Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Glass Half Full

As with much of the Hollywood crowd, Scientology was, and is, prevalent among the behind-the-scenes folks in the studios. Not so for me. My spirituality is a natural approach. I prefer to use healing gems and crystals to improve my life. These natural materials have an inherent wavelength, that can affect my own body's energy, and change me for the better. Scientology has an e-meter which reads energy. Maybe the two aren't that different after all. Actually, I remember one day after a filming, I was showing one of the makeup girls my large gemstone orb. It was a healing gem, one that I'm certain cured me of migraines in the 90's. It was made of Lapis Lazuli, a semi-precious, blue rock. This particular specimen was about 8 inches in diameter and completely spherical. I handed her the stone, but she misjudged the weight, and dropped it onto my left foot, breaking five metatarsial bones. Actually, to this day, I've had substantial foot pain from that accident. But hey - no headaches!

I also remember that day, because it was the day Whoopi resigned both her her position as the permanent center square, and as co-producer. That was a tough day.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

September 1998

One of the most memorable guests I recall was Patrick Swayze. He came in early all five shoots and was incredibly professional. I remember after the fifth shoot, he was teaching a few of the hair and wardrobe folks a few dance moves. He was an incredible guy, on and off the set.

A friend of mine, screen name "smegheady2k allen" (I love that name, even if I don't fully understand it) emailed me a petition he signed. It was called No More Patrick Swayze Films. People would actually sign to prevent this artist from perfoming, from sharing his gift with the world? This really put me off for quite a while, and I questioned whether or not I should even be friends with "smegheady2k allen" and whether I even wanted to meet him in person, like we had agreed. When I told him I didn't want to meet, he got very angry. We haven't spoken since.

I thought of "smegheady2k allen" again recently, when Patrick Swayze died. And I thought about how pointless that online petition is now, more than ever. He'll always hold a special place in the center square... of my heart.

Going up!