Thursday, December 31, 2015

Happy New Year from the Palm Springs Guru

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Happy New Year to the residents and everyone visiting Palm Springs, the greater Palm Springs area, the Coachella Valley, across beautiful, bountiful America and around our wonderful planet.

The Palm Springs Guru wishes the very best for you in 2016!

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Tuesday -- Palm Springs Guru asks you to share

It is Tuesday; make this day your opportunity to share with others.

There are infinite ways to give. I invite you to look at one of my favorite organizations; the Search Dog Foundation at http://www.searchdogfoundation.org

National Disaster Search Dog Foundation, Inc. Nonprofit Logo 
The Search Dog Foundation is highly rated by http://greatnonprofits.org/org/national-disaster-search-dog-foundation-inc

The Palm Springs Guru asks everyone in Palm Springs, the greater Palm Springs area, the entire Coachella Valley, across the USA and around the world to share with others on this last Tuesday of 2015.

Begin right now!

It is Tuesday; make this day your opportunity to share with others. 

You will be glad you did.

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Christmas Eve! See where Santa is, courtesy of Google, NORAD & Palm Springs Guru

Where is Santa Claus? Look at our Santa Claus Trackers & You'll Know



It is Chrismas Eve! Where is Santa Claus?

The Palm Springs Guru shares two of the best ways to find Santa Claus on Christmas Eve:

1. The Palm Springs Guru, like Santa fans everywhere, begins his search by using Google. Every year, the Google Santa Tracker helps answer the question of “Where is Santa Claus now?” for Santa Claus loving children located in Palm Springs, the greater Palm Springs area, the entire Coachella Valley, and all around the world.


2. For many years Santa fans have used and enjoyed NORAD Tracks Santa The Palm Springs Guru thinks this is a wonderful service.

Thank you to our friends at http://searchengineland.com/library/search-engines/search-engines-santa-tracker for providing great information regarding this article.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Giving Tuesday! Donate new, unwrapped toys to underserved children

You Can Donate Toys at Your Local Fire Station -- It's 2015 Spark of Love

Firefighters & ABC7 The 2015 Spark Of Love Toy Drive Fund

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Southern California Firefighters and ABC7 are celebrating the 23rd year of the “Spark of Love Toy Drive.”
Over the past two decades, the “Spark of Love Toy Drive” has successfully collected more than 9 million toys for underserved children and teens.
 
 
The “Spark of Love Toy Drive” takes place in November and December every year. With love and support of donors and sponsors, kids across Southern California receive a new toy each holiday season. 
 
Get Involved in this wonderful and worthy cause
Donations of any size help the Southland’s firefighters and ABC7 make a difference in a child’s life during the holidays. All net proceeds will go to buying toys or sports equipment for children. 
 
You can drop off a new, unwrapped toy or sports equipment at any local fire station. Firefighters from Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura counties along with Los Angeles City firefighters will collect the gifts and distribute them to underserved children in our local communities.
 
With help from “Spark of Love Toy Drive” donors, partners and sponsors, more than 500,000 toys were collected last year. This year, ABC7 hopes to double this number.
 
The “Spark of Love Toy Drive Fund” was created in 2004 at the California Community Foundation to provide toys or sports equipment for underserved children during the holiday season in Southern California. 
 
To make a secure donation online, click on the button below. You
may also send checks payable to the California Community Foundation,
noting that the donation is for the Spark Of Love Toy Drive Fund. Checks
should be mailed to:



California Community Foundation
221 S. Figueroa St., Suite 400
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Donate Now

2015 Spark of Love


The Palm Springs Guru is encouraging everyone in Palm Springs, the greater Palm Springs area, and all of Southern California to donate new, unwrapped toys for underserved children.


Take the toy to your local fire station. Look for the Spark of Love banner. 

Do it today! 

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Where is Santa Claus? Look at our Santa Claus Trackers; shared by the Palm Springs Guru.



Do you want to know where Santa Claus is?

The Palm Springs Guru shares two of the best ways to find Santa Claus on Christmas Eve:

1. The Palm Springs Guru, like Santa fans everywhere, begins his search by using Google. Every year, the Google Santa Tracker helps answer the question of “Where is Santa Claus now?” for Santa Claus loving children located in Palm Springs, the greater Palm Springs area, the entire Coachella Valley, and all around the world.


2. For many years Santa fans have used and enjoyed NORAD Tracks Santa The Palm Springs Guru thinks this is a wonderful service.

Thank you to our friends at http://searchengineland.com/library/search-engines/search-engines-santa-tracker for providing great information regarding this article.

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Donate Toys at Your Local Fire Station -- 2015 Spark of Love

ABC7 & Firefighters Spark Of Love Toy Drive Fund

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ABC7 and Southern California Firefighters are celebrating the 23rd year of the “Spark of Love Toy Drive.”
Over the past two decades, the “Spark of Love Toy Drive” has successfully collected more than 9 million toys for underserved children and teens.


The “Spark of Love Toy Drive” takes place in November and December every year. With love and support of donors and sponsors, kids across Southern California receive a new toy each holiday season.

Get Involved
Donations of any size help ABC7 and the Southland’s firefighters make a difference in a child’s life during the holidays. All net proceeds will go to buying toys or sports equipment for children.

Drop off a new, unwrapped toy or sports equipment at any local fire station. Firefighters from Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura counties along with Los Angeles City firefighters will collect the gifts and distribute them to underserved children in our local communities.

With help from “Spark of Love Toy Drive” donors, partners and sponsors, more than 500,000 toys were collected last year. This year, ABC7 hopes to double this number.

The “Spark of Love Toy Drive Fund” was created in 2004 at the California Community Foundation to provide toys or sports equipment for underserved children during the holiday season in Southern California.

To make a secure donation online, click on the button below. You
may also send checks payable to the California Community Foundation,
noting that the donation is for the Spark Of Love Toy Drive Fund. Checks
should be mailed to:



California Community Foundation
221 S. Figueroa St., Suite 400
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Donate Now

2015 Spark of Love


The Palm Springs Guru is asking everyone in Palm Springs, the greater Palm Springs area, and all of Southern California to donate new, unwrapped toys for underserved children.



Take the toy to your local fire station. Look for the Spark of Love banner.

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Frank Sinatra -- Celebrating 100 Years -- Shared by the Palm Springs Guru


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It is almost impossible, even for the young generations, not to hear the name Frank Sinatra and know who he was. Frank Sinatra, in very simple terms, was an insanely popular American singer and actor. But he was also a director and producer at one point in his life.



Born Francis Albert Sinatra, this man was born on the 12th of December in 1915 in Hoboken, New Jersey. He was the only child of Italian immigrants, Natalina Garaventa and Antonio Sinatra. According to sources, his father was a captain in the Hoboken fire department and also a lightweight boxer.



His mother had an illegal abortion business, where she provided services for free and from her own home. She was arrested multiple times but was somehow still able to provide money to her son.



Frank was never interested in school or studying whatsoever. In fact, he left school before he could graduate because he was expelled after only 47 days of attending high school.



He was arrested in 1938 for adultery and seduction, which was a crime at the time. He worked as a delivery boy in a newspaper and then was a riveter in a shipyard. But no matter what he worked as, his main and only interest was always in music.



Frank's first big break was in 1935 when he joined a local singing group, the Hoboken Four. The group even managed to appear on a very popular contest on TV and won the first prize. But then, Frank left the group and went back home to be a singer waiter.



Afterward, he released a couple singles, which are now valuable collection pieces. Then, Frank signed a contract with Tommy Dorsey to join his band, which helped him gain a lot of popularity. For many years, he tried to get out of his contract, and in 1942, he finally accomplished it.



Frank did not enlist or joined the Army when World War II began. He was actually at the peak and best moment of his career. Though many criticized him for not going to war, he went on an overseas tour to entertain many troops.



This was also the time when he began appearing in television shows. But after that, he was absent for two years. He had his own show at CBS and also debuted in Las Vegas, but his popularity started declining when he entered his mid-thirties.



His career had a rebirth when he starred in the movie From Here to Eternity, which earned him an Academy Award. After that, he signed a contract with Capitol Records, and his popularity increased more than ever before.



For an entire decade, from 1960 to 1970, Frank's career, both in movies and music, was a complete success. He was always on the top of the Billboard charts, won Grammys, and starred in the most popular movies that were released. He also appeared on a lot of TV specials with many celebrities of that decade.



In 1970, Frank decided it was time to retire and released a final song. The only time he sang during his retirement was when President Nixon asked him to at a rally in Chicago. But his retirement was not going to last that long. In 1973, he released a television special and an album, Ol' Blue Eyes Is Back.



He made many appearances afterwards, including Las Vegas at Caesars Palace, at Madison Square Garden in a televised concert, and even at the Egyptian pyramids. Frank also had a European tour with a member of one of his old groups.



So many decades had gone by, and still, Frank Sinatra kept releasing and releasing more albums: Trilogy: Past Present Future in 1980, Shot Me Down in 1981, andL.A. Is My Lady in 1984.And all of these albums got him onto Billboard charts again as well as Grammy nominations and wins.



During the first half of the 90’s, Frank was still giving concerts, which people considered as top attractions worldwide, even with his health problems. In 1994, he received the Legend Award at the Grammy Awards, and during his 80thbirthday tribute, he gave his last televised appearance, singing “New York, New York.”



Frank lived a very celebrity-like life. In fact, he is known to be one of the most famous celebrities to ever live in Palm Springs. Palm Springs is a desert resort city, which is famous for being the home of many A-listers, like Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor, Elvis and Priscilla Presley, and more.



During his lifetime, Frank had three children, Nancy, Frank Jr. and Tina, all from his first marriage with Nancy Sinatra. He divorced in 1951 and got married that year to actress Ava Gardener. They also divorced in 1957. He married again in 1966 to Mia Farrow, divorced her in 1968, and, finally, married Barbara Marx in 1976.



It is also known now that he had mood swings and bouts of depression. He supposedly always avoided any unglamorous surroundings and situations. He once said, "Being an 18-karat manic depressive and having lived a life of violent emotional contradictions, I have an over-acute capacity for sadness as well as elation."



Another known thing about him was that even though he was a hero in Hoboken, his hometown, he never visited it but twice after his career and fame began.



But a rumor that hasn't been able to be confirmed or denied was his alleged personal and professional links with organized crime. The FBI always investigated him, but there was never any solid proof to accuse him.



After many years of fame and an enviable career, Frank Sinatra died on May 14, 1998, when he was 82 years old. He suffered a heart attack, but he was frequently hospitalized for breathing problems, high blood pressure, and dementia.



During his funeral, there were around 400 people in attendance, and there were thousands of fans outside to pay their respects.



Frank Sinatra has left a huge legacy behind him, and it really is very difficult to believe that his name to ever be forgotten. He is and surely will continue to be one of the biggest icons in music of all time.



After many years of fame and an enviable career, Frank Sinatra died on May 14, 1998 when he was 82 years old. He suffered a heart attack, but he was frequently hospitalized for breathing problems, high blood pressure and dementia.



During his funeral there were around 400 people in attendance, and there were thousands of fans outside too to pay their respects.



Frank Sinatra has left a huge legacy behind him, and it really is very difficult that his name will ever be forgotten. He is, and surely will continue to be, one of the biggest icons in music of all time.

The Palm Springs Guru is celebrating The occasion of Frank Sinatra's 100th birthday.

Frank Sinatra told many people, many times "I love Palm Springs!" 

Frank enjoyed Palm Springs. He knew that Palm Springs is the perfect place to visit, stay, shop, dine, work, play, relax, refresh and rejuvenate.

The people of Palm Springs, the greater Palm Springs area, all across the United States of America and around the world remember and love Frank Sinatra. 



Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Happy 99th Birthday, Kirk Douglas -- Shared by the Palm Springs Guru



 Happy 99th Birthday, Kirk Douglas


Kirk Douglas is a very famous American stage and film actor, and also producer and author. He was especially popular during the 1950s and the 1960s. Kirk has starred in several movies throughout the years including Spartacus, Champion, Leagues Under The Sea, 20,000, and Lust For Life just among others.

Born on December 9, 1916 in Amsterdam, New York, Kirk was born under the real name Issur Danielovitch. His parents were Harry and Bertha Danielovitch, who were both Jewish immigrants from Russia.

When Kirk was still young, he would often sell snacks to workers in the mill in order to help out his father. He would also deliver newspapers then he worked at many more other jobs before he finally became an actor.  During World War II, before entering the navy, Kirk “Issur Danielovitch” changed his name legally to Kirk Douglas.

In New York City, the American Academy of Dramatic Arts noticed Kirk’s talent and granted him a scholarship. He met Diana Dill, whom he would later marry. After graduating from drama school, Kirk debuted as an actor in Broadway in Spring Again. Then, Kirk went to war in 1941 and in 1944 he came back to New York after being discharged medically for war injuries. He then spent a lot of time working in theatre, as well as radio and commercials. Kirk’s big break on stage came in Kiss and Tell, which helped him land many other roles.

A famous actress/model named Lauren Bacall–who was also Kirk’s former classmate in drama school–helped Kirk get a role in The Strange Love of Martha Ivers. In the drama, Kirk portrayed a weak man whom a ruthless woman controlled and dominated. After that, Kirk began working on films more than he did on theatre plays. Later, Kirk would leave theatre for the meantime to focus his talents on movies.

Unlike Kirk’s first starring role in The Strange Love Of Martha Ivers, Kirk’s film roles established an image of him being “the tough guy”. The image started in 1949 when Kirk played a selfish boxer in the film Champion. After his role in Champion, Kirk would always play "sons of bitches" roles.

Kirk knew that in order to properly succeed as a stage or film actor, he first had to overcome his shyness and also to choose stronger roles. Later, Kirk formed Byrna Productions, his own movie company even if it meant bringing his studio contracts to a halt so that he could more freely choose his projects. In 1949, after many years, Kirk came back to theater in the play called Three Sisters.

Through the 1950s and the 1960s, Kirk was a major big box office star playing alongside the most popular actresses of that time. After his role in Along The Great Divide (as a frontier peace officer), Kirk became especially in to western films. He also loved playing military men.

Kirk was nominated for 3 Academy Awards for his exceptional acting roles in Bad and Beautiful, Lust for Life, and Champion. Although he might not have won in these nominations, Kirk was nonetheless awarded by the Academy in 1996 with the ever prestigious “Honorary Award”.

People knew Kirk for his great artistic talents and movies, but only very few people know other significant things about him:

  Kirk was a Member of the jury at the Cannes Film Festival in 1970 and President of jury at the Cannes Film Festival in 1980.
  President Jimmy Carter awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1981.
  Kirk speaks French and German.
  He had celebrated his Bar Mitzvah twice—the first time when he was 13, and then again seventy years later.
  In 1991 Kirk survived a helicopter crash, leaving him with a back injury.
  He underwent speech therapy after suffering from a stroke in 1995 as the illness made it difficult for him to articulate.
  In many of his films he wore lifts in order to make him look taller than he is.
  He had turned down 2 Oscar-winning roles in the films Stalag 17 and Cat Ballou.
  He earned $50,000 dollars just for saying "Coffee", the only English word at the end of an 80s Japanese television commercial.
  He is father-in-law to Catherine Zeta-Jones.

Also, Kirk Dougles is at the same time a writer who has written myriads of books throughout his lifetime. In 1986 he published Wisdom Of The Elders, his first book, and then after its release, he wrote even more books.

His other books include I Am Spartacus! Making a Film, Breaking the Blacklist (2012), Let's Face It: 90 Years of Living (2012), Loving and Learning (2012), My Stroke Of Luck (2003), Climbing the Mountain: My Search for Meaning (2001), Young Heroes of the Bible (1999), The Broken Mirror: A Novella (1997), Last Tango In Brooklyn (1994), The Gift (1992), Dance With The Devil (1990), and The Ragman's Son (1988).

Kirk had two sons–Joel and Michael—to Diane Dill, but though Kirk and Diane were happily married for 8 years, in 1951they separated and filed for divorce. Three years later, Kirk married Anne Buydens, with whom he also had two sons—Eric and Peter. His son Eric died in year 2004.

Kirk is father-in-law to actress Catherine Zeta-Jones through Kirk’s son Michael Douglas, who married Catherine in 2000.

For a few years Kirk lived in Palm Springs, the famous celebrity-packed neighborhood in California. Kirk’s first Palm Springs home was  known as the “Tachevah Vista”, and to be exact, its address is 1069 East Marshall Way in the legendary neighborhood, Movie Colony. He had lived in this home since 1955 when it was still brand new but after 2 years he moved to Las Palmas. The 2,095 square feet home sat on a 11,326 square feet lot and has 4 bedrooms, 3 baths, and a pool.

Kirk Douglas’ second Palm Springs home is located at 515 Via Lola in Old Las Palmas. He had lived here for over 40 years now. The house was 3,790 square foot, and sat on a 3/4 acres of land. It has 5 bedrooms and 5 baths. Richard Harrison and Donald Wexler, widely renowned architects in Palm Springs, had designed it in 1954.

Kirk has exhibited his great charismatic personality and immense talent all his years in the many movies of his that people still watch and enjoy today.  As of date the Empire State Building Murders was his last movie which premiered in year 2008.

Kirk Douglas had said this several times over the span of years: “I love Palm Springs!” He has lived in Palm Springs for quite a long time.

Kirk Douglas Way near Palm Springs International Airport was dedicated to Kirk Douglas in 2004 as a way for Palm Springs to remember and honor Kirk, the talented charismatic Hollywood writer and actor.
 


The Palm Springs Guru joins Kirk Douglas fans in Palm Springs, the greater Palm Springs area, Hollywood, the United States of America and around the world in wishing a Happy Birthday to film star and legend, Kirk Douglas.

Monday, December 7, 2015

December 7, 1941; A day that will love in infamy.

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The Palm Springs Guru joins the people of Palm Springs, the greater Palm Springs area and across our wonderful USA in remembering December 7, 1941; a day that will love in infamy.

Learn more about Pearl Harbor at http://www.nydailynews.com/news/pearl-harbor-day-december-7-1941-date-live-infamy-pearl-harbor-photos-gallery-1.25192

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Step inside your photos with Cardboard Camera

With Google Cardboard, you can take amazing trips to faraway places and feel like you’re actually there. But what if you could also use Cardboard to go back in time—to step inside personal moments like your favorite vacation or a holiday dinner with family? Now you can with the new Cardboard Camera app for Android. Cardboard Camera turns the smartphone in your pocket into a virtual reality (VR) camera. It’s simple to take a photo: just hold out your phone and move it around you in a circle. Later, when you place your phone inside a Google Cardboard viewer, you'll get to experience something new: a VR photo.
VR photos are three-dimensional panoramas, with slightly different views for each eye, so near things look near and far things look far. You can look around to explore the image in all directions, and even record sound with your photo to hear the moment exactly as it happened.
Taken with Cardboard Camera at Jackson Lake, Wyoming. This simulates the 3D effect when seen in a Cardboard viewer. With Cardboard Camera, anyone can create their own VR experience. So revisit the mountaintop that took hours to hike, or the zoo where you saw (and heard) the monkeys, or your birthday party with the cake out and candles still lit. Capture the moments that matter to you and relive them anytime, from anywhere. Cardboard Camera is available today on Google Play in 17 languages.

The Palm Springs thanks our friends at Google for this wonderful Cardboard Camera.

Google makes life more interesting, educational and entertaining for people in Palm Springs, the greater Palm Springs area, across America and around the world.

You can read the original article at https://googleblog.blogspot.com

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving from the Palm Springs Guru

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone in Palm Springs, the greater Palm Springs area, across the USA and around the world.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Introducing the new Google+ -- Shared by the Palm Springs Guru


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If you head over to Google+ today, you’ll see that things look a little different. Since we last posted, we’ve spent a lot of time listening to what people using Google+ had to say. There were two features they kept coming back to: Communities, which now average 1.2 million new joins per day, and Collections, which launched just five months ago and is growing even faster. Whether it’s the Nonfiction Addiction Community, where people can be found discussing the best in Crime or Travel storytelling, or the Watch Project Collection, where more than 40,000 people are following an antique watch hobbyist, these are the places on Google+ where people around the world are spending their time discovering and sharing things they love. And so we’ve reimagined Google+ to help them do that. Today, we’re starting to introduce a fully redesigned Google+ that puts Communities and Collections front and center. Now focused around interests, the new Google+ is much simpler. And it’s more mobile-friendly—we’ve rebuilt it across web, Android and iOS so that you’ll have a fast and consistent experience whether you are on a big screen or small one. You’ll need to opt-in to this new version of Google+ on the web to see the changes—check out our Google+ post for more on how to give it a try.
Creating great products that solve real needs and make life easier for people is something Google is always striving for. Your feedback got us this far—as we continue to refine Google+, we’d love to keep hearing from you. In the meantime, we look forward to seeing how today’s changes help kickstart even more conversations around everything from Zombie Cats to Vintage Calculators.


The Palm Springs thanks Eddie Kessler and our friends at  https://googleblog.blogspot.com/ for this important information.