Archive for the ‘Oprah’ Category

>Of surprises, quarterbacks and daytime talk shows

February 11, 2010

>”Any gay would die to be at this show,” Patrick said, writing about Oprah’s show yesterday.

True, there was some talented eye candy on Oprah’s stage yesterday when she had the Canadian Tenors on the show, and they were quite surprised when Celine Dion walked out and joined them during their performance of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah,” (you know this is one of my favorite songs).

You can hear Patrick’s interview with Tenor Clifton Murray at the link above. They will be on Dr. Phil tomorrow and performing at the Olympics and the NBA All-Star game

You will watch this video more than once.

“I love a surprise,” as Oprah says. Obviously, these guys do, too.

Celine, by the way, confirmed on Oprah yesterday that she will be returning to Vegas in March 2011 with a huge show. I see another Vegas trip in the future!

Today on Oprah, show is about “The high school quarterback who became a lesbian.”

Maybe a little misleading, as there may be some confusion here between sexual orientation and gender identity. In the comments at the link, this is brought up, even before the show is broadcast. Ratings!

And in other quarterback/talk show news, Ellen is having Saints QB Drew Brees on!

DVR!

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>America is Beautiful

January 20, 2009

>Did you watch Oprah today? She premiered this song, which she had asked David Foster and will.i.am to write. Faith Hill, Seal, Mary J. Blige and Bono and a choir of kids join in.

Here is a link to watch. America’s Song . Downolad it for free until Tuesday afternoon here. Or watch it here. Go full screen. And feel good about our country.

http://play.dipdive.com/i/9496

Be sure to visit tomorrow to see what I have done to help Bessemer celebrate.

>A Gift from God

January 8, 2009

>Be sure and read my column about Marley and Me from The Western Tribune, which follows this post.

This is how I have felt since coming out. It was a spiritual experience for me. From time to time I have tried to convey this through my writings. But there it was on Oprah! , as part of her Best Life Series…yesterday.

Sedrick, the guy they are speaking with, is from rural Alabama, although he lives in Georgia now. Reverend Ed Bacon from All Saints Episcopal in Pasadena, and Reverend Michael Beckwith (author of Spiritual Liberation) explain it. Sedrick gets it. Oprah is getting it. There is nothing more I need to say.

Oprah and Obama, and some Hillary and Huckabee

December 10, 2007

The Golden Compass topped the movie list for the weekend, although not earning as much as the makers of the film hoped for. 26 million in the U S and 55 million in other countries is nothing to sneeze at, however. Parents with children accounted for half of the film’s audience, so New Line is counting on family crowds that flock to theaters over the holidays to keep the movie afloat, a studio executive said. Has anyone reading this seen the movie?

If only Oprah were running for president. Then the crowds that are filling auditoriums in Iowa and stadiums in South Carolina might mean something.

Oh sure, there will be some who come to see Oprah that might remember that one of her “favorite things” is running for president, and he is “the reason for the (election) season”.

Of course maybe some who come to see her, uh, him, are not that interested in politics anyway, but after listening to Oprah they might get “engaged” and turn out to vote or caucus, so Obama probably will get a few votes from Oprah followers.

But Oprah’s experience with crowds and with influencing people do not make up for Obama’s lack of experience in global politics and foreign policy. Hillary Clinton wins that issue hands down, and when it comes down to it, voters should realize the importance of having a president that can play on the world stage. And of course Clinton has her own superstar campaign aide that can draw even bigger crowds than Oprah. Bill!?

Obama’s lack of experience is no where near republican Mike Huckabee’s however. His lack of awareness regarding the National Intelligence Estimate that was released last week for over 24 hours reveals that he just isn’t on top of things like a president should be. What a disaster a a president Huckabee would be.

And Huckabee’s comments about AIDS 15 years ago, when it was certainly known that HIV was not spread by casual contact shows that he either was not up to date on the current knowledge of AIDS and HIV then, or he was playing to the homophobic and hateful religious right of 1992. He advocated quarantine for those infected with the HIV virus. Listening to his explanation of his comments yesterday, I guess he still plays to the homophobic crowd, but after all he is a Southern Baptist preacher.

So since someone made a (probably sarcastic) comment about the pictures of flowers I sometimes put on here, I will share some more. Camellias are in bloom, and I am waiting on one to bloom that we trimmed back severely a couple of years ago that usually blooms right around Christmas, and is just now about to bloom again. Until then, we enjoy this one on the other side of the house.

Here’s a picture of the flower…really brightening up the Christmas season with some natural outdoor color.

>Oprah and Obama, and some Hillary and Huckabee

December 10, 2007

>The Golden Compass topped the movie list for the weekend, although not earning as much as the makers of the film hoped for. 26 million in the U S and 55 million in other countries is nothing to sneeze at, however. Parents with children accounted for half of the film’s audience, so New Line is counting on family crowds that flock to theaters over the holidays to keep the movie afloat, a studio executive said. Has anyone reading this seen the movie?

If only Oprah were running for president. Then the crowds that are filling auditoriums in Iowa and stadiums in South Carolina might mean something.

Oh sure, there will be some who come to see Oprah that might remember that one of her “favorite things” is running for president, and he is “the reason for the (election) season”.

Of course maybe some who come to see her, uh, him, are not that interested in politics anyway, but after listening to Oprah they might get “engaged” and turn out to vote or caucus, so Obama probably will get a few votes from Oprah followers.

But Oprah’s experience with crowds and with influencing people do not make up for Obama’s lack of experience in global politics and foreign policy. Hillary Clinton wins that issue hands down, and when it comes down to it, voters should realize the importance of having a president that can play on the world stage. And of course Clinton has her own superstar campaign aide that can draw even bigger crowds than Oprah. Bill!?

Obama’s lack of experience is no where near republican Mike Huckabee’s however. His lack of awareness regarding the National Intelligence Estimate that was released last week for over 24 hours reveals that he just isn’t on top of things like a president should be. What a disaster a a president Huckabee would be.

And Huckabee’s comments about AIDS 15 years ago, when it was certainly known that HIV was not spread by casual contact shows that he either was not up to date on the current knowledge of AIDS and HIV then, or he was playing to the homophobic and hateful religious right of 1992. He advocated quarantine for those infected with the HIV virus. Listening to his explanation of his comments yesterday, I guess he still plays to the homophobic crowd, but after all he is a Southern Baptist preacher.

So since someone made a (probably sarcastic) comment about the pictures of flowers I sometimes put on here, I will share some more. Camellias are in bloom, and I am waiting on one to bloom that we trimmed back severely a couple of years ago that usually blooms right around Christmas, and is just now about to bloom again. Until then, we enjoy this one on the other side of the house.

Here’s a picture of the flower…really brightening up the Christmas season with some natural outdoor color.