmericablogAndrew SullivanBAGnewsNotesBloggingheadsBoing BoingBrave New FilmsBuzzFeedPeek (Alternet)Political AnimalPolitical Capital (CNBC)Political WireRaw StoryRedstate.orgSeeing The ForestThe Swamp (Chicago Tribune)Swampland (Time)TalkLeftTalking Points MemoTapped (American Prospect)Taylor MarshThat Minority ThingTruthdigThink ProgressThis Modern WorldWashington Whispers (US News & World Report)WonketteThe Young TurksRoger E. HernándezChristopher HitchensRich LowryDick MeyerJohn NicholsJack ShaferRobert ScheerLynn SweetBrian TillGeorge WillMichael WolffPBS – Horiwood.Com is a 300,000 attained Hollywood website and growing. Be kind. Peace!~



Michael Niko Jones is a kid I grew up with some school holidays. Here’s Michael with a rugby football in hand from back in the day as inspiration towards more fun Hollywood entertainment.

Talofa from Hollywood, South Pacific peoples.

Jones is rather famous for being a skilled basketball player of West Auckland, who switched sports codes to rugby football, becoming one of the greatest rugby football players the world has ever witnessed create magic on the football field. The knowledge he learned in basketball equated to quick reflexes and Jones opened up the game of rugby football with good athleticism and an ability to create play with his star football team mates like few had seen before Michael Jones showed them how the game of rugby football could be played.

He is described by many as “The Greatest rugby football All Black player” of last century–according to Will Carling of London’s sports rankings. Some say Colin Meads and Sean Fitzpatrick were better players than Michael, but I’m with Will on that one. Jones was the best. That’s quite a title.

Michael however had the nickname of being ‘The Iceman’ because of the cool, calm and collected way he played rugby football and the number of ice packs he needed at any given time, for his injuries, because when you’re talented, you’re also the man people try and hit and take down, which was Jones story of survival as a sporting great of New Zealand culture who was much loved in South Africa too as a star.

Personally, I never knew MJ as a star in a hero role. His sister Cathy was. An amazing singer. And Michael’s brother Derek was too, for being just the coolest guy who offered leadership to the greats we grew up knowing and serving. This in Polynesian communties (via Samoa is called the Matai role of a Chief in community, and Derek served in that role, so that Michael never had to and could just get on with sports pursuits).

Derek is the dad of Kalani Jones of Aotearoa, New Zealand. But the biggest star in Michael’s family was undoubtedly his mother, Aunty M. Her funeral, when she passed away (while on a holiday safari in Kenya with our friend Anita) was the second most attended funeral of any New Zealander in history at the time. None of us were surprised when she had such a fan club show up to her send off. She was just an amazing person, like a great light to so many in her community of West Auckland City. What she taught us all was that compassion is a gift, that gets stronger if you’re faithful to it and to serve it into community with Spirit.

Aunty M was full of joy, laughter and compassion – and we all adored her and Uncle Jim. Post the Oscars with a Natalie Portman and Tom Hooper Oscars winning night as I write this story from Hollywood, I guess you can say Michael Jones is like these new stars who paid tribute to their folks for their successes. MJ is great because like these two names mentioned, Michael had an amazing mother. At best, perhaps he wanted to grow up and make her proud. That he did making an entire nation proud of him too.

You might just get to see MJ in a coaching role for Rugby World Cup here in the USA (if he can be bothered to still turn on a show – he might!) when NBC Universal/ Comcast live telecast the rugby world cup for the first time in US history, in October 2011. A TV sports moment not to miss.

[Photo caption via ESPN SCRUM, Michael Jones in action for the All Blacks at Twickenham, England v New Zealand, Rugby World Cup, Twickenham, London, October 3, 1991].

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 2.28.11~



Here’s Beyonce‘s L’Officiel magazine cover via France as her tribute to Kuti. Perfection as always from the Queen Bee, not that it matters. :)

Ten posts we’re bumping on as pop culture right here in the Hollywood hood in this fleeting fickle minute. Love it. Let’s keep sharing fun moments in between life’s trials and challenges.

1. Teen Mom, reality TV star Maci Bookout

2. Christchurch City is on our hearts

3. A bird’s eye view – A City hit by a quake

4. Henry Cavill & Sofia Gervara

5. Men’s fitness magazine tips

6. When Beyonce added film producing to her credentials

7. Jane Fonda at Golden Globes 2011

8. 100 things about Twitter culture

9. Experiment – the new immigrant experience in the age of social media – US ’11

10. Art – Interweaving narrativies – A Maori Tutukutuku Hollywood panel

Musique - Opposite People by Fela Kuti

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 2.24.11~