A Gala Event with Michael Douglas


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I spent an evening at Le Windsor Hotel of Montreal, Quebec with…



 Mr. Douglas came to a Gala Benefit for the McGill Head and Neck Cancer Fund on May 3rd, 2011!


 He came to Montreal on a mission. He wanted to give back to the local hospital that first detected his throat cancer — a disease several of his American doctors had missed.

In appreciation, Mr. Douglas offered to help raise money for the McGill University-affiliated hospital.

The hospital asked him to come up to Canada as their honoured invitee for a $375-a-head (I know, I know…a little pricey but worth every penny!)  gala at a downtown hotel.  Guests who wanted more time with Douglas shelled out $740 for VIP tickets, giving them access to his pre-event, meet-and-greet cocktail. The  evening with Mr. Douglas lasted for more than four hours!

At this fundraiser, Mr. Douglas was humble, kind and had no issues rubbing elbows with local ticket-holders, well-heeled guests ( I wore the hottest heels known to man), signed autographs and posed for countless photos!

In his speech, to all assembled, he spoke of the moment when Dr. Saul Frenkiel of Montreal’s Jewish General Hospital found a tumour in his throat.

“He came up really close to me and said ‘Open your mouth,’ and put a tongue depressor on my tongue,” Douglas said in the eight-minute address.

“I looked in his eyes and I knew what I had, and it was sort of a surprised look on his face because I don’t think he expected it.”

“Then he said, ‘Well, we’ll need a biopsy.’ And I said, ‘Biopsy? Of what?’ ”

A couple of days later, Frenkiel phoned Douglas and told him he had cancer!

Last year, Douglas underwent radiation and chemotherapy treatments in the states for a walnut-sized tumour. His cancer is now gone! YEAH!

The Montreal gala sold a record 600 tickets  and over $1-million was expected to be raised. Did I tell you, he also auctioned himself off?  One of the big prizes was the chance at a round of golf with Michael and his gorgeous wife  Catherine Zeta-Jones in the Laurentians! I did not win and unfortunately, Catherine could not make it to the Gala.

Another highlight of the evening that had me in tears (I cried as politely as possible, lol) was viewing my fellow Quebecer, Celine Dion delivering a special and touching video message to Michael Douglas LIVE! Celine was positive, encouraging and committed to the fight against cancer. Celine’s husband Renee also had a bout with Cancer and survived!

 What an amazing, beautiful, and academy award-winning evening for all!

It was a night to remember and evening I will never forget…EVER!


Thank you Michael Douglas for coming and bringing awareness to Cancer; for your positive attitude; your love of family, and giving us H O P E!


 Cancer may leave your body, but it never leaves your mind”~Michael Douglas


Here is a video of the events brought to you by the Canadian Press: Click on the LINK BELOW: 


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Your Handwriting Says A Lot About YOU!


is a person’s particular and individual style of writing with pen or pencil. Specific shape of letters, e.g. their roundness or sharpness, all are unique to each person.


Jane Austen: “Miss Austen noticeably slants to the right in her cursive.  This is normal for people of highly expressive natures.  She shows her emotions, feels comfortable expressing herself, and demonstrates compassion.  She easily sympathizes with others.”


Charles Dickens: ” For the most part, Dickens seems to have high self-esteem, meaning he sets high goals for himself and is willing to take risks to reach them.  This can be seen in the fact that he crosses his ‘t’s at the top (or very nearly) of the stems.



Emily Dickinson: “The rightward slant of Dickinson’s handwriting shows that she is emotionally expressive.  She is likely more heart-ruled than head-ruled.  She often relies more on her desires rather than data or pure judgment.  She is affectionate and sympathetic, expressing what she feels.”



J.K Rowlings: “Rowling’s handwriting is mainly straight up and down with a slight slant to the right.  People with this type of vertical slant are judgment-ruled and rarely get carried away by their emotions (except in occasions of high stress or anger).  You may not know what they are feeling much of the time because they usually keep their emotions hidden.  Since there are a few slight rightward slants as well, we can deduce that Rowling does show her emotions sometimes, and she has the ability to be sympathetic toward others.  This type of slant, coupled with Rowling’s smallish writing indicates that she has a rather introverted nature.”

W.A. Mozart: “Mozart’s writing seems to be heavy, especially in his signature.  It is dark and would probably leave indents on the other side of the paper on which he wrote.  This is a sign of emotional intensity.  Writers with this trait tend to feel all their emotions deeply and intensely.  Their emotions last for a long time, whether they be feelings of anger, love, excitement, etc..”


What does your hand writing say about your personality?



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THE KING’S SPEECH by Mark Logue, Peter Conradi


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The subject of a major motion picture starring Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush and Helena Bonham Carter. One man saved the British Royal Family in the first decades of the 20th century amazingly he was an almost unknown, and certainly unqualified, speech therapist called Lionel Logue, whom one newspaper in the 1930s famously dubbed _The Quack who saved a King_.
Logue wasn’t a British aristocrat or even an Englishman – he was a commoner and an Australian to boot. Nevertheless it was the outgoing, amiable Logue who single-handedly turned the famously nervous, tongue-tied, Duke of York into the man who was capable of becoming King. Had Logue not saved Bertie (as the man who was to become King George VI was always known) from his debilitating stammer, and pathological nervousness in front of a crowd or microphone, then it is almost certain that the House of Windsor would have collapsed.
The King’s Speech is the previously untold story of the extraordinary relationship between Logue and the haunted young man who became King George VI, drawn from Logue’s unpublished personal diaries. They throw extraordinary light on the intimacy of the two men and the vital role the King’s wife, the late Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, played in bringing them together to save her husband’s reputation and his career as King. The King’s Speech is an intimate portrait of the British monarchy at a time of its greatest crisis, seen through the eyes of an Australian commoner who was proud to serve, and save, his King.

Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen


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As a young man, Jacob Jankowski was tossed by fate onto a rickety train that was home to the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth. It was the early part of the great Depression, and for Jacob, now ninety, the circus world he remembers was both his salvation and a living hell. A veterinary student just shy of a degree, he was put in charge of caring for the circus menagerie.

It was there that he met Marlena, the beautiful equestrian star married to August, the charismatic but twisted animal trainer. And he met Rosie, an un-trainable elephant who was the great gray hope for this third-rate traveling show. The bond that grew among this unlikely trio was one of love and trust, and, ultimately, it was their only hope for survival.