Reblogging: 20 Most Anticipated Films By and About Women of 2017

20 Most Anticipated Films By and About Women of 2017
from Rachel Montpelier, Feminist Writer, Spinster, & Lunatic; Creator of The Outside Girls Project https://outsidegirlsblog.wordpress.com/

Check out these amazing-sound films, coming right up! Thanks, Rachel, for curating this list.
https://blog.womenandhollywood.com/20-most-anticipated-films-by-and-about-women-of-2017-dd2bc37950a4#.24x8pbnpf

His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s New Year’s Message for 2017

His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s New Year’s Message for 2017 is included in this article about meditation, mind-training, hope and optimism.
Read, watch videos, be blessed, share:

http://www.elephantjournal.com/2017/01/the-dalai-lamas-message-to-the-world-for-2017/

From Elyane Youssef, writing on another favorite site of mine, Elephant Journal. Subscribe! http://www.elephantjournal.com/

#CriticizeTrumpDaily: Make a Commitment! #FreeSpeech Use this list to help you!

#CriticizeTrumpDaily: Make a Commitment! #FreeSpeech Use this list to help you!

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Or, add to it! Send your own list to: http://www.sallyember.com/blog and put in the comments of this post. We can be SO CREATIVE! There are so many serious, funny, name-calling and behavioral aspects to draw upon, I’m sure we’ll have a lot more than 100, but let’s start with these.

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George Orwell had it all correct! “Truth is the new hate speech” meme, from Newstarget, captures this era perfectly! “During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act!”

Want to know more how to be an effective #Trumpcritic? Read this, from 12/14/16:
BAD WAYS TO CRITICIZE TRUMP https://www.currentaffairs.org/2016/12/bad-ways-to-criticize-trump

and
Don’t Mock Trump: Refute Him!, also from 12/14/16: http://www.worldpoliticsreview.com/articles/20704/don-t-mock-trump-rebut-him

Also, use #GrabYourWallet http://www.businessinsider.com/trump-related-businesses-boycotted-2016-11/#6pm-1 and refuse to purchase ANYTHING from businesses that display or do business with Trump businesses/products (and most are chains, not local, so don’t shop there, anyway!), which include: 6 PM; Amazon; Bed, Bath and Beyond; Belk, Belacor, Bloomingdale’s; Bluefly; Bon-Ton and Carson’s; Burlington Coat Factory; Century 21; Dillard’s; DSW; Hudson’s Bay; HSN; Jet; Lord & Taylor; Macy’s; Marshalls; TJ Maxx; Neiman Marcus; Nordstrom; Overstock.com; Perfumania; Scion hotels; Saks Off Fifth; Stein Mart; Trump Golf Courses; Trump Hotels; Ivanka Trump’s clothing line; Trump Winery; Wayfair; Trump Grill; Zappos.

DO shop shoes.com (if you want), because they DID respond to requests to stop selling Trump items, in mid-November, 2016.

Over 100 Ways to Use your #FreeSpeech Rights to Criticize Trump (while we still have them…):
1. Liar
2. Cheater
3. Thief
4. Adulterer
5. Child Rapist
6. Sexual Assaulter
7. Without any actual skills
8. Buffoon
9. Foments hate
10. Hateful
11. Racist
12. Sexist
13. Heterosexist
14. Homophobic
15. Can’t spell
16. Can’t write well
17. Can’t speak properly
18. Doesn’t use complete, coherent sentences
19. Has a terrible vocabulary
20. Sub-normal emotional intelligence
21. Doesn’t read
22. Doesn’t listen
23. Unreliable
24. Failed business owner
25. Fraud
26. Arrogant
27. Ignorant
28. Obstinate
29. Soulless
30. Not amusing
31. Deceiver
32. Disrespectful
33. Mocks others
34. Threatens and bullies
35. Probably mostly impotent (especially in actions)
36. Unintelligible, usually
37. Spoiled rich kid
38. Lazy
39. Self-indulgent
40. Conceited
41. Blow-hard
42. Disloyal
43. Criminal
44. Law-breaker
45. Defamer
46. Slanderer
47. Libelous
48. Can’t understand simple science
49. Misrepresents facts
50. Can’t fulfill the role of President successfully
51. Malicious
52. Grudge-holder
53. Juvenile
54. Narcissistic
55. Self-aggrandizing
56. Nepotistic
57. Won’t admit when he’s wrong
58. Never apologizes
59. Immature
60. Ill-mannered
61. Two-faced
62. Promise-breaker
63. Vow-breaker
64. Can’t remember important things
65. Misogynist
66. Hypocrite
67. Delusional
68. Idiotic
69. Illogical
70. Overly-emotional
71. Can’t tolerate any criticism
72. Bombastic
73. Buffoon
74. Ridiculous
75. Reneger/contract-breaker
76. Retaliates unfairly
77. Files frivolous lawsuits
78. Obfuscates
79. Rude
80. Inflammatory
81. War-monger
82. Hate-monger
83. Spews idiocy
84. Draft-dodger
85. Anti-immigrant while marrying immigrants
86. Horrible father
87. Pseudo-religious
88. Coward
89. Easily thrown
90. Short attention span
91. Tantrum-thrower
92. Vindictive
93. Inconsistent
94. Nonsensical
95. Megalomaniac
96. Corrupt
97. Tax-evader
98. Briber
99. Panderer
100. Indulges in cronyism
101. Cynical
102. Misanthrope
103. Miserly
104. Exaggerator
105. Confabulator
106. Manipulator
107. Unqualified
108. Tyrannical
109. Fuels paranoia
110. Is unfamiliar with key USA government rules and documents
111. Won’t hold regular Press Conferences
112. Can’t discuss criticisms substantively
113. Can’t debate rationally
114. Illogical
115. Makes stuff up
116. Hyperbolic
117. Prevaricator
118. Deceiver
119. Ignoramus
120. Weak
121. Dense
122. Gutless
123. Blusterer
124. Felon
125. Crook
126. Rapist
127. Molester
127. Harasser
128. Unrepentant
129. Doesn’t learn from his own mistakes
130. Can’t tell friends from foes
131. Betrayer
132. Doesn’t understand purposes of policies
133. Flauts rules and laws
134. Temperamental
135. Unstable
136. Repetitive
137. Anti-choice
138. Disrespectful to almost everyone
139. Generalizes
140. Won’t admit when he’s wrong
141. Won’t admit his flaws and failings honestly
142. Dishonest in business and in life commitments
143. Doesn’t honor hard work
144. Doesn’t care about anyone outside of his family
145. Misleads people intentionally
146. Abuses power and leadership
147. Unpatriotic
148. Undisciplined
149. Unable to tell fact from fiction (or unwilling)
150. Irresponsible
151. Shirks responsibilities
152. Overly inflated sense of his own importance and competence
153. Distorted self-image
154. Low ego strength
155. Unable to make secure attachments
156. Can’t understand or follow simple logic
157. Oppressive
158. Disgusting
159. Unethical in every area of his life
160. Immoral in all ways
161. Asinine
162. Uncouth
163. Loser
164. Incompetent
165. Wrong
166. Misrepresents facts
167. Misunderstands facts
168.

ADD YOUR OWN in the comments, below. The more refutational rather than personal, the better, but any actual criticisms are accepted!

3 more days! Happy Holidays! BUY BOOKS! #SciFi #Romance #Utopian #TheSpannersSeries

3 more days! Happy Holidays! BUY BOOKS! #SciFi #Romance #Utopian #TheSpannersSeries

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A Jewish Buddhist at Christmas/ Chanukah/ Solstice Time

A re-posting, with some minor changes:

Christmas and I are not friends. We are not even good neighbors. I was raised Jewish in predominantly Jewish neighborhoods, school systems, summer camps and other social encounters. This made me an outsider in an insider world every December.

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Despite about 75% Jewish population in our local public schools, the relentless Christian-ness of the USA permeated. Most of our teachers and all of the school administrators were not Jewish. Therefore, we Jewish students were forced to learn and sing Christmas carols alongside our Christian classmates every year in music classes and choirs in our classes and assemblies. I mouthed but would not sing songs with lyrics like “Jesus, our God,” or “Christ, our King.” I refused to “celebrate,” but I would go along as required.

I hated it.

All of my childhood and most of my young adult life, I also hated Christmas. I hated the trees, the lights, the candy canes, and, especially, the incessant carols on muzak almost everywhere we went. I hated the silly fashion and accessory affectations (reindeer hats, Santa sweaters, elves in snow globes on chains, fake snow on windowsills) and the massively wasteful appropriation of space and time every December. This extravaganza has gotten worse over the decades, now beginning prior to Hallowe’en and including some year-round “Santa Villages,” “Christmas” stores and such.

Appalling.

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Christian adults still post and say ridiculous, ignorant things to me and other non-Christians, like: “Christmas isn’t religious; it’s American.” And, “It’s not a Christmas tree. It’s a holiday tree.” Or, my personal favorite, “You can celebrate Christmas and still be Jewish. I know lots of people who do!”

I belong to several authors/writers groups online and in person, and without exception, they are filled with eager, interesting people. Except, at Christmas. Then, they devolve into ignorant, unaware bigots who claim things like: “If we call it a ‘Holiday’ sale instead of a ‘Christmas’ sale, we’ll get fewer hits on Google”; and, the most appalling, “We did it your way last year. This year, it’s a ‘Christmas’ sale/program/event.”

The most insulting? “You are included if you feel included. Your choice.”

For every kid who feels oppressed by the pervasive and invasive Christmassification of everything for almost two months every year, it’s difficult to separate hating the holiday-ness from despising the people who rightfully celebrate it. I often did/do not succeed in making that distinction. I breathe a sigh of relief every December 26.

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I celebrated the Solstice for a few years. We were tentatively friends, paganism and I. I even created a Solstice “advent” calendar with thirteen paper strips as “rays” of the sun to be unfolded, one on each of the thirteen days prior to December 21. I liked this because each “ray” jad written on it a quality or positivity we wanted to affirm or invite into our lives. That was fun and interesting, and I liked the symbols and intention, but Solstice and I did not remain friends, either.

Winter Solstice

For about twenty years, after our son was born, we—my son’s Christian (Episcopalian-raised)/Sufi and somewhat Muslim father and sometimes members of his family—celebrated a kind of Christmas, usually when at one of their homes.

For two years in the late 1980s, when I worked as the Director of Religious Education for the local Unitarian Universalist “Church,” I/we “celebrated” several December holidays, including Kwanzaa. i even went to church and sang Christmas carols and enjoyed it a little, holding a lit candle and the whole shebang.

Mostly, I hostessed Chanukah parties for my mostly Christian friends and half-Jewish son (not Jewish at all, except by birth). and and then my Jewish/fake Mormon/Buddhist female partner. I did this primarily because I liked to make and eat Chanukah food and give presents. Also, my mom (bless her) mailed (from Missouri) a huge box every year after our son was born that had eight gifts for him and many for us (some were small, like a pair of socks, but still: very welcomed!). So, we needed a way to spread out the opening of these and other gifts so he wouldn’t be overwhelmed and not appreciate any of them properly. I created and shared an English lyric about visualizing miracles to be sung when lighting the Chanukah candles (since the religious parts of the Jewish holidays and I parted ways when I was about ten years old) for each of the eight nights.

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I tried to make Chanukah mine. It only kind of worked, and only for a while (mostly for the years that our son lived in my house or was visiting for the holiday). But, since it wasn’t an authentic, deep relationship, Chanukah and I gradually drifted apart.

Partly, this drift occurred because I became a Buddhist. That made “the holiday season” even more irrelevant. I not only stopped celebrating Christmas, but don’t do much with Chanukah or Solstice any longer, either.

Each fall, when I can afford it, I buy some gifts for friends and family members (honoring whatever they celebrate), and wish people well for whatever they celebrate. But, I also try to keep to myself on the actual days of these holidays, since they’re not “mine.” I really do not celebrate or believe in them.

I do not miss these holidays. I do not feel left out. I do not feel angry. I do not feel deprived, alone, or otherwise sad or depressed. These just aren’t my holidays. I view them with slight amusement and a keen detachment over the last fifteen years, as if I were visiting from another culture (which I kind of am).

This year it is a little more difficult to escape both major holidays because Chanukah and Christmas are coinciding on the calendar: Christmas Eve is the first night of Chanukah and it ends on New Year’s Eve for the first time, ever, in my life. I don’t have much money, but I do want to buy some gifts for loved ones and this is as good of an excuse as any to do so.

I’ve gone through despising, hating, avoiding, celebrating, enjoying, participating, encouraging, hostessing, attending, bowing out to relinquishing December holidays over my six+ decades. I’m quite happy, now, taking the parts I like (mostly some good food and a few songs, gift-giving and receiving, days off) and ignoring the rest.

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Please don’t take it personally that I don’t participate in or celebrate any holidays in the fall “holiday season” the ways you do.

Enjoy your holiday(s). Really.

Just don’t impose them on me. And, by the way, I hate Capitalism, for real.

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December 3 – 4, 2016, Science-Fiction & Fantasy #FREE #EBOOKS and #SALE!

December 3 – 4, 2016, Science-Fiction & Fantasy #FREE #EBOOKS and #SALE! on SF & F, by Patty Jansen. The Spanners Series’ Volume I on ALL ebook retail sites is FREE. Volume II and Volume III #ebooks are $3.99; #CreateSpace #paperbacks 25% off through 12/31/16! http://pattyjansen.com/promo/

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This Changes Everything, Vol. I, The Spanners Series

Dr. Clara Ackerman Branon, 58, begins having secret visits from holographic representations of beings from the Many Worlds Collective, a consortium of planet and star systems in the multiverse. When Earth is invited to join the consortium, the secret visits are made public. Now Earthers must adjust their beliefs and ideas about life, religion, culture, identity and everything they think and are.

Clara is selected to be the liaison between Earth and the Many Worlds Collective and she chooses Esperanza Enlaces to be the Chief Media Contact. They team up to provide information to stave off riots and uncertainty. The Many Worlds Collective holos train Clara and the Psi-Warriors for the Psi Wars with the rebelling Psi-Defiers, communicate effectively with many species on Earth and off-planet, eliminate ordinary, elected governments and political boundaries, convene a new group of Global Leaders, and deal with family’s and friends’ reactions. 

In what multiple timelines of the ever-expanding multiverse do Clara and her long-time love, Epifanio Dang, get to be together and which leave Clara alone and lonely as the leader of Earth?

This Changes Everything spans the 30-year story of Clara’s term as Earth’s first Chief Communicator, continuing in nine more Volumes of The Spanners Series.

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Intrigued by multiple timelines, aliens, psi skills, romance and planetary change? Clara and the alien “Band” are back in Volume II, This Changes My Family and My Life Forever.

Now as Chief Communicator, Clara leads the way for interspecies communication on- and off-planet. Fighting these changes are the Psi-Defiers, led by one of the oldest friends of the Chief of the Psi-Warriors, its reluctant leader, Rabbi Moran Ackerman. Stories from younger Spanners about the first five years of The Transition fill Volume II.

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This Is/Is Not the Way I Want Things to Change, Vol. III, The Spanners Series

Clara, Moran, Espe, Epifanio and the alien Band of holos are back in This Is/Is Not the Way I Want Things to Change, Volume III of The Spanners Series. Psi-Defiers launch increasingly violent protests during this five-year Transition, attempting to block Earth’s membership into the Many Worlds Collective. Earth’s nations and borders must dissolve and Psi-Warriors must strengthen in their battle against the rebels.

Clara, as Earth’s first Chief Communicator, also juggles family conflicts and danger while creating psi skills training Campuses to help Earth through the Psi Wars. Clara timults alternate versions of their futures as the leaders’ duties and consciences force them to make difficult choices across multiple timelines, continuing to train and fight.

Will the Psi-Warriors’ and other leaders’ increasing psi skills, interspecies collaborations and budding alien alliances be enough for Earth to make it through The Transition intact? If there is no clear path for Clara’s and Epifanio’s love, does she partner with Steve or go it alone?

What do YOU do with wanted/unwanted changes?

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