Monday, June 26, 2017


What an amazing party at Lisa and Joshua Greer's estate.

Lydia Cornell with John Bendheim
Lydia Cornell, Harrison Held

Thursday, June 22, 2017

RED CARPET ~ FACE FORWARD Helping victims of Domestic Violence at Comedy Store

AFI Best Actress nominee and People's Choice Award Lydia Cornell is best known as the star of the hit ABC series Too Close for Comfort as Emmy legend Ted Knight’s daughter ‘Sara’. Cornell 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. Also seen on HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm, Variety’s Power of Comedy, and the Kelsey Grammer Comedy Hour. An international star of over 250 TV shows and films in 27 countries, Lydia received the Southern California Motion Picture Council’s Golden Halo Lifetime Achievement Award in 2014. She directed the SAG film “It’s My Decision” now on the film festival circuit, for which she was honored as Best Director by Los Angeles Movie Awards. One of TV’s most popular sex symbols, she is now a writer, director, mother, comedienne, talk show host, women and children’s advocate, teen mentor and inspirational public speaker. She has a book series due out in 2018. Her articles have appeared in PEOPLE, US, Herald de Paris; A&E Biography, Huffington Post, Editor & Publisher, Macon Daily, and Lone Star Icon. 
Tonight is "Laughing It Forward" at the Comedy Store. Still time to buy your tickets. #FaceForward #ComedyStore — w…

Face Forward's mission is to provide emotional support and reconstructive surgery for women, children and men who have been victims of Domestic Violence, Human Trafficking or any Cruel Acts of Crime.  This is the 3rd Annual "Laugh It Forward" comedy show to raise funds to help Fac

Tuesday, June 13, 2017


The rules of the quantum world — where everything is probabilistic, until observation fixes it — may be a lot less indefinite than we thought. A new experiment shows that liquids have properties that physicists once thought were confined to the quantum level. And this could be a big breakthrough.
Essentially, it could change how we understand the behavior of quantum particles, by revealing the kinds of waves that control their seemingly-chaotic movements. Over at Quanta, Natalie Wolchover has a terrific article explaining the fluid experiment, and why classical mechanics might shed some light on the quantum world. 
Writes Wolchover:For nearly a century, "reality" has been a murky concept. The laws of quantum physics seem to suggest that particles spend much of their time in a ghostly state, lacking even basic properties such as a definite location and instead existing everywhere and nowhere at once. Only when a particle is measured does it suddenly materialize, appearing to pick its position as if by a roll of the dice.
This idea that nature is inherently probabilistic — that particles have no hard properties, only likelihoods, until they are observed — is directly implied by the standard equations of quantum mechanics. But now a set of surprising experiments with fluids has revived old skepticism about that worldview. The bizarre results are fueling interest in an almost forgotten version of quantum mechanics, one that never gave up the idea of a single, concrete reality.
The experiments involve an oil droplet that bounces along the surface of a liquid. The droplet gently sloshes the liquid with every bounce. At the same time, ripples from past bounces affect its course. The droplet's interaction with its own ripples, which form what's known as a pilot wave, causes it to exhibit behaviors previously thought to be peculiar to elementary particles — including behaviors seen as evidence that these particles are spread through space like waves, without any specific location, until they are measured.
Particles at the quantum scale seem to do things that human-scale objects do not do. They can tunnel through barriers, spontaneously arise or annihilate, and occupy discrete energy levels. This new body of research reveals that oil droplets, when guided by pilot waves, also exhibit these quantum-like features.
To some researchers, the experiments suggest that quantum objects are as definite as droplets, and that they too are guided by pilot waves — in this case, fluid-like undulations in space and time. These arguments have injected new life into a deterministic (as opposed to probabilistic) theory of the microscopic world first proposed, and rejected, at the birth of quantum mechanics.
"This is a classical system that exhibits behavior that people previously thought was exclusive to the quantum realm, and we can say why," said John Bush, a professor of applied mathematics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology who has led several recent bouncing-droplet experiments. "The more things we understand and can provide a physical rationale for, the more difficult it will be to defend the 'quantum mechanics is magic' perspective."

Read the rest at Quanta

Tuesday, May 09, 2017


I raised a stepson with Osteogenesis Imperfecta. The National Osteoporosis Foundation and its fun Jumping Jack Challenge that will be circulating on Social Media. If you choose to help out their cause to raise awareness about bone health by posting a video of  YOU doing the Jumping Jack Challenge on your Social Media, would you also kindly SHARE your Challenge video on THEIR page too?! 

Their page is @nationalosteoporosisfoundation 

The National Osteoporosis Foundation will put on the “JUMPING JACK CHALLENGE” to help raise awareness and resources to promote bone health. Jumping Jacks are great for building bone strength and density during childhood and adolescence and for maintaining bone strength as you age.
An estimated 10,000,000 adults in the USA have osteoporosis. And, for women especially, the incidence of osteoporosis is greater than that of heart attack, stroke and breast cancer “COMBINED.”

HERE IS HOW YOU CAN HELP. Accept the Jumping Jack Challenge by taking a VIDEO of yourself doing 10 jumping jacks in 10 seconds. Post the video on ALL of your favorite social media and challenge your fans and friends to join you in taking the Jumping Jack Challenge.
Here is a suggested script for your video and the language for your social media post.

SUGGESTED SCRIPT FOR YOUR VIDEO POST: “I’m taking The Jumping Jack Challenge to raise awareness about building bone strength for the National Osteoporosis Foundation. Join me in taking the challenge by doing 10 jumping jacks in 10 seconds or making a donation for research at”

SUGGESTED LANGUAGE FOR FACEBOOK: “Can you do 10 jumping jacks in 10 seconds.? If so, you’re ready to take ‘The Jumping Jack Challenge’ for the National Osteoporosis Foundation. Record and post a video of you, your family or friends doing 10 jumping jacks in 10 seconds to your social media, tag your friends and ask them to join YOU in taking the challenge.”

Monday, May 08, 2017


Maybe you heard about the boy who was punched in the head at his school and people stopped to film it and post it. Jordan's dad, Ed Peisner is going to Sacramento to have a law put in place that will STOP people from profiting off of crimes on social media. 

Tuesday, March 21, 2017


Watch your thoughts, they become your words
Watch your words, they become your actions
Watch your actions, they become your habits
Watch your habits, they become your character


Check out some archived interviews and articles:

Digg Celebrity Interview with Actress Lydia Cornell

TOO CLOSE FOR COMFORT back on TV on WGN! Check out my new interviews on SitComs Exclusive! "Unleashed"

Check out Basham and Cornell Radio archives for podcasts of our amazing guests from John and Elizabeth Edwards, CNN's Paul Begala, MSNBC's Pat Buchanan, Pulitzer Prize Winner Charlie Savage, Tom Daschle, John Dean, Stefan Forbes, Valerie Plame-Wilson, Bill Press, Rep. Robert Wexler, Brad Friedman, Naomi Klein, Dennis and Elizabeth Kucinich, Charlie Rangel, Carolyn B. Maloney, Senators Patrick Murphy, Byron Dorgan, Fareed Zakariah, Valerie Bertinelli, Paul Krugman, etc.

Saturday, January 28, 2017


I'm so excited to read my work at this wonderful, renown celebrity literary and music salon. Norman Lear and Carl Reiner spoke here recently. Leonard Martin will be there.   "It’s time for fun. We’ll be talking movies, movies, more movies... TV, more TV, books, and, music will be a playin'. Leonard Maltin, film critic, and historian, author of a dozen books, Lydia Cornell, award winning actress for Too Close For Comfort, has written, Hiding My Brain in My Bra, and will read us a taste of her book, which is being adapted for a television series, and, The Cages, father and son... will debut their about to drop CD, before they hit The Tonight Show. *
Vicki Abelson's Women Who Write, Tues, Jan 31st, 11 am
Live in the living room (in LA, join us!) and Live on the Facebook. Or write to Vicki to register:

Monday, January 23, 2017



I've been stuck out here in Antelope Valley, taking care of my parents. I feel like the tribes of Israel wandering in the desert. 

Recently I began to practice sculpting my reality. On Christmas Eve, I went to the small local organic grocery store to buy one item, Veganaise (vegan mayo.) I was heading toward the checkout when a woman with a basket of items beat me to the line. To be fair, she hadn’t noticed me right behind her. In fact, she never bothered to turn around and see me in line holding one item. But I was pissed off, mumbling that she should let me go ahead of her. I was being passive-aggressive so of course I didn't ask the woman if I could go ahead of her in line; I prefered to fume. I was in a hurry to get home to wrap gifts for my son.

Standing behind this woman in line, I suddenly remembered to shift from being ‘selfish and self-centered’ to being ‘of love and service.’ After all, why should I project bad motives onto this woman? I didn't know her story. Maybe she had sick kids at home; maybe she had a death in the family; maybe she was a zombie, walking around unconscious during the holiday season. And how could she read my mind if she never even noticed me? 

So I reached for the highest thought I could come up with about the woman, and my anger immediately softened. As I stared at the back of her head, I noticed that she was shaking with what looked like Parkinson’s disease. My heart melted and I silently reached out to her in love. I poured out love to her. 

AND like clockwork, at that EXACT moment she turned to me and said, "Sweetheart, you go ahead of me. I forgot to get something else I need." And she left the line.

Something similar happened on two other occasions that week. I kept "letting go" of my own selfish anxiety and the minute I did, the parking spot opened up, and a career door opened or the very thing I wanted came to me. Life is a circle. 

"Your thoughts should feel like your friends."


Warren Buffett is asking everyone to forward this email to a minimum of 20 people, 
and to ask each of those to do likewise.
In three days, most people in the United States will have the message. 
This is an idea that should be passed around.


Let's see if these idiots understand what people pressure is all about.

Salary of retired US Presidents .. . . . .. . . . . .. . $180,000 FOR LIFE.

Salary of House/Senate members .. . . . .. . . . $174,000 FOR LIFE. This is stupid

Salary of Speaker of the House .. . . . .. . . . . $223,500 FOR LIFE. This is really stupid

Salary of Majority / Minority Leaders . . .. . . . . $193,400 FOR LIFE. Stupid

Average Salary of a teacher . . .. . . . .. . . . . .. .$40,065

Average Salary of a deployed Soldier . . .. . . .. $38,000

Here’s where the cuts should be made! 

Warren Buffett, in a recent interview with CNBC, offers one of the best quotes about the debt ceiling:

"I could end the deficit in five minutes," he told CNBC. "You just pass a law that says that anytime there is a deficit of more than 3% of GDP, all sitting members of Congress are ineligible for re-election".

The 26th Amendment ( granting the right to vote for 18 year-olds ) took only three months and eight days to be ratified! Why? Simple! The people demanded it. That was in 1971 - before computers, e-mail, cell phones, etc.

Of the 27 amendments to the Constitution, seven (7) took one (1) year or less to become the law of the land - all because of public pressure.

Warren Buffett is asking each addressee to forward this email to a minimum of twenty people on their address list; in turn ask each of those to do likewise.

In three days, most people in The United States of America will have the message. This is one idea that really should be passed around.

Congressional Reform Act of 2017

1. No Tenure / No Pension. A Congressman / woman collects a salary while in office and receives no pay when they're out of office.

2. Congress (past, present, & future) participates in Social Security.

All funds in the Congressional retirement fund move to the Social Security system immediately. All future funds flow into the Social Security system, and Congress participates with the American people. It may not be used for any other purpose.

3. Congress can purchase their own retirement plan, just as all Americans do.

4. Congress will no longer vote themselves a pay raise. Congressional pay will rise by the lower of CPI or 3%.

5. Congress loses their current health care system and participates in the same health care system as the American people.

6. Congress must equally abide by all laws they impose on the American people.

7. All contracts with past and present Congressmen/women are void effective 3/1/17. The American people did not make this contract with Congressmen/women.

Congress made all these contracts for themselves. Serving in Congress is an honor, not a career. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, so ours should serve their term(s), then go home and go back to work.

If each person contacts a minimum of twenty people, then it will only take three days for most people in the U.S. to receive the message. It's time!


If you agree, pass it on.