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September 2009

Latest Social Network Live! news and Lobster mania

By Joy A. Kennelly

Just finished my wrap-up blog of my last Social Network Live! Mixer on my professional blog: www.thejoywriter.typepad.com/thejoywriterpr - I hope you click over and enjoy the read!

Since it takes me a long time to produce blogs, I'm going to merely say here that I'm really looking forward to attending this weekend's Redondo Beach Lobster Festival. Should be a totally unique experience indigenous to the South Bay. I can't wait to enjoy another lobster dinner and see what this festival is all about since I love big events.

The cute girl modeling bikinis in the promo video is my friend, Mandy, who I know from The Shore where she served many of my events there. Sorry boys, she's taken. At least she was last time we spoke. :)

So, with that, have a great weekend! Thanks for stopping by.


Kanye West needs professional help. LOVE Taylor Swift's music! Beyonce rules!

By Joy A. Kennelly

Before I start in on Kanye and his childish, immaturity I feel the need to explain some things on a personal level for my regular blog readers.

Just for the record, I don't always write about what's going on in my personal life contrary to popular belief. I've learned over the years there are really crazy people out there who don't need to know my business first off, and secondly I don't need the hassle or exposure.

Duck and run for cover sometimes suits me better to be honest.

When it's extremely heart wrenching or physically painful I often find solace in journaling, or praying with friends on a one-on-one basis, or asking a select group of people I have been privately corresponding with for years from all over to pray for me, or speaking to a wise counselor or pastor, or spending quality time with someone I care about and vice versa, or talking with good friends and hearing what they're going through too which always bring perspective to my problems.

That's why when I feel good, I love to share because it's almost like the cork has popped off and I can finally write again. Yes, sometimes I'm so upset I can't even write. Writer's block so to speak. Fancy that.

So, lots of catching up to do now that I had a really fun weekend. This is the first of a few blogs that have been bubbling up inside me.

But first, must say I am sick of Kanye. He needs professional help. Will someone, his manager, his girlfriend, his mistress, whoever please get it through to him that he needs to leave awards shows alone and just accept the fact that votes have been cast, honorees selected and realize he has a different opinion, but we don't need to hear it on TV any more.

Gripe with your homies off stage and at the after-party dude, don't ruin other people's happiness publicly when it's not your place. Taylor Swift didn't deserve to be treated like that and it sounds like Beyonce handled it very gracefully. I love the lyrics to Taylor's song, You Belong to Me!

I totally relate.

Here are highlights of some of the choruses I especially love in case you're not into country and don't know Taylor's You Belong to Me song:

"If you could see that I'm the one who understands you
Been here all along, so why can't you see?
You, you belong with me, you belong with me

If you could see that I'm the one who understands you
Been here all along, so why can't you see?
You belong with me

Standing by and waiting at your back door
All this time how could you not know?
Baby, you belong with me, you belong with me

Can't you see that I'm the one who understands you?
Been here all along, so why can't you see?
You belong with me

Standing by and waiting at your back door
All this time, how could you not know?
Baby, you belong with me, you belong with me

You belong with me
Have you ever thought just maybe
You belong with me?
You belong with me"

Every woman I think can relate to this which is why it's so popular. So there Kanye.

I see a Beyonce/Taylor Swift duet coming on, what do you say girls? Beyonce, you are one classy lady. Thanks for showing Kanye how it's done in polite society. You are an amazing woman on so many levels.


John Wooden, Boston Celtics All Star Paul Pierce and Vice Chairman & CEO of McDonald’s Jim Skinner -Today just keeps getting better and better

By Joy A. Kennelly

May I just say after such a hard week last week, this week has simply been fantabulous!

Ever feel like you're just getting better and better in all areas of your life? That's how I've felt yesterday and today. Maybe I have so many friends praying for me God is showing me some grace, or maybe there are other positive factors at play.

Whatever it is, I'll take it!

Got a lot accomplished today which is always a good feeling. Then received a call for possible consulting work which is encouraging. Then, as if it couldn't get any better, got approved to attend the inaugural John Wooden Pyramid of Success Awards as a guest of Bank of Manhattan.

The event will be held at HAX (Hangar Athletic Exchange), which is a gorgeous facility and really wonderful place for sports. I visited there during the Super Bowl and here's some pix I took then.

Have to admit, none of these names mean anything to me because I don't follow sports, but since they were on the wall, I'm sure some sports fans will be excited to see them:

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There's a specialty store on-site too with one-of-a-kind sneaks which I guess is also a big deal. Not into tennies myself, but some of my guy friends were impressed.:)

This is Jason Olive who gave us the tour.

IMG_5619 IMG_5620 I think this was a Michael Jordan shoe, but it's been so long I can't remember. Anyone recognize it?

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Here's the invite copy to my unexpected wonderful experience: "The inaugural event will honor not only legendary basketball coach John Wooden, but also Boston Celtics All Star Paul Pierce and Vice Chairman and CEO of McDonald’s Jim Skinner.  This promises to be a memorable and entertaining evening."

You betcha! Even me, who is not into sports, am delighted to be included in this event because I have enjoyed hearing Coach Wooden speak on an online Ted seminar.

I am sure I will walk away inspired, encouraged and thrilled. Thank you John! Thank you Bank of Manhattan! YEAH!:)


President Obama's speech to students - just the right note!

By Joy A. Kennelly

I LOVED IT! President Obama got it so right!

I'm choked up writing this because I needed to hear his speech just as much as these children did. I think he encouraged and challenged me, just as much as he has all these children.

Life is hard. Success doesn't come easy. You have to work hard for everything you're going for. You have to set goals. Don't let failures define you.

SO true.

Here's the whole speech transcript because I know I'm paraphrasing.

It was so nice not to hear anything bashing the past or partisan, but an extremely non-partisan, goal-oriented, and very forward looking speech given by the leader of the free world. I get so tired of always hearing about the past and partisan whatever in his other speeches, this speech was quite refreshing.

Thank you Mr. President.

I liked reading too, that Laura Bush broke her silence to support President Obama because education was/is her passion. "Mrs. Bush was interviewed in Paris, where she was helping promote global literacy as part of a United Nations meeting."

She's still such a classy lady. I admire her very much.

It was also fun to see my alma mater, Mira Costa High School, featured on TV as a classroom of high schoolers watched the speech too. Some MCHS students are involved with drugs and alcohol without much parental supervision or support as evidenced by a growing population involved with our local Project Touch program.

I saw a lot of this issue while attending MCHS even when I was attending oh so many years ago, but avoided it by being so involved in my church. Not all students do drugs or abuse alcohol, but there is a large percentage who do which is sad to me.

Maybe these students will be challenged to stand up to peer pressure now? One can only hope.

I was really happy to see MCHS embracing this opportunity. There are a lot of really good students striving for educational goals too, don't get me wrong. I just wanted to point out the drug/alcohol issues since just because you attend a nice high school in a good neighborhood, it doesn't mean you're immune to bad influences.

Hope I don't offend anyone. Just stating my truth.

Back to today's speech.

Thank you President Obama. I may not always (or ever) agree with your politics, but today, I am proud to have you as my President and leader. I felt like you were a great role-model to so many children who don't have fathers and/or don't have a positive male role model in their life to give them this type of advice.

I do agree with the conservatives who were upset with the original classroom lesson plan and possible intent of this speech, but am so happy the White House was receptive to feedback and adjusted their message accordingly once a loud enough uproar was heard.

Maybe next time the uproar won't be needed and we can move past partisan politics and simply be Americans once again.

Now, if you'll excuse me, I need to get back to job hunting. I am looking for writing and/or social media type work if you hear of anything. Thanks!

God bless America. God bless our youth. And God bless you!


AWARD-WINNING FILM HISTORIAN/AUTHOR CHARLES ZIGMAN’S 2009/2010 “SECOND EDITION” OF WORLD'S COOLEST MOVIE STAR: THE COMPLETE 95 FILMS (AND LEGEND) OF JEAN GABIN VOLUMES I & II

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

                                                                                          For more information, contact: publisher@allenwoodpress.com

 “Jean Gabin is one of the greatest actors who ever lived.  He is, to me, the paradigm of the perfect actor.  He’s still. He’s honest.  He’s brave.  He would never make anything up.  He would never add any emotion to it… And he performs with such simplicity, that it can only be understood as artistic courage…”

David Mamet

  ALLENWOOD PRESS ANNOUNCES AN OCTOBER 1, 2009 RELEASE DATE OF

AWARD-WINNING FILM HISTORIAN/AUTHOR CHARLES ZIGMAN’S 2009/2010 “SECOND EDITION” OF WORLD'S COOLEST MOVIE STAR: THE COMPLETE 95 FILMS (AND LEGEND) OF JEAN GABIN VOLUMES I & II

Awarded “Best Performing Arts Book” by Independent Publisher Book Awards in 2009 and “Book of the Year” for Best Performing Arts Book by Foreword Magazine in ‘08

Los Angeles, CA – Allenwood Press announces October 1, 2009 as the release date of the 2nd edition of a revised and expanded version of Film Historian/Author, Charles Zigman’s Award-Winning Two-Volume Set on the prolific film career of Actor Jean Gabin entitled, WORLD’S COOLEST MOVIE STAR: THE COMPLETE 95 FILMS (AND LEGEND) OF JEAN GABIN VOLS I AND II. Awarded “Best Performing Arts Book” by Independent Publisher Book Awards in 2009 and “Book of the Year” for Best Performing Arts Book by Foreword Magazine in ’08, the newly expanded and revised 2nd edition includes new photographs and twelve completely re-written chapters, with new information discovered via reader feedback on the First Edition.

Considered to  be one of the greatest movie stars of all time by movie fans throughout the world, the legendary French actor Jean Gabin’s entire prolific film career is documented in the WORLD'S COOLEST MOVIE STAR: THE COMPLETE 95 FILMS (AND LEGEND) OF JEAN GABIN, VOLUMES ONE AND TWO. These are the very first filmography books on Jean Gabin and his ninety-five films in any language, not to mention the very first books ever written about Jean Gabin in the English-language.  “For many people around the world,” Ian Birnie, film curator of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art has said, “Jean Gabin is, and has always been, French cinema.”

The legendary actress Michele Morgan, who appeared with Gabin in some of his best known feature films, wrote the foreword to Volume One. Actress Brigitte Bardot penned an original foreword to Volume Two; Playwright/Director David Mamet has provided an “appreciation” in the same volume.

WORLD'S COOLEST MOVIE STAR: THE COMPLETE 95 FILMS (AND LEGEND) OF JEAN GABIN, VOLUMES I AND II is for Jean Gabin newbies and completists alike: For the un-initiated, both books feature lengthy biography and introductory chapters which place Gabin and his famous big-screen persona into perspective; and for film buffs, Film Historian/Author Charles Zigman presents ninety-five separate chapters dedicated to Jean Gabin's ninety-five theatrical feature films.  Each of the two volumes features over 100 rare archival photographs, never seen before in other published French-language books about Jean Gabin.

More than sixty motion pictures which have never been subtitled into English have been translated by native speakers and written about by Author Zigman in WORLD'S COOLEST MOVIE STAR: THE COMPLETE 95 FILMS (AND LEGEND) OF JEAN GABIN, VOLUMES I AND II, allowing English-speaking readers to feel, by reading about the films, that they’re actually ‘seeing’ them.  Excerpts included from original U.S. and European newspaper reviews, written between the 1930’s and the 1970’s, demonstrate how prominent movie critics received Gabin's pictures when they were first released.

Throughout the world, Jean Gabin is considered to be film history’s consummate everyman, and he continues to be a huge cult figure in the United States.  In 2002, week-long Jean Gabin festivals were presented at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art’ and at the Walter Reade Theatres in New York to sold-out crowds. In September of 2008, Author Zigman, in connection with the release of the First Edition, presented a two-night Jean Gabin Screening Event and Book Signing at the American Cinematheque at Hollywood’s Egyptian Theater.

 During the 1930s and 1940s, Gabin's popularity in the U.S. equaled that of Humphrey Bogart, James Cagney, and Bette Davis. Volume One, subtitled "Tragic Drifter," explores the period between 1930 to 1953, and covers the first forty-six of Gabin’s films, including the internationally renowned GRAND ILLUSION, as well as the 1937 gangster classic PEPE LE MOKO in which, as in other films made during this period, the actor reucrringly plays international movie history's most famous tragic drifter.

Volume Two, subtitled "Comeback/Patriarch," covers Films 47 through 95, which Gabin made between 1954 and 1976.  During this period, instead of playing the tragic drifter, the star played a series of mega-cool gentleman-criminals and world-weary yet life-loving patriarchs. Gabin even turned out comedies during this period, films which have been previously unknown to English-speaking audiences.

Film Historian/Author Charles Zigman’s goal is to introduce as many people as possible to Gabin’s films and life in a fun, informative, comprehensive way. The 2nd edition of WORLD'S COOLEST MOVIE STAR: THE COMPLETE 95 FILMS (AND LEGEND) OF JEAN GABIN, VOLUMES I AND II will be available October 1, 2009.  The two volumes are sold separately.

Film Historian/Author Charles Zigman, a native of Los Angeles, has taught Film and Television at Augusta State University, Georgia. Zigman is a graduate of both UCLA’s undergraduate filmmaking program and Columbia University’s Graduate Department of Film in New York, where he co-wrote a screenplay with writing legend Terry Southern.  Zigman has also contributed articles to NEW TIMES LOS ANGELES, CULT MOVIES MAGAZINE, THE HOLLYWOOD STOCK EXCHANGE, WORD.COM, and L.A. TRIBE.COM, not to mention several chapters to the 2001 book GIG: AMERICANS TALK ABOUT THEIR JOBS AT THE TIME OF THE MILLENNIUM (Crown Books).  For the past ten years, he has traveled the world, researching and writing about all ninety-five films of Jean Gabin. He currently resides in Los Angeles, CA. For more information, go to www.jeangabinbook.com and www.allenwoodpress.com.

 Volume One: Tragic Drifter:  ISBN:  #978-0-9799722-0-1. ($39.95 U.S./£25.00 U.K./ €26.85 European Union.) Hardcover, 6 x 9, 576pps., 113 black and white photos, Pub. Date:  October 1, 2009.

 Volume Two: Comeback/Patriarch:  ISBN: #978-0-9799722-1-8. ($39.95 U.S./£25.00 U.K./ €26.85 European Union.) Hardcover, 6 X 9, 532pps., 100 black and white photos, Pub. Date:  October 1, 2009.

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Why I blog about what I blog about for those curious.

By Joy A. Kennelly

People read my blog because they hear the real me, not some sanitized version of something. I've grown and changed with my blogging over the years which is why you don't see as much personal relationship blogging.

I will probably change how I cover other things too, but in my own pace, not yours dear reader. If you're paying me to write for you on here, then we can talk about it, but since you're not...

Oh, and for those wondering why I cover gay marriage issues here its because you're not going to read about it in mainstream media and it's still an issue for religious freedoms.Speak now, or forever hold your peace is what I'm learning. We either speak up for what we view is right, or lose that right.

If you want to learn more, go to this news article or review this case in point: Charles LiMandri Represents Carrie Prejean, Miss California, in protecting her rights.

Perez Hilton anyone? Now he's being accused of child pornography by Demi Moore because he sexualized her 14-year-old daughter. And CA considers him the barometer of what is socially acceptable?

Please.

Sorry, just felt like sharing a little. Aaaahhhhh, that feels better. I am definitely not perfect, but I am Pure, Unadulterated Joy after all. :)