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USA IN A SHAP SHOT – 4.5.11 @ 12.20am

This is what is consuming America’s minds on Google-


Alright we need some light in this house… obviously! Press play on Leona Lewis above for that purpose. It’s nice to hear an artist who can actually sing, Right!

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 4.5.11~



… 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~



Love: A beverage of truth. A Love story Surfacing. Nothing is Confidential. Magic. Loyalty. Believe. Confidence: A Reservoir of Trust. A new way to see. Playing to win. Elevating the Core. Get in the mud. A reason to exist. Benevolence. Beyond the status quo. Bold moves. Pain: Whirlwind. A Lethal combination. Reverance. No silver bullets. I know this to be true. Hope: Truth in crises. A galvanizing moment. Nimble. Plan B. Stay the course. Courage: Innovate. Conviction. Connecting dots. Balance. Conscience. Winning. Ni Hao.

If you know who wrote these key words, inciting key attributes of #winning American culture that is proven by millions in the world, add the author’s name.


~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 3.31.11~

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Posted by horiwood on March 31, 2011 in America, Culture, Leadership, Light, Love, Seattle, Words



A religion that takes no account of practical affairs and does not help to solve them is no religion.–Mohandas Ghandi.

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 3.26.11~



“For the weapons of our warfare are not of this world. They are mighty through God, to the tearing down of strongholds.*”Paul The Apostle General on demobilizing death grip systems that enslave and dehumanize good peoples Life.


* a stronghold is a tower, city, nation, corporation, imagined community et al, secret (or open) society, built on the foundation of a lie or series of deceptions and manipulations.

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



Sometimes when a singer sings, they not only pierce the air but they pierce hearts with their beautiful sound. Singer Hayley Westernra talks about singing for Christchurch City, her hometown that is rebuilding after earthquake devastation.

Click on Hayley’s pic to be wowed. Lyrics to this hym originally penned by a slave trader in unenlightened times of world history, named John Newton (1725-1807) who wrote this song once he had an epiphany of how gibbing others in order to profit, was wrong, follow:

Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound,
That saved a wretch like me.
I once was lost but now am found,
Was blind, but now I see.

[TVNZ news footage screen cap photo- A grandmother listens to Hayely sing the words of this timeless hymn at Hagley Park Christchurch City]

T’was Grace that taught my heart to fear.
And Grace, my fears relieved.
How precious did that Grace appear
The hour I first believed.

Through many dangers, toils and snares
I have already come;
‘Tis Grace that brought me safe thus far
and Grace will lead me home.

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



“Grief is the price we pay for love”–Prince William quoting his paternal grandmother in Christchurch City today.

His speech is about fortitude and strength through kindness.

Courage and understated determination are the hallmarks of New Zealanders and Cantabrians.

From the reflected strength of Christchurch’s resilience of spirit as a community, the Prince sends his well wishes to Japan.

Click on Wiremu’s pic to view video footage of his adress to Christchurch City, brave survivors of a devastating quake.

He opens and closes his speech in Te Reo Rangatira – The Language of Chiefs, ending on “Kia Kaha, Be Strong.”

What a guy! What a speech delivered with resounding humility! Well done.

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



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~



You don’t have to be perfect to help others.–Gerard Butler in Hollywood.

The end of cancer, begins with research–UCLA’s JCCC scientific manifesto.

According to Just Jared, cigarette smoker, Gerard Butler has been quite busy this week. Butler ‘ stepped out for a good cause on Wednesday for the Have a Heart for Children fundraising event, which benefited families of children who are fighting cancer.

Nice one!

Kids fighting cancer are some of these young people. Click on their pics to make a difference if you’d like to. With nuclear reactors being in crises in Japan today and in light of Chernobyl increasing cancer in people affected by such events, Gerards press is very timely this week. Go Scotland.

In addition UCLA is doing good cancer prevention exploration. Go here to see that if scientifically motivated. Peace!

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



Squidoo features this artwork called A Candle in a Dark Room by artist Colin McCahon. I guess the sentiment is, though the wax on wax off factor may deplete in dark times… just shine a light.

Here’s 5 things we’re peeping in Hollywood in this minute.

1. Janet Jackson is wowing Canada right now. Go Janet!

2. Hone Tuwhare‘s poetry is so deep

3. Sonny Bill Williams is always good value

4. Joel Mchale sees himself as a future Ryan Seacrest

5. Ebony‘s hot girls

Artwork link via S.

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

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Posted by horiwood on March 14, 2011 in Art, Art Galleries, artist, Colin McCahon, Light



( 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~



Today I walked along the street this Hollywood sunny day. An old Russian-Jewish lady, not believing the news leaves bags of potatoes out for the homeless. She has twenty percent vision left in one eye. A dimming light of Hollywood, she is, she is, she is. Every morning her potatoes are gone. She has one eye, but it works good.

On our street, she is light. Who will replace her, when she goes?

100 yards from the house now, a lady asks me if I want to support Polish orphans abroad. A spinster perhaps, who never coupled. She looks happy and this is her way of staying happy. I give her the big thumbs up and say “right on!”

A 22 year-old Go-Go dancer, tells me, “we’re not children” in this America.  Coping takes many forms while people hang on. Perhaps, losing the 3rd Reich Jr. tone would help the USA no end. Jr. doesn’t realize they have this tone, yet it’s good to have opinions when you’re invincible and young. Beyond the bravado facade of youth, I know where crumpets are buttered best and also who has the best butter. As yet, this kid does not. Never travelled, but knows it all. The whole world awaits a growth curve then in America’s young. How exciting. Wrap up.

Along the street, people hang woolen scarves on their fences in tartan colors. It’s the home owners way of being funny in American neighborhoods of Hollywood. Those are gone every morning too. I love the American-UK humor-blend in effect. Colorful humor, with linear distinction in woven straight lines of wool. How wool can talk in distinct clear lines, at all, is one of the wonders of the Scottish people. Tartan was a very clever idea.

Today at the cafe, Rondee can’t find Boots. Boots is always going AWOL for 3 day stints. Co-dependency disguised as love is always tricky for these two inseparable love birds. Rondee heads up to the Hollywood Hills to sit on the deck and drink martinis. It’s Midday, so I decline the invite to join. I have a sense that Rondee is moving on, Boots or no Boots.

Today at the cafe, I notice that there is a growing anger in the air. Politeness is wearing thin. Fat is the new cool. Again. Only the happiest faces know this though. I wonder if all of the skinny people of California need to have a public demonstration of sorts to let all of the anger out of their thin and wiry bodies. I can’t think of an issue that would unite them all to do something community centered. It would go against, the very ‘individual concept’ they’ve built up for themselves, so I abandon that idea. Pronto.

As I blog close to Luis, my barista bro I open the newspaper and look at the latest sports cars ads from Europe. Va-zoom goes the boom boom boom silent sounds from the newsprint pages. I realize that people love to taunt other people from newspapers. But perhaps some new arrivals to California from the Middle East will look good in these cars as they acclimate themselves in Hollywood.  Wall street are quite impressed by fast cars I’ve noticed, even when crude oil is peaking.

The Pike River coffee tastes good today. Luis has outdone himself. What a good brew. I have already seen a star in action today, celebrity news all pales in comparison to a little old lady’s daily actions. With her holocaust history shining so bright, On our street, she is light. She is, she is, she is. Who will replace her, when she goes?

Here’s some Hollywood news today, being shared by you as a community online. Cheers!

1. The Anomaly of Kindness – What is Liberty in America?

Are you listening to Britney Spears new song? It’s a little morbid.

2. Ten Humanitarian blogs worth reading

Will Jessica Simpson be a good judge on The X-Factor?

3. Ohio has a flash mob thing for Glee

Matt Damon is not satisfied with President Obama -Republican parodying is lol!

4. Kris Jenner is a riot

Did Roseanne Barrs neighbors murder her goats?

5. Hillary Clinton & Maoris

Justin Bieber heats up country music with Rascal Flatts

6. JB on Vanity Fair

Courteney Cox does a Kim Kardashian too

7. St Selena gets to work

Adele in Canada news

8. Melissa Rycroft

Zooey Deschanel covers fashion magazines now

9. Aussie loves the lifestyle of California

Owen Abroad has a hot blog for the Middle East

10. CH CH news

From Poverty to Power – I’m a fan

Here’s a Gleeful face to brighten up the day in Little Russia then. Recognise this lovely lady?

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 3.4.11~



An Anomaly can be defined in many ways. Kindness is always the best one! Be kind. :)

To know people. To include people. To see others on an equal footing as ourselves, is being human.

When we lose the ability to do this, we lack love. Amnesty International ensures that love is at work.

Until we look a complete stranger in the face and say “you’re my brother” or “you’re my sister” because we are human, then we are children, pretending to be superior but merely hiding behind adult masks of material possession acquisition. To acquire without love flowing out as well, makes us lose our humanness.

Although new to this nation, I’ve welcomed foreigners into America. It has been a pleasure to do so, because in them I see a future I believe this nation needs.

America is changing. Rip your poker face off, and know the thrill of helping others in need in the world who need Liberty as much as we do. Just do it. I think it’s rather thrilling when we do. Many things being offered in America as being liberating, or freeing —  actually enslave. Yet, when we help others in need we demonstrate our liberty in full effect.

Liberty is always expressed by free people extending this concept and spirit to others. In a way, welcoming new people into a nation are liberty’s fresh waves – like a new moon’s tide a nation needs to replenish itself. Without Liberty, we stagnate.

Kindness is our compass of the heart that incites us to see others equally. I’m all for building an America based on kindness, equality and humility in recognition of the shared humanness complete in others, when we complete it. They also complete US.

Amnesty International do it all year round. Click on this pic to make a difference if you’re feeling it. Cheers!

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 3.4.11~



Once upon… a yellow bonnet poet Joshua Beckman writes groovy American poetry.

My pick today, In Colorado, In Oregon, upon. Thanks Josh.

In Colorado, In Oregon, upon
each beloved fork, a birthday is celebrated.
I miss each and every one of my friends.
I believe in getting something for nothing.
Push the chair, and what I can tell you
with almost complete certainty
is that the chair won't mind.
And beyond hope,
I expect it is like this everywhere.
Music soothing people.
Change rolling under tables.
The immaculate cutoff so that we may continue.
A particular pair of trees waking up against the window.
This partnership of mind, and always now
in want of forgiveness. That forgiveness be
the domain of the individual,
like music or personal investment.
Great forward-thinking people brought us
the newspaper, and look what we have done.
It is time for forgiveness. Dear ones,
unmistakable quality will soon be upon us.
Don't wait for anything else.

~Shared by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA as blog post no. 12607. Horiwood.Com is a 3,000,000 attained website, made in the USA. Peace!~



I can’t believe that the beautiful Helena Ataya, our family’s Lebanese “Sitty” of West Auckland is about to turn 100 soon.

She is the great oak of Lebanon once planted in West Auckland, Aotearoa New Zealand. Best friends with Elizabeth Cruickshank my war-widowed great grandmother and adored by my namesake Sam Sasser, a revolutionary footballer of the USA who lived on Marshall Islands archipelagos with his wife Florence and his two children Renee and Terrence. Sam loved Helena and her late husband George Ataya – a man full of laughter and joy – known as our ‘Jitty’ who had spent time in Egypt before arriving to New Zealand years ago.

Quite the dazzling light, Helena Ataya is loved be everyone. She is also much loved by the Smith and the Jones families as well, of Oak Ridge days.

She’s amazing and I love her! Go “Sitty!” Much love on your very special upcoming day.

Six generations of our family would have known her and her beautiful Kiwi-Lebanese family on her birthday. Sitty’s smile and sense of humor has always been sweetness and light. She’s always been the coolest!

Psalm 1 - They are like trees that grow beside a river, that bear fruit at the right time, and whose leaves do not dry up. They succeed in everything they do.”

Thanks Cherry and Aunty Janice for the message.

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



Freedom IXX

And a youth said, “Speak to us of Friendship.”

Your friend is your needs answered.

He is your field which you sow with love and reap with thanksgiving.

And he is your board and your fireside.

For you come to him with your hunger, and you seek him for peace.

When your friend speaks his mind you fear not the “nay” in your own mind, nor do you withhold the “ay.”

And when he is silent your heart ceases not to listen to his heart;

For without words, in friendship, all thoughts, all desires, all expectations are born and shared, with joy that is unacclaimed.

When you part from your friend, you grieve not;

For that which you love most in him may be clearer in his absence, as the mountain to the climber is clearer from the plain.

And let there be no purpose in friendship save the deepening of the spirit.

For love that seeks aught but the disclosure of its own mystery is not love but a net cast forth: and only the unprofitable is caught.

And let your best be for your friend.

If he must know the ebb of your tide, let him know its flood also.

For what is your friend that you should seek him with hours to kill?

Seek him always with hours to live.

For it is his to fill your need, but not your emptiness.

And in the sweetness of friendship let there be laughter, and sharing of pleasures.

For in the dew of little things the heart finds its morning and is refreshed.

[Poetry of Khalil Gibran of Lebanon from his body of work].

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 2.21.11~



And an orator said, “Speak to us of Freedom.”

And he answered:

At the city gate and by your fireside I have seen you prostrate yourself and worship your own freedom,

Even as slaves humble themselves before a tyrant and praise him though he slays them.

Ay, in the grove of the temple and in the shadow of the citadel I have seen the freest among you wear their freedom as a yoke and a handcuff.

And my heart bled within me; for you can only be free when even the desire of seeking freedom becomes a harness to you, and when you cease to speak of freedom as a goal and a fulfillment.

You shall be free indeed when your days are not without a care nor your nights without a want and a grief,

But rather when these things girdle your life and yet you rise above them naked and unbound.

And how shall you rise beyond your days and nights unless you break the chains which you at the dawn of your understanding have fastened around your noon hour?

In truth that which you call freedom is the strongest of these chains, though its links glitter in the sun and dazzle the eyes.

And what is it but fragments of your own self you would discard that you may become free?

If it is an unjust law you would abolish, that law was written with your own hand upon your own forehead.

You cannot erase it by burning your law books nor by washing the foreheads of your judges, though you pour the sea upon them.

And if it is a despot you would dethrone, see first that his throne erected within you is destroyed.

For how can a tyrant rule the free and the proud, but for a tyranny in their own freedom and a shame in their won pride?

And if it is a care you would cast off, that care has been chosen by you rather than imposed upon you.

And if it is a fear you would dispel, the seat of that fear is in your heart and not in the hand of the feared.

Verily all things move within your being in constant half embrace, the desired and the dreaded, the repugnant and the cherished, the pursued and that which you would escape.

These things move within you as lights and shadows in pairs that cling.

And when the shadow fades and is no more, the light that lingers becomes a shadow to another light.

And thus your freedom when it loses its fetters becomes itself the fetter of a greater freedom

[Photo via Wedgewood. Words via Khalil Gibran's written body of work. Typewriter via Aunt Elvira, Westwood, CA]

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 2.20.11~



I wee chat about empowering others, into pathways of democracy:

Is being on a website all people need to have to feel like they have ‘a viable sense of democracy?’ In some nations, that answer is a resounding “yes.” In particular Facebook’s dominance in Egypt, is revolutionizing the culture so much as a social website that people are really making Facebook a part of their family’s future. Literally.

The Associated Press reports today, “A new Egyptian father has named his daughter Facebook in honour of the role social media played in his country’s recent revolution.

Jamal Ibrahim told Al-Ahram newspaper his newborn’s unusual name showed how happy he was with Facebook’s part in organising protests across Egypt.

Thousands of protesters in January packed Tahrir Square and other cities in Egypt for 18 days calling for an end to President Hosni Mubarak’s 30-year rule.

Family, friends and neighbours have reportedly gathered around the newborn to show their continued support for the revolution they say started on the social networking site.

The newborn’s family is not alone in expressing their gratitude to Facebook.

The number of Facebook users in Egypt has grown to five million over the past month — more than any other country in the Middle East.

Some 32,000 groups and 14,000 pages were created after the January 25 revolution.

Graffiti sprayed across Cairo said “thank you Facebook” in the days after President Mubarak eventually bowed to public pressure and resigned.

The military government is also using Facebook to try and reach out to young Egyptian people.

But one internet blogger thinks the family may have gone too far in naming their daughter after the website.

“The internet as a whole should win the Nobel Peace Prize this year for all it’s done for democracy in the Middle East/North African region, but let’s not let this naming kids get out of hand,” the blogger said.

“I’d hate for little Facebook to have to share a classroom with a little AOL, or worse a little Yahoo!”

Although the story is very cute, you can’t help but sense that the billionaire’s of the world (Hosni Mubarak being a big one) are putting the new millionaire’s club to work (Mark Zuckerberg and friends) to act as ’magicians of online American corporate IT magic.’ These lads (mainly) are all having a little bit too much fun in Egypt, right now. Obviously. They’re very strong. Too funny!

Egypt is the model nation, all other nation’s in the Mid-East who may or may not, have a revolution too, are being shaped by invisible guiding forces to follow – like Facebook being an agent of influence, for example.

From a Humanitarian point of view, I can’t help thinking that it’s a shame Egypt can’t do their own version of Facebook like “Phoenix Book” or “Cleopatra’s Peoples Pages” or something. A new version of a social website that is more friendly to the Arabic language.

Surely, in a nation that’s natural gas and gold rich, Egypt could develop that social news website, that we in the US, are happy to access and share, equally by cross-pollinating websites as it’s possible for them to dove tail each other. Instead of Post Hosni Mubarak years, giving one’s entire cultural IP in the form of pictures, shared video links and most importantly a nation’s written words to Facebook – for free. Just a thought.

We are not mercernary in America. Why should a Hosni Mubarak hold the future of Egypt’s daily culture created and shared online, as a sacrifice to American IT companies. That does not sit well with me. So an Egyptian-owned Cleopatra’s People Pages social media website (that could be 50% US owned if an idea of democracy is preferred) would seem smart. When we joke about Egypt in the US because of Facebook, that’s not all that cool, when Egypt is 1/4 the size of the US. It’s like laughing at 1/4 of America for example, and that doesn’t sit very well with me. Watch this video to see what I mean via Funny or Die. Click on top Pic to view.

I just think there’s enough Arabic speaking, Mid-East and Egyptian-friendly people in the world, to get together, combine talents and preserves Egypt’s culture and heritage arts on an Egyptian owned social media site. That would be kinda smart.

Word for the day – What mercenary could mean – “A mercenary is a person who takes part in an armed conflict, who is not a national or a party to the conflict, and is “motivated to take part in the hostilities essentially by the desire for private gain and, in fact, is promised, by or on behalf of a party to the conflict, material compensation substantially in excess of that promised or paid to combatants of similar ranks and functions in the armed forces of that Party” (Additional Protocol I to the Geneva Convention of August 1949). A non-conscript professional member of a regular army is not considered to be a mercenary although he gets monetary reward from his service.”

If you’re Egyptian and you’ve temporarily forgotten how strong and beautiful your culture is, under duress, here’s a song just for you in Arabic as a reminder. You should have your own Facebook, so that cultural ignoramuses like me, can access it and see your stars. They’re pretty cool. :)

[Music - via Samo ZaenTwilit Dove at Side of Branch blog post, Hollywood]

[Pictures and Horiwood.Com - Hollywood archives]

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 2.20.11~



~Our love for oil and gold can enslave, with the things that will fade away. Yet the things of the Spirit, will remain ~ Hollywood super powers commentary today as spirit food.~

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the adversary’s schemes.

For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.

Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.

Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.

In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.

Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests.”–Paul The Apostle General.

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 2.13.11~



“For the world will fade away.

Still my song to You remains.

Only You will I adore…”

[Image - Mediterranean Ocean, Enric Adrian Grener]

~Psalmist’s Poetry ~ Adonai lyrics. Hollywood. 2.11.11~



[Photograph - A statue of Queen Hatshepsut, ancient Egypt's most famous female pharaoh courtesy of Getty Images.]

Last night I could not sleep. The plight of Egypt’s people weighed heavy on my soul and consciousness. Weird for a shallow celebrity blogger blogging Hollywood news I know. Yet this was the case last night for me, here in Hollywood.

To find peace and remembering that Daniel Hawkins of Aotearoa New Zealand had said hi on Facebook, I remembered Daniel an ancient Hebrew mystik. I turned to read his words. After reading these words, I had Peace of spirit, that the people of Egypt, irrespective of leaders of the world’s treatment of 79 million people at this moment in history, were all going to be okay.

Daniel’s words in Hebrew, Te Reo Rangatira (The Language of Chiefs) and English follow, in the form of his poetic prayer for a King who sought wisdom for his empire’s direction from a man who could see in the Spirit.  Read the rest of this entry »



On Facebook Egypt’s new blood generation: “The present revolt that has erupted across Egypt is in many ways historic and should take the nation into a hopeful future. Unexpected, even by the Egyptians themselves, is that this intifada is led by youth, the so-called Facebook children, with no religious or ideological agenda other than a better future for Egypt and the Egyptian people.”

On expensive military might with youthful energy working together: “these two forces of the youth and the military offer great hope for an orderly transition to a new Egypt.”

On what caused the revolt: “the power games… the lack of transparency among those who held power; and the phony elections that led in the last parliament to a majority by Mubarak’s party, effectively with no opposition.

The economics of a revolution: “The masses of the poor have been left behind, and the middle class has actually gone backward. Only the small elite at the top has benefited lavishly by exploiting the marriage between their political influence and the capital. The corruption resulting from this marriage and the constant demands for bribes by officials has further exhausted the tolerance of the people.”

On the peoples thirst for good education: “The education system, which is central to every Egyptian household’s hopes of progress, has deteriorated into a sad state that is far below Egypt’s standing in the world. The system failed in a big way, especially when I compare it with the one I personally experienced as a student in Alexandria in the 1960s. Moreover, scientific research in Egypt, which was ahead of South Korea, has now fallen to the tail of global rankings over the 30 years of the regime’s governance.”

Four Steps to Egypts Recovery: 1. Wise men and women writing a fair constitution offering liberty and based on human rights. 2. the justice system must be guaranteed freedom of autonomy. 3. Democratic elections, not like Florida recounts wanted. 4. Transition governance  - military to guard property and discourage crime while a new government forms. Murabek can exit a military hero as he always has been if peaceful.

To read more, go here.

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollwood California USA. 2.2.11~



I saw this sign today in Little Russia West Hollywood. It has a very cool message, well worth posting in Hollywood.

It reads – “From darkness into great light. From slavery into Freedom. From bondage to redemption.”

I was thinking that at face value, this message is a good one. Debt can be an enslaver. Or living a life behind facades that aren’t real or aren’t fun to live behind too can cost people life’s purpose. Or, just not being sure of the future can enslave the psyche with fear of the unknown. Or, being oppressed by rule you don’t want (as in Egypt’s case this week), means that we can also gain inspiration from this message via the Chabad community of Little Russia.

I know very little about Chabad people and their beliefs. In the last three weeks I have met a few members of this community. They are extremely over-conscience when discussing any issue in discussion. In the age of the sound bite, you need to be prepared to allow time for Chabad community members to share their wisdom. I like seeing their thought processes at work, before they conclude what they think in each moment on any major issue. They are raised to think. Deduce their own thoughts as unique individuals. Their thought processes are so fascinating. They are spiritual intellectuals. Like, fierce. Although a lot different to myself, I like their sincerity very much in Hollywood.

So far, I’m finding them to be nice people. It’s exciting really to meet people different to yourself. Where dialogue occurs, we learn new things, that are hopefully of benefit to our community. I am always thankful, they are open and share their culture with me, a guy from New Zealand living in Hollywood.

What a cool sign! If I hadn’t of gone down a side street a different way to the cafe than I normally go today, I would never have seen it.

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 2.1.11~



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 »



Kia Ora Crystal Rachel,

While your Uncle took a cigarette break from Hollywood blogging, two things happened. Outside Suru clothing store (a fun store) an abandoned bible lay open. Blowing in the wind, its pages were opened on the concrete pavement to these passages written by Moses.

I share them with you on my blog, as spirit food as one of your Hollywood moments via me. The passage is significant as I blog in Hollywood at a time where animals, birds, fish are being reported dead in the world in large numbers. In this climate, I felt that this is yours and John‘s promise, after your personal flood of fear.

Like a tohu (a spiritual sign of guidance), this moment is your own rainbow for your heart’s Peace as a mother of Aotearoa New Zealand. May your life always hold this promise over this beautiful nation, as a key keeper of Life. And for America too, if you’re feeling up to it. :)

A minute prior to leaving the Cafe I’m at today in the Melrose fashion district of West Hollywood, I saw this lady. A hot dance choreographer of America and Los Angeles I have seen many times on TV. She is the one and only, Sonya Tayeh. Like you, she is extremely talented with a wonderful personality. I asked her to pose for a photograph for you as I’d heard you’d had a wee shock in hospital. She said “Cool, I know what to do for that.”

She grabbed her boyfriend, Craig Hollamon, pictured who is an “amazing dancer and choreographer” also. Craig could look a bit like your brother Bradley James. Especially when Brad was a baby. One of your great great grand Uncle’s (father’s name) had a Craig in it somewhere. Here’s that picture. And here’s a dance for you, as spirit food too, for your own beautiful dance of life.

I love you. Mauri ‘Ola He Wahine o Te Ngakau Reka. Let’s keep life fun and always inspiring and colorful. :)

Here’s one to watch – Hallelujah by Sonya Tayeh as danced by Alex Wong – Watch here.

Above - Arcadia by Ellenore Scott & Ryan Di Lello.

Artwork – Dove by Holly V Hoof.

[Thanks Sonya and Craig].

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 1.23.11~



Photo caption – Brett’s Palm Tree – Melrose & Stanley.

Yesterday, when getting cigarettes at Chevron that are so bad for you, a guy said to the Indian Chevron owner, “Did you know if Mother Teresa was still alive today, she’d be 100 f*cking years old.”

Hearing this sentence strung together like that was so odd – yet the mention of a little old ladies name made everyone in the cue, better people, just thinking about what he said.

Mother Teresa is dead, yet we are not. That was his point. Very cool.

Hollywood entertainment news you love and are sharing via social media today from Hollywood are:












Hollywood movies currently - FRONT PAGE – USA TODAY 1-21-11


A Born This Way thought in Hebrew and Te Reo Rangatira today -

בְּטֶ֨רֶם בַבֶּ֙טֶן֙ יְדַעְתִּ֔יךָ וּבְטֶ֛רֶם תֵּצֵ֥א מֵרֶ֖חֶם הִקְדַּשְׁתִּ֑יךָ נָבִ֥יא לַגֹּויִ֖ם נְתַתִּֽיךָ׃

Kiano koe i hanga e ahau i roto i te kopu, kua mohio ahau ki a koe, a kiano koe i puta mai i te puku, kua whakatapua koe e ahau; kua whakaritea koe e ahau hei poropiti ki nga iwi.

To make a difference to Brett, visit him on Melrose & Stanley. You can’t miss his Palm Tree. And to help the homeless of Los Angeles, go here to learn more – check out Food On Foot. Cheers!

Teen mom’s champion celebrity image today via Our Journey Blog. This blog post written in the tradition of Jeremaiah – a scribe whose legacy is still being replicated today – even from Hollywood. Woot!

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 1.22.11~



USA today notes that Hollywood is obsessed about ‘fables of a darker fare.’

In particular they note ‘familiar tales with more action, sensuality and wickedness.’

That and football sporting action take the front cover of USA Today.

I could quite possibly be wrong, but my gut instinct tells me what the world needs from America is more light. Come on Hollywood – let’s give the world lighter stories.

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