LAST CHANCE! FINAL PRESENTATION JEWISH BOOK FESTIVAL FOR POMONA AND SAN GABRIEL VALLEYS, CA

Max and I are honored to be asked to present Churchill’s Secret Agent for the Jewish Federation of the Greater San Gabriel & Pomona Valleys. We were among those selected from the over 100 authors who presented their works in New York City in May, 2011, at the Jewish Book Council’s “Network” event. Though certainly not only a “Jewish” book, Max recounts his missions during World War II which literally saved thousands of Jewish lives–and many more thousands of their progeny are still alive today thanks to his single-minded efforts working as a spy for Winston Churchill.

FAMOUS BIRTHDAYS 11/21 STAN MUSIAL AND MAX CIAMPOLI

The famous “Stan, the Man” Musial, St. Louis Cardinals (1941–1963 with exception of 1945 when he served in U.S. Navy), celebrates his birthday today as does my husband, Max Ciampoli. I honor both for their lifetime achievements, Stan in baseball and Max in World War II as evidenced in our book, “Churchill’s Secret Agent” (Berkley/Penguin).

Max was reminiscing about life in Hampton Village where both men lived before Max bought his horse property in Chesterfield, MO. Max was Executive Chef at the Chase and Park Plaza in St. Louis as well as owner of the French Room, an exclusive beauty salon where one of Max’s clients was Lillian Musial along with the famous Sylvia Sorkin, international singer Suzy Solidor and Mrs. Red Shanding. He had a lovely clientele.

“LONG LIVE PALESTINE!” ANTI-ISRAEL UNESCO APPROVES PALESTINE AS MEMBER

“Long Live Palestine!” a UNESCO member shouted in French, reports AP, when vote of 107-14 with 52 abstentions was announced. The non-state Palestine is now an official member of UNESCO. Long considered a bastion of anti-Israel sentiment, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization has approved a state that is not a state whose primary goal is to destroy another one of its members, ISRAEL. Heartbreaking!

I lived in Israel for almost two years, first on a kibbutz, then in Beersheva, Ramat Gan and finally Jerusalem. It personally hurts me that there exists in the world so much anti-Israel sentiment as well as anti-Semetic feelings in general. I have never understood it. Neither has my husband, Max, who was baptized at the Vatican and raised Catholic. I am Jewish.

HOW DO DICTATORS DIE?

According to the article in The Daily Beast, it was lucky for the world that Colonel Muammar Gaddafi chose to stay in Libya and fight. Through numerous examples, the author shows that “…it is very rare for dictators to meet their end bravely, still inside the country they are fighting to recapture.” Had he fled, the influence he would have exerted from abroad could have kept the country’s allegiance split for years.

“I SAW THE TANKS LINED UP READY TO INVADE POLAND.”

Clare Hollingworth’s 100th birthday was celebrated in an article appearing in the BBC News, Hong Kong, video from Telgraph and in ABC News Online. Ms. Hollingworth was responsible for the biggest scoop of the 20th century.

Having worked for London’s Daily Telegraph for less than a week, she was asked to go to Poland. She reported at the end of August, 1939: “I saw the tanks lined up ready to invade Poland.” She was just ahead of them.

“Live Every Day As If It Were Your Last”–Steve Jobs

…and one day it really will be. But we don’t know when. So, we’d better be fulfilling our heart’s desire today. Don’t know what that is? Look for it today. No time for people-pleasing, walking on eggshells, doing what others want us to do in life. If we are to make mistakes, let them be our own!

Steve Jobs’ death affected me more than I ever expected. I’ve watched his Stanford University Commencement speech several times. He was a man who did not compromise. His company was never run by committee. Want to water down a dream? Put the control of it in committee. Let others tell you what to do and how to do it. You’ll never recognize your dream when it comes out the other side. And you probably won’t recognize yourself.

ROSH HASHANAH–A UNIVERSAL AMERICAN TRADITION? I DON’T THINK SO!

Is President Obama trying to win the Jewish vote back by talking about  Rosh Hashanah as if it were universally  celebrated in the United States like Thanksgiving? Michael Medved’s commentary in The Daily Beast suggests exactly that. The wool can’t be pulled over our eyes quite so easily although you are a wonderful orator, Mr. President. I certainly can’t imagine Winston Churchill (whose bust you had removed from the White House) ever moving with such chameleon-like ease through his political and religious positions. It is what Medved calls “spiritual shape-shifting. He instinctively assumes different religious colorations depending on the occasion.”

FORBES COMPARES GIULIANI TO CHURCHILL

On 9/11/01, Rudy Giuliani said to himself: “The English went through something worse than this. They went through being bombarded every day, bombed every night, not knowing who was going to be alive the next day. And they got through it. If they could get through it, we should be able to get through it.”

It has been an emotional day of remembrance for all of us in the United States. Read Forbes’ priceless interview with an extraordinary man, the former mayor of New York City, who used all of his previous life experience to rise to the unprecedented demands of the moment when New York City’s Twin Towers fell to foreign attack. And what a coincidence that Giuliani was reading a biography about Winston Churchill at the time.