Burt Bacharach’s book is far from ‘C Major’-Vanilla!

©mahlon 2218-0185bBurt Bacharach’s book,’ Anyone who had a heart’ really got me, when he said of the pop music of the sixties; ‘A lot of those songs consisted of just three chords, C to F to G. If they had thrown in a C major seventh that would have been a lot more interesting, but the plain C major chord just seemed so vanilla to me’. Read more ---->

Getting Gooey with High Rising Daughters

Making real wholegrain bread full of yummy seeds and nuts with my daughters is something I’d LOVE to rediscover. Read more ---->

The Boating Brilliance of Rich DeVos

Few things thrill me quite like sailing home into the sunset with a constant SE 18knot breeze on New Zealand’s Hauraki Gulf, and one of my twin daughters telling me, “You’re the ‘bestest’ daddy in the whole wide world”! … “I love you daddy”. Read more ---->

5 Chefs Serve Generously for Canterbury

A collaborative effort between five of Auckland’s top chefs and Villa Maria Estate has raised $100,000 for the Christchurch City Mission. Read more ---->

My Close Encounter with Jim Carrey

A few Saturdays ago in the course of photographing a family in the States, I got to meet, hang out with, and photograph the inimitable Jim Carrey.  The images are private so you’ll never see them.  I can tell you however how much I enjoyed the man.  In my experience Jim Carrey was gracious, candid, totally fun, and fabulous with kids.  Check out his official website at http://www.jimcarrey.com/
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Matt Damon, David O. Russell and Jeff Skoll to Receive Career Tributes

Matt Damon; Director, David O. Russell along with Philanthropist and Social Entrepreneur Jeff Skoll will be presented with career tributes at the 22nd Annual Gotham Independent Film Awards™ on Monday, November 26th at Cipriani Wall Street, in New York City. Read more ---->

Susie Spanos, Tanya Snyder, And NFL Support “A Crucial Catch”

The National Football League and NFL Players Association will support October’s National Breast Cancer Awareness Month with their fourth-annual national breast cancer screening initiative and fundraising campaign. In collaboration with the American Cancer Society, the initiative, called “A Crucial Catch: Annual Screening Saves Lives,” reminds women 40 and older about the importance of having an annual mammogram. Read more ---->

Koch Industries, Inc., and the Fred and Mary Koch Foundation Diversity Scholarship Support

Koch Industries, Inc., and the Fred and Mary Koch Foundation have announced a commitment totaling $814,000 to the Kansas State University Office of Diversity. Read more ---->

Drew Barrymore & Will Kopelman Plus Olive

Congrats to Drew Barrymore & Will Kopelman on the birth of their baby girl, Olive. Read more ---->

Eamon Cleary Will Be Greatly Missed

Father of eight, Eamon Cleary has died at his horse stud in Kentucky. Read more ---->

David and Simon Reuben Support Film Library

The Reuben Foundation have provided the principal funding to construct the BFI Reuben Library on Southbank, London Read more ---->

Pops; The wonderful world of Louis Armstrong

Among the most recent biographies gracing my over crowded nightstand is Pops; The wonderful world of Louis Armstrong by Terry Teachout. Read more ---->

1,000 Shoes, The San Diego Chargers, Dean Spanos, and Payless ShoeSource

Today the San Diego Chargers, Dean Spanos, and Payless ShoeSource provided funds for 1,000 pairs of shoes for San Diego children in need. Read more ---->

Congratulations to Robbie Williams & Ayda Field

British singer Robbie Williams is celebrating after becoming a first-time father. Read more ---->

Phil Knight and his wife Penny make gift to OHSU

Phil Knight and his wife Penny have provided a transformational gift of $125 million to the Oregon Health & Science University to advance OHSU’s world-class programs in cardiovascular medicine and research. Read more ---->

Sir George Fistonich’s Villa Maria named New Zealand Winery of the Year

Villa Maria Estate has been named New Zealand Winery of the Year by WINE Magazine in China. Read more ---->

Julia and George Argyros Gift to CHOC

Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC Children’s) today announced that Julia and George Argyros made a $5 million gift for its new pediatric emergency department – the first in Orange County.  In honor of the couple’s generosity, the emergency department will open in March 2013 as the Julia and George Argyros Emergency Department. Read more ---->

Larry Ellison, Team Oracle, the America’s Cup World Series

It has been painful being in the states at the same time as the America’s Cup World Series and not be able to attend.  New Zealanders by and large love sailing, and the love of sailing starts often for children before the age of ten.  When the cup was raced in New Zealand it was bigger here than Nascar is in the USA, or the Tour de France.   Auckland is “The City of Sails”. Read more ---->

Christopher Peterson New Chief Financial Officer Ralph Lauren Corporation

One of my favorite brands, Ralph Lauren Corporation, today announced the appointment of Christopher H. Peterson, 46, as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Peterson will assume his new role effective September 24, 2012, and his areas of responsibility will include the Company’s global finance and information technology organizations. He will report to Roger Farah, President and Chief Operating Officer. Read more ---->

Dustin Moskovitz and Peter Thiel Investing In Vicarious

Good Ventures LLC, a for-profit investment firm founded by Facebook and Asana co-founder Dustin Moskovitz that donates all its earnings to the Good Ventures Foundation today announced a $15M Series A round of financing for artificial intelligence research company Vicarious. Read more ---->

Prince William Qualified Search And Rescue Captain

Prince William piloted a RAF Search and Rescue Force helicopter deployed to save a teenage girl drowning off the coast of Wales. Read more ---->

Reid Hoffman to Receive 2012 Difference Maker Award

The Stevie® Awards today announced that Reid Hoffman, Executive Chairman of LinkedIn Corporation and a Partner at Greylock Partners, will be honored with its 2012 Difference Maker award at The 10th Annual American Business Awards new product and tech awards banquet on September 17 at the Julia Morgan Ballroom in San Francisco. Read more ---->

Ivanka Trump Grants A Wish

Teen jewelry designer Linda Cifuentes was recently granted a wish to spend a day with Trump at her SoHo jewelry boutique, through the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Read more ---->

Dr Keith Brownlee is a Fabulous Father

Brothers Alistair and Jonny Brownlee are going for gold in London tomorrow in the same race. As a father, I am blown away by the relationship these two young men seem to have and contemplate the likelihood that their relationship is a reflection of their parenting. Keith and Kathy Brownlee already have a lot of which to be proud. Read more ---->

Artists – Keep The Heart Of A Child

I think Picasso said; I learned how to draw like Raphael in five years . . . . Read more ---->

Villa Sevillano Carpinteria

Santa Barbara and Carpinteria are a wonderful part of the California Coast to raise a family.  I am based in New Zealand, but have enjoyed working here in the spring for the past 10 years.  If you enjoy the Equestrian lifestyle, this property adjacent to Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club on secluded, gated grounds, may be worthy of consideration. Read more ---->

David Arquette is a Fabulous Father

Donnell is back on track with our Fabulous Fathers project and reaching out to Dad’s from all walks of life to share their insight and wisdom on the subject of Fatherhood. Read more ---->

Congratulations to Natalie Portman and Benjamin Millepied

Congratulations to Natalie Portman and Benjamin Millepied on your wedding tonight in Big Sir California. Read more ---->

Park Avenue coop Triple Mint

Check out this penthouse in a prewar Park Avenue coop with wraparound terraces showcasing iconic views of Manhattan in every direction.  Donnell is in love with the look.  Total renovation just finished, featuring a classic prewar layout, top-of-the-line finishes and technology. Read more ---->

Wildfire, Co-Founded by Ex-Pat New Zealander Victoria Ransom Bought By Google

Co-founders, Victoria Ransom and Alain Chuard, launched Wildfire just four years ago. Read more ---->

TEDx Auckland

Announced today was the October 6th event in Auckland, TEDx. TED is an annual event where some of the world’s leading thinkers and doers are invited to share what they are most passionate about. “TED” stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design — three broad subject areas that are, collectively, shaping our future. And in fact, the event is broader still, showcasing ideas that matter in any discipline. Attendees have called it “the ultimate brain spa” and “a four-day journey into the future.” The diverse audience — CEOs, scientists, creatives, philanthropists — is almost as extraordinary as the speakers, who have included Bill Clinton, Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Frank Gehry, Paul Simon, Sir Richard Branson, Jamie Oliver, Philippe Starck, Sir Ken Robinson and Bono. Read more ---->

George Clooney Auctioning Rare Tesla Roadster For Charity

Gooding Company, the official auction house of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, is thrilled to announce that it will present Academy Award-winning actor and philanthropist George Clooney’s 2008 Tesla “Signature 100” Roadster at its Pebble Beach Auction on Sunday, August 19. Mr. Clooney was invited to purchase car number 0008 when Tesla debuted its game-changing Roadster, the world’s first high-performance electric sports car. Read more ---->

Eli Broad – The Art of Being Unreasonable

Accomplished men usually have something worthwhile to share, sometimes in the form of simple word phrases, triggers ‘game changing’ in personal values. Read more ---->

Blackstone Invests in Soon-Shiong’s NantPharma

Company will become premier provider of bio-derived products and critically needed injectables of the highest quality Read more ---->

New Marilyn H. and Dr. Robert B. Pamplin Jr. Director, Brian Ferriso

The Portland Art Museum is pleased to announce the appointment of Michael Murawski, Ph.D., as director of education and public programs. Murawski will begin his tenure on October 15. Read more ---->

Emirates Team New Zealand’s AC72 Unveiled

Emirates Team New Zealand’s AC72 was unveiled at Auckland on Saturday night. More than 6000 people braved a cold winter’s evening for the show. Read more ---->

Zero Motorcycles Electric Transportation

We’ve been told that Larry Page has three of these puppies.  More economical than an electric car, Zero Motorcycles latest bikes have a new powertrain with batteries that boost their range to over 100 miles and give them top speeds up to 88 miles an hour. Most important for many potential buyers who may be sitting on the fence: a battery designed to last the life of the motorcycle. Read more ---->

Soon-Shiong Forms Toy Venture with Jakks ‎

JAKKS Pacific and NantWorks Partner to Produce Next Generation Interactive Toys Read more ---->

Congratulations Marissa Mayer

Yahoo! today announced that it has appointed Marissa Mayer as President and Chief Executive Officer and Member of the Board of Directors effective July 17, 2012. The appointment of Ms. Mayer, a leading consumer internet executive, signals a renewed focus on product innovation to drive user experience and advertising revenue for one of the world’s largest consumer internet brands, whose leading properties include Yahoo! Finance, Yahoo! Sports, Yahoo! Mobile, Yahoo! Mail, and Yahoo! Search. Read more ---->

Michael Moritz & Harriet Heyman Pledge To Oxford

The biggest philanthropic gift for undergraduate financial support in European history will underpin a major new scholarship programme at the University of Oxford – making it possible, starting this autumn, for students from low-income backgrounds to complete their studies with zero upfront study and living costs. Read more ---->

Calvin Klein Honored at 2012 ACE Awards Gala

Calvin Klein, Inc. announced today that Calvin Klein Collection will be honored at the 15th annual Accessories Council Excellence (ACE) Awards Gala on Monday, November 5th, at Cipriani 42ndStreet in New York City. Read more ---->

Peter and Pam Vela Guests Of The Queen At Royal Ascot

Following in the footsteps of the success the New Zealand Wine Industry, the New Zealand Thoroughbred Industry is celebrating success at the highest level on the international stage, with the success of two New Zealand born and bred racehorses at the world’s most famed Racing Carnival, Royal Ascot. Read more ---->

Hugh Jackman is a Fabulous Father

The Australian actor is a family man and cherishes the ”everyday moments” spent with his loved ones more than anything. Read more ---->

Thomas Barrack Elected to USC Board of Trustees

Thomas J. Barrack Jr., founder, chairman, and chief executive officer of Los Angeles-based Colony Capital, LLC, one of the world’s largest private equity real estate firms, was elected to the USC Board of Trustees on June 6. Read more ---->

Larry Ellison’s Oracle AC72 Wing Reaches Pier 80

The 12-story-tall wingsail and hull crossbeams for the first of Oracle Team USA’s two AC72 yachts aimed at the 2013 America’s Cup in San Francisco were delivered to the team today. Read more ---->

Super Students

Sienna & Marlana have come home with distinction ‘Super students’ today…. Read more ---->

Dolphin Talk

Took the girls sailing last weekend… Read more ---->

Congratulations to Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan

Congratulations to Mark Zuckerberg & Priscilla Chan on their wedding this weekend. May you have a wonderful life together. Read more ---->

How Long Does It Take To See The Smithsonian?

Among the places we would like to visit one day as a family is The Smithsonian. So we were very excited to hear the National Museum of Natural History announcement today that it will construct a new dinosaur exhibition hall made possible by a $35 million donation from David H. Koch, executive vice president of Koch Industries and philanthropist. Read more ---->