Tuesday, December 01, 2009

SAFE PASSAGE DOMESTIC ABUSE AND KISS BACKSTAGE LOS ANGELES 2009




Facebook live webcast: Hubby rolled into town and took us all to the KISS concert, where I ran into Paul Stanley in the hallway doing the Elvis walk to the stage. Facebook was filming the first live webcast of a rock concert. Paul and I used to date in the 80's and he's a wonderful guy, really sweet and solid. Gene Simmons is a wunderkind: brilliant and amazing at turning everything he touches to gold.


Below are photos of Gene Simmons, Shannon Tweed, Nick Simmons, my beautiful friend Suzan Hughes (Herbalife co-founder, former wife of Mark Hughes and mother of Alex Hughes); Chip Winnans, Paul hubby.









Wednesday, November 25, 2009

IN HONOR OF PAT TILLMAN, McCHRYSTAL SHOULD BE COURT-MARTIALED: A GOOD COP'S PERSPECTIVE

THE HONOR CODE by Mike Graham

When I was in Officer Training School back in the sixties, the very first thing we cadets were taught was the Honor Code. It was simplicity itself, and it was drummed into our heads daily:

"I will not lie, cheat or steal, nor tolerate among us those who do."

Stanley McChrystal is a West Point graduate whose own father was a General Officer and whose brother was an Army chaplain (Assemblies of God variety), Yet McChrystal seems somehow not to have learned the Honor Code. What were they teaching up there on the Hudson in the early seventies?

McChrystal is a war-lover who did an end-run around his Commander-in-Chief with the adoring press to get what he wanted in Afghanistan. For that he should have been court-martialed for insubordination. Instead, it seems to have worked. According to McClatchy News today, Obama is about to give him 34,000 more warm bodies.

Here is a little reminder of McChrystal's behavior in the Pat Tillman matter: Please tell me how it squares with the Honor Code::



Then there's this little issue:



PIty the soldiers and Marines in this new surge.

Finally, take a look at last week's Bill Moyers Journal, which he described as the most important show he ever did. It's about the decision-making by LBJ that escalated that war in Vietnam. Those who do not learn from history...:

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

BREAKING THE LAW

WITH EVERY LIE, THEY BREAK THE LAW, as well as the moral code and the laws of nature. MICHELLE BACHMAN, MARK LEVIN, SARAH PALIN, GLEN BECK, RUSH LIMBAUGH, SEAN HANNITY, DICK CHENEY, KARL ROVE, et al

.... America has broken the laws of nature: choosing to spend our treasure on WAR and DEATH instead of HEALTH CARE and LIFE. Focusing on the fetal tissue rather than already living, breathing citizens who need food, heat and water and health care. This is an abomination that is being punished by reality.

THE COST OF WAR vs THE COST OF HEALTH CARE

By their fruits you know them: trillion dollar war resulting in destruction and death. Collapsed economy as a result of greed and elitism and lies.

America is suffering from breaking the laws of nature. Cheney and Bush lied us into a war based on oil, greed and false motives. The lie is always the beginning of breaking the moral law, the law of good. So-called "Christians" of the right wing actually think God cares about fetal tissue and punishing gay people for daring to be gay. But God only cares about how we treat each other. They are filled with hate and arrogance, just like the pharisees of Christ's time. They are crucifying Love, and Christ all over again.

The killings, the corruption, the stealing, the continuing lies about free health care for every citizen -- calling free health care and free help "death panels" ??? and Dachau concentration camps and the principle of good: treat each human being as you want to be treated, even if he's poor, or gay or addicted or female or Black or Latino or Muslim.


First let me say this: I do not believe in a devil or in an anthropomorphic "God" - a man-like God sitting in the sky. I believe in the law of Love, the power of good which is the Christ Truth within each of us. This has nothing to do with religion. All religion is man-made. Jesus himself did not like religion or the religious leaders, the Pharisees. He called them hypocrites. The Kingdom is within us. This is the law of the universe. What you give out, you receive back.

Our nation is suffering from breaking the law of love. Michelle Bachman is the consummate liar. And she is the opposite of love.

God in this sense, as LOVE, is actually scientific. In other words, healing happens when we are loving. It is proven on a biochemical level. You can measure your serenity or agitation based on the thoughts you think. Monks who meditate on love each day, and send loving thoughts out to the suffering world, have brains that healthier, with few if any scars caused by stress, fear and worry.

Metaphorically, the serpent, the liar, the devil is always the ACCUSER. The one with the loudest, most aggressive voice. The one who shouts down all good deeds. The one who covers a bad motive with a good motive. The one who takes from the poor to give to the rich. The meek shall inherit the earth.

We are supposed to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable. But America has lost it's way. We have broken the laws of nature, the principle of the universe: the Golden Rule, the Law of Love. We have followed the serpent: The one who comforts the comfortable and dismisses the afflicted.

There is no such thing as a "modern" Christian. This person is not a Christian, if you mean a politically vocal evangelical American fundamentalist.

This is the anti-christ.

Judgmental "Christian" Fundamentalists who go by the old Testament, judge others, cast stones, collect guns, love war, believe and speak lies (tea-baggers, birthers, Glen Beck, Michelle Bachman, abortion doctor murderers, gay-haters; Kennedy haters who never forgive humbly redeemed souls their mistakes or crimes) all of whom ignore Christ's teachings completely, leaving the love and forgiveness out of their evangelism, are the exact opposite of Christ.

By their fruits you shall know them. America's fruits: suicidal soldiers, choosing to spend our treasure on WAR AND DEATH instead of HEALTH CARE AND LIFE. Focusing on the fetal tissue rather than breathing living citizens who need heat and water and health care. This is an abomination that will be punished by reality.

By their fruits you shall know them: trillion dollar war costs resulting in destruction and death. Collapsed economy as a result of greed and elitism and lies.

America is suffering from breaking the laws of nature and the principle of good: treat each human being as you want to be treated, even if he's poor, or gay or addicted or female or Black or Latino or Muslim.

After all, Hitler was white and "Christian." Did race matter then?




MAJOR NIDAL MALIK HASAN FORT HOOD SUSPECT STILL ALIVE

Please leave comments here and let us know what you think is going on, what the most likely scenario is. Is Hasan a member of a domestic sleeper cell, a lifelong terrorist in training, who was groomed to inflitrate the U.S. military and become one of us, in order to stage a mass killing? Or is he a mentally unstable doctor who turned against his fellow soldiers and patients? What motivated him?

General Details Chaotic Scene After Deadly Shooting At Military Base... Suspect In Custody, In Stable Condition... Allegedly Sympathized With Suicide Bombers In Writings
FORT HOOD, Texas — An Army psychiatrist set to be shipped overseas opened fire at the Fort Hood Army post Thursday, authorites said, a rampage that killed 12 people and left 31 wounded in the worst mass shooting ever at a military base in the United States.

The gunman, first said to have been killed, was wounded but alive and in stable condition under military guard, said Lt. Gen. Bob Cone at Fort Hood. "I would say his death is not imminent," Cone said. Col. Ben Danner said the suspect was shot at least four times.

The man was identified as Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, a 39-year-old, eight-year veteran from Virginia.
President Barack Obama called the shooting at the Soldier Readiness Center, where soldiers who are about to be deployed or who are returning undergo medical screening, "a horrific outburst of violence."

"It's difficult enough when we lose these brave Americans in battles overseas," the commander in chief said. "It is horrifying that they should come under fire at an Army base on American soil."


Read more at: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/11/05/nidal-malik-hasan-fort-ho_n_347899.html&cp

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

HOW TO FIND JOY IN THE MIDST OF TRAGEDY


11/11 HAPPY ANNIVERSARY SWEETHEART!

We'll always have St. Barth's!
2008 St. Barth
Here is Lydia in front of the Gene Simmon's Axe Bass Guitar Bus!
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My friend (not pictured here) whom Cristina and I rescued from a extremely violent domestic abuse situation, is staying with me and just beginning to heal and have hope. In years, no one has had the time to listen to her story or help her. No one has believed her -- that a person so sweet could have everything taken from her for no reason at all. She is prone to giggle at the slightest courtesy. She has been through so much pain and violence, that when someone opens a door for her at the grocery store — stops to actually help her cross the street, figure out a parking ticket or actually talk to her and listen — she is overjoyed. Talk about appreciating life. When everything is taken from you, you can really be grateful for the little things.

ONE DAY AT A TIME IN ALANON... Some thoughts from my friend Mary in Shanghai:

After being sober for a while I see that no situation lasts forever. I used to have this horrible sense of urgency around my problems that I had to impulsively just do "something" to fix it all immediately or I would be so uncomfortable in my own skin, anxious and worried and burdened. So coming from this anxiety I often acted wrongly or suffered needlessly. I thought if I didn't do something about it right now it would be here for all time. Now I know that everything passes eventually.

Today, I can ask myself "What can I do about this right here, right now?" This question helps me to identify my responsibilities today surrounding this more realistically and shows me what part of the situation is beyond my control today. What I cannot do today I turn over. I remember I am in the footwork business, God is in the results business.

Reasoning things out with my sponsor or someone from the fellowship can help me to seperate todays problems with those of the past and the future. I will trust my Higher Power with tomorrow.
Then I do what I can and "turn over" the rest. In the 12-step program we turn our burdens, worries and fears over to our higher power.

"Today is only a small manageable segment of time in which my difficulties need not overwhelm me. This lifts from our hearts and minds the heavy weight of both past and future".

THE VOICE IN THE TREES... an essay on being a homeless woman. Back by popular demand... coming soon.

Rather than wanting to hold to the past longer, and slow things down, and stop the aging process -- just revel in the power of now! You can't stop time, and you won't stop the recycling process that is taking place upon this planet, nor would you want to -- but you do not have to suffer the moving through time. Every moment can be more wonderful than the moment before. - Abraham


Arianna Huffington: Why It's Wrong When Wrongdoers Are Allowed to Admit No Wrongdoing

Last week, JP Morgan agreed to a $722 million settlement with the SEC stemming from a risky derivatives deal that drove Alabama's most populous county to the brink of bankruptcy. As part of the settlement, JPMorgan neither admitted nor denied wrongdoing -- despite ample evidence that it had engaged in plenty of wrongdoing. This is what passes for justice on Wall Street: regulators give a company a ding to its bottom line, and are ready to quickly forget the whole thing and allow the company to move on to the next lucrative money-printing scheme. When corporate perpetrators don't have to admit they did anything wrong, it's as if the crime never happened. Which, of course, makes it much more likely that it will happen again.

SUMMER IN MALIBU COLONY WITH THE BEAUTIFUL SUZAN HUGHES!
Top photo: Suzan, bottom photo: Lydia




BARBADOS: Lydia, Cheryl Hines, Sharon Case

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

FOLLOW YOUR DREAM & THE MONEY WILL FOLLOW



This is my favorite version of the Tears for Fears' song 'MAD WORLD' from the movie Donnie Darko.

NEXT ISSUE: WHO IS KIRBY CRAMER?

THE KEY TO SUCCESS: STEVEN SPIELBERG FOLLOWED HIS BLISS AND NEVER THOUGHT ABOUT MONEY... Spielberg was the target of anti-Semitic remarks and bullied at school for being Jewish




STEVEN SPIELBERG
by Zac Champ

"Spielberg made his first film at the age of 13, as a Boy Scout merit badge project in Phoenix, Ariz. "It was three minutes long," he recalled with a faint smile. "One of my friends robbed a stagecoach and counted the money. It was eight millimeter, with no editing at all." (Klemersrud http://www.nytimes.com/books/97/06/15/reviews/ ). That was how it all started and now this directing genius’s name alone can sell a movie, it might as well be trade marked for "no director or producer has put together a more popular body of work. That’s why the movies we’re seeing now are made in his image." (Ebert http://cgi.pathfinder.com/time/asia/magazine/1998/980608/spielberg.html). "If money equals success then it is important to point out that his films have made more money than any other director. If success is critical acclaim, then you can point out that he directed more films in the AFI top 100 films of all time than any other director. If success is achieving something with nothing, than you can make the point that he never went to film school, wasn’t rich, and didn’t live in Hollywood when he started." Says Brian Young of Scruffles Steven Spielberg Directory. In this paper I hope to prove that Steven Spielberg’s works put him at the top of all directors and producers, and that film making and our American pop culture would be entirely different had it not been for his countless works.

"Spielberg’s childhood was unlike most children’s, when his father brought home a Lionel train set instead of playing with it the normal way, Steven would crash it over and over. "I would stage these very complex accidents on the rails," Spielberg said, "and somehow, intuitively, I would film these perfect crashes. When I got the film back, I would be amazed at how my little trains looked like multi-ton locomotives." (Sanello 15). When asked about Steven, mother Leah Adler had this to say, "He was my first, so I didn’t know that everybody didn’t have kids like him," she recalls with a happy shrug. "I just hung on for dear life. He was always the center of attention, ruling his three younger sisters. And me too actually. Our living room was strewn with cables and floodlights – that’s where Steven did his filming. We never said no. We never had a chance to say no. Steven didn’t understand that word." (Corliss http://www.geocities.com/~scruffles/article_11.html). Steven’s creativity seems to stem from his mother says Steven’s sister Sue "Mom was a classical pianist, artistic and whimsical. She led the way for Steven to be as creative as he wanted to be." (Corliss http://www.geocities.com/~scruffles/article_11.html). Steven’s father was more like his male characters in his movies either absent or a bit vague, less in touch with the forces of wonder. "His father’s influence contributed to the techno-wizardry which is the hallmark of most Spielberg films." (Sanello 1). "I’d help Steven construct sets for his 8-mm movies, with toy trucks and paper mache mountains." Says Steven’s father (Corliss http://www.geocities.com/~scruffles/article_11.html). "Arnold Spielberg had mixed feelings about his son’s filmmaking endeavors, and he pushed for a more practical, scientific career. During a quite successful career, Arnold Spielberg worked for IBM, RCA, and GE. He holds a whopping twelve patents in his name." (Sanello 15). "The combination of his mother’s artistic bent provided the aesthetic balance which drove his low-tech character driven films such as Schindler’s List and The Color Purple." (Sanello 1).

In school, Steven was nicknamed "the retard," and once lost a race to a boy in the class whom was actually mentally retarded. Spielberg's tale is a great anecdote of his entire childhood as… a "nerd."

The height of my wimpery came when we had to run a mile for a grade in elementary school," he has said. "The whole class of fifty finished, except for two people left on the track—me and a mentally retarded boy. Of course he ran awkwardly, but I was just never able to run. I was maybe 40 yards ahead of him, and I was only 100 yards away from the finish line. The whole class turned and began rooting for the young retarded boy—cheering him, saying, ‘C’mon, c’mon, beat Spielberg! Run, run! It was like he came to life for the first time, and he began to pour it on but still not fast enough to beat me. And I remember thinking, ‘OK, now how am I gonna fall and make it look like I really fell?’ And I remember actually stepping on my toe and going face hard into the red clay of the track and actually scraping my nose. Everybody cheered when I fell, and then they began to really scream for this guy: ‘C’mon, John, c’mon, run, run!’ I got up just as John came up behind me, and I began running as if to beat him but not really win, running to let him win. We were nose to nose, and suddenly laid back a step, then half step. Suddenly he was ahead, then he was a chest ahead, then a length, and then he crossed the finish line ahead of me. Everybody grabbed this guy, and threw him on their shoulders and carried him into the locker room, and into the showers, and I stood there on the track field and cried my eyes out for five minutes. I’d never felt better and I’d never felt worse in my life. (Sanello 18)

"I was skinny and unpopular. I was the weird, skinny kid with acne. I hate to use the word wimp, but I wasn’t in the inner loop. I never felt comfortable with myself, because I was never part of the majority." (Sanello 19). Other events included the failed attempt of dissecting a frog in biology class where he left the room to stand outside with the other weak stomached students "They were all girls." Spielberg later said. It was a scene that was later echoed in ET. He even cut off his knuckle while trying to demonstrate how to sharpen an axe in boy scouts, before 500 peers." (Sanello 19). Taking all of this into consideration would you have expected this young unpopular, awkward looking boy to become the most successful director and producer of all time and the creator of such films as Schindler’s List, and Saving Private Ryan?

Assorted photos I found in my files: The Red Tide ~ Demon Island starring James Earl Jones, Lydia Cornell, Jose Ferrer, Lila Kedrova, Marty Kove, Deborah Shelton. James Earl Jones and I played smuggling buddies and partners in a salvage boat. Beneath this photo is Christopher Cerf, Emmy-winning creator of PBS' "Between the Lions"; founder of the Harvard Lampoon, son of Bennett Cerf who founded Random House.





I am almost finished with the biggest writing project of my life. I apologize to all our radio fans of the Basham and Cornell Show. We have been on hiatus and will be back soon.

I also apologize to readers of this blog. You can find me on Facebook or Twitter. But the BLOG will be back bigger and better than ever before.

Stay tuned. Meanwhile, here is an article I wrote after Too Close for Comfort:

After the series ended, I went to hell and back. I really went through some terrifying dark days, months, years. But then I had a "catastrophic awakening." A supernatural force literally lifted me up and installed into me a peace of mind I never thought possible. When I gave up alcohol, drugs, worry and fear — a veil of anesthesia lifted. Amazing coincidences started happening; I found a key to the door by simply surrendering the intellectual habit of being arrogant. You have to become as innocent as a child to let this gift in.

I want to clear a few thing up that I said about religion. I’m not putting down the fundamentalists — but the most vocal ones do not act Christian at all. In fact, they are anti-Christ. Fundamentalist Christianity is in many ways, anti-Christ. Christ is LOVE, the love born into each soul. Jesus did not want us to worship him or his personality or his Jesusness. The Christ is the love in each of us. We are all to abide in love and never to judge others. We are to love our enemy, love our neighbor, and to meet hatred with love. How can any Christian call himself a Christian and condemn anyone for being different? Did God make a mistake? How can they deprive gays of the right to marry each other? Have they taken the plank out of their own eye?

You know how when you’re in a room with a terrorist or someone who is extremely hateful, you can actually feel the resentment coming off the person? Well, quantum physicists have have discovered that enthusiasm and courage actually change your brain waves, which changes the molecular structure around you. Positive energy has an invisible charge, just like the invisible molecules of electricity. Our thoughts have true, tangible energy.

String theory is exciting to me because it proves harmony (beauty, truth, love = God) on a molecular level. All the most important things are invisible to the conscious eye: love, beauty, joy, thought. If we only believed in what we could see, then we would still believe the earth was flat — and not spinning. Galileo, who was condemned by the Catholic Church for saying that the earth revolved around the sun — and forced to state that it stands still, muttered, “Nevertheless, it does spin!”

I believe our primary purpose in this existence is to learn to love and accept ourselves and then transfer that love and acceptance to others. Spirituality for me means smashing the ego. It’s about human kindness, seeing the good in others no matter how badly they are behaving. It’s not sitting on some mountain top in a self-centered quest to find God. But the only solution to personal agony is to start focusing on love, which is a power greater than yourself.

But everything has to be taken with a dose of humor; laughter is the best drug.


Nothing breaks my heart more than abused, neglected and abandoned children. I am hoping to join the board of an orphanage soon. I am also mentoring teen girls in a new after-school program which will be announced soon.

More pix: Ms. USA at the Silverton Hotel in Vegas. Lydia Cornell (center, judge)
Lydia with husband at Leo's Barmitzvah in 2009


Thursday, October 22, 2009

TWITTER SONG STARRING BILL ZUCKER, LYDIA CORNELL, SCOTT BAIO



Twitter Song is a Hilarious Parody By Bill Zucker w/ Scott Baio and Lydia Cornell about twitter addiction By Creator Of the "World Famous" TARP SONG" VIDEO.


Latest Tweets mentioning @LydiaCornell

CBeautiful who is that hottie at the end...its Lydia love it! RT @LydiaCornell Check this video out -- Twitter Song by Bill Zucker http://bit.ly/hN8mU

loghomemaint RT @EQGal: RT @Daniel_Barta: RT @LydiaCornell: I shouldn't have listened, now I'm singing 2 -- twttr Song by @BillZucker http://bit.ly/hN8mU
2 minutes ago from Seesmic

BCBeautiful who is that hottie at the end...its Lydia love it! RT @LydiaCornell Check this video out -- Twitter Song by Bill Zucker http://bit.ly/hN8mU
4 minutes ago from web

frankj2k9 @BillZucker @RealScottBaio @LydiaCornell http://bit.ly/hN8mU. Another Classic, Bill! You guys rock! Lydia you put this over the top.
8 minutes ago from Tweetie in reply to BillZucker

fdbull22 rt @LydiaCornell THANKS LOVE> @TruckerRich @KCHunt @DearNiamh @DavidsonGirl @BCBeautiful @lizzihere @philseneker @LTLV613 @Jesibaby (thank u
8 minutes ago from mobile web

EQGal Can't get the tune outta my head RT @Daniel_Barta: RT @LydiaCornell: Check this video out -- Twitter Song by @BillZucker http://bit.ly/hN8mU
12 minutes ago from Echofon

dominiofeminino Any time! *@HeyMonet* @BillZucker @SendUrBills2DC @arbonneteam @UpInTheHills @AliciaSanera @HrtLndr @LydiaCornell @copperpenny222
13 minutes ago from TweetDeck

HeyMonet thanks ;-) @dominiofeminino @UpInTheHills @HrtLndr @arbonneteam @copperpenny222 @SendUrBills2DC @BillZucker @LydiaCornell @AliciaSanera
15 minutes ago from web

Daniel_Barta RT @LydiaCornell: Check this video out -- Twitter Song by @BillZucker http://bit.ly/hN8mU
19 minutes ago from Tweetie

Aife_Earthstone RT @LydiaCornell Check this video out -- Twitter Song by Bill Zucker http://bit.ly/hN8mU
20 minutes ago from web

DLWilsonsWorld Hysterical...! RT @LydiaCornell: Check this video out -- Twitter Song by Bill Zucker http://bit.ly/hN8mU
20 minutes ago from TweetDeck

CHRISVOSS @LydiaCornell thanks Lydia!
20 minutes ago from Twikini in reply to LydiaCornell

RiWrites RT @LydiaCornell Check this video out -- Twitter Song by Bill Zucker http://bit.ly/hN8mU
21 minutes ago from web

Daniel_Barta RT @LydiaCornell: LOVE THIS success story! @CHRISVOSS http://bit.ly/Gj9SA
21 minutes ago from Tweetie

ITCompanies @LydiaCornell The hunger for love is much more difficult to remove than the hunger for bread. ~Mother Teresa
25 minutes ago from TweetDeck in reply to LydiaCornell

DBuchholzorama @LydiaCornell Hello Lovely Lydia...! Did you catch any of @marcuseaton 's webcast on Saturday? It's up now on www.marcuseaton.com !
26 minutes ago from web in reply to LydiaCornell

wickedmickey @LydiaCornell peace n love to a very good friend...life is been very good lately meeting everyone across Canada...giving peace n love always
33 minutes ago from web in reply to LydiaCornell

bluearkyprimite RT @LydiaCornell: The only religion is kindness. The Dalai Lama The only religion is kindness and comedy. - my version...luv it!!!
35 minutes ago from TweetDeck

fdbull22 rt @BillZucker SPECIAL TY TO @realScottBaio and @LydiaCornell FOR THEIR HILARIOUS ROLES IN MY TWITTER VIDEO http://bit.ly/hN8mU
about 1 hour ago from mobile web

FrazzledHaloz RT @BillZucker: SPECIAL TY TO @realScottBaio and @LydiaCornell FOR THEIR HILARIOUS ROLES IN MY TWITTER VIDEO http://bit.ly/hN8mU @andylevy
about 1 hour ago from TweetDeck

Jesibaby RT @BillZucker SPEC TY 2 @realScottBaio & @LydiaCornell 4 THEIR HILARIOUS ROLES IN MY TWITTER VID http://bit.ly/hN8mU stomach is KILLING ME
about 2 hours ago from web

"The only religion is kindness." - The Dalai Lama
"The only religion is kindness and comedy." - Lydia Cornell

Friday, October 02, 2009

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE "SAFE PASSAGE HOME" EVENT OCT. 2

Safe Passage provides extreme lifestyle makeovers to abused women and their children.




For Immediate Release

“Cut It Out” – Los Angeles Area Businesses to
Donate Free Makeovers to Domestic Violence Sufferers
Friday, October 2, 2009
Giuseppe Franco Salon

Beverly Hills CA- In honor of October being named National Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM), the country’s best beauty experts and physicians have partnered up with Los Angeles based non-profit organization, Safe Passage, to provide complete makeovers to five local domestic abuse survivors. These businesses will join a national campaign designed to “cut out” domestic violence by offering victims a “new look” on life.


Author, actress and radio host Lydia Cornell will emcee the event, and introduce Trish Steele, the founder of Safe Passage and Women of Brilliant Achievement Honoree 2008.

DVAM is a time for collective action, to celebrate survivors of the Movement, raise public awareness, and remember the millions of lives lost, as a result of abuse. For many years, Safe Passage has sought to make a difference in the lives of Angelenos by providing amazing life transformations.

With these makeovers, Safe Passage is hoping to help heal the emotional and physical wounds these five women have endured. One woman is constantly reminded of the day her ex shot her by the appearance of a large scar where the bullet entered her shoulder. Another woman has burn scars that cover over fifty percent of her body. And still a third has significant facial scarring. These physical injuries are ever-present symbols of the past, which until recently, they relived every time they looked in the mirror.

For the last few weeks the women have undergone their own personal extreme makeovers, on the way to beginning their new lives. On October 2, 2009 between the hours of 12 and 2 PM, these women will finish the last phase of their new transformations at the Giuseppe Franco Salon in Beverly Hills.

To help with these dramatic makeovers, Safe Passage assembled a Dream Team of volunteers. Board-Certified Cosmetic Surgeon Dr. Fardad, founder of Beverly Hills Cosmetic Surgical Group, and Dr. Bruce Vafa of Smile Angels of Beverly Hills, donated multiple cosmetic, reconstructive and dental surgeries. Actress and exercise coach, Natalie Raitano will be providing ongoing fitness training and maintenance; Giuseppe Franco will provide haircuts and color on the day of the event; and makeup artist Ruby Polanco of NYX Cosmetics will be doing participants’ makeup. Finally, fashions donated by “2 Chicks” will style their new looks. The Miss California Latina and Miss Teen will be inspiring the ladies to walk the walk and talk the talk!

Following these makeovers, the women will be feted and reintroduced to the world at a luncheon given in their honor at Beverly Hills restaurant, Mulberry Pizza Street. According to Keiara, “This is a dream come true and for the first time I know that I am loved. God has sent me Angels from Safe Passage to restore me!”

The experts are equally enthusiastic about the opportunity. “I am honored to work with Safe Passage, and the other volunteers in participating in this life-changing event. These beautiful women have taught us more than we can ever teach them. I cannot wait to see their big reveals,” says Dr. Fardad.

Interested community members can do their part to stop domestic violence by contributing tax deductible donations like: gift certificates, beauty aids, laptop computers and money to Safe Passage or domestic abuse prevention charities like it.

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About Safe Passage

Mrs. Steele was a successful model, makeup artist, and wardrobe stylist in the entertainment industry for over 25 years and is now Founder of “Women Crowned In Glory, Inc. a non-profit organization and Safe Passage that is helping women of domestic violence to regain a “New Life”. Before the hit show “Extreme Makeover”, Trish was already performing extreme makeovers on survivors of domestic abuse. Her organization provides shelter, job replacements, makeovers and their own place to live. In addition, Trish is a survivor of domestic violence and has overcome countless hardships and overwhelming handicaps of hearing and speech impairment as a child.

Trish has achieved so much in her life through her perseverance to make a difference in her life and others around her; winning the 1987 California Gold Coast Pageant, 1st Runner up of Beauties of America, published her own book entitled “The Compelling Life Changing Stories of 12 Women”, and formed a non-profit charity (WCIG) to inspire women worldwide. She also has received recognition and awards from various groups; Southern California Motion Picture Council, Beautiful People Awards, LA Family Housing, Tolucan News, Celebrity Society Magazine, L.A. Times, Studio City Sun, Amazing Woman’s Advocacy, and honored by Council Members of Los Angeles Dennis Zine and Wendy Greuel.

Trish Steele is a real social entrepreneur who is extremely motivated, with a pure heart and turning dreams into reality and insecurities into self-assurance. Her cable talk show had won 2 “Angel Awards”, which she hosted and interviewed women and men who shared their stories of the miracles in their life. Today she is working toward her goals to establish the “Stepping Stones To A New Life Program” in all of the shelters in the Los Angeles area and a TV Series about Safe Passage.

"We suffer & go through catastrophes so we can understand the suffering of others. We are here to help & love each other." Lydia Cornell

Saturday, September 12, 2009

GORGEOUS, EXCEPTIONAL WOMEN, CHARITIES, PRODUCTS * "BEE GORGEOUS"


"I have never experienced anything as soothing and exquisite as Susan Kushnatsian's Spa Night."


It was like a treasure hunt. I was told to go to a private home in Porter Ranch for a private "spa night" given as a gift to several women from a true angel, Susan Kushnatsian. Susan is a wonder woman. Not only does she make all her own anti-aging products with all-organic ingredients, but she home-schools her teenage children! Her sweet, stunning daughter helped out too.

That night, I had no idea what was going to happen, but when I entered the candle-lit house, I was given a robe and slippers and immediately transported or "beamed up" into a stress-free zone. The scent of lavender and roses permeated the air. Several women quietly joined me. Incredible women: Gail Lara, visionary creator and founder of
Made in the Valley.net (pictured at left between her two daughters); Sony Trieu, the famous, heavenly Yoga teacher and Thai massage expert who donated her time to give each of us a luxurious leg and foot rub with the most magical product on the planet, the Miel Body Veil. The other incredible women who were there included Trish Steele, founder ofSafePassageHome.org — a non-profit that helps battered and abused women. Kristina Loken was there too. She is the beautiful star ofTerminator 3: Rises of the Machines.

I have never experienced anything as soothing and exquisite as Susan Kushnatsian's "Spa Night." The aroma of her body butters — Mango Tango, Rose Shea, Whipped Creme — and her most amazing product "Miel Body Veil" (made with rich, pristine organic honey, olive oil, essential oils, coconut oil) will sweep you away and eliminate your stress. Her staff massaged Miel Face Veil and Body Veil into the skin of my face, legs, feet, hands — and my skin never felt so soft after the treatment. It is still glowing.


There was a hot salt-water jacuzzi and swimming pool, and a table of delicious food: blueberries in papaya; lemon and cucumber water, red wine, cookies, cheese lasagna, herb salad, cake, pastries, chocolates, strawberries.






Exceptional Women * Exceptional Products * Exceptional Charities
http://www.madeinthevalley.net/

Susan Kushnatsian - Bee Gorgeous Organics

Skin is the body’s hardest working organ. It holds us together, protects us from viruses, heat and cold – but while you’re conscious of what you put inside your body, do you ever think about what you’re feeding your skin?

Creator and founder of Bee Gorgeous, Susan Kushnatsian believes that all of us should readily know the answer to that question. Organic and green living is not just a lifestyle choice, but the only way of life for her and her family.

For over a decade, Susan has dedicated her time and efforts to creating a healthy and allergen-free environment for her household. Drawing from her extensive experience as a child care service provider for the past ten years, nurturing children with wholesome organic foods, coupled with her love of creating natural products, Susan has developed a private skincare line designed to meet the needs of many different skin types.

Using only reputable certified organic ingredients, Bee Gorgeous brings you quality skincare free of chemicals, in its purest form. The Bee Gorgeous skincare range includes customized facial products, body masks, lip balms, lotion bars, bath tea sachets and dream pillows. At Bee Gorgeous we provide all the tools for you to...

Bee Well, Bee Loved, Bee Gorgeous

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Did you know honey cleans and heals wounds, is an antibiotic, a curative for all sorts of ills from sore throat to insomnia to lethargy — and was used in World War I as the best wound healer? Doctors used honey mixed with cod liver oil to mend wounds and smooth scars.







WOMEN HAVE IT MADE….IN THE VALLEY

GRANADA HILLS, CA (August 2009) – Look at the labels on your clothes or home goods and the chances are you’ll find the words ‘Made in China’. But now, a group of San Fernando Valley based entrepreneurs are creating products which will carry the label ‘Made in the Valley’.

‘Made in the Valley, the Valley Girls Grew Up’ is an alliance of women business owners who specialize in unique hand crafted goods and a return to creative gift giving. Customers will find custom made jewelry, organic skincare, tea, chocolates and a fragrance designed exclusively for Made in the Valley shoppers. And while buying a gift, shoppers will also be helping local charities too, at a time when charitable giving is down.

Founder, Gail Lara developed ‘Made in the Valley’ after years as a sales and purchasing manager for major retailers in Hawaii. After hitting the glass ceiling, Lara says she recognized the need for a woman centered business model; “Women are often their own obstacle to success. So Made in the Valley does three things. It CARES for entrepreneurs through monthly mentoring meetings. We SHARE information on San Fernando Valley based businesses to encourage consumers to buy locally. And every month Made in the Valley will GIVE ten per cent of sales from the catalog and website to selected charities.”

The Valley Food Bank in Pacoima is just one of the local organizations that will benefit from Made in the Valley’s charitable giving initiative. Director, William Hernandez says he’s looking forward to the partnership; “Meeting the women of Made in the Valley, I was fascinated to see the amount of networking and encouragement that takes place. It’s great that these business owners look beyond their own bottom line and remember the needs of charities, especially now.”

Made in the Valley is encouraging customers to ‘Buy Local, Be Local’ in an effort to stimulate the local San Fernando Valley economy during the credit crisis.

Founder, Gail Lara says it’s time for all of us to do what we can to ease the San Fernando Valley’s financial woes; “Buying locally helps local businesses to thrive, improves the lives of the families of local entrepreneurs and ultimately builds a stronger community.“

Made in the Valley has also teamed up with Safe Passage Home, a charity founded by Trish Steele, which assists women who have been victims of domestic violence. Through an eight week entrepreneurial training program in conjunction with the Valley Economic Development Center in Van Nuys, women from Safe Passage will be shown how to build a business from scratch – from business plans and licensing to marketing and branding.

To find out more about joining Made in the Valley or to order gifts, go to

For interview requests, pictures, audio and video footage, contact Joanne Griffith at Jane Hannah Media – joanne@janehannahmedia.com or call 1 818 287 1092

ABOUT MADE IN THE VALLEY FOUNDER, GAIL LARA
Founder, Gail Lara was born in Lompoc, California and raised in the San Fernando Valley. Yes, she’s a Valley Girl. Gail moved to Hawaii to study, and spent more than twenty three years working in the retail industry, as a buyer and sales and purchasing manager for Liberty House, the island’s major retailer. In 1998, she became head of procurement for Pacific Century Financial before being headhunted to launch the logo marketing division for Hopaco (Boise Cascade). Gail set out to provide services to the top ten businesses in Hawaii and secured contracts with six in the first year. Returning to her Valley roots in 2001, Gail worked alongside another entrepreneurial woman starting her own jazz entertainment business, In-House Music, which gave her a further appreciation of what women go through when striking out on their own. But when the commute became too much, Gail started her own wholesale and retail business in 2004, Lara Unlimited LLC, which specialized in aloha merchandise from Hawaii. The planning stages of Made in the Valley began in September 2008 and it formally launched in July 2009. Gail was recently nominated for a San Fernando Valley Business Journal Women in Business Award.

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BEE GORGEOUS Lotion Bars. These are so yummy. You can have them made in your favorite fragrance of essential oils: lavender, rose, vanilla, etc. They contain honey, shea butter, coconut oil or extra virgin olive oil too. And they are all-natural so your body doesn't become hyper-frenetic and full of chemicals, parabens that are doing damage to our hormones and nerve endings. What you put on your skin is absorbed directly into your body just as food is.




Women's businesses of "Made in the Valley" contribute 10% of every sale to these charities:
The Valley Food Bank, Rescue Mission; Children Today; Tree People; Arts in Education Aid Council; RAINN (Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network; Pet Orphans; Safe Passage Home, a Non-Profit 501(C)3 Corporation to shelter, educate, equip and direct women and their children to safety and survival of domestic violence. For more information please log on to www.safepassagehome.org; and Circle of Hope www.CircleofHopeInc.org financially and emotionally assist underinsured and underinsured individuals with Breast Cancer; and many more charities.

This is the new small business model for today: helping others, helping women and giving back to the community by providing healthy products with integrity.


This photo is of me was taken less than a month ago, on August 23, 2009, at Trish's wedding at the Bel Air Bay Club in Malibu. This was taken on Sunday, one day after the Bee Gorgeous Spa Night. My skin never looked better or felt more silky. I love Susan Kushnatsian and Bee Gorgeous Organics SamFooOrganics.com
and Gail Lara of Made in the Valley.net

Friday, September 11, 2009

FORGOTTEN HEROES OF SEPTEMBER 11

9-11-09

Eight years ago today, one of the most beloved men in New York, Patrick J. Brown, died at the World Trade Center. Captain Brown was the most decorated member of that city's fire department.. He died trying to rescue badly burned civilians.

Here is what one of his men read at his funeral:

Eulogy for
Capt. Patrick Brown
11-9-01

by FF Mike Moran
On the morning of Sept. 11th, enemies of the United States attacked the World Trade Center. Their followers rejoiced, they even danced in the streets. They thought they had achieved success. But they did not.

They made the mistake on the morning of Sept. 11th, when all they saw when they looked at the WTC was 2 buildings. What they failed to see was the nation that stood behind them. What they failed to understand was the terrible resolve they had awakened.

And if there is justice in the afterlife, and I believe there is…..

Those fanatics who crashed those planes into the WTC did NOT get to meet Allah......... They did NOT get 70 virgins. Instead, they met Patrick J. Brown. And they discovered they messed with the wrong Marine.

Because you don’t mess with 3 Truck. You don’t mess with Patty Brown’s guys. Not when he is working.

When Patty first came to 3 Truck, he earned our undying respect when on 2 different occasions tough guys thought they could push Patty or his guys around.. They found out the hard way that Patty was not only a Black Belt in Karate, but also a heck of a Boxer. He was what my father would call----"Good with his hands".

We used to joke around in 3 Truck and tell the officers that they were not ‘in charge’---they were just responsible. Well, we never, even whispered that about Patty, because we all knew he was in charge. And not because he yelled. But because he spoke softly. He was humble. He led by example.

He was bigger than life. Therefore, a simple request from him was like a shouted order from another.

Late at night you could usually find him in the kitchen talking with the guys. He liked to shoot the breeze with the men. It is a testament to his character that with all the famous people he knew; all the mayors that pinned medals on his chest. All the big chiefs that were relieved when they saw his familiar visage enter the fire ground.

That Patty liked nothing better than hanging out with the men. Because Patty never stopped being a fireman. He only cared if you showed enthusiasm, if you were willing to learn. He didn’t care how many medals you had on your chest or how many bars you had on your collar. He only cared about the content of your character.

Guys that had had problems in other houses wanted to come to Ladder 3, not because the Capt. was soft---but because he was strong. He didn’t pre-judge you, he let you prove yourself to him and the great thing about him was---you didn’t want to let him down. We were becoming the Oakland Raiders of the Fire Dept.

And I will tell you this---we loved having him. He was not only a great storyteller; a true raconteur; he was also a great listener. He took tremendous interest in the guys’ lives and well-being. The funny thing is---most of us never realized that in those informal chats that the Capt. was teaching us. That is what he was doing. He was teaching us the Fire Dept. Way, the 3 Truck Way, and most importantly the Patty Brown Way. He was respected and loved because he lived his life so well.

I am reminded of the movie Braveheart when the men saw William Wallace for the first time. It wasn’t much different than when the Capt. First walked through the doors of 3 Truck. It was whispered, "This can’t be the man they call Patty Brown, he is not big enough. Patty Brown is 8 feet tall." Well, he wasn’t that big, but his heart was. That is the burden of being a legend. One that Patty carried with tremendous grace and humility.

To hear the stories and legend of Capt. Brown was to be inspired. But to actually meet the man, to be led by him, to follow him down that long, dark, smoky hallway was to be blessed. Because Patty’s strength, courage, and experience were a tremendous comfort in tough times.

When you went to Capt. with a request or a problem---his usual reply went along the lines of: "Don’t worry, we’ll see what we can do, we’ll take care of it." Anything for the men.

So, I can only imagine that is how it was on those final moments of Sept. 11th. Capt. Brown leading his men. Helping those 30 to 40 severely burned people down those dark stairs.

Patty giving ‘Maydays’ that saved many other firemen’s lives. But he and his men refusing to leave those people behind. I can see the guys from 3 Truck---turning one last time to Patty and being comforted by a nod of his head, a shy smile. "Don’t worry fellas, we’ll take care of it." And they were inspired.

So this marks the 12th, and fina funeral for the men of Ladder 3. And it is fitting that Patty go last. The last man out.

Patty never would have left any building until all his men were out. He couldn’t leave the scene or the firehouse until all his men were cared for. He would even come by on his off days to take care of things for his guys.

So, on behalf of the surviving members of Ladder 3----"You can ‘take up’ now Capt. All your men have been cared for. And they have gone home. You should join them there and rest easy. Any problems that come up----don’t worry, we will take care of them. For you taught us well. You taught us the Patty Brown Way."

Another one: Yesterday my cousin Tim Meier, a Jesuit priest, celebrated his 30th anniversary of sobriety. As some of you know, Tim became a U..S. Army chaplain during his 50th year on earth.. He just came back from Iraq, where he won a Bronze Star. Now he is off to Kosovo as part of a peacekeeping force.

Tim and Paddy did not know each other. But I can guarantee that they would have loved one another.

Mike Graham


Saturday, September 05, 2009

ACTRESS LYDIA CORNELL ON “THE LINNDA DURRE SHOW”
























For Immediate Release: LYDIA CORNELL to guest on radio's "THE LINNDA DURRE SHOW" 09-08-09, 12-1 PM (EDT) 9-10 AM (PST)

Listen to live-streaming audio by clicking the ON-AIR logo in the upper right-hand corner - www.810WEUS.com Local residents can listen on 810 AM radio in Central Florida.

Call 407-774-1085 for Q & A with Lydia Cornell on the debut of “The Linnda DurrĂ© Show,” on Tuesday, September 8th from 12-1 PM (EDT).

Linnda Durre' is a radio and TV talk show host, author, writer, and award winning filmmaker. www.LinndaDurre.com Contact her at 407-739-8620
photo: August 2009 Lydia and Jim Bullock
About Lydia Cornell

· Actress - AFI Best Actress nominee and People's Choice Award winner, best known for her role on ABC's Too Close For Comfort (as Ted Knight's daughter "Sara Rush")

· Recently on HBO's “Curb Your Enthusiasm”, and in the new indie film "Damage Done"

· Has been Invited to contribute her writings to The International Museum of Peace, which houses letters from Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Mother Teresa, Maya Angelou & Sir Edmund Hillary

· Comedienne - Improv and stand up in Las Vegas at the Riviera, Sahara; opening for Paul Rodriguez at Pechanga 1500 seat theater

· Author - “Falling Up” of 5 books in her upcoming humor book series

· Blogger - Best Writing awards, World Report, Thinking Blogger, Weblog and known for being attacked by Ann Coulter

· Radio Show Co-Host www.BashamandCornell.com AM morning drive Las Vegas, the only Progressive talk show in Vegas

· Recently interviewed Pulitzer Prize Winners, White House advisers, presidential candidates, Senators. Congressmen and women, and bestselling authors.

· Mentor/Volunteer - Mentors teens; volunteers with sons at homeless shelters.

· Wife & Mother - Happily married to a Neanderthal with a son and stepson

· Received the USO Distinguished Service Award for her trip to a war zone, Beirut.

Lydia Cornell is an award-winning actress, writer, comedienne, and talk-radio host best known for her role as "Sara Rush” - Ted Knight's dazzlingly beautiful yet stereotypically dumb blonde daughter on ABC's '80s hit sitcom, “Too Close for Comfort.” Lydia starred in over 250 TV shows & films including Curb Your Enthusiasm, Full House, Dukes of Hazzard, Knight Rider, A-Team, Hunter, Hardball, Hotel (2), Love Boat (6), Fantasy Island, T.J. Hooker and the pilot of the cult series Quantum Leap with Scott Bakula and Dean Stockwell. She signed hundreds of autographs at their convention earlier this year in Los Angeles.

As one of the most popular sex symbols of the era, Lydia won the People's Choice Award, was a Best Actress nominee at Method Fest for her leading role in the AFI film "Miss Supreme Queen" and has She recently co-starred with Larry David on HBO's “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and is in the new indie film “Damage Done.” www.lydiacornell.com

Lydia will talk with Linnda Durré about her life and career in Hollywood, her hilarious experiences with famous stars, and her depression after Ted Knight died and the show ended.

Her spiritual enlightenment that ensued after dealing with a drinking problem transformed her life, resulting in a very funny and "catastrophic" awakening.

"I began experiencing so many uncanny events, I can only call them miracles. What appear to be miracles are actually natural laws. We have been conditioned to believe that the external world is more real than the internal world. Quantum Physics says just the opposite: there is no solid matter. What’s happening on the inside determines what’s happening on the outside. Our world is shaped by our thoughts. So our loving attention to something literally alters the physical universe.

The key was acceptance and surrender; I surrendered all my fears and worries to a higher power and began the road to humility. I love the acrostic: EGO = Edging God Out. I began investigating Quantum physics, because I wanted to understand how these miracles happened. I now believe science proves the existence of God, but I'm talking about the God of love, not religious fundamentalism. Religion is man-made; God is within each of us.

More about Linnda Durre

One of the greatest sources of frustration and tension in our lives comes from the workplace.

Linnda Durre, Ph.D., one of the nation's most popular psychotherapists, says sometimes it is the root cause of problems in our relationships at home as well.

Her latest book, "Surviving the Toxic Workplace," is a practical manual for dealing with a variety of issues, from how to handle annoying coworkers, inexperienced bosses and intolerable situations.

The book, which will be published by McGraw Hill, doesn't come out until Feb. 19, but you don't have to wait until then to start learning how to survive and thrive at work. Click the play button above and start changing your life today.

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Greg Proops, Cheryl Hines, Lydia Cornell (in gold gown) in the Green Room backstage at the World Travel Awards, Barbados. Richard Belzer, Davy Jones, Martha and the Vandellas, Sharon Case from Young and the Restless; Michael Imperioli from The Sopranos. Below: group shot

Friday, September 04, 2009

DOG STORIES * WEEKEND JOY plus OBAMA INSPIRES KIDS

The other day I woke up, reached over and started petting our little rescue dog Sasha, on her smooth belly. She sleeps on her back, and usually ends up in the middle of my husband and me, like a child under the covers. (When we first got her, I woke up and she had her head on the pillow; she was staring into my eyes, with her head was sticking out from the covers like a little child.

Anyway, on this particular morning, just before dawn, it was hazy but I could see her longish tan torso/tummy and I felt the back of her skinny little legs which were extended. I kept rubbing her smooth belly and then I panicked. She wasn't moving or breathing.

I said, "Paul - wake up! Sasha isn't moving. I think you're smothering her! I kept pulling her torso out from under my husband. It seemed as if her head was under his armpit and all I could feel was her belly. I kept pulling, trying to pull her out from under him, when I heard a bark from the end of the bed. It was Sasha barking at me. Who was I petting then? Suddenly it became clear that I had been "petting" my husband's inner arm the whole time! The inner arm was smooth and the outer sides had hair, so I just assumed it was the dog -- and in the haze his arm was just her size.

What I thought were her hind legs, were actually my husband's fingers. YOU HAD TO BE THERE! I still can't stop laughing about this!

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FROM THE WHITE HOUSE

I Just received this from Obama's office. It thoroughly lists the TRUTH and nothing but the TRUTH about Obama's public health care option. Please read it.

8 Ways reform provides security and stability to those with or without Coverage

1. Ends Discrimination for Pre-Existing Conditions: Insurance companies will be prohibited from refusing you coverage because of your medical history.

2. Ends Exorbitant Out-of-Pocket Expenses, Deductibles or Co-Pays: Insurance companies will have to abide by yearly caps on how much they can charge for out-of-pocket expenses.

3. Ends Cost-Sharing for Preventive Care: Insurance companies must fully cover, without charge, regular checkups and tests that help you prevent illness, such as mammograms or eye and foot exams for diabetics.

4. Ends Dropping of Coverage for Seriously Ill: Insurance companies will be prohibited from dropping or watering down insurance coverage for those who become seriously ill.

5. Ends Gender Discrimination: Insurance companies will be prohibited from charging you more because of your gender.

6. Ends Annual or Lifetime Caps on Coverage: Insurance companies will be prevented from placing annual or lifetime caps on the coverage you receive.

7. Extends Coverage for Young Adults: Children would continue to be eligible for family coverage through the age of 26.

8. Guarantees Insurance Renewal: Insurance companies will be required to renew any policy as long as the policyholder pays their premium in full. Insurance companies won't be allowed to refuse renewal because someone became sick.

Learn more and get details: http://www.WhiteHouse.gov/health-insurance-consumer-protections/

8 Common Myths about Health Insurance Reform

1. Reform will stop "rationing" - not increase it: It’s a myth that reform will mean a "government takeover" of health care or lead to "rationing." To the contrary, reform will forbid many forms of rationing that are currently being used by insurance companies.

2. We can’t afford reform: It's the status quo we can't afford. It’s a myth that reform will bust the budget. To the contrary, the President has identified ways to pay for the vast majority of the up-front costs by cutting waste, fraud, and abuse within existing government health programs; ending big subsidies to insurance companies; and increasing efficiency with such steps as coordinating care and streamlining paperwork. In the long term, reform can help bring down costs that will otherwise lead to a fiscal crisis.

3. Reform would encourage "euthanasia": It does not. It’s a malicious myth that reform would encourage or even require euthanasia for seniors. For seniors who want to consult with their family and physicians about end-of life decisions, reform will help to cover these voluntary, private consultations for those who want help with these personal and difficult family decisions.

4. Vets' health care is safe and sound: It’s a myth that health insurance reform will affect veterans' access to the care they get now. To the contrary, the President's budget significantly expands coverage under the VA, extending care to 500,000 more veterans who were previously excluded. The VA Healthcare system will continue to be available for all eligible veterans.

5. Reform will benefit small business - not burden it: It’s a myth that health insurance reform will hurt small businesses. To the contrary, reform will ease the burdens on small businesses, provide tax credits to help them pay for employee coverage and help level the playing field with big firms who pay much less to cover their employees on average.

6. Your Medicare is safe, and stronger with reform: It’s myth that Health Insurance Reform would be financed by cutting Medicare benefits. To the contrary, reform will improve the long-term financial health of Medicare, ensure better coordination, eliminate waste and unnecessary subsidies to insurance companies, and help to close the Medicare "doughnut" hole to make prescription drugs more affordable for seniors.

7. You can keep your own insurance: It’s myth that reform will force you out of your current insurance plan or force you to change doctors. To the contrary, reform will expand your choices, not eliminate them.

8. No, government will not do anything with your bank account: It is an absurd myth that government will be in charge of your bank accounts. Health insurance reform will simplify administration, making it easier and more convenient for you to pay bills in a method that you choose. Just like paying a phone bill or a utility bill, you can pay by traditional check, or by a direct electronic payment. And forms will be standardized so they will be easier to understand. The choice is up to you – and the same rules of privacy will apply as they do for all other electronic payments that people make.

Learn more and get details:

http://www.WhiteHouse.gov/realitycheck

http://www.WhiteHouse.gov/realitycheck/faq

8 Reasons We Need Health Insurance Reform Now

1. Coverage Denied to Millions: A recent national survey estimated that 12.6 million non-elderly adults – 36 percent of those who tried to purchase health insurance directly from an insurance company in the individual insurance market – were in fact discriminated against because of a pre-existing condition in the previous three years or dropped from coverage when they became seriously ill. Learn more: http://www.healthreform.gov/reports/denied_coverage/index.html

2. Less Care for More Costs: With each passing year, Americans are paying more for health care coverage. Employer-sponsored health insurance premiums have nearly doubled since 2000, a rate three times faster than wages. In 2008, the average premium for a family plan purchased through an employer was $12,680, nearly the annual earnings of a full-time minimum wage job. Americans pay more than ever for health insurance, but get less coverage. Learn more: http://www.healthreform.gov/reports/hiddencosts/index.html

3. Roadblocks to Care for Women: Women’s reproductive health requires more regular contact with health care providers, including yearly pap smears, mammograms, and obstetric care. Women are also more likely to report fair or poor health than men (9.5% versus 9.0%). While rates of chronic conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure are similar to men, women are twice as likely to suffer from headaches and are more likely to experience joint, back or neck pain. These chronic conditions often require regular and frequent treatment and follow-up care. Learn more: http://www.healthreform.gov/reports/women/index.html

4. Hard Times in the Heartland: Throughout rural America, there are nearly 50 million people who face challenges in accessing health care. The past several decades have consistently shown higher rates of poverty, mortality, uninsurance, and limited access to a primary health care provider in rural areas. With the recent economic downturn, there is potential for an increase in many of the health disparities and access concerns that are already elevated in rural communities. Learn more: http://www.healthreform.gov/reports/hardtimes

5. Small Businesses Struggle to Provide Health Coverage: Nearly one-third of the uninsured – 13 million people – are employees of firms with less than 100 workers. From 2000 to 2007, the proportion of non-elderly Americans covered by employer-based health insurance fell from 66% to 61%. Much of this decline stems from small business. The percentage of small businesses offering coverage dropped from 68% to 59%, while large firms held stable at 99%. About a third of such workers in firms with fewer than 50 employees obtain insurance through a spouse. Learn more: http://www.healthreform.gov/reports/helpbottomline

6. The Tragedies are Personal: Half of all personal bankruptcies are at least partly the result of medical expenses. The typical elderly couple may have to save nearly $300,000 to pay for health costs not covered by Medicare alone. Learn more: http://www.healthreform.gov/reports/inaction

7. Diminishing Access to Care: From 2000 to 2007, the proportion of non-elderly Americans covered by employer-based health insurance fell from 66% to 61%. An estimated 87 million people - one in every three Americans under the age of 65 - were uninsured at some point in 2007 and 2008. More than 80% of the uninsured are in working families. Learn more: http://www.healthreform.gov/reports/inaction/diminishing/index.html

8. The Trends are Troubling: Without reform, health care costs will continue to skyrocket unabated, putting unbearable strain on families, businesses, and state and federal government budgets. Perhaps the most visible sign of the need for health care reform is the 46 million Americans currently without health insurance - projections suggest that this number will rise to about 72 million in 2040 in the absence of reform. Learn more: http://www.WhiteHouse.gov/assets/documents/CEA_Health_Care_Report.pdf

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THE PURPOSE OF LIFE

Remember, the purpose of physical life is to learn how to love everyone unconditionally, including yourself. And to serve all other people with loving kindness.