Wednesday, September 30, 2009

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Sunday, September 27, 2009

My Best Recommendation For Your Legacy

I recommend you contribute your special talent to the world in such a way that you will be remembered not so much for your acting ability, beauty, intelligence, spiritual evolvement, scientific savvy, athletic prowess...nor for your political genius or your leadership qualities...nor for your way with numbers, music or words - and not even for charitable manner or your sparkling wit and personality. But rather, conduct your life in such a way that you will be remembered as one of the kindest human beings that ever lived.

Farrah's A True "Angel" In Heaven

Bless Farrah, forever.

She was a wonderful person - as down to earth as they come. And as I told her when I met her that night, when she came on the scene in '75 with "Charlie's Angels," she returned glamour, class and sophistication to Hollywood when it had all but disappeared.

Sweet dreams, Farrah.

For Heaven is no longer missing an angel.

"Jaime Pressly, Do You Have A Sister"?

"I'd like to be with somebody who isn't afraid to take care of me – whether they have the same financial means as me or not. What's important is that they realize there are other ways of taking care of me that have [nothing] to do with money. Like cooking me dinner or going to the grocery store or picking up after yourself."

- Jaime Pressly (who just got married, and who is no longer on the market), as quoted in Redbook Magazine, March 2009.

Full article link (via People Magazine),,20308451,00.html

New "Bewitched" Lyrics by Herbie J Pilato (To Theme Of The Original Series)

I wrote these lyrics back in 1988, when I began research for the originnal "Bewitched Book." The lyrics then appeared only in the second editon of "Bewitched Forever." Also, too, you could log on to, where you will be able to hear me sing these new lyrics to a jazzy/ragtime arrangement that I recorded as a demo with The Royals - a top-notch band featuring producer George Schnell on lead guitar, John Perevich on base, Joe Minotti on drums and Michael Riddell on keyboards.

And here's the link again for the audio version:

But for now, below are just the lyrics.



New "Bewitched" lyrics - by Herbie J Pilato

(OPENING to be spoken - to match Opening Credits of original TV show)

My pretty witch spells the moonlight sky...
Twinkles the stars as she zips by....

Her charm is enchanting,
Her appeal incantagious -
Ever inspiring.
A supernatural sensation -
She's so startling.

I'm captured by her smile -
Magically raptured all the while.
I can't believe what I see and hear -
Music "sounds" as she disappears


Yeah - she's got hynoptized -
Metaphysically I'm undenied.
And whenever my hands are tied,
She loosens up the bind.

With the "twitch" of her nose -
Or the snap of her finger,
Samantha flies by my side...

Low and behold -
I am Bewitched.

Eat Plants, Not Animals - For Them And YOU

Friday, September 25, 2009

The Last Coupla' Days: From Henry Kissinger to Tom Brokaw to Mom & Dad

I flew into NYC on Tuesday with my associates for various business meetings and stayed until Wednesday night. Arrived at the Waldorf Astoria for one of the meetings - and all of this just happened to transpire on what turned out to be one of the busiest days of the year for "The City."

President Obama was in town - with other dignataries connected the UN - as well as with President Clinton including noneother than Henry Kissinger. And the City was out-of-control busy, with the streets bustling more than ever...with police blockades at every turn.

Henry Kissinger, meanwhile, walked right in front of us - and out into the street. We were just about to ask for his photo - when as he crossed the street, he ran into the former NBC News king Tom Brokaw. And Brokaw was near unrecognizable with a flappy hat - and shopping bag. That is correct. A flappy hat and shopping bag.

So, Tom stops Henry in his tracks - and the two go on to have a brief conversation and it was clear that they had not seen each other in years.

And my associates and I saw it all happen - while the rest of NYC (and the world?)was oblvious to it all.

Just astounding.

Now, juxtapose that experience to my journey to Wegmans Supermarket - on Britton Road - last night in Rochester (where I'll be for the next week or so - before returning to Florida).

My Mom and Dad would stop at Wegman's every day right after having lunch at McDonald's, after Dad picked up Mom from Number 7 School in the city, where she worked part-time as a "lunch lady." My parents lived a charmed, simple and happy life - and I'll never forget them or the sweet true lessons of love that I learned from them.

They had it all together - and I am proud of them - and will remain so forever. More than I ever could be proud of Henry Kissinger or even the kind and down-to-earth Tom Brokaw.

Monday, September 21, 2009

"Wishing Machine" Instructions - by Devlyn Steele (

"What happens when the guy who runs the reactor gets out of bed on the wrong side or decides, for some reason, that he wants to override his instruction sheet some afternoon?"

- David R Brower

"Today is the day. Today you learn how to use the wishing machine. So far you learned that you have to put effort behind your wishes, and then you learned where the wishing machine is located. You know that a wish is a thought and that you have to put the right thought into your mind for you to can manifest it, because thoughts are things. Now we are getting ready to learn how to use the wishing machine, so get excited.

Since this is your first time using the wishing machine let's start with just one wish. Everybody participating will get one wish granted. I have taken people through the wishing machine instructions over the radio, and have granted thousands of wishes simultaneously, this week we'll grant more wishes than ever.

So let's see if you can follow instructions, and how important having your wish come true is to you. The first thing you need to do is get two pieces of paper and a pen. At the end of The Wishing Machine Series you will be holding in one hand your wish, and in the other hand the key to making your wish come true.

So with one wish, what would you wish for?

To lose weight

For a new job

More money

A relationship


What would it be?

Follow the wishing machine instructions and your wish will come true!

Write at the top of one of the blank pieces of paper, "My Wish."

Step 1: Write down your wish. Wishes, like goals perform another type of magic, if they are not written down they disappear into thin air.

Step 2: Your wish must be Specific. Ask yourself is this a specific concrete wish? For example, don't wish to be rich, happy or in love, that's not specific.

"All my life, I always wanted to be somebody. Now I see that I should have
been more specific."

- Lily Tomlin

Think of yourself aiming at a target. If you cannot see the bull's eye, then you don't know where to aim. If your wish isn't specific then rewrite it now.

Step 3: Time line rule. Because this is your first time using the wishing machine, we need to keep it simple. Your wish has to be something that can happen in 90 days. Don't wish to be 1000 years old if you're not 999 and your birthday is in the next 90 days.

So if your wish is not something that can happen in the next 90 days, once again rewrite your wish now.

Step 4: You must be able to believe in your wish. Don't wish to fly. Do you really believe you can fly?

Victorious warriors win first and then go to war, while defeated warriors
go to war first and then seek to win. -Sun Tzu

Do you really want your wish to come true? If you do, make sure it is something that you believe can happen and in the next 90 days and that it's specific! Rewrite your wish now if you need to.

Step 5: Your wish must be positive. I think we all understand what positive is, so if needed, rewrite your wish now.

Once you replace a negative thought with a positive one, you will start
to have positive results. -Willie Nelson

Step 6: Your wish must be for yourself. The only control we have over our lives is self-control. Your wish cannot be for anyone else or involve anyone else. If needed, rewrite your wish now.

I am,
a king,
because I know how to rule myself.
-Pietro Aretino, 10 May 1537

Step 7: You must be able to conceive your wish. You have to be able to visualize it!

"If you can't see it in your mind, then you can't manifest it. The future you see is the future you get."

-Robert G Allen

Step 8: You must desire your wish. We will always follow our true desires to the end result. Make sure you really desire your wish.

When your desire is strong enough, you will appear to possess superhuman powers to achieve. -Napoleon Hill

Step 9: You must be willing to accept your wish. Often we want and when we can have it, we don't accept it. Get ready to accept your wish.

Watch out what you wish for because you just might get it.

Step 10: The Law of Effort. Nothing happens by itself. Are you willing to put effort into make your wish come true?

"Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work."

- Thomas Edison

Don't let your wishes disappear to lack of effort. Put effort behind your wishes and the wishing machine will grant your wish. Are you willing to put effort in? Make a wish that you are. Rewrite your wish now if you need to.

Step 11: Your Intention must be to make your wish come true. Inside yourself you know the truth. You know if you're really willing to follow through to achieve. We really can't fool ourselves.

"Our intention creates our reality."

-Wayne Dyer

Take a moment and ask yourself if your intention is really to do what it takes to make your wish come true. If it isn't, then rewrite your wish until your intentions are in line with your wish, and then your wish will come true.

Now, if the wish you have written down has passed all these tests, then you have a wish that you can make come true. Now you need the key. Once you have the key, you can feed the wish into the wishing machine, and you can achieve your wish in 90 days. If your wish has passed the desire and intention test, then the key will unlock your wish.

Imagine what it will be like to have your wish come true. Take the blank paper and write at the top, "The Key To My Wish." People have searched the globe looking for the key. Pirates have buried it and treasure maps have been fought over. The key is the last piece to achieve your wish. Imagine the value the key has!

It can't be that simple to get the key. We were scared to make the key available because of the power it contains. Imagine everyone having the ability to make their positive wishes come true. The idea is overwhelming, but we have decided to give you the key after all. The key will be made available to you. and it's being made available to all. Get ready for the hidden chapter of the Wishing Machine Series coming out later this week.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

All Your Questions Answered

"Let's All Go To The 'Top' Together"

"Such a feeling's coming over me

There is wonder in most everything I see.

Not a cloud in the sky -

Got the sun in my eyes,

And I won't be surprised if it's a dream.

Everything I want the world to be

Is now coming true especially for me.

And the reason is clear -

It's because you are here -

You're the nearest thing to Heaven that I've seen.

I'm on the top of the world looking down on creation -

And the only explanation I can find...

Is the love that I've found ever since youve been around -

Your loves put me at the top of the world.

Something in the wind has learned my name.

And it's telling me that things are not the same.

In the leaves on the trees and the touch of the breeze -

There's a pleasing sense of happiness for me.

There is only one wish on my mind -

When this day is through I hope that I will find -

That tomorrow will be just the same for you and me -

All I need will be mine if you are here."

- Lyrics, "Top of the World," The Carpenters.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Forgive Everyone Who Has Ever Hurt You - And Shine Your Light

From my great friend and client Rudy Anderson, who has had several near-death experiences. (See original link at listed below article):

"My soul drifted back to my NDE when I saw the earth change into a lighter version of itself....

In my NDE, I saw souls shedding their darkness much like a snake sheds its skin or butterflies emerging from their cocoon... The world was being swallowed up by the light... rolling across the world... For those who have done the hard work of letting go of fear and angst... the process was seamless... but for those clinging on to their darkness... the process might look rather gruesome... As the light sweeps across the globe...these clingers would hide from the light but the light would find its way into every nook and cranny... The key is love... forgiveness of all harm... holding no grudge... self-forgiveness... If one is fearless of death... the process of change will be a great celebration... but those clinging to their favorite cherished misery... for these the process of change will be painful... but either way... the outcome will be the same... all the light inside of every spirit and soul with any light whatsoever will be changed into a less heavy version of itself...

In the myth of Jesus transfiguration from a dying and tortured body...into
a being of light even his mother and brother could not recognize... so all beings will be transformed... The earth itself will also change... and each loving spirit and soul will find their way to their new walk... It is an earth so full of light that there are no shadows in it...

When the last hidden darkness is found by the light... when every living thing is healed... the earth itself will be healed as well... The whole living earth will give up her layer upon layer of hardness and become a new earth... beaming light... This light filled world is an amazing place where there is no death or dying... each soul and spirit... every plant, animal, mineral... will serve its divine purpose... but will not die... I saw in this new earth how there is eating and drinking... but the eating does not kill the plant it came from... fruit from a plant only in its season... no more will there be an eating of an animal or even a whole plant... but eating of plants will continue... but only a portion of the plant will be harvested... the plant itself will survive... Nothing dies but still we give and receive from one another... Drinking is like the light itself... It sustains us and revives us...

Homes will be made only of the husks shed from plants that do not kill the plant... Every soul will travel softly and not tread on another spirit or soul. It is a simple existence... sharing of one's talents with one another... I saw myself building homes for others with the others helping... There was no need for computers, electronics, heating, electricity... as all communicated with whomever they wanted and there was no pain from heat and cold... Everyone has work to do that comes from the core of who they are... and music... the music of the singers and the dance of dancers... joy fills the air... It is not the heaven I went to in my NDE but the differences are mild... Each spirit and soul lives without fear... and no money or power is needed as all desires are rooted in love... and there is no need to take from another what is theirs... as what is their creation... be it home or relationship... is easily replicated through one's own will and physical effort... there is no loneliness... We have as much contact with others as we choose... We still have free-will but we receive what we need to whatever degree we need... and no one harms another... My free-will can not interfere with your free-will... There is no welling up of lust as all of our needs are met within the guidelines of freewill.. The best intentions of each spirit and soul lives on in those who live in the new earth...

And each of us in this sad and dying earth can bring on the new earth by shining their light,,, It is like spring when the plants begin to bloom... Shine your light... and others who see your light shining will be encouraged to bloom as well... Hold no grudge... release your need to cling to power and fear... Let your light shine...

If you cling to your things and your control... the process may be painful for you... those who are ready to move on to higher love can show you the way... Let go of your angst... facing into the light of love... the light will embrace the love inside you... Your pain is nothing more than birth pains... If you still feel suffering then you are still in the process of shedding your fear... Even in your pain... smile and laugh... Laughter and a smile is the greatest healer of all... but there is no sting in death... we shed our pain bodies and gain our secret friend... our true nature.... our true vocation... we find the very thing we have lost...and hoped to find... we are still who we are... just without that caterpillar body... free from the cocoon... the butterfly soul we are... The new earth is coming soon to a soul near you... please join in... If you hear singing and laughter... if you feel joy or awe... know the new earth is near... enter in and help those not so far just being the true you... You are a divine child of light... full of love... enter into the new earth...."

Original Link:

Friday, September 18, 2009

Nelson Mandela and The "Light"

"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our Light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, 'Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?' Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. You're playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others."

- Nelson Mandela

"True Power" (via "The Big E" - and Dee Wallace Stone)

"To fully understand why "knowledge" is power, we have to have an understanding of true power. Power is not force. Power is not the ability to overcome; it is the ability to just be. It is the ability to know that you are the all and that all is well. The purest form of power lies within each one of us – it is our ability to love ourselves. When we can truly love ourselves, we are able to truly love others. When we know that there is nothing we must change about ourselves in order to be loved, we know that there is nothing we must change about anyone else in order to love them.

Knowledge, then, is not something gained from books or life experience. Rather, it is the extent to which we can allow, trust, and love who we are. We are able to stop taking action for the sake of action, because that is force, not power. Vibrationally, our knowing is sent out to the "Big E" (for "Energy") and is answered in kind. When we truly know and embrace who we are, we are able to sit back and allow the Big E to bring us our good, and we are able to receive it in whatever form it wishes to take. Our knowing also spawns an awakening within the people we encounter. Our love for ourselves gives them permission to love and know themselves, and when we possess that knowledge, we possess the ultimate power."

- Jarrad and Dee
The Big E

Thursday, September 17, 2009

"Bewitched": Happy 45th Anniversary to "Samantha" and "Darrin"

Today marks the actual 45th Anniversary of "Bewitched's" debut - and it was on a Thursday!

Let's celebrate by embracing the "spirit" and message of "Bewitched":

- Prejudice: Loving each other despite our differences and concentrating on what makes us the same: our common humanity ("mortal" or "witch"; black or white, etc.).

- Samantha's strong set of priorities: She loved Darrin for who he was - and not for what he could buy or give her, because whatever he could buy or give her, she could "twitch" up something better. So, she actually loved HIM just for HIM - and nothing else.

- Darrin's strong work ethic: There's an early episode of Bewitched from the first season, titled, "A Is For Aardvark." Here, Darrin gets sick, Samantha tires of running up and down the stairs to care for him, she gives him the power of magic to make things easier for him; he learns that having things without working for them is meaningless.

There are many other messages, of course, in Bewitched. But those are the basic three. And yet the main reason the show was popular of course is because it was just plain wonderful - in every aspect, from the charming cast (lead by the beautiful Elizabeth Montgomery; the talented "two Darrins" - Dick York and later Dick Sargent; the iconic Agnes Moorehead and David "Larry Tate" White, and so many more) - to the optimum directing, producing and writing. All of it pulled together to make the show so much more than just a fantasy sitcom.

And you could read more about what made the show so magical is either my original "Bewitched" Book - or any of the revised editions of "Bewitched" Forever.

Have a great, great day!

Herbie J

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Henry Gibson (of "Laugh-In" - and "Bewitched") passes away.

I am sad to report that the great Henry Gibson has passed away. Known for his iconic "poetic" appearances on "Laugh-In," Mr. Gibson also made many great guest-shots on "Bewitched," notably as "Napoleon Bonapart" in an hilarious episode (which also featured Paul Lynde). What's more, Mr. Gibson helped me a great deal with attaining certain "Bewitched" photos as well as rare shots of "Bewitched" producer/director Bill Asher. He also happened to be just a really great, all-around, down to earth guy. Bless him forever.

Herbie J

Note: Read more about Henry Gibson in the article below that appears in today's Hollywood Reporter.

Also appeared in 'Boston Legal,' four Robert Altman films
By Mike Barnes
Sept 16, 2009, 02:49 PM ET

Updated: Sept 16, 2009, 03:27 PM ET

Henry Gibson, a wry comic character actor whose career included "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In," "Nashville" and "Boston Legal," died Monday at his home in Malibu after a brief battle with cancer. He was 73.

Gibson's breakthrough came in 1968 when he was cast as a member of the original ensemble of NBC's top-rated "Laugh-In," on which he performed for three seasons. Each week, a giant flower in his hand, he recited a signature poem, introducing them with the catch phrase that became his signature: "A Poem, by Henry Gibson."

The poems proved so popular that they led to the release of two comedy albums, "The Alligator" and "The Grass Menagerie," as well as a book, "A Flower Child's Garden of Verses."

After "Laugh-In," he played the evil Dr. Verringer in "The Long Goodbye" (1973), the first of four films in which he appeared for director Robert Altman. Their second collaboration came in "Nashville" (1975), in which Gibson earned a Golden Globe nomination and a National Society of Film Critics supporting-actor award for his performance as unctuous country singer Haven Hamilton. He also wrote his character's songs.

In television, Gibson's recent work included a five-season stint as cantankerous Judge Clarence Brown on ABC's "Boston Legal" and providing the voice for sardonic, eye-patched newspaperman Bob Jenkins on Fox's animated series "King of the Hill."

Born James Bateman in Germantown, Pa., on Sept. 21, 1935, Gibson began acting professionally at age 8. After graduating from Catholic University, he served in France from 1957-60 as an intelligence officer with the Air Force, then studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London.

Back in New York, the actor developed the comic persona of "Henry Gibson" (a pun on the name of playwright Henrik Ibsen), a humble, wide-eyed poet laureate from Fairhope, Ala. Appearances on "The Tonight Show" and "The Joey Bishop Show" led to him being flown out to Hollywood by Jerry Lewis to be cast in "The Nutty Professor" (1963).

Also that year, Gibson appeared in his Broadway debut opposite Walter Matthau and Ruth Gordon in Lillian Hellman's "My Mother, My Father and Me."

Other memorable film roles for Gibson included a turn as the voice of Wilbur the Pig in the animated "Charlotte's Web" (1973); as an Illinois Nazi pursuing John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd in "The Blues Brothers" (1980); as a menacing neighbor opposite Tom Hanks in "The 'Burbs" (1989); as flamboyant barfly Thurston Howell in Paul Thomas Anderson's "Magnolia" (1999); and as a befuddled priest in "Wedding Crashers" (2005).

In 2001, he returned to Broadway in the Encores! New York City Center production of Rogers & Hart's "A Connecticut Yankee."

Offscreen, Gibson was active as an environmentalist; he contributed opinion pieces and poetry to publications such as the Washington Post and donated proceeds from the sale of posters featuring his poetry to the then-fledgling Environmental Defense Fund.

Gibson is survived by three sons -- Jon, a business affairs executive at Universal Pictures; Charles, a director and two-time Oscar-winning visual effects supervisor; and James, a screenwriter -- and grandchildren Matthew and Miranda.

Memorial services are pending. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Screen Actors Guild Foundation and Friends of the Malibu Public Library.

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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

"Wonder Woman" - The Feature Film

"Wonder Woman" needs to be made as a feature film with a relative unknown in the lead, just as Lynda Carter was relatively unknown when she was cast in the TV series. It has to be all about the script, the story and retaining the mythology of Charles Moulton's original comic. It should NOT be a "star vehichle." Whether that star is the actress, the director or the screenwriter.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Let's Forgive Kanye West - and Move On

Kanye West's VMA behavior was completely inappropriate. No two ways about it. He made a mistake. He was wrong, classless. May we now please forgive him and cut the man some slack? Let's move on to bigger and brighter things. Like being the Light that others so clearly lack. Shine it on them - have it reflected back to us and let's reward (award) each other.

Roll Your "Light"

"If everyone would just stop hatin' and start lovin' on everyone... light would roll across the world... just like this song."

- Rudenski (

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Herbie J's General Health Plan For Mind, Body & Spirit

Bottom line: stay as far away as possible from bread, pizza and pasta.

You can eat red meat, like hamburger and steak - because ultimately red meat "eats" calories. But if you have a hamburger, toss the bun. And don't have it with fries.

Sometimes, it's all about eating the right combinations - and red meat and bread and fries just don't mix.

Meanwhile, eliminate all pork. Pork is poison - and comes from the pig, which eats garbage.

Same goes for lobster and shrimp.

You can have fish and other seafood. But stay away from lobster and shrimp. When alive, these creatures eat the garbage on the floor of the sea. And that garbage will then be transformed into your system.

Also, of course, stay away smoking and drinking. And if you have a drink, make it a glass of white wine only (and not red).

Obviously, eat as much fruit and vegetables as possible.

But don't eat fruit directly with your main course.

Ideally, eat your fruit about twenty minutes before your main course. And have your salad after your meal.

And don't eat anything but fruit in the the dinner you had the night before is still digesting until about Noon the next day.

So let your previous evening meal digest before you have anything like bacon, eggs or cereal...though the latter of which you should also eliminate altogether.

Really, no milk and no cereal.

But if you must have milk and cereal...don't have it with juice.

Because you'll have a stomach ache. (Try pouring some juice in a bowl of milk and see how unattractive that looks. Now, imagine what that would do to your stomach.)

Overall, drink as much water as possible, though not necessarily with your meals (it doesn't always help with digestion if taken with food). As with fruit, have the water about twenty minutes or so before you eat. Or twenty minutes after.

And also drink a lot of green tea. Not only is it an antioxidant, but like red meat - it actually EATS calories. (I know, I know. But it's the truth.)

And take vitamins...Vitamin C, in particular. Globs of it, if possible. Study the research of Linus Pauling. (Though check with your doctor if you are unable to have high doses of VC or if your have issues with acidics.)

Another plan may involve eating oatmeal in the morning - and Fibricon once a day, with a daily lunch and dinner plan involving various veggies, chicken and white fish

The real secret for eating healthy is getting everything "moved out" and properly cleaning the digestive tract.

Some may argue that both red meat and fruits slows down the digestive process, as red meat is too taxing digest, while fruits merely transform into sugar (which ultimately calculates as empty calories).

So, in general, you have to do what works best for you - when it comes to food in-take.

Beyond that...of course employ some form of exercise or work-out plan (walking daily for twenty-thirty minutes is the best) - and then...

- Talk to your body...tell it how much you love it. (If it works for plants, it can work for you.

And while you're at it, pick up a copy of "THE POWER OF PRAYER OVER PLANTS." It's an astounding read.

In general, try to cause as little harm as possible to others...and be as kind as possible to yourself as you are to others.

Forgive everyone who has ever hurt you - and forgive yourself. Don't judge others. Somehow contribute to their success. Or better yet - be the REASON they succeed. And then love however you name God, the Universe, or the Good Creator of All Things - with your entire heart.

Follow this plan, and you'll be all set - at and away from the table.

Sending Light Your Way Forever,

Herbie J :)

PS: And just remember this quote from superstar Reba McEntire:

"Nothing tastes as good as thin feels."

Love that.

Friday, September 11, 2009

"Hair Follies"

A few months ago, I decided to dye my hair back to black.

The salt-and-pepper look had transformed into silver gray, and it was bothering me - especially because I had now temporarily relocated to Florida...where everybody is "young."

At any rate, as I'm now wondering if I should return it to gray.

Not just because I'm thinking if all those chemicals are doing any damage to my scalp...but maybe because the "natural look" (a big phrase in the early '70s) is best for me. IN many ways.

Meanwhile, too, I would by lying if I said it doesn't bother me that my hair has thinned-out a great deal over the last few years. It used to grow "tall" (like Prince's hair in "Purple Rain"). And then it started just to grow "long," because it wasn't as thick as it used to be - where as the multitude of hair shafts weren't there any more to hold each other up.

That said, I've enjoyed the "new" darker hair...not to mention the pedicure. manicure and massages I've been receiving at the same salon.

But should this all matter? Especially about the hair?

I'm reminded of a visit to a hair stylist I made some fifteen years ago in Rochester. My hair was naturally black back then, but it was just starting to thin. And it became an issue for me.

I relayed my concern to this particular hair stylist, and he went on to tell me this story:

"I had a little boy come into my shop one day. He was a charming little boy, with beautiful thick red hair. But he was also a very sick little boy...with leukemia. And I remember complimenting him on his hair, and him thinking a minute, then turning to me and saying, "I would give up my healthy hair for a healthy body, any day!"

I forgot about that story until today, when I asked my friends on Facebook to vote for either my natural look or treated look. Everyone has been so kind, with the votes split down the middle - as to who preferred which "look."

I haven't decided what I'm going to do yet. But whatever I decide, it's going to be a happy choice - with a new perspective gained by the memory of one special little boy.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Great "Bewitched"/Elizabeth Montgomery Moments, Music & Images

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

The World Is Safe Again: "At The Movies" Returns To Its Original Glory

AT THE MOVIES Saves The World

September 7, 2009
By Robert LLoyd

"At the Movies," the TV series that was (under a variety of names) the longtime home of bantering film critics Roger Ebert and the late Gene Siskel, premiered with two new hosts Sunday night, A.O. Scott of the New York Times and Michael Phillips of the Chicago Tribune (Siskel's old paper and corporate cousin to the Los Angeles Times, where Phillips had earlier worked and which still sometimes runs his reviews).

Promo spots preceding its debut promised "two accomplished critics," "serious reviews from serious journalists" and "voices you trust," the implication being that the hosts being replaced, Ben Lyons (an E! Entertainment reporter) and Ben Mankiewicz (a Turner Classic Movies and Sirius Satellite Radio host), were none of those things.

The hiring of the comparatively telegenic, younger demographic-friendly Bens proved a misstep: The show lost about 25% of its viewers on their watch. It wasn't so much that they were incapable of expressing an opinion as that the intellectualism that made previous versions of the show fun to watch was lacking from the discourse. Mankiewicz (grandson of "Citizen Kane" writer Herman and the great-nephew of "All About Eve" writer and director Joseph) was clearly better versed than Lyons (son of "Sneak Previews" host Jeffrey) in the literature of film, but that tended to make the show seem unbalanced. The original hosts could be spiky toward each other, but they always came off as equals; when they disagreed, Mankiewicz tended to make Lyons look wrong.

That balance has been restored, and "At the Movies" is doing again what it does best -- providing a consumer service with an intellectual rigor that does not exclude a sense of fun. (The show began on public television, as "Sneak Previews," and has retained those values.) Phillips and Scott, both of whom have already co-hosted the show alongside Richard Roeper as substitutes for an ailing Ebert, are possibly not the most comfortable-looking men ever to appear on television but are good to listen to.

For their first show, the pair reviewed films including "All About Steve," "9," "The Burning Plain" and "Extract" as well as "Big Fan," upon which the hosts differed. Phillips, who liked the film more, thought Scott mistook "a black comedy" for "a naturalistic drama."

"I see your point," Scott replied, "but the humor then is based on a kind of condescension to these characters and treating them as grotesques . . . and it's a thing I think you see in a lot of independent film, where people in provincial, out-of-the-way places ... are treated with a certain amount of contempt." That sort of talk and the wealth of their references (a cartoon that looks like "Dresden after the war," a writer described as "the M. Night Shyamalan of art-house cinema") presuppose an audience with a certain knowledge of, or at least an interest in, film -- as opposed to just movies -- and the world.

At the end they briefly discussed the movies they saw as kids that changed their lives. For Scott, it was "Annie Hall," which he didn't understand but found "endlessly funny and mysterious." For Phillips, it was the Marx Brothers' "Horse Feathers." When he saw their significantly less great "The Big Store" a week later, he began to ask himself why one film worked and the other didn't. And here we are.

If You Must Know: Why Shouldn't We Wear White After Labor Day?


TIME Magazine (via Yahoo News!)
By Laura Fitzgerald
Tue Sep 8, 4:00 am ET

The post–Labor Day moratorium on white clothing and accessories has long ranked among etiquette hard-liners' most sacred rules. As punishment for breaking it in the 1994 movie Serial Mom, for instance, Patty Hearst's character was murdered by a punctilious psychopath. But ask your average etiquette expert how that rule came to be, and chances are that even she couldn't explain it. So why aren't we supposed to wear white after Labor Day? (See the video "Recession Etiquette with Peggy Post.")

One common explanation is practical. For centuries, wearing white in the summer was simply a way to stay cool - like changing your dinner menu or putting slipcovers on the furniture. "Not only was there no air-conditioning, but people did not go around in T shirts and halter tops. They wore what we would now consider fairly formal clothes," says Judith Martin, better known as etiquette columnist Miss Manners. "And white is of a lighter weight." (See 10 Questions with Judith Martin.)

But beating the heat became fashionable in the early to mid-20th century, says Charlie Scheips, author of American Fashion. "All the magazines and tastemakers were centered in big cities, usually in northern climates that had seasons," he notes. In the hot summer months, white clothing kept New York fashion editors cool. But facing, say, heavy fall rain, they might not have been inclined to risk sullying white ensembles with mud - and that sensibility was reflected in the glossy pages of Harper's Bazaar and Vogue, which set the tone for the country.

This is all sound logic, to be sure - but that's exactly why it may be wrong. "Very rarely is there actually a functional reason for a fashion rule," notes Valerie Steele, director of the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology. True enough: it's hard to think of a workaday downside to pairing your black shoes with a brown belt.

Instead, other historians speculate, the origin of the no-white-after–Labor Day rule may be symbolic. In the early 20th century, white was the uniform of choice for Americans well-to-do enough to decamp from their city digs to warmer climes for months at a time: light summer clothing provided a pleasing contrast to drabber urban life. "If you look at any photograph of any city in America in the 1930s, you'll see people in dark clothes," says Scheips, many scurrying to their jobs. By contrast, he adds, the white linen suits and Panama hats at snooty resorts were "a look of leisure."

Labor Day, celebrated in the U.S. on the first Monday of September, marked the traditional end of summer; the well-heeled vacationers would stow their summer duds and dust off their heavier, darker-colored fall clothing. "There used to be a much clearer sense of re-entry," says Steele. "You're back in the city, back at school, back doing whatever you're doing in the fall - and so you have a new wardrobe."

By the 1950s, as the middle class expanded, the custom had calcified into a hard-and-fast rule. Along with a slew of commands about salad plates and fish forks, the no-whites dictum provided old-money √Člites with a bulwark against the upwardly mobile. But such mores were propagated by aspirants too: those savvy enough to learn all the rules increased their odds of earning a ticket into polite society. "It [was] insiders trying to keep other people out," says Steele, "and outsiders trying to climb in by proving they know the rules."

Some etiquette buffs don't buy this explanation, however. "There are always people who want to attribute everything in etiquette to snobbery," protests Martin. "There were many little rules that people did dream up in order to annoy those from whom they wished to disassociate themselves. But I do not believe this is one of them."

Whatever its origin, the Labor Day rule has perennially met with resistance from high-fashion quarters. As far back as the 1920s, Coco Chanel made white a year-round staple. "It was a permanent part of her wardrobe," says Bronwyn Cosgrave, author of The Complete History of Costume & Fashion: From Ancient Egypt to the Present Day. The trend is embraced with equal vigor by today's fashion √Člites, Cosgrave notes - from Marion Cotillard accepting her 2008 Academy Award in a mermaid-inspired cream dress to Michelle Obama dancing the inaugural balls away in a snowy floor-length gown. Fashion rules are meant to be broken by those who can pull it off, notes Cosgrave, and white "looks really fresh when people aren't expecting it."

Much to the chagrin of sartorial purists, that skepticism of the Labor Day law has seeped into mainstream America. From 1960s counterculture to the present day - when would-be fashionistas get as many ideas from blogs and friends as from magazines and Fashion Week - more people than ever are breaking the rule. Even the 2004 manners bible, Emily Post's Etiquette, 17th Edition, gives the go-ahead for wearing white after Labor Day. Which may explain why some who abide by the custom themselves are now willing to compromise. Scheips, for one, "would never be caught dead wearing a white suit after Labor Day." But neither does he completely write off those who do. "I'm sure the Queen of England at Christmastime puts on white ermine once in a while. So if it's good enough for her, it's good enough for everybody else, right?" he says. "You don't have to be a fascist about it."

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Sunday, September 06, 2009


Years ago, I heard of a Spiritual Guru from India who visited the slums of Calcutta.

He would walk from one dire home to the next, viewing tradegy and heartache at every turn.

One "home," in particular, caught his attention.

It certainly wasn't a "home" as we define or enjoy it here, on the average, in America.

It was a hut. A mud hut, with dirt for floors.

In any case, the Spiritual Guru was invited inside this dismal dwelling by a beautiful and loving-kind family, one member of whom included a beautiful 12-year girl with the gentlest of souls.

She was so excited that her family to be visited by this particular Spiritual Guru. She knew she had to present him with a gift of some kind.

Surely, she had no funds with which to purchase this gift, so she was merely left to choose from her current possessions. And even that collection, of course, was skimpy. In fact, she only had one possession:

A small photo of an Indian Saint for which she had the highest regard.

So, when the Spiritual Guru visited her home, the young girl ran into her room, and lifted the photo of the Indian Saint off of her bedroom "wall," and gave it to the visiting Spiritual Guru.

The Spiritual Guru was touched by the young girl's gift, but could not accept it, knowing it was not just her prize possession, but one of her only possessions.

Yet, after he declined the gift, and saw the hurt in the young girl's eyes, he knew he had to immediately change his mind - and accept this young girl's treasure.

He knew it was more important for her to give him her gift, then for him to refuse it. Her joy of giving outweighed his initial inability to receive.

Truly...who is the most "gifted"? The Spiritual Guru, who ultimately received a young child's most precious possession?

The Indian Saint who, even with just his image, brought the lesson of giving to two earthly souls?

Or the young girl who not only knew how to give, but how to give-UP her only true possession - for what she believed was contributing to the complete and utter joy of another - without there being anything in it for her....including a tax-write off?

Thursday, September 03, 2009

Health Care For Everyone

No one should die because they cannot afford health care, and no one should go broke because they get sick.

Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Choose To Be Free: Live, Laugh and Love

Fall is a strange thing.

It harkens back to "starting school" and the "loss" of summer...which only feeds into ancient other "losses" from our past - all of which have nothing to do with "here" and now.

Such "memories" pile one on top of the other...emotions mix...transitions transpire and expire.

It appears to to all happens at once - at the "reminder time" of Fall.

People are cluttered with much of which they are not even aware.

It takes a few days to register and balance it all out...during the "transition period."

So, again - Fall is a strange thing. Or maybe better said, our fall from Heaven puts us out of sorts. For in Heaven there is no time. Whereas on Earth, we seem to become victims of it.

Yet, I say, we should not let ourselves be victims of anything.

Let us all hail and choose freedom - and refuse to be inhibited and conflicted by the loud ticking clocks of this world. Instead, let us live Heaven - here on Earth...and allow the still small voice of laughter and love to melt away the constraints of time.