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Grit, sweat and danger and the three components needed to get your cowboy factor on at the Texas Rodeo that will draw two million people very soon.

Even a kangaroo will be at Houston this year as a draw. That’s odd for Texas. The Aussie alligator of the Southland outbacks got bumped for a roo? Wow. A wine garden as a draw may bring some Aussie cowgirls and cowboys up this year.

Full story at Wall Street Journal.

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



“For 1000 years is but a day to You, or like a watch in the night”–King Solomon‘s words.

As nations we live in satellite relationship with other nations who can work with us. The goal is to collaborate with others in agreed harmony, like the planets (or atoms and molecules and cells — work together in symbiotic relationship to create life, not cancer) and stars in the solar system and galaxies around us – certain stars and planets align with each other more closely.

This is what nature (with confirmation of attentive scientists’ observations and findings can also confirm). If we observe nature, we can also learn that there is an order in the world.

For centuries the wise, have always been friends of observing skies, and stars for this reason.


Sometimes, if we focus on science, the problems of the world that can appear so inward – don’t seem to matter as much.

Widening our perspective and focusing on things, not of this world –makes us walk humbly. When considering the galaxy around us, it makes us less dependent on people, who can consume too much of our time as celebrities. The world is a good teacher too.

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From the pages of The Wall Street Journal – Italy’s billionaire Prime Minister is in the hot seat with an underage girl sex scandal. Wherever economies are in deficit, teens aren’t safe on many levels.

Exxon say via Houston that they are hard pressed to find new oil. A switch to natural gas via XTO seems to be making up an oil deficit. Edgar Hetteen who pioneered the snowmobile died aged 90 today and Dell tripled its sales yet still forecasted slower profit growth.

In other news I hear that Egypt is natural gas rich as a nation, apparently. That could be good for the US, while developing green energy more.

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 2.16.11~



In describing her definition of America, the lyrics “We’re plastic but we still have fun” were penned for an American pop music anthem, written by that insecure fame-addicted girl, now wearing Madonna‘s early 90′s celebrity skin (and Madonna’s music library too)  to make her next $70 million in a year, because she feels ‘scared’ and ‘insecure.’

I forget what her names is again. ;) But…you can’t miss her, she’s got the no.1 hit in 25 countries around the world right now, including her beloved USA too. It’s called Born to steal this way or something like it. Don’t get mad at me, for writing the truth. Cos that’s what that pop star is teaching her generation, of how to ‘be American and no.1.’ Not cool.

Anyway, if America does believe “we’re plastic, but we still have fun” then it appears that celebrities of Houston Texas, have been taking that pop anthem’s memo a little bit too seriously, as in Sheyla Hershey‘s rather sad tabloid news story today. Because New York lives in the shadow of excessive Wall Street piggy types, their bloggers do “b*tchy” better than a Maori lad of New Zealand living in Hollywood ever could dream of doing – because in Wall Street’s behavior, being sane is to b*tch about excess. Environment being the key catalyst to bringing out one’s uber-bitchy American artforms, so I best let New York break down Sheyla Hershey’s suicide situation. It’s very sad. Sheyla overdosed, losing the plot by sending the wrong message to her kids. Clearly, Sheyla’s news is a reminder yet again, that depression is a disease, American people need to mindful of, when in recovery – also a Grammys winning cultural theme – depicting the national art form of American recovery as well.

Anyway, here’s Michael K: ”Well, this is just a silicone sack full of sad. Sheyla Hershey, the womanwho once held the record for having the largest breast implants in the world, is in a coma after she tried to commit suicide by overdosing on pills at her home in Houston. Five months ago, Sheyla was forced to get her 38M titty bags removed when she contracted an infection. At the time, Sheyla said that she was sad to say goodbye to the twin Sumo wrestlers on her chest, but her daughter and son come first. But I guess the void of not having implants was too much for Sheyla to handle.

The Sun reports that this is the second time in two months Sheyla has attempted suicide. Sheyla was in therapy for her silicone addiction, but it didn’t help. Sheyla apparently said, ”Once I reclaim my identity as the World’s Biggest Boobs I can be a better role model for my daughter. I feel so ugly without my breasts. Without them, I don’t know who I am.”

Sheyla was supposed to get Kourtney, Khloe and Kim Kardashian (aka KKK implants) installed in her chest today. Sheyla’s husband confirms that she’s in a coma, “Doctors don’t know when she’ll wake. I just pray she gets out of it.”

If only Aretha Franklin could find a way to transfer the fat melting off her chichis over to Sheyla. This is just a modern day tragedy I thought only existed on Nip/Tuck. Sheyla can’t live with silicone, and she can’t live without silicone either….” via Gawker.

Um… thanks Michael for ‘letting’ me just do a ‘What’s her name?’ and ‘steel’ all your words too.

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 2.15.11~



One for Solange Knowles and her publicist Mark Young – Sandcastle Music’s Rob Scott is bringing it (music-wise) in Aussie land. Check him (biz card below).

from the lovely Solange of Houston Texas shared as culture look like this:

On raising creative kids: “My son just wrote a song with lyrics…. “Echinaceaaa is my destinyyyyy”…

On waking up and reading Egypt news via US media: “Can a girl start her day without tales of Egyptian nightmares and America’s stupidity !?”

On Kelly Williams right to educate her chil’n: Just signed the  petition online… No person should EVER go to jail for wanting the best education for their children.

On Joni Mitchell’s music hotness: “Im looking for some rare, lesser known Joni.”

On being asked if she’s a Scientologist: “”You a sciencetoligist”……….”Naw, Im a Jesustoligist”

On fitness & workouts: “I still feel terrible. My body must hate me.

On recovery: “I can’t believe i’m still sick today. Sweat’n like a hood Houston party. Fever be GONE!”

On romance with fried chicken: “My boyfriend and I watched Mahogany on our second date…First was K.F.C. with a red balloon on my chair. I wanted some bird.”

On Christians and not claiming sickness ever: “I’m telling you, my body was NOT created for New York winters. It never fails.Can’t believe I have the flu. Trying not to claim it, but all signs are pointing.”

On parenting in Paris: “fun things to do for kids in paris? weve done the typical stuff, but were running out of ideas here.”

Okie dokez, Houston, here’s Rob’s Aussie contacts. And introducing artist Abbe May below. She’s awesome too!

Mammalian Locomotion above.

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 2.4.11~



The front page of The New York Times casts a global focus on both Afghanistan and The Middle East today. Egypt’s changing of the guard for a younger Egyptian leadership style takes the top spot. NASA ponders life on Kepler too, for variety. Here’s links to NY TImes world news agenda. Busy as we hold our breath for 79 million Eyptians well being. People who are just as important as ourselves here in America!:

Egypt News: Protest’s Old Guard Falls In Behind the Young

Losses at Afghan Bank Could Be $900 Million

Israel Shaken as Turbulence Rocks an Ally

Opposition Rallies to ElBaradei as Military Reinforces in Cairo

News that’s a little more lighter can also be found on these websites: Scandalous CandiceSmart CanucksRead the rest of this entry »



Beyonce Knowles teamed with hubby Jay-Z and Hollywood great, Clint Eastwood to subtly take two spots today in our top ten entertainment and celebrity news items today.

Thanks for voting. Let’s keep it flowing.

What a day. Read the blog. Thanks for contributing in every way. BTW: A real rock star would go wild for this tee shirt. Steven Tyler would kill for this authentic rocker L.A vintage tee. I kid you not.

I hope you see yourself reflected in some way in today’s blogging. All meant in jest. Enjoy!

1. Barack Obama dyes his hair before dinner with Hu Jintao

2. Nina Warren

3. Justin Bieber & Selena Gomez - Googles 2 hottest teens in the USA

4. Shakespeare – Megan Fox ink

5. Beyonce & Jay-Z - archive pic

6. Jenelle Evans

7. CNN say MSNBC’s Keith Obama was too much a Gifford fan

8. Social media, Hollywood News & You – 1-15-11

9. Meet Sadie & Lawrin – with Today’s Celebrity News

10. Beyonce teams with Clint Eastwood – Warner Bros. A Star is Born

~Thought for today: Isn’t the Bullets for Peace fashion label such a paradox? Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 1.22.11~



Born this way – I believe that all children of the world were born to have access to clean drinking water whenever they need it.

BTW: At the moment 1 billion people don’t. 2 million children die through not having access to clean drinking water each year.

Born this way to drink clean water – is these kids and their parents’ dream day. We can make it a dream day everyday for them. Let’s make it happen fun people, by clicking on UNICEF’S TAP PROJECT link. Let’s FLOW! Thanks groovy people.

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 12.29.10~

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One of America’s most famous members of The Twitter community, lists her moniker key words as being:

“water, melanin, bones, blood.”


Solange recently tweeted that she went to the movies to see Love and Other Drugs starring Anne Hathaway and Jake Gyllenhaal. Her next tweet was hysterical. It was the word:


To follow Ms. Knowles on Twitter, . I always enjoy her culturally versant world view and opinions within America. She so black, even tweetin most messages in the American literary art form of ebonics. Love that! Because she does have the confidence to express herself her way- referencing American history by her verbage  in a modern form, to me Solange Knowles is always an authentic American artist. Naturally.

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 11.28.10~


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[Image caption - Fan Sam Bellingham was lucky enough to get a photo with Beyonce as she arrived at Auckland International Airport, New Zealand].

My Maori mum, Tui of Helensville is too cute. Right on midnight (Los Angeles Time) she called me to say that she had gone with her grandchildren to see Bono (she meant U2) perform in Auckland The Supercity.

She also said that Beyonce was spotted going for lunch the next day at The Soul Cafe in Auckland City. “She’s beautiful dear,” were mom’s words.

Maori moms are so much fun. Mine is in her 70′s and can still rock it out to a humanitarian’s rock concert with her grandkids. Namely, her blackest grandchild Bradley James. Love her!

On the phone we talked about what she feels the world needs today. For once I listened. She spoke of people needing a true sense of manaaki (or hospitality from one’s spirit) that this would warm and brighten the world and make it a better place.

She was deep as well as funny as Maori and all Kiwi moms usually are. I felt her manaakitanga over the phone of a woman who has birthed her children in New Zealand, in Tonga in Fiji and travelled to India, China, Israel, America, Australia, the Phillipines as the global people-loving citizen that mom is. From New Zealand, her home–mom’s love of her big-hearted nation in the world beamed bright across New Zealand’s South Pacific Waters to my Maori-Kiwi heart here in California.

Thanks for the fun phone call mom.

And – go Sam Bellingham in New Zealand! You rock. Los Angeles sees your star Kiwi smile too. xox

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 11.27.10~


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“When the memories die, I’m waiting. And I find you – falling down”–Velvet Revolver.

You know when good rock bands need to emerge, when footage of a rock band live in concert in2005 is rating hot today like a leading rock bands recent concert. It denotes a trend that people want rock music that has lyrics with depth.

This is the case with Velvet Revolver and their Houston Texas concert footage that is being released on DVD. It’s U2 status hot news today within American borders. Exciting news for rock music proponents.

Heres Spin Magazine writers with the story: “While Scott Weiland has officially left Velvet Revolver to record and tour (or not tour) with his original moneymaking act, Stone Temple Pilots, and the remaining members of VR are currently auditioning singers, a new DVD that revisits the band’s heyday arrives Nov. 16. Watch a concert performance of “Fall to Pieces” below.

Live in Houston features a 2005 gig starring the band’s original lineup: Weiland, guitarist Slash, bassist Duff McKagan, drummer Matt Sorum, and guitarist Dave Kushner. Besides Velvet Revolver hits like “Fall to Pieces” and “Slither,” the 78-minute set also includes versions of STP hits “Sex Type Thing” and “Crackerman,” and GNR staples “It’s So Easy” and “Used to Love Her.”

[Tee shirt art today as perhaps some fitting pop cultural commentary - Red Velvet lettering on White Cotton with Sequins, The Elvis Jesus collection, made in China - Horiwood.Com's own. As purchased from the hot retail stores in West Hollywood]


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This just in via text: “d-child’s solider (t.i atlanta) 4 K2 maori co. Please.”

A reply, to this post, from a certain Jewish, West Hollywood publicist of a certain American pop star and (national American treasure) today for Maori soldiers today.

“Nga tane toa o Te Roopu a K2 Company – Arohanui tatou no Te Taone Nui o Nga Anahera. Ka kite tatou. Ka Tu Te Whare Ka Ora. Kia kaha roa mo ake.”

[Destiny Child's Hollywood Star, the Maori version from Hollywood today for K2 Maori Company and friends and family].

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 10.16.10~


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When I first got to America four and a half years back, we flew out from Los Angeles, The City of Angels to spend some time in Houston, Texas, where Solange Knowles grew up.

On the front desk of our Hotel’s reception was a lady named Verna who had lost 13 family members overnight in New Orleans to hurricane Katrina’s unexpected ravaging effects. Verna had been relocated to Houston.

Though her grief was fresh, Verna’s smile and joie de vie for life, was a gift to us all. Reminding us each morning how precious life is, and how as a gift, we should try and use each day of our lives to be happy and make a difference to others. Verna chose to express this joy for life, by wearing a different colored wig every day. As a surprising entertainer, Vera would turn on a daily show and she was hard to keep up with.

As a star of America, Verna’s spirit burns bright in my heart and memory. Each time she smiled in her job, I realized that I could never really complain again, about anything that could ever possibly or would ever happen to me. She was my first American hero of sorts in America that I’d met. I loved her. 

Here’s Cambell Robertson‘s words as the New York Times looks back on the resilience of New Orleans people in celebration of their recovery at the five year mark since Hurricane Katrina occurred. What doesn’t kill us, makes us stronger and shines brighter, into a fuller day. 

“NEW ORLEANS — This city, not that long ago, appeared to be lost. Only five years have passed since corpses were floating through the streets, since hundreds of thousands of survivors sat in hotel rooms and shelters and the homes of relatives, learning from news footage that they were among the ranks of the homeless.

For most of the last year, in many parts of the city, the waters finally seemed to be receding.”

Recovery of any kind, involves people surviving a flood–whether that flood be due to a hurricane or natural disasters effects, or that of a flood of economic, manmade disaster leashed upon the world–hope for recovery victims, is like an ark of Peace, that we are all called to build somehow with our imaginations and our hands. Katrina is a metaphor of all who are in recovery, that rebuilding a State, a city, the dreams of community is achievable with kindness, resilience, strength, tenacity and truckloads of pure old-fashioned American courage. 

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 8.28.10. If you’re reading, ICU Verna. xox~

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Posted by horiwood on August 28, 2010 in America, Houston, New Orleans, Recovery, Texas


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