Friday, July 31, 2009



Ferris Bueller Director John Huges died of a heart attack. Rest in Peace.

Justice Sotomayor confirmed!

North Korea pardons U.S. journalists Euna Lee and Lara Ling.

(Thank you President Clinton and President Obama for your wonderful diplomatic skills.)

Photo top: Therese Lee, Lydia Cornell and Jim Bullock at "ANNUL VICTORY" documentary on Prop. 8 premiere red carpet night, August 5 Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel.
Sara and Monroe from Too Close for Comfort!

Photo left: This is a rare photo a fan sent me from our first TV Guide Session (the first of 3 separate TV Guide Covers we were on. Ted Knight, Lydia Cornell, Deborah Van Valkenburgh)

So use them wisely. Radiate love. Bless everyone you meet. Your thoughts create your reality.

What you focus on GROWS!

Every thought changes our biochemistry. Pay attention to what brings you joy. Dr Christiane Northup

My brother Paul, who passed away on December 1, 1995. At the Grand Canyon. He is also in the photo below at the Hollywood Christmas Parade.

My son has Chemistry finals today, and I finally complete phase one of a wonderful task, which, through perseverance, actually transformed itself from a terrifying chore to a joyous journey. I enjoyed every minute of the writing, and the spaces. This was the first time in my life I committed to shutting the world out and going within. We are going to have a great weekend!! Love to all of you! xoxoxoxoxo

If you believe that you must work hard in order to deserve the money that comes to you, then money cannot come to you unless you do work hard. Financial success, or any other kind of success, does not require hard work. It does require alignment of thought. You simply cannot offer negative thought about things that you desire and then make up for it with action or hard work. When you learn to direct your own thoughts, you will discover the true leverage of Energy alignment.

--- Abraham

Excerpted from the book "Money and the Law of Attraction: Learning to Attract Health, Wealth and Happiness"

"Whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy -- meditate on these things." Philippians 4:8

"Each friend represents a world in us.

A world possibly not born until they arrive,

and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born."

- Anais Nin

These are the best years of our lives. Surrounded by so much love and laughter.

My Beautiful, Amazing friend Jim Hillis

"What if tomorrow never comes? It didn't today." Bill Murray in Groundhog Day

Sobriety came when I surrendered my ego; love came when I surrendered my desperate search for a man; financial security came when I gave up agonizing about money.

Please check out my amazing friend Jim Hillis' website:
James Hillis Ford And His Quest...To Always Do The Right Thing...And God's Work...

THE SEVEN DAY MENTAL DIET: How to Change Your Life in a Week
by Emmet Fox

"Our thoughts are just as potent and real as bullets." Naweko

"Stress is the consequence of resistance to your life. (Most disease is stress-related, even cancer.) When we resist, argue, are angry or make others wrong... we are not at peace with our true nature. When you relax into acceptance, that's when you can start reclaiming your peace.
Your life is now; you can't wait to become peaceful." - Gary Zukav

Acceptance of whatever is going on, is the key to serenity.

Weapons (Implements) of violence serve evil. Humanity has failed to learn this profound teaching. There is no victory in any activiity where killing takes place.
We are all connected by our originating spirit. What appears to be a victory is really false.

Taking pleasure in winning a battle is onlly the ego's will to kill. Our lowest nature. Our highest nature rebels against this.

Anything "won" by force is not a victory. It will turn against you.

Arms serve evil; they are the tools of those who oppose wise rule. If you kill someone you must feel compassion for the one you killed.


My grandfather and brother Paul at the Hollywood Christmas Parade in the 80's.
And Sasha, our rescue dog.

Sunday, July 26, 2009


Proceeds from sales on this site and from all my autograph shows go to Imagine L.A. "Where no child sleeps on the street"; Feed the Children, PATH (People Assisting the Homeless) and the Red Cross.

Look at my son Jack, on my birthday. He refused to smile and was embarrassed to sit next to me in case his friends saw him. Check out his crooked half smile in every pic... Hilarious!

Birthday with the family at Islands. The other kids (which includes hubby) were sitting opposite us. Went to see HARRY POTTER after dinner. The kids refused to go, but I LOVED THE NEW HARRY POTTER!! I'm a geek, what can I say? Love fantasy, magic, horror and sci fi. Now I see a resemblance between RUPERT GRINT AND MICK JAGGER as far as sex appeal goes! I couldn't se how Hermoine wouldn't be more attracted to Harry Potter, but Rupert is SEXY!! Draco Malfoy is positively sinister. And I adored Jim Broadbent, one of my favorite actors. So funny!

Now I'm reading the 7th Harry Potter book THE DEATHLY HALLOWS.

Check out Plastic God Lego celebrity icon portraits - GENIUS!


Lydia and Stephen Rice from "Outside In" a shelter for young people without homes. You can learn more about this and the amazing group of women behind "Made in the Valley: The Valley Girls Grew Up" in the next issue.

GREAT WEEKEND in Burbank at the Hollywood Show!



I am so sick of cleavage! But I can't quit cold turkey. I'm not spiritually evolved enough yet to stop dressing like a hooker, but I did try on a turtleneck the other day. You can't get a job in this town without "lap dancer" on your resume, and I'm referring to the writers, not the actors.

Ran into so many old friends, flames and great stars like Don Most, Rosanna Arquette, Shannon Doherty, Kathy Najimy, Kristy Swanson, Angie Everhart, Tanya Roberts...and of course my big swiss, Deborah Van Valkenburgh.

Here are a few iphone snapshots with really bad lighting and a really stupid smile on my face.

Photo #1. BRADY BUNCH stars Chris Knight and Barry Williams

Photo #2: HAPPY DAYS: Anson Williams, Don Most. LOVE THEM!! (Donny and I go way back.)


Photo #4:
Henry Winkler "The Fonz

Jack Riley was one of our favorite guest stars on Too Close for Comfort.

Bill Dailey has always been a favorite since "I DREAM OF JEANIE" days! We got to talk for about 3o minutes. He has an amazing life in New Mexico and directs theater there.

One of my favorite people is Rosanna Arquette. I got to say hi and she was so sweet, but I wish I had told her how much I adore her.

Saw the gorgeous Bond Girls Maud Adams and Tanya Roberts.

Kristy Swanson is also a favorite (the original "Buffy the Vampire Slayer") Richard Kiel was there, and all the Jasons from Friday the 13th, including my old friend Warrington Gillette :) Good to see you Warrington. I have fond memories of Aspen! But I don't really remember that much, since those were the wild days of lost brain cells.

My favorite Twilight Zone and Star Trek guest star WARREN STEVENS sat right to my left. He is so amazing, so brilliant. His wife was named Lydia and he has some great sons. I wish I could have stayed and just visited with all the stars, but we couldn't leave our tables. I used to do these shows and never get to walk around.

"The Valley Girls Grew Up" Thank you to Gail Lara of Made in the Valley!

The gifting suite was amazing. "Happy Chocolates" and all the products they gave us from BEE GORGEOUS all natural lotion bars, scrubs, and honey (miel) veil body treatments.

I also loved the homemade chili from MAJESTIC CHEF the best chili maker in the world! Check out a MAJESTIC CHEF CHILI and get some of this amazing chili.

Also, we got these ultra- comfy Oka shoes,

** ONE OF A KIND jewelry from "Not Just Any Old Day" silver calendar creations!!
Star Mineral lip gloss; SANITAS Skin Care - the most scrumptious lemon cleanser;
Marabel Farms Cocoa Beans;


Twisted Silver brass bracelet from a unique jewelry store.


NAJA TEA - HIBISCUS made with apricots, peaches and dried raspberries;
Organic Spray Tan! from Spray di Sole;
Skin Body Shop Spa;

More... Chocolee Chocola; Garden Kisses Flower Shop; Pilates Plus in Malibu; Head Blade; Affliction Clothing... and lots more. I will profile these amazing organic, Valley Made in the USA hand-crafted products in the new blog coming soon...

Of course hanging out with Deb who played Jackie, my sister was the BEST!! She is my favorite celebrity and one of the best actresses in the stratosphere.

"Sara and Jackie" — Lydia and her Too Close for Comfort costar, Deborah Van Valkenburgh — signed autographs and had a blast meeting fans and taking pictures at the HOLLYWOOD SHOW at the Burbank Hilton in Burbank California For directions and more info check out: Hollywood

Proceeds from Lydia's sales go to children's & women's charities.



On Saturday night, July 11, Lydia hosted the First Sober Femmes Fundraiser for Unit A Recovery Center in Burbank, California. Please feel free to donate any amount to keep the center alive and the rent paid. UNIT A has AA meetings, Al Anon meetings, and other life-saving 12-step meetings day and night. They desperately need funds. Here is the address to send a check if you can:

Unit A Recovery Center
10641 Burbank Blvd.
North Hollywood, CA.

Cornell is a women and children’s advocate, and an inspirational speaker on teen suicide prevention — as well as on drug and alcohol abuse.

Sober for fourteen years, Cornell found her younger brother’s body after a drug overdose, and speaks to recovery groups of up to 300 or more. She is a mother of tweenagers.

She also speaks at schools, colleges, hospitals and women’s groups about her experiences in overcoming loss, tragedy, unemployment, sexism, ageism, depression, self-sabotage, obnoxious teenagers — and every imaginable hardship. Her talks are laced with poignant stories of transformation with an innate sense of comic timing. “If you can laugh at yourself you probably won’t kill yourself.”

People may be sick of hearing about celebrities are in recovery, but as Dr. Drew Pinsky of Celebrity Rehab says, “Addiction is the disease of our time.” Alcohol is the number one drug of choice among teens in America. Young people are in crisis; girls ages 10-15 have the lowest self-esteem and highest rate of suicide attempts of any other group. Add to this the fact that over 85% of violent crime is alcohol and drug related, and we have an epidemic — yet this is rarely mentioned in media reports.

What would cause a once-gifted child to drink to excess, and to risk the life of her own child?

No one ever talks about the hidden element, the most vital element of recovery, which is often ignored in mainstream TV and press. And no one asks the root question: why is everyone in rehab? What breed of person comes to Hollywood seeking the adoration of strangers? Wanting to be famous is an American malaise.

Cornell does not mince words. She has experienced true miracles in sobriety, but people rarely delve into this crucial aspect of 12-step programs. “It’s not enough to put down the drug or drink; once you put down the ‘spirits’ you have to fill the void with a lasting peace. You have to go out in the world and live your life with joy,” Cornell writes.

Cornell answers some hard questions about celebrity and why so many kill themselves with drugs and alcohol — from someone who has not only been there herself, but who lost friends and loved ones. But Cornell overcomes the universal urge to blame others and play the victim. As Michael Jackson said, “It all starts with the man in the mirror.” Or in the words of Stuart Smalley, “It's easier to wear slippers than to carpet the whole world.”

f you live in Vegas you can tune in Live or go to our website and listen in the audio archives.

The Basham and Cornell Show will be back in the fall in national syndication LIVE on AM radio with all new shows and a new format! You can listen online or get podcasts of our last 250 shows, which are archived in the "Audio Archives" section at Basham and Cornell Radio

If you've missed our show, check out the audio archives for MP3 podcasts. We have interviewed Senator John Edwards, Elizabeth Edwards, White House Press Correspondent Helen Thomas; CNN's Paul Begala (former Clinton Advisor); John Dean; Nobel Laureate Paul Krugman, Pulitzer Prize winner Charlie Savage, MSNBC's Pat Buchanan (Former Reagan Advisor); Sen. Tom Daschle; Obama advisor Mike Lux; CNN Crossfire's Bill Press, Congresswomen Barbara Lee and Carolyn Maloney, HIlary Clinton Terry McCauliff; Congressman Dennis Kucinich, Elizabeth Kucinich, John Dean, NBC Bureau Chief in Tel Aviv Martin Fletcher, Congressman Charlie Rangel, Valerie Plame, Attorney David Iglesias, Vincent Bugliosi, Dahr Jamail, Senator Mike Gravel; Senator Byron Dorgan; bestselling authors Naomi Klein, Greg Palast, Valerie Bertinelli, Jean Smart, Ed Asner; M*A*S*H star Mike Farrel; upcoming: Bill Maher, Larry Charles, Richard Belzer.

Wednesday, July 08, 2009


This is before the blink... when they were sweet:

I blinked and my kids were in puberty. I was too busy for a few minutes and they went from being sweet 10 and 11 year olds to obnoxious jerks!! I wish I had savored the sweet phase a little longer.

Regarding Sarah Palin, I think maybe she woke up in the nick of time and realized her blind ambition was destroying her family.

I am viewing her decision as a mother would. With so many people in the public eye dying lately, it brings home the point that life is too short to waste a moment at a job you despise if it is taking you away from your children and the things you love. I believe a parent with a stressful job can ruin children's lives more than being unemployed. I would rather do with less, and spend quality time with my family — than work long hours earning a lot of money. Time is not replaceable, nor is peace of mind and health.

At Max's Barmitzvah. Everyone is 13, except for me. I'm 12.

Charity King: Michael Jackson Holds Guiness World Record

I have always adored Michael Jackson and want to mention that he was in the As the world continues to mourn the loss of a great artist, the Basham and Cornell Radio Show! Guiness World Record book remembers Michael Jackson instead as the king of charity.

The Millenium issue listed the music legend under Most Charities Supported By A Pop Star, with a staggering 39 international organizations including the Make-A-Wish Foundation and the American Cancer Society. Those are only the known ones however, as Jackson was also prone to giving away impulsively and anonymously.

Jackson had been known to hand over the proceeds from concerts to local charities and hospitals as he did with the History tour in Bombay, or donate personal items for auction to organisations like UNESCO. It’s been estimated he may have given up to $500 million to charity in his lifetime.
Jolly Guinness World Record h

I get a kick out of this picture. I love Chris McDonald! Look at how cute his face is!

Lydia Cornell, Chris McDonald, Antonia Bennett (Tony Bennett's daughter); Lindsay Clubine from Deal or No Deal; and pop artist Steve Kaufman. The Mrs. USA judges together in Vegas.


In this photo at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas having dinner with Uncle Lou Tabat and Aunt Annie Tabat. Uncle Lou is 88, and is the former Constable of Las Vegas and retired boxing judge (Ali, Frasier, etc.) We love Uncle Lou and Annie!


UPDATE ON THE Basham and Cornell Radio Show!

To all our fans, sorry for the delay in letting you know that we had a family emergency and are on hiatus for July and August. We will be back in the fall, bigger and better than ever!

The Basham and Cornell Show broadcasts weekday mornings at 8 am Pacific (11 a.m. Eastern) on KLAV 1230 AM Radio live in Las Vegas. Again, all shows are simulcast worldwide on the Internet (and archived) and can be listened to at Basham and Cornell Radio

Monday, July 06, 2009

REST IN PEACE MICHAEL JACKSON * Sarah Palin is doing the right thing


Right now, news helicopters are hovering over our house which is near the Beverly Wilshire Hotel, where the Jackson family is convening after the amazing memorial service.

The saddest part: Paris Michael Katherine, 11, broke down in sobs and said "My daddy was the best father you could ever imagine..."

Jermaine Jackson touched me deeply, with his beautiful voice and quiet suffering, singing "Smile" by Charlie Chaplin, Michael's favorite song from "Modern Times."

I adore Jermaine, and got to introduce him on Dick Clark's Rockin' Eve. What a loving, gentle soul.

Brooke Shields was wonderful too.

To all the cynics who believe he was guilty: he was innocent. Not only was he found innocent by a jury of his peers, but at the deepest level he was the purest soul. he was COMPLETELY innocent of all charges, and I know it as I know my own children, as I know the sun will come up tomorrow.

People just can't understand a pure soul. If anything, Michael was asexual.

Rest in Peace, Michael.


From 5pm, MTV News will be covering the event with a special 1 hour build -up to the show, followed by the full star-studded service which will include the likes of Mariah Carey, Jennifer Hudson, Usher and Stevie Wonder.

Also performing is 12-year-old Britain's Got Talent star Shaheen Jafargholi who will sing his rendition of Who's Lovin You.

The full line-up confirmed so far include Kobe Bryant, Mariah Carey, Berry Gordy, Jennifer Hudson, Magic Johnson, Martin Luther King III, Bernice A. King, John Mayer, Lionel Richie, Smokey Robinson, Rev. Al Sharpton, Brooke Shields, Usher, Shaheen Jafargholi and Stevie Wonder.

An estimated one billion viewers worldwide will watch today's event as mourners tune into Jackson's send-off at the Los Angeles stadium.

I actually find myself liking Sarah Palin now. Today I watched her again when she made her resignation announcement from Wasilla, and I saw a sweet, world-weary, vulnerable woman with a deep sadness and disappointment in Washington for its prissy, 7th grade Gossip Boy mentality, and for the predators in the media.

Look, I had nothing good to say about her during the disgusting election campaign — and was horrified that she used race-baiting and right-wing fringe-loony baiting, in saying President Obama was "paling around with terrorists". And at the time I judged her harshly and assumed she was a narcissist. Even now I have no idea if she's being authentic right now, but I suspect her heart has been damaged by the ugliness of politics. I actually think she is making the smartest decision for her family. Anyway, as Abraham Lincoln said: "A winner never quits and a quitter never wins." So she wouldn"t stand a chance winning the GOP nomination.

"It's so much easier to write a resume than to craft a spirit." - Anna Quindlen

All the recent deaths have made some of us wake up and realize life is too short. We have to cherish our loved ones and go for our dreams.

After reading Anna Quinlan's letter about family values, I admire Sarah Palin for choosing to get out of politics, and I will take her at her word.

As a mom, from a mom's point of view — with so many people in the public eye dying lately -- it brings home the fact with startling poignancy — that life is too short to waste a moment being unhappy and ruining your children's lives.

I think maybe she woke up in the nick of time and realized her blind ambition was destroying her family.

I blinked and my kids were in puberty. I was too busy for a few minutes and they went
from being sweet 10 and 11 year olds to obnoxious jerks!! I wish I had savored the sweet phase a little longer.

I have a hunch she read the following speech and decided life was too short to abandon her children for the dirty mud-slinging world of politics.

This was a speech made by Pulitzer Prize-winning author, Anna Quindlen at

the graduation ceremony of an American university where she was awarded an

Honorary PhD.

Most brilliant, to the point speech to get all of us thinking....

"I'm a novelist. My work is human nature. Real life is all I know. Don't

ever confuse the two, your life and your work. You will walk out of here

this afternoon with only one thing that no one else has. There will be

hundreds of people out there with your same degree: there will be thousands

of people doing what you want to do for a living. But you will be the only

person alive who has sole custody of your life. Your particular life. Your

entire life. Not just your life at a desk or your life on a bus or in a car

or at the computer. Not just the life of your mind, but the life of your

heart. Not just your bank accounts but also your soul.

People don't talk about the soul very much anymore. It's so much easier to

write a resume than to craft a spirit. But a resume is cold comfort on a

winter' night, or when you're sad, or broke, or lonely, or when you've

received your test results and they're not so good.

Here is my resume: I am a good mother to three children. I have tried never

to let my work stand in the way of being a good parent. I no longer consider

myself the centre of the universe. I show up. I listen. I try to laugh. I am

a good friend to my husband. I have tried to make marriage vows mean what

they say. I am a good friend to my friends and them to me. Without them,

there would be nothing to say to you today, because I would be a cardboard

cut out. But I call them on the phone and I meet them for lunch. I would be

rotten, at best mediocre, at my job if those other things were not true.

You cannot be really first rate at your work if your work is all you are. So

here's what I wanted to tell you today: Get a life. A real life, not a manic

pursuit of the next promotion, the bigger pay cheque, the larger house. Do

yo think you'd care so very much about those things if you blew an aneurysm

one afternoon or found a lump in your breast?

Get a life in which you notice the smell of salt water pushing itself on a

breeze at the seaside, a life in which you stop and watch how a red-tailed

hawk circles over the water, or the way a baby scowls with concentration

when she tries to pick up a sweet with her thumb and first finger.

Get a life in which you are not alone. Find people you love, and who love

you. And remember that love is not leisure, it is work. Pick up the phone.

Send an email. Write a letter. Get a life in which you are generous. And

realize that life is the best thing ever, and that you have no business

taking it for granted. Care so deeply about its goodness that you want to

spread it around. Take money you would have spent on beer and give it to

charity. Work in a soup kitchen. Be a big brother or sister. All of you want

to do well. But if yo do not do good too, then doing well will never be


It is so easy to waste our lives, our days, our hours, and our minutes. It

is so easy to take for granted the colour of our kids' eyes, the way the

melody in a symphony rises and falls and disappears and rises again. It is

so easy to exist instead of to live.

I learned to live many years ago. I learned to love the journey, not the

destination. I learned that it is not a dress rehearsal, and that today is

the only guarantee you get. I learned to look at all the good in the world

and try to give some of it back because I believed in it, completely and

utterly. And I tried to do that, in part, by telling others what I had

learned. By telling them this: Consider the lilies of the field. Look at the

fuzz on a baby's ear. Read in the back yard with the sun on your face.

Learn to be happy. And think of life as a terminal illness, because if you

do, you will live it with joy an passion as it ought to be lived".

Here is a picture of Lake Geneva in Wisconsin, my son took this with his i-phone last week.