Margaret Atwood Interviews …. “📚 ‘The Handmaid’s Tale and The Testaments’ 📚 …. “!!


~~September 25, 2019~~


I’m an avid fan. It started by watching the Hulu series ‘The Handmaid’s Tale‘ and followed every turn in every episode and the three seasons available on TV.

I’ve ordered the hard copy book and was eagerly waiting on the sequel, ‘The Testaments‘.

So far, it’s a magnet for the engaged reader. Can’t wait for the ending of the sequel. The Hulu series has been picked up for a 4th season. Will it be based on ‘The Testaments? I wonder.

Let Ms. Atwood explain herself.

She’s a prolific and amazing author!


The Handmaid’s Tale is a dystopian novel by Canadian author Margaret Atwood, originally published in 1985. It is set in a near-future New England, in a totalitarian state resembling a theonomy that overthrows the United States government. The novel focuses on the journey of the handmaid Offred. Her name derives from the possessive form “of Fred“; handmaids are forbidden to use their birth names and must echo the male, or master, whom they serve.
The Handmaid’s Tale explores themes of women in subjugation in a patriarchal society and the various means by which these women attempt to gain individuality and independence. The novel’s title echoes the component parts of Geoffrey Chaucer’s ‘The Canterbury Tales, which is a series of connected stories (“The Merchant’s Tale”, “The Parson’s Tale”, etc.).
The Handmaid’s Tale is structured into two parts, night and other various events. This novel can be interpreted as a double narrative, Offred’s tale and the handmaids’ tales. The night sections are solely about Offred, and the other sections (shopping, waiting room, household, etc.) are the stories that describe the possible life of every handmaid, though from the perspective of Offred.


The Testaments is a 2019 novel by Margaret Atwood. A sequel to her The Handmaid’s Tale (1985), the novel takes place 15 years after Offred’s final scene in the original novel, and is narrated by three female characters: Aunt Lydia, a key character in The Handmaid’s Tale; Agnes, a young woman living in Gilead; and Daisy, a young woman in Canada who is horrified by Gilead’s abuses of human rights.
The younger women are Offred’s two daughters; Agnes, who was adopted by a Gileadan family after being captured and taken from Offred, is being prepared for her assigned role as the future wife of a commander, while Daisy, who was smuggled out of Gilead, was placed for adoption with a couple who owned a used clothing store in the Queen Street West neighborhood of Toronto and was raised without knowledge of either the truth of her origins or the existence of her sister.


~~September 8, 2019~~

CBS Sunday Morning

Canadian author Margaret Atwood’s 1985 dystopian novel, “The Handmaid’s Tale,” about a United States taken over by Christian zealots who force women to serve as sex slaves and child bearers for a powerful elite, became a bestseller and an Emmy-winning TV series. It has also introduced the iconography of Gilead into today’s political discussions. Now, Atwood has penned a sequel, “The Testaments,” which has been shortlisted for the Booker Prize. She tells correspondent Martha Teichner that while she wrote the books as a warning, she does not see herself as a prophet.

~~September 20, 2019~~

Margaret Atwood’s The Testaments Continues The Handmaid’s Tale from New Perspectives

Late Night with Seth Meyers

Margaret Atwood talks about the pressure to write a sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale, collaborating with the producers of Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale and the three characters’ viewpoints found in The Testaments.

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~~September 20, 2019~~

The View interview Author Margaret Atwood

The women of The View are completely without words when Margaret Atwood speaks. Loved, loved, loved this segment. A literary legend and prophet for our times. Epic response on the climate crisis as well.

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Greta Thunberg …. “🌎 ‘School Strike for Climate’ …. TED Talk 🌎 …. “!!

~~September 25, 2019~~


I look around my office and I see many books. I’m an avid reader; I was since a young age.

While I was in college (many moons ago), I took a summer environmental class and learned about many things related to CO2 emissions, global warming, oceans, species. I bought then (back in the early 1970’s) books like’ ‘The End of Nature‘, ‘Tropical Nature‘, ‘Save Our Planet“, ‘50 Simple Things Things You can Do to Save the Earth’, etc.

It’s now 40 years since I bought those books and read them. What has happened since?

Greta is totally and completely correct.

What has been done since the time when the alarm was sounded maybe even prior to 1970?


Greta Thunberg is a Swedish climate activist

Why you should listen
In August 2018, Greta Thunberg started a school strike for the climate outside the Swedish Parliament that has since spread all over the world and now involves over 100,000 schoolchildren. The movement is now called Fridays For Future
Thunberg has spoken at climate rallies in Stockholm, Helsinki, Brussels and London. In December she attended the United Nations COP24 in Katowice, Poland, where she addressed the Secretary-General and made a plenary speech that went viral and was shared many million times around the globe. In January 2019 she was invited to the World Economic Forum in Davos where her speeches again made a worldwide impact.
Thunberg tries to live a low-carbon life. Therefore she is vegan, and she doesn’t fly. She has been named as one of the worlds most influential teens by TIME magazine.


Asperger syndrome or simply known as Asperger’s, it is a developmental disorder that used to be a separate condition. However, as of the year 2013, Asperger’s is now no longer a condition on its own but instead, is part of a group known as Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Even so, there are still many who uses the term Asperger’s. It is known as a “high functioning” type of ASD which means that the symptoms in Asperger’s is less severe compared to other types of disorders in ASD that may have extreme mental disabilities.

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a common, chronic and long-lasting disorder in which a person has uncontrollable, reoccurring thoughts (obsessions) and behaviors (compulsions) that he or she feels the urge to repeat over and over.

Selective Mutism is a complex childhood anxiety disorder characterized by a child’s inability to speak and communicate effectively in select social settings, such as school. These children are able to speak and communicate in settings where they are comfortable, secure, and relaxed.


~~Published on Dec 12, 2018~~

Greta Thunberg realized at a young age the lapse in what several climate experts were saying and in the actions that were being taken in society. The difference was so drastic in her opinion that she decided to take matters into her own hands. Greta is a 15-year-old Stockholm native who lives at home with her parents and sister Beata. She’s a 9th grader in Stockholm who enjoys spending her spare time riding Icelandic horses, spending time with her families two dogs, Moses and Roxy. She love animals and has a passion for books and science. At a young age, she became interested in the environment and convinced her family to adopt a sustainable lifestyle.

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IOTD …. “✨ Images of the Day, Very Special Edition …. ‘Arch Meets Archie’ …. Desmond Tutu and ‘the family’ ✨ …. “!!

~~September 25, 2019~~


I can’t deny my fascination for this couple and their young son.

Ever since Harry was a little boy, I followed Princess Diana, Prince William and Prince Harry. I remember the loving bond he had with his Mum, the endless pictures as he grew up, the unforgettable image of a boy lost following his mum’s coffin, the endless pictures of his troubles as a young adult.

Life has come full circle for him. Megan and Archie have helped in completing him. I only wish them love, health and continued happiness.

Now bear with me as I show off pictures of Master Archie!


Archie Mountbatten-Windsor Was All Smiles and Giggles on His Royal Tour Debut

(September 25, 2019)

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle kicked off their royal tour of Southern Africa on Sept. 23, but it wasn’t until two days later that we finally got a proper peek at their son, Archie Mountbatten-Windsor. Needless to say, he totally stole the spotlight as his mom carried him through The Old Granary in Cape Town ahead of a meeting with the city’s former Archbishop, Desmond Tutu.

Arch meets Archie,” was the adorable caption on a video posted to the Sussex Royal Instagram account, which showed all three members of the family beaming as they arrived at the historic venue.

The royal tour is a big milestone for Harry and Meghan as it marks their first trip as a family of three (not to mention, Archie’s very first tour). While the trip will include stops in South Africa, Botswana, Angola, and Malawi, we’ll only get a few glimpses of Archie as he stays with a nanny most of the time.

See Archie’s cutest moments from the tour ahead!

“As it appears in … full read/full credit’

#IOTD #ImagesOfTheDay #VerySpecialEdition #PrinceHarry #MeghanMarkle #MasterArchie #ArchieMountbattenWindsor #ArchbishopDesmondTutu #ArchMeetsArchie #RoyalTourDebut #SouthAfrica #Botswana #Angola #Malawi #CutenessOverload

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~~Published September 25, 2019~~

Baby Archie steals limelight from Meghan Markle and Prince Harry as they wer greeted by Archbishop Tutu and his daughter, Thankdeka Tutu-Gxashe.

Wednesday Wisdom …. “💫 ‘Shake the World Gently’ 💫 …. “!!


~~September 25, 2019~~

Always be gentle. You receive more that way!


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Guess.What.Day.It.Is? (You can’t make this up Day)

Oh well … ‘Tiger Truck Stop’s Caspar the camel, one of the animal attractions at the truck stop, looks no worse for wear. Last week when a Florida truck driver and her husband crawled into a camel’s enclosure, the camel sat on the woman, who used her teeth to bite the camel’s testicles to escape. According to the Iberville Parish Sheriff’s Office, the woman’s husband threw doggy treats under Caspar the camel’s fence, which is about 6 feet hight. The lady encountered trouble after entering the enclosure to retrieve the dog.’

My daughter-in-law works with the company that ensures this camel!! Well done, Caspar!!

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  • Tiger Truck Stop’s Caspar the camel, one of the animal attractions at the truck stop, looks no worse for wear. Last week when a Florida truck driver and her husband crawled into a camel’s enclosure, the camel sat on the woman, who used her teeth to bite the camel’s testicles to escape. According to the Iberville Parish Sheriff’s Office, the woman’s husband threw doggy treats under Caspar the camel’s fence, which is about 6 feet hight. The lady encountered trouble after entering the enclosure to retrieve the dog. (The Advocate, Baton Rouge, LA, September 23, 2019“)
  • That’s a picture of Caspar above by Travis Spradling of the Advocate.
  • Background on Caleb/Wednesday/Hump Day Posts and Geico’s original commercial: Let’s Hit it Again

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