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Ibu And All It Entails Is Great!

At a recent event showcasing the work of women artisans featuring legendary actress,  Ali MacGraw, the incredible manifestations of Ibu (in Indonesia, an Ibu is a woman of respect)  were brought into focus, and my eyes have seen, if not “glory,” the beauty of artisan’s work that is empowering women in lands where they are not privileged and such efforts produce so much good.

There were so many beautiful items on display and the shopping netted the guests beautiful items,  designed and donated by Ms. MacGraw, whose fashion acumen, continues to dazzle. (Ali truly contributed to her character Jenny’s style in the great film, “Love Story”).

The event with so much beauty and amazing, vibrant people most with two x chromosomes was a conduit into a realization of what Ibu is doing and the possibilities of its concept as strong, protective armor in these troubled times.

Susan Walker, the founder of Ibu, moves mountains and does so with her beauty (outward and inward), charm and extraordinary concept of reciprocity.

She said “Ibu is a business and I really want to set it up with this model, so that woman in other countries learn business, pricing and quality control.”

Ms. Walker went on to explain that “yes it is doing an amazing amount of good” (in the countries, helping to get essentials and so important building confidence in these women in 34 countries) they are doing good for us also” citing “the textile skills, we/U.S. have lost and so it is a beautiful reciprocity.”

In summation, the overwhelming atmosphere which included beautiful items and my realization of the great good Ibu does, made it an unforgettable evening.

There will be future posts with Ibu updates.

 

Left to right Ali MacGraw and Susan Walker pictured above.

If all the good, class, charm, beauty and conceptual brilliance of these two amazing people could be “bottled,” great things would occur.

With Ibu, this is happening!

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Ibu Movement

ALI MACGRAW — Ibu Movement

 

 

 

Astros’ Great Start/Play Sadly, In Baseball Today, Means Little

The Houston Astros, in their 56th season, still seeking their first title and with nary a World Series game win, (The White Sox swept “Hous” in the ’05 W.S.) are (50-24) well ahead in their division, and almost certainly will be in the 2017 baseball tournament.

I cited this up and coming club in 2015, when they were a bit ahead of the curve, at that  point well ahead in their division race, before settling for a wild card berth.

They won at Yankee Stadium in a one game “deal,” before losing a heartbreaking game 4, up 2 games to 1, vs the eventual World Series winning K.C. Royals in the best of five division series.

Needless to say, similar to last year’s Cubs, or teams less fortunate that have great regular seasons, the stellar Houston play, at best gets them the A.L. one seed and no matter what, still leaves them where they must win three rounds of playoffs, to win their first title.

 

A long way to go, but if the Astros win the ALCS, they would become the first team to make the World Series from each league. Only the Milwaukee Brewers, who are playing fairly well and are in a slow pace division at the moment, but so much less likely to do so, also have that opportunity.

Dray, Dick, for that matter A.C. Green and titles.

It is quite possible, maybe even probable that there are other examples, but in my continuing process of gathering notes on title teams, I give you Oakland and the Green(es?), as cities with two different teams, that won at least two titles in three seasons and had players with the same last name and in fact, initials.

Upon reflection, maybe that had not been “accomplished” until the Warriors (titles in ’15 and now ’17) with Draymond GREEN, joined the Oakland A’s (titles from 1972 -1974) with Dick GREEN.

Add A.C. Green of the Lakers and that is 7 titles for “Greens” in the state of California.

Dray Green is at the very least, flamboyant, not so Dick Green, nor for that matter A.C. Green.

A.C. helped the Lakers win back to back titles in ’87 and ’88 with selfless play and great rebounding. He added key points at subtle moments, in big games.

Dick Green was brilliant in the ’74 World Series vs L.A. (Dodgers), most memorably making a great relay throw in the tied 5th game as late as the 8th inning.

Joe Rudi homered in the bottom of the frame, on came the great Rollie Fingers, so long denied “Hall” status (Pete may never get into what is becoming the Hall of Sham, with Biggio, Bagwell others and NOT the all-time hits leader Pete (Rose) nor homer king Barry Bonds) and the A’s had 3 straight titles.

 

 

Dray Green, pictured above. The “42” apparent with G.S. players in #5, had to be for Nate (Thurmond).

 

 

“Cost of Living” Is Extraordinary!

Sunday past, I was so fortunate to have seen the wonderful play, “Cost Of Living” at Manhattan Theater Club Stage 1 at City Center (131 West 55th Street).

It was a truly magnificent story with great mystery and surprise.

There was truly great humor and certainly pathos as writer Martyna Majok dug deep into all that relationships entail, especially in extraordinary circumstances.

Jo Bonney directed and the production left me emotionally spent, but truly uplifted.

Each of the four cast members performed in great fashion.

They are Jolly Abraham, Katy Sullivan, Gregg Mozgala and Victor Williams.

Performances through July 16th. Definitely do not miss this extraordinary collaboration.

 

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Cost Of Living Play – (Tickets On Sale Now).

Thoughts In And Around Watching “Father Knows Best”

The show’s beginning, with the great music and brilliant narration alone, long ago, catapulted “Father Knows Best,” to a very high status and place in my heart.

Apparently many or enough other human beings (if only the masses and those in power realized we are all human) felt that way, enabling a “mini marathon” of “Knows Best” yesterday, amidst my dental pain, on Antenna T.V.

Some coincidences, notes and perhaps comments, follow.

In the first episode I saw after sojourning back and forth on public transit to see a superb play “Cost Of Living,” which I will discuss in today’s second post, Jane Wyatt’s “Margaret” tunes to a rich lifestyles show.

The narration details the socialite’s family employing a servant named “Hazel.” Around that time, Shirley Booth, so brilliant in the film, “Come Back Little Sheba,” was playing the maid/”member of the family,” Hazel, on television.

Next Lauren Chapin’s “Kathy” talks of her friend Patty Davis. Later a real life, beautiful Patty Davis, choosing her mother’s name to distance herself from the spotlight, if nothing else, of all things Reagan, posed for Penthouse and with me at an event, promoting it in 1994.

That year my father died. The thoughts of him on Father’s Day, all his travel back and forth via bus, subway and West Side Highway traffic (oh that West Side Highway traffic he would say, once home), Patty and her father, Robert Young/Jim Anderson all ‘pinball” in my mind.

“Father Knows Best” was a great show, both unrealistic and to be commended for great thoughts and humane concepts (Dorothy Cooper was noticed in the quickly passing credits, as having written an episode, I watched yesterday).

Tying it together with a tangent, but one of hope, I evoke Mr. Young’s change to a jacket with patches and the song “Patches” (originally sung by the group not Mr. Sinatra, named “Chairmen of the Board”  Clarence Carter) eliciting a father’s dying words, “Patches I’m depending on you son.”

No such words from my dad, only “I’m not chasing you,” but perhaps he is depending on me, thus through the literal and figurative pain, I go on.

One positive way is this. Talk to your father, learn, grasp, try to see his point, do not placate, but consider his point of view.

Most of all, truly communicate your thoughts, goals and love.

 

 

 

Miscellaneous And Mistakes

In this year in which the actor/actress, Erin Moran, best known for her role on “Happy Days” died, golf’s U.S. Open is being played in Erin Hills, Wisconsin. “Happy Days” was set in Milwaukee WISCONSIN!

WFAN’s Mike Francesa, while speaking with Yankees’ manager Joe Girardi, referenced the “7 game streak.” It was a six game Yankees’ winning streak, NOT seven.

Rather than opine or talk vs LeBron James, a man who gets far too much attention, usually favorable but also unfavorable, I will cite and show a factual error by James below.

James in your obsession with trying to be “better than Jordan” and as a so called NBA historian, at least know your facts.

Michael Jordan was clearly not retired in 1996, leading the Chicago Bulls to what is still the most wins (72) by an NBA champion.

Below is a quote from James in which he is incorrect as to Mr. Jordan’s playing status in 1996.

“I mean in 2003, the Lakers combined Karl Malone, Gary Payton, Shaq and Kobe,” James said. “And in ’96, when Jordan was retired, the Rockets joined Charles Barkley, Hakeem Olajuwon and Clyde Drexler all on the same team.”

 

 

 

 

Pittsburgh/Oakland Success Notes

The titles won in the past week by teams from Pittsburgh (the Penguins) and Oakland (the Warriors) are not the first such instances of Pittsburgh and Oakland having simultaneous champions.

In fact the simultaneous titles, evokes memories of a great six year period (1971-1976) when teams from one of the cities won titles every year, a combined eight by five different teams.

Additionally the football teams from the two cities met in the AFC playoffs for 5 straight seasons from (1972-1976).

The Oakland A’s won three straight World Series crowns (1972-1974), titles preceded by the Pittsburgh Pirates’ 1971, Roberto Clemente and Steve Blass led W.S. triumph.

After the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 1974 NFL season and Golden State Warriors in the 1974-1975 NBA season won crowns, combined with the aforementioned ’74 A’s, the two cities had three of the four major sports league champions. The other was the NHL Philadelphia Flyers.

Subsequently the Steelers in 1975 and Raiders in 1976 made it three straight NFL crowns for the two cities, one less than the four straight baseball crowns by the Pirates and A’s (1971-1975).