Friday, December 28, 2007
christmas card photos

Tor over in Norway, posted some Christmas Cards that he and his wife Anna received this year from people in Norway showing typical Norwegian scenes....And I thought, what a fun idea....! But I decided that I will post some "photographs" that either came in the Christmas Cards or were the cards, themselves....And you may recognize some of these in that top picture! That is the very dear and incredibly talented Tom Skerritt and his dear lovely wife, and their two 'loved ones'! Such a sweet picture! I have known Tom since 1963. Once again, it's the Theatre West connection. And by the way, Tom is not only a superb actor, he is a brilliant writer, too....! We became very good friends through this professional connection and back in the day, he wrote these two one-act plays that were done at Theatre West I (1968) which he asked me to produce....And I did. "The Piano Teacher" with Richard Dreyfuss and Ruth McDevitt, a truly lovely piece of work, was one of those two, one-act plays.....But I will save all this and more about dear Tom, for another post..... And in the picture above....The very incredibly talented Actor/Director/Writer/Teacher/Friend, Michael Kearns and his dear daughter Tia.....This actually is not from this year, but I loved this picture so much I had saved it! It is so truly sweet...Tia, IN the Christmas Stocking....! Indeed, what a dear and delightful Christmas Present this card was to me! And then there is this lovely picture below...... This is a very dear one that I had saved....Anne Leydon, (She was in a play of mine back in 1988, and was Wonderful.....) And her dear husband Bill Sehres--Actor and Teacher, (We have worked together too, only with Bill, he helped me with my Retrospective Art Show, in 1997. And maybe most memorably, I was the officiant at there wedding back in March of 1989.....) Charlie, Anne, Jack, & Bill....'With another one on the way in April'.......

So. Here they are below, in 2007, and there's little Seamus, the one who was being born in 'April', in the above Christmas picture...... Jack is standing next to his Mom, and Charlie in front of his Mom Anne, who has her arm around him, and Bill---his Dad, with his hand on Anne's arm, and dear Seamus ('and one expected in April..') in front of Jack...Really a sweet sweet picture.....

And here below, another very dear sweet special picture.....This too is from a number of years ago..... Annie Guilbert's two Grandchildren...Isn't this a fabulous picture? Taken by one of her son-in-laws who, it just happens, is a professional photographer.....I think this is just about as dear as it can be.....This, too, is a Christmas Card I saved because I just loved it so very much.....these two girls are teenagers now.

There are a lot more....and maybe I will do another post, if you all are enjoying these photo's....I LOVE looking at them and posting them, myself, but maybe this is boring to other people....For me...these are 'treasures', and I am trying to scan in and save, as many of these treasures, as possible......One More 'Teaser Picture'...... Dom & Carol DeLuise and Family, 2007! I've known Carol Arthur DeLuise since 1953....!

Yes, that's right.

You Do The Math....

I love continuity.......!

More To Come............

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Oh, Carol looks like a fun person to have known since 1953!!
and I love the grandchildren photo... what a clever shot!
Hope you're staying warm! Brrr!
~S :)

Friday, December 28, 2007 at 7:06:00 PM PST 

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Wonderful post, Naomi! I love getting photo cards and I love seeing yours too. We got one that showed 3 pugs dressed in Santa hats. I don't think I kept it, or I'd post it here. The photo of the two girls from behind is truly wonderful!

Friday, December 28, 2007 at 7:39:00 PM PST 

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I love Christmas cards so much. It's fun to see the cards that other people get. Should I admit that I keep all the Christmas cards I get? Especially the picture ones because I love to see the people change and children grow each year. :)

Friday, December 28, 2007 at 11:16:00 PM PST 

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These are GREAT! I can't imagine anyone being bored. The one of the two little girls is SO cute! And the DeLuise family are all gorgeous. Tom Skerrit? I've had a crush on him since 1979!
Thanks so much for this post, it was great!

Saturday, December 29, 2007 at 12:02:00 AM PST 

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I don't think I know these people but I love Annie Guilbert's two Grandchildren. That's a very cute picture.
I published today some pictures of my Christmas in Amsterdam. I can tell you this city is depressing at this time of the year !

Saturday, December 29, 2007 at 12:08:00 AM PST 

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Oh I love this post! What a wonderful idea to do the photos as a card, that is something I would love to do for next year (if I have time!! No - I will MAKE time!!!). My job is keeping me ridiculously busy, as you may have guessed. But at least xmas is over and things can hopefully now settle down a bit. Sorry to ramble! All I meant to say is 'great post!!!'. :)

Saturday, December 29, 2007 at 12:36:00 AM PST 

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Naomi, I would never be bored with looking at all these lovely cards. How neat is that! I only received three cards this year that were was from my chiropractor; the other for the daughter of a friend of mine from the 60s. My friend has passed on - but her daughter continues to keep in touch. I love that she does. The other was an actual photo taken by a friend and turned into a card.

Maybe next year I'd do a card of us...

Saturday, December 29, 2007 at 1:06:00 AM PST 

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Thanks for your kind comments ! Amsterdam is on my main blog Writer Cramps, lol !

Saturday, December 29, 2007 at 1:48:00 AM PST 

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This is such an awesome post ... you are blessed to be connected with so many wonderful families over a long period of time. Please post more here!

I had forgotten just how special Christmas cards can be ... I sadly didn't send any this year - but hope to make up for it and send out cards to celebrate the Chinese New Year instead.

We didn't get any photos tucked away in cards this year.

Michele says hi ... and so do I.

Saturday, December 29, 2007 at 2:34:00 AM PST 

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You know me so well, I had a little thrill when I saw Tom's sweet craggy of my enduring Hollywood crushes :-)

hmm - I think I may have to break out Steel Magnolias today!

I'm with Judy, I love that photo of the lovely little girls - how precious is that?

The tradition of getting the family to the 'Christmas Card Photo' session and then sending them out hasn't really taken off over here.
If it ever does - will we be able to get Charlie to sit as still as the Skerritt's cat? :-)

I've been a little poorly the last couple of days, but I am intending to post the Crazie Christmas with (woo hoo!) photos!!


Saturday, December 29, 2007 at 3:13:00 AM PST 

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Beautiful post and nice photos, Naomi!

I wish to you and yours a WONDERFUL NEW YEAR! LOVE!

Saturday, December 29, 2007 at 5:13:00 AM PST 

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Thanks for your comment Naomi - finally got my xmas post up (now that it's nearly new year lol). Also had my first experience of blog theft tonight, feeling pretty crappy about it all, anyway, I vented on my post so I'll not do it here!!!

Saturday, December 29, 2007 at 5:47:00 AM PST 

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Naomi - these are just tooooo precious! And imagine Annie Guilbert's two daughters looking like they just came off the prairie! LOL! That IS precious! And Dom DeLuise -- how I MISS him! Great share Naomi! Thank you!

Saturday, December 29, 2007 at 6:48:00 AM PST 

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How fun! I love CC photos. Tom Skerritt is so wonderful.

Saturday, December 29, 2007 at 8:15:00 AM PST 

Anonymous Lyn
had this to say:

Wonderful Post Naomi!
I adore Christmas cards with photos of families and children, particularly from friends who always remember us no matter how far away. I also love the Christmas letters that tell us all their news and the special events of their lives. Like you, I have saved some over the years and consider them among my souveniers.

Saturday, December 29, 2007 at 8:56:00 AM PST 

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Michele sent me to view your wonderful group of friends. I'm amazed you've kept in contact with so many people for so long.

Saturday, December 29, 2007 at 9:58:00 AM PST 

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I love these!!!!!! OMG, we loved Dom Deluise on the Mike Douglas Show when he used to do "Dominic the Great": "The people in-a the front they gonna laugh...the ones in the back they gonna like it toooooo...."

My father absolutely adored him!

That photo of the two little girls is priceless. Just gorgeous. Thanks for sharing these! More! More!

Saturday, December 29, 2007 at 10:07:00 AM PST 

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Back to say the Crazie Christmas photos are up at the Palace?

And I look forward to your 'Tom' post :-)
And also, I love the DeLuises! :-)


Saturday, December 29, 2007 at 10:24:00 AM PST 

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Oh Naomi! Do post more! they are wonderful to look at!!!

Good to see the one of Dom and his family. I did get to meet him once at an autograph show and have a nice pic of me and him.. he was signing autographs for charity.. such a nice man.

Saturday, December 29, 2007 at 11:06:00 AM PST 

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What a neat idea to post these Naomi!! In that first picture the cat looks just like my Munchie!!! I like getting picture cards but the only one I got this year was of my great-niece and great-nephew on the front of the card. It is now on my fridge!!

That photo of the two little girls from behind is adorable!!

Saturday, December 29, 2007 at 5:38:00 PM PST 

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Thank you for sharing.. Those are wonderful cards to be getting!

Saturday, December 29, 2007 at 5:43:00 PM PST 

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I've always had a crush on Tom Skerrit. Him and Jeff Bridges. I love the insight these cards give me into how alike we all are, more than we are not.

Saturday, December 29, 2007 at 8:15:00 PM PST 

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WOW! Michele sent me and I'm glad she did! I loved Tom Skerrit in "Steel Magnolias" - reminds me of my best friend's dad.

Oh, and I've always had a crush on Peter Deluise - ever since "21 Jump Street". He's still adorable.

Saturday, December 29, 2007 at 10:15:00 PM PST 

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Oh man this is such a great post, thanks for sharing all these beautiful pictures with us!!!

Have an amazing 2008 my beautiful friend!!!

There's a little "gift" in my blog;)
The Videos are finaaaallllyyy up;)

Sunday, December 30, 2007 at 8:53:00 AM PST 

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I love the smile I get from visiting you. What great cards and such a fun post. I love Tom Skerritt, he always seems so nice. And who could ever forget Top Gun. You have such cool friends Naomi and thanks for sharing some celebrity life with us!

Sunday, December 30, 2007 at 10:30:00 AM PST 

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My favorite part of the holidays is getting Christmas cards. The letters that go on and on and brag about this and that, drive me up a wall, but I like the pictures. It's amazing to me to see how much the kids have grown and the adults have grayed. LOL

I knew if I came over here there would be a post that would suck me in. You never fail to disappoint, Naomi! Have a Happy New Year my friend! :)

Sunday, December 30, 2007 at 10:45:00 AM PST 

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the pics look so professional! happy new yrs

Sunday, December 30, 2007 at 12:26:00 PM PST 

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I have just embiggened the photo of the DeLuises to check out the family.

Wow, aren't those three handsome sons - mind you, Peter has always been my favourite :-)
It's wonderful that Dom and Carol have been married for over 30 years. Quite an achievement in today's Hollywood.....

Michele sent me back tonight, Nay. Just a couple of visits before bed.


Sunday, December 30, 2007 at 1:15:00 PM PST 

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What wonderful cards and photos to have received. In Britain we don't have the tradition of sending such things but yours look such fun and so full of joy I think that maybe we should. What a wonderful way of keeping in touch across the miles :)

Sunday, December 30, 2007 at 1:25:00 PM PST 

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Thanks for posting and sharing :)

My dog and cats would never sit still long enough for a Christmas pic :)

Sunday, December 30, 2007 at 4:08:00 PM PST 

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Naomi, thanks for sharing your personal mail with us. There are people out there who would be sharing items like this for the "name-dropping", "look at who my personal friends are" effect. But we know that is not you.

You've attracted a wonderful circle of friends and confidantes over the years. Thanks for sharing them with us, Naomi.

I wish you better health and many sunny days in 2008!

Sunday, December 30, 2007 at 5:27:00 PM PST 

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you are incredible, mentioning an unknown man from Norway, only written some synopus for comedie theatre years ago in a language spoken by less people than living in L A area.
I'm most grateful.


Tor and Anna

Sunday, December 30, 2007 at 5:41:00 PM PST 

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Hi Naomi! Thank you for adding joy and laughter as I glean through and follow that you blogged.

It was great knowing you and I hope I shall have the pleasure to read more of your glorious reminisces.

Do have a wonderful 2008 filled with joys and wonders of the unexpected. LOL.

Sunday, December 30, 2007 at 6:30:00 PM PST 

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how fun. I've been fortunate to get to know a few celebrity families over the years since I've lived in Palm Springs. Lots of folks from LA/Hollywood have been coming out again for weekend get-aways and also buying weekend houses. Eveything old is new again.
PS- do you know Dick Van Patten? He's getting a star on the Palm Springs Walk of Stars on Jan 12th. he knows Dom and Carol I believe...

Sunday, December 30, 2007 at 11:14:00 PM PST 

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That Jack has a beautiful head of hair! It's nice to see the DeLuise family...Dom always cracked me up when I saw him on tv!

Happy New Year's Eve, Naomi!

Oh, and I'm sorry you couldn't read my blog! The text is black, and it's on gray...apparently, too dark of a gray! Do you know how to highlight text? That will make the background white and the text blue! Regardless, thanks for stopping by :-)

Monday, December 31, 2007 at 3:12:00 PM PST 

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