Saturday, January 21, 2012


21 - Jan - 1981Izabella Miko   (30)
21 - Jan - 1976Emma Lee Bunton   (35)
21 - Jan - 1963Hakeem Olajuwon   (48)
21 - Jan - 1956Robby Benson   (55)
21 - Jan - 1956Geena Davis   (55)
21 - Jan - 1947Jill Eikenberry   (64)
21 - Jan - 1942Mac Davis   (69)
21 - Jan - 1941Placido Domingo   (70)
21 - Jan - 1940Jack Nicklaus   (71)
21 - Jan - 1939Wolfman Jack   (72)
21 - Jan - 1925Benny Hill   (86)
21 - Jan - 1924Telly Savalas   (87)

Friday, January 20, 2012


Marion Pellicano Ambrose

 Sassy Water is the signature drink of the bestselling Flat Belly Diet! It claims to help melt belly fat. I figured, what the heck, I’ll give it a try.
Drinking enough water each day is a must to maintain your body’s proper fluid balance and guard against water retention (another tip: avoid high-sodium foods). Staying hydrated also helps prevent constipation, which can cause bloating. Here are other Sassy Water benefits:

• The ginger in Sassy Water helps calm and soothe your GI tract.

• It’s a heck of a lot perkier than plain old water—and makes a great substitute for high-calorie, sugary drinks and carbonated beverages (where do you think those bubbles end up? In your belly!)

• The simple act of making Sassy Water every day will help you focus on the task of losing weight.

• If you don’t like some of the ingredients or can’t have them for health reasons, just leave them out and you’ll still reap the debloating benefits. The key is to be sure that you’re consuming an adequate amount of water daily.

Here’s the recipe:

2 liters water (about 8 1/2 cups)

1 tsp freshly grated ginger

1 med cucumber, peeled and thinly sliced

1 med lemon, thinly sliced

12 small spearmint leaves

1. Combine all ingredients in a large pitcher and let flavors blend over­night in the fridge.

2. Strain the ingredients out of the water the next morning and drink all 2 liters by the end of the day.

I’ll let you know how it goes. I’m also following Atkins (no carbs) which works pretty well for me if I really stick to it. I’m determined to lose 35 pounds by the end of April for my daughter’s college graduation! If I do, I’ll post a before and after picture. If I don’t, I’ll post a picture of me in a pig mask! How’s that for incentive!


Kids and parents need to take note! High school kids, especially high school kids seeking a Division I scholarship to play football, should probably lay off the Twitter/Facebook.

Michigan abruptly stopped recruiting Don Bosco Prep star Yuri Wright,  was the No. 3 cornerback out of New Jersey. He tweeted using some sexual and racist comments. His high school has suspended him as well.

Before you tweet or post something use the ten second rule....and NEVER post anything that will bite you in the ass in the future!!!


HE SAID.... "I'll Get It!"

Tony Walker
Phone sex... Fun for some, taboo for others...

I know 2 couples who split up as a result of phone sex. One the husband was addicted to it & spent way too much money on it, the other where the wife was doing it with a guy she knew & the relationship went beyond the phone. Crazy!!

I have a friend who used to be a phone sex operator. She claims she once got a call from a guy who turned out to be someone she graduated high school with! Now THAT'S crazy!

I've done it. It doesn't replace the real thing but it was fun.
I wonder if Skype will be the new way to go!

Tell us what you think. Have you ever had phone sex?
Do you think it's a form of cheating?
Do you think it's a strange thing to do?


Barbara Ward-Finneran

Making peace with your past.

Gathering a child in your arms and hugging them just because!

Holding your tongue.

Knowing what you want, and wanting it bad enough to work to make it happen.  

Random acts of kindness.

Knowing when to splurge.

Keeping the promises that you make to yourself!

Thursday, January 19, 2012


Marion Pellicano Ambrose

Single women of the world, you may have another chance
People magazine is reporting that Johnny Depp and Parisian actress/singer Vanessa Paradis, his love of 14 years, are on the verge of a split. The couple have 2 children together- Lily Rose (12) and Jack (9). Since they moved to LA from their private love nest in the Plan-de-la-Tour region of France, things haven’t been quite right.

Johnny showed up at the Golden Globes alone, and after a brief  presentation on stage, left the awards. He also showed up alone last may when he attended the Cannes Film Festival to promote the 4thPirates of the Caribbean movie. That event was only miles from the couple’s estate.

  Despite their lack of red carpet appearances, the pair recorded a song together in November, a tribute to French crooner Serge Gainsbourg. The couple have also publicly discussed making their first film together, My American Lover, a biopic about French feminist philosopher Simone De Beauvoir.

Johnny Depp is a talented American Actor who has played a wide variety or characters and roles. Here is a list of his movies:
Johnny Depp Movie List (
  • Hugo Cabret (2011)- M. Rouleau
  • The Rum Diary (2011)- Paul Kemp
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011)- Jack Sparrow
  • Rango (2011)- Rango / Lars
  • The Tourist (2010)- Frank Tupelo
  • Alice in Wonderland (2010)- The Mad Hatter
  • Public Enemies (2009)- John Dillinger
  • The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009)- Imaginarium Tony #1
  • Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007)- Sweeney Todd
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End (2007)- Jack Sparrow
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest (2006)- Jack Sparrow
  • Corpse Bride (2005)- Victor Van Dort (voice)
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)- Willy Wonka
  • The Libertine (2004)- Rochester
  • Finding Neverland (2004)- Sir James Matthew Barrie
  • And They Lived Happily Ever After (2004)- L’inconnu. The DVD title is ‘Happily Ever After’.
  • Secret Window (2004)- Mort Rainey
  • Once Upon a Time in Mexico (2003)- Sands
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)- Jack Sparrow
  • From Hell (2001)- Inspector Frederick Abberline
  • Blow (2001)- George Jung
  • Chocolat (2000)- Roux
  • Before Night Falls (2000)- Bon Bon / Lieutenant Victor
  • The Man Who Cried (2000)- Cesar
  • Sleepy Hollow (1999)- Ichabod Crane
  • The Astronaut’s Wife (1999)- Commander Spencer Armacost
  • The Ninth Gate (1999)- Dean Corso
  • Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998)- Raoul Duke
  • The Brave (1997)- Raphael. Depp also directed this film.
  • Donnie Brasco (1997)- Donnie Brasco / Joseph D. ‘Joe’ Pistone
  • Nick of Time (1995)- Gene Watson
  • Dead Man (1995)- William Blake
  • Don Juan DeMarco (1994)- Don Juan
  • Ed Wood (1994)- Ed Wood
  • What’s Eating Gilbert Grape (1993)- Gilbert Grape
  • Benny & Joon (1993)- Sam
  • Arizona Dream (1993)- Axel Blackmar. The film is also known as ‘The Arrowtooth Waltz’.
  • Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare- Guy on TV
  • Edward Scissorhands (1990)- Edward Scissorhands
  • Cry-Baby (1990)- Cry-Baby
  • Platoon (1986)- Lerner
  • Slow Burn (1986- television movie)- Donnie Fleischer
  • Private Resort (1985)- Jack
  • A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)- Glen Lantz

MARKY MARK....seriously??

Do you think Mark Wahlberg's
Dawn Boyle

Yo it's about that time to bring forth the rhythm and the rhyme
I'm a get mine so get yours I wanna see sweat comin' out your pores....

Who's sweating now....
In a magazine interview, Mark Wahlberg said: "If I was on that plane with my kids, it wouldn't have went down like it did.

"There would have been a lot of blood in that first-class cabin and then me saying, 'OK, we're going to land somewhere safely, don't worry.'"

One widow of a 9/11 victim had called the comments "disrespectful".

After making the comments in Men's Journal magazine, the 40-year-old issued a formal apology.

"To speculate about such a situation is ridiculous to begin with, and to suggest I would have done anything differently than the passengers on that plane was irresponsible," he said.
"I deeply apologise to the families of the victims that my answer came off as insensitive. It was certainly not my intention."

Marky Mark, started acting in 1993. He is now promoting his latest movie Contraband, a thriller in which he plays a former smuggler forced to protect his brother-in-law.

He has also produced TV shows like Entourage, In Treatment and Boardwalk Empire. I am a firm believer in freedom of speech, but sometimes it's better to stick to being a hero on the big screen. I think that many people in Hollywood should stick to their day jobs.

OH....and I would love a MARKY MARK and the FUNKY BUNCH reunion! YO! IT'S ABOUT THAT TIME!


Tony Walker
Here's a situation we've all been in before.
"I hate you!"
"Your best is not good enough!"
"I never wanna see you again!"
These & many more are the things we say but usually don't mean. Most of the time we say these words to the people we care about the most & regret it immediately after we say it.
Recently, someone very important to me was arguing with me. Sure enough the "I hate you" came out.
It stopped me dead in my tracks. A part of me knows this person didn't mean it but another part of me wonders what led this person to say it.
Does this person harbor some heavy negative feelings about me? How can my friend be so mean?
I'll admit that it messed with my head. 
What bothered me even more was the half ass apology I got. Maybe it's me but if I say something like that I'm doing some heavy ass kicking for awhile.
Tell us what you think. How do you feel when someone says something like that to you? What do you do when you're the one who said it?

Wednesday, January 18, 2012


Marion Pellicano Ambrose

Almost 7,000 websites are protesting in some form today, against the US House of Representatives “Stop Piracy Act” and the Senate’s “Protect IP Act”. Some are going dark, while others are posting protests. Just this morning, I had 3 different posts condemning these 2 pieces of legislature.

Some of the sites firmly protesting are: Wikipedia, Google, Reddit, WordPress, TwitPic, Cheezburger, BoingBoing, several gaming companies including Minecraft, and Mozilla, source of the Firefox web browser. Wikipedia, BoingBoing and Minecraft have gone dark. Others, like Google, are displaying home page illustrations or visual statements about censorship and urging visitors to contact their elected representatives.

 Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas), sponsor of SOPA, responded to Wikipedia going black: “It is ironic that a website dedicated to providing information is spreading misinformation about the Stop Online Piracy Act. The bill will not harm Wikipedia, domestic blogs or social networking sites. This publicity stunt does a disservice to its users by promoting fear instead of facts. Perhaps during the blackout, Internet users can look elsewhere for an accurate definition of online piracy.”

Senator Marco Rubio rescinded his support of  The Protect IP Act (PIPA).Rubio joined a growing number of elected officials from both parties who are distancing themselves from, if not outright condemning, PIPA and the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA). The bills have been attracting an increasing amount of criticism over the past few weeks, but this level of exodus began after the White House signaled on Saturday that it wouldn’t support the bills.

SOPA and PIPA are both designed to prohibit servers from accessing websites “dedicated” to copyright infringement, and make websites liable for hosting pirated material. Media companies, who claim that piracy is costing them money and forcing layoffs, are the biggest supporters of the bills. The bills have come under intense scrutiny both for their possible implications in web censorship and for putting the United States in a position of policing an international realm. Rubio now says he worries about the ramifications of PIPA on the freedom and agility of the internet.

WILL CINQUE TERRE SURVIVE? You Can Help Tell Their Story

You may have heard about the Cinque Terre and its five, picturesque, tiny coastal villages, in Italy. Cinque Terre is made up of five once-remote villages along Italy’s Ligurian coast.  You may have been there and hiked the trails that connect them. Maybe you've heard about, or even tasted, the rare, unique dessert wine made there called Sciacchetr√†.

But what you might not know is that the ancient wine and other traditions of these villages may be about to vanish in the wake of rising tourism, political upheaval, and most recently, a terrible natural disaster.

Sharon Boeckle and Krista Lee Weller are two independent filmmakers of Harvest Films who came together in 2008 and traveled to Italy to document the unique traditions of Cinque Terre's 5,000 residents and their efforts to achieve sustainable tourism amid a staggering tourist onslaught. In recent years, the region has gained international fame for its unique beauty, drawing in 3 million visitors annually.

Directors Sharon Boeckle and Krista Lee Weller set out to document the decade-long measures that had been established by the Cinque Terre National Park, measures intended to balance modern-day ecotourism with the preservation of the Cinque Terre traditions and culture, most notably its winemaking tradition. After recording the stories of residents and documenting the process of becoming a UNESCO site, their filming wrapped in 2010.

But only two weeks after the film crew wrapped shooting in 2010, the Cinque Terre National Park was thrown into political upheaval and most of the programs designed for preservation were eliminated or changed. One year after that, this past October 2011, two of the five villages were nearly destroyed in flooding and landslides, leaving the citizens in a race against time to re-open for the 2012 tourist season, upon which their livelihoods depend.

These tragic complications have now brought these filmaking women to a race against time to return to Italy and document the villages, their citizens and the challenges they are facing now.

The documentary film Vendemmia began as a story about the Cinque Terre’s efforts for sustainable ecology, environmental preservation, and eco-tourism.  It’s ending up as a story questioning its future. That's the story the directors need your help to share.

It's not too late. Not yet.
Harvest Films has turned to crowd sourcing, asking lovers of Italy to help them tell the story of this incomparable bit of Italy. Donations will be used to fund the documentary and release the film to a wider audience. Sharon & Krista, independent and self-funded filmmakers, have raised over $3000 in a Kickstarter campaign which has received support from as far away as Europe and Australia. Anyone can donate, as little as a few dollars or as high as a few thousand, and receive DVD copies, signed film posters, and even a stay at a B&B in Tuscany in exchange for their generosity.

All donations will be used directly to fund the return to finish filming. For more information on how you can help to finish the documentary Vendemmia, and tell Cinque Terre’s story to the world, visit the Kickstarter page to read more about the project and make a donation before the deadline on the 31st of January.
Please follow the links below to watch the trailer and make a donation to help.
Follow the awesome journey on Facebook


Dawn Boyle

As per Wikipedia.....

The common cold (also known as nasopharyngitis, rhinopharyngitis, acute coryza, or a cold) is a viral infectious disease of the upper respiratory system which affects primarily the nose. Symptoms include a cough, sore throat, runny nose, and fever which usually resolve in seven to ten days, with some symptoms lasting up to three weeks. Well over 200 viruses are implicated in the cause of the common cold; the rhinoviruses are the most common.

I am forty one years old. I have delivered two children. I have survived a few surgeries...but yet I have been crippled for what could be the 360th time I have had....a cold.

This past Friday night, my area was in the midsts of a severe windstorm..okay, it was not a "named" storm, but it did manage to pull two of my FOREVER doors and interior doors off their jambs and twist them like pretzels. Limbs were down, rumor of a possible tree around the block, per the rumor mill in my house aka, my kids. My backyard patio furniture was scattered around like it was intentionally thrown in every direction. Wait rewind....why in the middle of January is the furniture still out? Wasn't it put away for Hurricane Irene??? I will have to get to the bottom of that with my husband....I mean, I have been told that I am in charge of keeping up the inside of the house because he tends to the outside...I guess it must be stressful writing out that check to Leo's Landscaping...hmmm. Anyway back to my story. As I attempted to secure the full glass doors that were slamming against the sides of my house I felt it...

Tuesday, January 17, 2012


Barbara Ward-Finneran

Transform your life, by believing that can live up to your unique and limitless potential. All that you have the courage to dream, is yours for the taking, if you dare to create the actions to make it possible - one goal at a time. 

If you want it, boldly and decisively make it happen!

Keep the promises that you make to yourself!
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WANNA LAUGH?!?!?! Marriage Changes things......

The bride tells her husband, "Honey, you know I'm a virgin and I don't know anything about sex. Can you explain it to me first?"
"OK, Sweetheart. Putting it simply, we will call your private place 'the prison' and call my private thing 'the prisoner'. So what we do is: put the prisoner in the prison.
And then they made love for the first time.
Afterwards, the guy is lying face up on the bed, smiling with satisfaction.
Nudging him, his bride giggles, "Honey the prisoner seems to have escaped."
Turning on his side, he smiles. "Then we will have to re-imprison him."
After the second time they spent, the guy reaches for his cigarettes but the girl, thoroughly enjoying the new experience of making love, gives him a suggestive smile, "Honey, the prisoner is out again!"
The man rises to the occasion, but with the unsteady legs of a recently born foal.
Afterwards, he lays back on the bed, totally exhausted.
She nudges him and says, "Honey, the prisoner escaped again."
Limply turning his head, He YELLS at her, "Hey, its not a life sentence, OKAY!


Tony Walker
How are women and tornadoes alike?
They both moan like hell when they come, and take the house when they leave! over this!

Kim Kardahsian will you marry

Seems that Mr. Humphries wants to set the record Straight....claiming that his proposal to Kim Kardashian was staged. She wanted it during the day for better lighting. When will this end???


Costa Concordia is the largest

At approximately 9:30 pm local time on Friday, January 13, the Costa Concordia struck an underwater rock formation off the west coast of Italy, tearing a 160-foot-long hole in the ship's hull. The vessel began taking on water and power outages spread throughout the ship.

Almost immediately, the vessel began to list, sending plates, glasses and other objects in the full dining rooms crashing to the floor. Alarms sounded and passengers were informed that there was an electrical problem that crew members were working to fix. It quickly became apparent to passengers and crew members that this was not merely an electrical problem, and those onboard began a frantic evacuation of the ship.

Some lifeboats were launched, but due to the severity of the ship's listing, it soon became impossible to launch more. Some passengers jumped from the ship into the cold water and swam to shore, while others clung to railings or other objects on the ship until the arrival of fishing boats and ferries that responded to the emergency. Some passengers were trapped in more precarious or isolated positions and were eventually hoisted aboard helicopters.

The ship continued to lean until it finally came to rest on its side, about half submerged, approximately 200 feet off the coast of the small island of Giglio, Italy.

There were more than 4200 passengers and crew onboard the Concordia and as of this writing, six are known to have lost their lives, dozens are confirmed injured and there is confusion as to the number still missing, with reports ranging from 16 to 29.

Firefighters and scuba divers began search and rescue operations early Saturday morning, and on Sunday morning -- more than 24 hours after the ship first hit the rocks -- two young South Koreans on their honeymoon were rescued from their cabin and a senior member of the ship's staff (see below) was rescued from the third deck.

The treacherous search-and-rescue operation has been suspended at least once due to worsening weather and concern that the ship could slip into much deeper water nearby, trapping rescuers onboard.

The Costa Concordia was built in 2006 at a cost of about 450 million euros (USD $569 million at current exchange rates). With 13 decks, the vessel towered 100 feet above the water and is nearly 1,000 feet long. It carried the very latest navigation and safety equipment, and the obvious question is, "How could this tragedy have happened?"

There are conflicting stories as to exactly what happened and why, but statements from both the cruise line and Italian government officials point to human error. An early Costa Cruises statement reports that "there may have been significant human error on the part of the ship's master, Captain Francesco Schettino, which resulted in these grave consequences."

The captain has been arrested and charged with manslaughter, shipwreck and abandoning ship.

Fortunately, the ship's black boxes contain the technical data and conversations from the bridge that should allow the facts to come out. It may take months to conduct the investigation but I will cover the findings in this newsletter as soon as they are released.

In the weeks ahead, news media will carry the personal accounts of fear and chaos from passengers and crew as they struggled to abandon ship. We will hear of the kindness of the people of Giglio, who opened their homes and schools and churches in the middle of the night to provide food and clothing and shelter to strangers dropped abruptly on their doorsteps.

There will be stories of heroism, including that of the ship's chief purser, Manrico Gianpetroni, who reportedly aided the escape of dozens of people before breaking his leg in a fall. He was found and rescued from deep inside the vessel nearly 36 hours after the ordeal began.

Cruise lines carried more than 15 million passengers in 2011. The industry is highly regulated and passenger safety is the number one concern of all cruise lines. Hopefully, as the cause of this tragedy becomes clear, new systems and procedures can be put into place to prevent an accident of this kind from ever happening again.

Our hearts and prayers go out to the dead and missing and injured, and to their families.

This letter I received from Vacations to Go....

GETTING OUT OF THE ZONE....the "friend" zone

Tony Walker

"I love you like a brother."
I swear to God if I hear that one more time I am going to..... going to..... to.... I'm gonna do something damnit!
That's one comment that I've heard so many times & I've never understood it.
What's with you ladies??? You want open & total communication but when we do that, we get too close, so the relationship turns into a brother/sister type!!
Remember Billy Crystal in "When Harry Met Sally?" Over & over he said, "Women & men can't be just friends." Right or wrong, no matter how close you are to the guy he is most likely willing to get naked with you. The reason he got so close to you in the first place was because he wanted to have a romantic relationship with you!!!
"Wow.... what a nice girl. I would like to be like a brother to her." If you tell me you know a guy who has said this, I want his name & number!
You love me like a brother from another mother? Great! Give me some money! Let me borrow your car! What's in the fridge? Give me a break. If you love me like a brother, at least set me up with your best friend!
If you love a guy that much, if he's that nice, won't he make the best boyfriend/husband? You must have one hell of a connection with him if you're that close. 
Please explain this one to me ladies.

Monday, January 16, 2012


Marion Pellicano Ambrose

I’m no fashion expert, but everyone is entitled to their opinion. These are my picks for the best and the worst from the red carpet for the 69th Golden Globe Awards.

My absolute favorite was Penelope Ann Miller in a classic, wine gown with a beautiful small train. Crisscrossing across the chest, and accented with a diamond choker, Penelope looked elegant, regal and gorgeous!

 2nd Best:
Lea Michele arrived in great style wearing a shimmering silver gown with a lacy back design. It fit like a glove and gave her a sleek, cultured look. Her short, stylish haircut was perfect for the full effect of the dress.

Belinda Montgomery, what were you thinking? The plain black chiffon underneath might have been nice, but the bluish gray coat, that didn’t quite fit, had to go!

2nd Worst:
Such a pretty lady and such a plain, cheap looking dress! Naya Rivera would have looked beautiful in anything, except this gray potato sack.

Finally, I have to mention the best dressed male at the Golden Globe:
The winner- Uggie the dog from “The Artist”!

Who was your “best and worst” from the Red Carpet? We’d love to hear if you agree or disagree with our picks. Feel free to comment!


Marion Pellicano Ambrose

This weekend we celebrate the life and world changing accomplishments of Dr.Martin Luther King Jr. He was a man of action, but a man of peace. What better way to commemorate this great man than to challenge young people to come up with a service project that honors the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. beyond a one-day celebration or the “I Have a Dream” speech.

The challenge, organized by the Haas Center for Public Service with support from the Martin Luther King Celebration Committee and the Educational Resources Division of the Office of the Vice Provost for Student Affairs was designed to encourage students and student groups to plan and implement service projects that extend the celebration and work of King “beyond one day of service, beyond one day of honor and beyond one month of celebration.” A panel of faculty and staff evaluated the proposals based on the depth of thought or reflection on King’s life or message; creativity, innovation and impact; collaboration, partnership, new audience engagement and new participants; creative marketing and visibility and management of financial resources.

The winning projects were:

“Hope to Life,” a project submitted by freshman JESSICA REED, who plans to conduct videotaped interviews with Stanford students and faculty to find out how they use their education to bring hope to their lives and to the lives of others. Reed plans to share these interviews with high school students and begin a discussion about how they can use education to fulfill their own dreams.

“Dr. King’s principles root deeply in my goal for this project,” Reed wrote in her proposal. “He once spoke to a group of middle school students in Philadelphia, saying, ‘Whenever a building is constructed, you usually have an architect who draws a blueprint, and that blueprint serves as the pattern, as the guide, and a building is not well erected without a good, solid blueprint.’ I desire to help students understand that they can use their education as a foundation for greatness. However, they also need hope to keep pursuing their education even when obstacles try to stop them.”

JUAN FLORES, a sophomore, proposed a project inspired by the It Gets Better Project designed to combat suicide among LGBT youth. Working with La Familia de Stanford, a queer and questioning Latina/o support and activism group, Flores seeks to incorporate elements from King’s “I Have a Dream” speech into the video that would be posted on the It Gets Better website. Organizers also want to reach out to LGBT teenagers with “mentorship and support” in high schools, homeless shelters “and/or where hope is needed most,” Flores wrote.

Senior MICHAEL TUBBS, who submitted a proposal on behalf of the Stanford Chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), plans to implement an initiative to promote political education, empowerment and mobilization among marginalized youth, through voter registration activities for high school students in Oakland.

“As Dr. King once noted, ‘Almost always, the creative, dedicated minority has made the world better.’ We hope to transform the high school students of Oakland into the creative, dedicated citizens they have the potential to be and dispel the notion that young people are apathetic and uninvolved,” wrote Tubbs.

GILLIE COLLINS, a sophomore, proposed a storytelling event, developed in collaboration with STAND, a student anti-genocide coalition, designed to bring attention to the civil rights of Burmese civilians brutalized by the military junta that has ruled the country since 1962. “The Burma storytelling event would highlight these injustices by sharing relevant stories with the Stanford community that would otherwise go unheard,” Collins wrote. “This project is founded on the idea that all human beings deserve equal treatment and basic civil liberties, principles that guided Dr. King’s work.”

The winners of the challenge are expected to conduct their projects during the months of January and February and make a presentation to the Stanford community during the Student Affairs Assessment Poster Fair, which takes place in the spring.

THE DOCTOR HAS SPOKEN...quotes from Dr. King

All men are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality.

Faith is taking the first step, even when you don't see the whole staircase.

Hatred paralyzes life; love releases it. Hatred confuses life; love harmonizes it. Hatred darkens life; love illuminates it.

Human salvation lies in the hands of the creatively maladjusted.

I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. That is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant.

I submit that an individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for the law.

In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.

It may be true that the law cannot make a man love me, but it can stop him from lynching me, and I think that's pretty important.

Let no man pull you low enough to hate him.

Like an unchecked cancer, hate corrodes the personality and eats away its vital unity. Hate destroys a man's sense of values and his objectivity. It causes him to describe the beautiful as ugly and the ugly as beautiful, and to confuse the true with the false and the false with the true.

Man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love.

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.

Returning violence for violence multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars... Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.

The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.

Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men.

Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.

And I've looked over, and I've seen the promised land. I may not get there with you, but I want you to know tonight that we as a people will get to the promised land. So I'm happy tonight. I'm not worried about anything. I'm not fearing any man.

Now, I say to you today my friends, even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream. I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: - 'We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.'


And the winners are:


— Best Picture, Drama: “The Descendants.”

— Best Picture, Musical or Comedy: “The Artist.”

— Best Actor, Drama: George Clooney, “The Descendants.”

— Best Actress, Drama: Meryl Streep, “The Iron Lady.”

— Best Director: Martin Scorsese, “Hugo.”

— Best Actor, Musical or Comedy: Jean Dujardin, “The Artist.”

— Best Actress, Musical or Comedy: Michelle Williams, “My Week With Marilyn.”

— Best Supporting Actor: Christopher Plummer, “Beginners.”

— Best Supporting Actress: Octavia Spencer, “The Help.”

— Best Foreign Language: “A Separation.”

— Best Animated Film: “The Adventures of Tintin.”

— Best Screenplay: Woody Allen, “Midnight in Paris.”

— BestOriginal Score: Ludovic Bource, “The Artist.”

— Best Original Song: “Masterpiece” (music and lyrics by Madonna, Julie Frost, Jimmy Harry), “W.E.”


—Best Drama: “Homeland,” Showtime.

— Best Musical or Comedy: “Modern Family,” ABC.

— Best Actor, Drama: Kelsey Grammer, “Boss.”

— Best Actress, Drama: Claire Danes, “Homeland.”

— Best Actress, Musical or Comedy: Laura Dern, “Enlightened.”

— Best Actor, Musical or Comedy: Matt LeBlanc, “Episodes.”

— Best Miniseries or Movie: “Downton Abbey (Masterpiece),” PBS.

— Best Actress, Miniseries or Movie: Kate Winslet, “Mildred Pierce.”

— Best Actor, Miniseries or Movie: Idris Elba, “Luther.”

— Best Supporting Actress, Series, Miniseries or Movie: Jessica Lange, “American Horror Story.”

— Best Supporting Actor, Series, Miniseries or Movie: Peter Dinklage, “Game of Thrones.”

Sunday, January 15, 2012


Marion Pellicano Ambrose
The 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards will begin in just a few hours.
Both comedy and drama are well represented in this years list of nominees.
And the nominees are:

Best Motion Picture — Drama           
"The Descendants"
"The Help"
"The Ides of March"
"War Horse"

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture — Drama
Glenn Close, "Albert Nobbs"
Viola Davis, "The Help"
Rooney Mara, "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
Meryl Streep, "The Iron Lady"
Tilda Swinton, "We Need to Talk About Kevin

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture — Drama
George Clooney, "The Descendants"
Leonardo DiCaprio, "J. Edgar"
Michael Fassbender, "Shame
Ryan Gosling, "The Ides of March"
Brad Pitt, "Moneyball"

Best Motion Picture — Comedy or Musical
"The Artist"
"Midnight in Paris"
"My Week With Marilyn"

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture — Comedy or Musical
Jodie Foster, "Carnage
Charlize theron, "Young Adult"
Kristen Wiig, "Bridesmaids"
Michelle Williams, "My Week With Marilyn"
Kate Winslet, "Carnage"

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture — Comedy or musical
Jean Dujardin, "The Artist
Brendan Gleeson, "The Guard"
Joseph Gordon-Levitt, "50/50"
Ryan Gosling, "Crazy, Stupid, Love."
Owen Wilson, "Midnight in Paris"

Best Animated Feature Film
"The Adventures of Tintin"
"Arthur Christmas"
"Cars 2"
"Puss in Boots"

Best Foreign Language Film
"The Flowers of War" (China)
"In the Land of Blood and Honey" (USA)
"The Kid With a Bike" (Belgium)
"A Separation" (Iran)
"The Skin I Live In" (Spain)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Berenice Bejo, "The Artist"
Jessica Chastain, "The Help"
Janet McTeer, "Albert Nobbs"
Octavia Spencer, "The Help"
Shailene Woodley, "The Descendants"

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Kenneth Branagh, "My Week with Marilyn"
Albert Brooks, "Drive"
Jonah Hill, "Moneyball"
Viggo Mortensen, "A Dangerous Method"
Christopher Plummer, "Beginners"

Best Director — Motion Picture
Woody Allen, "Midnight in Paris"
George Clooney, "The Ides of March"
Michel Hazanavicius, "The Artist"
Alexander Payne, "The Descendants"
Martin Scorsese, "Hugo"

Best Screenplay — Motion Picture
Woody Allen, "Midnight in Paris"
George Clooney, Grant Heslov, Beau Willimon - "The Ides of March"
Michel Hazanavicius - "The Artist"
Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon, Jim Rash - "The Descendants"
Steven Zaillian, Aaron Sorkin - "Moneyball"

Best Original Score — Motion Picture
Ludovic Bource - "The Artist"
Abel Korzeniowski - "W.E."
Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross - "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo"
Howard Shore - "Hugo"
John Williams - "War Horse"

Best Original Song — Motion Picture
"Hello Hello" — "Gnomeo & Juliet," music by Elton John, lyrics by Bernie Taupin
"The Keeper"— "Machine Gun Preacher," music and lyrics by Chris Cornell
"Lay Your Head Down" — "Albert Nobbs," music by Brian Byrne, lyrics by Glenn Close
"The Living Proof" — "The Help"; music by Mary J. Blige, Thomas Newman, Harvey Mason Jr.; lyrics by Mary J. Blige, Harvey Mason Jr., Damon Thomas
"Masterpiece" — W.E., music and lyrics by Madonna, Julie Frost, Jimmy Harry

Best Television Series — Drama
"American Horror Story"
"Boardwalk Empire"
"Game of Thrones"

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series — Drama
Claire Danes, "Homeland"
Mireille Enos, "The Killing"
Julianna Margulies, "The Good Wife"
Madeleine Stowe, "Revenge"
Callie Thorne, "Necessary Roughness"

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series — Drama
Steve Buscemi, "Boardwalk Empire"
Bryan Cranston, "Breaking Bad"
Kelsey Grammer, "Boss"
Jeremy Irons, "The Borgias"
Damian Lewis, "Homeland"

Best Television Series — Comedy or Musical
"Modern "Family"
"New Girl"

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series — Comedy or Musical
Laura Dern, "Enlightened"
Zooey Deschanel, "New Girl"
Tina Fey, "30 Rock"
Laura Linney, "The Big C"
Amy Poehler, "Parks and Recreation"

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series — Comedy or Musical
Alec Baldwin, "30 Rock"
David Duchovny, "Californication"
Johnny Galecki, "The Big Bang Theory"
Thomas Jane, "Hung"
Matt LeBlanc, "Episodes"

Best Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television Cinema Verite
"Downton Abbey"
"The Hour"
"Mildred Pierce"
"Too Big to Fail"

Best Performance by an Actress in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Romola Garai, "The Hour"
Diane Lane, "Cinema Verite"
Elizabeth McGovern, "Downton Abbey" (Masterpiece)
Emily Watson, "Appropriate Adult"
Kate Winslet, "Mildred Pierce"

Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Hugh Bonneville, "Downtown Abbey" (Masterpiece)
Idris Elba, "Luther"
William Hurt, "Too Big to Fail"
Bill Nighy, "Page Eight" (Masterpiece)
Dominic West, "The Hour"

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Jessica Lange, "American Horror Story"
Kelly MacDonald, "Boardwalk Empire"
Maggie Smith, "Downtown Abbey" (Masterpiece)
Sofia Vergara, "Modern Family"
Evan Rachel Wood, "Mildred Pierce"

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Peter Dinklage, "Game of Thrones"
Paul Giamatti, "Too Big to Fail"
Guy Pearce, "Mildred Pierce"
Tim Robbins, "Cinema Verite"
Eric Stonestreet, "Modern Family

 The Golden Globe Awards are presented and judged by the HFPA.
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association donated more than $12 million in the past seventeen years to entertainment-related charities, as well as funding scholarships and other programs for future film and television professionals. In the year 2010 the donation was a record 1.541,000 dollars, the largest tally ever distributed in the organization's history.

The mission of the HFPA is:

To establish favorable relations and cultural ties between foreign countries and the United States of America by the dissemination of information concerning the American culture and traditions as depicted in motion pictures and television through news media in various foreign countries;

To recognize outstanding achievements by conferring annual Awards of Merit, (Golden Globe® Awards), serving as a constant incentive within the entertainment industry, both domestic and foreign, and to focus wide public attention upon the best in motion pictures and television;

To contribute to other nonprofit organizations connected with the entertainment industry and involved in educational, cultural, and humanitarian activities;

To promote interest in the study of the arts, including the development of talent in the entertainment field through scholarships given to major learning institutions. (