Wednesday, October 15, 2014
flowers - 1979

Here are some more incredible flowers from my dear old friend Ron Rifkin's English Garden. He had planted all these seeds in the yard of his Hollywood Hills Home......

And when they all bloomed I thought they were magnificent......Beautiful, in every way. So I asked him if I could come over and take a bunch of pictures of these incredibly gorgeous flowers It was fine with him. beautiful sunny afternoon I went over and took a huge amount of pictures----maybe 200 or more......
I don't know the names of any of these flowers----I'm sure Judy will know----But I just thought they were all incredibly stunning!
These pictures were all taken in 1979---I cannot believe that was 35 years ago.
As many of you know from having read my blog for a long long time, I love to get in close on plants and flowers.
Back then, I was using a Pentax SLR with a close up lens and with extension tubes as well, some of the time.......
I love seeing things in extreme close-up.  Like the picture above---where you can see all the little fuzzy hairs one would never notice or see, unless you can take it all in, in a very very close way---what they now call Macro.....
Back then.....I just wanted to get in as close as I could.
I love seeing these flowers in the 'abstract', so to speak.....the colors in the picture above just knock me out! I have said it so very many times-----you cannot beat nature and the colors that nature produces.......
The simplicity and yet, the's all magical, isn't it?
These are all slides for which I finally got a fantastic piece of equipment that allowed me to download them onto my about magical......

I met Ron and Iva back in the 1960's here in Los Angeles, so here is another lovely long long friendship that means a great deal to me......
Below, a photo I took of Ron in Hawaii, in 1974......What a special time that was.......
  He and his sweet dear wife Iva, eventually left Los Angeles and went back to live in Manhattan----Ron is a Wonderful actor and works on the stage as well as in film and television, and New York was the place for them to be, though he continued to work out here, too.....
Below, a picture of Ronnnie's beautiful wife, Iva, at a dinner party in New York that Lee Grant and her dear husband Joey Feury gave for me in May, of 2001.
Ron was working in Los Angeles so he couldn't be there.
Starting from left to right, that's Lee and Joey and Iva......That was the last time I was in New York. 

It's funny how that works sometimes----people move back to New York, and then they get a series, which shoots here in L.A.!

That's Show Business!

And below....Iva and Ron at my 75th Birthday in 2006......

That was the last time I saw them.....but we do talk on the phone......I love the phone! There is nothing like hearing a dear loved ones voice on the phone.....

And just one more picture of Ron's truly Beautiful 1979 English Garden...........

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

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Tuesday, October 07, 2014
an anniversary.....

It's been over a month since I last posted anything here on my blog.
I'm still struggling with all of my Lung Issues----and I have come to realize that this is my life now.
I've always known that this disease was not going to get better----that there is no cure.
And now, certain aspects of the problems have gotten worse. And with that, as mentioned in my last post, my energy level is just crap.
The Kleenex company should be very happy having me as a customer.....
not a whole lot to say here, except, 
I'm doing the best I can, and that's all
any of us can do.

One thing that has happened, which is a rather exciting milestone---
I just celebrated---if you can call it that----
my 9th Blog Anniversary.

It just doesn't seem possible that nine years have gone by since starting to blog.....
One of the great things about blogging has been all the truly wonderful dear sweet people I have met from all over the world----all of whom I would never have met if I had NOT started blogging
Many of you are long time blog buddies---almost from the very beginning.
That's amazing too, considering so very many people who were blogging back then, aren't blogging anymore.
And, even more amazing is----
I have actually met some of you, 
"In Person". 
From as far away as New Zealand, and as close as Glendale, CA., (for any of you who are familiar with the Greater Los Angeles area) and from all kinds of wonderful places around the U.S and even from the beautiful U.K.
This is one of the great bonuses of blogging and the incredible shrinking world due to the fantastic age we live in!

And, some more big news......
This post today, is my 1001 post.

I know many many people have posted a lot more than me, but I was kind of thrilled and overwhelmed when I realized that I had actually made it to 1001 posts!
I don't really have anything else of any consequence to report or share, except to say I will try to continue blogging when I can and will continue to visit all of you wonderful people when I can, as well.

And, Oh yes, we have been having a horrendous heat wave here and I hope it lets up soon---it has been going on for a very long time and it really doesn't help my Health Issues one bit---so I'm ready for some nice cool weather, and we could really use some rain to, 
Dear God!

I send all of you my love and I thank each and every one of you for all your loving and supportive words....
It means more to me than you will ever know.

More To Come........ 

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