Some Sweethearts

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I want to talk about some very sweet people who have won many hearts. On this Valentine season, I wish love for all. And speaking of spreading love, I’ll start with Kudos’ for the puppy trainers for Guide Dogs of America…
David’s son Adam just graduated from his guide dog training at Guide Dogs of America. His proud dog is named Escort. He is a handsome lab, black with brown highlights. Escort was named by his puppy trainer (in Colorado!). The trainers and the new owners spoke at the graduation ceremony, not a dry eye in the house. Such a sacrifice, such a gift that keeps on giving. If you have the heart to become a puppy trainer, go to the web and find Guide Dogs of America. It’s a life changing experience for all involved. And if you want to direct a blind person to this (totally free of charge service), send an email to:
mail@guidedogsofamerica.org.

Florence – There’s Only One, Except for Nightingale.

Florence Henderson surrounded by Donna Mills and Mitzi Gaynor, just some of the many stars celebrating her show at the Catalina Bar and Grill.

Florence Henderson surrounded by Donna Mills and Mitzi Gaynor, just some of the many stars celebrating her show at the Catalina Bar and Grill.

But then Florence Henderson is a Nightingale. She is a performer who shows up when asked and has done a lifetime of good for people who may not even know it. We know that Florence Henderson is an everlasting star in our universe. Recently she brought “All the Lives of Me… A Musical Journey” to the Catalina’s Bar & Grill. Known to millions as Carol Brady, Florence is a multi-talented actress, talk show host, performer, recording artist, author and Broadway veteran. Her critically acclaimed one-woman production brought out the cream of Hollywood (the only downside is that I could not be there). Please, please, an encore! So many more of us want to hear her sing from her starring roles in such Broadway hits as “Oklahoma,” “South Pacific,” “Sound Of Music” and “Annie Get Your Gun.” And any audiences can consider themselves fortunate to hear the personal anecdotes of her life on the boards of Broadway and the Brady set. Florence and I enjoyed being background workout girls on Debbie Reynolds tape some years ago. She is as goofy as she is elegantly sophisticated. And Florence Henderson defines love…

Defining Service – How Lucky Can We Be?

Wendy Greuel, her husband Dean (far left) and son Thomas (far right), welcome friends and neighbors to a picnic kick Off for her campaign for City Controller.

Wendy Greuel, her husband Dean (far left) and son Thomas (far right), welcome friends and neighbors to a picnic kick Off for her campaign for City Controller.

Wendy Greuel, currently my Council Women, is the kind of public servant who is smart and loves to serve. To kickoff her campaign for Los Angeles City Controller, Wendy offered a Community Family Picnic at the Van Nuys-Sherman Oaks Community Park. That is so Wendy. Casa Vega provided Mexican Food and all we had to bring was a donation of food items for the Valley Food Bank. Toluca Lake’s Tom LaBonge was there (along with many other dignitaries) to offer his warm support. I’ll miss her as my Council Woman, but it will be great to know that an important function for my hometown will be in the table and caring hands of Wendy Greuel. If you want to know more about this most remarkable and able woman, go to the Internet and give Wendy a Google. And remember to vote in the upcoming election. It’s a very big deal, put your heart into it…

Tippi, Too

With a heart for wildlife, Tippi Hedren walks the walk. Tippi’s inspiring story as an actress is as legendary for her work on-screen as she is for her work to protect wildlife. She was recently featured at the fifth Annual Pirates Special Event at the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. This special Pirates event provided insights into how to effectively collaborate with celebrities and other entertainment industry partners. Tippi is the only actress to have worked under the direction of both Hitchcock and Chaplin. Having never been out of work since she made her film debut in “The Birds,” Tippi Hedren continues to work frequently in motion pictures, theatre, and episodic television. Deeply involved with international conservation groups to save wildlife, and an outspoken voice against cruelty to animals, both wild and domestic, she’s a board member of “The Wildlife Safari” and the Earth Communications Office (ECO) and President of the newly formed “American Sanctuary Association.” Her other charity work includes the American Heart Association, The March of Dimes, Multiple Sclerosis, International Orphans, Inc. and several AIDS causes. Perhaps Tippi’s most unique endeavor is being “den mother” and close friend to sixty-odd big cats – lion, tiger, leopard, cougar, and an African elephant at The Roar Foundation’s Shambala Preserve near Acton, California. Tippi has received many awards for her big heart but I’m sure the greatest reward is the love she receives from her animals.
Let’s just all inhale in the pure company of people with generous hearts and let their ability to love spill over on all of us.  

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