Posted on January 13, 2015, in My Blog, with 16 Comments

This is a book just out that I just finished reading and needed to blog about. I’ve read many books about people living at or below the poverty line, subsisting on tips or minimum wage when they had a job. I’ve never read one written by such a person and its author, Linda Tirado, is such a person and she is a very good writer who describes life on the economic margins with biting wit and a lot of insight.…

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Posted on March 3, 2014, in My Blog, with 45 Comments

My new book, “Being A Teen: Everything Teen Girls & Boys Should Know About Relationships, Sex, Love, Health, Identity & More,” is officially coming out Tomorrow! Though people are already buying it, via Amazon etc. I’ve been doing lots of interviews and the response is thrilling for me. Obviously it’s adults I’m talking to but they’ve read the book and say they’ve learned things even they didn’t know and, those who have teens, have told me they want their child to read it.…

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Posted on February 5, 2014, in My Blog, with 17 Comments

This is a photo of me with the leaders of a program called PEER UP (Peer Education & Encouragement to Reduce Unintended Pregnancy Program) developed by The Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Power & Potential (GCAPP), a non-profit I founded in 1995. PEER UP works with older teens in college as unintended pregnancy affects a significant number of community college students and has a serious impact on their ability to stay in school and do well.…

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A Day at Home With Oprah

Posted on March 21, 2013, in My Blog, with 14 Comments

Mary Williams has been part of my family since she was 16. She came to our children’s camp from Oakland at age 13 and I fell in love with her. Both her parents were members of the Black Panther party. In time she’d move with me to Atlanta and Ted Turner became her stepfather. Quite a journey which she has written about movingly and insightfully in her book “The Lost Daughter,” due out this Mother’s Day.…

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Posted on December 1, 2012, in My Blog, with 4 Comments

I arrived in Sao Paolo on Monday morning. It is 6 hours later than in Los Angeles and it is summer down here (although not as hot as I had expected). The purpose of the trip was two-fold: to give the keynote speech at the annual Longevity Forum and to promote my book, “Prime Time” which was just translated into Portuguese by the publishing house Comanhia das Letras.…

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Posted on September 4, 2012, in My Blog, with 5 Comments

Over the Labor Day weekend I read my friend, Suzanne Braun Levine’s, new book about women, love, intimacy and sex in what she calls our Second Adulthood. I enjoyed it and benefitted from it. I wrote about some of this in “Prime Time” but seeing these issues through Levine’s wise eyes were just what I needed—right now. She makes the essential point that “we are not who we were, only older.” We change with ripeness and in many beautiful, profound ways, like athletes who, at a later time in life, try a new sport and discover new muscles they didn’t know they had.…

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Jane Fonda’s Tips for Healthy Eating

Posted on August 5, 2011, in Food & Nutrition, with 15 Comments

  1. Don’t skip breakfast! Feed yourself regularly throughout the day. Ideally, you should have one-third of your daily calories in the morning, one-third at midday, and no more than one-third in the evening—so you don’t impulsively grab whatever is around.
  2. Keep healthy snacks on hand for between meals—things such as fruit or low-fatcottage cheese or string cheese. Red grapes go well with cheese.

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New Book “Hanoi Jane: War, Sex, and Fantasies of Betrayal”

Posted on January 13, 2010, in My Blog, with 32 Comments

Hanoi Jane
War, Sex, and Fantasies of Betrayal
By Jerry Lembcke

A provocative analysis of how and why Jane Fonda the person became Hanoi Jane the myth

From Aristophanes’ Lysistrata to the notorious Mata Hari and the legendary Tokyo Rose, stories of female betrayal during wartime have recurred throughout human history. The myth of Hanoi Jane, Jerry Lembcke argues, is simply the latest variation on this enduring theme.…

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