THE JOURNALS

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JAYSPEAK

OK, this is more than you ever wanted to know, AND more than I ever thought I would expose. It is true confessions combined with book promotion. Haha. Grab a coffee! Here goes…… When I was in my 30’s, I moved from a relatively small southern town in Georgia to Los Angeles, California. July 1968. All hell was breaking loose in the world. No matter. I was consumed with trying to find a reason to live. I can give you the reasons that I believed at the time and that I told everyone, but the real reason motivating me was that I was very unhappy. I wanted to die and had fantasies of throwing myself out a window or out of the car. I did not really want to die. I wanted change. Change of everything I knew at the time. I won’t bore you with what I had come…

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Eleanor Clifford, Countess of Cumberland

Awesome article.

I love stories about Historical Women.

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Portrait of an Unknown Lady c.1565-8 by Hans Eworth active 1540-1573 Possible portrait of Eleanor Brandon (https://www.tate.org.uk/art/artworks/eworth-portrait-of-an-unknown-lady-t03896)

Being a close relative of a Tudor monarch was not a very comfortable position to be in.  According to Henry VIII’s Third Act of Succession of 1544, Eleanor was designated as eighth in line behind Henry’s three children, Eleanor’s sister Frances and Frances’ three daughters Lady Jane, Katherine and Mary Grey.  Even being so near to the throne, Eleanor managed to live a full and satisfying life.

Henry VIII’s will named his son Edward, daughter Mary and daughter Elizabeth as his heirs.  He totally bypassed the children of is eldest sister Margaret and also ignored Frances and Eleanor Brandon, naming their children as next in line.  This has been debated ever since.  Perhaps Henry anticipated his children would have heirs.  He did not think highly of Henry Grey and didn’t want him to have any power which he could claim if…

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REMEMBERING Agnès Varda

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In the 1980’s when I was working as an actress in film and television in Los Angeles, I joined Women In Film.  During my active time as a member, I served on the Board of Directors and ran for President against Marion Rees!!  Needless to say, she won!!!  Haha. But, I did it anyway.  I met many wonderful women during my time there, many of whom I remain friends with to this day.  

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Currently, I am still on the mailing list and get emails regularly about all the amazing women in film as our presence in the Industry grows and grows!!  YES!!!  This week – yesterday, in fact, I received a well-written piece about Agnès Varda that I want to share.  It was written by Laila Hashemi, WIF Development and Communications Coordinator.  Since I now live in France and am becoming more familiar with French film,  I have…

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A Serial Killer’s Little Black Book – The Tiffany Sessions Murder Mystery

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The daughter of a powerful real estate mogul was snatched on her evening powerwalk just a short distance from her apartment. Twenty-five years later cold case investigators find a clue in a serial killer’s tattered black address book. Five years have passed since the discovery, and still, Tiffany Sessions’ body hasn’t been found. What happened to this college student?


Tiffany Louise Sessions , 20 was a finance/economics major at the University of Florida in 1989. Her roommate said she returned from the holiday break on a fitness craze trying to lose a goal of 14lbs. She had a trip planned and like many other coeds wanted to look great for the summer. This had prompted the young blond to start power walking in the evenings near her apartment complex. On the night of February 9, 1989, she set off promising the roommate she would return within the hour. She left…

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In 1884, Grover Cleveland was Accused of Rape. Two Days Later He Was Elected President of the United States

Great article

UNREMEMBERED

By Ken Zurski

In July 1884, only two years after being elected the governor of New York, a little known lawyer and relatively new politician named Stephen Grover Cleveland became the Democratic nominee for president of the United States.

Cleveland’s quick rise in party ranks was no fluke. The Republicans were in disarray. Due to failing health, Chester Arthur the incumbent and former vice president who inherited the White House after James Garfield’s assassination, made only a meager effort to win his parties affections for a full term. Instead Republicans chose James Blaine, a longtime congressman from Maine.  The Democrats seized on the opportunity to elect someone who was considered an outsider.

Cleveland fit the bill.

Grover Cleveland

Conservative, religious, and “remarkable unperceptive to new ideas,” Cleveland easily won election to New York state governorship in 1882 and even though he would vote against the public’s favor on issues ranging…

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President Taft Received The Ball: How the Newspaper Covered the First ‘First Pitch’ in Baseball

Very cool article.

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President Taft Tosses First Ball

Great Opening for American League

All Attendance Records Broken in Washington

Washington, April 14, 1910 — The opening of the American League season in Washington today between the local and Philadelphia clubs, was a most auspicious one. President and Mrs. Taft, Vice president Sherman and many other notables were present and the Nationals won by the shut out score of 3 to 0. For the first time on record, a president of the United States tossed out the first ball and what was more he sat through the entire nine innings and seemed greatly to enjoy the contest. The attendance broke all records.

Last year, President Taft saw Washington play Boston late in the season, but then the local players got stage fright when the President arrived and threw the game. Mr. Taft remarked then that he must be “hoo-doo” and remained away from the…

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