And then there were none…..

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While I can’t take credit for making note of this incredible fact [read the full story here - All 16 of the Icons Named-Dropped on Madonna's "Vogue" Are now Gone"], I thought it was pretty cool.

In her tribute tweet this morning, Whoopi Goldberg referred to Ms. Bacall as, “a great broad.”

She was that and sooooooooo much more.

So, as you have a million times before….sing along with Madge, and be sure to give a little nod when you get to “Lauren.”

Come on….you know you want to. :)

Greta Garbo (April 15, 1990)

Marilyn Monroe (Aug. 5, 1962)

Marlene Dietrich (May 6, 1992)

Joe DiMaggio (March 8, 1999)

Marlon Brando (July 1, 2004)

James Dean (Sept. 30, 1955)

Grace Kelly (Sept. 14, 1982)

Jean Harlow (June 7, 1937)

Gene Kelly (Feb. 2, 1996)

Fred Astaire (June 2, 1987)

Ginger Rogers (April 25, 1995)

Rita Hayworth (May 14, 1987)

Lauren Bacall (Aug. 12, 2014)

Katharine Hepburn (June 29, 2003)

Lana Turner (June 29, 1995)

Bette Davis (Oct. 6, 1989)​

The Silent Killer That Stole Robin Williams From Us

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Cancer. Heart disease. Depression. Three devastating and life-threatening diseases, but sadly the last of the three is still a “silent” killer.

The world lost an immense talent and incredible human being yesterday. And while it’s hard to overcome the suddenness of Robin Williams passing, what’s even harder is wrapping your head around the fact that a man who brought such joy to millions around the world…was himself so lost and despondent.

In her statement, Robin’s wife asks that we remember him for who he was, and not how he died. While I would never want to go against the wishes of a person who is facing such grief, one can only hope that talking about his death will help to shine a light on the silent killer known as depression, so that we can focus on ways to identify those who are in need of help.

It is believed that more that 16 million people struggle with depression. 16 million. And sadly, way more than half of those people struggle with the disease in silence. Even those who struggle with it in public are often stigmatized to the point where they simply withdraw. Why? Because we don’t know how to help someone who is depressed. Sure we feel sorry for them and want to help. We just don’t know how to. But here’s the thing…don’t ever stop trying. If you know someone is in trouble, reach out to them. Don’t wait for them to reach out to you, because most of the time, they won’t. Make the  effort to let them know they are not alone in their struggle.

I’m not saying this will always work. But ask yourself this question – wouldn’t you rather try to help someone in need than be left wondering – what if I just picked up the phone and called?

Robin Williams was a talent out of this world, which is why it’s so fitting he was introduced to us as the alien Mork, from Ork. His acting range marvels that of singers like Whitney and Mariah who at one time could hit any note they wanted to…whenever they wanted to.

Just recently, I watched a rerun of his guest starring role on Law & Orde: SVU as a sinister, deadly, yet sympathetic man. Tremendous. And I am not ashamed to say, if I’m flipping through the channels and find Mrs. Doubtfire or The Birdcage on (movies I’ve watched more times than I can count)…the channel does not move until either film has ended. Seriously, if you look at his body of work over the years, he belongs in the conversation of the greats that include Meryl Streep, Anthony Hopkins, Robert Di Niro and Al Pacino. Actors who are extraordinary because of their versatility and brilliance.

True, Robin Williams was a bright light in Hollywood, but if you listen to what people have to say about him…he was a bright light in life. The people who knew him, yes, they talk about his amazing talent, but they quickly move on to the human being that he was. And that’s what makes this so jarring and hurtful.

I think Jason Alexander said it best in his tribute yesterday, “Ah Robin, I’m so sorry the earth couldn’t stay worthy of you. Hope happiness awaits you.”

Thank you Mr. Williams…for your talent and for your humanity. Both are a tremendous loss to the world.

If you feel lost and need to talk to someone, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline – 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

A Word About the Israel/Hamas Conflict

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[Note: Before reading, please understand...this is a posting about loss of life and my fears of where we are headed as a culture in dealing with these losses. It is not a statement for or against either side in the conflict.]

Since that fateful election in January 2006 when Hamas won a decisive majority in the Palestinian Parliament, it has been hard to refrain from saying to the Palestinian people – ARE YOU NUTS? But I live in a country that elected George W. Bush President  1 ½ times, so who am I to talk.

That having been said, people like myself who are outraged over the massive killing of innocent people during the recent engagement between Israel and Hamas, are not anti-Semitic. We are simply horrified at the casualties that are mounting up on both sides. I am and always have been a firm believer and supporter of Israel’s right to protect itself from a faction of people who want nothing more but wipe them off the map. But I find it a bit hypocritical and somewhat amazing…the lack of attention that is being paid to some of these strikes that are killing innocent women and children.

If the United States ever bombed a school that killed scores women and children, the world response of condemnation would swift — and rightfully so.  Now I realize these gutless so-called “martyrs” are purposefully hiding among women and children in hopes of escaping the punishment they deserve, but are we as a society actually ready to look past the killing of women and children – in order to get them? God….I hope not.

I’ll be the first to admit…I, like many, don’t have a clue what the answer is. But I’m NOT afraid to say I am as outraged and sadden at the thought of innocent people being killed in Gaza as I am about three innocent Israeli teenagers being killed or the scores of innocent people who have been murdered over the years while simply riding a bus in Jerusalem.

CJ’s iPhone Playlist – The Dog Days of August (2014)

 

WARNING: Do not try to figure out where my head was when I created this month’s playlist…you’ll only hurt yourself!!!! :)

Just enjoy the music (via Spotify – Dog Days of August) ….and the rest of the summer!!

Peace, love and as always….many thanks for your comments, views and shares!

*Newbies this month* |  **New Version/remix

Show Me How You Burlesque – Christina Aguilera

Bulletproof (Dave Aude Cherry radio edit) – La Roux

**All of Me (Yinon Yahel remix) – John Legend

*Happy Little Pill – Troye Sivan*  

SPOTLIGHT SONG!!

*Problem – Ariana Grande*

**Ain’t It Fun (Smash Mode remix) – Paramore

**West Coast (Vanic remix) – Lana Del Rel

Uptight Downtown – La Roux

*Sing – Ed Sheeran*

*Dangerous – Big Data ft. Joywave*

Cardiac Arrest – Bad Suns

*Amnesia – 5 Seconds Of Summer*

*Am I Wrong – Nico & Vinz*

*Love Runs Out – OneRepublic*

Rumour Has It / Someone Like You – Glee Cast

**Habits (Stay High) (Oliver Nelson remix) – Tove Lo

Never Can Say Goodbye – Gloria Gaynor

Let The Sunshine In – Milk & Sugar

Stay With Me – Sam Smith ft. Mary J. Blige

Feel – Robbie Williams

The Voice Within – Christina Aguilera

I’m Not The Only One – Sam Smith

Power of Love / Love Power – Luther Vandross

Army of Two – Olly Murs

Locked Out of Heaven – Bruno Mars

*Bang Bang – Jessie J | Ariana Grande \ Nicki Minaj*

Born This Way – Lady Gaga

Nowadays (From “Chicago”) – Karen Ziemba & Bebe Neuwirth

Like A Prayer (Blond Ambition Tour) – Madonna

Angel – Sarah McLachlan

Angels – Robbie Williams

No More Tears (Enough Is Enough) – Barbra Streisand & Donna Summer

River Deep, Mountain High – Céline Dion

Me Against the Music – Britney Spears ft. Madonna

Enjoy the Silence (Telam Project remix) – Depeche Mode

A Little Respect – Erasure

50 Years of Civil Rights History

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President Lyndon Johnson signs the Civil Rights Act of 1964                                 Photo courtesy of the LBJ Presidential Library

 

An act to enforce the constitutional right to vote, to confer jurisdiction upon the district courts of the United States of America to provide injunctive relief against discrimination in public accommodations, to authorize the Attorney General to institute suits to protect constitutional rights in public facilities and public education, to extend the Commission on Civil Rights, to prevent discrimination in federally assisted programs, to establish a Commission on Equal Employment Opportunity, and for other purposes.

 

50 years ago today, President Lyndon Baines Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964 into law.

Originally pushed for by President John Kennedy, the bill was championed by President Johnson, who pressed Congress to swiftly pass the bill after Kennedy’s assassination in 1963.

“No memorial oration or eulogy could more eloquently honor President Kennedy’s memory than the earliest possible passage of the civil rights bill for which he fought so long.” – President Johnson

[Could you imagine THIS Congress passing anything this historic? *Shake. My. Head.*]

 

 

CJ’s iPhone Playlist – July 2014

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HAPPY SUMMER!!!

Newbies: Best Day Of My Life – American Authors, I’m Not The Only One – Sam Smith, I Wanna Get Better – Bleachers, The Writing’s on the Wall – OK Go, Stay With Me – Sam Smith ft. Mary J. Blige and I Wanna Get Better – Bleachers

Spotify link - July 2014 (Songs not available on Spotify have a YouTube link)

Demons (Dzeko & Torres ‘Sunset’ Remix) – Imagine Dragons  (http://tinyurl.com/ol8kh9f

Heartbeat- Madonna

She Said – Plan B

U + Ur Hand (Bimbo Jones Remix) – P!nk

La Roux – Uptight Downtown

Best Day Of My Life – American Authors

West Coast – Lana Del Rey

I’m Not The Only One – Sam Smith  (http://tinyurl.com/prv8sm5)

Personal Jesus – Depeche Mode

The Writing’s on the Wall – OK Go

Sweet Nothing  – Calvin Harris ft. Florence Welch

How Did You Know – Kim Sozzi

I Wanna Get Better – Bleachers

Climbing Walls (Viceroy Remix) – Strange Talk

Habits (Stay High) – Tove Lo

All of Me  – John Legend

Team  – Lorde

Cardiac Arrest  – Bad Suns

Ain’t It Fun – Paramore

One Headlight – The Wallflowers

Don’t Look Back In Anger – Oasis

Lily Allen – Our Time

Sia – Chandelier

Stay With Me – Sam Smith ft. Mary J. Blige  (http://youtu.be/NqqOZbMWesI)

The Cup of Life  – Ricky Martin

La Isla Bonita (Sticky & Sweet tour) – Madonna  (http://youtu.be/TnxfMgKjD5U)

Telephone (Kaskade radio edit) – Lady Gaga ft. Beyonce

Never Let Me Down Again  – Depeche Mode

Enjoy the Silence (Telam Project remix) – Depeche Mode

A Little Respect – Erasure