Artists United for Social Justice (AUSJ)

My friend, actor/ director and all around great guy Michael Cory Davis, founded this wonderful non-profit.  Michael has been an active crusader for many years now, long before media outlets and other organizations began highlighting the issue.

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AUSJ is dedicated to eradicating human slavery, also known as human (sex) trafficking. Most people have no idea this issue is happening all over the world; especially in our local neighborhoods and cities. Michael and AUSJ work with local, state and federal agencies as well as other organizations aimed at stopping human trafficking. He’s active in legislative reform and protection for those victimized and host seminars to high school youth worldwide; making them aware of what human trafficking is. Words cannot begin to express all the amazing things Michael and his organization are accomplishing …but he still needs our help.

Please visit his website at http://www.ausj.org  or his personal website at http://www.michaelcorydavis.com for more information on this amazing and worthwhile grass-roots non-profit.

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A day at the races ~ Hollywood Park closing

Hollywood Park has seen its share of celebrities over the years.  My experience was tinged with sadness wondering what would happen to those who had worked there for so long.  The bartender was an elderly woman with white hair and lots of costume jewelry. She was slow to move but had a quick wit. I wished I had gotten a picture of her to share with everyone.

Howard let me take his picture. Talk about a character, he had so much personality and loves the racing arena. He has worked at Hollywood Park for 15 years, while also working at Santa Anita Park for over 18 years! This man loves the race track. He took us down to the track and showed us that the track is actually made of synthetic material, not dirt.  Rubber bits and other weird fibers all meshed together to give the horses a cushy feel when running.

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I was excited as I placed my $2 bet on a horse named Rookie Sensation to show, my payout for placing; $2.  Then I bet on A Day At The Spa horse and she lost miserably, coming in last. Oh well, so much for winning $2.

Overall it was a great way to spend the afternoon at an iconic and soon to be forgotten place. Ah, the perils of living in LA when you’re only as good as your last race, movie, performance or show.

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Fall Festival 2013 ~ Evansville, Indiana

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Every year my home town has a huge festival, it should be called the food festival instead of the fall festival but its a great time! All church and civic organizations have food booths including a lot of stuff I’ve never heard of like “kutchen” and “burgoo” and “pigeon poo” … but I’m gonna try it all!!The leaves are usually changing colors with beautiful sunny days, chilly nights and definitely Friday Night Football is a must!! ….and cold beer 🙂

R.I.P. Paul Walker

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Hollywood and the world lost a talented actor over the Thanksgiving weekend. Paul Walker starred in Into the Blue, the Fast & Furious franchise and many other movies. He was just 40 years old when the angels took him. RIP, you will be greatly missed by your fans.

Galley Girlz….

This section is dedicated to some amazing women in aviation, many of whom are corporate flight attendants. Each month we will feature another fabulous flight attendant.

This month we are featuring: Jenne Kang

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Jenne has been a contract corporate flight attendant for the past couple of years. She lives in LA, is single and speaks several languages including Korean, English & Spanish.

Jenne grew up in Brooklyn, NY and graduated from Columbia University with a degree in Dentistry.

She lived in Seoul, South Korea for 5 years where she was a travel correspondent for CNN. She traveled Asia showcasing exotic foods and beautiful beaches. She relocated to Los Angeles 9 years ago to pursue her journalistic and acting pursuits. She’s been featured in many TV shows.

The Via Dolorosa ~ Jerusalem : The path that Jesus walked while carrying the cross

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The Via Dolorosa is important to the Christian religion, as its the path Jesus was made to walk while carrying the cross. The church is the place he was crucified and laid to rest. The path and surrounding areas are now bustling with many shops including spice and carpet sellers.  The Via Dolorosa is inside the walls of Jerusalem, in Israel.