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One for Ezra – In Aotearoa New Zealand we look after and we appreciate our remnant peoples. We also appreciate what remaining remnants of all earth’s resources there are to share with everyone on the planet, through sustainable living.

Once upon a time, a painter named Rembrand(t) painted this painting titled, The Feast of Belshazzar. It was painted on canvas, 167.6 x 209.2cm. In 1639 Menasseh published this interpretation in his book De terminu vitae.  Menasseh was a mysti[k]s scholar who would explain the meanings of culture to humanist scholars of his times. He also introduced his painter friend to Ephraim Bonus, a doctor. Like Menasseh, Bonus was a Portugese-Jewish member of Rembrandt’s community.

Rembrandt painted his friends because he discovered in his paintings that they had slightly distinct features, different to other subjects he had painted. This body of work, where Rembrandt became interested in their physiognomic peculiarities, was because Rembrandt believed not only the high priests but all Jews, even Jesus Christ, had looked like this. In the 1650s a young Jew frequently modeled for Rembrandt’s students while they were on their Christ painting modules of art in education.

Author Christian Tumpel notes “This reflects the change in the Master Painter’s attitudes towards the Jewish people: this people, who were distinguished because Jesus Christ came from their midst, had not ceased to be brothers of the Christians by remaining true to the faith of their fathers.”

Riveting stuff from the Arts World in the reference section of Visual Audio Arts BHPL, CA 90210.

Like I said… in Aotearoa New Zealand we are remnant conscious and remnant mindful people. We think green and that includes preserving peoples lives because we are incredibly real. There’s not a fake or shaved bone in most of our faces – we like to look after our original remnant people first, before we rock out and be super heroes like we can be and we excel at too – as if we have secrets to hide and have to. We don’t. Because such a view is our real status as a nation, and we too are in positions of changing this, getting it right before we can rock out and save everyone else’s non-Rembrandt thinking humanistic consuming ways that’s too heavy on the gas pedal –expecting spiritually-minded people to put ourselves on the block, for them, and go to battle and wrangle – without much of a thought to that… we must return to Rembrandt’s work.

I am sorry if we misled you that we didn’t know our ethics and morals and whose priorities lie where. We know where ours lie in New Zealand. We are decent people. This is our current status on justice. I love that about New Zealand, just like this magnificent Rembrandt painting also reminds us. Daniel saved whole kingdoms from toppling once. The best part of all, he did it from a basis of saving his own remnant through serving foreign kings with the truth on matters. His own remnant were once in states of captivity. He was quite a remarkable guy. His guidance never came from the systems of guidance around him. It came from a higher source.

One of our own great painters name in New Zealand was Colin McCahon. He once did a painting representing a candle in the dark. The candle was in the foreground of an Egyptian pyramid background. I am that candle today, writing on this zero-budget, virtual wall from Beverly Hills. Who would have thought? Not me. However, Remnants are US.

The original Daniel was a friend of Ezra.

In New Zealand our greatest weapon on earth is our humility a sense of fair justice that can Rise Up above fear. We don’t fear nuclear weapons, because injustice is the greatest bomb of all to my people. Because of that. There is a principle that is spiritual, that states people who are just are respected, even by their ‘enemies.’ Justice preserves the life of a King, through wise counsel that is spiritually grounded in the rich fertile whenua of ethics. This is our best defense plan. It does cost a lot though. I hold this painting up as a symbol of justice today. Justice is a living spirit in New Zealand we all serve, honor, work hard to maintain. Justice is our passion, it is what we do well with gifted eyes for the world and strong hearts that can look at facts and divide an equation fairly. Not for ourselves alone to look good, in this fleeting moment of time, but beyond us all, for generations still to come.

Peace. Mauri ‘Ola. Ni hao.

[This painting is mounted in London at the National Gallery. T 11. Bredius 497. RRP A110. Christian Tumpel is the author of Rembrandt, Images and Metaphors - published by Haus Books, London. The book is a reference book and can be borrowed at the Beverly Hills Public Library's Arts Library before being returned for other people to share, read, enjoy and consume too.]

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… still… it’s time to lower those noses… grow wings… take off those yamulkes for a noble [agreed upon] cause and fly outside of Israel [Orthodox America] and the USA… get out of those black and whites… and give a little deeper and more adventurously. Yeah… I see you all on Facebook at Starbucks bored out of your brains… you’re so ready!

Go here Israel and my Jewish readers. Your strategic minds and presence of spirit is needed for this one. Mazel Tov.

“May The Rock deliver ‘them’ up” then… [Yeshua]. Shalom!

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As a Maori-Kiwi who writes from California USA, I am from a nation who respects Israel. We are pro-Israel when Israel is in democratic leadership that is just and displaying good traits of strength firmly grounded in humility.

In fact we are the most pro-American when America is pro-Israel’s spirit of fair democracy too. As a culture, it’s how we’re made and have been fashioned to feel strongly this way. That will never change.

New Zealand has 75 tribes (more as well) of Maori people, all who have deep links to ancestral lands in Aotearoa, New Zealand. Our ancestors are buried in hills, on mountains along our coastlines. Although they are not with us, their bones bear witness of our spirit in the world along those landmarks they lived, saw as their own and are buried. This can or will never change either. It’s who New Zealand is and always has been for centuries. In that regard we are on Israel’s same page. We are a nation in some regards much older than America – although we like to call ourselves young as well.

We understand Israel perhaps more deeply than many other nations because we are in relationship to landscape too, over a capitalistic stand point alone, that often over-values commodifying landscape as an asset sale to the land’s and coastal territories’ spiritual significance to a robust culture and its protection.

Our culture and identity is in the land, just like Israel’s is too. Because we therefore see through similar eyes and we have in New Zealand for centuries as Israel believes they have too, ideologically we have many similarities and shared traits.

Aotearoa New Zealand will always extend our tewhatewha (look this word up) of spiritual protection over Israel and Israel’s people even if we have or do not have a Kiwi leader of Jewish descent at the helm. It is our nation’s mantel of spirit. We possess this richly, Given for a purpose, it cannot be defeated.

Currently we are blessed and fortunate to have a New Zealander of Jewish descent lead us. He is a gift ‘from the ancients’ (to be poetic) and he is a gift from his ancestors to us all, not only in New Zealand but for the gifts contained in his life – to offer stability, wisdom of leadership in the world. We value his families’ culture in our nation. We believe that he (and they all) make us stronger as a people and a democratic nation.

As a good Kiwi then (it must be a rare day for me – to be writing that!), who loves Arab people and who was socialized with Lebanese-Kiwi’s too across six generations of harmonious Kiwi living, Mr Benjamin Netanyahu‘s latest interview, fascinates today here in Hollywood as culturally relevant Kiwi TV. Watch it by pressing play.

Some highlights of the interview are:

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From the UK Daily Mail comes these reports of how Dame Elizabeth Taylor was laid to rest today.

The 79-year-old actress only died of heart failure on Wednesday but a combination of her Jewish faith – which she adopted in 1959 and which demands speedy burial – and her family’s evident desire to avoid a media circus for once in her life ensured her burial took most people by surprise.”

She was laid to rest in the same resting place as Michael Jackson was, her good friend.

Taylor’s four children from three of her seven husbands – Michael and Christopher Wilding, Liza Todd and Maria Burton – as well as most if not all of her 10 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren were believed to be present.  Read the rest of this entry »



For Rachel Hunter, Christchurch, Japan, Libya, Bahrain, Yemen, Israel, Palestine.

May Peace rule in our hearts and minds on this precious earth.

Thanks Rach.

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



Israel launches Gaza air strikes - At least 17 people have been injured by a series of Israeli air strikes in the Gaza Strip, Palestinian medics say. There were reports of up to nine explosions in Gaza City, and in the north and south of the territory.

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“God brought them out of Egypt; he has as it were the strength of the re’em”Moses

[Pic via HedWeb]

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American Red Cross goes all out Schindlers List with this cute advertisement to allegedly help the people of Japan in crises.

What a photograph.

Deserves an Award today. To donate to the Red Cross of America, click on ad pick. As seen, front page WSJ today.

Japan as Israel in a nuclear holocaust. A powerful and motivating concept. True!

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 3.16.11~



Because today is Pie day, and it is Albert Einstein‘s 132nd birthday date (since the day he was born), here’s a news posts that is informative about Einstein’s work:

Writes - JERUSALEM (JTA) – 80,000 plus documents of scientist Albert Einstein’s will be up online in the coming months.

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem announced Monday, on what would have been Einstein’s 132nd birthday, that a yearlong project to digitize the documents and make them available on the Albert Einstein Archives website has now begun.

A $500,000 grant from the Polonsky Foundation of London is paying for this to occur.

Einstein was a founder of The Hebrew University in 1918 and advised on the first board of governors. In his will Einstein, who died in 1955, stipulated that his archives go to the university. Along with documents on physics, the archive includes his thoughts on politics and society.

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Via Pal Science these thoughts about Einstein remind us of the man at work:

He was born at Ulm, in Württemberg, Germany, on March 14, 1879. After World War II. He grew up to receive the Nobel Prize in Physics 1921.

The World Government Movement saw Einstein as a leading lad. He once was offered the Presidency of the State of Israel. Instead he collaborated with Dr. Chaim Weizmann in establishing the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Albert realized the inadequacies of Newtonian mechanics. The need became the call to find the solution. His special theory of relativity stemmed from an attempt to reconcile the laws of mechanics with the laws of the electromagnetic field.

He specialized in classical problems of statistical mechanics and situations in which they were merged with quantum theory: this led to an explanation of the Brownian movement of molecules.

Einstein investigated the thermal properties of light. He did this using low radiation density. His work in observation laid the foundation of the photon theory of light.

Apart from the ‘crazy mad scientist hair’ he was famous for, Einstein didn’t care about much, except finding solutions to help others in the field he was in, to understand how the world worked and could perhaps be better.

~Posted by Horiwod.Com, Hollywood California USA. 3.14.11~




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Posted by horiwood on March 14, 2011 in Israel, Japan, Little Russia



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!~



Writes Michael K - New York’s reigning Gossip Blog King: “Oscar winner and the soon-to-be mother of Einstein’s successor, Natalie Portman, finally got her pregnant ass off the Oscar stage and plucked a few hairs off of Galliano’s lip brows by condemning him in a statement she released to The New York Times last night. Natalie is the face of Miss Dior Cherie fragrance and was supposed to wear Dior to the Oscars, but switched to Rodarte after Galliano was detained in Paris for making Mel Gibson’s nipples salute him by throwing out anti-Semetic insults at a couple. And after watching the video of Galliano declaring that he loves Hitler, Natalie said this:

“I am deeply shocked and disgusted by the video of John Galliano’s comments that surfaced today. In light of this video, and as an individual who is proud to be Jewish, I will not be associated with Mr. Galliano in any way. I hope at the very least, these terrible comments remind us to reflect and act upon combating these still-existing prejudices that are the opposite of all that is beautiful.””

Natalie raises the question, what is prejudice to [and for] Mr Galliano and friends in this comment also. Smart press. Needless to say, ‘How do you create a Jewish Saint with an Oscar? Galliano (wittingly/ unwittingly) playing a Hamon-villain of Queen Esther’s people, no matter which way you look at this news story is like win/win publicity with a message that cuts both ways.

On a serious note though, saying to a person in the fashion world, “the opposite of all that is beautiful” is one heck of a way to slay an ego of a fashionista who should know better–if this is ‘serious news.’ How wise is Portman, with such a retort. Very 770.

As a reminder, here’s how Auschwitz is being remarketed to a new generation, as a benchmark of human rights awareness in this story featured below. Just like Hollywood movies need to be retaught to the kids, even more so–Auschwitz does too. As a reminder, we have Oskar Schindler‘s list on this blog too.


Update:The NY Times say the House of Dior have fired John Galliano over these comments. In a statement the Haus says: “I condemn most firmly the statements made by John Galliano which are a total contradiction with the essential values that have always been defended by the House of Christian Dior.”

Maybe Natalie can extend forgiveness in this moment to John, as the message has been received by half the world? Oh well, I guess that’s her call to make.

[For the words, thanks Michael K]

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



When Halle Berry became the first black woman of color to scoop up her leading actress Oscar, she wowed the world with comments like, “This moment is for Dorothy Dandridge, Lena Horne, Diahann Carroll. It’s for the women that stand beside me, Jada Pinkett, Angela Bassett, Vivica Fox. And it’s for every nameless, faceless woman of color that now has a chance because this door tonight has been opened. Thank you. I’m so honored.”–Halle Berry‘s words via American Rhetoric.Com.

This didn’t stop some b*tch in the US from blogging, “LOL what would she do if her dog died !!!”.

As you can see, good history means jack sh*t to some!

Anyway, here’s some Lena Horne music, heading in to a stormy-skied, Natalie Portman‘s Oscar winning weekend. Has a Jerusalem born actress ever won an Oscar before? I don’t think so. It could be a first!

[Pic via Vanity Fair's  Oscars coverage Archives]

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 2.26.11~



The Double Duh “sisters” are a favorite Israeli, fashion conscious act to book for Jewish parties here in L.A. Watch them above. Their forte is fashion shoots, TV appearances, Party hosts and for oil sheiks and racing car enthusiasts, they will wash your waka. Lol!

Introducing themselves my way, they are very Born This Way in a Britney Spears way. Their eyes look just like Britney’s.

Wearing everything “the same,” they just invited me to an Oscars party this weekend. I said I’d think about it. These two people are big Britney Spears fans like most of Los Angeles. With first names like theirs, how could they not be! Watch above.

Israelis in LA are full on! Obviously!!! Natalie Portman is their Oscars queen this year, they’re supporting for Sunday.

If you’d like to go to an Oscars party, give them a call… if in L.A. Here’s their card. Lol! What next?!

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 2..25.11~



The big winners at the Berlin Film Festival ended up being documentary films. A trend that mirrors reality television stars perhaps here in the USA.

39 Pounds of Love features an Israeli with mega spirit. Watch by clicking in pic above.

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 2.17.11~



Humor – It looks like have been heard and answered already.

Egypt remains committed to a renewed peace treaty with Israel. Good news today.

Now – how can Israel and Israel friendly people of the world support peace keeping Egypt to help with the 20% (16 million) of all Egyptians who live below the ‘pita-bread’ line in poverty.

Should we apply some pressure, to these peoples very wealthy Saudi cousins then to open up the coffers and share the spoils of oil and steel’s sky rocketing sales as noted on the stock market in the last two weeks (as a result of the Egypt ‘crises’ pushing oil prices up, more?) Jk! :)

But seriously, if we are to really consider the plight of Egyptian people forward – these are the kinds of discussions that need to be had in the world – not OMG! Twitter and Facebook is their ‘answer’ to give Egyptians youthful population “True Democracy.” I mean puh-leaze! No one’s that naive!

Gosh I write this post about Saudi Arabia’s wealthy helping poor of the world more, while drinking a BUSHel of coffee via Morocco right here in Hollywood, California America’s fine Starbucks today. How ironic is that? If you care for Egypt’s youth – tweet this post Egypt’s way. ;)

[Photos via The Huffington Post]

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 2.12.11~



Thank goodness for , otherwise we wouldn’t know how Lindsay Lohan or Kim Kardashian really felt about Egypt’s change of management.

Thanks to twitter, now we all do. It’s weird, but yesterday in our Celebrity Wrap Up news section from Hollywood, I wrote the words post Lindsay’s dramas in court- “Lindsay Lohan gets a reprieve. An absurd sure-way to make US kids happy for the weekend. She’s like Egypt!

It was like her court drama over allegedly stolen gold (a piece of borrowed and mistakenly unreturned jewelry), was reflecting back to Egypt’s own situation with a dictator ruler that semi-suited Egypt for three decades with this nation’s mid-East aligned other leaders of the Word, but yet doesn’t any more.

When you look at this kid’s life (Lohan) at the hands of Hollywood, Lindsay is like many of the kids in Egypt. Their futures always unknown – before the revolution. At this time, possibilities to create new futures are where it’s at for Egyptian youth now. Possibilities have allegedly been increased for these kids now. The news tells us, this is exciting. Anyone with a heart can’t help but feel their excitement and not wish them the best paths forward.

I think maybe it’s a vibe Lohan’s feeling for Egyptian kids too, obviously. Either that, or Washington/ or Twitter Corporate is sending her good memo’s to post on twitter. Lol! Read the rest of this entry »



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 »



Spirit words, “The just shall live by their faith”–Martin Luther, Germany.

Visuals: Three Israeli gold rings, Star of David ring, with yamulke.

[This post especially for Alison Stewart saying hi, via email. ICU]

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California. 1.30.11~

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Posted by horiwood on January 31, 2011 in Art, Germany, Israel, Signs of The Times, Spirit



“All the world’s a stage” – William Shakespeare -playwright, poet, from As You Like It.

The front page of the New York Times is like an orchestra of orchestrated world news today. It’s doing a lot.

First up, a federal inquiry says the financial crises (they say 2008, but it’s still going) was avoidable according to a Federal study. The outcome of the survey (findings) blames the piglet ways of Wall Street culture, with The Federal Reserve also getting a wee smack on the hand too for not curbing it. Whatever!  Read it here.

Lebanon’s Hezbollah government taking shape, unrest in Egypt over Hosni Murabek’s nearly 30 year-rule, and Tunisia unrest news – somehow lands on the Times as a US foreign policy situation to now sort out. Read here. Of particular note in the story, this new news is sited as effecting Palestinians, who are no longer likely to make an more concessions in the Israel-Palestine negotiations talks. Meaning, Israel-Palestine is still the central jewel of politics in the world, due to Israel’s significance as a spiritual site in the Middle East. Isn’t it fascinating how Israel-Gaza as a strip of land, is the balance of world power relationships – in many ways. It’s like the gauge of many political issues and how they’re ruled on in the world. Quite powerful to observe in the news, really. If you live in Hollywood, you just know already that Natalie Portman (Jerusalem born who speaks Arabic) better win best Oscar this year, already!

Perhaps we need to do some more wikileaks leaks confessions – to calm that hot spot of the Middle East down a little? I say this today, because I have rolled out with Lebanese people for most of my life in New Zealand and Los Angeles, and they’re really cool people. Quite civilized with very sophisticated knowledge awareness of the world, I’ve found.

Locally in the US, President Obama is proposing a bipartisan effort to ‘out rule the world’ for the USA. Obama sights America’s future as being more important than winning the next election. Good positioning of issues that help unite majority in the USA.

Gun control in communities also gets some attention too. Fair Warning website covers The Times reporting that NCR have put the stoppers on gun research reports studies. Read here if interested.

Wow! That’s the latest on the agenda unfolding for the final week of January 2011. That’s quite a bit to think about, or not.

I’m kinda glad we covered Egypt-American news off on the blog already today. :)

If we’re going to look at Egypt politically (and not historically – or neither look at what Egypt symbolizes to many cultures spiritually) – we’d have to introduce two key words on a political front. Those being the words of those two things that are a little less ‘paper economy based’ like “oil” (or natural gas) oh…  and “gold … symbols of rule.”

Lofty (Rahm) is getting good press at the minute. Sending peace to Alexandria, Egypt today. Like, big time!

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 1.26.11~



As I blog today in Hollywood as a Maori Kiwi farmer’s raised country kid son, there’s a lot going on to deal with. Nothing is as simple as those country days, in a Cosmopolitan City like Los Angeles.

I get texts on my phone asking for a meeting with a Romanian-American kid whose discovered paranormal activity in Laurel Canyon, beneath the house with a pyramid on top of it, currently on the market for 3.5 million, “why wouldn’t Tom Cruise buy it?’ is the gist of texting. Why I would even go, I don’t know?

I know that the founding Native American Indian tribes of California used to meet in the Laurel Canyon area each year, seasonally and theater would occur between the convergence of tribes there – where they would reenact a year’s worth of tribal stories for each other as tribes, in shared song and dance narratives.

Hollywood in a way, is an evolution, of this tradition, but technology (cinema, film, media, mobile telephony) is the preferred medium to convey this tradition in the world now from California. As I’ve already told this kid that, I don’t feel like going.

There’s always going to be paranormal activity in the Canyon, until Native American Indians are invited back to do what they always did on Hollywood Hills and Canyon landscapes, as people. It’s just what they do and should be allowed to do as a sign of genuine belief in the origins of freedom of expression of America’s founding fathers, mothers and their children. That’s where the concept of American family begins as a narrative in the USA, in a celebrated and ongoing healing process that should be honored and respected too for all of America with Native American Indians being a vital part of that.

I had suggested to the kid to meet with Indian tribes himself if he was so concerned about the increase of paranormal activity in Hollywod, to see if there was any interest in that and to meet with the Mayor of L.A too to get it going on. He had looked at me like I was a total spinner, (I have the same thought each day too at times, so that’s quite okay) but it’s certainly much better than entertaining ghosts in the canyon, I think. Far smarter.

Pyramid worship here of the rich and famous and Free Mason society types aside here, I think Indians have their place in Hollywood as people on this landscape that should be honored and respected as honoring the roots of a nation’s peace and human rights record and pathway forward. So that’s the end of the texting saga as I turn my phone off. Peace is the greatest gift of all in California. Least we get confused at to what robs America’s peace, we need to learn to turn our phones off sometimes to have it.

Beside me to the right, the blonde girl in the cowboy tartan red and black cowboy, all wool shirt (too hot for California actually), cut off denim shorts and black fishnet stockings talks the need of “boundary setting with her new boyfriend” to her ‘Personal Gay’ friend. He just nods at everything she says, like he’s a tamed poodle or something. What’s up with that brainless trend?

A Mexican Aztec fashion designer, with sharp cheekbones talks to investors in the cafe today about how far $100,000 investments could go, and where that would take them. He’s 50 with little Richard eyeliner Aztec eyes. A fierce statement in today’s Hollywood. He’s not big on ‘speaking the English,’ he’s like “You give me $100,000 and this is what you get for that.” Yet there’s no denying that he knows his stuff in the new wave of the fashion apparel business in California. He’s a modern merchant of Cali’s fashion world as perhaps best denoted by his leopard, tiger markings-fused silk printed gypsy-esque scarf worn over his Aztec Indian jewelry. The look in his eye, tells his investors, that he’s fearlessly forging ways forward in the current economy. Good for him! A discerning confident spirit.

He wears an old school biker leather jacket with the words L.O.S A.N.G.E.L.E.S in white leather down each black sleeve and plenty of jean jewelry chain accessories.

Beside and opposite me, Mandel an Orthodox brother studies up on the Torah on his laptop and my African-American brother, Jey Lawrence sits too. Jey’s dad researched in the Warren Beatty, Julie Christie and Goldie Hawn Hollywood-popular era of the 70′s, Jey’s family history. He mapped his families tribe back to the Southern Nile of Egypt, hence Jeys Egyptian key, eye, double spears, skin-shield tattoos. He is very Barack Obama-esque today (the contemporary inked version) and watches college football keeping up with the next generation of sporting talent. Of course being in Hollywood weird things happen all the time in good ways. My last Hollywood post was about the Key of Ramses II fused with the prophet Isaiah’s words. Then Jey sits right next to me, with a version of Ramses tattooed on his arm. His version does look like Obama’s face a bit, and we laugh about that, because it’s true.

In addition, Jey tells me that the Maori haka is a big trend in college football. Where football teams perform the haka (Maori war dance) before their football matches. What is even more awesome though is when the crowd of spectators respond and do it too. Jay says American footballers love Maori culture because it is an expression of warrior-hood and tribalness that defines community, that football represents here at community level. The Maori haka resonates with America’s belief of strong warrior communities.

I can’t argue with that. Maori culture and tino rangatiratanga (the spirit essence of the culture) is all about that. It does think of protecting everyone, and ensuring everyone remains strong warriors in community. The haka is a visual expression of this aesthetic in effect. The haka – when performed properly, is always spiritual. Jey loves it.

Jey has moved from personal fitness training to now doing hair. He says it’s way easier to manage. We talk the concept of ‘hair lockers.’ Where Jey points out the beautiful twenty-something blonde girls in the cafe and says most of these girls have weaves, or hair tracks on their scalps. I’m so dumb, I’m like “no way!”. He’s like, “yes, they all do. California is hair capitol of America.” When they get their hair done, their old hair they take off their heads and they save it. Hence all these girls have what is called a hair locker in their bedrooms at home.

I say, well, Hollywood American girls are sort of like Native American Indians, collecting hair in that scalping tradition way then. Jey says, “not a good example. But yes. You’re right. Half of Hollywood is like that.” We laugh. Servite Football team of California are Jey’s favorite college football team’s fans, he says do the Maori haka the fiercest. They’re also big on Scottish music too. Must check them out. Jey reminds me of my brother-in-laws Lou, once bro-in-law Matthew, Richard and Eddie who all play touch rugby football. Some internationally too. Jey most looks very similar to brotha Eddie who is half Maori of the Tainui Maori tribe and half Tongan of the South Pacific.

‘Don’t be a stranger,’ Jey says off to his next appointment. Dude is so Warren Beatty of Shampoo movie days in 1975 Oscar winning history, minus the attitude. We had a good conversation today, with his permission to share it with you. Yes, feel privileged.

On any given day you blog in a cafe in Los Angeles, such things go on all around you in the real Hollywood.

I love it.

Today Malia gets top billing (pictured above), with her Maori koru design aesthetic from Aotearoa-New Zealand etched into her Young Hollywood scalp. She’s all fierce, smart, beautiful like a skinnier version of Missy Elliott, the rapper; having biz meetings with a blonde guy from the U.K with a Cockney accent whose convincing Malia to sign with him as her photographer/ manager.

She is beautiful, confident, quietly resolute. As I ask to share her winning look back to the good people of Aotearoa-New Zealand where her I.D is inspired from, (and with you all) she smiles big, turns side on and says “Wurq it Mah-ree peoples of New Zeeeeeland.”

Like that. Let’s go America! :)

As a New Zealander, I am that American footballers and supporters do the Maori-Kiwi haka of New Zealand. Just get on a plane every now and again and head down to NZ to see it performed live every now and again, for reals from the source of culture, okay? :)

What a fun day. I feel like I hung out at Hollywood’s version of The White House – Hollywood coffee bar today. Thankfully Aotearoa, New Zealand is so in that picture too. Fun.

[Gosh, that was perhaps the longest blog post header written ever!]

Music today is laid back mellow, as I think about Hawaiian sun, South Pacific palm trees and beautiful Aotearoa beaches, while listening to the Zac Brown Band ‘s song Toes brought to US by 5 Gum, while thinking that I’ve already done our celebrity news today in this one post.

I can imagine my Maori-Samoan cousin Eileen Taogaga grooving to this at the Helensville pub today near the Kaipara, on a mom’s friday night off in the ‘big smoke’ of Helensville as good country Kiwi folk do in any tight knit rural community, with the best green grass in the world, far across the waters on opposite sides of the Pacific Ocean of Malibu as I blog, from The City of Angels today.

~Cross cultural, living tukutuku weaving art on wood created at Melrose & Spaulding. Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 1.26.11. To everyone who contributed to this moment, thanks.~



The New York Times front page today contrasts Rahm Emmanuel‘s mayoralty hiccups in Chicago with Lebanon‘s new Prime Minister elect being picked by the Hezbolah. I grew up with a Lebanese family in New Zealand (5 generations of family friends now) who intermarried with Israeli people. Today was a significant day in Hollywood for me reading this front page.

What follows beneath our top ten is a story of an interesting woman. Her name was Abigail. As I go to The Abbey restaurant and bar sometimes in West Hollywood on Urban Sundays, I thought Abigail’s story as a key Peace keeper, was well worth a share today from the City of Angels.

Here we go, our top ten most interesting people of the celebrity entertainment news varietal today, as voted demoratically by you worldwide in Hollywood are:

1. One pic – When Chelsea Handler dated Ted Herbert

2. One pic – Before Natalie Portman was pregnant, engaged or Oscar nominated

3. Maori-Kiwi action star super heroes – taiaha art & kowhaiwhai prints appear in Hollywood

4. Lourdes Ciccone news

5. Justin Bieber & Selena Gomez

6. William ShakespeareMegan FoxPink‘s Brit tattoo-ed poetry

7. Jamie Lynn Spears, Casey Aldrige + Twitter

8. Top Cooks – Padma Lakshmi & Caroline Artiss

9. Jenelle Evans - teen mom growing pains news

10. TIE A: Keith Obermann is being cellard from MSNBC – a la Conan O’Brien

10. TIE B: Layla Nurrudin shares a mohawked shout out to San Francisco via Cali

This day in Hollywood was quite significant. Oscar nominees were announced. Today I met an Abigail too via France. Her namesake is listed in the books of Samuel (the first judge of Israel who doubled as the kingmaker of King David – a psalmist shepherd King). Abigail of Carmel was spiritual and described as being “beautiful and intelligent.” Her story can be read here.

The original Abigail of old, was wise, had a spirit of humility (chalk it!) and was a Peace maker. She lived a life free from the perks she ruled over. She fought mean-spiritedness with kindness. In trying circumstances, Abigail was a noble woman in spirit. To King David who was intent on getting revenge on his enemies (he was a bit hoha, a Maori word for done with trying to be fair), Abigail rode out to meet him on a donkey. These were her words in Hebrew, translated into English (Hebrew and Maori words follow too):

“The Lord your God will certainly make a lasting dynasty for my lord, because you fight the Lord’s battles, and no wrongdoing will be found in you as long as you live… Even though someone is pursuing you to take your life, the life of my lord will be bound securely in the bundle of the living by the Lord your God, but the lives of your enemies he will hurl away as from the pocket of a sling… May you not have on your conscience the staggering burden of needless bloodshed or of having avenged yourself.”

I thought Abigail of Carmel’s story was timely for the world today. Peace over War for the right reasons, as yet another key to live by and consider in the world. Because the story impacted me as light, I share it with you from Aotearoa-New Zealand in Hollywood, California. Centuries later, Abigail of Carmel is a celebrity in Hollywood today on this blog. What a fine individual she was.

Hebrew and words in Te Reo Rangatira follow  Read the rest of this entry »



Naomi Cambell goes topless for Elle Russia. Perhaps the lovely Naomi needed to swing by the Israeli owned, Metallica jewelry-fashion store in the Melrose fashion district of West Hollywood, to acquire some heavy jewelry for bubbala grown ups, before the supermodel’s rather seductive fashion shoot. Cali has fun street chic jewelry. Let’s wurq it!

Hollywood entertainment and celebrity news you like. Voted worldwide today, here’s our top ten. Thanks people.

1. Layla Nurrudin shares mowhawk-esue words of inner beauty for San Francisco & Santa Barbara

2. Hollywood HumorChelsea Handler loves the limelight more than animals or Dave Salmoni

3. Bieber & Gomez news takes no.3

4. Twitter -Jamie Lynn Spears & Casey Aldridge hit it for Team Britney

5. Richard Chandler of New Zealand has heat

6. Milana of New York serves up funny Won Ton Soup culture via LA

7. A vintage Eddie Murphy tee shirt at Suru, brings in his fans

8. The Horiwood Top Ten – 1.23.11 – Nicole Kidman & Jennifer Aniston shine

9. Rainbow Spirit Food Noah‘s story via Moses & American dance a la Sonya Tayeh & Craig Hollamon

10. Asset bubbles amnesia & the global economy – Europe conveys concern. WSJ goes, it wasn’t US. Lol! :)

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 1.24.11~



In Los Angeles, you meet the coolest people. Today I got flagged down by Kenmoria Wilson (a Mona Lisa Fashion Stylist) who is based at 360 Atelier Melrose. They’re the salon working late at night on celebrities weaves each day. The Rihanna neck stars tattooed on Kenmoria’s head are kinda poppin in a pop princess street-fashionista way, aren’t they?

Previously I was getting my hair cut by Princess Diana‘s hair stylist, now based in L.A from London – but after being persuaded so adeptly by Kenmoria – I’ve decided to switch it up and let the lovely K add hori hair and a hori head to her star-stylist mix of clients. This photo of Kenmoria, just starting her day. Cute.

Below – are images of ‘heavy jewelry’ at Israeli owned store Metallica on Melrose Ave. Like a tattoo, heavy jewelry offer a grounding sense of permanency in an age where people don’t feel like they have much. Jewelry is on the up in L.A. More and more people are being spotted with it again. Kinda hot really. Tusks are such a Scottish-Stewart-Cruickshank thing from centuries back… I guess this post is for Scotland then, today.



She said: I have a dilemma. It’s late and I really want this coffee, but I could be up all night if I do.

He said: Drink half, or have a hot chocolate instead.

She said: But I want it all though.

That’s how they met. She an Orthodox, Hebrew and Yiddish speaking Jewess, studying finance and Hassidic theology and philosophy. He a Maori-Kiwi living in L.A.  Her hair tucked beneath a Pretty Woman Julia Roberts wig on a Thursday night with a spirit so bright, she wanted children who would change the world.

Her intellect so pretty and fascinating. Her allure so forbidden, her beauty so other wordly and pure, she hurt.


[Chabad banner - Los Angeles - courtesy of Horiwood.Com]

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 1.21.11~



When you look at Natalie Portman as a rising star, you can’t help but have a sense that Nat just “get’s it.” She speaks several languages including Arabic and she’s so humble and gracious when she is given an award. As an artist and a person, she is prepared to cross-over and dialogue in others culture not her own. Stellar and intelligently normal stuff!

When she takes the stage, Natalie Portman’s tone conveys the weight of Hollywood’s history and the opportunity Hollywood provides as a global platform to serve the world well with a spotlight. Her spirit was pitched right on the night. Loved her! That Benjamin Millepied is one very lucky newbie actor, choreographer and ballet dancing guy! Portman is an Israeli global treasure.

She honors the creative process and has respect for her collaborators in it. It’s also amazing that Portman was ten years planned ahead with Darren Aronofsky for this golden moment – revealing how stars are made as well as born through talent and sheer hard work with amazing visionaries as supporters of artists unique gifts and talents – guiding stars like Ms. Portman through the maze that is Hollywood.

For all of you fashion victims (joking – I meant enthusiasts of art and beauty in garments) obsessing about Nat’s dress and hand embroidered red rose covered with Swarovski whatevers, Grazia Magazine has some quotes from Nat’s stylist, Kate Young that can be read here. Young muses ’Natalie doesn’t have a lot of patience. But… Natalie is beautiful and poised. It’s an opportunity to make the most beautiful pregnancy dress on the red carpet.’ Portman’s gown was created by Viktor & Rolf.

Here’s highlights of Portman’s beautiful speech.

[Photograph of Nat courtesy of Life.Com]

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 1.17.11~



Spirit thought for today on a very significant date 1.1.11:

וַתַּבֵּ֥ט עֵינִ֗י בְּשׁ֫וּרָ֥י בַּקָּמִ֖ים עָלַ֥י מְרֵעִ֗ים תִּשְׁמַ֥עְנָה אָזְנָֽי׃ :Hebrew

Te Reo Rangatira: Ka rite te tupu o te tangata tika ki to te nikau; ka rite tona nui ki to te hita i Repanona

English: The good-hearted person will flourish like a palm tree. They will grow like a cedar of Lebanon.

~This one going up in Hollywood in the ‘Nikau’ key of rugby football legend of the world, Mr Michael Jones on 1.11.11. Peace. Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA.~



Jerusalem-Israel born actor, Natalie Portman rocked out for the Palm Springs Film festival 2011 looking radiant and glowing. Soccer Mom Queen of Entertainment Victoria Beckham announces she’s pregnant for the 4th time. And the lovely Kate Middleton turns 29 today, the same age as Natalie Portman. Here in Hollywood your votes were vast and varied, diverse, intelligent, funny, nuanced and as always fun when selecting your favorite Hollywood entertainment and celebrity news.

New Zealand made a strong showing in the Horiwood house today on the Foreshore and Seabed, oceans, sea & beaches debate today. Looks like this one’s a hot potato to find peace, fairness and parity on. Here’s our top ten today then:

1. New Zealand Beaches - Getting real about the Foreshore & Seabed Act

2. Alan Grayson & President Obama on the Gabrielle Giffords shooting tragedy

3. World Newsy Bites – 1.5.11

4. Work ethic and English actors – 1.7.10.

5. FHM’S TOP 50 Sexiest Women in the World list

6. Daniel Pierce - an American youngster bettering himself as a screenwriter

7. Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez are friends

8. Tom Brady‘s Sports Illustrated cover

9. Olivia Wilde‘s see through beach bikini

10. Quick riser – Janelle Evans teen mom wears a green hoodie for her mug shot

Bonus Post: Jermaine Jackson for African Children.

A Link – Rugby Football World Cup 2011 Sports Support

[This image Ngunguru Beach at dusk via Ten New Zealand Beaches to Vacation At]

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA 1.9.11~



As I was observing the Jewish community gathering on my street, I was thinking how we don’t have many Jewish people in New Zealand. I grew up with some in primary school (grade school) and had one Jewish friend in college in writing class. Other than that, there weren’t that many Jewish people in my home town growing up.

I appreciate the Jewish community because if you look at world history, Jews are always living symbols of extraordinary survival and blessings. Many have what is called abiding wisdom – and I like that. I was thinking that in the coming years in Middle-Earth, we need some more.

Many Jews wear funny hats, like… all the time, it’s just their thing. Many don’t as well. I think more Jews visiting New Zealand or perhaps even deciding to live there too, is something that Ezra‘s generation would want in New Zealand in the upcoming future. I’m all for it. Now how can we make this happen, then? Good vacation deal packages perhaps? Or wait, they already exist.  :)

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 1.6.11~