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DECEMBER 2021 ISSUE | CELEBRITY GOSSIP GAME

DID YOU KNOW THERE’S A HIDDEN TREASURE about WEALTH FOR ALL HERE?

Could that be true? I mean, of course, it’s true since Jesus said it, but how does that translate into our personal development and lives? We all know we should give. Our mothers even taught us to eat our vegetables because ‘all the little starving children in the world would love to have them‘. Awwwww the poor little starving children. We’ve just been “guilted”! But giving isn’t about feeling guilty … Did you know Jesus is not only True, He’s practical? Giving is about your own state of wealth … giving promotes our own happiness, draws us closer to others, and strengthens our ability to understand and share the feelings of others. These are vital for us to create a wealthy life, which starts from the inside.

Hollywood star Gerard Butler learned this when he joined a mission to Africa with Mary’s Meals


Dancing in Liberia

Gerard says: “Going on this journey hit me from so many different angles – emotional, spiritual, and physical.

“Every meal served by Mary’s Meals is a piece of charity and a little piece of love. And that all passes down into the families and communities and gives that sense of hope.

“It’s the difference between a kid saying, ‘I want to survive tomorrow’ and ‘I want to be a doctor.’”

Gerard immersed himself in their community life – teaching a math lesson, dancing, planting crops in a school garden, preparing food, carrying water from a local well, and even sharing acting tips with some children.

Gerard Butler directs school Nativity play


Mary’s Meals usually serves its nutritious meals in schools, attracting impoverished children to the classroom where they can gain an education that will one day be their ladder out of poverty.

What Mary’s Meals does is help create a sense of community that goes way beyond the feeding program itself.

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COVID-19

Despite the significant challenges caused by the pandemic, Mary’s Meals is still reaching almost all the children who rely on its meals – sometimes the only food they receive in a day.

As part of Mary’s Meals’ response, parents have been invited to collect emergency food parcels from schools, maintaining social distancing and hand washing as part of the collection process.

Gerard described every meal as a ‘piece of charity and a little piece of love’ that goes into the hearts of the children.

“There is such a direct link between a donation and nutritious meal for a kid and so much more than that. Donors can have a great deal of comfort knowing their money is going straight towards helping the children.”

New proof that it pays to be charitable.

In John Bunyan’s 1684 classic The Pilgrim’s Progress, the character Old Honest poses this riddle to the innkeeper Gaius: “A man there was, tho’ some did count him mad, The more he cast away, the more he had.” Gaius solves the riddle thus: “He that bestows his goods upon the Poor Shall have as much again, and ten times more.”

Less poetically, the idea is this: Giving makes you rich. A lovely sentiment, to be sure, but quite backward-sounding to economists. You obviously have to have money before you can give it away, right? Or in the pithy words of former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher, “No one would remember the Good Samaritan if he’d only had good intentions-he had money too.

Well, it turns out that Gaius was right, and new economic research backs him up. Emerging evidence-crunching statistics from real data, not the mushy self-help stuff-supports the contention that giving stimulates prosperity, for both individuals and nations. Charity, it appears, can really make you rich.

So it seems like Giving is a great idea for both the Giver and the Receiver. Whether you give to Mary’s Meals, or St. Jude’s, or Adopt An Elephant or whatever your cause or connection to who’s asking …. Give generously this Season. The person you touch most emotionally, spiritually and physically may be YOU!

DECEMBER 2021 ISSUE | CELEBRITY GOSSIP GAME

 TREACHERY IN THE WHITE HOUSE?

Named one of the most anticipated novels of the season by People, Associated Press, TimeLos Angeles TimesParadeSt. Louis Post-DispatchThe GuardianPublishers Weekly, and more.

The authors say that their new book is meant to serve as a cautionary tale in an interview with Weekend Edition. “I hope readers will be attuned to that”, added Clinton.

So… Hillary Rodham Clinton is now a published novelist.

She makes her debut with a tightly plotted tale of political intrigue. Secretary Clinton, congratulations on the book!

THE POLITICAL ICON
Ventures Into Fiction

“Should I tell you this? I don’t know.

Hillary draws us in, barely aware of her own charisma. “Never having written fiction — but having read a lot of it over many, many years — I always was somewhat taken aback when I would read an author say something like, ‘I started writing and I was surprised where the characters took me.’ And I would think, ‘Well, how could you be surprised? You’ve created the characters.’ But it was such a fascinating experience for me, personally, to just see the difference between non-fiction, like, ‘Oh my gosh, another fact check, how many more do I have to do — make sure it’s right.’ And this liberation that fiction provides, but also the surprise that it can even offer the author.”

A novel of unsurpassed thrills and incomparable insider expertise—

LindaMichaela | Beauty Woman to Woman Magazine

BW2W BOOK REVIEW

After a tumultuous period in American politics, a new administration has just been sworn in, and to everyone’s surprise, the president chooses a political enemy for the vital position of secretary of state.

There is no love lost between the president of the United States and Ellen Adams, his new secretary of state. But it’s a canny move on the part of the president. With this appointment, he silences one of his harshest critics, since taking the job means Adams must step down as head of her multinational media conglomerate.

As the new president addresses Congress for the first time, with Secretary Adams in attendance, Anahita Dahir, a young foreign service officer (FSO) on the Pakistan desk at the State Department, receives a baffling text from an anonymous source.

Too late, she realizes the message was a hastily coded warning.

What begins as a series of apparent terrorist attacks is revealed to be the beginning of an international chess game involving the volatile and Byzantine politics of Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Iran; the race to develop nuclear weapons in the region; the Russian mob; a burgeoning rogue terrorist organization; and an American government set back on its heels in the international arena.

As the horrifying scale of the threat becomes clear, Secretary Adams and her team realize it has been carefully planned to take advantage of four years of an American government out of touch with international affairs, out of practice with diplomacy, and out of power in the places where it counts the most.

To defeat such an intricate, carefully constructed conspiracy, it will take the skills of a unique team: a passionate young FSO; a dedicated journalist; and a smart, determined, but as yet untested new secretary of state.

There you have it. A good read, a good story of strong women who aren’t perfect but use their wits and intelligence, not shrinking from what faces their world. And a cautionary tale.

GREAT! BUT. . . What we wanna know:
Is it about Trump?

hat is of course intriguing about her new book is trying to determine the line that separates reality from fiction. Clearly, a former secretary of state knows more than a little about the treacherous nature of politics in the White House, the interminable state dinners, and the inside of Air Force One. Louise Penny says that they penned an entertaining plot that explores what happens when “silence allows bad things to breed.”

The book tackles misogyny. She also admits that “some of it is ripped from the headlines as the cliche goes.”

In the interview with Weekend Edition Hillary was forthcoming with concerns she has had in her career dealing with foreign nations and also the current problems she recognizes within the current Republican Party:

The host of that interview asked about a statement the book villain makes that “most of politics, of so-called democracy, is an illusion, staged for the great unwashed”. He wanted to know whether that was based on real-life remarks.

Hillary answered: “Absolutely, we are hearing it right now, Scott. We are hearing it, much to my dismay, from people who are in Republican politics. They are officeholders in states, they are in conservative think tanks, and they are saying in many different ways that, you know, that ‘Democracy is maybe not what it’s cracked up to be because there are a lot of people who really shouldn’t have the vote, who really don’t deserve to have an equal voice to mine or to people like me.’ And honestly, this has been an argument from the very beginning, but it’s an argument that we kept overcoming. We kept knocking down the barriers, and now we have a concerted effort to basically rule by the minority. And I have said in many public settings over the last year: What we see happening is to try to implement the lie behind the “big steal” — which is the argument that the former president, his enablers and supporters have made — that if an election doesn’t turn out the way you want it to, then you don’t have to follow it and you have to set up a system so that it doesn’t happen. And their goal is not to lose an election again, and they’re going to try to get it set up so heads, they win; tails they win.”

Are the BAD GUYS Winning?

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The Bad Guys Are Winning” is the title of a piece in The Atlantic Magazine by staff writer Anne Applebaum.

According to Rachel Maddow of MSNBC . . . “Anne Applebaum essentially says if the 20th century was the story of slow, uneven progress toward liberal democracy, the 21st century so far is the story of the reverse. She identifies in particular that the authoritarian strongman regimes around the world are helping each other, including, you know, personally supporting other corrupt leaders in their corruption and helping them evade sanctions and stuff, and it does feel both global and very hard to fight. It feels almost inexorable.”

Hillary sincerely agreed. I am very worried, concerned. I spent a lot of time thinking about exactly what Anne Applebaum and you and others are worried about and trying to point out because I do think that we are facing a crisis of democracy, a crisis of legitimacy, a crisis that really goes to the heart of what the future of our country and many others around the world will be.

So I spend my time trying to figure out what we can do about it, and I am not ever going to give up because there`s just too much at stake.

But first and foremost, we have to make sure more people besides people like you, me, Anne Applebaum and others who share our concerns, see what we see. Because I think that *the role of disinformation, the way that propaganda has been really weaponized, and *the increasing ability to manipulate people through algorithms and other forms of artificial intelligence will only make this harder to combat.

So I don`t want to be pessimistic about it because I think this is a worthy and necessary battle.

*This is so important and distinguishes this battle against autocracy from any other in history: There are technolgies and networking knowledge that wasn’t available in the past.
1. The role of disinformation (false information with the intention to deceive public opinion
2. The way that propaganda has been really weaponized
(Think of the Murdoch-Trump control owning 1/3 of the media outlets pumping out sensationalist coverage and outright opinion-shaping lies from Australia to the United Kingdom to the United States)
3. Algorithms to manipulate people
4. Artificial Intelligence to accelerate networks of power
(BW2W will bring focus and discussion about these topics in future issues. Check our Policy and Politics section)

THE PILL

Louise Penny remarked in the Weekend Edition interview that the work is “not meant to be a pill to swallow. People aren’t supposed to choke down this book and then feel morally superior at the end of it. This is meant to be entertaining, but it’s also meant to have people sit up a little bit and take stock. We talk in the book about the vast silence — about what lives in that great chasm. And very few good things live in silence. Silence is acquiescence. Silence allows bad things to breed, and it is time. It’s time to stand up for what you believe in and to be counted. Because the clock is ticking — we are pretty close to the chimes at midnight on many fronts.

IT’S A WRAP

Some people won’t read State of Terror simply because of Hillary Rodham Clinton’s involvement. Many will cynically interpret her motives and come across as something darker than the novel they disparage. Some journalists will twist themselves into pretzels trying to appear elitist and in doing so reveal their own political biases. They’re just … you know. Everybody’s entitled to their opinion.

Here’s ours:

If you’re a Hillary Clinton hater, you’re not going to read this book.

But I hope you’re fair-minded, that you like a good story and digging out insights you might have missed otherwise … and that you are considering reading it.

It checks all the boxes for a Thriller: 

👍🏻 It is entertaining.

👍🏻 It has the insider barbs.

👍🏻 It has dramatic excitement, political intrigue, & creates buzz.

👍🏻 It does everything it’s supposed to do.

BW2W thinks that you will like it.

(and if it makes you think, or cheer, or worry, or blow a gasket –
stay tuned to BW2W here every month!)

CREDIT } Princessly

ARE YOU KIDDING ME?

We should ALL have
such a marriage!

Just shy of their Silver Wedding anniversary, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas may be one of the most celebrated couples in Hollywood. The couple has been married since November 2000, and they are doting parents to two children: now 20-year-old Dylan and 18-year-old Carys.

Congratulations Michael & Catherine on your 21st
Anniversary from BW2W staff & readers!

Catherine’s Christian Lacroix satin-sheathed wedding gown was custom hand-beaded and reportedly cost $140,000. Diamonds were hand-sewn into her bodice with luxurious silk thread. The six-foot-long train was made with delicate chantilly lace.

YES! SASHA IS SERIOUSLY PROOF THAT THERE IS LIFE AFTER THE WHITE HOUSE!

Born Natasha Marian {for her maternal grandmother} Obama June 10, 2001, this American beauty was nicknamed Sasha by her parents. Most people didn’t realize it was a nickname until she was out of the White House. She was only 7 when her powerful father was elected the 44th U.S. President. We saw her thru her famous dad’s 8-year term of office grow from a child to the engaging 20-year-old woman of today. Hey! We getting old, ya’ll! 😀💋

Presidential families are the closest comparisons the U.S. has to their Royal British counterparts. While there are no official Princess Royals here, like the Royal family, members of the Presidential Family support The President n in his/her many duties, as well as carry out important works in areas of public and charitable service. This helps to strengthen bonds of national unity and stability.

Because her sister Malia was older, the public was more likely to catch news of her activities while Sasha was necessarily more sheltered, so BW2W thought you might like to get to know one of our own “Princess” counterparts a little better.

WHO IS
NATASHA MARIAN “SASHA’ OBAMA?

As Michele Obama has said, for Mom and Dad Sasha will always be their little girl, but that they can’t be prouder of the woman she is becoming. Let’s meet Sasha!

✅ Celebrated her 20th birthday back in June this year
✅ She loves to cook according to her Mom.
✅ According to her dad she has a growing passion for political activism. In fact, he shared with CNN’s Anderson Cooper that “she’s not just interested in making noise, she’s interested in what works”
✅ Referred to as the family’s “Music Guru” in the past, and we can certainly thank her for lending her superb music skills to creating the former president’s annual summer playlist.
✅ She has an unusual ability to identify her needs and then finds a way to meet them. She takes responsibility for her choices.

The former first lady joked that Barack was “really hating on her” for bagging the best room in the US $8.1 million house, situated in the Kalorama neighborhood.

WHO AM I TO DISAGREE ? As the Song Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) asks | Song by Annie Lennox, Dave Stewart, and Eurythmics and performed by Eurythmics.

The story of this secret dream came from former Princess Diana Butler Paul Burrell, but not until 2020. It was later corroborated by her voice coach … but again as Marie Claire notes, it’s simply impossible to make a determination, even if the facts all line-up.

But it is the magical circumstances of Prince Harry’s and his wife Meghan Markle’s break from the British Royal family to move across the water and straight to California. The home they settled in at Santa Barbara is an hour’s drive from the Malibu that Diana is said to have chosen as the place where she longed to raise her own sons.

It’s caught the imagination of the public and it seems a great many in the media as well.

We want to believe.. that like Walt Disney said, sometimes “the creams that we wish ~ do come true”

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DIANA GALBADON’S DONE IT AGAIN!

BOOK 9 of the OUTLANDER SERIES IS OUT !

It’s 7 years since Book 8 “Written in My Own Heart’s Blood,” of the Big Outlander books was out. BEES is Book 9 in the Outlander Series and was published in hardcover available for purchase in bookstores on Tuesday, November 23, 2021 in the U.S.A., Canada, U.K., and Germany.

Let’s review it (No spoilers – promise!)

CREDIT: MICHAEL KOVAC / GETTY IMAGES

Go Tell the Bees That I Am Gone: A Novel (Outlander Book 9)

Book 9 of 9: Outlander  | by Diana Gabaldon  | Sold by: Random House LLC

The past may seem the safest place to be . . . but it is the most dangerous time to be alive. . . .

Numerous characters from previous installments re-emerge, past dramas are rehashed, and there are long-awaited revelations that will satisfy devotees.

GO TELL THE BEES THAT I AM GONE ~

It picks up where the previous novel, Written In My Own Heart’s Blood’, left off. At last, it is 1779 and Claire and Jamie Fraser are reunited with their daughter, Brianna, her husband Roger MacKenzie, and their children on North Carolina’s Fraser’s Ridge. Having the family together is a dream the Frasers had thought impossible.

Yet even in the North Carolina backcountry, the effects of the American Revolutionary war are being felt. Tensions in the Colonies are great and local feelings run hot. Jamie knows loyalties among his tenants are split and it won’t be long until war is on his doorstep. The past may seem the safest place to be . . . but it is the most dangerous time to be alive. . . .” begins the book’s description. “Jamie Fraser and Claire Randall were torn apart by the Jacobite Rising in 1743, and it took them twenty years to find each other again. Now the American Revolution threatens to do the same.

Brianna and Roger have their own worry: that the dangers that provoked their escape from the twentieth century might catch up to them. Sometimes they question whether risking the perils of the 1700s—among them disease, starvation, and an impending war—was indeed the safer choice for their family.

Not so far away, young William Ransom is still coming to terms with the discovery of his true father’s identity—and thus his own, And Lord John Grey has reconciliations to make, and dangers to meet on his son’s behalf, and his own.

Reactions:

Fans have been thrilled with the new book since it’s pre-Thanksgiving release and Sam Heughan and Caitriona Balfe, who star as Jamie and Claire on the show, were quick to offer their congratulations to Diana Galbadon on the new novel.

Meanwhile: Season Six of the filmed Starz TV series will be out in March 2022 and the show has already been renewed for a Seventh season!

JUST WHEN WE THOUGHT COVID WAS MANAGEABLE–OMICRON?

Do fans love movie-going too much to let it die?

NO TIME TO DIE } CREDIT: GETTY IMAGES

Will the cinema-going experience survive the coronavirus pandemic?

Almost certainly, according to experts. Fans — and that’s most of us — have an emotional and sentimental attachment to the cinema that started in childhood and will flood back to the movies as soon as it’s deemed safe to do so.

SLATED DECEMBER MOVIES Include: (& Our Best Picks)

The Tragedy Of Macbeth – December 25

Written and directed by Joel Coen. Based on William Shakespeare’s Macbeth. It’s the story of Scottish lord Macbeth (Denzel Washington), who becomes convinced by a trio of witches that he will become the next King of Scotland. His ambitious wife, Lady Macbeth (Frances McDormand), supports him in his plans of seizing power. The film will get a limited theatrical release before streaming on Apple TV+ on January 14, 2022.

The Matrix Resurrections – December 22

The fourth in The Matrix film series. Directed by Lana Wachowski, Set 20 years after the events of The Matrix Revolutions. Reunites viewers with Neo (Keanu Reeves), now ordinary life Thomas A. Anderson. Morpheus (now played by Yahya Abdul-Mateen II) offers him the red pill and reopens his mind to the world of the Matrix. Will also stream on HBO Max beginning on December 22.

Spider-Man: No Way Home – December 17

Third in the MCU’s Spider-Man film series. After having his identity exposed by Mysterio before, Peter Parker (Tom Holland) deals with it and to keep his loved ones safe, he asks Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) for help. But it goes awry and the gates to the multiverse are opened (yikes Mark Zuckerberg!)

National Champions – December 10

Sports drama directed by Ric Roman Waugh based on the play of the same name by Adam Mervis. Three days before the college football national championship game, star quarterback LeMarcus James (Stephan James) and teammate Emmett Sunday (Alexander Ludwig) ignite a player’s strike, declaring they won’t compete until all student-athletes are fairly compensated. With billions of dollars at risk and legacies on the line, the stakes couldn’t be higher, and now, with only hours until kickoff, their head coach James Lazor (J.K. Simmons) and various power brokers must race against the clock to protect or destroy the prevailing collegiate athletics system.

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