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Trust me she says

You know what's funny about working with people in entertainment? A lot of them never think they're big enough to have a publicist even though they're the ones who need one the most. It's because they're humble and work hard that they've achieved a certain level of success, but to get to the next level, they need that extra oomph that a good publicist can offer.

Then you meet others who think they need a publicist and they've got nothing to promote! However, their ego is so big there's some publicist out there who will just take the account because the person's willing to pay them. That's what gives my profession a bad name. I turn away lots of people and refer them to other publicists if I don't think I can help them. When I think I can, I take them on 100%.

I recently met with a young actor who has a lot going on professionally, but he doesn't believe he's newsworthy because all his friends are more successful in certain respects than he is. They have $5,000 a month publicists and those actors are coasting on huge films that they might have lucked into, but are enjoying the ride now.

Whereas this guy has been working hard all these years and has finally got a role that's going to be a breakout one for his career, but he doesn't believe it! I guess he'll just have to face the fame when it comes and hopefully find someone to work with him when he needs help.

It's just sad when you meet people who are afraid to take the next step for their careers because there's so much that could be done with them right here and now. They need to build a foundation to prepare for when fame does hit. Even if fame never hits, but they continue to be working actors, that's important too. It helps build the person's self-confidence which helps them land bigger and better roles too.

Fame is real weird. I've been written up in numerous newspapers, appeared on talk shows, and experienced it a little bit just on some of the charity projects I've worked on. I remember one time getting written up in the LA Times for the Hungarian Orphan Toy Drive I used to run and going to church the next day when this guy, who wouldn't give me the time of day before, all of sudden wanted to be real chummy. Needless to say I was rude to him because I don't have time for that BS.

Be my friend when I'm not famous, then when I am, I'll know you're true. Don't play kissy face just because you think I've got some juice now. I hate people like that. In any case, just had to share. I think this guy's extremely talented and has a lot on the ball. Now if only he believed it himself!

Okay, better run. I have a lasagna to cook. Have a good one.


Start fresh...

Just watched the movie Waitress starring Keri Russell and, it turns out also the writer and director of the film, Adrienne Shelly. What was so shocking at the end credits was to see "In Loving Memory of Adrienne Shelly." Now at the time of the credits rolling, I didn't see that she also had written, directed and starred in it.

Now just checking out who she was, I was shocked to discover that she had been murdered at the age of 40 in October 2006. Not that long ago. Maybe that's why the movie didn't seem to get a lot of press.

Can you imagine the anguish the husband must be going through having to see his wife plastered everywhere during the promotion of a film starring her? I can't.

She was such an amazingly, talented, gifted woman who did so much it's very sad to read about her death when her life was so vibrant. I know a lot of the organizations she helped start and participated in and she's one impressive lady. If her husband ever reads this blog, please know my heart goes out to you even though I don't know you and didn't know your wife. I'm so sorry for your loss.

I chose that movie since I needed a comedy, but it wasn't at all. I hate it when all the funny parts are shown to make it seem like a comedy when it's more a dark comedy. However, it was just perfect for the mood I was in. Very sweet and gentle despite the adultery, not too jarring and very leisurely paced. I don't know if I would have liked it any other time, but tonight it really fit my mood.

A new friend sent me an email saying hi so I invited him to the party tomorrow and then decided to see if he'd like to see a movie too. He was game so we met there around 8pm. My plan was to cook more potatos when I got home, but now that I'm home and it's 10:30pm, I don't feel like cooking any more. I'll cook in the a.m.

I walked around 4,000 steps from my place to the movie theatre bumping me up to 633 out of 1483 competitors now. I needed to walk to get rid of some of my sadness and at first all I did was cry while walking, but then the endorphines kicked in and I felt better.

However, the movie was a little sad and when a friend I'd called to ask her to pray for me was kind in her message, it set me off again. I'm fine now. I think I just need to let it all out and then tomorrow will be a new day.

It's just hard to emotionally let go of someone you really, really care about. However, like my friend points out, how can I expect to be emotionally available for the man God wants to bring into my life if I'm still involved with someone else emotionally? Not good.

So, I am saying now to the world (and God) that I'm totally, absolutely, completely, unequivocally,  without a doubt available for whoever new comes into my life professionally and personally. May he/they be the right one! I'm tired of waiting for Mr. Right.

Are you listening God? It's me Joy. Your faithful daughter who is tired of all the stripping away you're doing in my life. When are you going to start building it again? I'm ready. Really, really, really ready.

(In the movie there's a voice-over of Keri speaking about the feeling she has with her secret affair about finally feeling like someone hears her and understands her and she becomes addicted to that feeling. Sometimes that's what I feel with blogging. Addicted to feeling heard and understood. Thanks for listening. It means a lot - whoever you are...I feel that way when I pray too. Maybe I'm mixing the two tonight.)

And with that, A Good Night.


Here's an encouraging word...

A friend just sent me this and I had to share. Enjoy the read!
 

OUR CAREFUL UNBELIEF

"...do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink;  nor about your body, what you will put on"

--Matthew 6:25

Jesus summed up commonsense carefulness in the life of a disciple as unbelief. If we have received the Spirit of God, He will squeeze right through our lives, as if to ask, “Now where do I come into this relationship, this vacation you have planned, or these new books you want to read?” And He always presses the point until we learn to make Him our first consideration. Whenever we put other things first, there is confusion.

“...do not worry about your life....” Don’t take the pressure of your provision upon yourself. It is not only wrong to worry, it is unbelief; worrying means we do not believe that God can look after the practical details of our lives, and it is never anything but those details that worry us. Have you ever noticed what Jesus said would choke the Word He puts in us? Is it the devil? No--”the cares of this world” (Matthew 13:22). It is always our little worries. We say, “I will not trust when I cannot see”--and that is where unbelief begins. The only cure for unbelief is obedience to the Spirit.

The greatest word of Jesus to His disciples is abandon.

Matthew 6:25-34 (The Message)

25"If you decide for God, living a life of God-worship, it follows that you don't fuss about what's on the table at mealtimes or whether the clothes in your closet are in fashion. There is far more to your life than the food you put in your stomach, more to your outer appearance than the clothes you hang on your body. 26Look at the birds, free and unfettered, not tied down to a job description, careless in the care of God. And you count far more to him than birds.

27"Has anyone by fussing in front of the mirror ever gotten taller by so much as an inch? 28All this time and money wasted on fashion--do you think it makes that much difference? Instead of looking at the fashions, walk out into the fields and look at the wildflowers. They never primp or shop, 29but have you ever seen color and design quite like it? The ten best--dressed men and women in the country look shabby alongside them.

30"If God gives such attention to the appearance of wildflowers--most of which are never even seen--don't you think he'll attend to you, take pride in you, do his best for you? 31What I'm trying to do here is to get you to relax, to not be so preoccupied with getting, so you can respond to God's giving. 32People who don't know God and the way he works fuss over these things, but you know both God and how he works. 33Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don't worry about missing out. You'll find all your everyday human concerns will be met.

34"Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don't get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes.


Lots of fun stuff happening, but been too tired to say till now

I've been very busy since my friend was visiting and because I had a deadline for LA Inc and my other Dallas project. However, it should be slowing down a little bit and once I've caught up on my sleep I'll be more motivated to do a better wrap up.

Just know the AVP's were very cool. Misty won again for the 73rd straight time. My friend Shana had a Honda commercial shot at her house. American Idol was doing something special the night I met my Fun with Dick and Jane softball team-mates at Lucky Strike for our bowling party.

I enjoyed an amazing lunch at the Four Seasons on Doheny (you must try the delightful banana soup - it's out of this world good!) with my new friends, Sarah, the Director of PR, Alan, the Director of Marketing, and their amazing chef (whose name escapes me at the moment since I'm so tired - Amy's flight was at 6:30am and she woke me up at 4:00am from which I'm still recovering. My apologies since he's extremely talented and truly deserves recognition.)

Went to an interesting travel event tonight hosted by PRSA's Travel and Tourism Section and the  Society of American Travel Writers at the beautiful downtown Millenium Biltmore Hotel. I've been invited to more MTV gifting suites which are enticing me to not pursue traveling to Dallas so much. My promotions in Dallas are heating up for the World Series of Video Games however. And my back is finally doing better (even the doctor agrees. YEAH!!!)

Less stress, more walking is the key I'm learning. Do what you love and the back will follow I guess.:) More later... Hope you're doing well too!


Anyone else on Virgin Life care pedometer?

My business acquaintance Jason, the GM of Spectrum Club Redondo, invited me to participate in Virgin life care's walking contest (which is basically the only exercise I can do right now with my back injury.) I thought it would be fun since I'm competitive.

Well, lost the first one because I wore it to a nightclub and after a few drinks totally forgot I was wearing it and promptly lost it. Replaced it a few days later and now I'm addicted! I feel like I'm becoming like Forrest Gump - Walk Forrest, Walk.

I "made" Amy walk with me to downtown Manhattan Beach from my place just because we bumped into Jason at the AVP's and he already had 13,000 steps and it was only 3pm! I wanted to at least get up to 10,000 like I did the night before.

I missed some steps just because I didn't wear my pedometer in the spa (didn't want a repeat of the nightclub experience.) However, after walking to Mama D's and back I can proudly say we accomplished my goal of over 10,000 steps tonight.

That's the good news. The bad news is that now we're both so worn out from the hike (up and down hills and across valleys and near the ocean) that we're skipping the party. There will be others. My knees can't handle too much more though and I need to get up early tomorrow for a special presentation at my parent's church. They invited me and it should be interesting cuz it's being held at Mira Costa High School Auditorium  (only one service when I think they normally have 3 or something .)

I'm curious to see who all attends there any more. I haven't been there in years. My parents are like institutions there since they've gone there for so long. Last time I was there I saw a huge picture of my Dad doing some type of ministry hanging up in the corridor. Now do you see what I mean?

In any case, very curious indeed. Apparently there's a special lunch afterwards too. I think it's to launch the big 6 million dollar building renovatoin. We'll see.

Then off to the AVP's tomorrow again. I want to stay a little longer tomorrow. We'll see. Today was just a great day. Hope you had one too.

TTFN!


These are too funny - if you need a laugh -read this post

My aunt just sent this out and I don't know who to credit, but it's laugh out loud funny - especially the last one. Maybe we should all buy stock? Enjoy!

For all of you with any money left, be aware of the next expected mergers so that you can get in on the ground floor and make some BIG bucks..

Watch for these mergers  in 2007:

     •     Hale Business Systems, Mary Kay Cosmetics, Fuller
Brush, and W. R.Grace Co. will merge and become: Hale, Mary, Fuller, Grace
     •     Polygram Records, Warner Bros. and Zesta
Crackers join forces and become: Poly, Warner Cracker.
     •     3M will merge with Goodyear and and become:
M-M-M-Good
     •     Zippo Manufacturing, Audi Motors, Dofasco, and
Dakota Mining will merge and become: ZipAudiDoDa.
     •     FedEx is expected to join its major competitor,
UPS, and become: FedUP.
     •     Fairchild Electronics and Honeywell Computers
will become: Fairwell Honeychild
     •     Grey Poupon and Docker Pants are expected to
become: Poupon Pants
     •     Knotts Berry Farm and the National Organization
of Women will become Knott NOW!


   And finally:

Victoria's Secret and Smith & Wesson will merge under the new name:
                     Titty Titty, Bang Bang


Now for a little Biblical history lesson

Hidden Things

By Wendy Pope

“He reveals deep and hidden things; he knows what lies in darkness,
       and light dwells with him." Daniel 2:22 (NIV)

 
Devotion:

Recently, and quite unexpectedly, a dear member of our church passed away. It started out as a normal day. He was to celebrate his 73rd birthday with his wife of 50 years that evening. After a workout at the local gym, he died. His death, though sudden to us, was no surprise to the Lord. The Lord was ready to give this precious man his final inheritance.

God never wastes an opportunity to teach us something, if we will listen. I had just finished reading the account of Moses' final charge to the Israelites before crossing the Jordan into the long awaited Promised Land. The descendents of those enslaved by the Egyptians were ready to claim their land after living in the desert for 40 years. All the descendents expect Reuben, that is.

Reuben approached Moses and asked if his tribe could claim the land on the east side of the Jordan. He explained to Moses that his people could build a fortified city there. The land was fertile and right for harvesting. He agreed to fight the battles with the others, to ensure the conquering of Canaan but when the battles were over he wanted to return to the land east of the Jordan.

This puzzled me. Why would Reuben, after surviving all those years, turn down the promise the LORD was ready to fulfill? I could not understand it. Then I traced Reuben's history and discovered the reason. Many years before this time, Reuben, who was the first born son to Jacob, defiled his father's marriage bed by sleeping with his father's concubine. This sin was not revealed until Jacob was on his death bed. At this time, Jacob took away the "double-portion" birthright that was due to Reuben as the firstborn. The sin was revealed and the blessing was removed. Now, it all made sense to me.

Reuben knew that when he crossed over the Jordan he would not get the finest property. He would have to watch someone else get his blessing. Therefore, he made is own arrangement. His own plan to get what he thought would be the best. Little did he know, years later the land he chose as the best would be the first taken into captivity by the Assyrians.

What we think is hidden from God is not. We gladly exchange the potential pain and consequence that comes from confessing our sin for the "greener pastures" the enemy offers. We don't realize when we do make this exchange; we also forfeit immediate forgiveness and redemption into a right relationship with Jesus. We needlessly spend life separated from God. We aren't fooling God, we are only fooling ourselves. He knows all things that are hidden in the darkness. 

Don't wait until you are on your death bed to find out you've missed your birthright. Your birthright is described clearly in John 10:10, "The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full." As a child of the Most High King, you stand to inherit an abundant and full life now, today. If you want to know how to do this, how to collect your inheritance click: Do You Know Him? 

Allow God to bring into the light that which is dark and restore your brokenness.

 Dear Lord, I acknowledge that I am a sinner. I want Your forgiveness for the all times I have attempted to hide things from You. You are Truth and only You can set me free. Today, I want to live in Your freedom. In Jesus' Name, Amen.


Lovin' the Texans & other stuff

I've been working on the Dallas promotion of the World Series of Video Games and Texans are the best people to deal with!!! Just spoke to the woman who oversees the marketing for this huge shopping mall and she's totally into it!

What is so funny is that I'm finding that every industry that I've worked in is coming into play with this gig. I've done publicity for the Taubman Centers which owns 32 shopping malls around the country (Beverly Center being one of them), and as a result understand how mall marketing people think.

Turns out this particular mall is owned by a couple so there's no corporate hoops to jump through. If they like it, it's happening. Very fun to think the skies the limit on our promotions there. I had an affinity with the woman who runs the hotel association too because of my experience in the hotel industry.

Who knew that my crazy background would come together so well on this project? It's been fun and easy to do too which is so great. I love the people of Dallas and hope to get out there to meet some of the people I've been talking to. We'll see.

Also enjoying speaking to all the hotel marketing people here in Los Angeles because I know the hotels very well and like to see what type people are running them. Everyone's been really responsive to the promotion ideas that LA Inc is hiring me to promote and collect information for.

So all in all, can't complain. I'm having a great time and hope to do more of this type of work because it's so easy and fun. Just got invited to the MTV Movie Awards "buffet" party, but not sure whether I'll be in Dallas or here so have to play it by ear. Sounds cool though. You know me and gifting suites!

Gearing up for my other client, Domiziano's appearance at Fangoria this weekend. Turns out his film, Werewolf in a Women's Prison is getting a great response. According to the producer, Quentin Tarantino asked to see a screener and said he enjoyed it. That's pretty cool.

I'm happy for Domi. He has worked so hard it's time his acting is appreciated. He's worked with such international cult horror directors as Lenzi, Fulci, Jess Franco, and now Jeff Leroy here in the states. Hopefully Fangoria will be great networking for him.

On another note...

My friend Michele dropped by to see my new place and told me all about her new documentary film, America the Beautiful,where her daughter, Model Gerren Taylor's life is examined as she grows from an unknown, innocent adolescent to supermodel. This film explores the question, "Does America have an unhealthy obsession with beauty?"

This film took 4 years to make and received great reviews at AFI's Dallas Film Festival recently. More film festivals are scheduled and major players are interested in distributing it which is exciting. Say a prayer so you can see it at a theatre near you soon!

Michele and I met years ago at Hollywood Pres when I saw her daughter at the service one Sunday and asked her if she was the same teenage model showcased on the Oprah show. Turns out she was and we all started hanging out because of common interests.

So, that's all. Just had to share. Apparently my back hasn't been healing properly which is why I'm in so much pain all the time according to my chiro, but this too shall pass.

Have a good one.


Today has been a great day!

Ever have one of those days where it seems like you can do no wrong and everyone loves you? I'm having one and since it's been awhile since it's happened, I just had to share!

Today I woke up and had a call with one of the hotel organizations we're pitching in Dallas for the World Series of Video Games. The woman totally gets the concept, has some great ideas of her own to contribute, loved my ideas and totally supports what we're trying to accomplish on many, many levels! That was a great way to start my morning.

Then, went to my new chiropractor, Dr. Carrico of Performance Health, and had an amazing adjustment and massage which is making me feel like my old self again! I haven't "cracked" (I know Dr. Scott, "adjusted") that loudly or well in a long time and man, what a difference it has made in my life!

Makes me appreciate the chiro I had years back who I thought was bizarre, but now that this new guy is using some of the same equipment and tests, I understand his treatment a little better. I need to send them a thank you note because I didn't fully appreciate what he was doing back then.

After that, caught up with someone I've done business with in the past who wants to discuss new business and give me referrals. Had lunch with my dad who gave me a box of Sees candy for Mother's Day ---something he's never, ever done in my entire life of being a birthmother. He's not much into gift giving at all, but I think he knew I love chocolate so it was an easy choice!

Last year was a real tough Mother's Day for me because I didn't plan to do anything like I should have. The emotions of loss just came over me like a tidal wave. I spent most of the day crying my eyes out for my son. However, this year I know better and will try to make sure I'm around people and spending quality time with them. Adoption never really ends with the placement. This will affect me for the rest of my life I think, but I accept that it's part of my lot in life.

Finally mailed off my son's present. We're notorious in our family for giving gifts late. We've often celebrated Christmas days later just to accomodate everyone's schedules. Plus, then you get better discounts on everything. LOL. I had thought my mother had mailed it, but when I was visiting my dad today noticed it was still sitting there waiting to be mailed. (She had said she'd mail it so it's not my fault it's late!:)

In any case, the good stuff keeps on coming. Domi's article, which I posted earlier, went live this morning and looks great. This is something I've been working on with the Editor for awhile. It's great to see it finally up and live.

I stopped by a company I used to help promote on the side for a promotion they have going on and the GM told me he's referred their new PR Director to me to see about working together. That would be so awesome because I love the company and would love to work on the account. God is blessing me!

It just keeps getting better and better. The referral from the manager called me already and we'll be talking later on tonight. Had a few other new business calls and am working on a fun hotel project for the LA Convention and Visitors Bureau now. Life is good.

Just wanted to share. Hope you're having a great day and have an awesome weekend too! Big kiss! (As my client always says to me when we're hanging up...:)


Domiziano Arcangeli's article on LA's The Place is live!!!

Yeah!!!! Domi's article in LA's The Place just went live!!! Check it out here and then check out the site because Jane Emery, the Publisher has put together an amazing collection of cool stories, reviews, and resources for the savvy reader.

Enjoy the read! Tell your friends too!:)

Domiziano Arcangeli, whose renown as an actor spans across continents, can soon be seen in the cult horror film Werewolf in a Women’s Prison, directed by Jeff LeroyDomiziano Arcangeli and screening at the New Beverly Cinema at midnight on Saturday, May 12. In demand around the world, Domiziano has already starred in 37 feature films, 8 television series, and several theater productions in the United States and his native Italy. This year, fans can look forward to numerous new projects for Domi, such as the supernatural thriller The Seer, the TNT miniseries Bible Proven, and the independent comedy Thrust.

Domi launched his acting career in Italy at the age of 13 with a part in The Good Soldier, directed by Academy Award winner Franco Brusati. Since then, the international film industry has sought his skills and talent as well. He is equally comfortable with playing the villain or the hero; starring in films, TV shows, or music videos; or taking advantage of his fluency in Italian, English, or French.

U.S. audiences may best remember Domi for his role in The Name of the Rose, starring Sean Connery and Christian Slater, or Devil’s Highway with Dennis Hopper, but his Stateside exposure extends further. Domi has also garnered screen time with parts in Sin’s Kitchen on Showtime, Cannibal World on Cinemax, and Chromium Blue for Showtime Beyond. Along the way, Domi has worked with respected directors and producers such as Federico Fellini, Jean Jacques Annaud, Franco Brusati, and Zalman King.

But here’s a bit about this international actor in his own words…

What is your favorite genre of film to act in and why?
 
I should say personal films. Because they are unique, they sometimes create a style, they’re groundbreaking and they empower the imagination. I believe in filmmaking. I’m aware of the necessities of the industry, but as an artist I’m fascinated by the creative process. I think it is important to make movies outside the system because they let the stories and authors speak for themselves. And for the actors it is more of a challenge: it is like life, you can’t think of it too much, you have to go for it!

What was it like being in a Fellini film?
 
The movie was called Intervista and was made in 1987. It changed my career, and it deeply affected me at the end. Some of his advice and corrections, some of his looks, the way he would operate on a movie set…I will never be able to forget that. He taught me how to use my eyes for the camera, which I think is the foundation of the job. He was a true visionary.

Tell me about some of the directors you’ve worked with. What makes them stand out in your mind?
 
I have always been fascinated by directors: I love to see what I can do under different eyes!
  Liliana Cavani who was internationally well known for The Night Porter directed me in a movie about the moving story of St. Francis of Assisi with Mickey Rourke and Helena Bonham-Carter. Cavani was an incredible director, so delicate and shy but powerful and energetic like nobody I had seen before. She was very demanding.
  Mauro Bolognini who has done many, many movies in Europe and he’s a part of film history also. He became one of my closest friends in Rome. I could have not lived without his precious advice. He had an extremely careful eye; he would notice everything, even the smallest imperfection…
  Tinto Brass, the controversial master of Peter O’Toole’s Caligula. He directed me in a movie called Paprika which took place in post World War Italy and talked openly about brothels and how they influenced our costumes, love, sex behavior, and history as well. He was another extremely visionary director and a real pleasure to work with.  He was so generous and funny, yet so deeply affecting in his directions.
  And all the cult directors I worked with from Umberto Lenzi to Aldo Lado to Stelvio Massi or Joe D’Amato and Anthony Dawson, just to name a few, who made very innovative horror/Sci Fi  adventure films, sometimes with minimal budgets, able to create atmosphere and situations that today are still influencing many directors internationally.
  Zalman King directed me for 2 years in the Showtime series Chromium Blue. A real master of the lights and beautiful images! Temperamental and mercurial, but one of the best of the Erotica genre ever!
  I’ve learned from every director I’ve worked with!

Domiziano ArcangeliWhat sets you apart from other actors?
 
I always rely on my emotions. If they don’t ring true, I won’t even be able to speak the lines properly. I think I have a very distinguished look, and my acting goes along with that. I don’t have a real method but listen to myself and when I’m playing a character I try to give it my own personal experience to make it come alive. I’m always intense, I believe.

What advice would you give to someone just starting out?
 
Be patient, be wise, work hard, never give up, work harder, and don’t say no to anything. If you are an actor you need to be working on stage, not going out at night!

What can we expect to see you in the upcoming months?
 
A bunch of projects are waiting for distribution. I cannot even name them all! Flores De Perversion by cult director Jesus Franco just opened in Spain and South America; the campy horror, Werewolf in A Woman’s Prison will be released in August (screening May 19 at the New Beverly), along with the TV mini series Bible Proven, and The Seer will open wide in Europe in the fall and eventually here.

More on Domiziano on IMDB

www.domizianoarcangeli.com


God heard me

This was the Encouragement lesson for the day I get over the Internet. I needed to hear this.

You’re the One

By MaryBeth Whalen

 2 Chronicles 16:9a, “For the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him.” (NIV)

 
Devotion:

Do you ever long to hear God say, “I choose you”? Maybe you have read that He has a plan for everyone’s life or you have heard a pastor say that He loves you. But in your heart of hearts, you wonder: Am I special? Does God see me?

There are stories from the Bible that illustrate how God calls ordinary people out of their ordinary lives. It is clear from the Scriptures that in each case He was watching them long before He invaded their lives with His holy presence.

God chose Noah simply because He lived a righteous life. Genesis 6:8 tells us, “But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord.”

God chose David simply because He saw His heart. Psalm 78:70-73 tells us, “He chose David his servant and took him from the sheep pens; from tending the sheep he brought him to be the shepherd of his people, Jacob, of Israel, his inheritance. And David shepherded them with integrity of heart; with skillful hands he led them.”

God chose Mary simply because He knew she would do what He asked. Luke 1:30 tells us, “But the angel said to her, ‘Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God.’”

None of these people held lofty positions or had received worldly acclaim. They were “nobodies” "nothing special" and yet God saw each of them as they went about their daily lives, doing the most mundane of tasks. He saw their character, their right choices, and their hearts. And He said in response, “You’re the one.” 

In Mark 5:21-34, Jesus is walking with a crowd of people, all pressing in on Him, hungry for His attention, His healing, His words. The Bible tells us that the crowd “pressed around him” (Verse 24). I imagine people were clutching and grabbing at Him, desperate for even a small piece of Him. Only one woman, however, pressed in such a way that it caused Him to stop and turn to her. Her touch was different from all the rest. This woman didn’t just touch Him with her hands, but with her heart of faith. He felt the difference as His power went out of Him (verse 30), and He in effect said in response to her: You’re the one. This woman was a “nobody,” with nothing to offer the God of the Universe. Yet, He found her worthy of His time and attention. He chose her. 

God wants to find those people whose hearts are desperate for Him. He wants to heal, strengthen, and equip these people. He isn’t looking for the worthy, the intelligent, or the beautiful people. He is looking for the ordinary ones who are simply open to His invading presence in their lives. If He is calling you right now, don’t convince yourself that He isn’t. God sees you, just as you are, and He knows the ones He calls.   

Dear Lord, please remind me today that You do notice me and that I am worthy in Your sight. Strengthen me to do whatever it is You have prepared in advance for me to do. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

I Chronicles 28:9, “And you, my son Solomon, acknowledge the God of your father, and serve him with wholehearted devotion and with a willing mind, for the Lord searches every heart and understands every motive behind the thoughts. If you seek him, he will be found by you; but if you forsake him, he will reject you forever.” (NIV) 

 

Romans 8:27, “And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God’s will.” (NIV)

 

Jeremiah 17:10, “I the Lord search the heart and examine the mind, to reward a man according to his conduct, according to what his deeds deserve.” (NIV)

 

 

 

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Mayor Villaraigosa pisses me off

I don't know what the rest of you think about our "MIA" Mayor, but I think he's really messed up big time on this one. For him to continue on with his planned press tour going to Mexico City of all places (for what reason I ask you?) when we have a city-wide police investigation of what happened during the march this week I think he's running for another office because he sure as hell doesn't care about the one he currently holds.

I've said this before privately to people and maybe written it here I can't remember, but I think he's using this office simply as a stepping stone to some other position. Never in the history of politics in LA have I EVER seen a mayor's face on so many publications, nor at so many appearances in town and now out of the country.

As a publicist I know what it takes to publicize someone. I also know that it takes a lot of time and energy to take interviews, make appearances, and grandstand, especially out of the country. WHAT IN THE BLEEP IS HE DOING FOR OUR CITY????

I would love to hear back from anyone who thinks he's doing a good job and tell me. All I see is someone who is using the office as a platform to further his own political agenda. I'm not even considering his politics because to be honest, I'm not political. However, when I see someone in an office that is supposed to be serving our city and then I see that same person serving his own interests above ours, I find that despicable.

He knew when this march was going to take place, yet he chose to go to El Salvador and Mexico City - why? Who cares if we send gang members back to their own country? They were criminals before they came here and we shouldn't have to put up with them. I'm sorry that now they're running rampant in that country - but that's their issue, not ours. I've just had it.

I'm just tired of seeing his face in the news for every event he can possibly go to and now to see him grandstanding out of the country when we're dealing with such an awful occurence here in our city, I find his behavior disgraceful and disrespectful to the citizens who voted him into office.

Especially the hispanic people who were peacefully marching. What does that say to them? A city where the mayor cares more about dealing with El Salvador and Mexico City rather than our own citizens, there's something wrong with that. Granted, some may not have even been citizens, but what about the media who are? Aren't you concerned you might lose some precious media coverage Mr. Mayor? Maybe they won't look so favorably on you either now?

I know other mayors have gone traveling overseas, but I think that was to further trade and build business relationships - not serve a private agenda to build stronger relationships with Latino's simply because you're Latino. Plus, I don't remember it ever making TV news, but this mayor does. The police chief canceled his trip - why not the mayor?

I know this probably isn't a very popular opinion and I sound angry. I am. I'm sick of the mayor acting like a celebrity. I want a mayor who acts like a public official and who cares about our city, not improving or elevating his own profile and own future political gain. I'm sick of seeing his face everywhere I turn around.

Take a page from the book of celebrities who are famous and realize you're becoming over-exposed and not in a good way. Get back to your roots and start serving our city's best interests - not your own.

Okay. Now I feel better. BTW, although I love the red head actress on Grey's Anatomy as a person and as an actress, not so into her new spin-off. May be because I live in LA, it's a little boring to me. Or maybe I just love Seattle too much and the cast from the original show more. I don't know.

Just not feeling the new one - even with Taye Diggs (who I normally adore, but can't get into this character) and Tim Daly (who I think is adorable too, but I'm sick of players. Grow him up already. You're better writers than this writing team - do something!)

Anyway, that's all. Just had to vent. Does anyone else feel the same way about the mayor, or am I the only one who feels this way? Just curious. It just makes me angry. DO YOUR JOB MAYOR VILLARAIGOSA!!!!!! HERE, IN LA!!!!! FOR THE PEOPLE!!!!! NOT YOUR OWN POLITICAL AGENDA!!!!!  ENOUGH ALREADY!!!!

Aaah, aint PMS grand?


$750,000 prize money at World Series Video Games

Hey, I'm helping promote the Dallas World Series Video Games event and wanted to tell my peeps. Read on if you're into video games - pretty cool cash prizes ($90,000 at Dallas alone!) and events! I've added some links to the TV clips from last year to show you what and who it's all about. VERY COOL! Join the Dallas street team.

The World Series of Video Games (WSVG) announced its 2007 season, including venues around the globe, a new circuit structure, $750,000 in cash prizes, and several titles never before offered in the world’s top gaming competitions.

In ground-breaking news, the WSVG will feature for the first time Blizzard Entertainment®’s “World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade®,” which will be played in a PVP Arena 3v3 format. The World Series of Video Games, presented by Intel will also showcase “Quake 4™,” a mainstay of competitive gaming dating back to 1997.

On console, the WSVG will feature for the first time “EA SPORTS™ Fight Night Round 3”, Electronic Arts’ critically acclaimed boxing game. “EA SPORTS™ Fight Night Round 3” features amazingly detailed graphics that capture every emotion of the fight.

Activision’s “Guitar Hero II™” rounds out the console lineup, offering players the chance to stand in the shoes of musical legends and shred with the best of them. The competition will feature live judges, who score competitors based on a combination of skill and performance.

In a video announcement posted on the official circuit website, www.thewsvg.com, the second season circuit is scheduled to visit six cities throughout the year, beginning May 1, 2007 in China and ending at the world's largest gaming event in Sweden on Nov 29.

Dallas, TX (July 5 - 8). The Summer Championship returns to Dallas, specifically chosen so the WSVG could support Live Earth -- The Concert for a Climate in Crisis, a 24-hour concert series taking place on 07/07/07 in 7 cities around the world that will bring together more than 100 of the world's top musical acts.

In addition to the circuit titles, other traditional eSports titles will be included in competition on an event-by-event basis such as “Call of Duty® 2” and “Halo® 2” in Dallas.

The World Series of Video Games presented by Intel also announced some new additions to the 2007 circuit structure, including a points-based system to determine seeding and Finals qualification; travel support for the top four teams in each game category; online qualifying tournaments prior to each Major; and massive LAN events at each US stop, to be powered by LANWAR, the leading organizer in the US.

Further information about the circuit and registration for this year’s events is available at www.thewsvg.com.

About The World Series of Video Games
The World Series of Video Games is the world’s premier video game tournament circuit, which recently completed its first season. In 2006, the World Series of Video Games attracted over 90,000 attendees, produced 250 hours of broadband video, and 20 hours of programming on CBS, MTV, CSTV and GamePlay HD

About Intel Corporation

Intel, the world leader in silicon innovation, develops technologies, products and initiatives to continually advance how people work and live. 

About Blizzard Entertainment

Best known for blockbuster hits including World of Warcraft®, and the Warcraft®, StarCraft®, and Diablo® series, Blizzard Entertainment, a division of Vivendi Games, is a premier developer and publisher of entertainment software renowned for creating many of the industry’s most critically acclaimed games. Blizzard’s track record includes ten #1-selling games and multiple Game of the Year awards. The company’s free Internet gaming service, Battle.net®, reigns as the largest in the world, with millions of active users.


Questions I'm wondering about

Why is our Mayor still out of the country when this is being made into such a crisis?

Why did he plan to be out of the country when this march was happening to begin with?

Is anyone else sick of hearing about Larry and Anna Nicole Smith? Now I hear they're going to show us where they shared their first kiss. GIVE ME A BREAK!

Does anyone else miss the gossip of Jessica Simpson and her ex? Where they'd go? Is her ex-guy married to that new girl? (See how interested I am in them - I can't even remember their names!)

Does anyone else think Rosie was pushed out by Baba WaWa?

I think that's all. I wish it was deeper than this, but right now I'm just coming off my painkiller so deal.