Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Cheryl Woodcock Blogs on Antarctica

The most renowned Celebrated photographer Sebastian Copeland is one of the new breed of environmental activists. He is a natural story teller and he speaks with passion, painting each story with the colorful imagery found in his stunning photography.

He has a new book out called Antarctica: A Call To Action and is available now. GQ Germany has named the famed photographer one of 2008's Men of the Year for environmental leadership! He has also been shortlisted by the Prix Pictet for sustainability and photography. The winner will be announced on "Today" at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris and presented by Kofi Annan. The winner gets 100,000 Euros!

I have followed Sebastian's work for years as this man is truly making a difference in the world and shedding light on so many issues that must be dealt with in regards to protecting our beautiful Mother earth. I suggest that everyone treat themselves to this delightful and earth-loving book. I can only hope that this visually and intellectually stunning book resonates with readers everywhere. His last book Antarctica: The Global Warning celebrated the majestic and mysterious wonder that is our precious planet and illuminated the delicate balance of life- this next book will do the same.

Sebastian's cousin, actor Orlando Bloom, wrote the following Foreword for the book:

My cousin asked me to take a trip with him to Antarctica in December 2006. It immediately appealed to me--the promise of the adventure, the wide-open seas. This would be the journey of a lifetime and would fulfill my longstanding dream of witnessing a seldom visited environment that is increasingly threatened by the way we live today. Although in reality it seemed a daunting idea, the opportunity was too good to miss.

My cousin's enthusiasm is always contagious. He's a true adventurer and a passionate believer that it is within our grasp to make a difference. For as long as I can remember, the environment has always been a great topic of conversation between us. With his knowledge and insight, I always felt as if I had a privileged view into what was really happening to the world around me, and so the opportunity to see it up close for myself was a gift.

I had seen the images from his first trip to the south in 2006 and was intrigued to find

No words, no conversation, nor photographs could have prepared me for this experience. We left Ushuaia, the world's southern-most seaport, on January 20th, 2007, for a three-day crossing to Antarctica. The Ice Lady Patagonia, a decommissioned 1950's Norwegian coastguard icebreaker, would be our home for the next month. With its Spartan accommodations, this was hardly a luxury cruise.

Moving through the Drake Passage is literally a rite of passage for anyone entering this precious land. It is also, as my cousin jokes, "What separates the men from the boys."

Three days on the open seas, crossing the most treacherous body of water on Earth, is enough to clear one's head of all the trappings of everyday life. We would have no communication whatsoever with the outside world until our return to port. And for me, that would be a gift.

It is impossible to put into words the feeling of my first sighting of an iceberg on the horizon. Like modern day dinosaurs, these towering blocks of ice are nine times greater below the surface and lay in tranquility, reminding me of a land hardly known and of a time long forgotten. But what struck me most was the deafening silence that would be interrupted only by the occasional screech of a gull, a penguin, or a breaching whale. This was a true natural wonderland, untouched by man. One can't help but feel humbled--and yet connected--when one truly understands our position in the natural order, that we are only one of 30 million species inhabiting this planet.

Life on the research icebreaker fell into a rhythm of shared tasks and responsibilities. But making landfall off the zodiac, scuba diving, or climbing an iceberg (only to snowboard down it) more than fulfilled any childhood dreams of adventure and voyaging the great outdoors.

Because I had never experienced an environment such as this, I had nothing to compare it to and it would not be honest of me to claim that I witnessed firsthand the changes taking place due to global warming. But what I did witness was a vibrant and powerful ecosystem which felt both majestic and incredibly fragile. To know that minute shifts in temperature, which have been stable for thousands of years, have such a huge impact on the balance of this place is an upsetting reality. The idea that the way we live our lives day to day has such an enormous impact on the natural cycle of the earth is a very hard concept to grasp. And yet the accelerated melting of the ice has consequences on our lives thousands of miles away, from our seasonal crop cycle to our basic water usage. These are truths upon which scientists around the world have unanimously agreed. A hurricane in London at the end of 2007, the water shortage in Atlanta, and the heat waves in New York in the fall of 2007 were all but a few signs pointing to a shift in the natural cycle that impacts our daily lives.

It is my hope that the images my cousin has captured so dramatically and with such commitment will incite people to learn more and to appreciate what is truly at stake.

We are all invited to escape within the pages of this beautiful book but, more importantly, this is a call to action for each of us, to learn to appreciate what we can do to protect and cherish our own backyard, this remarkable environment, Earth: our home. Thanks and respect to my cousin. Their movie is awesome.

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Michelle Obama and Daughters Wow DNC Crowd

Michelle Obama and her young daughters were, along with a rousing Ted Kennedy appearance, the talk of the Democratic National Convention Monday night.

After delivering the evening's keynote speech, Michelle introduced Malia, 10, and Sasha, 7, to the crowd, as the warm sounds of Stevie Wonder's hit "Isn't She Lovely" filled the Denver venue, says the New York Post.

And sure enough, they were soon joined by Barack, speaking live from Kansas City, says the paper.

"How about Michelle Obama?" the presidential hopeful asked the crowd. "Now you know why I asked her out so many times, even though she said no. You want a persistent president."

And Sasha was over the moon to hear from her father, says the Post.

"Hi, Daddy!" she exclaimed, asking what city he was in. And when Barack wondered how Sasha felt her mom fared as keynote speaker, the little girl said: "I think she did good."

"I think she did, too," Barack replied.

Caroline Kennedy's Stunning DNC Style!

Caroline's got it! Taking a page from her mother's style guide, Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg dazzled the crowd in a navy blue Carolina Herrera dress at the opening night of the Democratic National Convention Monday night in Denver.

Kennedy Schlossberg has been a long time lover of the Venezuelan designer. She even selected Herrera to design her dress for her 1986 wedding to Edwin Schlossberg, founder and principal of ESI Design.

Sweet Caroline looked oh so marvelous at last night's momentous event --honoring her uncle Ted Kennedy -- in her silk cloque dress with white and scarlet applique. This die-hard Democrat certainly proved that Michelle Obama wasn't the only one making fashion waves at the kickoff of the DNC '08.

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Victoria Is Latest Beckham to Model Underwear!

The lovely wife of David Beckham Victoria is taking her husband's lead in the realm of underwear modeling!

The former Spice Girl has been recruited by Giorgio Armani to launch his new global Emporio Armani underwear collection, to be unveiled next spring.

"Who better than Victoria Beckham to launch our new global Emporio Armani underwear campaign?" Armani said in a press release. "Victoria is a style icon, a dynamic lady whose influence and recognition will add great excitement to the continued international growth of our Emporio Armani women's underwear business."

Victoria's new modeling gig follows the hugely successful campaign of her husband David Beckham, who also stripped down for the famous Italian designer for his steamy underwear modeling debut.they are cute together.

Friday, July 25, 2008

Parole Could Have Been Revoked for Person of Interest in Hudson Case

Murderer William Balfour, a person of interest in the murders of Jennifer Hudson's mother, brother and nephew, could have been revoked before the killings.

According to the papers, when Balfour was pulled over on June 19, police allegedly found cocaine on the driver's seat of the car and he was subsequently arrested. But a parole supervisor declined to issue a warrant to revoke his parole.

Officials determined that "the evidence that was presented during that time wouldn't have necessarily warranted a violation." A judge dismissed the charge in July.

If it would have been determined a violation, Balfour could have been sent back to prison until May of next year. I hope he will pay his crime.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

'Melrose' Returns to TV?

The phenomenal success of television remake "90210" has The CW considering reviving another TV favorite.

The network is in talks to bring back the '90's drama "Melrose Place"!

The CW and CBS Paramount are discussing the possibility of having the show in development for next year, The Associated Press reports.

"Melrose Place" aired on Fox from 1992 to 1999. The prime time soap revolved around a group of young professionals who lived in the same apartment building in Los Angeles. The show featured actresses Heather Locklear, Marcia Cross and Courtney Thorne-Smith.I love their group.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Jessica Simpson Stands Up Tony Romo & Elmo!

The dazzling Jessica Simpson missed dates with her boyfriend Tony Romo and the Sesame Street character Elmo in the same night!

The singer and clothing designer was scheduled to fly from Nashville, TN to New York on Tuesday to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Macy's Department Store, but bad weather forced her to miss singing Happy Birthday with Elmo, People magazine reports.

She eventually made it to the Macy's event, but missed a possible romantic rendezvous with Tony, who had hoped the bad weather would allow Jessica to stay in town for a spontaneous date night.I like her movies.

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Patrick Swayze Calls Chemo 'Hell on Wheels'

The talented actor Patrick Swayze is opening up about his cancer treatment and outlook towards the future.

In his first interview since his return to acting after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer last January, the actor tells The New York Times that he's put 20 pounds back on since experiencing weight loss as he fought the disease, thanks to "muscle-building shakes."

Currently on location for his new TV series "The Beast," he has managed to defy expectations. So far he's only missed a day and a half of work. "I'm still fine to work," he says. "I haven't changed -- oh, I have changed, what am I saying? It's a battle zone I go through. Chemo, no matter how you cut it, is hell on wheels."

Still, his progress is encouraging. With the support of top docs and Lisa Niemi, his wife of 32 years, there is already talk of filming a second season on his new show. "There is probably that little bird that flies through your insides and says, 'I sure would like to make a mark in life,'" he tells the Times. "I've made a pretty decent mark so far -- nothing to scoff at. But it does make you think: Wait a minute. There's more I want to do. Lots more. Get on with it." i hope he will recover soon.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Amy Poehler Replaced on Popular 'SNL' Segment?

The very lovely Amy Poehler's recent departure from "Saturday Night Live," will someone step up to fill her shoes as co-anchor of the show's popular "Weekend Update" segment?

For now, the answer is no! "SNL" creator and executive producer Lorne Michaels tells the New York Post that "Update" anchor Seth Meyers will be going "solo for the foreseeable future." Meyers anchored the popular segment alone last Saturday when Poehler gave birth to her son, Archie.

Michaels also told the paper that the show may bring on new female cast members, and did not confirm or deny rumors that Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama would appear on the series Saturday night, mere days before the Nov. 4 election. Her blond hair is perfect for her.

Justin Timberlake Is Bringing Golfing Back!

Hotty Justin Timberlake the new Tiger Woods?

While he isn't giving up his entertainment career for the greens, the "SexyBack" singer has definitely been promoting the game of golf.

Now, Justin has just signed a deal to endorse and play with Callaway equipment. Host of the PGA Tour's Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, he recently spoke with our Jann Carl about his love for the game. Watch the interview HERE.I love his music.