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Be a reservoir via Hollywood of life for kids. To put it bluntly, 2 million kids die each year because clean drinking water is what 1/6th of the world still need.

Let’s flow. Thanks people.

[This photograph: Ethiopia]

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 12.26.10~

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Posted by horiwood on December 26, 2010 in Dakota Fanning, Dame Judi Dench, Dan Choi, Dance, Dancing With The Stars, Danica Patrick, Daniel, Daniel Craig, Daniel Day Lewis, Daniel Radcliffe, Danielle Deleasa, Danny Gokey, Darfur, Dave Dobbyn, David Arquette, David Banda, David Beckham, David Carradine, David Cook, David Foster, David Geffen, David Guetta, David Hasselhoff, David Letterman, David Spade, Dean McDermott, Death, Debbie Harwood, Debbie Rowe, deepika padukone, Demi Lovato, Demi Moore, Democracy, Denim, Denmark, Denni Parkinson, Dennis Hopper, Denzel Washington, Desirae Rogers, DESTINY'S CHILD, Diana Ross, Dina Lohan, Directors, Dita Von Tesse, Diversity, Divorce, DJ AM, Documentary, Dolly Parton, Dolphins, Domestic Violence, Dominic Monaghan, Don Draper, Don Johnson, Donald Trump, Donatella Versace, Doug Pitt, Doug Reinhardt, Doug Reinhart, Doutzen Kroes, Downtown LA, Drake, Drew Barrymore, drugs, Dubai, DUI, Dustin Lance Black, Dusty Springfield, Dwayne Johnson, Dwight Howard, Rachel Bilson, Rachel Hunter, Rachel Ray, Rachel Scott, Rachel Weisz, Rachelle Lefevre, racism, Rafael Nadal, Rahm Immanuel, Rain Hannah, Ralph Hotere, Reality TV Stars, Rebecca Romijin, Recovery, Red Carpet Film Premieres, Redmond O'Neal, Reese Witherspoon, Refugees, Reggie Bush, Regina Lasko, Reina Whaitiri, Rekindled Love, Remember When, Rena Owen, Renee Haines, Richard Branson, Richie Rich, Rick Astley, Ricky Martin, Rihanna, Ringo Starr, Rise Up, Rita Hayworth, Robbie Williams, Robert Buckley, Robert Downey Jr, Robert Ellis, Robert Gibbs, Robert Pattinson, Robert Schenkkan, Robert Sullivan, Robin, Robin Antin, Robin Soderling, Robin Thicke, rocco ritchie, Rock, Rock Stars, Roger Federer, Rolling Stone, Roman Polanski, Romance, Romania, Ronald Reagan, Roosevelt Hotel, Rove, Roy Orbison, Royalties, Rudolph Valentino, Rugby, Rugby World Cup, Rumer Willis, Rumors, Rush Limbaugh, Russell Brand, Russell Simmons, Russia, Rwanda, Ryan Gosling, Ryan Kwanten, Ryan O'Neal, Ryan Reynolds, Ryan Seacrest, Rye Rye, Water, Young Hollywood, Young Royals



~Here’s an uplifting Rugby World Cup 2011 song from Cindy Ruakere if ever you heard one. Let’s go New Zealand.~

When I was 18, I embarked on a nationwide tour for a year on the road 54 weeks, non-stop, as a back up singer. I was a joke, because I can’t really sing too well. However, the touring band liked my look and my team player spirit.

I used to have to sign autographs because kids (namely precocious teen girls with raging hormones) thought I looked like Jordan Knight from New Kids On The Block. As I was only a year or two older than them, to appease their fantasy, I signed my name as a touring “singer.” Nuts. It was the one time, I ever felt a little like a young Elvis.

Our forte was cross-cultural healing, preventing teen suicides, offering hope to rape victims and shaking churches, government agencies and community groups up with a mollywhoppin’ of reality upside the head, while being skilled ‘dawn treading demon crushers’ to boot (don’t ask what that means if you don’t know, but we were up at 5.30 many mornings, doin’ the work!).

We averaged 5 hours sleep a day, stole energy on the road from Moro Bars (chocolate) and Snickers bars too; while we moonlighted as a much loved band, who rocked each city, like the band Starship night after night after night. It was the tour that was never gonna end. Our run repeatedly got extended. Though grueling, it was a lot of fun too. On this tour, we were legend. I had forgotten. 

Here’s a blog comment from Louise Sadler - who was one of the band’s fans who became a friend who would travel to other cities outside her home town with a carload of pals to come and see us perform almost twenty years ago. [Louise, ICU]. Thanks for the message:

“Hi Sam, You so look the same. Infact you haven’t changed one bit to look at. You probably don’t remember me but you Emily and C made a huge impact in my life over Rise Up when you guys came through Kawerau. Mel & I have become really close friends over the years. Thanks for leading her to the Lord way back then. She’s in Epsom now and I live in Aus these days.

C told me where you were and so I am just checking out the blog. Do you have a FB page? Louise”

[For Louise and Rise Up posse: Apparently, yes, somewhere I am on FB. Thanks for the msg. Love u lots. Go Maoris in Kangaroo Country. You're winners. How could I forget you Louise, with those Maori brown eyes that see beyond the veneers of skin-shells, into the very lives and hearts of the broken hearted. And, amazingly enough, you can fix them too with your kindness, honesty and wise sensitivity and gentle, gracious spirit. I have always loved your work with people, rock on!]

And, here’s our top ten tonight.  With the thoughts: Live well. Eat well. Pray well. Sleep well. Invest well. Dream for future generations. Be the future. Always fight for love. 

1. Festive Fandom: A look at Lady Gaga fans

2. Ryan Seacrest and Julianne Hough romance anyway

3. The Queen of Malibu July 2010 is? 

4. When Oksana met Mel Gibson 

5.Taylor Lautner as Jacob Black 

6. Chelsea and Kendra 

7. Robert Pattinson @ Twilight 

8. Johnny Markoudakis

9. Lindsay Lohan has meticulous handwriting

10. Dinner at Hamburger Hamlet with Ruta Lee

[Music: Miss Ruakere singing, Here I Come, a song that Katy Perry would kill for to sing this Summer. Note to C: Hey Sunga! Punga Reihu Ataahua--howzit kare! Proud of U, Emily, Maureen, Mel (me whanau ma), Rob Packer and family and Anne Curry, U 2]

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 7.10.2010~


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