Pope Benedict is in our midst this week and will be visiting several nondenominational churches to promote peace and harmony among all religious sects. The message to all is, love one another. And, in America, we are free to love anyone regardless of his or her religion. Last week I was so inspired by (Buddhist) Shinnyo-en Awards dinner at Cipriani's for their "Pathfinder's for Peace." As a pebble is tossed into the water it, ripples and extends beyond. So too, is a smile, a cheery, "Hello," and a little kindness each day reverberates back to us and continues to create harmony and peace in the world. We should teach our children by our own example or by advising them to perform these simple acts of kindness to make ripples that rebound in happiness, harmony and peace. Award winners were: Morgan Freeman, actor/ director/founder of "Planet Now"; Mira Sorvino for Humanitarian Services; Brett Hickey of the TODAY Show, who was M/C; Bianca Ryan, who won "America's Got Talent," and American Ballroom Theatre Youth Dance Co., gave live performances. Beautiful evening.
The Christopher Awards was also an inspiring evening surrounded by the great minds of our times. Best Adult Books: Brother, I'm Dying by Edwidged Anticat; The Invisible Wall by Harry Bernstein; The Lonely Patient by How We Experience Illness. Cable TV: Flashpoint ( CBS) ; In God's Name , CBS ; Longford (HBO) ; Youngster Books: Preschool; How Many Seeds in a Pumpkin?; Owen and Mzee. Special award to American Masters, and David McCullough took home the Life Achievement Award. The Christopher motto is: It is better to light one candle than to curse the darkness.
WARNING: Young girls should not use contraceptive patches. It causes blood clots that could kill them. Parents beware.
Speaking of young girls….Nicole Crowley celebrated her birthday March 31 and her friends threw a sensational soiree for her . Much love and success is wished for you in the coming years, Nicole.
Christie's auctioned off some beautiful paintings, sculpted art and furniture that took in large sums for Streetwise Partners for mentoring low income families for upgrade jobs.
Artists in Residence and Art and Living Magazine Awards for women artists, poets, filmmakers curators and historians who now have a showcase to display their talents. Winners: Dr. Elizabeth Sackler, who opened the Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum of Art; and Judith Brodsky who has written extensively about women and art and is opening at the Brodsky Center.
At the Providence Restaurant, West 57 Street, Kelly Brand Blue Auto Awards were given to Mercedes Benz, Chrysler and BMW for the best interior and exterior cars on the market. At the Auto Show, Chrysler boasted soon to introduce a car driven by batteries.
Diane Von Furstenberg put on a gorgeous Fashion Show for the "Tickled Pink" fundraiser for survivors and children of women with breast and other cancers. Women and survivors all were introduced. Katie McGee, who reports for CBS 2, hosted the show.
Town Tog Ties help children with bone marrow transplants to fight cancer. These very fashionable and adorable ties have dog bone and skeleton bone designs on them. Proceeds go back to kids and families fighting cancer.
For people with deformed feet and in need of special shoes, Eneslow on Park Avenue, the top manufacturer in that field. Whatever your problem, they can build a comfortable shoe for you.
Novel Jewelry makes a gold hook with a jeweled stone to hang your purse on the table and not the floor, and a key finder that hangs your keys on your purse, with an outside jewel. Never lose your keys.
TRAVEL: Attended a South African Conference and spoke to them about getting a group together to do a TV Show on South Africa. They were all for it. At their trade show another night, I brought the subject up to some of their Safari Lodges.
Would you be interested in joining me and my cameraman crew? I think for only a week, but you could extend it. South African Airways has non-stop flights to South Africa from New York. I flew with them before and it is a great airline. Let me know if you are interested. Space is limited and I will get the prices and dates to you ASAP. It may not be until September or November
Send me an email: dorothydunne @yahoo.com and AWAY WE GO!!!