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.
I’m very sorry Jane, we know they are in a better place but goodbyes are hard, I love you very much and I hope you will return to the blog soon, I miss you💕💕
Thank you for sharing your beautiful memories of Larry.
What an amazing man and legend.
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
So, it happened, Biden did it! Congratulations! Never did one, single word carry so much meaning and emotion – joy, relief, pride and hope. This election restored my faith in the American nation, even though I am a bit disappointed it was not a landslide victory for Joe. The map of winning and losing states looks very interesting and kinda predictable. Power to the people o California and NY – the best there is in terms of the intellect.
Anyway, the wacko is out and the last few days clearly showed what a sociopath he really is. Well, Goodbye to Donald, Ivanka, Melania and her stand-ins. (Although I feel sorry for all her lookie-likies who lost career and income opportunities…)
Time will show what happens next, but even if things don’t improve we all should be glad that this power-hungry, alpha male egomaniac, who is also an irresponsible, lying, dumb, rude fraudster is out of the political picture.
Lots of love, hugs and kisses, chin chin!
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
Jane this is very sad, you are right, the climate crisis is the most important is this moment: https://www.treehugger.com/climate-change-undo-progress-child-malnutrition-5097013
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.
EcoEnlightened Charitable Organization
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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Hollywood turned out in force last week to fete the actress, activist and fitness guru Jane Fonda, who was honored with AFI’s 42nd Life Achievement Award.
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