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A Commentary by Dulcy Brightman
Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

"Please" is a Powerful Word
by Dulcy Brightman

While producing Reel People Review in New York City, I happened to be invited to a screening of a movie promotion party in the Times Square area. There were all sorts of people there from the press, like Peter Castro, Deputy Managing Editor (present day) of People Magazine, Cindy Adams, of the New York Post, Page 6, and other professional reviewers.

Tony Goldwyn - Actor, Director.... while standing in the illustrious shadows cast by such outstanding journalist on that particular warm summer evening, I stood in a special “VIP & Press Section” that had been roped off to separate the fans from the stars of the movie.

The first movie star I saw on that occasion was vaguely familiar to me, but I couldn’t recall his name. I felt very odd not knowing who that was standing with someone from the film promotion department of the movie, which was to be written about by the critics the next day. Not to be undone, I quickly called across inquiring from the woman promotions person, who seemed unwilling to aid me in discovering who the movie star was that was next to her. Can you imagine this? Has this ever happened to you? That you can’t place the name of the person you’re looking at? I also yelled across the rope barricade at the unidentified man, asking him to tell me something about himself, but failed miserably. Well, of course, the moment he walked into the theater to go to the lavish party, I knew it was none other than Tony Goldwyn of the now classic film, “Ghost!”

Peter Castro - Deputy Managing Editor of People MagazineOnce again, on another evening in the fall of the mid-1990’s, while working as a producer, I was at a major event near the Marriott Hotel in Times Square, New York City. I had my video camera with me, but was barely able to get positioned within the Press Area, where there were all male photographers, and reporters.

I was the only one there with a light-weight video camera. The film company had literally rolled out a long, red carpet, and one after another celebrity passed in front of me, only to have me knocked aside by the overly aggressive men, earnest on “getting the shot” to the next day’s newspapers.

Rosie O'Donnell - Comedian, Actress, TV PersonalityOnce again, I saw, Peter Castro, and he may have recognized me. At any rate, Rosie O’Donnell walked straight up the red carpet, and then turned and went right up to me. My video camera was rolling film, and I said to her, “Where’s your friend, Madonna?” Rosie laughed and replied, “Not here, or in another limo!” Then Ms. O’Donnell moved toward me, pushing a photographer aside; she grabbed my camera out of my hands and said, “This reminds me of my Aunt Ethel, who always has a camera pointing at me!” Suddenly, a rude and pushy six foot six photographer yelled at her, “By the way Rosie, look up and see what theater your walking into!” It was the Sony Theater, and my video camera was clearly marked “Sony.” Rosie recoiled and found no words, but quietly handed me back my camera.

Diana Ross - Singer, Actress, Record ProducerAfter the party some of the celebrities started exiting the theater. I observed a long, black limo parked in the distance. All of a sudden, Diana Ross walked out the doors of the theater with no escort, and in a long, flowing, chiffon evening dress, and six-inch high heels. She looked frantically toward the sidewalks in front of her, and hugged herself as the wind picked up; there was clearly a chill in the air. Without hesitation, Ms. Ross started to run, as she noticed the photographers. I was among them, but with my video camera was in my camera bag. Peter Castro was running and I found myself doing the same. In fact, I actually passed him and was running right beside Ms. Ross, with Mr. Castro trailing behind. While we were running side by side, she was headed for her limo, I said, "Look Ms. Ross, I am about your age, but not as thin and fast as you. Would you please stand still for one moment only so the photographers can take your picture?" This one word 'please' was the deciding factor, and I was not quite sure if she would grant my request; of course she did. She said, "Well, I'll stand by my car for only a second before I get in." Sure enough, Ms. Ross did exactly as she said. Shortly afterwards, Mr. Castro asked me, "How did you get her to stand still?" I replied, "I asked her." He was dumbfounded.

Monday, June 9th, 2014
How the Film/Television Industry Survived the Bad Economy
by Dulcy Brightman

The Power Brokers of New York City are always looking for a new deal. These days, if they’re not riding in their chauffeured limousines while working their cell phones, they are at numerous meetings, charity functions, social, or athletic clubs; just to name a few. These moguls, be it male or female, are in constant contact with their Corporate Attorneys, Certified Public Accountants, Tax/Financial Advisors, etc., who pave the way to make the big deals happen. Many Hollywood ventures, such as television and film projects, are supported by their financial backers in New York City.

What happened several decades ago, and continues today, is something called “Acquisitions and Mergers.” In the 1980’s, especially New York, businesses sought out ways to accomplish “The Art of the Buy.” These “Buys” were initiated when the most powerful CEO’s/Presidents of their companies expedited “takeovers” at a fever pitch. The “writing” was “on the wall” for the average work force. This eventually became a world changer.

In the early 1980’s, corporations sought more and more ways to expand; often by acquiring other companies. Actions were designed for greater profits. These deals were being researched before being brought to the table for sale. The Stock Market, in the 1980’s, was at an all-time high. There were very few investors and banks that were willing to fund home loans, exercising caution.

Mergers, along with extending credit to many unqualified home buyers, spelled trouble for our economy; it also impacted foreign markets. Hollywood films and television shows were produced, reflecting different points of view on what was happening on Wall Street and elsewhere.

I saw what was coming. Millions of people here in the United States and overseas would soon become jobless, and therefore unable to make payments on their housing. The ploy was to say that “computers will take jobs.” It wasn’t the computers, although that did change the playing field of many companies, but rather, it was the ambitions of corporations to further boost their bottom line.

By the mid-1980’s, most of the “quiet” mergers were going unnoticed. Banks were continuing to extend credit to risky potential homeowners. In one instance, I suggested to my television producer friends that buying a house came at a substantial risk to them. They had no idea what the cost of maintaining a house was, nor were they in any firm financial position. My friends did not listen, and went on to an unfortunate foreclosure situation; they weren’t the only ones.

Around the world, people were beginning to lose their jobs one right after another; not just in the United States. There was a lessening by employers to take the once mandatory steps to training their staff. It was, in short, bad business management in the workplace. The combination of the housing debacle, lack of employment, and job shortage, spelled disaster. The economic downturn was beginning to get media coverage from savvy Television News Producers and Reporters who described the economy as a “Recession.” I’m sure it felt more like a depression to the jobless and former home owners.

By the mid-or early 2000’s, Joblessness forced many to start working for themselves, often at home; they created their own businesses. Others would be thrown into unemployment lines for a very long time. However, the entertainment industry was flourishing. People needed to be distracted from the harsh realities described previously. The need for more television shows was in high demand. This spurred daring new producers to invest in new comedies and reality shows that were beginning to be “pitched” to television conglomerates. Television was then exceeding film attendance due to high ticket prices and audiences on strained budgets.

By the late 1980’s to the mid-1990’s, in New York City, I witnessed the changes in people, as they were effected by their own dwindling finances and lifestyle. At that time, it played out in front of my video camera on the streets of New York City, or studio interviews for my cable television shows; which leads me to my ultimate party story.

On one occasion, and on an evening close to Christmas, I heard news of an interesting (merger) party at the Four Seasons Restaurant between Castle Rock Films, Time Warner, and Turner Classic Films. In attendance, were the featured celebrities were Ted Turner, Rob Reiner (Producer, Director, Actor), Al Pacino (Actor), etc. The press was also invited as part of a "Press Junket" to the restaurant venue for Director Sydney Pollack’s new film, “City Hall”, as I recall.

So, I thought that I would go over to that famous, posh, Four Season's Restaurant, the night of the grand party celebrating the merger. There was no invitation extended to me; so basically I was going to “crash” the party, or so I thought. To do this, I would have to have a plan. This would require that I would have to: a) dress warmly for the cold (two degree temperature in New York City that night), b) look like I’m ready for a party, c) bring my video camera, and d) create a casual costume. Yes!

I, then, decided on wearing my green/red “Miracle on 34th Street” knit hat, that would provide warmth, be a colorful cover-up for a not so good hair day, wear my white angora sweater, red leggings, red/white NBA Jacket, and, lastly, my red tie up shoes. This would be the perfect outfit for this Holiday Season event.

At The Four Seasons Restaurant, I entered through spectacular gold doors where a sign indicated to climb stairs up to a large hospitality area ballroom. As I climbed the wide, heavily carpeted stairs there were two young women holding clip boards. They smiled at me, and I knew this would be the turn away point if my name wasn’t on their Guest List.

I gave them my name in a firm voice. To my great surprise one of the women said, “Hello, Dulcy, we’ve been waiting for you!” She was from the Castle Rock Films Promotion Department. She was seeing me for the first time after many calls to her offices requesting Trailers to “Roll In” for my cable television show, “Reel People Review”. I was shocked beyond belief that I was invited without even knowing it!!!

So up the stairs I went. The stairway revealed a lavish, very large ballroom with a large scale movie screen, and a podium for speakers in front of it. I could hardly believe my eyes! I was actually seeing Ted Turner! If that wasn’t enough, Director/Producer Rob Reiner spoke excitedly about the new deal for Castle Rock Entertainment, with a broad smile of delight.

Later I was to meet Mr. Rob Reiner, who then introduced me to his wife. This was followed by Film/Television Director, Mr. Sydney Pollack, who came over to see who this woman was in the red, and white sports outfit; along with my Sony Video Camera under my NBA jacket. Yes, a good costume goes a long way. It was quite a night, and I had merged my confidence into success.

Monday, March 24th, 2014
Sad Days Remembered
By Dulcy Brightman

American’s will always remember last year’s Boston Marathon, on April 15th, 2013, when there were bombings in Boston. Valentine’s Day and St. Patrick’s Day have come and gone. Passover in 2014 arrives on April 15th with a Full Moon expected. It will be more than the moon’s pull that will remind us of the events in Boston, now a full year in the past.

Easter Sunday is April 20th, and that will also remind many of us to embrace each day with renewal and hope. We must all be ever vigilant of evil and the lack of compassion for humanity. Centuries of grief and loss have passed; still we battle much of the same events that are out of our control; or is it?

Think of life as one good deed per day to help others. This philosophy will be something to consider and reflected upon. The loss of life and the mystery of what happened in that ill-fated Malaysian airliner (flight 370), in the world’s most remote waters; this shows how nations can come together to help in tragic circumstances. These losses whether personal or public demonstrate that good will from complete strangers is all around the world. Yes, there are good people in the world, and you can be one of them.

Happy Passover and Happy Easter to all!
~Dulcy

Friday, February 7th, 2014
A View of Fashion
~By Dulcy Brightman

Couture Fashion Week New YorkIt’s still winter when I write this, but in New York City, it’s time for the fabulous Haute Couture Spring Fashions at New York Fashion Week! It has become a ritual for all the top designers in the world to display their latest creations.

As previously mentioned it was Dulcy who first videotaped outdoor runway fashions one summer on Long Island, New York. Previously, no one had struck upon her naturally fluid, casual, and informal camera style as a promotional tool for high fashion designers to further worldwide recognition.

Dulcy broadcast her video of the Long Island fashion show on “Reel People Review“ (television show). This bold approach to new filming was created for everyday American viewers, and was quickly picked up by major television companies in Hollywood and New York as more and more entertainment television replaced the usual segment news reporting. One hour shows for fashion gained in popularity.

The Design Industry has grown in leaps and bounds recently after the sinking economy in 2007-2008. Not only is there a demand for more and better clothes and home goods designs, the fast food industry is pressed to keep their prices moderate. Ironically, high end restaurants are seeing more success in their profits because their customer needs are being met.

Knowledgeable high-range priced customers will demand organic and quality meals. These same consumers of clothing and home goods are expecting more. They are also demanding safe and healthy foods, and getting it just as they wear the best in clothing, furnish their homes, etc.

There are currently mid-range priced restaurant chains that are still insisting in over-salting their meals. They have not yet succeeded in recognizing that their sales are poor because they refuse to accept the demands by informed patrons who are unable to afford high prices. It’s only a matter of time until the issue is resolved with management of fast food chains to change or go completely out of business! Yes, there is fashion in not only what you wear, buy for your home, but what you eat!

I’m still a champion of imagination. Use it!
~Dulcy

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013
The Quick Version of the Hanukkah Story
~By Dulcy Brightman

It amazes me how many people do not know the story of Hanukkah!

You would think that with all the yearly television coverage of lighting the public Hanukkah Menorah in most large cities across America with its eight candles, some would be curious about the meaning of Hanukkah.

Since Christian Americans prepare each December to celebrate Christmas, I thought it might be nice to mention that Hanukkah came well before the birth of Jesus. This year Hanukkah came exactly on our American celebration of Thanksgiving. This won't happen again for another 79,000 + years! Both holidays have the same meaning of thankfulness in many respects. Unfortunately, I’m afraid that most of what some Jews and non-Jews alike know about the story of Hanukkah is very little indeed.

Let’s go back in history to the fact that Jesus was raised by Jewish parents. Yes, Christians believe the father of Jesus is GOD, and therefore he/Jesus is the son of GOD or the Messiah. More than likely, as a boy, Jesus celebrated Hanukkah with his parents, Mary and Joseph. What exactly was Jesus celebrating?

Recent digging discoveries in the outskirts of Israel by archeologists have revealed the living quarters of Joseph. There is much that is unknown about Joseph to this day, but what was found was a menorah, a Hanukkah Menorah.

Many centuries ago there was an Israeli Family called the Maccabees. Now the way the story of Hanukkah was told to me was very much like picturing a highly romantic version of the first tactical military operation in history that is still used today which some term “guerrilla” warfare.

This “guerrilla” doesn’t accurately describe the unique aspects of what the Maccabee brothers established for the very first time. The Maccabees were considered “rebels”. They, in fact, founded a dynasty which ruled between 164BCE to 63 BCE. Judah Maccabee, his brothers and their armies were in charge of overcoming the Seleucid Armies to regain the Temple where Jews worshiped. The five Maccabee brothers, led by Judah Maccabee, took back the Temple they previously worshiped in. That victory is celebrated in what we now know as Hanukkah!

Judah, his four brothers and their army won a huge victory over the Seleucid Army. Ironically, the Seleucid Army had great respect for the Maccabees due to being known as heroic and victorious fighters. After his strong leadership and the victory of winning the Temple back, Judah installed his brother, Jonathan Maccabee, to take charge of reestablishing and cleaning the Temple.

Exactly how were the Maccabees going to clean the Temple in the dark when there was only enough oil in a small lamp to burn for one day? Yes, I forgot to mention the Maccabees attacked their foes at night another first for tactics along with attacking their enemies from a mountain top as well!

Remember now that there were no electric lamps at the time the Maccabees lived. Here’s where the romantic and wonderful miracle of Hanukkah comes into play. The little lamp the Maccabee brothers found on the floor of the Temple miraculously burned for eight days, and nights. This is the miracle of Hanukkah. During those eight days the Temple was completely cleaned from all the pagan debris. Yes, the fabulously tall and handsome Maccabee brothers won a very unique place in history forever!!!

~Dulcy

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013
Open Letter to LIAT Commentary
~By Dulcy Brightman

Summer brings the onset of vacations. It is time to relax and tell each other our stories. For example, a friend of mine says he can’t remember some or any of the events I’ve described in detail. This is because he says they are “a hundred years old”! This implies that I am one hundred years old! Not a very complimentary statement, I must point out!

You’ll notice that I’ve written on my website about my trips to the greater New York Metropolitan Area last year. I suppose one could get the wrong idea that my airline experiences were all positive. Well, I’ve not told you about some of the mishaps of airline travel as it is today.

I mean, how about literally sliding into Newark Airport in a driving rain with the pilot madly putting the brakes on, and thinking these were my last moments on earth? Or how about my time in the Dallas/Fort Worth Terminal when the driver of my golf cart decided to pick up other travelers the furthest from my appointed gate and I desperate to make my connecting flight? Airline employees sent word to my gate attendants. However, no fool-proof guarantee that the plane would be held for my arrival.

Yes, there is a great difference in what the airlines tell you they can do for you, and what actually happens. I’m sure many of you reading this would concur! Getting back to the Dallas/Fort Worth (Texas) Termina,l I thought I’d surely miss my connecting flight back to Los Angeles (LAX). My arrival at the proper gate was literally seconds from slipping away from me. The doors would have closed to the ramp into the plane if it were not for me screaming bloody murder at the top of my lungs to get on board!

In fact, on the flight to New York, and stopping in Chicago, I was seated next to a college football star. He told me that he’d missed his connecting flight thereby keeping him in the terminal overnight. He was worried about getting a message to his coach who was expecting him for practice that day.

So you would think I’d have sent in a complaint letter to the airline company. No, I simply didn’t. If I were to have complained I’m sure it would have fallen on deaf ears. However, this summer, an article appeared in the British Virgin Islands Newspaper , the BVI Beacon by Arthur Hicks, and was tweeted by Richard Branson, Founder of Virgin Group. You will agree that this is the most charming way to complain. My compliments to Mr. Hicks for a truly creative Complaint Letter. Hicks' letter has inspired me to always aim for the high road!

I’ll now include his marvelous letter for you to enjoy.

An Open Letter to LIAT
Written by Arthur Hicks (read full article).

An Open Letter to LIATDear LIAT,
May I say how considerate it is of you to enable your passengers such an in-depth and thorough tour of the Caribbean.

Most other airlines I have travelled on would simply wish to take me from point A to B in rather a hurry. I was intrigued that we were allowed to stop at not a lowly one or two but a magnificent six airports yesterday. And who wants to fly on the same airplane the entire time? We got to change and refuel every step of the way!

I particularly enjoyed sampling the security scanners at each and every airport. I find it preposterous that people imagine them all to be the same. And as for being patted down by a variety of islanders, well, I feel as if I’ve been hugged by most of the Caribbean already.

I also found it unique that this was all done on “island time,” because I do like to have time to absorb the atmosphere of the various departure lounges. As for our arrival, well, who wants to have to take a ferry at the end of all that flying anyway? I’m glad the boat was long gone by the time we arrived into Tortola last night — and that all those noisy bars and restaurants were closed.

So thank you, LIAT. I now truly understand why you are “The Caribbean Airline.”P.S. Keep the bag. I never liked it anyway.

~Dulcy

Friday, November 2nd, 2012
A Letter to My Creative Friends
by Dulcy Brightman

Charles ScottAfter many years of being active in the creative community, I have suddenly realized that I have missed giving proper due to my closest, talented friends and associates. Let me take this opportunity to thank those that have been so supportive, fun, and even more talented than I can even imagine!

Take for instance, the creator of my website(s). His name is Charles, but often refers to himself as "Chuck". Either way, this happy family man is a loving grandfather, who after years of raising his family is achieving his lifelong dream of completing his education. Of course, Charles is getting outstanding grades in his college classes, and managing to baby-sit his adorable grandson, run errands, help all sorts of people I have never met, and have an equally creative, understanding, loving wife, Elaine, who is more than his equal. I hope he doesn't mind me saying that?

My other friends, Geoff and Judi, have acted as my shelter in the storm while raising my children as a single parent, and later, on visits to New York. We are so delighted to meet when either one of us visits New York or California, as the case may be. Geoff and Judi are always there to lend a helping hand. Judi is a writer and poet. Geoff is a retired Trucker. She and Geoff have great respect for all the arts. No one could have helped me more, and so often than this couple. They are happily married and living on Long Island, New York

Sandy DawsonNext, there is Sandy, a Registered Nurse turned screenwriter. She's been there when the times are good, and when the times are bad for me. I hope I've been some help or support to her. I wonder. If not, I plan to make it up to her this year and the years to follow. Life is complicated. It's good to know people with great knowledge, good advice, a spit-fire sense of humor, and dry wit beyond compare! Sandy is just fun to know. I'm so lucky.

Carol HollenbeckI have many other friends that have taken a backseat to being on this list. I haven't forgotten you. For example, the super talented Ms. Carol Hollenbeck, author of "True Blondes" iuniverse.com, Judi S. (yes, another Judi) currently working in downtown Manhattan. Chocolate Waters, uptown, Poet, NYC, S. Murphy of New Jersey, who drove me through the streets of New York City like the once hotshot Manhattan taxi driver of long ago, and many others.

These are a few of my favorite thoughts and memories. Remember your closest friends at this Holiday Season.

Happy Holidays to You!
~ Dulcy

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012
Halloween is Not the Only Event in October
by Dulcy Brightman

Too often, many people suffer in silence about domestic violence. There wasn't always a National Domestic Violence Hotline. Because our society has become even more stressed due to the economy, it is necessary to be more aware of the people living in your neighborhoods.

Many women, and some men have stayed in abusive relationships due to thelack of support from friends or family members. The majority of American families are no longer living close together, or in the same state. Therefore, our society has seen the need for alternative ways of helping those that may be possible victims of violence and abuse.

Perhaps you know someone in your community that you can help? If you hear anything in a nearby apartment or house please call 911 to report this, or call the number for the National Domestic Violence Hotline immediately.

You may just save someone's life, or your own. It's far better to take action than to not do so. The authorities will investigate, and are educated and trained to respond to violent situations.

October is Domestic Violence Month

National Domestic Violence Hotline
Website: www.thehotline.org

Certainly, if you are feeling a situation is out-of-control, or about to be; please do not hesitate to take action by phoning the National Domestic Violence Hotline.

Be safe.
~ Dulcy

Saturday, October 29th, 2012

Outlook for the New Year
by Dulcy Brightman

As the November elections near, and Halloween only days away, it’s a good time to take stock of a year that held excitement, hope, disappointment, pleasure, sorrow and happiness into our lives.

The cooler temperatures are bringing changing Fall weather. Hurricane Sandy is about to become a severe storm encompassing the East Coast from Florida up to New York City, New Jersey, Eastern Long Island, and westward towards the Ohio Valley.

Hurricanes remind me of the hurricanes I experienced growing up. Power lines fell to the ground of my neighborhood. A fireman, who lived down the street was good enough to phone my mother about downed electrical wires right outside houses in our neighborhood. He advised my mother not to allow anyone in our family to go outside at all. People have to remember that water and electric don’t mix!

The economy seems to be recovering best on the East Coast. California, as usual, is struggling, but there are small signs of recovery. A few pennies less on gasoline, and more new stores. There are commercial stores that were once in need of repair that are now being renovated.

The earliest signs of retail recovery is the hiring of people that started in September 2012 for early Christmas sales. America is greatest when it’s reinventing itself.

This is a great time of year to celebrate your life. Pick up a pumpkin, and enjoy it for yourself or your family. A pumpkin is not only a great decoration, but there are so many ways to use it once Halloween is over. There is nothing like a warm pumpkin pie right out of the oven with vanilla ice cream. New on the market are several other foods and beverages using pumpkin. It looks like everyone is getting in on the act.

Start shopping for Halloween and Christmas/Hanukkah gifts now. Remember to look for safe toys for the children, and it’s not necessary to buy the latest “hot” toy. For those on a budget, many unused games and toys can be found in thrift shops. On the weekends, come check out the yard sales (usually on Saturdays). Also, if it’s already past the holiday, pick up something for next year. It will be a great savings.

For those of us who bake for the Holidays, try going back to making your own cookies, wrap them in pretty colored cellophane, and tie them with a bow. Look for more ideas on the magazine racks (some are in your local drug stores), or when are at the grocery store, the check-out counter.

For those of us who are artists, we have a built-in fool proof, dynamite gift giving ideas. Yes, we can always find a painting somewhere that someone would enjoy in their home. If you can’t have wallpaper on your walls, what could be better than some framed artwork? The major art supply stores run ads in the newspaper and online for discounts. Maybe, you have a photo you’d like to frame, buy it now. There’s one art supply store that has a penny sale, or there’s a “buy one get one free” sale. It is time to scoop up these offers when they appear.

Last, but not least, remember our American Troops. You can volunteer to pack boxes to be sent overseas. In fact, you can volunteer in many ways, meet new friends, and discover that giving to those who are in need will be warmly received.

Have a Happy New Year!
~ Dulcy

Saturday, October 27th, 2012
By the Way, How's Your Sex Life
by Dulcy Brightman

End of the YearHow can another year go by so quickly? It seems like only yesterday we were all making New Year's Resolutions. So what happened this year?

The polar cap is melting, the polar bear just might be extinct by next year if there isn't sufficient ice. There have been floods and earthquakes. Bike riding has reached a new low for one particular bike riding star even though his competitors were probably doing the same thing.

There is the problem of the economy and the "Recession". People trying to find work and instead starting their own businesses (if they were lucky), a few more roads, bridges, and highways falling apart (even the Golden Gate Bridge is showing its age), and generally the same old politics. Right?

Let's take New Year's Resolutions to another level. Say, you make the resolution, and you actually follow through. What happens then? Can you stick to the same idea(s)? Did you do anything different that you hadn't thought of last year? So you see what's old can be new again.

For example, how's the weight situation with you? Did you add a few more pounds? Or did you buckle down and starve enough off to say you lost weight? Who's most worried about weight? Why, women. Maybe not because young men are catching up with being obsessed with their weight, and are now appearing in doctors' offices at an alarming number because of being under-weight! Looks like eating disorders is an equal opportunity for both sexes.

More people are trying to eat healthy, and there is some cooperation from your school district. Do the children actually eat all the "healthy food"? Maybe. Most of it has found its way into the garbage pail.

It's really hard if a kid has a mother that's a fabulous cook, and prepares all the stuff that puts on weight. The kid goes to school and looks at a totally different menu than what he normally eats. It's going to take time for some new ideas to actually start working.

Parents have to make sure their children always have at least one salad per day. That would probably be dinner. Dinner's good, but what about adding all that salt. Iodized salt in small amounts is actually healthy. However, if you're one to toss the salt all over your food before you've even tasted it; you're in trouble!

How's it going with your expenditures towards car maintenance? What's the difference if you go broke trying to pay for gas? You can always car pool if you had the inclination. Hey, here's a chance to re-learn walking. It's a new skill for some of us.

Now let's see what's happened to your sex life? Did you sit at the computer morning, noon and night? I'll bet you've been sitting for longer than you'll admit. Time to go out, walk around the block maybe once, and increase to twice the next week. Along the way you, might meet that neighbor next door? Hopefully he/she isn't weird. Or you will probably run into someone else who hasn't joined a gym or weight control organization. See how easy this is?

After making a list of all your resolutions, come back here next year and tell me how you did?
~ Dulcy

Monday, August 1st, 2011
Tutorial for Bad Seeds
by Dulcy Brightman

Nancy GraceMany of the American television viewing public has spent June/July 2011 watching Nancy Grace's 'The Tot Mom Case', and Lady Justice, play out on HLN's (Headline News). Nancy Grace, expanded coverage on each and every detail of the highly sensationalized Casey Anthony Trial. The public has seen how the 'Not Guilty' given to Casey Anthony, meant massive media coverage of the biggest 'Who Done It?' in recent memory.

Florida native, Casey Anthony's little girl of only 2 year old, Caylee Marie Anthony, died three years ago as a result of somehow managing to chloroform herself, bind her lower jaw and nose with duct tape, put herself in garbage bags, and throw herself into her Florida neighborhood swamp if you would believe it? Ask yourself if you would ever see duct tape on any child from a swimming pool accident? Does this make any sense? It makes as much sense as not knowing where your child is for 31 days? Frankly, I can't get past this fact.

The authorities (i.e. The State of Florida) worked countless hours on trying to convict Casey Anthony. Not all of the evidence made it into the courthouse to render a verdict of 'Not Guilty'. The death of Caylee Marie Anthony certainly could NOT be by the hands of her loving mother, Casey Marie Anthony, who wanted 'The Beautiful Life', or could it? After all, Casey was declared 'Not Guilty' by 12 everyday American Citizens that were called for Jury Duty. Why can't we believe them?

Didn't 12 men and women of the jury say they didn't see enough evidence to prove that Casey Anthony was a killer? This, after the State of Florida brought in enough evidence to sink a ship, even if it wasn't all there. Were they watching to the same trial? Or was the factor of a beautiful young 22 year old woman (Casey Anthony) just too much for them to convict of anything? Were there to many unanswered questions about the rancid smelling car? What then, was the connection between, Caylee Marie Anthony and the supposed placement in trunk of her mother's car?

Now that Casey Anthony has managed to fly on a private jet ($50,000) to land and meet with a producer in Palm Springs, California, what could be next? A one-time offer of a million dollars to tell her story? Excellent! She could tell one of the many, many, lying stories. Feature Film producers could easily sell tickets due to Casey's superior ability to describe every illusion.

Even Larry Flint, (Publisher of "Hustler" magazine) couldn't resist offering Casey Anthony a half a million dollars to pose nude. Mr. Flint says if the photos 'went viral' it could mean more money. 'Casey Facts' (my term for her lies) would be great story telling even if purely fantasy about her deceased daughter, Caylee. So what if everything out of this convicted liar's mouth is not the truth? Is this important? Will future killers be able to lie about everything now that the Handbook on Lying has been verbally written? Is Casey Anthony really 'safe' as her attorney, Jose Baez, states to the press?

Meanwhile, swarms of the mourning public continue to leave notes of 'Rest in Peace' and 'Happy Birthday' to what would have been another Caylee Marie Anthony birthday on the 9th of August. How very sad.

Last night, a young friend of mine called to ask me "Why is Casey Anthony free and able to go anywhere?" I said, "because the jury said so". We must remember that this case, although highly viewed due to HLN's non-stop broadcasting of the trial, is not the only awful trial on the books. Believe me, there are an amazing amount of awful things that happen to children in this country. Hopefully, 'Caylee's Law' will become the positive outcome from this infamous case. This newly proposed law would make sure that there is a limited amount of time that a child can be missing before it is reported to the authorities.

We can now look forward to more cases of murder/killing since it is abundantly clear that massive lying pays off. The tutorial of this type of crime unfortunately, can be studied by the worst of our society. In fact, the Casey Anthony Trial will also be studied by attorneys, especially the lies. It's like saying bananas are your shoes! Does this make any sense? The answer will be in the future. Casey Anthony will go off to her riches, time will pass, and the public will lose interest. Attorney Baez will have his meal ticket for a limited window of time. Already the people wronged in the long hours of searching for the missing Caylee Marie want to be paid, even Attorney Jose Baez! What will be left?

Probably more than will ever be revealed.
~ Dulcy

Sunday, May 1st, 2011
The Little Things in Life
by Dulcy Brightman

For years on end I have written my friends. No, they’re not emails. Instead, I have deliberately chosen to write to everyone I know the “old school” way. It’s not just for holidays or special occasions such as for birthdays, graduations, engagements, weddings, and sympathy messages on cards. No, I write full length letters.

This brings us to the point of sending cards for no reason at all. Isn’t it nice that the people you sent a note to enjoy it? Yes, you see it is because everyone likes to be thought of and remembered in a personal way. There are no exceptions. Especially important is your own family members! Don’t they deserve to know how you feel about them? 
It’s so nice when I receive a call from someone who has just opened my note or card. Because of this, I have friends from elementary school to present day. Shocking to you who read this, Right? Well, over the years you get the perspective that it’s not just you hacking through the rough bumps in life. It’s a comfort to most. You never know when a friend will have something very helpful to add to a problem. It’s endearing to know that someone has your back, and is so thoughtful.

Ever wonder why you see so many senior citizens in card shops? It’s because they are buying cards to connect with their children and grandchildren. It’s a constant flow of cards to the families bringing up children. We all know it’s the hardest job in the world; raising a family. A little note and a card go a long way. Most of the time, we forget that these small acknowledgements in life are really the big things in life. Thoughtfulness can never be turned down.

Speaking of being thoughtful; the art of hospitality might be decreasing in some American states? Most noticeable, and in contrast, is visiting people on the East Coast and the West Coast. On the East Coast when you visit someone you are offered food and drink. On the West Coast you’re lucky to get your host to offer you a drink of water! This was most glaring when I moved from the East Coast to the West. In my family, no one got out of my home without at least an offer of coffee, tea, cookies or cake, at the very least! Of course, if it was cocktail time, I offered real food such as cheese, dip, chips, grapes, etc. It is my feeling that no one should have liquor on an empty stomach!

Maybe what I’m talking about is the need to apply courtesy in all areas of our lives. For example the guy who cuts in front of another driver when they are trying to get off the Freeway or Highway, whichever the case may be. What harm is there in checking all your mirrors, and if possible, allowing the other driver to move to the proper lane? Instead, of what I’ve seen, especially in the west, and what I call “California Attitude” is to deliberately speed up when it is obvious that the driver is trying to move towards an exit. Some drivers should make a note to themselves to consider the options. One day that selfish driver may find he/she is not going to be treated exactly the way they want?

If you, the reader, don’t agree with me please be my guest, and express your thoughts. Your responses will be welcome anytime.

Maybe, you’ve had different experiences than mine?

So, do a good deed today, and tomorrow it will come back to you. It works every time. You never know when your note or good will might mean the difference in your life. One such case was when I stepped aside for another student in a scholarship situation. The girl I did not know at all well, but it was clear to me that she was not going to get the first place scholarship she deserved, and I did not. I threatened a school administrator saying I would go over his head and expose the fact that I was not deserving of the first place scholarship. Imagine his dismay!

The day after my declaration of forfeiting my scholarship; I heard from the girls’ mother. The mother happened to be the head of personnel at a huge company. I was offered a job right then and there because, the mother of my friend at school was so impressed that I would not allow discrimination to win. I spent several happy years at that job. So you never know when courtesy, good will, and little notes will have great positive effect.

Think about it.
~Dulcy

Saturday, April 24th, 2011

The Little Things in Life
by Dulcy Brightman

For years on end I have written my friends. No, they're not emails. Instead, I have deliberately chosen to write to everyone I know the "old school" way. It's not just for holidays or special occasions such as for birthdays, graduations, engagements, weddings, and sympathy messages on cards. No, I write full length letters.

This brings us to the point of sending cards for no reason at all. Isn't it nice that the people you sent a note to enjoy it? Yes, you see it is because everyone likes to be thought of and remembered in a personal way. There are no exceptions. Especially important is your own family members! Don't they deserve to know how you feel about them?

It's so nice when I receive a call from someone who has just opened my note or card. Because of this, I have friends from elementary school to present day. Shocking to you who read this, Right? Well, over the years you get the perspective that it's not just you hacking through the rough bumps in life. It's a comfort to most. You never know when a friend will have something very helpful to add to a problem. It's endearing to know that someone has your back, and is so thoughtful.

Ever wonder why you see so many senior citizens in card shops? It's because they are buying cards to connect with their children and grandchildren. It's a constant flow of cards to the families bringing up children. We all know it's the hardest job in the world; raising a family. A little note and a card go a long way. Most of the time, we forget that these small acknowledgements in life are really the big things in life. Thoughtfulness can never be turned down.

Speaking of being thoughtful; the art of hospitality might be decreasing in some American states? Most noticeable, and in contrast, is visiting people on the East Coast and the West Coast. On the East Coast when you visit someone you are offered food and drink. On the West Coast you're lucky to get your host to offer you a drink of water! This was most glaring when I moved from the East Coast to the West. In my family, no one got out of my home without at least an offer of coffee, tea, cookies or cake, at the very least! Of course, if it was cocktail time, I offered real food such as cheese, dip, chips, grapes, etc. It is my feeling that no one should have liquor on an empty stomach!

Maybe what I'm talking about is the need to apply courtesy in all areas of our lives. For example the guy who cuts in front of another driver when they are trying to get off the Freeway or Highway, whichever the case may be. What harm is there in checking all your mirrors, and if possible, allowing the other driver to move to the proper lane? Instead, of what I've seen, especially in the west, and what I call "California Attitude" is to deliberately speed up when it is obvious that the driver is trying to move towards an exit. Some drivers should make a note to themselves to consider the options. One day that selfish driver may find he/she is not going to be treated exactly the way they want?

If you, the reader, don't agree with me please be my guest, and express your thoughts. Your responses will be welcome anytime.

Maybe, you've had different experiences than mine?

So, do a good deed today, and tomorrow it will come back to you. It works every time. You never know when your note or good will might mean the difference in your life. One such case was when I stepped aside for another student in a scholarship situation. The girl I did not know at all well, but it was clear to me that she was not going to get the first place scholarship she deserved, and I did not. I threatened a school administrator saying I would go over his head and expose the fact that I was not deserving of the first place scholarship. Imagine his dismay!

The day after my declaration of forfeiting my scholarship; I heard from the girls' mother. The mother happened to be the head of personnel at a huge company. I was offered a job right then and there because, the mother of my friend at school was so impressed that I would not allow discrimination to win. I spent several happy years at that job. So you never know when courtesy, good will, and little notes will have great positive effect.

Think about it.
~ Dulcy

Friday, April 1st, 2011
Is There Gold in the Deep?
by Dulcy Brightman

The World Premiere Screening of "Deep Gold" was on Tuesday, the 19th of April, 2011. This film screening was presented at The Bigfoot Crest Theatre on Westwood Boulevard in Los Angeles, California. My ticket read, "Advance Screening: Bigfoot Ascendant Presents: "Deep Gold" in conjunction with LA Weekly Screeners, that invited interested movie fans to attend. The lines were long, and this Artful Blogger was unable to be seated in the theatre due to the large attendance.

As a result, The Bigfoot Crest Theatre Management Team extended passes for those locked out of admittance to Tuesday night's Premiere Screening. The Crest offered Friday night screening invitations along with a chance to win a $1,000 Gift Certificate, and also a separate prize of a diamond ring to be presented by Radio Station 98.7 FM, TheSound@LA.com afterwards.

There was also an invitation on Friday, 22th April, 2011, Good Friday, to a local restaurant after the Q & A on stage with some of the cast to celebrate "Deep Gold" with its creator, and multi-talented filmmaker, Mr. Michael Gleissner. He is also the film's producer, director, and one of the male actors.

The other outstanding male performer, and very handsome, I might add, was Mr. Thomas Watter. Mr. Watter was born in Germany and has appeared in German movies, TV Shows, and documentaries such as "The Commissioner", "The Perfect Vacation", and makes his film debut in Bigfoot Entertainment's "Deep Gold" shot in the Philippines.

The promotional teams gave out "Deep Gold" t-shirts, hats and key chains from98.7 FM's. The generosity was greatly applauded by the audience. Mr. Gleissner one of the top underwater photographers in the world had much to say about the 3 year filming of "Deep Gold" with newly founded CEBU Films/Bigfoot Entertainment. This included some of Mr. Gleissner's own funds ($5 million) for his dream, and his first attempt at "being creative."

There are no highly paid big name actors in "Deep Gold. Instead, Mr. Gleissner called upon his friends after what he termed his "mid-life crisis". A longtime resident of the Philippines, he called upon the likes of Ms. Bebe Pham, Jaymee Ong, Amelia Jackson-Gray, and Laury Prudent, all friends. Of the cast Ms. Amelia Jackson-Gray, has the most "on camera" TV/film experience what with projects such as "Snakes", "Little Britain", "Zombie Hunters", "Halloween Night", "Journey to the Center of the Earth, "Entourage", and "The Mentalist". She does an admirable job, and it shows!

Not to be overlooked in the cast is Jaymee Ong, "Gen-X Cops", "Rave Fever", also appearing in the Michael Bay film, "Pearl Harbor". Jaymee is host of ""AXN for eBuzz" a weekly entertainment magazine program.

Another beautiful cast member is, Bebe Pham, who is one of Viet Nam's top models appearing in such publications as local Vietnamese and International Magazines. Her credits include "Irreversi", "Hui Lu", "Midnight Movie", and "The Girl with No Number".

The underwater action fight scenes between women are not only unique, but are the strongest. A force of her own is Ms. Laury Prudent, a Haitian Actress, and Miami based personality, producer of "Fashion TV - Asia", she literally steals the show! Ms. Prudent's timing, and delivery, often amusing, strikes gold every time she appears on screen. In fact, Ms. Prudent is probably going to slice through some traditional Hollywood barriers with her natural bent towards the comedic! Adam Sandler, are you listening? It is my opinion that Laury Prudent is perfect for drama and comedy. If ever there was a star on the brink, it's Laury!

Yes, there is gold in "Deep Gold!"
~Dulcy

Saturday, March 21st, 2010

Leopard - Fit to Print
by Dulcy Brightman

Having prior experience prowling the enclaves of New York City and it's Rock 'n Roll Clubs, I recently tested if my social skills would work in Los Angeles; also known as "Hollywood"? To say that one has be "turned out" or "well dressed" is the order of the day if you plan to participate in the night life of the City of Angels. Many may adhere to casual-attire California? Fashion reigns supreme in a city world obsessed with appearances. However, one must determine not to overdress. This is "L. A.", and the center of what I'd term "Studied Casual". In-other-words, just a tad eccentric to give your outfit punch.

Click in my professional art training, and having once studied with the famous fashion icon of the 1960's, Dagmar, set me on the trail of locating the costume designer/designers for the hit, Emmy Award winning television series, AMC-TV's, "Mad Men".

Years ago I won a scholarship at the Art Students League of New York, to pay for the only Art Students League 1960 Fashion Class which was Dagmar's Style, Design, and Function. Dagmar later asked me to model in several of her classes. Unrelated classes prior to ASL were at The Corcoran School of Art, Washington, D.C. prior to moving to New York City.

My fashion forward mother was a mid-western department store buyer. She later created the profession of "Comparison Shopping" for department stores during her 1920's "flapper days" to support her parents and herself. It was she that bought 2 fake leopard-printed, corduroy coats in 1959. One was for her and the other for me. One of those fake leopard printed coats went with me to New York City. My mother did own a real leopard jacket, circa 1942. I never saw her wear it after she'd read about the cruel capture and slaughter of leopards in Africa.

The fake leopard printed coat I lost years ago in one of my many moves in New York City, was next to be seen on AMC-TV's "Mad Men"2nd Season to my utter shock! There was my coat being worn by AMC-TV's "Mad Men" star, Christina Hendricks, some 50 years later!

Recently, I met one of the authors of the "The Fashion File: Advice, Tips, and Inspiration from the Costume Designer of "Mad Men" by Janie Bryant with Monica Corcoran Harel", published by Grand Central L& S - life and Style! Earlier, I had been invited to go to the prestigious Beverly Hills Country Club. It was there that I picked up a promotional flyer for "The Fashion Rules! Party, Style Reigns Supreme to be held at the luxurious, Neiman Marcus Department Store, Beverly Hills, California, promoting, Janie Bryant's book.

Believe me; I was excited to attend The Fashion Rules Party. Then I started having flash backs of my once nerve wrenching interview at Madison Avenue, New York City's famous advertising agency, BBD& O in 1961. If anyone was ever ill prepared for any position there; it was me. I was still a shy 18 year old teenager. I arrived in my leopard printed corduroy hooded coat complete with a red crepe dress underneath. Not even my professional portfolio of fashion drawings would prove to be convincing enough for a job there other than a secretary. There were no starting positions offered to women then.

Today, in 2011, any woman or man applying for a position at a Los Angeles professional office needs to take advantage of Janie Bryant's advice. The answer to confidence is Janie Bryant's 'Advice, & Tips' in her fabulous book, "The Fashion File". There are beautiful illustrations by Robert Best, and with a forward by the stunning, actress, January Jones, of "Mad Men".

Janie Bryant has included her favorite actors with magnificent photos in "The Fashion File". She possesses the same ease and warmth as her idols. She was a delight to meet one evening in early March at Neiman Marcus, Beverly Hills.

There is excellent advice for men who are seeing the value of dressing to impress in both business and their social lives. Los Angeles men know how to make a T-shirt look good, and a far cry from grunge. Janie explains how men can emulate the calculated casual look with little effort.

'The Fashion File' is clearly a guide book to uncomplicated style rules.
~ Dulcy


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