I’M SORRY

I feel badly cause I’ve gone silent lately in terms of my own writing. For instance no blog since I went to Minnesota. Lots going on. Some good some bad. Mostly good. Here’s some really good: Michigan Gov Gretchen Whitmer just cancelled the Enbridge Line 5 oil pipeline that’s been leaking worse than Rep Matt Gaetz’s buddy in crime, Florida tax collector Greenberg. Sometimes, like these last weeks (or has it been months?), every part of me feels filled up with things I have to do, things I have to figure out and deal with, people I have to spend time with. I am filled up with all this and there’s no room to compose a blog.

I’m not the type who can write about every little thing I’m doing. If I do post a photo of something I’m about to eat you’ll know I’ve had a drink. maybe that’s it: I haven’t had a drink in ages. Even though I’ve been out a few times with people who’ve been drinking. Won’t name names. I’m so busy that I can’t afford to be at half-mast the next day which is what happens when I have even one drink. That’s what you have to look forward to in your 80s. But as Ted Danson said to me two nights ago when I told him why I wasn’t drinking, “But with age you have the wisdom to figure that out.” (That the next day I’d be at half-mast.) So okay, now you know that one of the people/places I went was to Ted Danson and Mary Steenburgen’s home for dinner. They are about the absolute nicest human beings in the whole world and always so much fun.

Here’s something else I must confess: See I never used to watch TV so I missed all the great. classic sitcoms like “Friends,” and “Cheers.” Well, during the pandemic I started to watch “Cheers” and now I have crush on Ted. I told him that. What a terrific show!!! And then I re-watched the film, “Body Heat,” with Kathleen Turner and William Hurt and Ted. OMG!!!

I recently have become obsessed with the Israeli series, “Shtisel.” I would never have figured but several of my Jewish friends recommended it and, as I’ve seen all the Oscar films, I figured, “Why not?”. “Mare of East Town” too but I have to wait for Sundays for that. Kate Winslett is the bravest actor of all. I so admire her.

As for the Oscars, I applaud the producers for doing as well as they did under the circumstances but I do hope we return to the pomp and glory of the big room, big stage, winners looking straight into the camera, snippets of the films and performances. I anticipated every single win up until the last two…Best actress and actor, Whew was I surprised I guess everyone else was too, along with the winners themselves. But I do love Union Station for its beauty and for its place in my life. See, when I was very young, people didn’t fly across the country, they took trains and that’s what I did, with my family, or relatives. And let me tell you, when the Green New Deal becomes a reality and we get light rail, electric, fast, I urge you all to take trains. You’ll see this beautiful country of ours and fall in love with parts of it you may not have known. And if you fall in love, you’ll want to save it. I so clearly remember the vast hall of Union Station where we’d arrive with steamer trunks. It all seemed so thrilling.

I’ve run out of time and need to walk my dog, Tulea. She’s gotten very old, deaf with a bit of dementia. Makes me sad. But she still chases the squirrels…and I’m still feeding the squirrels and a pair of turtle doves were bathing in the bird bath I got when it was 112 degrees here last summer and I got scared when birds were falling dead out of the sky. See, my mind always comes back to the climate crisis…which is why I haven’t written more on social media. I’m pretty much preoccupied with all the climate ideas people have for me.

Bye. Stay Safe.

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  1. Please please please add me to your “climate ideas people.” Mine is critical, timely, time sensitive and has potential to change human behavior and the future of the planet. I first reached out to you April 2020 with a profound idea. I have now written the first season of a Cli Fi web series and it needs a producer. I am confident this is the way to invite citizens of the earth to be part of the solution. I joined Twitter with the notion that I could reach the ears of Jane Fonda. I need maybe 180 secs of your time.

  2. I love that you are well, I keep praying for you every day, you have been on my list for four years, give you a chance to the series “This is Us” , I love it, not as much as “Grace and Frankie” of course. Thanks for come back to the blog 💕💕

  3. Hi Jane! You don’t have to be sorry for not writing lately. You are a very busy lady!! Your fans and admirers should understand that. I am like Candita, I too worry about you. I wish I had your energy!! Please take some time for yourself. I thank you for all that you do. I am still recovering from back surgery and doing physical therapy of which many exercises are in your book, Prime Time and your workouts on YouTube for seniors. Be safe and have some timeouts for Jane!

    With much admiration and love
    Elaine

  4. I totally admire and respect everything you are doing for the planet. I would love to hear more about your life. I think you are a wonderful human being. This world is lucky to have you 😊

  5. Dear Jane fonda, my name is Melissa Santonocito .
    I am a 19 years old girl who adore you,
    thanks to you I understood the importance of knowing my rights, I understood the importance of being aware and contribute to a more civilized world, thanks to you and your speeches I chose to study law at university in Amsterdam and it was the best choice I ever made. I love you from the bottom of my heart, you are not just a fantastic actress but also a wonderful person/activist/philanthropist, I wish you lots of positive energy and happiness
    And for me would be a dream meet you one day and may help you in one of your battles for protecting this wonderful planet.
    Xoxo

  6. I’m glad you are back! I enjoyed reading this new post. Stay safe Jane <3

  7. Hi Jane – hope you’re doing well! I’ve been learning so much about the climate crisis through Fire Drill Fridays. I recently got Naomi Klein’s and am eager to dig in. You’re spot on re: the Oscars. The producers did the best they probably could under the circumstances, but the ceremony lacked the atmosphere the Oscars usually bring. Fingers crossed we the nominee clips come back next year.

    Shtisel is terrific, isn’t it? Have you watched Unorthodox on Netflix? Similar storyline and characters to Shtisel, slightly more dramatic, and features a truly stellar performance by Shira Haas, who plays Ruchami in Shtisel. Highly recommend!

    My sincere thanks for all your efforts to bring greater awareness to the climate crisis and for inspiring folks like me to get active in the movement.

  8. I love your focus, Jane. When something is important to you, you seem to zero in on it until the topic no longer needs your assistance. And your assistance is VERY MUCH NEEDED on the climate crisis so…no need to apologize.

    However, it is also very important to surround yourself with all different loves and projects, as I’m sure you know. Just as it is extremely important to surround yourself with all different kinds of people, in my opinion. So, I’m happy to hear you’re still discovering new shows and movies and keeping up with good friends. (So jealous that you know Mary & Ted!) And, to my point, glad you take the time to sit down with us and stay in touch. We all look up to you so much and I’m positive I’m not the only one here to truly appreciate the time you set aside for your friends/fans/followers. So, thank you.

    Love and safety from Newfoundland, Canada
    *Lesley

  9. Jane,

    Thank you for mentioning “Body Heat,” and reminding me to see it again soon. The cinematography is so atmospheric that I can feel the high temperature while I watch the movie. Kathleen Turner is brilliant~ one of my favorite femme fatales! I’m about to re-watch “The Postman Always Rings Twice,” with Lana Turner, which is great every viewing, too.

    I’m glad you mentioned your love for Union Station. I also like to rail travel, and hope we get more electric trains in the US with the Green New Deal.

    Rosie

  10. Hi Jane,

    I just love a train ride. Even though I work for an airline, I often use the train. Sit back, relax, watch the countryside go by. I’ve even been on Amtrak a few times and coming from Buffalo to NYC there is no better way to arrive in NYC than via the Hudson Valley. Just spectacular.

    Love Shtisel too!
    Take care and stay safe.

    Jason

  11. Much love. Jane

  12. Shtisel is interesting. Interesting in that none of the characters are particularly likable, but the show is very good! My favorite was Hanna Rieber, the bobbe from Season 1 who was obsessed with her programs. (She died and was replaced, but her replacement was barely a decent Dick Sargent.)

    I loved how the newest Season ended and the person that deserved bupkis got bupkis!

  13. Smart about the drinking! I have all but stopped drinking. I found I was getting angry too easily about our new post covid reality. My fox news watching mom has moved in with us after my brother kicked her out of his house while she was in the hospital with covid….anger comes easy enough without alcohol.
    The Good Place is a wonderfully fun series with Ted Danson.
    Onward!!

  14. Hello from Scotland follow fdf.Thankyou for being you and love to tulea.
    I’m 68 very soon and only during lockdown subscribed to netflix.Thank god I did as G&Fmade me laugh when i could have cried.
    Now vaccinated we canhug our grandchildren.
    One small request as you know Martin Sheen tell him how much I enjoyed “The Way”!I bought the dvd then realised it uploaded to youtube.
    Hope you are all good and be back on set soon .
    If you get over for the climate summit you welcome here anytime X

  15. What a delight to read a new post on my birthday. I consider this a gift. Gratitude for all the contribution you make in my life!
    Who is the Indian I see in the photo during the FDF?
    I love you

  16. Jane, don’t feel sorry. It’s a weird time for all – but you more than keep yourself occupied. I, myself unfortunately don’t save the world unlike you – but I decided to take up French and I have been working at it. My dream is to work with Isabelle Huppert in French. And I formed the first Hungarian improv company that works like I learned in the UCB. It’s been really rewarding.

    The Oscars were certainly interesting, but I was pleasantly shocked when Frances McDormand won. Nomadland had so much soul and I feel she had a great deal to do with making it the Best Picture of the year. I am always disappointed about Glenn Close ALWAYS losing – but I felt more disappointed two years ago, when I was so sure she would win. I loved Yuh-Jung Youn’s performance in Minari. I keep reminding myself of your father and what he said about “apples and oranges”. And also the fact that it took him forty years to finally win his Oscar. Hopefully, Ms. Close will have the same glorious moment that he did.

    • Like you, Daniel, I dream of working with Isabel Huppert!!!

  17. Such a lovely post, Jane! I don’t think you should feel bad about not posting as much! You stay active in so many other important ways. I admire how value your time and always seem to be laser focused on the issue at hand, yet still allow yourself time to relax and watch frat film and television, of course! That’s something I’ve always struggled with, when I get too focused on and issue or on my schedule, I forget to take breaks and take care of myself and then just… bleh.

    So excited for this weeks rally! I’ve been doing my research on the speakers and I think we are all in for a real treat.

    Best,
    Kennedy

  18. Hi, Jane!
    What did you meant by “I anticipated every single win up until the last two … best actress and actor”? You never expected for Anthony Hopkins to win an Oscar for his leading role in The father?!
    I saw the movie before the Academy Awards and, personally, I was extremely touched by the character he played so beautifully and naturally. Maybe I was also touched because I am a Psychologist and dementia became so frequent not only among elders.
    By the way, I spent this Easter with my parents and my sister at our country house and we went there by … train 😉.
    I am so so happy you are OK and you’re keeping yourself so busy and active.
    sending you good vibes and love❤

    • Nicoleta, I loved all of “he Father”! I admired Hopkins performance tremendously and it’s not that it didn’t deserve an Oscar it’s just that I, along with millions of others, was sure Chadwick would win just as loved “Nomadland” and Frances’s performance but was sure Viola David or Audra Day would win. xx

  19. Dear Jane,
    We usually say “Give time to time” as advice or almost certainty when things don’t run as well as you like. In these moments it seems that time consumes our days or as José Mujica says we maybe are consuming time so, don’t worry!, I think you must give time to time. It doesn’t such important that things don’t go as fast as you want or the way you would like due to lack of time, it’s the price you pay for being a singular person, I would say unique, who is committed to many issues and also committed with yourself beyond that no other does and that fills you with many responsibilities. The important thing is that your words and actions leave a mark, your fight against climate change leaves a mark, your own life leaves a mark! and many people like me, we look at you in awe for such many things you do and we try to follow some of those marks and new people will come to continue doing it too, and this is an invisible award to add to your list, maybe the most important that almost nobody in the world gets and that you’ve earned day by day, you must be proud and happy for it.
    A Machado’s verse says ” Walker, there’s no path, you make the way by walking,” and with or without time, that’s what you’re doing, you’re making paths to get a better world, you’re opening paths for many people. Thank you!!!
    How about vacation to recharge your batteries and enjoy a deserve rest?

  20. Jane, this article is very very interesting: https://www.treehugger.com/52-climate-actions-change-behavior-5183676

  21. Hi Jane!
    How nice that you write on the blog again!
    How many things you do!
    What about Grace and Frankie, season 7?
    I admire you very much, you are such a complete woman, and you do everything wonderfully.
    You inspire me a lot.
    I love hearing from you, it’s good that you’re well, I also pray for you every day!
    Much love.
    Take care and stay safe.

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