After endless months of being mired in gloom and doom, we now find ourselves just a few weeks away from Christmas, struggling to latch onto that spirit of joy, excitement, innocence, magic and hope we had as children.
Having been working on a film about Mr. Lennon for a few years, I've discovered how deeply imbedded he is in the consciousness of so many. It's 32 years since Mr. Lennon was shot, and the song "Imagine" resonates as much now as when it was written.
Would he secretly embrace digital technology while publicly spurning anything short of vinyl records as a bastardization of music? Or, would he publicly welcome the changes and call it evolution for music and artists?
Right up until his death on December 8, 1980, at the hands of an assassin, Lennon remained true to the anti-war activism that had shaped much of his life. The same, unfortunately, cannot be said for the nation he came to call home.
The main reason John Lennon doesn't turn up in the pages of the Enquirer having just been spotted at a supermarket, is that in his message -- one of a lasting hope for peace -- there is nothing to mock.
I asked Yoko Ono -- who at 79 is as youthful, energetic and beautiful as ever -- how she picks the recipients, is there a committee or board? "No, I feel it in here," she said pointing to her heart, "It comes from the heart."
Frank Toskan tends to shy away from the media and rarely boasts about his success, even though he was responsible for opening some 300 MAC Cosmetics stores worldwide in just 15 years. This is the first in-person interview he's granted in more than 15 years.