My Facebook Fan Page

Charlie Chaplin eats his boot in "The Gold Rush."

Charlie Chaplin eats his boot in “The Gold Rush.”

I have created a Facebook fan page for Hollywood or Bust: Movie Stars Dish on Following their Dreams, Making it Big, and Surviving in Tinseltown.

But the best part: for every “like”, comments count, too, I am donating a penny to the Motion Picture and Television Fund (MPTF). Charlie Chaplin, Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks, and D.W. Griffith, also founders of United Artists started this private, non-profit charity  over 90 years ago  to help those in the movie industry who had fallen on hard times.  It hasn’t gotten any easier.  Today the fund serves more than 150,000 people annually with healthcare and other social services.

Charlie Chaplin once said, “We all want to help one another. Human beings are like that. We want to live by each other’s happiness, not by each other’s misery.”

So, please, go to Facebook and “like” Hollywood or Bust: Movie Stars Dish.  And if you love silents, film noir, westerns, or some other genre on the silver or small screen, ask your friends to ask their friends. The pennies will add up.

Ready, set, click.   Thank you.


For more information on MPTF, visit:


Peeps Show



Peeps in the hand.  Photo by: Nate Steiner

Peeps in the hand. Photo by: Nate Steiner



The days are longer and the weather is warmer. It’s the most wonderful time of the year.  It’s holidays and family gatherings and possibly a parade.  And Peeps – those yummy chicks and bunnies in a veritable rainbow of colors– are everywhere.


Who doesn’t look for Peeps in their Easter basket?  It’s that sugary marshmallow concoction made of sugar, corn syrup, and gelatin.  And don’t forget the carnuba wax, also known as Palm wax.  It’s perfectly safe.  Applied by pharmaceutical companies, it makes pills easier to swallow.  Used in cosmetics it thickens lipstick and produces a glossy finish.


For over ten years, Peeps celebrations have been held across the country.  In its honor, the Washington Post holds a Peeps Diorama contest, but the deadline for entries was in February.


On this, the sixtieth anniversary of Peeps, candy maker Just Born put a survey on its Facebook page.  Before you turn the page, here are some things to ponder:


How do you eat Peeps:  head first, tail first, all at once, or in tiny bites?


What’s your favorite Peeps color: yellow, pink, lavender, green, and blue?


Does eating Peeps make you: proud, laugh, happy?


How many Peeps do you typically eat at once:  1 or 2, more than 10, or until you get a stomachache?


As a nation, we devour Peeps.  The candy maker hatches five million Peeps a day.  And they’re not just for Easter anymore.  Have some for Valentines Day, the Fourth of July, Halloween, Christmas, or an after school snack.


Some people like them warmed in the microwave, chilled in the freezer, or aged to perfection, so they’re slightly hardened or stale.  Have them your way.  You can always repent later.


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