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2017. It sounds more like a movie than a year.

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2017. It sounds more like a movie than a year.

There are movies called 1941 (hysteria in California after the bombing of Pearl Harbor), 1984 (Big Brother), and the infamous 2001 (a space odyssey).

What can we expect when 2017 screens?

New movies will follow, including The War with Grandpa and Downsizing. If they don’t appeal to you try The Six Billion Dollar Man – a high-cost revival of the Six Million Dollar Man from 1973.

The media says there are new props available like a Samsung Galaxy S8 phone that doesn’t explode, beereal (cereal mixed with beer instead of milk), and Mr. Trump draining the Washington swamp.

2017 resolutions, casting coaches, and predictions will make challenging plots.

What’s in your script?


According to Senior Advisor.com the top New Year’s Resolutions are:

  1. Lose weight.
  2. Get organized.
  3. Spend less, save more.
  4. Enjoy life to the fullest.

Casting Coaches

Don’t like the resolutions? Contact the two greatest casting coaches on the planet: Father Time and Mother Nature. They make a lot of hot trailers these days.

Father Time

Father Time


He’s bent over, bearded, and dressed in a robe. This dad/grandad always has a clock, staff, or scythe to kill time. No surprise – what would you expect from an old guy married to sexy young Mother Earth?

H.G. Wells offered, “I want to go ahead of Father Time with a scythe of my own.” I guess he lost that deal.

Joyce Carol Oates tweeted, “Old Father Time very bored/disgusted w/humanity.” Maybe FT should be the new chairman of DNC?

Charles Barkley commented about lagging NBA players, “Father Time is undefeated.”

Watch out. Father Time can be a cliffhanger.


Mother Nature

Mother Nature

She’s a pretty tree-hugger covered with flowers, greens, and ingredients for a paleo/caveman salad. Is she Father Time’s trophy wife? Is Father Time her sugar daddy? Maybe it’s simply a May-December thing?

Right now Mother Nature isn’t very happy. 2016 saw softball-sized hail in Texas, a 123-degree heat wave in India, and a half-mile wide tornado in Kansas. Climate change denial doesn’t work anymore. It’s like a hot fudge sundae in a low-carb diet.

Remember the 70’s commercial for Chiffon Margarine: It’s not nice to fool Mother Nature? Remind Scott Pruitt, Trump’s choice to head the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency). Mother Earth doesn’t like men in bed with fossil fuels. Too messy – she prefers sleeping on a Tempur-Pedic with Father Time.

The Sierra Club announced that “Having Scott Pruitt in charge of the U.S. EPA is like putting an arsonist in charge of fighting fires.”

Tread carefully Mr. Pruitt – the next blizzard may be inside your Washington office, complements of MN.


These intellectual fantasies are perfect for Jeopardy.

  • Nostradamus predicted a new leader who talks with “great fury and rage.” Know anyone like that?
  • An ancient Giant Squid will be found frozen in ice. Hopefully it’s not in your drink.
  • Hackers will get smarter. Watch out for weird passwords like arthritis2017 and ImHavingaSeniorMoment.
  • Purple foods like cauliflower, potatoes, corn, and carrots will go mainstream. How about purple fried chicken from the Colonel? Extra crispy.
  • 2017 predictions won’t be any better than 2016.

What works for you? Resolutions, casting coaches, or predictions? Don’t forget to add fun and laughter.

The Oscar goes to a happy and healthy 2017!

Dr. Jeri Fink, author, photographer, traveler, and family therapist, challenges the creaky myths of aging. She believes that now is a creative, exciting time to grow and explore new ideas, people, and places. Visit Dr. Jeri at www.jerifink.com,   www.hauntedfamilytrees.com,   or   www.bookwebminis.com to enter her world of discovery, fun, and insights. Her fiction project, Broken, is a series of seven thrillers that defy tradition. She is presently working on Book Web Minis – a series of fun, fast and positive mini books (50-70 pages long) where readers partner with the experts. Check it out at www.bookwebminis.com

She tells us: “I challenge the art of writing by merging fact, fictional elements, interactivity, and photography into nonfiction mini books. I draw from my training in social work, experience in individual and family therapy, professional research, and passion for exploring positive psychology. My 32 published books, hundreds of articles and blogs, speaking engagements, and active online presence all reflect who I am today.”

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