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My first frittata - looking good!:)

Following my aunt's cookbook, How To Cook Without the Book, I steamed and sauteed asparagus, onions, and a little pepper before pouring in the eggs & cheese. Cooked 12 minutes and va la!

Now to see how people like it later.:) In the meantime I'm enjoying Bobby Flay's Holiday Recipes show. He makes it all look so easy! Sent via BlackBerry from T-Mobile

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#Eeefy Ify - Ask Eeefy - look for her on Facebook & YouTube

Trying this again. Whoops!

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Subject: #Eeefy Ify - Ask Eeefy - look for her on Facebook & YouTube

She is a Nigerian motivational speaker who grew up internationally and has written this great coffee table book called "Ask Eeefy." She needs a publisher people!

She had the best look and I had to ask her if I could shoot her! You never know who you'll meet in Beverly Hills. Like her already! LOL Sent via BlackBerry from T-Mobile

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Getting so much done! I love Thanksgiving week! Happy Thanksgiving message from me to you.

By Joy A. Kennelly

Even though it may look like all I do is watch TV based on my tweets (and yes, last night I did watch Glee and Dancing with The Stars if you must know,) I actually am working right through them which is why I'm getting a lot done this week. It's amazing what you can accomplish when you write a list, check it twice and make sure you're not being naughty, only nice.

Can you tell I'm feeling punchy? I woke up with the most brilliant marketing idea and I can't wait to put it into practice. It was like a vision from God. Truly, it was. There are mornings when I feel like God just speaks to me while I'm sleeping and all my problems that I've been wrestling with how to accomplish are answered. I used to have these "visions" all the time when running my short film festival and it always worked out well when I implemented them.

Then, I received Seth Godin's blog message today and it was all about how ideas come. Here's a link in case you're not familiar with this brilliant marketing person's musings: I'm also a little partial to him because he's a die-hard Typepad blogger too.:) Us Typepaders have to stick together.

Well, that's all I feel like sharing. I have to rush to two meetings this morning. Yesterday's hiking meeting was very successful and I've decided I really must do more walking and talking. It stimulates a different part of the brain and causes new thoughts, new energy, and new ideas to come forth much quicker. Perhaps seeing beauty in nature and new horizons expands creativity?

I also enjoyed working with a friend to build up his online presence because just like the rush I always felt working with clients, it was a real rush to see his career come to life before our very eyes. People never appreciate how much they've accomplished, or how interesting they really are I've found. It's my deepest, sincerest pleasure to help facilitate people feeling their full value. Does this make sense?

I know so many people who have done really amazing things in their lives and either because their family or peers are equally as accomplished, or their family or peers don't acknowledge the person's achievements, or they just take their accomplishments for granted, they don't realize how amazing they really are. I found that over and over again. It's why writing someone's bio is one of my favorite things to do.

I love interviewing people, finding golden nuggets of information I can then wrap into an interesting story of their achievements and life. Absolutely one of my favorite things to do. Bar none as a writer. People come alive afterward with a new-found sense of self-respect and appreciation I feel like I'm a mom watching my children grow into who they really are. I love it!

Just looked at the time. Really must run since today is another busy day.

Just know, whoever you are, and whatever you're working on, God loves you. He appreciates every single thing about you and He thinks you're special. Even if the world doesn't acknowledge your gifts and talents, God does. He made you, He wants the best for you, and He's going to work in your life until it's accomplished.

Ephesians 3:20:

   20 Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think

Go forth and prosper! God bless you! God loves you and so do I!


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Profile I say. Profile already. Israel does it. Read this article...

Airport 'security'?
Thomas Sowell - Syndicated Columnist - 11/23/2010 9:30:00 AMBookmark and Share

Thomas SowellNo country has better airport security than Israel-- and no country needs it more, since Israel is the most hated target of Islamic extremist terrorists. Yet, somehow, Israeli airport security people don't have to strip passengers naked electronically or have strangers feeling their private parts.


Does anyone seriously believe that we have better airport security than Israel? Is our security record better than theirs?
"Security" may be the excuse being offered for the outrageous things being done to American air travelers, but the heavy-handed arrogance and contempt for ordinary people that is the hallmark of this administration in other areas is all too painfully apparent in these new and invasive airport procedures.
Can you remember a time when a Cabinet member in a free America boasted of having his "foot on the neck" of some business or when the President of the United States threatened on television to put his foot on another part of some citizens' anatomy?
Yet this and more has happened in the current administration, which is not yet two years old. One Cabinet member warned that there would be "zero tolerance" for "misinformation" when an insurance company said the obvious, that the mandates of ObamaCare would raise costs and therefore raise premiums. Zero tolerance for exercising the First Amendment right of free speech?
More than two centuries ago, Edmund Burke warned about the dangers of new people with new power. This administration, only halfway through its term, has demonstrated that in many ways.
What other administration has had an attorney general call the American people "cowards"? And refuse to call terrorists Islamic? What other administration has had a secretary of Homeland Security warn law enforcement officials across the country of security threats from people who oppose abortion, support federalism, or are returning military veterans?
airport body scannerIf anything good comes out of the airport "security" outrages, it may be in opening the eyes of more people to the utter contempt that this administration has for the American people.
Those who made excuses for all of candidate Barack Obama's long years of alliances with people who expressed their contempt for this country, and when as president he appointed people with a record of antipathy to American interests and values, may finally get it when they feel some stranger's hand in their crotch. (See related video report: TSA humiliates cancer survivor)
As for the excuse of "security," this is one of the least security-minded administrations we have had. When hundreds of illegal immigrants from terrorist-sponsoring countries were captured crossing the border from Mexico -- and then released on their own recognizance within the United States, that tells you all you need to know about this administration's concern for security.
When captured terrorists who are not covered by either the Geneva Convention or the Constitution of the United States are nevertheless put on trial in American civilian courts by the Obama Justice Department, that too tells you all you need to know about how concerned they are about national security.
The rules of criminal justice in American courts were not designed for trying terrorists. For one thing, revealing the evidence against them can reveal how our intelligence services got wind of them in the first place, and thereby endanger the lives of people who helped us nab them.
Not a lot of people in other countries, or perhaps even in this country, are going to help us stop terrorists if their role is revealed and their families are exposed to revenge by the terrorists' bloodthirsty comrades.
EL AL AirlinesWhat do the Israeli airport security people do that American airport security do not do? They profile. They question some individuals for more than half an hour, open up all their luggage and spread the contents on the counter -- and they let others go through with scarcely a word. And it works.
Meanwhile, this administration is so hung up on political correctness that they have turned "profiling" into a bugaboo. They would rather have electronic scanners look under the clothes of nuns than to detain a Jihadist imam for some questioning.
Will America be undermined from within by an administration obsessed with political correctness and intoxicated with the adolescent thrill of exercising its new-found powers? Stay tuned.

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Christmas Tree Lighting at The Grove suggestions for next year.

By Joy A. Kennelly

Quick reflection on last night's Grove Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony and suggestions for next year in case the Caruso family is interested in hearing from the peanut gallery.:)

First off, have to say The Grove is my favorite place to see movies and shop. I was working for a real estate development company years back as a temp when the plans for the Grove were still in discussion and at first, wasn't sure I would like the new addition to the old Farmer's Market since I loved hanging out there too. However, now that I've been shopping, dining and viewing movies there I can honestly say it's one of my favorite outdoor shopping malls in Los Angeles.

I especially love visiting it at Christmas when all the lights and Christmas decorations are up. Last year I actually spent Christmas Day there with a friend and loved the hustle and bustle that was still happening even then. It's a magical place. I call it a mini-Disneyland for adults. I love the trolley, the musical fountain, the open air market feel and the chance to mix and mingle with tourists and natives alike. I feel like I'm on vacation when I visit there which is why I don't mind hunting for parking, paying higher fees for movies, or the crowds.

That said, last night's experience there wasn't one of my better times there. Here's some suggestions for improvement next year based on our experience because this year I think The Grove was a victim of it's own success.

Since I haven't lived close enough to attend any previous Christmas Tree Lighting events I had no idea what to expect, but figured it would be fun since I've attended previous summer concert series and always had a great time. Perhaps my tweeting about it along with others, or they marketed it harder this year, or the program was so over the top, but for some reason this turned into a mad house experience for those of us crammed into the section behind Santa's Workshop.

It felt very claustrophobic, dangerous and annoying as people pushed us closer and closer to the front in an effort to see what the tiny flat screen TV's would show of the platform completely hidden behind the building. People who had restaurant reservations couldn't even pass through to reach their destinations. A woman had to tell adults to stop pushing her child around since the child was so short people weren't seeing her as they attempted to move through.

I'm taller than most average female and enjoy a view no matter where I stand, but my shorter friend Ara was beginning to feel faint and like she couldn't breathe as she stood in her cramped location. I was able to help move her over behind a wheelchair bound woman to allow her some space, but even then a woman shorter than her holding up her son to see over the crowd began pushing into her. Again, because I'm so tall I understood the woman was trying to have her child see over me and offered her to stand in front of me. That alleviated that problem, but after standing in the cold, pressed up against people I didn't know, nor want to know on such a personal level, we both decided it wasn't worth it and chose to fight our way out of the crowd and back to sanity.

We couldn't hear anything the people on the stage were doing or saying and it wasn't fun at all from that vantage point. What was interesting to see after we broke free was that there was plenty of space  back behind us if only people had moved back. As you can tell by the picture I took of the crowds kept behind barriers, there were even more people who saw and heard nothing at all which was probably very disappointing too.

I'm sure there's a solution to this issue that management is working on right now. May I suggest more information be provided either via twitter, a Facebook fan page for The Grove, or via Mario Lopez's show as to when to arrive, the fact you will be kept out of the area beginning at 6pm, and the best places to view the program? I think that might go a long way in helping this event run smoother for crowd control next year. I would also suggest playing Christmas music through the loudspeakers  before the show begins to allow people to feel like they're waiting for something special to begin.  Another friend of mine who drove all the way from Redondo Beach to join us was turned off by the lack of festivity in the air, huge crowds, poor visibility and the lack of opportunity to actually enjoy the show with us. What a bummer!

I would also employ more technology to spread the word on what's happening in an at the moment time and space - ie tweets, Facebook updates, etc. It would have been nice to see a hashtag for the event to allow those of us who are tech savvy to track this event on Twitter and know what's happening. Perhaps that happened and I missed it?

That said, when Ara & I finally returned to the location where we had started, right behind the tree itself, we actually could hear the music quite well, there was room to move around and everyone was very festive. We really enjoyed ourselves at that point and wished we had just stayed back there all along.

I have other suggestions, but gotta run. Hope this was helpful. The Grove truly is a special place. I just hope they can get these issues resolved before next year because it is a lot of fun and definitely gets people in the mood!

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#Eccleisia & #Shoes That Fit outreach

This church has wonderful outreaches for the community and Shoes That Fit for Skid Row is just one. We're going to provide new shoes, lunch and entertainment for less fortunate families this Thanksgiving. If you'd like to donate food, shoes, or find out more ways you can help for the 11/23 event, please email

That's one of the reasons why I like Ecclesia. They even have a green committee! Check 'em out here: - Would love to have join me some time!
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I just bumped into @themeganduffy & @sugarkiper

Megan and I were in Travis' Closer music video years back on an all-night shoot on Valentine's Day.

So fun to catch up. She's doing SO well! Check out

Sugar was on Survivor twice and is in band now, Sugar Spit. Isn't that adorable? Google her as Jessica Kiper - she's all over it.

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#Los Feliz Village Holiday Festival on Saturday, December 4th, 2010 One of my favorite Christmas singles events

Los Feliz Village Holiday Festival 
Saturday, December 4th,2010

Los Feliz Village’s Eclectic Annual Holiday Festival Features lots of incredible Gifts, Cheer and Goodwill. Trolley and Open Air Bus transport revelers around Village main streets of Vermont Ave. Hillhurst Ave. and Hollywood Blvd. Magicians, musicians, elves and carolers create mirth and an unforgettable holiday experience.

Who: The Los Feliz Village Business Improvement District, “LFVBID”, Village merchants and restaurants
What: 5th Annual Los Feliz Village Holiday Festival
Where: Los Feliz Village; Hillhurst Ave., Hollywood Blvd. and Vermont Ave.
When: Saturday, December 4th, 2010 5PM – 10PM
(Kicks off at 5PM at the Los Feliz library with Tree-lighting ceremony and singing.)
Why: The Los Feliz Village Holiday Festival, now in its 5th year, has become THE place for creative Angelinos to source imaginative, eclectic and one-of-a-kind holiday gifts.

Special Attractions:


  • 6:00pm tree lighting ceremony at the Los Feliz Library (Hillhurst/Franklin) kicks off the holiday festival.
  • Photos with Santa at Coldwell Banker. (1917 Hillhurst)
  • Alphabet Soup puppeteers at Dragonfly DuLou (2066 Hillhurst)
  • Antique Car Show at Ise Automotive (1774 Hillhurst)
  • Hot cider and 20% discounts at Panty Raid Fine Lingerie 11M-10PM (1953 Hillhurst)
  • Food, drink, music and craziness at Transcend Salon. (1946 Hillhurst)
  • Live mariachi music at Yuca’s. (2056 Hillhurst)


  • Stocking give-a ways, stuffing and decorating at numerous shops and restaurants on Hollywood Blvd.

  • Blushing Santa” house rum punch, classic Christmas music and delectable edibles at Sweeney Todd’s Barber Shop. (4639 Hollywood Blvd.)
  • Free tamale samples & hot delicious Ponche ( a Mexican holiday tradition) at Yuca’s on Hollywood. (4666 Hollywood Blvd.)
  • Craft fair, free baked goods and drinks. Primrose Organics Salon. (4616 Hollywood Blvd.)


  • Most restaurants and coffee shops open quite late with specials
  • Hot chocolate stations at various points on Vermont.
  • Strolling musicians up and down Vermont Ave.
  • Skylight Book (1818 N. Vermont)- Annual holiday window display featuring model train; refreshments and libations.

Admission: Free to the Public

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#Social Media Seminars @ #Musicians Institute & #American Cinematheque wrap-up

By Joy A. Kennelly

I had no idea what to expect when I offered my Social Media Tool Kit seminar at the Musicians Institute a few weeks back since it was new to the school and to me. However, they did an excellent job of promoting it to their current students and alumni too. As a result, I ended up speaking before a standing room only audience of all ages! I covered Facebook, Twitter and HootSuite and was pleasantly surprised to see how knowledgeable many of them were.

It was also fun answering the questions of those new to social media also. I need to do a follow up to give more information on Twitter since many joined that day, but I'm not sure they grasped the entire concept since it can be rather overwhelming at first.

Many are still on MySpace and when I asked for bands to showcase during my talk many shouted out theirs. I was very impressed with everyone and their desire to dedicate themselves to being the best musicians they can be. I always thought musicians were kinda flaky and never practiced, did drugs and drank a lot only, but I'm learning otherwise! Maybe it's just the ones I've known. LOL

Apparently the Musicians Institute is very popular in Sweden and if you live there and are reading this micro-blog, you may recognize this band, Future Sound X-periment. Another one, Glam Girl, had over 5,000 fans on Facebook before getting shut down for some reason. She was pretty bummed over that experience. I know if her fans liked her before, she'll get right back where she was before soon enough.

Enjoy the rest...

What I wish I would have told my students then, but didn't realize until after reviewing some of the other student's web presence later, is... Don't let fear, or a desire to be perfect, prevent you from getting online. It's more important to start, even if badly, than not be online at all.

I'm constantly learning and improving what I do and how I present myself online. And I've been doing this for over ten years! That's what makes technology and online marketing so fun. It's never the same, it's constantly changing, and you will never in a million years master it all.


Choose one thing and dive into it.Your life will improve no matter what you do! If you're not online, You. Will. Get. Left. Behind.


Even back when I was producing film festivals sometimes the best films had the worst packaging and presentation. It's more important that you have good music, content, or whatever it is you're presenting than making sure you look perfect. Someone could have the best Reverbnation tricked out account, but if their music is terrible....

Doesn't matter!

I remember the fear I had when I launched my first film festival and how my boyfriend at the time helped me push through the fear which made all the difference in the world. SPIFF wasn't perfect, but it developed into something I look back upon proudly as it launched many filmmakers and it was a blast. Whenever I'm producing an event I always know no matter what happens, it will all be ok in the end because of that very first film festival.

Doesn't mean that I don't get frustrated or worried while I'm in the midst of producing something which is why having supportive friends who understand the pressures producing brings is so important. I miss not having a guy to lean on sometimes, but don't dwell on it because when the times right it will happen.:)

I guess you could apply that to other areas in your life too. There's always room to improve and if you watch the progression of musician's and others you admire, they didn't always look or act the way they do at the top. It took months and months or years and years of refining, improving and changing to become the perfect image you see and admire.

Even then, if they're successful, they're constantly changing and growing as well.

Social Networking Live with the American Cinematheque

Enough on that topic though. I just had to remind myself that fact last night since it was my first time moderating a panel from a stage. Especially in front of around 100 people! I've moderated over 20 private small groups very successfully and enjoy it. I feel a good moderator is someone who doesn't act like another panelist, but steers the conversation like the rudder on a ship. You provide gentle direction and then allow the ship (panel, group or whatever) to move until it's time to correct it's course in a new direction.

It's a subtle art which I've seen too many moderators totally not understand. They allow one person to dominate a panel because they don't want to interrupt which is frustrating when you really want to hear the entire panel. I warned everyone participating in my panel last night I had no trouble cutting people off.:) You do feel a little rude at first, but you have to look at the bigger picture and realize it's more important everyone speak.

The end justifies the means. Whoops. Did I just say that?:)

I received a huge compliment from the videographer last night who said she's filmed many panels and I was the best moderator she'd seen. Made my whole night! I thought we had the best panel too. Everyone had a different, unique perspective to offer on all  aspects of using all the social media platforms available to create a brand, market a film or individual, and achieve a solid platform for optimum results.

We covered Facebook, Twitter, Blogging, and all kinds of fun mobile and geo-location offerings I've not even heard of before courtesy of our techie, Rob Reed, who is surprisingly down-to-earth for having such a hugely successful blog.

Same with Anne Thompson. That's what I love about writers. Even though some have hugely successful careers, because they're behind a computer writing alone, they have no idea how accomplished the rest of us consider them. Or if they do, they don't care. LOVE that!

Chris Gore kept us laughing with some of his wildly inappropriate examples and very informed opinions. He is a walking brand! No wonder everyone wants to take him to breakfast, lunch, dinner or drinks to "pick his brain." But don't bother asking. He'd rather have cash in his wallet than a free whatever.:)

Wendy Cohen took us through the steps of building a strategic social media campaign and gave numerous socially conscious examples from all the docs she's worked on over the years. I loved the audience member who asked Wendy's opinion of Meg Whitman using Waiting for Superman in her recent campaign and seemed rather disgusted. Another audience member was surprised his conservative relative loved the film too.

What I think some Dems fail to understand is Conservatives often support what is good, not just what their party says is good, which I don't always find with Dems. But I digress... Wendy handled this question and interaction extremely diplomatically .She's so polished I believe it would be hard to throw her off her game ever!:)

Margot Gerber shared her use of Facebook to reach out to very niche audiences quite successfully and draw constantly changing audiences to the American Cinematheque. She tweets under the pseudonym of Sid Grauman, the founder of the American Cinematheque.

I was surprised to learn that he was actually the creator of the standard red carpet premiere experience. If you notice the lovely courtyard in the American Cinematheque's Egyptian Theatre it's quite perfect for red carpet events which is why so many film festivals and screenings choose this historic theatre to launch their films.

I love the Egyptian and was thrilled to host my first Social Networking seminar as a co-production there. It was very well-received and we had a huge gathering of people around all the speakers well into the night even after the discussion and Q & A had ended. Normally during a panel a couple of us will micro-blog and take notes during each seminar verbatim, but since I was moderating I couldn't do that and neither could they. However, we did film it and record it. I'll let you know what we end up doing with that information later.

Just know if you weren't there you missed an excellent informative and very entertaining evening! Thank you again to all my panelists, Wendy Cohen, Rob Reed, Margot Gerber, Chris Gore and Anne Thompson.

You all delivered!:)



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