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Who is the real Jann Arden?

Singer-songwriter, musician, writer, environmentalist, social activist, nature lover, citizen of the world. That’s “real Jann.” Then there’s “TV JANN.” Can one woman really play all these roles? Well, yes. One reason we admire entertainers is that they get to play roles. They put on masks and explore different sides of themselves. Canadian icon Jann Arden has been writing and performing songs for decades. Now she is the co-developer and star of her own CTV series, JANN, loosely based on her own life. “TV Jann,” as she calls this alter ego, is a pampered disorganized diva. Real Jann lives in the country, but within Calgary city limits. COVID has isolated her from people, but she still writes songs, makes her TV show, and tries to get along with animals. She is passionate about the health of people and the planet. In some ways “TV Jann” is not at all like the

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What can Jane Fonda do?

Answer: a lot. At 82, Jane Fonda is still an activist, this time trying to save the planet. Actress, author, feminist, health advocate, she has lived many lives – and is still a work in progress. The rest of us had better keep up. Jane Fonda is 82 and still getting arrested, still demanding the world change, me included, as I fumble to set up my camera. “I am just preparing you for the future,” she says, meaning in this case not global warming, which is what we are down to talk about today, but future Zoom interviews. She is in the living room of her Spanish-inspired villa in the gated community in Los Angeles where she has lived alone since she separated from the record producer Richard Perry three years ago. The Hollywood star of On Golden Pond and The China Syndrome is a bestselling author. Her books range

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Michael J. Fox, Incurable Optimist

MICHAEL J. FOX had it all, or so it seemed. At age 29, the Canadian actor had a resume to die for: A succession of TV and move hits, a shelf of awards, a beautiful wife and loving family at home. One of the perks of fame—the people he wanted to meet wanted to meet him. Fox was working on the film Doc Hollywood with Woody Harrelson. He woke up after partying the night before. His little finger was twitching. He thought it was a hangover. But it didn’t stop. His life was changing. ‘You may think you are cast in a challenging role, but it’s how you play it that counts.’ – Michael J. Fox Everything starts with a concept, a vision—a dream. As the Bible says, “In the beginning was the word.” The trick is: Do we allow ourselves to dream? Or do we stay stuck in the

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