I’m getting excited that we’ll start filming “Grace & Frankie” again tomorrow. I’ve enjoyed having to learn my lines for my scenes tomorrow and Tuesday. I won’t mind having to get up at 4:30am. I’m used to […]
Love the show with you and the rest of funny talented actors! Can’t wait to see Season 7. I love the cameo appearances of other famous actors that I haven’t seen in a very long time. It is the highlight of my evening to watch your show after a long busy day at work and then settling my kids to bed. You have inspired me to try eat more healthy and exercise too! 🙂
Hi Jane, Yahoo! Grace and Frankie! How was your first week at work? Was it exciting to see the people that (maybe) you hadn’t seen in a while? Do you get to keep your gray hair??But, yuck, getting up at 4:30 (thanks for doing that, though). But I get it, I keep “farmers hours” also (in the summer). I love being up when the sun rises and love that it stays light out so late (even if I am inside watching tv, LOL). June 21 is my favorite day of the year because it’s the longest; I guess I just have great memories of past summers. I hope you actually had some time off between the last FDF and the start of filming. Hey, I watched the Goldman Prizes and it was excellent! I learned 80% more than I knew. I also am reading “The Village of Ben Suc” (and it’s excellent) and am waiting for The Sum of Us…. and On Fire: The (burning) case for a green new deal. I don’t like reading digitally; I like to hold the book and turn the pages (yep, I am weird).
I miss FDF’s but it’s so understandable to go to once a month (and thank you for that!).
So, how long is filming; where are you headed for the next protest? okay-I’ve taken enough of your time. Hope you’re doing well! 🙂 🙂
Is the 24th your saint? I don’t know, just in case, congratulations! In Spain we congratulate both the saint and the birthday, I suppose it is a Catholic tradition, almost everyone here weare a saint’s name. The St John’s Eve is a magical night, pagan rites prior to Christianity are mixed to celebrate the summer solstice and religion, large bonfires are made in the street where, metaphorically, all the things that have gone wrong in the year are burned. Fire always has a purifying effect so it gives a way to a new light scene, (Right now I remember FDF). I think we will all have wanted to burn COVID forever and so many other bad things, I hope so!.
If it really is your saint, I found it curious because you were born on the shortest day of the year and your saint’s day sometimes coincides with the longest day of the year, the two solstices are in your life!
Your hair is gray and shorter than it used to be, when you still dyed it blonde, and it was longer than it is today. How are you going to do with Grace now? Will you wear a wig or your regular hair? I was wondering…
My hair grows out with more gray showing and then i’m all gray.
I just wanted to tell you that Grace and Frankie is my favorite show even tho I might be one of your youngest fans! When i finished season 6 I was so sad and all the other shows I’ve watched after Grace and frankie can’t Even compete. And now that I see there will be a season 7, I’m so happy!
Hola Jane, qué gusto saber que compartas tus días con nosotros. Me alegra enormemente que hayas comenzado a filmar nuevamente “Grave & Frankie” (no veo las horas de verlas nuevamente). Me alegra verte bien, eres un ejemplo, te felicito, a tus 83 te mantienes tan activa y transmites esa energía y alegría. Muchos cariños desde Argentina para vos, Lili y todo el elenco!!!
This is such a good news.
I’m guessing you’ve missed a lot filming G&F, right?
Initially, my 35 years oldsister refused to watch the sitcom, but recently she took my advice and she was so excited after seeing all the seasons.
Good luck and stay healthy!
Wishing everyone the best of luck, I hope you all have a wonderful time back on set! The excitement for season 7 is well and truly alive, and I look forward to our next Fire Drill Friday. Until then! xo
Dear Jane Fonda (-Team),
This is what I call “real good news”! I’ve been watching s1-s6 in a row, kind of a marathon, picking some special moments and scenes watching over and over again. First of all, cause I really enjoy “Grace & Frankie”.
The main reason is, I’m kind of obliged in “serious watching”. As a senior student at the University of Vienna (Department of historical–ethnological Studies/ Cultural Studies) I’m part of a research project focussing on “Stardom and Fandom… perspective on ageing, intersectional ageism” etc. My special research interest is about Jane Fonda.
After all I adored “Barbarella”, lost Baby-weight doing Aerobics “with Jane”, learnt to survive being a single-mum (of 3), got cancer (obviously survived again) and got used to repeating “starting over”… I don’t have to tell you about developing resilience, dear Jane Fonda!
Being a senior-student at the age of 59 is kind of rewarding myself, I already passed the “Bachelor” (first academic degree in Austria, wrote my thesis about a special example of female invisibleness), currently longing for my “Master”.
Is there any chance to ask you few questions, may I request an interview (time frame for my research is till November/ latest Decembre, 15th)? I understand Zoom fatigue very well, so I gladly would go to US to talk to you (living as a climate activist since more than 25years now maybe I’ve earned this one flight…).
Or maybe you’re eagerly anticipate a visit in Vienna (where Viktor Frankl lived… and was forced to develop his great work of forgiveness…)?
In any case: All the best for you, “break a leg”!
Best wishes and greetings from Austria,
Karin, I can’t say for sure about that interview. Things are about to get very intense for me. Right after the July 4th holiday you will understand what I mean. Stay tuned.
It was very early! 6months early with Birthday wishes oops sorry .
Yaaaaay! What a great news. G&F is my favorite show EVER and I miss it so much, can’t wait to the next season. I can remember the readings in the beginning of the pandemic on zoom, we hoped that it would be filmed soon and now we finally have a day! Little big victory.
And yes, me too, I feel like I don’t sense of time because of COVID.
We miss you too! I now know that so many of the Firefighters have been taking action because of posts I see on social media! Some have been calling and lobbying our representatives, sending postcards and flooding executives calendars with invites (to stop Line 3) and a few people who have even joined the frontlines via the Gathering or one of the camps in MN.
I know I can speak for all viewers when
Fridays haven’t felt the same! I miss our community, and especially hearing from the guests. But, I have also enjoyed rewatching past episodes and taking notes!
Have fun filming! I haven’t watched Grace and Frankie completely yet, but I’ve heard only positive things! I’ll have to check it out before the new season!
Thanks, Kennedy. Glad to know my FDF family has remained active. Thanks for being such a true new activist!!
Happy Birthday .
Not sure a 4-30 am start would suit me .
Was thrilled to get a reply from Martin recently ,thank him please.
Did hear the temperatures are causing concern yet again in California .We have no such problem in Scotland.
Was also concerned about the damage being done to the environment in Alberta ,a tv documentary last night highlighted the lust for oil.
One good thing about lockdown few cars on the rds.
Once again stay well and I look forward to final season of G&F😥 love to all
Hi Jane! Glad to see you’re back to filming Grace and Frankie! Everyone is anxiously waiting to see Season 7!! I too have been missing Fire Drill Fridays. It had/has become a part of my weekly routine. Will be watching in July. Be careful in the heat. Early to bed, early to rise, makes Jane very wise!!
With much love and admiration,
Have a great shoot Jane! I’m so sad I won’t be there to finish the show. I miss all of you.
Sooo glad you’re safely back to work! I observe your birthday every year, being your biggest fan since I was 14! Thank you for bringing me and my family joy and laughter with Grace and Frankie, and for educating us about climate change. As always, thank you for blazing trails for me! Love you, Jane!
Jane, I hope you are having fun, fun, fun on the set everyday. While you focus and feel the sense of purpose and creativity, I hope you savor every moment. I have fallen into a repeat watching like so many who want to feel the connection with you and Lily and feel lifted up emotionally. I’m on season four, I think. The wondrous scene with Grace when Nick sees the real Grace w/o all the decoration. The above photo is from one of my most favorite episodes, with Grace owning her years and striding across the crosswalk. Just loved that whole episode. Frankie with Margaret’s itty-bitty walk. The anticipation is SO high! What will the writer’s do to end this wonderful series? And now you have me anxious about what is coming after the fourth of July. My mind always races to catastrophe first. “Get Intense?” You are so passionate, you almost fry the cables as it is. I just pray that you are well and safe and are not planning to throw yourself under the bus to try to save the earth. See? Right to catastrophe. So what Friday in July is our Drill back on, so I can put it on my calendar?
I’m about ready to write a scorching letter to Senator Sinema. I composed it in my head all night long. The joy of having two Dems for Arizona seems long gone. What’s the point if one acts like a Republican? If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck… Some of the new leaders need what a a horse riding person calls a lot of wet blankets. That’s why the some of the old guard have to hang in there too long. A cutesy little curtsey lacks professional polish and doesn’t treat a subject of filibuster with the seriousness it deserves. Got to go..company. much love, Dona
Dona, Fire Drill next Friday the 16th!!!!
I just got a notification about All We Can Save Project’s (which I follow closely) live stream, and I joined! I was absolutely overjoyed to get to hear from Dr. Hayhoe, and was excited to see you there as well! I had no idea what the content of the livestream was supposed to be, so I was pleasantly surprised to see both of you there together! That book is one of the ones that unlocks something deep inside of you and it deserves so much love and attention, which I definitely think you helped with today!
It was lovely to attend last week’s FDF! It still amazes me too see people in the comments organizing and learning. You and the FDF team are still filling people up with hope and motivation in the time when we need it most!
Grace & Frankie is hands down the MOST delightful show I have watched in so very long, and you and of course Liky Tomlin, as well as the rest of the cast, are nothing short of brilliant!
I laugh. I cry. I’m moved and inspired.
I’m also crushed that this will be the last season. I think you need to get Netflix on the phone, somewhere in between everything else.
And thank you for writing the book; I have despaired about our environment and it hurts so much I’ve had to stop trying. Perhaps after reading it I will find the heart, and the courage, to become active again.
Please keep being amazing you!
No we won’t be marching then because we’ll still be filming Grace & FRankie and the production won’t let us cause of COVID.
Well guess what, Ann, your wishes will come true. Lily and I have 2 really good movies to do together after we finish G&F!!!!!
This is the best news! I love you and Lily so much! I can’t wait to see your two new movies together. I’ve been watching the two of you on several interviews recently. I loved your Ted talk so much! you and Lily are hilarious together.
“Grace & Frankie” has truly been one of the great joys of my life! The dramatic and comedic talent of both you and Lily is absolutely astounding! Both of you have the ability to create a vulnerability that is deeply touching. “Grace & Frankie” is now tied with “Cagney & Lacey” as my favorite television of all time–and, of course, my favorite coupling. Thank you both so much for this incomparable viewing experience filled with love, laughter, adversity, and enduring female friendship.
I’m leading an effort to get Lily Tomlin and Jane Wagner inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame. As you’re a past inductee and a friend to these fabulous ladies, would you be willing to provide any information relating to their work as activists and philanthropists? I plan to hand deliver a written account to the National Women’s Hall of Fame sometime before the holiday season. I realize you’re extremely busy, but any information would be greatly appreciated. Another personal friend of Lily’s ( Katherine Kramer) is also helping me in this endeavor. Thank you.
Peace, love, and hugs to you.
Ann M. Fayette
On March 23, I posted about the Enbridge Line 3 that I had visited. Now, again, I want to call people’s attention to this travesty because we must stop it.
Line 3 is a proposed pipeline expansion that w […]
You know, it really has only felt like a very small amount of time since virtual FDF’s took this community by storm. I’m so excited to see the next step into the new chapter and join with my fellow firefighters on the street in D.C., Houston, and wherever else I can make the trip to!
This year has opened up an incredible amount of opportunity to change the way I think about things and to take action. I have been taught so many different things by you, FDF guests, and the friends I have made within the FDF community and Greenpeace. One of the most important things I have learned during this time is to not be afraid to step out and put myself on the line. Most importantly, empathy.
I had the privilege to watch a video by Tara Houska during an orientation meeting for the Treaty People Gathering. She encouraged us to, before we gather at the sacred lands, to find out where we come from, address our fears and our prejudices and to take time to be grateful for what we have, to reflect on our trauma so we can understand and stand in solidarity. Do I’ve been taking the time to reflect on my journey so far and want to acknowledge the people in my life who have (knowingly or unknowingly) affected me.
Your stories and advice (whether it be through your books or otherwise) your acting and the way you connect to your characters, coming out about your past trauma and your empathy have all made a significant impact in my life, especially since I have never really had anyone in my life talk about the world’s important issues, let alone personal trauma or feelings. It has been very helpful hearing your story and how you have grown from all of these things. It gives me hope for myself.
I’m certainly going to miss the FDF family every Friday, but I’m incredibly excited for what’s next. In the meantime, I’m going to lobby my representatives, continue to call people to action, and volunteer and join the Treaty People Gathering! I would have never had the courage to do these things if it weren’t for the amazing guests on Fire Drill Friday’s and the stories you have shared about your own life, so thank you from the bottom of my heart.
All the best,
Oh Kennedy, this is so beautiful from you and I am very moved and grateful. Deep gratitude. xxx Jane
And thanks again for another great movie night! Can’t wait to watch the other 3 acts of that amazing film!
Congratulations to your friend Gloria Steinem for the Communication and Humanities’ Princess of Asturias Award. I live here in Asturias and I’m very very happy that she has been honored with this important award, It’s recognized her life as a promoter of the feminist movement and the equality of women and men. It’s nice and fair to recognize the efforts and the struggle of people like her who’ve helped so much in the empowerment of women, you all are a brave and clever women’ generation.
These awards are giving throughout weeks and when the list is completed you will see that the winners are always very very interesting people and I suppose it’ll be very attractive for Gloria to spend time with them. The awards ceremony is always held in October and I trust the sanitary conditions have been normalized by then (we are already much better because the vaccine) and she can come without problems to pick it up. As she likes traveling I think this trip she cannot let it pass by because Asturias is one of the most beautiful places in Spain, …sure! It’s away from the usual Spain’s clichés, it’s a very green place with truly beautiful sea, beaches and mountains, fantastic food and lovely people ha,ha,ha, I’m not kidding, the Asturians, we’re the most valued by the rest of Spaniards, there are many interesting visits that can be made, towns, landscapes, monuments, …. we even have a princess ha,ha,ha, this title corresponds to crown’s heir, these are Monarchy’ stuffs that for those who live outside this system they could sound exotic, they really are!, and this stuffs bring to Asturias a certain notoriety especially because of this Awards. We’ve a kind of fool’s pride and something to brag and joking about.
The prize-giving is in Oviedo, a small city where fortunately we do everything on foot, that week’s full of cultural events that revolve around the prizes and the winners, conferences, concerts, cinema, books, … it’s a very lively week. I hope that I’ll be able to attend some Gloria’s acts if they finally take place. The winners are honored in a big way, does her like the sound of the bagpipes? If is not, she’s lost!!! , it’s our traditional instrument, a heritage of Celtic culture and those days it sounds everytime and everywhere. Any other information? Ha ha, I’ll be here for whatever you want!. Anyway, I say all this to encourage Gloria to come here because I’m sure that she will enjoy the days that she spends among us. Tell her!, we’ll not let her down!
You could come with her too!, why not?
Floren, I am copying this from you and will send to Gloria. It sounds right up her alley. Thanks. xx Jane
Hi Jane, I think its wonderful that you are going to Michigan again! I also feel it’s awful that you need to because Enbridge so destructive. And how great you put the message out there. It’s going to be interesting and exciting to see how many people come together for this “fight”. I’ll be there in thought and spirit. You are going to crush it! Be safe and be careful 🙂
P.S. Oh- and I need you to know: When I give you S–t for my comments not being approved, I am just joking around. It’s no big deal. Have an awesome day!!
Thanks, Kathy. It’s Minnesota, not Michigan xxx
Duh!!😂😂 I promise I really do know it’s MN but my mouth keeps saying Michigan!😉
I was just wondering how Jane got to this event. Did she walk, or ride In a horse-drawn wagon? Or possibly ride bare back? Chances are great that she used oil-fired transportation. Close the pipeline. Now the oil will be shipped by train. Not necessarily much safer…
I talked my mother into letting me go and I’m very excited bud super nervous. This will be my first time traveling to a protest and staying by myself without a family member. I also don’t know which location I should go too, as there are several. Any suggestions?
Check the weather. comfortable not fancy shoes. layers. See you there. xxx
Kennedy, looks like it’s pretty warm up there. Today it’s in the 60s and next weekend it may be in the 90s!!!!!!
Rosie, Well we stay in the town of Park Rapids in northern Minnesota, about 3-plus hours north of Minneapolis. I don’t know yet where the gathering is taking place.
Beautifully articulated, Daniela. xx
OMG! You “said” that perfectly!
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 G […]
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
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
Hello Jane I’m Ruby
Hey Rudy. Welcome
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.
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!
Much love. Jane
I love you 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.
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.
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
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.
I’m glad you are back! I enjoyed reading this new post. Stay safe Jane <3
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.
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 😊
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
Hey! I know this may go unnoticed but it’s totally fine to not write about every little thing you are doing at this exact moment in time, you’re a busy lady and we don’t have to know everything so you don’t have to apologize at all! 🙂 I already take trains when I’m traveling (I’m in my early twenties and I have a major phobia of flying so I’ll pass on that any day of the week haha) and I really want the Green New Deal to be a reality. It’ll do so much good for our planet and for us as people. Climate Change is no joke! Stay safe, Miss. Fonda…or Jane…whichever you prefer to be called haha
– Ducky (I just prefer that nickname it’s a long and not at all interesting story)
Gracias Jane por tu lucha por el cambio climático, eres un ejemplo. Me encantaría que tus libros fueran editados también en idioma español (somos casi 600 millones de personas hispanohablantes en América Latina). Gracias por compartir tus días con nosotros!! Saludos y muchos cariños desde Argentina (me encantaría que vinieras en cuanto pase toda esta Pandemia) te encantaría un rico “Bife de chorizo” y un Malbec!
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.
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!
Take care and stay safe.
My name is Saiesha and I am from South Africa.
Might I begin with, that this is such an honour to write to you via this blog. I took the liberty of registering to your blog after watching the auto correct video on YouTube with Lily. You guys naturally throw off a burst of constant happiness and joy whenever you’re together.
The moment I found out that I can communicate with you somehow, I jumped at this very opportunity.
I have admired your persona from the movie Monster in-law and ever since then I just fell in love. You are simply amazing and such a great mentor for us as women.
I have watched all Grace and Frankie seasons twice already because of the comfort; you, Lily and the entire cast offer to this amazing series. I hope you guys are thinking off filming more seasons.
Thank you so much for creating this portal of magic where we can communicate with you. I hope you and Lily are taking care during this pandemic and I so look forward to your response.
Love and hugs from a great fan.
How very nice, Saiesha. Thank you. xx 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?
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
Thanks for explaining your position.
As for Viola Davis, I must admit that she is a fabulous actress, and I’ve looked for to see Fences (2016) and her character that brought her first Oscar. Everytime I see Viola acting she reminds me of Cicely Tyson.
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.
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!!!
We should do it together… 😉
Jane, it’s alright to be a little bit offline these days. It’s so complicated what we’ve been going through. I think I started to drink more, more frequently, but nothing extraordinary.
I was supposed to write to you a couple days ago, but I had many things to do, I was pretty busy, so here I am (just a little bit late). I was at the Mother’s Day Rally, and It was sooo amazing. I was so touched by the ” Mother Earth ” song, sang in some indigenous language, and the lyrics oh my! Thank you for that experience! And of course, all the speakers were incredible!
P.S: loved you shirt embroidered written ” fire drill fridays ” and the red scarf you wore. Fabulous!
It is always so great to hear from you on this blog, but please don’t feel bad for taking breaks in between your posts. We all understand how busy and crazy life gets and we are just grateful that communicate with us on here whenever you can!
Greenpeace staff told me that you will be pitching our lobbying initiative on today’s Fire Drill Friday. I’m one of the volunteers helping to lead the initiative by aiding other volunteers in preparing for and setting up meetings with congress people and senators. We are guiding volunteers through the entire process so we are hoping that even those who have never lobbied before will participate. We’ve gotten a pretty good response so far, but we are hoping many more people will sign up after you talk about the initiative today. I’m looking forward to another great Fire Drill Friday today!
See you very soon!
Jenny, Let me know if “many more people” signed up after last week’s Fire Drill Friday. And thanks for how you’re helping us.
Thank you for making me aware of Pipeline 3 and making it easy to reach my state reps via Twitter (the site does this)and Biden. Also I’d love to take trains across the country for work travel, but I dont think corp companies will ever allow this in terms of time vs. cost. I love when you share a bit about America pre-70’s and how different it was.
No apologies needed. I’m actually using this blog spot to thank you for purchasing the rights to “On Golden Pond,” and making the movie. Just sat through it (cried most of the show). Was blown away. My dad just turned 90 (I’m sixty), and mine was also a very private guy, quiet, and with a sarcastic sense of humor just like the character Norman in the movie. Dad is suffering from dementia as well, and like Norman, gets angry (usually at me) when things don’t go right – especially if it’s caused by the dementia. Like your character Chelsea, I have screamed at my dad, and he’s screamed right back at me, even to say, exasperated at one point, “God, we are SO ALIKE!” Studying up on the disease and learning more about it, as well as taking each day one at a time (I am dad’s family caretaker – although he is in assisted living) has helped. The movie was very cathartic for me, and I wanted to tell you that. It’s hard to watch someone you love (and sometimes want to punch), suffer through this horrible disease. Anyway, I am a retired schoolteacher, and people often say that “teachers” make a difference in the lives of those they teach in ways they will never know. Your producing and acting in this movie made a difference in mine.
Kelly, thanks. Beautiful!
P.S. and if your joy centers on the climate crisis, so be it. I love your passion. It’s honest. It informs, leads us, expands our world. I have no regrets or criticism in that regard. Go go girl! Dona
Dear Jane, No apologies needed. As I have said before every thing you do to communicate with us is a gift and we recognize and appreciate that. I don’t want to be a “should do” on your list. Most stars at your level do not reach out in this very personal way and it continues to amaze me that you do. Now if you miss blogging as an outlet for you that’s another story.
Other feedback; I also enjoyed watching “Shtizel” and got very involved with the characters, although like normadesmond, I often found them, not likeable. I wanted to shake that father till his teeth rattled for the pain he caused in his children’s lives. But I also understand that every society has expectations, and parameters that limit. It is the elders who enforce those standards and the children who challenge them. The Lubavitcher, who I know, is already setting new looser rules for herself instead of her mother’s more ultra-orthodox leaning standards.
I also was not fond of this year’s Oscar awards ceremony. The best moment for me was Glenn Close on the question game when she gave everyone a surprise with what she knew and her genuine laughter. I loved “Nomadland”!! I was surprised that it got the Oscar but not surprised that Frances McDormand got her Oscar. Although I was so impressed with Viola Davis, (when am I not?) and also thought Chadwick Bozeman would get it over Hopkins. Kate Winslett has always taken chances. I marked her for her bravery with that performance with Harvey Kietel (sp) yrs ago. As far as Mank goes, Hollywood loves Hollywood. Not wanting to be offensive, but sometimes it gets lost in its own navel.
I love red wine and use to spend big bucks (that’s relative) to serve great wine to my friends. Going on blood thinner changed that for me. I got rid of my cooler and stock. Now if I have half a glass at Christmas once a year, I consider myself lucky. Kahlua is a thing of the past.
I missed the Mother’s Day FDF because the only way I could see it was on Facebook and I don’t do Facebook. I’ll try to get a Greenpeace invitation for next week.
I would love to travel by train. Flying is not fun anymore. Packed like a sardine, with my knees with no room, it’s a choice only when there is no other choice.
Finding balance and keeping balance in a busy world is a challenge even for us elders. We hunt for the “sweet spot” on a teeter totter. What is too busy, what is too empty with more limited energy? Forget the merry-go-round. What moments give value for the energy exchange? Stay safe. Find your joy. Love, Dona
Hi Jane, it’s Kathy again, LOL. My back was “screaming” at me so I didn’t get to finish. I just wanted to write: I grew up in NY on Long Island. We took the train to the city (and beyond) and out to the far end of the Island all the time! I totally agree with you 🙂 It’s the way to go. I miss the trains and subways. Then I lived in Seattle, WA and there’s a light rail system there!! It’s absolutely awesome. OK, that’s it, LOL! I hope you have “fun” speaking at the laane luncheon today..
Happy Mother’s Day Jane!! Hope you enjoy your Mother’s day weekend. Enjoy your family and pamper yourself! Take time for you. You do so much for others.
Take care and stay safe!
with much love and admiration!
Hey Rockstar (you are you know!!) I was really happy to see you wrote on your blog! First, I hope you have/had a great Mother’s Day. Second, congrats on hosting The Goldman Prize Awards; I will be watching.
But, part of me felt bad because you sounded “stressed” or slightly overwhelmed. I kept wanting to say ” breathe, breathe”, LOL. You are so so incredibly busy that you never need to apologize for not blogging for a bit. Anyone who is a fan certainly realizes how busy you are. Just last week I saw you on 3 virtual shows (one of course bein FDF) and heard 2 podcasts- the one you did with Chelsea Clinton a while back and iweigh with Jameela Jamil.
I know you know your stuff but it has to take a bit to get ready for those shows!! And that’s without “having a life” LOL!
What was really cool to me was that you apologized which meant to me that you were exactly the person I thought you were. We only know what a celebrity puts out there about themselves and from what I’ve read and watched you seem really honest about “who” you are. Besides, the sort of life you have led really says a lot.
So, I know you were excited about Line 5 but (yes I had to go read about what was going on with that and Matt Gaetz and the Greenberg dude before I replied, LOL I got side tracked) they said they are not going to shut down!! They may invoke that 1977 treaty and wait until DHMSA or a federal or state judge shuts them down. Doesn’t seem fair…
OK- Mare of Easttown is awesome!! And you are right, Kate Winslet is fearless! From Heavenly Creatures to Ammonite she has chosen no bad role (especially The Reader). Also, she is fearless because she was on the Bear Grylls survival show a few years back and she rocked it!! You don’t have much time but “7 Seconds” with Regina King or “Little Fires Everywhere”.
I’m happy you got to start watching “Cheers”-very funny show. I thought Ted Danson in Mr. Mayor was hilarious!! I am glad you have great friends like them to drink(!!) and have dinner with. SO important to keep you going as strong as you do.
You are still such an inspiration to me. I watch FDF and go to movie night. I think your a very very selfless person who has given us waaaaay more than we could ever hope for. Thanks for being my “Angel” (and I am sure many others).
Beautiful rally today! Can’t wait to share with my mom and other family members (I’m hoping it will give them the final nudge they need to join the movement!) Happy Mother’s Day to you and thank you once again for all the work you do!
Climate Ideas… did you catch Fareed on GPS, CNN today (Sunday, June 20)? I like his idea for reducing carbon emissions, using the market competition to drive them down. Course I am not as articulate as Fareed, but you can look it up on the CNN website. It’s a short segment. My friend Anita (who was the Energy Secretary in NM for 12 yrs, under 4 governors) says its not a new idea, but its a good one in her gov programming and regulatory experience.
Congrats on getting back to work. Course, we await Season 7 anxiously. (I hope Grace and Nick find a way to make things work ~ think its such a beautiful relationship.) Nick and Grace are a great role model for my relationship… I just turned 50, retired from the practice of regulatory law and am starting a new business. My guy just turned 29. The dynamic and insecurities as the older woman is a challenge… I love seeing Grace’s age “issues”, as I’ve got them in spades.
I got to know Larry because I was married to Ted. We spent many fun hours with Larry. I especially liked it when he’d visit us on one of Ted’s ranches and be a totally out of his comfort zone, 100% the cit […]
I’m sorry you lost your friend. Sounds like you shared many good times.
Those are great memories Jane!! Very funny!!! You sure have lived a FULL life!!!!!
Very sweet memories. Thank you for sharing! May he Rest In Peace.
Thanks for sharing your memories. He definitely was an interesting man. He will be missed.
Dear Jane, nothing to say. I’m sorry for your loss. Friends leave gaps that are difficult to fill. They are irreplaceable.😔
A hug from Uruguay.
RIP!❤️greetings Jane, you are an inspiration to me ❤️
Thank you for sharing these memories of Larry King. It’s nice to see him in a different light . I also love hearing your ranch stories!
That’s a wonderful picture 😊
I’m so sorry for your loss, i recognize Larry King was HUGE, it’s so sad we are losing dear people because of this terrible disease named coronavirus. I pray and hope that soon everyone will be vaccinated.
Just out curiosity, did you already take the vaccine?
Gosh, you have no idea how much I was wanting new posts on your blog and I was just waiting a new post to tell you that i became a volunteer on Greenpeace Brazil(YAY!) and I owe it to you, who made me even more interested in environmental issues, so thank you so much for that! I also don’t miss a single Fire Drill Fridays, if I can’t watch on Zoom, I watch it later on Youtube. Thank you so much for being such an inspiration to me and for so many other people, you’re a special one, Jane! Don’t think this is too much flattering because my zodiac sign is Aries and I don’t flatter anyone who is not what I am saying, so please, believe me!
I hope you’re doing okay besides all the atrocities that are going on these days. Stay safe. Love you!
Giovanna Montanhan Banho.
Thank you for sharing your beautiful memories of Larry.
What an amazing man and legend.
He was a vivacious man with a wonderful sense of humor and a drive for the truth. I am so sorry for your loss. Hold tight to the wonderful memories you have.
Hi Jane, I’m so sorry for your loss!
Thank you for sharing this memories with us.
Much love, from Brazil ❤️
First of all, Congratulations on your new and deserved Award!!! This year is yours!!!
In these days I’ve started to read your Memoir book (it took me a lot to find it) and I’ve seen your interest in your last name’s origin and I´ve thought that maybe you would like to know FONDA word also exists in Spanish like name and adjective and also there’s quite a few verbs derived from it. Italian and Spanish are both quite similar Latin languages with many words in common. Here, it’s also quite common that the surname corresponds to some place possibly lineage’s origin as you indicate.
The Spanish adjective FONDA/O (we’ve gender, fonda f. and fondo m.) means deep, bottom, profound, base of something….
The name FONDA corresponds to a type of cheap hotel where you can also eat, I suppose that’s why Cubans when someone doesn’t eat well, they say “they’re out of fonda”, isn’t it funny?.
There is the verb FONDEAR, which means to go to the bottom of something, physically or better intellectually (it could be said in the form of research), this verb also refers to the fact of securing a boat on the bottom by means of the anchor.
AFONDAR, is another verb that means to go to the bottom, to sink.
Another verb is DESFONDAR, which means to break the bottom of something, or the fact of completely emptying your energies in sports or when you´re falling apart by so much suffering, then you end up DESFONDADO, this is much more than being exhausted or feeling very much grieved for instance.
As you can see, all this has to do with depth, bottom etc….
Our dictionary says that the FONDA/O word comes from the Latin “FUNDUS” base or foundation of something, farm, settlement, from where many other words come like fundament and its derivatives. I also believe that FONDA/O here, is a very old word because it’s quite common that in old Spanish many words began with F have evolved to the same word but beginning with H and this is one of those cases, we’ve HONDA/O too with the same meaning, we use both words but in different contexts.
Languages are an incredibly attractive and interesting world.
I hope I’ve explained myself in such a way (I don’t know) that you can understand in a wide sense Fonda word in my language. Did you know anything about this stuff?
Well, Floren, I knew a little bit. The family originated in a deep valley outside Genoa, Italy, hence Fonda, at ‘the bottom.’ But thyanks for all the info. Fun
Yes, I was saddened too. When I heard the news about Larry King’s death I felt a sense of loss and will miss his haunched shoulders and suspenders. I did not know him personally only through watching his talk show, but I came to love his shows especially the one he did on the terrible plane crash of John F Kennedy Jr.
My christmas too was quieter, yet I decorated a bit. A tree and a few other decorations about the house including the christmas lights around my outside front door and down the railing on my front steps. Here in MN we finally got some snow right before Christmas, and the white snow was just enough to highlight the blue and white outdoor lights. It was pretty.
My motto for christmas decorations is I set them up for a month. If they go up on December 15th then they come down 30 days later January 15th. Kind of like an advent time alotment 🙂
Anyway, I have gained 65 lbs during this horrible pandemic. I have never ate so much in all my life, and now I have my exercise work cut out for me. So where do we all turn to or think of? Why the Jane Fonda exercise videos of course…Plus I am 62, so it is going to be a challenge. I am in my last pair of fat pants, so again, I have my work cut out for me.
We will miss Larry King.
Congratulations on the Cecil B. DeMille award!!! You’ve earned it. Over 60 years of using your talents to help fight for what is right. You’re selflessness and your courage continue to inspire me to be a better person everyday. I hope you have a great day and I’ll see you in this week’s Fire Drill Friday! ❤️🧡💛🔥
Poor Larry. I too, was (am) a nebbishy Jew like Larry. As a teen, I was convinced to go to a stable to ride a horse. I demanded to get the oldest, slowest resident they had and they accommodated me. Once in the saddle, the horse, whose name I’ve forgotten, took off as if a firecracker had been ignited in its ass. You can imagine my happiness.
Thanks Jane for sharing your fond memories of Larry King. We have lost so many great people this past year.
Would like to congratulate you on the up-coming Cecile B Demille award at the Golden Globes!! You are so deserving of this award!!! Hopefully it will be televised on February 28th so all your fans can watch you receive this prestigious award! Again congratulations!!
With much love and admiration
Thank you so much for sharing with us these memories with Larry wow, so envious of you that you knew him personally and that you had the opportunity to share these precious moments with him. Larry was one a kind, so much integrity, he knew the right questions to ask and treated his guests with respect, never interrupting them and was always attentive to what they had to say but always respected their opinions even if he didn’t always share and agree to them. Journalism at its finest!
Happy New Year and hopefully we’ll hear more from you soon, you might want to share your opinion on the new administration decisions regarding environnemental issues which you have been fiercely fighting for etc…
With much love
Sorry about your loss. What great memories you have of him. Larry King was a legend. Every time I would go out to LA, I would be guaranteed to see him eating breakfast with his group of friends in Nate ‘n Al’s. I never wanted to bother him, but eventually decided to get his autobiography signed by him. He was very kind, graciously signing without hesitation.
Yes it’s so sad. When I moved to Germany from Wales in 1991,CNN was the only English-language channel I could get (I couldn’t speak German then) and so I loved to watch Larry King Live (especially when you were the guest). He entertained me through the homesick years. I will be eternally grateful.
I was wondering these days if it’s really a possibility to cut the fossil fuels to 50%, I want this to be a real possibility and to be a real thing in the future, but i’m not that much sure.
Do you really believe people can do that? I know you’ve been on a hard battle to end fossil fuels, but i’m asking you to be honest, not what you want to happen but what you envision.
I can say by where i live, people don’t give a f*ck for environmental issues, always throwing garbage on the streets, polutioning the oceans with plastics. It’s really hard to change people’s mind and their way to see things. The only thing that is susteinable i see people doing is using stainless steel straw only because it’s forbidden to use plastics straws on restaurants, bar, on public spaces at all, there is also a law for that. It helps, but i still think it’s not that much.
In L.A. there’s something you use to avoid plastic? Or some law that forbidds plastics straws?
I have to trust the scientists as I lack the necessary information to detyermine if we can cut carbon em issions in half by 2030. They say we can. Now that Biden is president and seems determined, we have a good chance I feel.
Yes!!! I hope we can do it by 2030!
Jane, will you join the new social media called “ Clubhouse “? I would love see you there!!! Xo
Hi Jane, I’m so sorry for your loss!
Thank you for sharing this memories with us.
Much love, from Brazil ❤️
Hello Jane and everyone!
A few days ago it was the International Day in Memorial of the Holocaust´s Victims, the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau camps is commemorated.
Liliana Segre is an Auschwitz’s survivor and now Senator for life from Italy. This great woman was not able to tell her tragedy until she was 60 years old, not even to her children. Since then she has dedicated himself to recounting her experiences in Auschwitz to children at schools.
On a visit to Dachau’s camp when I saw the map that showed each and every one of the camps from those years I was really impressed, it’s impossible to leave you indifferent when you know all that happened there.
I think Liliana Segre´s testimonies are necessary now that it seems that hateful, racism and xenophobia speeches are returning.
(If there’re Italian subtitles they can be removed, English subtitles are permanent)
Have you listen to Olivia Newton-John’s recent song, Window in the Wall?
Great lyrics and message for the entire human race!!!
sending you my love,
Today someone sent our community a link on Utube about Powerful women. The lead in was; “They Are Coming.” After showing all the women in the highest offices in the world ending in Kamala they went on to Hillary and a few others. I pumped YES! when I saw you included. Color me happy.
And Sooo happy about the Cecil B. DeMille award! It is both recognition and a big Thank you that is well deserved. Next Christmas when you share your tree, I hope to see it on the shelf with your Oscars. The journey you chose to take from despair has carried us on to a world where we can feel empowered and hopeful. and again as always I’m saying, Thank you! Dona
Also Jane do you have a book on diet and exercise for seniors?
Well, it’s also about a lot more. It’s “Prime Time,” and I like it very much. I wrote it about 5 years ago.
Jane I was so happy to see that you were able to get your shot!! I am not scheduled until March unless I can get an earlier appointment. Please continue to be safe!!!
With much love and admiration!
Dear Jane, i just saw you’re gonna receive an important award on the Emmys, congrats for that achievement!!!! You’ve worked your whole life, you deserve that.
I also just known that Tulea is sick, i’m so sorry, i’m sending to you and to her all the best vibrations, i’m praying for you, everything will be okay soon. I lost my poodle called ” Pompom ” many years ago for a heart diasease, but he died with 20 years. I miss him every single day, when I born, he already was a member of the house, so i grew up with him. I’m sending you a virtual hug, i’m with you at this hard moment. Trust in God, He knows what He does. Love you. Everything will be fine soon you’ll see.
I wanted to share this response I had received from someone I texted during the #BuildBackFossilFree week of action. During the follow up text we asked if they were able to take a picture with President Biden and share it on social media and this was a response I received:
Great…I got some negative feedback which was ok because I had a comeback to their objections to ending fossil fuel production…and I could do that because I watched Fire Drill Friday with Ms Fonda’s interviewing Tara and Nalleli…and that’s how I got informed and had the comeback to the criticisms flung at me.
I really didn’t see that coming. The lash out .. ouch .. but I was well informed and another thing that was very very important I carried on with the energy of Ms Fonda and the young ladies which disarmed the aggressors.. that energy was devoid of anger.. bitterness.. and other low frequency emotions. It was an energy of love and respect and knowing and sovereignty/ service if you will.. really words don’t quite reflect what I picked up from that energy. Only that this is the energy a respectful citizen our World emanate. That really made a lasting impression on me and it seems to kick start to a desire to keep up with this frequency. Who would have thought that an afternoon Zoom meetup would end up being so transformative! Blessing to you all. And Thank you.
I just love the people that we have been reaching and knowing that they too are reaching others! Thank you for the powerful use of your platform and the amazing movement that is doing wonders to save our planet! <3
Much love to you!
I’ve finished reading your Memoir book yesterday and it seem to me an especially beautiful book because it’s full of feelings, honesty and candidness. You’ve been able to create a story that shows us that you’ve always been a coherent person in the research of authenticity despite the many turns you’ve given to your life. Nothing you’ve ever done in life is simple or easy and yet you’ve done it. Congratulations!
Reading it, sometimes I’ve laughed with your fine sense of humor telling histories and other times I’ve felt a lump in my throat with some of the sad times you’ve get, feeling them as mine.
About Vietnam, we all know what happened and you shouldn’t feel bad about anything, criticism is very easy when someone is sitting in a chair comfortably, whoever does nothing doesn’t mistakes neither, and you know it’s always the same kind of people who criticize, they’ve already pestered enough! forget it!, we usually say “no one is a prophet in own land”, but you know that you’re very loved in the rest of the world, these things happen!, most of the people there love you too.
I liked seeing what a deep and difficult it’s to be a good actor, the identification with characters and how hard you’ve prepared each one of them in your best movies. You might write another book about different experiences of acting! yes you can! ha ha.
You’ve got an intense life full of experiences like few others and that is a great luck. Over time I suppose that you will have realized that with mistakes and successes your impulses, your thoughtful attitude and your hard work looking for an authentic whole life have taken you much more than good and the end result finding yourself and being happy is fantastic, you deserve it! I wish you a future full of happiness.
Thanks for thios feedback, dear Floren. I’m so glad the book resonated with you
I just finished watching The Trial of the Chicago 7. Were you already close to Tom Hayden at this time?
I started dating Tom in 1972. The events in Chicago happened in 1968. But I did accompany him to the contempt trial from which he was acquitted
Jane, It’s off subject but the day is right and there is no other place to put it and I just want to wish you a Happy Valentines Day, while it is that day. I’m sending you an imaginary Chocolate heart with just the right amount of calories, dark or milk, your choice. Forget the commercial silliness and profiteers and let me use it to say, that you are surrounded by love from me and millions of others. We say it all the time but why miss the chance to say it on Valentine’s day too? I’m not techy enough to know how to put a red heart here so you will have to imagine it too. If this gives you a smile, it’s all I want. Much love and good wishes. Dona
Hello Jane, i’m Erik, i really like your blog and i wanted to let you know I’m obsessed with Grace&Frankie, i just made an account today but been reading your blog posts for a while so you should be hearing from me a lot moving forward.
Much love from Nigeria 💕
Wu-WHOO! Vaccination one down, one to go. Me too. 2nd one scheduled for the 3rd. Just a slight sore arm, like every flu shot I get every Oct. Masks are staying; no changes there but now I’ll fly to Washington to help a friend. Glad you are doing this for your self and for all of us.
Off Topic: I just saw OUR SOULS AT NIGHT. A bit late, but getting old myself I wasn’t ready watch a film about getting old even though there was never a doubt I;d watch it sooner or later because of 2 people in it who, at a distance, I go way back with. Turns out to be a heartwarming, encouraging film, perfect pace, perfect pitch, a joy to appreciate, and an acting masterclass going on there without ever exhibiting itself, just pure craftsmanship. And there’s an incidental scene in the car where you reach back to pat the dog and you’re probably trying to get the dog’s butt out the way of the camera upfront so we can see all of you – – driver, upfront passenger, and the kid and dog in back. I don’t know whether it was directed this way or you were improvising (?) but you pat the dog and then pat the kid on the head. That was a lovely and smart incidental touch, just a passing moment thrown away down the road. OUR SOULS AT NIGHT is full of those ingenious little touches that make up the composite of two lives. What a terrific follow-through on the trail from The Chase and Barefoot in the Park and Electric Horseman. You just HAVE to be pleased about that quality of continuity. Some things Do maintain after all.
I share the sentiments of others on this forum in thanking you for sharing your memories of Larry. He was a television giant, the likes of which we will never see again! I particularly loved watching his interviews with your good friend and my all-time favorite comedienne Kathy Griffin!
On a personal note, it is possible to contact you directly (or vice versa) on this forum? I know its a long-shot but I have a personal issue I would like to seek your guidance on, if possible.
Keep up your great work!
Okay, I was able to see this FDF just before I almost gave up. Great FDF! I promise to write President Biden, and my Senators Sinema and Kelly to support THRIVE and to confirm Holland? (I’ll look up spelling) I will have the letters in the mail before Monday. Wright and Gun-Wright, both were so knowledgeable, enthusiastic and on top of every answer to every question. I already bought the book, All We Can Save, because of a former FDF discussion but I haven’t read it yet. I just finished Rebecca Traister’s GOOD and MAD, The Revolutionary Power of Women’s Anger. Really good information.
Jane, I’ve been able to watch most of your FDF events but lately it has become difficult and I have missed one and now today’s because I can’t find a way to access through Greenpeace in the way I use to be able to get an invitation. I don’t TWEET, not on FACEBOOK, but usually Greenpeace would have a place on your page where I could ask for an invitation. What I don’t understand is why after I have been a regular attendee that Greenpeace doesn’t just send an invitation every month where I can enroll or not. OR why not in your EVENTS section at the top of your blog List the FDF events so that bloggers can ask for an invitation there. I’ve tried Googling, looking on your page but just go in circles. I also don’t know what Twitch is. It shouldn’t be so hard to get an invite. I bought a NETFLICKS acct just to watch Grace and Frankie, but I will not get on Facebook for this. I guess this dinosaur is going to be left behind. I can maybe catch them on UTube after the event, but I like being in the moment with you. Dona
Let me look into it, Dona
It’s Sunday. The Sunday before the Tuesday election. The election that may well determine the future of the planet and whether or not it will be hospitable for human life. The latter will be challenging w […]
Thank you for doing what you do. None of this is easy. And right now with the political and social climate weighing heavy on us all, I hope that we will go deep within ourselves as a whole to figure out what is best for us ALL and learn to work with each other to find some middle ground in the least. This is so draining. I envy you. I wished I had the energy to push through it all. After everything else, it is daunting and it is harrowing to witness. To be a part of. I admire you greatly. I pray you continued strength and energy while I try to regain mine 🙏💖✌
I’ve just finished reading your post, and American elections will have a huge impact on the entire planet indeed.
You’ve wrote that ” the size of the government isn’t what’s important, it’s who the government works for, right?” You are right, and I admire you for believing in something that should be a fact in every country. Unfortunately, in practice, things are so different in many countries, and many governments do not work for the people anymore.
As you already have lived through several American governments, you do have an advantage on annalizing this issue. But I want to ask you something, and you are free to asnwer if you feel confortable enough with the questions. Do you strongly believe that although Biden believes in incrementalism he can be “pushed” to ACT beyond his personal beliefs or you simply HOPE that this will happen? You are somehow scared that things may not happen as they should or you do not consider this option at all? I’m asking you because I believe in your good intentions for the well-being of people, and because I’m also worried about our future.
sending my love,
Nicoleta, I DO believe that Biden can be pushed. I believe we’ll win th senate an keep the house. So, with all the 10s of 1000s of climate activists ready to move, I do believe he can be pushed. Some of it may take time but we will make him do it.
Thanks a lot, Jane, for answering!❤
I DO believe in your inner power to move mountains and be a part of this process as long as you can. I HOPE that something good will come out for the entire planet, and especially for those small countries as mine where activists are not so many and so vocal.
At least Biden will listen with both ears. Can you imagine the tweets that would come out of the White House in the middle of the night if Jane Fonda asked for Trump to listen? “Socialist” “Communist” “tank sitter” ” Vet murderer” etc. It wouldn’t be just Trump either. An avalanche of hate would come out of every Republican able to talk. LOL. You should feel gratified that you can still ruffle their feathers and be such a thorn in their side. Think about it – 50 years later and they won’t forgive or forget. Not that you did anything wrong except point out what a mistake that war was. It also shows them for what they really are – vindictive, petty and willing to rain hate down on a woman who only exercised her right to free speech. I guess free speech only applies to them when they want to talk. They repulse me and I can’t look at people like Mitch McConnell and feel anything but contempt.
Jane, I don’t think you have to worry about your followers and fans not reading what you have to say fully. We are here for you, with you and forever. That’s what I find great about Fire Drill Fridays – that I believe it’s going to be continuous. After I’m gone, after your gone, it will still be fighting for the rights of the people and the planet.
“Pugnabit enim terra!” (Latin for “Fight for the Earth!”
Love Lesley, Love from Newfoundland, Canada
Dear Jane, thank you very much. Love your blog as always. Fingers cross all goes well on Tuesday. Please stay safe and healthy. Wx
Hi Jane, I’m not American . I don’t live in the USA either so I can’t vote in your elections, but I really wish I could. I know exactly how my vote would go. (Biden/Harris) . I hope for the sake of the environment and other causes , that they get elected. I hope they continue to have strong relations with Canada (my country).
Out of curiosity and because I’m such a huge fan of his, do you know how Ted Turner is doing? I just read his grandson got married. Since his diagnosis, I haven’t seen/heard much about him. Are you still able to communicate with him?
His grandson, John R Seydel was married yesterday. I watched online. Ted suffers from Louis’s body disease (what Robin Williams had but he was misdiagnosed). It can;’t be cured but Ted’s is being carefully managed. So sad.
Unfortunately, this type of dementia was diagnosed too late for Robin. Because I am fascinated by everything it happens in our brain I’ve read many scientific litterature and it seems that Lewy Body Dementia is the second cause of death after Alheimzer (neurological causes). And everything is messed up by an abnormal deposit of a certain protein.
😒😢 It makes you think how little we still know about our brain’s functioning.
Thank you so much for this. You know I have listened to you or your guests on FDF explain the GND plenty of times, but just didn’t understand until you explained it here in your blog. I read the whole thing and will probably read it again and jot stuff down. You are so great. Thank you! Can I ask a question? What can I look for tomorrow for any hope. Like how do you know what states have what numbers. They keep saying election coverage. I have never been this involved in an election ever so I hope this isn’t a dumb question. The only thing I know is that we won’t know the results tomorrow.
Stacey, We probably won’t know the elections results tonight but it’s not impossible. If Biden wins Florida or Texas, it’s pretty much decided. The key states to watch for are Wisconsin, Michigan, Texas, Florida, Georgia. Trump may declare victory tonight but don’t be fooled. We re demanding, millions will demand, that all votes must be counted. Trump declaring victiry tonight is like eating uncooked dough and calling it bread!
Thank you for replying. My day just got 100% better.The key states are the swing states right? I’m learning! I was a mess this morning as probably were a lot of people. On the way home from work I ran to McDonald’s and as I pulled out of the driveway I ran over the curb and my whole side bumper came off! Ugg I just stopped and cried, when I got home I sat took some breathes and read your blog again. I’m ok now. I went to theGP teachings for what to expect at a protest and I signed up for an event for tomorrow.so I’m ready! Thank you so much! let’s try to stay positive we got this! The thing that keeps me going is knowing I’m not alone. We are all on this together.
Jane, your words are allways so clear. I will be staying up to watch the count from here in the UK. Thank you x
I don’t even want to think what would happen if Trump remains in office. We have so little time and we’d be inevitably losing another four!
So I ask- How do you remain optimistic for a future if he’s re-elected?
On a much lighter note I read we texted 340,000 voters ( as of 6:30pm ) last night!!!! Probably more after that!! But that was ONE day!
Wow, Alyssa, that’s fantastic. xxxx
You’re right. This is scary. Thank you for being a person who realizes that we are in a crisis and that it needs to be dealt with now, and that us “power-hungry dems” aren’t overreacting.
I’m sixteen and I live in an area of the U.S. that is an agricultural area but has giant factories and CAFOs that poison our air and water (and I’m one of the lucky ones, there are so many people suffering so much more than I am, which is why I am so motivated to fight for this issue) Lately, my hopes have been very low for our future (but volunteering with FDF and Greenpeace, meditating, and exercising has definitely helped!). I’m obviously already feeling the pre-election and the post-election stress, just like everyone else, so I figured after reading this blog that I would give you some words of encouragement, just because 🙂
One thing that you are known for saying is that as a celebrity, you are a repeater. You help lift up the voices that can’t quite get over the mountain by themselves. You do this every day of your life, you have for years, even when it put your reputation and your safety on the line. So many amazing, powerful women have done just the same and I hold you and all of those leaders in a special place in my heart.
I was raised in a very old-fashioned home (still am). You know the usual “women should be submissive” and “children should be seen not heard” I never really learned to have my own opinions about issues, let alone fight for what is right. Then about a year ago, I came across On Fire by Naomi Klein. And when I tell you I was f l o o r e d. I was so angry! I had so many questions and I was so confused. I was always taught that America was the greatest, un-corrupt, fair, happy. But now all I see is corruption, hate, and misery.
This is why it is so powerful when I see women like you, women who don’t have to do this but do it out of the goodness of their hearts. Women who have seen and been through really hard times. When I see that, I think “I want to be what they are to me someday” if that makes any sense. I really wish I could get a chance to talk to everyone who has inspired me on my activism journey, just to tell them how they have helped, letting them know that they are making a difference.
I know this may just seem like rambling, but it is always great to have some appreciation sent your way every once in a while. So I’ll leave you with this.
Just whenever you begin to lose hope or motivation, just remember. I am one of the lucky ones, sure my air and water are unhealthy and disgusting, but at least I’m not in a life-threatening situation like so many other people from my generation are right now, especially people of color. Now multiply my gratitude and inspiration towards you, times all of everyone who is following and being uplifted by this movement. You mean so much to so many people and you inspire people to fight for what they believe in! You are apart of an army of powerful women that are changing the world! You’ve been apart of films and television series that have made a huge impact on people. You were willing to camp out in the middle of D.C. for Christ’s sake! If that doesn’t show commitment, then I don’t know what does!
No matter who wins the election, I know I’m going to fight for the GND and I know you are too. Thank you so much for being one of my biggest inspirations and helping me find something that I’m really passionate about. I am honored, along with many other young people, to have you as someone to look up to.
Just remember, when things get tough, us women, we’re strong, and we’re going to fight like hell for justice and peace together!
Thanks, Kennedy. Stay strong. I will do everything in my power to help rural america heal from the poisons of industrial farming. xx
oh, Jane, a friend of mine asked you to send me “happy birthday” the other day and you did it very kindly. Thank you so much, it means a lot to me!
Jane, thank you for being an inspiration, especially for your young followers. I hope that the people of the USA will make the best choice in this election so that it does not end up like we do here in Brazil, where we have a president who does not care about our people and does not give a damn about important issues like climate change.
You know what’s great? That you have done all that you have and that you are such an inspiration to young and old and I think you have always and continue to make a difference in the world. You know what’s not great? I really wish you could have run for President, (not saying you would have) But you have the mental and emotional make up of what this country needs. You have the ability to be inclusive you are a very good speaker, you write brilliantly and you actually research and look at a problem and accept input. You engage other’s opinions to raise the level of an idea and you don’t seem to care about “pride of ownership”. Well, regardless, you are truly a National Treasure. 🙂
Thank you, Carol. xx
Oh my God, rooting for you and the planet today. Our news is totally focused on the elections. I will only sleep when I know the result, although I know it will not be definitive yet. I am sending a lot of energy of light and love to this Being, so that he accepts to lose himself, because if he does not accept it, he can be a bad example for all democracies, including ours, that we are struggling to keep what remains. Good luck to all of us.
First of all: what true words you speak.
Secondly: if I remember correctly, you acted in „walk on the wild side“ with LGBTQ icon Barbara Stanwyck, do you have any fond memories of that filming?
Lots of love!
Yes, I think I wrote them in my memoir but can’t write them now. Too much happening. x
Thank you for this insightful blog post. I wish I could get so many of the people I encounter everyday to read it. So many people have little to no understanding of the GND. I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve been called a socialist or communist when texting for GP.
I was elated yesterday evening when we learned that we had surpassed or doubled goal of reaching 4 million voters! We have such an incredible team and it was the news I needed to give me a boost of encouragement as we head into one of the most anxiety ridden days in our nation’s history. There were so many people texting through the Spoke app that that the system could not process all of the texts we were sending in real time so we are going to have a lot of replies to answer later this morning when texting begins. There are so many good people in this fight so I continue to have hope! Thank you for inspiring us daily.
I want nothing more than to take back our country today!
Stay safe and well!
I made it to the end of the article, Jane. I am so fed up with the bullshit that comes out of Trump’s mouth that I don’t think I can watch the news tomorrow, election day. I mailed my ballet a week ago and I don’t even want to leave the house tomorrow. Here in Los Angeles many businesses are boarding up in preparation for tomorrow. I have been depressed for weeks and nothing seems to shake it out of me. If I have to see one more f—–in Trump supporter go on about “fake news” I will scream! Cant these people see what he is all about? I think our government did this and it didn’t just happen when Trump stepped into power. All the administrations before him ignored them and finally someone paid ATTENTION TO THEM and as a result Trump has their loyalty. I know people who think all the stories about the prostitutes and porn stars AND PRETTY MUCH ALL OF IT was made up by the “fake media.” (incidently the same media that gave Trump front and center stage during debates and made all the attention on him. None of the others had a chance.) Now they want to destroy him. Well, I am hoping for a landslide tomorrow and he has his gang of terrorists will get ran out of town. That includes all his enablers. One can only wish. But this clown will drag it on if he loses and unleash his forces on the bigger cities and I am afraid it will be the summer of 1968 all over again!
I’ve read this twice, maybe three times. I’ve lived the last seven days between CNN and PBS, going back and forth, trying to digest the facts, the energy, the spectacle of people in the streets. I’ve alternated between holding my breath, trying to breathe, shedding a few tears of relief on one hand with Biden & Kamala looking at fireworks yet with a sad horror at the near equal division of this country.
It’s not done quite yet. I’m waiting to see how Georgia will shake down on senate seats. Of the 14 million who didn’t vote for Trump, we need to also recognize that in that number were many Republicans who crossed over to vote against Trump, but who also voted for a Republican Senate and House. A thank you needs to go to them for making that choice for change.
I’ve read Klein’s book, I’ve read your book. I’m 100% for the GND. I get the urgency and the time frame and the justice and morality. I’m also pragmatic. We didn’t win the Senate. At this point we are so stuck, I’m ready to call the above tenants by any name that can get them to pass legislation. A rose is a rose as long as it is still a rose. Name it whatever they want. I’m ready to send every Senator a bottle of MiraLAX, including Pelosi. I want to see movement, no matter if it is exactly getting everything on my wish list. Biden will have to have the freedom to be able to break the damn loose. That means, yes, we have to push him and support some of his compromise at the same time. This is scary because so much is at stake. And there is such a huge range of needs. No one wants their needs cut. We have to keep trust with each other that nothing is going to be dropped. We have to keep our eyes on the big goals while maybe temporarily letting some things be the second tier of push. Tier One; get back in sync with the world on saving the planet. Tier Two; ?. Tier 3. ? Yes, we have to do more than walk and chew gum at the same time. Biden will delegate.
As for Trump, he will continue to be toxic. I hope Biden can help by being a anti-serum against his residual toxicity.
P.S. I loved FDF this time too. I didn’t know of Rebecca Solnit, so that was a wonderful discovery. Rev William Barber, I love listening to his ideas, words, thoughts even if I’m not religious. But the best was having Joan Baez sing. I choked up too. The song was hopeful, strengthening, beautiful. It was the best Birthday ribbon on my birthday wish for Biden as President.
Much Love to you, Dona. xx Jane
Thank you, Jane. That means so much to me. xx Dona
Ohhh my God, oh my God !!! I am very happy! Congratulations for the victory. Now he just needs to fulfill what he promised in relation to the Amazon. Success for FDF and GND.
I love you
Sorry, I cannot believe that I actually forgot to mention that I am very sad to hear about Grace and Frankie ending after 7 seasons, but I am have currently re-watched the entirety of the show and I am 10 minutes from ending the last episode. I almost cannot bare to do it, but I do know that one more season is coming. Thank you and Lily from the bottom of my heart for being a part of something that is wonderful for not only women, but has been able to create a whole new dialogue for older men and women in a delightful yet realistic way. I love you both so much, and the rest of the cast/creators/writers for all of this. Thank you
Jane, thank you for you thoughts and strong determination to making this world a better place. I am from Alberta, which I know is a contentious area of discussion. I am not directly involved in the old/gas/fossil fuel industry but I suppose that my existence makes me involved. I remember that you created quite an uproar when you were down here protesting the pipelines, and I thank you for that. I am against it in terms of our planet and I am very glad that you are able to rabble the rousers. Thank you for your persistence in wanting our world to be better.
I just wanted, as a side note, to share a short story about how you have personally affected the relationship between my grandmother and I.
I remember being woken by what seemed like a march underneath my bed. I was irritated by this, and soon found that it was the result of my grandmother (who raised me since the age of 10, approximately the time of these stampedes). I went downstairs to find my grandmother, approximately 50 years of age, doing your Beginners Workout. What could I say in my sleepiness? “Grandma, how dare you take care of your body and health?”. Hah, hardly. What ensued was her and I disturbing the household from then on, in tandem,at 7 am and I LOVED IT! It gave me a goal to work towards, a guide telling me to “feel those buns burning” and the basis of my want to provide a healthy lifestyle for my grams and I. We did that for about 5 years together and she has tapered off, but I swear the only workout she wants to do is any portion of the one we shared. We both had your smiling face and intense workouts. I admire her for sticking with you for so long!!
I still encourage her to work out with the hour long walk videos that you have generously provided, and one day I may actually be able to finish that same Beginners Workout/Advanced workout without swearing at you. You have created something unknowingly, and that is a beautiful gift for my grandmother and I. Thank you <3
I LOVE that story, Sarah. Thanks!! Jane
Dear Jane, I have been thinking a lot about you and your fellow Americans. It must be a nerve-racking time for you all. (Hope you manage some decent sleep at night.) I am following live updates of the election by the minute and I sincerely hope the right candidates (president, senators and house of representatives) will get through. You are a superb leader and please continue to guide us through climate and other social issues. Afterall, we only have just-this-one planet to share and to protect collectively. Please stay safe and healthy. Wx
All too true. Nice ref to FDR too. But why have people stopped factoring in Overpopulation as a serious problem in all this? Up to the 1970s, Overpopulation was regularly on the agenda. In the ’80s it was dismissed as if we had solved the problem, as if the answer was to double the population and forget about it.
Hi Jane !
I really hope Biden will win ! I am also looking forward to the results
to talk about ecology i think you saw the movie Erin Brockovich with Julia Roberts that came out in 2000 in France. I really liked this film and it is current!
In France things are also bad between the covid and the attacks, it is very worrying
Like you, I do meditation and yoga, also walking to free yourself from tension!…and then I do watercolors which also relaxes.
let’s keep our fingers crossed to make things calm
Take good care of yourself xxxx
Trump came out and said he won. He keeps saying we can’t catch him. With all his followers without masks. Said he is winning Michigan nope and Wisconsin nope
They aren’t going to be able to count all the votes in Michigan or Wisconsin till later so stop saying that. I’m sorry but he is lying about all this!He said as far as I’m concerned we already won. This is ridiculous! I’m sorry to retire this to you but this is so frustrating!
Jane, it’s almost 2 at night in Warsaw now, but I’m watching CNN and keeping my fingers crossed. We’re with you!
Now that things have calmed down I want to say I am so sorry for those crazy post I wrote on your blog. You did not need to know all that info. Tuesday was rough for me. And I’m sure for many Americans. I don’t even know what I was thinking? You had just wrote that “ trump declaring victory was like eating uncooked dough and calling it bread”. I knew that in my head, but when it happened in that moment I was so upset and annoyed. I was dealing with zero sleep and anxiety. So I’m sorry for the craziness. I hope you accept my apology. On a happier note I’m so happy the people have spoken!! One more thing I watched Lily on Ellen the other day and they played this game and she ended up holding up a book that was titled I think you need to talk to someone. I was like well played Lily! Thank you. So I ordered it. Hope all is well
No problem, Stacey
You’re so right, ALC
I don’t live in the US, but in a peripheral Western country, that is Greece. Our current government is going at the exact opposite direction of a new green deal, opting for setting up resource extractions all across the country,up the mountains and deep into the sea. In fact we are talking about areas that had been characterized as areas of nature preservation! Should they proceed with their plans, the damage caused will not be contained within Greece’s borders;nature does not give a damn about people-made borders. Neither do environmental catastrophes.
At the same time the government is failing with dealing with the covid pandemic on every possible level. So things are not so different from the US even if we are kilometers – or miles – apart.
If anyone is wondering what is the thread that is connecting all those phenomena that you have described in our post, as well as those that I referred to in my reply, well I would say that this goes beyond specific miserable governments and towards the largest capitalistic structures we live in. It is in that sense that the New Green Deal, with which I am totally on board of course, can never be put into motion unless we fought for deeper and wider structural changes. So, I really wish that the fight for the GND actually comes hand in hand with the fight for Socialism, i.e. an socio-economic system that work for all of us.Otherwise, I honestly don’t see no future for any of us.
Thank you for taking the time to read my reply and thank you for the awareness you are raising over the most important issues of our time!
I’m pretty excited about interviewing Mary Trump for next Fire Drill Friday. We had a preliminary “talk” yesterday and she’s way smart and interesting…as is her book. One of the things I like about her […]
I adore you Jane, but sometimes hate has simply got to stick. I loathed my father and even though he’s been dead many years, my feelings have never wavered. And yes, my grandfather probably did a number on him, but that didn’t give Dad permission to treat me the way he did.
Besides, I don’t care very much what made Trump Trump. It’s everyone else that supports him.
Again, I adore you. 💜
I am so excited for this interview!☺️
Since the election I have felt angry , fearful and anxious. I never knew that an election could do this to me. For me it’s not only about Trump but witnessing over the last 4 years that we have people in this country who stand behind him and support the racism, narcissism and cruelty he represents. What does this say about America? I have been born and raised in East Berlin. I saw the wall come down. With a history like Germany we were brought up to never love your country blindly because that leads to nationalism. When I met my husband and moved to the US I admired how open everyone was, but I was always asked how Germans could have supported the rise of Hitler. Even for me the last four years have shown me how easy it is to turn a country and I now know that if Trump stays another four years the America that the rest of the world admired will be no more.
Hola Jane, me alegra saber que tu próxima semana será muy intensa, se nota que estás ilusionada. Respecto a vuestro presidente, yo todavía no puedo creer que ganó las elecciones. Tienes razón al decir que odiarle no sirve para nada,supongo que está enfermo y es peligroso como otros presidentes de distintos países.
Me gustaría ver alguna foto de esa sesión que te han hecho.
Ahh y a tu ardilla mucha paciencia la verás, estos pequeños detalles nos alegran la vida, yo también disfruto con la naturaleza.Un abrazo.
Thank you for this. Before retiring, I was a therapist and specialized in substance abuse and trauma. Trauma often results in behaviors that we as a society abhor. The trauma begets more trauma. With these people I was always compassionate (no matter what bad they had done) because it knew where it started, and if healed, the negative behaviors would hopefully stop. With out president, I have lost any compassion and have felt such anger and I carry it around with me like you mentioned in your blog. Thank you for reminding me that resentment only hurts the person that carries it around. It doesn’t do anything to the person who one is resentful at. Thank you for reminding me to to hold him accountable for his actions, but view him with compassion (that will take a lot of work) for my own sake. Walking round in a rage at what is going on, is not helping me to be a better neighbor, friend, lover. It’s just making me anxious and shutting me down. I so respect your wisdom. You walk that walk. Thank you.
I would love to read this book, as well as all the others you have indicated here. I am finishing my training in psychoanalysis, I am reading and studying a lot. The human being enchants me for its predictable and unpredictable mysteries. I don’t think he has sublimated much of his trauma. And yes, these are the people who really need our compassion. They are in the dark and, in a way, it is a cry for help transformed into false power. Anyway, I wish you could get him out of power so that we can change this egregore on the planet and make it easier for us to get our president out of here.
I’m here in defense of indigenous peoples and the Amazon. This is one of my struggles. I watched FDF with Tica and Alice.
How beautiful your squirrel. You reminded me of when I was a child that I put pieces of fruit on the wall of my house for birds to come and get them. I thought that if they didn’t take it, an angel would take it to people who didn’t have it. Did you name it? Maybe Lily? Ohhh, why are we in the habit of naming everything? Is it a form of approximation, of possessing?
I bought the audio of Mary L. Trump’s book and listened every morning with my husband while having our coffee. Too Much and Never Enough is a very excellently written book, in exposing Donald Trump and the Trump Family.
I’m writing to you in complete gratitude and admiration over the remarkable legacy you continue to live out today. Turned 19 today and I absolutely can’t wait to age beautifully & successfully just as you have. I was sent home from film school in the U.S due to this pandemic, and my passion for film has somewhat leveled down. Although seeing your work increased my love for film, it left me the impression of what a hard-working woman achieves in life. Totally stoked about these blogs and can’t wait to see this interview. Lots of love from Indonesia!
My bff has read the book so I am saving
my money for another which is yours. I have followed your FDF’s since October and I must admit my head was in the sand about climate crisis, so thank you. I have a feeding station for the birds and whatever wildlife trips over from the nearby golf course. Grandpa bunny (big as your cute dog), psycho squirrels trying to bust the squirrel proof feeders, and chipmunks who climb the pole to get seed and nuts out of a tray. Getting my kicks too! G/F keeps me in a happy place, again thank you. Thanks for keeping us informed about your up coming projects. Will catch you on Andy’s show. Be safe snd God Bless.
Jamie (Mason, OH)
It is great to hear from you, Jane. You seem to read a lot. Do you prefer books in paper or electronic versions? Do you still present those you like to your friends?
It’s true that many things in us come from our childhood and effect our lives in so many ways. When the election campaign started in US, I was watching interviews and debates with both Trump and Clinton and I also read and watched interviews of Melania Trump. What are your thoughts about her? Do you have any sympathy for her? She seems to be a very sad person. And the same sadness is in the eyes of her son.
Great that many things are happening to you and around you these days. You have such an interesting life. Take care and please stay safe.
Maybe it’s my age, Karine, but I read books. I like the paper and I mark up my books a lot.
Thanks for another great blog post!
Squirrels are so beautiful – I live by a Red Squirrel Reserve and nothing comes close to the pure joy of one taking food from your hand. I hope you see yours on the wall soon!
The next Fire Drill Friday sounds interesting – definitely not one to be missed. I’ve been carrying hate around since my childhood and though the toxicity is overwhelming, I think it’s played a part in shaping me to be the compassionate person I am today. Shame the same can’t be said about Trump!
Very much looking forward to your ‘Virtual Town Hall’ event with Andy Cohen tomorrow!
As someone who does not live in the US I am always in wonder as to how your country has not just fallen to pieces with a man like him running it. Do you have any hope that if he does get elected next term (touch wood he doesnt) that there will be any chance of change in his behaviour or do you think it will cause irriversible damage specifically when it comes to climate change?
Robyn, if he’s re-elected it will be the end of our democracy and we will be unable to do what the scientists are telling us we must do to avoid going over the climate cliff: cut fossil fuel emissions in half by 2030.In other words, it will be a catastophe that we won’t come back from
Jane, it’s scary to think about right? Hopefully if enough countries pull their weight and cut their emissions and work hard towards a greener future we can make a difference. I am currently a vegetarian and listening to you speak about methane emissions a week or so back on FDF has made me confident by cutting back on my meat produce I am making a difference even if it is minuscule, it is something.
This is making me consider to read Mary Trumps book. It actually seems like a quite interesting and insightful read.
Also, I’m so excited to hear more about your new book. I have been trying to pre-order it but it’s not available in Germany yet, I think. I’m sure it’ll be possible to pre-order soon enough though.
And by the way, the squirrel sorry made me smile, they are adorable!
Hi Jane, will your show with Andy Cohen be broadcast on Monday, 8/10? I don’t see you listed in the lineup. Good luck with your squirrel. She’ll come around. And thanks for every single thing you do to better our country and the world. I strive to be like you!
I read Mary Trumps book and it very good and certainly explains a lot, not that its a surprise considering the way Trump is.
I have turned 18 this April and I asked to be given your book “My Life So Far” as a present for the occasion. HOnestly, I couldn’t wait to devour it. I cannot explain its impact on me, how revealing and eye-opening it was. I wholeheartedly thank you, you’ve saved me. This blog post reminded me of the section of the book about the Vietnam war where you described President Nixon’s need of showing himself as a “true man”, of continuing the war because it would otherwise resonate as unmanly. I see a lot of that not only in President Trump, but also in the men around me, even my classmates. There should be more discussion about this. Thank you again for writing about such important issues, don’t stop!
You are such an inspiration.
Have a great day, greetings from Milan!
Thanks, Tommaso. Actually, it was President Lyndon Johnson who was worried about being manly man xx
I agree, everyone is connected as one, so in hating we hate ourselves. Only love can conquer hate. Our united love will vote him out. Keep up the great work! Thanks! Kristy
As a Trump supporter, I come with deep respect and an open mind. I am eager to hear everyone’s opinions. From all sides.
Poltical views a side, we all can learn from each other, in some form or another. That’s truly the beauty of our country! A melting pot of diversity and spreading more knowledge! Nothing but love and light,to all!
Hi Jane, I loved the part that you talk about the squirrel that is showing up at your house. have you ever had pets other than your puppy? or some animal in childhood that helped you to overcome difficult times? kisses, you are an amazing person.
Paper books are my favorite also. Nothing better than the feeling of pages between fingers 🙂 You said nothing about Melania. My guess is you don’t want to comment. Have a great start of the week, Jane!
Hi, Jane. Glad to read your perspective on the President. I agree, he acts more a victim of trauma. Stuck, unable to change, shedding the poison everywhere but never able to be free. I also feel empathy & work hard to focus on the policy issues. And the political side, the question of why he thinks acting like he does helps his personal goals.
Meanwhile, love your work, love you, carry on!
I appreciate your thoughts on this topic as it has been something I’ve thought about recently. Hate consumes a lot of our time and energy, and sometimes that person is just not worth it. It helps me to remember that empathy does not justify the person’s actions. We are rather just trying to understand why they do what they do, and that can give us peace, although all this is so much easier said than done. I adore you so much Jane, have a great day <3
Another interesting and informative post. Curious to read this book with the others you have suggested. I like to read books. Would rather have the physical book accessible to me rather than the digital version ( not that I have anything against that).
Looking forward to Friday’s Fire Drill. I attended the first one last Friday.
Have a great day!
Hi Jane, I’m from Manchester, England. I love that your leaving nuts out for the squirrel .. will you keep us updated when she gains her trust with you x
your inner Snow White is coming out Squirrels are not shy around nuts and neither am I but if you are cool with it those little guys will come right inside right up to you I would hold out both arms nuts in your hands and they will climb on up
Just wanted to thank you for today’s town hall with Andy Cohen! It was an honor to a part of it!! My question wasn’t able to be asked so I wondered if you could answer it here. Do you have any suggestions on how to help schools lesson their carbon footprint?
Can’t wait for your book!!
Wow, Kara, great question…and complicated because there are soooo many:
Cut food waste. Maybe start a garden where kids can learn about growing food and waste food can be composted and used for fertilizer
Retofit the buildings to make them energy efficient
Install solar panels on the roof
Get kids to identify all the plastic they find in the school and try to come up with alternatives. There are many websites to help with this. Some of the things that are used to replace plastic (obviously treated and altered first)–sugar, fruit skins, hemp, bamboo
stop using plastic bottles and if there’s a food vending machine, make sure they don’t dispense sodas, anythings in plastic wraps, junk food.
Maybe there’s some small project that can be run with photovoltaic cells. These are panels of cells that transform sunlight into electricity
Thank you, Jane!
I don’t have any school aged children, but I do have young nieces and nephews and I am trying to be a good example for them to lesson my own carbon footprint and help give them ideas to share at school in hopes for making great changes. Their young minds are excited to help the earth!
I am also happy to have just started my volunteering with Greenpeace/Fire Drill Fridays! What an amazing opportunity!
Thank you again!
I just got off of the Zoom call with Andy Cohen and wanted to thank you again for your advice. I am the Robin from Cleveland who asked about how to reach the people who don’t believe that the climate crisis is urgent. It was really nice to talk to you and I so appreciate what you told me. I’m looking forward to the zoom call tomorrow with you and the other Greenpeace/Fire Drill Fridays volunteers! This is such a great movement to be a part of and I can’t wait to do even more for our cause in the next few months.
I just attended the volunteer call with Greenpeace, and I’m very excited to start helping! Thank you so much for inspiring me to step out of my comfort zone and do something that I never thought I would do, especially coming from a very conservative family in the South. I definitely wouldn’t be here without your encouragement and wisdom. I’m really looking forward to being a part of this community and learning more and more each day.
Hope the rest of your week is great!
You are right about hate and plus, it’s very drying to the skin. Who needs that?! I am reading Mary Trump’s book now and I find it fascinating. Not that my family’s dysfunctional is comparable to hers I do find it is helping me to look past the toxicity of my family and find that empathy and compassion for not just others but myself as well. Thank you for all you.
Peace, love and donuts!
My first Zoom/Fire Drill Friday ends out my “Fonda” week nicely. It was an interesting and informative experience. I didn’t quite get the hang of using chat rather than the question/answer Button to ask a question, but that’s alright. I didn’t want to be vocal anyway. I was more comfortable just writing it out. My question was more of a leading statement probably. I’ve read a lot about and known a few Borderline/Narcissistic Personality Disordered persons. Many in later life when their defenses can no longer hold up to protect them from their pathology, they crash and commit suicide. I basically was asking Mary if she thought this might happen with Donald. Once out of office if his supporters leave along with immense power I wonder if he will crash and burn. As I said, I don’t hate him, I don’t even like him but I can see him as I would an injured animal and feel compassion for his pain, while at the same time hate his destruction of all we hold dear. Have a great weekend Jane, and remember to take care of YOU. Dona
I hope more people who vote in the United States will read this book. We cannot have someone so unbalanced and delusional, not to mention corrupt, playing at running (ruining?) the country. I am a Fire Drill Friday regular, having worked on things environmental for more than 35 years, so I look forward To Mary Trump’s visit. She is one brave woman for writing this book and standing up to family members.
One more, then I quit for now. I’ve hear Mary L. Trump in a couple interviews and am looking forward to hearing this one with you. I’m not surprised at all. I felt all along that this was an injured human being. I am sorry that he, along with so many, are injured in this way, and I am even sorrier that he has been given so much power to hurt so many more innocent children now and in the future through his choices regarding this planet. I don’t hate him, only his actions and choices. Along with rejecting hate, I see an opportunity for us Americans to wake up, take responsibility, and take action. It can be done. You believe in the possibility of healing and change. Not in him, necessarily, but in the rest of us. Those who gave him our power to harm in our name. The question is can we do it in time. I hope so. We have so much healing to do, but because there are so many aspects of our illness of hate we have so much to recover from, so big a battle. I feel we have started the way forward, not back to what we have been, but forward to something better. I believe in the Green New Deal because of the WHOLENESS of it. Not one small piece here or there. Address all the injury; the racial ignorance that breeds hate; the greed that lets others starve, the rape of our planet that robs everyone’s future. Whoops! Didn’t mean to go on and on. Enough. See you on Friday. Dona
P.S. again. I pre-ordered four copies of your book when you first brought it up way back. I made the order with Amazon so I suppose I’m not eligible for that video trip thru the kitchen with tips on down-sizing my footprint? 🙁 Dona
I’ll try to find out, Dona
It’s been a “Fonda” week for me. First, I watched a rerun of “Comes a Horseman”, one of my favs of Jane movies, then I caught the ending of “Barbarella” which I had never seen before. Then, I signed up to volunteer for Greenpeace to get out the vote. I was hoping to do postcards, thinking I could get away with having no tecky skills for that task. I had tried volunteering for Flip the West but found my skills obsolete for the tecky needs there. Instead, I wrote a check which is an old-fashioned skill still in favor except for paying your bills. I’m still resisting. I haven’t paid a bill online yet. I support the Post Office. The Greenpeace ZOOM meeting was quite extraordinary. I especially enjoyed seeing those youthful faces , intent & passionate, hopeful & organized except somehow the postcard thing is on hold. I’m waiting further instruction on that. I’ve written several checks to Greenpeace, that may be where this goes as well. Bouncing out of that experience I went to Jane’s newest blog, read that and all the posts. It was a good one, for sure, and I appreciated the posts as well. Somehow, I moved on to an interview with Jane on THE SHIFT with Marianne Schnall dated Jul/20/20. If you haven’t seen it, I highly recommend that you look it up on YouTube. I felt it one of the best interviews I’ve seen her do. I loved it! She was succinct, clear, passionate on every topic. I felt that I was seeing and hearing a core part of who she is and what she believes.
I realize this week is not over so who knows what is next?
p.s. Jane I put my BD card in the mail for RR and am gearing up for Lily next. Just a reminder. 🙂 As always I am appreciative of everything you do. Dona
I just saw that you mentioned trying to volunteer for the Call Team with Flip the West. I’m on the Call Team and I’m actually training to be a trainer this week. So if you wanted to give it another try me or one of the other trainers would be happy to talk you through the process step by step. It can indeed be confusing at first if you are not accustomed to using this kind of technology, but after a few run throughs it will become like second nature. Regarding the postcards, I’ve been getting a lot of interest for this program when recruiting volunteers and I’ve been told that the program will be rolled out within the next few weeks so keep an eye out!
I started w the Fire drill Friday Teach-Ins and then attended a Fire Drill Friday in Washington, DC and was arrested! I’m volunteering w GP to text voters, joining the Leadership team and continue to attend the Fireside Fire Drills. So, here’s my question: Hillary won the popular vote, but she isn’t president (still sad over this), how do we combat the electoral process? Not sure I can stand to see Biden/Harris be stumped by the electoral college.
BTW, I bet you don’t know you’ve been my mentor for about 40 years now-thank you:-)
Well, Pamela, one way to do it is for so many people to vote for Biden/Harris that they win overwhelmingly and incontestedly. Get a mail in ballot NOW and vote early. xx
Correction to my BTW…my mentor for the last 40 years-“one of my mentors” is what I need to say. I’ve been so fortunate w several fabulous mentors, I don’t ever want to short change any. And I’ll vote ASAP… then, I’m going to pray, visualize, meditate and any thing else I can think of:-).
Jane, I had three squirrels in my backyard in WA. I watched them chase each other on top of the fence all the time, threw them almonds, cashews etc which they buried all over my yard, and they chased the neighbor’s cat out of the yard.They liked the birdbath too. My move to AZ has exchanged them for a family of Great Horned Owls in this park. One of the youngsters, recently named Ollie, was taken to reversing the order of who watches who, by peering into our windows and watching us. I wish I could send you the photo, it’s wonderful. Dona
I love owls!!!
The women in this park love birds and are very happy that the owls have made their home here however, with a caveat. Many have little dogs like your beloved Tulea. Besides walking them early they have two small dog-runs where they can be let to run off leash and play with their neighbors. Ollie in his investigation of the park has been seen sitting on the dog-run fence. A warning has been sent out to the dog-owners. It’s all about learning how to share when living with wild creatures. Dona
I’m a bit of a night-owl so I watch Amanpour & Co. regularly. Regarding our being able to heal from this Donald mis-adventure in our world affairs, Amanpour asked two of the very experienced, in the eastern and European trade-craft people, (yes, I forgot their names) if America would be able to recover it’s ability to influence and lead in that area of the world. Neither of the people answering made it sound positive. It’s going to be difficult and it may never get back to what it was fully. Trust has been broken and Covid plays a part in our resources for the future in regards to helping where leaders should be able to support. I feel grief & loss for that part of our identity. I wonder if America will know how to be a team player in spite of all the love it has for team sports. So much to learn & heal. Dona
Jane, I watched your interview with Mary Trump on Fire Drill Fridays. Thanks for bringing her on, it was interesting to hear her view on DT’s actions and behavior. Listening to your conversation, I was thinking what made those so many people vote for him In the first place? Or were they voting against Hilary/existing situation in the country? Many analytics say the country was demanding change through that vote and didn’t see the eager for change in Hilary. What are your thoughts on this? And do you believe Biden will bring that change America is looking for?
“Didn’t see the eager-for-change-in Hillary” is true and played a role. Her “basket of deplorables” was a nail in the coffin. But neo-liberal politics from the democratic party over decades also was a reason folks turned to an extreme. People who were hurting didn’t think the Democratic Party cared about them. And that’s partly true, I think. Some went for him cause they wanted to protect their wealth.Some because they’re racists. I think Biden can be pressured to do what’s needed but we’ll have to really keep a lot of pressure on cause the solutions don’t come easily to him. They’re more Eliz Warren solutions.
I absolutely loved your interview today with Mary trump on FDF. It’s so true what she said about community.Thats exactly how I feel . I’m supported by people who want the same things I do. And now especially that I’m volunteering I have that community as well. I’m learning so much. I’m super excited I joined a local activist group and I will be joining my first call with them Sunday. I also requested my absentee ballot which was super important. I also joined a watch group for the Democratic convention . Sorry I’m telling you all this I’m just excited. I’m trying to learn as much as I can. I will never be as great an activist as you are. You’re #1! You work so tirelessly. And know Soo much information. I’m starting to read book I read your book my life so far and am on another one of yours primetime. I also ordered Mary trumps book. So excited. It takes me a little bit longer to read but I get there . Thank you Jane.
Thanks, Stacey. I can feel your excitement. xx
It’s a dual problem. There are people who have wanted to privatize the U.S. Postal service for years to get their hands on the $60 plus billion dollars it potentially makes when times are good. But times aren’t good right now and the Postal Service has lost money because of the Covis-19 pandemic. The Trump administration hates the fact that the P.O. is public, a governmental institution and he wants to take advantage of this crisis to starve the P.O. and then privatize it. That’s why they’ve fought against giving any covid-relief funding to the P.O.
The second problem is political. Trump doesn’t want people voting by mail because he knows he’d lose. So he won’t fund the P.O., has tried to remove mail sorting machines and mailboxes and wants to convince people that they can’t trust the P.O. to mail their ballots. I’m working hard to get the funding and show people they can vote by mail. Having the president of the Postal Service on my next Fire Drill Friday end of this week.
Fabulous interview with Mary Trump! Thank you for using your platform to have her on and share her insight on 45 & their family. I can’t wait to read her book!
I’ve also just started volunteering with Greenpeace/Fire Drill Fridays! An amazing opportunity and even more amazing are the people running it!! It’s wonderful to be part of this community!
Hope all is well with you!
Just wanted to say that your teach-in with Dr. Diana Beresford-Kroeger was beautiful and so moving. I was blown away by her words. Thank you for introducing us to the most amazing humans on this planet!
I don’t ever sign my books with stamps@!!!
I’ll try to find out about what Lily does.
Jane, It made my heart feel good to see all that support for the Post Office & it’s workers. Dimondstein and Karol were excellent communicators. Their passion and dedication was evident plus lots of good information. I had located the place to drop off the ballot as a back-up plan considering I am sitting smack in Republican territory, but after hearing them I hate to not trust in the post office workers to do what they have always done. If I get the ballot early and I will ask for that, I will fill it out the same day and take it back to the Post office immediately, all should go well. It was an excellent FDF event. Thank you. P.S. Did you get the Owl pictures I mailed you? (Ollie looking in the window.)Have a great day. Dona
Hi Jane ,im a guy 60 and I’m not a person to be fun of somebody, just you, nothing sexual, I think you are a great real woman , and i say real because you stick to reality as much as jou can . As far as Trump , I have to say I admire his tenacity just to be one of the most publicly hated man in the world , he manages to get his way and soar above the croud, he takes care of business, he works very hard and in my opinion he deserves another term. He is nobody’s fool and you have to be like that , he will play dirty if necessary but at the end comes out clean. Nobody that I know can beat Trump . You have to give him credit , he is the guardian this country needs.
Jaime, Well, I could argue with you about this but let me just focus on the climate crises which is of the most concern to me, enabling our children to have a liveable future and reducing the extreme weather events that will continue to rock our country, our economy, our health. DOnald Trump had rolled back all the regulations that could possibly stop the pending catastrophe. He is allowing oil wells and gas fracking to continue on public lands even though the scientists say we much stop that. He refuses to listen to the experts, scientists and doctors (which is why the coronavirus in the US has killed so many). Air and water quality will continue to decline leading to the sickness and death of many people. The World Health Organization estimates that already every day 93 percent of the world’s children under the age of 15 breathe air so polluted that it puts their health and development at risk. And Donald Trump has rolled back clean air standards. This is because he and his friends take large sums of money from the fossil fuel industry. Why would you support someone who allows himself to be purchased? Why would you support someone who doesn’t care about the health of the planet and it’s people? Why would you support someone who gives billions of dollars of covid bailout money to the fossil fuel industry and other very wealthy industries but deny help to small business owners and out-of-work men and women. Why, when hospitals in small towns in rural areas of this country are pleading for masks, testing and tracing equipment, when their doctors and nurses are collapsing from overwork, dos Trump refuse to develop a plan to help? And still you support him. I don’t understand.
I’m sad that I missed out on a signed copy, but I’m very excited to be receiving this book in a few weeks! I’m not a big reader, but your memoir was the first book I’d read in years and I had a hard time putting it down. You are a fabulous writer, and I can’t wait to learn more about the climate crisis through your next book.
Do you anticipate bringing Fire Drill Fridays to other cities once it is safe? I would love to attend my first ever rally and hear you speak!
Yes, Chelsey, we plan on bringing Fire Drill Fridays to cities and towns across the country assuming it will be safe next year. I’ll be shooting Grace & Frankie from mid-January till, maybe, end of June 2021. Then we’ll be out there. xx
Hi Jane, help, http://chng.it/jnN4hzkycM !!!
I’m just being me times a thousand! Lol. That is my second favorite episode the tremor. My favorite episode of G&F is the coup. Mic Drop! I’ve been watching G&F the last couple days to keep my mind off negative thoughts. I want to ask you how did you like the DNC? This was the very first one I have ever watched. I thought it was great and informative. Michelle Obama was my favorite speaker. I keep her catchphrase in my mind “ when they go low we go high”. I posted a lot on Facebook about the convention and speakers. After it was finished I looked at all the comments and was sad. Most of them were negative. I’m not a fan of posting negativity on social media so when I saw that from people I know it was disheartening. I don’t understand the hate? This is the first election I’ve paid attention to. Were they all like this? I mean people saying communist, baby killer, racists? I mean those are harsh words. I can handle my mom calling and saying 4 more yrs. How did you ever handle the hate you got in your earlier yrs? I wish I was as strong as you. That’s why I look up to you. As soon as I’m done with your book I’m going to use the meditation you have in the back. There is so much I want to ask you and say. I am just going to pray and keep thinking positive thoughts and volunteering. I can’t wait till FDF can be out in the streets again! (Hopefully). Thank you for being such a strong positive role model.
Yew, Stacey, there’s always been the haters and their heinous rantings. But Donald trump has caused it to multiply many times over because of his own hateful rants. I thought the DNC Convention was terrific nd I hope they continue doing them this way…much more concise and coherent, in my opinion.
I think that is terrible and sad. Though I don’t have anything to compare it to I think this way was a great way to conduct the DNC. Less distractions.
Jane, I also forgot to mention I’m sure you already heard that the house approved an additional 25 billion for the US Postal service!! Great news. I have a feeling your interview this past Friday might have had a little to do with that. At least that’s how I feel!
Jane, you’ve been with me through thick and thin, and I am so grateful! Originally from the USA, I’ve lived in Israel for all of my adult life. I live in an area that suffers periodically from rocket attacks. Grace & Frankie became my TV sisters in the bomb-proof room, and continued to keep me company through all of the seasons. (I was in seriously withdrawal when the last season ended). Now with COVID upon us, you’re helping me to keep fit. My abs have never been so engaged! When my 91 year old Mom in CT fell ill and it was impossible to fly over to be with her, you helped me to keep my sanity. My Mom was the type of woman that you will certainly continue to be: trim, fit, beautiful, intelligent, and glad to dispense smart advice. Thank you for being there for me!
Girl, you’re the only Candita I know. xx
I’ll do my very best, Bob.xx Jane
Hi Jane, I think you’ve shared a really interesting perspective on Donald Trump. I suppose it can be very easy for the media to present him as inhumane and heinous. It’s definitely worth having empathy for everyone, I only wish that he could show empathy and sympathy towards those he finds incomprehensible, but I suppose that would be a different world. I think it’s really important of you to share that perspective. Sometimes he does seem like a strange, almost made – up persona (sadly not) – I can understand why people shroud him with hatred, but you it’s helpful to be reminded that you can’t fight fire with fire. – Found this post really thought – provoking.
Thank you so much for everything you do. You’re such an inspiration to me. I’ve garnished a lot of anger for Trump, but there were moments in the last four years, where I saw the same thing you talked about. It’s also quite astonishing, how obvious (for some of us), he makes his childhood trauma. It makes me pity him, and his upbringing, I do feel empathy for him, but it hurts me more that we’re paying for it, as I’m sure you understand, and may also feel. But I thank you for encouraging not to hate. On the grand scheme, it won’t make this battle any easier.
I do have a question for you – first I recently heard you say in an interview about Joe Biden, “I’d rather push a moderate, than fight a fascist,” which I thought was genius.
To that point, every day, when I see the news headlines, I become more concerned that we’re heading in the direction of tyranny. I’ve thought this since the 2016 election, when I saw so many people in his base, the blind devotion. How (basically state/trump-owned media) Fox News brainwashes them, and then this narrative is reinforced and validated, for many, by social media algorithms that feed personalized, highly targeted content. But in 2016, I thought, maybe it won’t be that bad, maybe I’m being extreme and paranoid. There are processes in place, to help prevent this, experts and other leaders who he can defer to.
Of course now we know, he doesn’t like to defer to these experts, basically across the board. It is worse than I ever could’ve imagined. Sometimes I ask myself, am I being insane by worrying about tyranny here? But I know I am not. I reread works from the 1930s and beyond, about signs of fascism, and tyranny, and how it could come to the US. Everyday I get more concerned, that this is it.
I know this election is critical, for this reason. If Biden doesn’t win, who knows what our country will be in four years. I believe if we have an election that is secure and fair, that Biden will win. But I don’t believe Trump is going to let this happen. He’s of course doing everything to create confusion for voters, even in his own party. Now encouraging some to vote twice!? A good president would want to secure the faith in our voting system, for this election and for elections to come. I fear we will never have a fair election again. I used to criticize the voting system before, how naive I was, back then.
Anyway, my real question is – what can we do now? What can we do to help prevent Trump from claiming victory before the mail-in ballots are counted? What can we do to prevent him and his base from self-militarizing when the results come in, especially if they don’t come until a few weeks after Nov 3rd? What can we do, to help prevent the russian interference (the propaganda is one thing, but I also recently learned there’s hard evidence that they were in the voting software that most polling places use. I imagine all it takes is one weak link, to let them back in.)
I’m going to drop my ballot off in person, early. I am encouraging others to do the same. But there are so many things that can go wrong. And since he’s the one in the single most powerful position in the world, he’s not going to care to take measures that would secure our confidence.
I’ve given up trying to persuade Trump’s base. Some people are too far gone. Instead I’ve been focusing, whatever I can, on encouraging people I know to vote who wouldn’t vote otherwise. I hate to be pessimistic, and I am actually hopeful at times, but everyday, things get worse.
I studied Political Science, I saw these signs right away. It’s like, if anyone could go back to before Hitler began to consolidate power, I assume they would, and warn everyone. Some of us are trying to ring these alarms, and I understand why his base doesn’t want to listen (b/c it’s not convenient for them, or they just don’t understand, etc), and of course there is that notorious chilling phrase of “it can’t happen here.” I don’t know, I also feel like public leaders should be doing more to ensure the security of the election. For example, polling places, shouldn’t be connected to the internet at all. Eliminate the opportunity for hacking by disconnecting. Use the machines to count and then manually submit them. I don’t know the specifics on how all of the polling places operate, but from what I read, it seems many of the machines are automated, and then send in the results via the internet.
The funny thing is, you would think, Trump wants to be remembered as a legend and the greatest president in history. If he wasn’t so narcissistic and childish, he had the opportunity to do great things during these unfortunately horrific times. I guess the problem is he values his ego, more than the truth, and take shortcuts. Instead of doing the right thing, I’m going to make my true supporters, believe I did the right thing. Or maybe he convinces himself what he does is right, I don’t think he’s that naive, though. I think he knows what he’s doing.
That’s another thing that gets me, the way he tries to punish cities, states, and voters who didn’t vote for him, by withholding federal funding. That come from our tax paying dollars. That’s a huge indicator for what he could possibly do should he be “elected again.”
As a gay woman, I’m concerned. I’m concerned what will happen. Not even just for me, for all of us. For black people, muslim, latino, asian, all women, all children, lgbtq, and really all americans. Maybe I’m doing the most I can do. I am getting involved in phone campaigning, and postcards, but there must be more at a larger scale. Who has influence that can help make the elections fair? I also contacted my local congresswoman with some ideas.
I hope we can look back and just say, it was a threat, and we got close, but the American people came through in voting Biden in in a landslide. I’d rather that happen, than ever being able to tell Trumps base, “I told you so.”
Anyway, I apologize for going so dark and for my comment being so long. I would edit it and trim it down, but it’s a stream of consciousness, really. I just wanted to see your thoughts on this. The american people, I believe are waking up, to racism, climate change, trump’s tyranny, and many other issues. That’s the one positive thing that came out of this. I just hope we’ll be able to use this opportunity. I hope it won’t be robbed from us.
Thanks again Jane, for everything you do. I listen to your interviews, and firedrill fridays often, they help me a lot, your perspective, everything. You’re genuinely such an inspiration. I hope I get to attend a firedrill friday in person, sometime in the near future.
Christie, you’re right to be worried. It’s very dangerous what trump is doing and planning. We just have to do all we can to keep him from winning. Early voting, volunteering for an organization that’s getting people to vote. Fire Drill fridays is one of them and people are loving their volunteer experience. Also, there’s a huge need for people to work at voting precincts. You can Google what that looks like. (Google your state and then Poll Workers)You have to start now cause there’s training involved. Obama made a call-out to get people to go this.
Hello Jane Fonda,
I think you are great! I love your shows and your work. In the 80’s I did the Jane Fonda workout daily. I will never forget when my boyfriend said “wow, you have a firm butt”. No doubt. Thank you Jane. I am going to buy the cd and get back on it!
Trump definitely had trauma when he was young, no one who is healthy acts like he does. So sad that the world has to suffer so BIG because of it. I felt very relieved when I heard Biden say that there are many in DC, military and gov, who will escort him out WHEN he looses fair and square. Then I hope they escort him right to prison. Or better yet he disappears and we never have to hear his name or see his face again. Ok I digress.
Sending you lots of love.
BuzzFeed News Reporter
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You likely don’t remember, however we briefly met when you were filming On Golden Pond. My folks have a camp a few doors down from where the movie was filmed. It is still one of my favorite movies!
I am writing you for two reasons. First, to say you have once again inspired me with your amazing efforts to help others and give back. In fact, I believe your fire drill Fridays initiative is the most important thing you have undertaken so far. THANK YOU!
Second, I see you are going to be doing a show in the Boston area next week. This is my neck of the woods and I would love the opportunity to talk with you while you are here. I have an idea for your next initiative that is not only creative but also has a very positive focus and even a wee bit humor. Just enough to breakdown barriers in order to encourage people to listen and then commit to taking “EcoAction”. To learn more please visit http://www.ecoenlighten.org.
Thank you again for all you do, and I very much hope we are able to talk when you are in the area.
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Hello Jane, I hope you are fine !? I wish you a nice 2nd Advent and another good time in Washington! They are really adorable! Greetings Barbara ♥ ️
Hello Jane, I wished you HNY in reply to your blog and in my reply stated that I hoped 2019 would bring rain as we were (we thought at the time) in severe drought. Well almost 12 months later we have been blessed with little rain. Last year we received 13 inches and this year to date, 6 inches. We live in a rich cattle country and yet our rainfall is less than a desert. We continue feeding our cattle (we are lucky we still have water) and have spent in excess of $1.5m on feed. Coupling with this is the mega bush fires around us. Northern NSW, Australia is literally dry and on fire. I agree we need dramatic change. My family are strong and we support one another and are determined to get through the drought. I am proud to tell everyone of you- the cheeky, strong and feisty ‘ol American chick- and what you are achieving. If you have plans in Australia I would love to support you and be part of it.
Hi Jane, I’m inspired by your true commitment to make a difference for Climate change. As a sculptor I’ve created a series of Climate Change Sculptures that i am searching opportunity to place in the greater Public Realm to communicate + remind communities of our most pressing priority, the need to take immediate action now to save our fragile planet – http://bit.ly/EnviroSculpture
You are kinda naive, aren’t you? I am too, I suppose for thinking that trip to North Vietnam was anything other than a propaganda stunt. Well, it saved my life and many others and anyone who can’t figure that out is just an idiot and we have an entire country just full of idiots. Myself included, I suppose. It’s kinda unavoidable, after all, we are all public school educated. Idiots educating idiots. Kisses.
Hi Jane. Something you should know. Our Federal Reserve has financed both sides of every war since it’s founding in 1913. Especially, the war that was meant to never end. Vietnam. The real purpose of the Vietnam war was to continue the financing of our national war machine. We had to do something with all of those surplus bombs left over from WW II. Else, the financing of our war machine would have stopped. So, we picked on a country that was well established in the art of war (Vietnam). It was a death trap for our soldiers, because every battle that was ever fought by our soldiers in Vietnam had been fought over and over and over again. The Vietnam soldiers would show up for the battles that they were assured to win from experience with other armies like France and Greece and stayed at home for those that they were destined to lose. By going to Vietnam you saved countless of our children’s lifes. We’ve all been brainwashed for over 63 generations by the very same people who have started every war since the founding of the Illuminati in 1776. Anything about that date that sounds familiar? You’ve literally been brainwashed by our phony history to switch sides. The winners of every war write the history books and the only winners of any of the USA’s wars have been our Illuminati owned Federal Reserve.
To make a difference in this world I believe we need two things:
1. Strong, powerful individuals who dare to speak up and put their face, heart and entire soul on stake and
2. Business, who are built on a strong Code of Ethics.
You Jane are the first one and we are the second one.
Please get in touch if you want to hear more and let’s work together for the sake of healthier Planet Earth.
Overpopulation is the main root of it all.
Please sign and support: https://www.change.org/p/weltweite-geburtenregelungen-verbindlich-einf%C3%BChren-introduce-obligatory-world-wide-birth-controls/u/23917053
.. Well, just in case you read this Jane, I was the one with the black Abraham Lincoln hat on. And I sat down right next to you At the Capitol building Rotunda. And boy howdy I sure was thrilled. More importantly message received And I thank you again for all that you’re doing. Xo
I was in Washington DC on November 15th at Jane’s Fire Drill Friday’s. Three weeks before that, I heard for the first time Greta Thunberg’s third speech to the United Nations. Then, that very same day, I heard what Jane Fonda was putting together (Fire Drill Friday’s) after she heard Greta Thunberg Speech at the United Nations as well. I was appalled and shocked. And it was at that moment that I was on the same page of the information in regards to climate change. I couldn’t just stand by and do nothing. And that was what catapulted me to go to Washington DC and protest. I came back with information and steam to move forward and multiply it. And after a few personal setbacks, it’s taken me this long to get to Jane’s web page and really make a difference and be a participant of the climate change movement. I had the very good luck and honor to walk right next to Jane and help hold up the protest sign. And at an appropriate moment, I put my hand on her hand, and I said, Jane Thank you for doing what you’re doing. And she turn to me with those beautiful blue eyes and said very kindly and heartfelt to me,thank you for coming.( a few minutes before that, she turned to me and corrected me in the “chant” .. “What do we want, A Green New Deal!” I was screaming, like everyone else but right in her ear, “A New Green Deal!” I said, oh, I’m sorry! And she said “that’s okay. I’m glad you’re here.” Xoxo
By: Yvonne Villarreal Contact Reporter
Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin are the kind of ladies who lunch while talking frankly about bionic body parts and joint diseases. At least that’s the case today.
Thank you both, and everyone behind “Grace and Frankie,” for creating, contributing, entertaining, evolving and making a difference on the planet.
Love and Laughter Never Ends…
Love from us in Texas.
Well, never too late, i will be expecting your visit, but to Porto this time, my lovely hometown up north 🙂
Much Love. Keep the fight!
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The act of putting ALL of the New World Order elite into check, in JANE FONDA’S hands as the Pleiadian character SATIA, in my new film, where SATIA, also puts BETTE MIDLER as the demon LILTH into check also. I have just uploaded BETTE MIDLER, and myself dancing together in her movie: ”FOR THE BOYS”. What a joy to see JANE FONDA & BETTE MIDLER as adversaries in a space craft movie, where the NWO ILLUMINATI, which the character LILTH supports, take off running for the hills once they are completely defeated by the GALACTIC FEDERATION, where CHRIST’S daughter SA RA, & SATIA coordinated moves against those Reptilian humanoids in a space ship Dog Fight.
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I am an old friend of Jane Fonda’s sent for by her to come onto the movie set of KLUTE, and taken by Ann Roth to meet with Jane. We spoke by telephone everyday after, and we road in a limo to the Waldorf Astoria, where her father Henry placed us at the head of the table with him. Now I am wanting Jane to play the role of the Pleiadian Goddess SATIA, in my movie “COSMIC GANGSTA VS THE REPTILIANS” and command her space craft along with CHRIST’S daughter SA RA, in the Dog Fights against the bad guy Reptilians from Alpha Draconus. It makes “STAR WARS” look like children nonsense, as we time leap through time lines, condense the Sun Rays to manifest anything desired, walk through walls and do things MULTIDIMENSIONAL GODS & GODDESSES can do.
We are aiming at Jerry Bruckheimer as the Director on this project, Wesley Snipes as ANUBIS, Bette Midler as the demon Anunnaki, LILTH, Rosiario Dawson as BERNICE working in AREA 51 UNDERGROUND US Base with ORION ALIENS,
Two male law partners fall in love and leave their wives, women now bereft and enraged—all of which makes for stellar comedy
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June 11, 2014 | By: Oliver Gettell
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Jane, congratulations on the award! (6 years post the event, but still :)) is there a place where one can watch the full ceremony? I was able to find several videos on YouTube, but full version is not available. Tried to search internet – no luck(((
Karine, I’ve no idea