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Keep America Healhy
You can stop smoking.
You can donate blood
Keep America culture
Keep America smart
Beware of rushing to judgment.
Beware of falling in love whit your first answer.
Examine your superstitions
Recognize that have personal prejudices
Spend time with people brighter than yourself.
Keep a daily journal diary
Don't be afraid change your mind.
Carry a note book whit you
Master your worst subject.
Learn a new each day.
Solve a puzzle a day.
Read magazines.
Physical exercise
Write a nonfiction book
Write a fiction book.
You can Help train service dogs

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YOU can Help a laid-off worker find a new job.
You can Support local farmers
call 211
Keep America compassionate
See a independent film
write a song
write a play
write a novel
learn a new dance
learn to play an instrument
take a photography class
learn to paint
throw a pot
there are lots art
share your passions
teach an art class or a craft class for your local school kids
teach a child your favorite poem
sing in a choir take a kid to eat the local children's museum
join a local theater group
start a children's Playhouse send a kid to summer music school
post a craft evening at a retirement home support the arts
Support and lobby to make sure your school keeps its arts and music
The Optimist Creed
Promise Yourself


To be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind.
To talk health, happiness and prosperity to every person you meet.
To make all your friends feel that there is something in them.
To look at the sunny side of everything and make your optimism come true.
To think only of the best, to work only for the best, and to expect only the best.
To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own.
To forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future.
To wear a cheerful countenance at all times and give every living creature you meet a smile.
To give so much time to the improvement of yourself that you have no time to criticize others.
To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear, and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.
The Ripple Effect

Do you want to be a positive influence in the world?
First, get your own life in order. Ground yourself
in the single principle so that your behavior is wholesome and effective.
If you do that, you will earn respect and be a powerful influence.
Your behavior influences others through a ripple effect. A ripple effect works because everyone influences everyone else.
Powerful People are powerful influences.
If your life works, you influence your family.
If your family works, your family influences the community.
If your Community works, your community influences the nation.
If your nation works, your nation influences the world.
If your world works, the ripple effect spreads throughout the cosmos. Remember that your influence begins with you and ripples Outward, so sure that your influence is and wholesome HOW do I know that this works?
All growth spreads outward from a fertile and nucleus You are a nucleus.
Lao Tzus

Share your Thanksgiving blessings

Share the blessings.  Feed the Hungry.
Create awareness. At your holiday feast,  It's great opportunity to consider everything we're blessed with and remember what we have to be thankful for. 
. Together we can make an even bigger difference in combatting hunger in our communities and in our world.
Happy Thanksgiving!!
Focus on what you can control, not on  what you cannot control
Focus on the positive, not the negative
Focus on what you can do, not on what you cannot do
Focus on what you have, not on what you do not have
Focus on the present, not on the past and future
Focus on what you need, not on what you want
Focus on what you can give, not on what  you can take
In your control.
risk talking
problem-solving skills MY CHOICE
talking SKILLS(your words) your relationships wellness*(lot of control but not all )
Not in your control
other peoples words other emotions nature
the past or the future
your race
other choicess Age
Country of origin
birth family
physical attrbutes
The universe at large
The consequences of your actions
We've got the strength to manipulate plenty of things in our lives, however 80% of everything that happens to us is out of our control. We do have a huge an impact on how healthful we are ,with the aid of how we take care of ourselves, diets, exercise, and so on. We must take an obligation for our schooling, information, and training if we need something bad enough, we ought to make it a concern to get it. And thought's feeling is something that we're liable for, and it makes the difference between heaven and hell. Our values, desire and principles, also something we do have a control, additionally, our communique abilities and our trouble-solving much risk we take, bear in mind, not anything comes of vaue without risk.
As a person who has smoked for many years, and a person who is dying of emphysema, I know smoking is just not worth it. One of the best things you can do for your health is to quit smoking . I know when I was smoking, I probably would not have paid any attention to this message, but I hope you do you think about it . I want you to know no matter who you are if I can quit you can quit.
Keep America Healthy
You can stop smoking.
Great American Smokeout NOV 21 2020
The US Surgeon General has said, “Smoking cessation [stopping smoking] represents the single most important step that smokers can take to enhance the length and quality of their lives.” Quitting is hard, but you can increase your chances of success with help. To learn about the available tools, call the American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345.
Veterans Day is a day for Americans to honor and thank our veterans. Veterans Day is a day for Americans to celebrate the bravery and sacrifice of all United States veterans, both male and female.
Beginning in 1954, the United States designated November 11 as Veterans Day to honor veterans of all U.S. wars.
Applebee 's is just one of many restaurants that give out free meals on Veterans Day. Some of the more popular restaurants include Red Lobster, Denny's, Chili's, T.G.I. Friday's, Red Robin, Outback Steakhouse , Texas Roadhouse, LongHorn Steakhouse , IHOP , BJ's, Olive Garden, and Golden Corral .
We salute the flag, brag that America is the greatest country on earth. Unless you exercise democracy by voting, we do not deserve to enjoy it. We also do not get the right to complain about it.
I do not care how you choose , I would love for elections to go my way, but if it dont, I will survive with the results. Vote for anyone you want to and for any reason you have. But do it.
Thanksgiving Day is a national holiday in the United States, and Thanksgiving 2020 occurs on Thursday, November 26. In 1621, the Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Indians shared an autumn harvest feast that is acknowledged today as one of the first Thanksgiving celebrations in the colonies. For more than two centuries, days of thanksgiving were celebrated by individual colonies and states. It wasn’t until 1863, in the midst of the Civil War, that President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national Thanksgiving Day to be held each November.
Nov. 26 Thanksgiving Day
Did you know?
Lobster, seal and swans were on the Pilgrims' menu.
Did you know?
A Thanksgiving mix-up inspired the first TV dinners.
In 1953, a Swanson employee accidentally ordered a colossal shipment of Thanksgiving turkeys (260 tons, to be exact). To deal with the excess, salesman Gerry Thomas took inspiration from the prepared foods served on airplanes. He came up with the idea of filling 5,000 aluminum trays with the turkey – along with cornbread dressing, gravy, peas, and sweet potatoes to complete the offering. The 98-cents meals were a hit, especially with kids and increasingly busy households.
Did you know?
Thomas Jefferson refused to declare Thanksgiving a holiday.
Presidents originally had to declare Thanksgiving a holiday every year, up until Lincoln made it a national holiday during his tenure. However, Jefferson refused to recognize the event, because he believed so firmly in the separation of church and state. Since Thanksgiving involved prayer and reflection, he thought designating it a national holiday would violate the First Amendment. He also thought it was better suited as a state holiday, not a federal one.
Did you know?
 In 1939, Thanksgiving was celebrated on the third Thursday in November — not the fourth.
You might think President Roosevelt could predict the future, as he channeled a "Black Friday" mindset when he decided to move Thanksgiving during his presidency. Even though the holiday had been celebrated on the fourth Thursday since Lincoln officially recognized the federal holiday decades before, Roosevelt bumped it up a week, and effectively added seven more shopping days to the holiday season to boost the economy. That angered football coaches who had Thanksgiving games already scheduled and calendar-printers who now had incorrect dates. Americans, to say the least, didn't love the change, so it was officially switched back in 1942.
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Keep America Healhy
You can donate blood
Every two seconds, someone needs blood. You can help meet this need by donating a pint of your own. Blood donation only takes hour or so, and it's something most of us can spare. Your body will make more and you'll be able to donate again in 56 days. Blood drives happen everywhere, all the time. Contact local hospitals and blood banks for a drive in your area. Or for more information, including donation locations, call the Red Cross at 1-800-GIVE-LIFE (1-800-448-3543) or visit

Think of your family, think of your friends, think of yourself, then give. It's just an hour, just a pint and it just might save a life. Donate regularly.
You can donate blood
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What are the chances that a robot one day will take your job?
Find out how much money you need to make an hour to stay out poverty in your area.

To help prevent the spread of COVID-19,
everyone should:Clean your hands often, either with soap and water for 20 seconds or a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Put distance between yourself and other people (at least 6 feet).
Cover your mouth and nose with a mask when around others.
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces daily.
CDC recommends that people wear masks in public settings and when around people outside of their household, especially when other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.
Masks helps  prevent people who have COVID-19 from spreading the virus to others
You can Support local farmers
Local produce is always fresher and tastes better. Plus, buying local goods supports your regional economy. Find a farmer's market near you Won't it be nice to know exactly where your food comes from?
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You can Help train service dogs

Service dogs are vitally important to people with disabilities, and include guide dogs for the blind; hearing dogs, that alert their owners to sounds; mobility assistance dogs, which may pull a wheelchair or physically support a person; and seizure alert dogs. But these dogs must be trained to do their job. Help make that happen by supporting the organizations here, either financially or by becoming a volunteer or handler.

* Canine Companions for Independence trains hearing dogs, service dogs, and assistance dogs to help people with disabilities. Support them by raising a puppy, or donating time or other resources.

* Seach Dog Foundation trains dogs to search for people who are buried alive in disaster situations. You can donate, become a handler, or become a volunteer. It costs ~$10,000 to train a FEMA-certified search dog.

* The International Association of Assistance Dog Partners is a non-profit organization that represents people paired with hearing, guide or service dogs.

* Therapy Dogs International is an organization that "provides comfort and companionship by sharing the therapy dog with the patients in hospitals, nursing homes and other institutions. This is done in a way that increases emotional well being, promotes healing, and improves the quality of life for the people being visited and the staff that cares for these people."

So if you're a dog-lover, or if you're a person-lover, consider the work of service and therapy dogs. And do what you can to support them and the people that train and depend on them for a more independent lif
Keep America compassionate
Call 211.
Lots of places allow residents to call 211
to get local help with food, housing, employment, health care, counseling and other social services. But did you know that you can also call 211 to learn how give help?

Wondering if your town has 211 for social services? Visit 211 .org and search by city, state, or ZIP code.So call 211 or visit your local 211 website next time you
• need social services
• would like to offer help
• want to list your organization’s services
It’s a valuable local resource and it’s just a call or click away.
Keep America Wealthy
write a letter of reference for-out-work employee

Recommend someone for a job.

Teach an unsilled laborer a marketable skill.

Be a mento

Hire a kid to do your yeardwork or fix your computer

Give a teen a summer job.
Donate interview clothes to a local omen's shelter.

Buy American.
According to the Department of Labor most Americans find jobs through personal contact top ways people find a job
By using multiple strategies, you are more likely to find a job that is right for you and is in the region you want to be in.
48% friends for family
24% cold( calling no ad posted )
23% school placements or professionals
5% newspapers or website ads
Do you have?.
Make informed giving decisions, then give til it helps.

Tis the season to be charitable, but how do you determine which organization to support? We all know the causes that touch us and may have found organizations that we like, but some organizations might meet needs of its clients better than others. Here's some information on how to evaluate charitable organizations, so that your donation of time and talent does the most good.

* The American Institute of Philanthropy ( rates over 500 charities on financial criteria like their fundraising efficiency and operating costs.

’ Charity Navigator rates over 3,000 charities on various financial matters.
’ The Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance ( rates organizations using financial and nonfinancial standards.

If you can't find your organization in these databases and still need more information, check out which has the tax returns for more than 250,000 nonprofits.
 You can also ask the organization to see a copy of their annual report, which should contain a qualitative and quantitative list of its accomplishments. If you are interested, be sure to determine how much of your donation is tax-deductible.
With this information, you'll be able to make wise decisions about which organizations you want to support. Remember, don't give 'til it hurts, give 'til it helps.
Keep America compassionate
Good news: The world is getting better.
Most people think global poverty is rising when in fact the opposite is happening

The first chart shows how the surveyed people answered the following question: “In the last 20 years, the proportion of the world population living in extreme poverty has decreased, increased, or remained the same?”

The majority of people – 52% – believe that the share of people in extreme poverty is rising. The opposite is true. In fact, the share of people living in extreme poverty across the world has been declining for two centuries and in the last 20 years this positive development has been faster than ever before (see our entry on global poverty). For the recent era it doesn't even matter what poverty line you choose, the share of people below any poverty line has fallen (see here).

There are some people who answered the question correctly: every fifth person knows that poverty is falling. But it’s interesting that the share of correct answers differs substantially across countries. The countries I marked with a star are those that were a low-income or lower-middle-income countries a generation ago (in 1990). In these poorer countries more people understand how global poverty has changed. People in richer countries on the other hand – in which the majority of the population escaped extreme poverty some generations ago – have a very wrong perception about what is happening to global poverty.
Advice from 1880
Questionable Judgment

Tynette Housley, 73, of Black Forest, Colorado, was cited by Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials after her "pet" deer attacked and gored a neighbor who was out walking her dog on Oct. 16. The buck, now sporting two-pronged antlers, was taken in by Housley when it was just a few days old and raised as a pet. The victim tried to run first to another neighbor's home, then to her own, but the buck repeatedly knocked her down and gored her. A CPW officer euthanized the deer and took it for testing for rabies and other diseases. "We can't say it enough: Wild animals are not pets," said Frank McGee, CPW's area wildlife manager. Housley was charged with illegal possession and illegal feeding of wildlife. [Colorado Parks and Wildlife, 10/19/202
An unnamed 28-year-old man in search of a voluntary castration found himself
drawn to a website offering such services, which led him to travel from Virginia to a cabin in the woods of Poteau, Oklahoma. There, on Oct. 12, Bob Lee Allen, 53, and Thomas Evans Gates, 42, allegedly relieved the victim of his testicles during a two-hour surgery, The Oklahoman reported. Allen told the victim that he has "a freezer of body parts" and that "he was going to consume the parts and laughed and said that he was a cannibal," an affidavit said. The day following the operation, Allen took the victim to the hospital because he was bleeding badly, but cautioned him to say "he done it to himself." The hospital contacted police, and investigators searched the property, finding suspected body parts in a deep freeze. Allen and Gates were charged with multiple felonies and misdemeanors, including conspiracy to commit unlicensed surgery and failure to bury the body parts. [The Oklahoman, 10/22/2020]
Oh, great: NASA says an asteroid is headed our way right before Election Day
"Asteroid 2018VP1 is very small, approximately 6.5 feet, and poses no threat to Earth. If it were to enter our planet's atmosphere, it would disintegrate due to its extremely small size," NASA said in a statement. "NASA has been directed by Congress to discover 90% of the near-Earth asteroids larger than 140 meters (459 feet) in size and reports on asteroids of any size."
NASA says that, "based on 21 observations spanning 12.968 days," the agency has determined the asteroid probably -- phew! -- won't have a deep impact, let alone bring Armageddon.
The 2020 Census has finished collecting responses.
On this special day, Americans honor U.S. veterans—men and women who have served in the armed forces. Veterans Day originally marked the "eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month" in 1918. This is when World War I battles came to an end according to the conditions of an armistice (an agreement to stop fighting) signed earlier that morning.
In 1779 as many as one in seven Americans in Washiington's army was black
The term "keep me posted" was used long before Facebook or Twitter they would track a bit of news to a large wooden post share information with the community during the colonial era .

Enroll in your electric company's "green pricing" program. Enrollment adds a surcharge to your monthly electric bill to help fund the company's effort to increase the amount of energy it gets from renewable sources. The more customers that enroll in the program, the more renewable energy the company can pull into the grid---and the less "dirty" energy that is needed. (See References 3) Also, your purchase may be tax-deductible (see References 6).

Purchase renewable energy credits to offset your use of electricity. These credits are earned by clean energy facilities as they produce electricity without releasing carbon dioxide. The money you pay for the credits goes to help expand the production of clean energy. Each credit represents one megawatt-hour of electricity that has been produced cleanly and delivered to consumers. (See References 4)

Purchase carbon offsets to compensate for the carbon emissions inherent in your lifestyle. Similar to renewable energy credits, the money is used to fund the expansion of alternative energy, but carbon offsets differ in that they may also fund projects like reforestation that help reduce greenhouse gases in other ways. Carbon offsets can be applied to any activity that produces carbon emissions, not just electricity use. (See References 5)

Vote for politicians who support the funding of alternative energy research. While the majority of Americans --- Democrats, Independents and Republicans --- support alternative energy research, individual politicians have the final word when it comes time to vote. Elect leaders who understand the importance of clean energy and who are willing to vote accordingly.

Vote with your wallet. Support companies who either use renewable energy or purchase credits and offsets to compensate for the manufacturing and transportation of their products. Companies who aim for carbon-neutrality are proud of their commitment and eager to be seen as green, so the information is generally accessible on the company website, if not freely advertised. Check the websites of your favorite stores and brands to find out their stance.

Invest in alternative energy producers. The main problem facing many producers is funding. Renewable energy can be costly to initiate and maintain on a scale large enough to provide commercial service, and research into new technology requires huge investment. By adding alternative energy to your stock portfolio, you'll be investing in the energy of tomorrow as well as in a cleaner planet.

Get involved. Volunteer with an organization that works to support alternative energy and reduce the nation's dependence on nonrenewable energy sources. Volunteering can take many forms, from petitioning and letter-writing campaigns to educating others about the importance of the cause.

Live the cause. Make the changes you can to reduce your personal dependence on traditional energy sources. Install solar panels or a wind turbine at your home, switch to a biodiesel-fueled car and be mindful of your overall energy use. Alternative energy is definitely one area where you can lead by example.
How to Support the Development of Alternative Energy Sources
Why you should make volunteering a part of your everyday life.
1. Volunteers live longer and are healthier. Volunteers are happier and healthier than non-volunteers. In fact, later in life, volunteering is even more beneficial for one's health than exercising and eating well. Older people who volunteer remain physically functional longer, have more robust psychological well-being, and live longer. However, older people who volunteer are almost always people who volunteered earlier in life. Health and longevity gains from volunteering come from establishing meaningful volunteer roles before you retire and continuing to volunteer once you arrive in your post-retirement years.

2. Volunteering establishes strong relationships. Despite all of the online connections that are available at our fingertips, people are lonelier now than ever before. Indeed, a 2010 AARP study reported that prevalence of loneliness is at an all time high, with about one in three adults age 45 or older categorized as lonely. Online connections, while useful for maintaining existing relationships, are not very helpful in establishing lasting, new ones. Working alongside people who feel as strongly as you do about supporting a particular cause creates a path to developing strong relationships with others. It isn’t just beneficial for making new friendships, either: Volunteering alongside other members of your family strengthens family bonds based in “doing” your values. And these benefits have a ripple effect. Children who volunteer with their parents are more likely to become adults who volunteer.

3. Volunteering is good for your career. People who volunteer make more money, partially because the relationships people create while volunteering can be leveraged for financial benefit. In 1973, Johns Hopkins sociologist Mark Granovetter described the important role of “weak ties.” Weak ties are those relationships that are outside of one’s close-knit social network. These relationships are important because they provide access to new information and opportunities. People in your close network provide redundant information: They are already participating in the same kinds of activities and know the same people. Volunteering has long been viewed as a way to create new “weak tie” connections that lead to career opportunities. Volunteering in your current career industry—or an area you’d like to transition into—is an especially effective way to leverage social connections for career gain.

4. Volunteering is good for society. Many businesses, and almost all mission-driven organizations, are successful only if they maintain a strong volunteer workforce. In fact, places like museums, social service organizations, and faith-based organizations often rely on more volunteers than paid workers to meet their goals and fulfill their mission. These businesses are committed to doing good things for society. They pick up the pieces where government programs leave off, and by volunteering for these organizations, you participate in helping society meet the needs of people from all walks of life.

For example, The Borgen Project, a campaign committed to addressing the problem of global poverty, relies on volunteers who commit several hours a week for a period of six months or longer to help with raising awareness, fundraising, and mobilization of human and fiscal resources ( With the help of volunteers, the Borgen Project has been successful in raising awareness and influencing legislation to make positive changes that directly affect the world’s poorest citizens.

5. Volunteering gives you a sense of purpose. Although it is not well understood why volunteering provides such a profound health benefit, a key factor is assumed to be that volunteering serves to express and facilitate opportunities to carry out one’s sense of purpose. The very nature of volunteering means choosing to work without being paid for it. As a result, people choose to spend their time on issues they feel strongly about. If you are greatly concerned about the treatment and well-being of animals, for example, volunteering at an animal shelter will help you address a social problem that is meaningful to you.
Everything has positive and negative consequences.
Your destiny is to fulfill those things upon which you focus most intently. So choose to keep your focus on that which is truly magnificent, beautiful, uplifting and joyful. Your life is always moving toward something.
My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.
A study finds painting windmill blades reduced bird fatalities by over 70 percent.

Scientists are always looking for ways to reduce bird deaths from turbines.

The emphasis on windmills' threat to birds is politically charged.We tested the hypothesis that painting would increase the visibility of the blades, and that this would reduce fatality rates in situ, at the Smøla wind-power plant in Norway, using a Before–After–Control–Impact approach employing fatality searches.”

If all the blades were painted black, the spinning turbine might still appear as “motion blur” that is not visibly distinctive enough to alert passing birds. So in this study, the researchers built on the example of previous findings and painted just one rotor on each turbine, which means the single black rotor spins with a frequency that keeps it visible instead of part of a blur.

Painting in situ, meaning at the top of the turbine while it’s otherwise in service, isn't ideal—but painting the rotors during manufacture is probably pretty easy to implement.
The Best Movies of 2020 (So Far)
19. The Vast of Night
Why it’s great: This low-budget debut feature is a UFO movie that takes time to achieve lift off. In addition to saddling the story with a mostly unnecessary framing device, which underlines the already obvious echoes of The Twilight Zone
18. Bad Boys For Life
. Why it’s worth watching: In what hasn't exactly been a great year for action movies so far, Bad Boys for Life has to be the biggest surprise
17. Palm Springs
 Why it’s great: Arriving on streaming in the middle of a pandemic, a time when many lives have fallen into unceasing loops of quarantine-related repetition and tedium, the Lonely Island produced comedy Palm Springs perhaps resonated differently than when it premiered at Sundance earlier this year
16. The Way .
 Why it’s great: Disciplined in its approach and unapologetic about its contrivances, Ben Affleck's basketball coach in crisis drama The Way Back is a sports movie that understands the fundamentals. What it lacks in flashiness or ingenuity -- the underdog narrative of a crappy team hitting its stride under the leadership of a gruff coach hits all the requisite Hoosiers notes
15.The Assistant
Why it’s great: The systemic culture of indifference and cruelty that often forms around a powerful serial abuser gets put under the microscope in this studiously observed New York office drama, which draws inspiration from the behavior of Harvey Weinstein while intentionally blurring some of the details. We never learn the name of the tyrannical boss in the story and the exact nature of his crimes are never fully revealed; instead, Julia Garner's assistant Jane, a Northwestern grad fresh off a handful of internships, provides our entryway into the narrative. The movie tracks her duties, tasks, and indignities over the course of a single day: She makes copies, coordinates air travel, picks up lunch orders, answers phone calls, and cleans suspicious stains off the couch. At one point, a young woman from Idaho appears at the reception desk, claims to have been flown in to start as a new assistant, and gets whisked away to a room in an expensive hotel. Jane raises the issue with an HR rep, played with smarmy menace by Succession 's Matthew Macfadyen , but her concerns are quickly battered away and turned against her. Rejecting cheap catharsis and dramatic twists, The Assistant builds its claustrophobic world through a steady accumulation of information. While some of the writing can feel too imprecise and opaque by design, Garner, who consistently steals scenes on Netflix's Ozark , invests every hushed phone call and carefully worde
  1. Bad Education

Why it’s great: A chronicle of greed, status, and vanity, Bad Education shares more than a few qualities with Martin Scorsese's financial crimes epic The Wolf of Wall Street , the story of another Long Island striver with slicked-back hair. Trading the stock market for the public education system, director Cory Finley's wry docudrama, which takes its inspiration from a wild New York Magazine feature from 2004 , charts the tragi-comic downfall of Roslyn School District superintendent Frank Tassone (Hugh Jackman),
  1. I'm Thinking of Ending Things
Why it’s great: A snowy road trip, which finds a young woman (Buckley) traveling with her new boyfriend (Plemons) to the remote farm owned by his eccentric parents (Collette and Thewlis), turns into a journey into the hard problem of consciousness in the latest movie from Charlie Kaufman,
12. Sorry We Missed You
Why it’s great : The modern gig economy is set up so that the customer rarely has to think very much about the person delivering a package to their door. Sorry We Missed You , the latest working class social drama from 83-year-old English filmmaker Ken Loach, is a harsh reminder that those piles of cardboard Amazon boxes have a human cost. The film follows married couple Ricky (Kris Hitchen) and Abbi (Debbie Honeywood) as they attempt to raise their two kids, keep their humble home in Newcastle, and and hold down jobs stripped of conventional protections. As Ricky's domineering boss tells him at the beginning of the movie, he's not an "employee." No, he's his own small business owner and independent contractor. Loach finds dark laughs and absurdity in the the convoluted language of precarity, particularly the way management attempts to sell poor working conditions as a form of empowerment, but he also captures the tender, intimate moments that occur in even the most soul-sucking jobs. Ricky and his daughter find joy in knocking on doors and leaving notes; Abbi, who works as a nurse, genuinely cares for her patients like her own family even if the company she works for refuses to pay for her transportation.
11. The Nest
Why it's great: "This was our fresh start," says Carrie Coon's Allison to her husband Rory (Jude Law) early on in The Nest , Sean Durkin's severe drama of marriage and money. The way Coon delivers the line hints at a shared history, a series of broken promises and a desire to salvage a relationship through drastic change.
10. Shirley
Why it’s great: In short stories like The Lottery and novels like The Haunting of Hill House , Shirley Jackson conjured unease, tension, and queasy strangeness that made them difficult to put down. Fittingly, Shirley , an adaptation of a novel by Susan Scarf Merrell, examines a highly pressurized moment in the author's life that makes for occasionally nerve-rattling viewing.
9. Dick Johnson Is Dead
. Why it’s great: Watching Kirsten Johnson's kind-hearted dad, Richard "Dick" Johnson, get crushed by an air conditioning unit, struck by a car, and knocked in the head by a construction beam provides a startling thrill. These strange little experiments, staged by his filmmaker daughter and carried out by seasoned stunt professionals, form the structural backbone for this tender documentary, a work of memoir sprinkled with touches of the surreal.
8. Color Out of Space
. Why it’s great: For a certain type of moviegoer, any film where Nicolas Cage says the word "alpacas" multiple times is worth seeking out. Luckily, Color Out of Space , a psychedelic adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft's short story from 1927, offers more than just furry animals and unhinged Cage theatrics.
7. She Dies Tomorrow
Why it’s great: The strobing lights and shifting colors that flash across the at crucial points in She Dies Tomorrow signal a psychological shift that can't be fully explained or articulated by any of the characters. They all know something is wrong -- unavoidable death is approaching, soon -- but they can't exactly put a name to it or make others empathize with their anxiety until the reaction spreads.
6. Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets
 Why it’s great: The theme song from Cheers succinctly summed up the communal appeal of the local bar: "Sometimes you want to go where everybody knows your name." On the surface, this genre-bending documentary from brother filmmaking team Bill and Turner Ross is a straightforward celebration of that concept, one that explores depths of feeling, patterns of behavior, and types of language you wouldn't see on a network sitcom
5. Da 5 Bloods
 Why it’s great: Exploding with historical references, directorial flourishes, and flashes of combat action, Spike Lee's war epic Da 5 Bloods is a movie that embraces the inherent messiness of its subject matter. At first, the story sounds simple enough: four elderly Black veterans regroup and travel to Vietnam to recover the remains of their squad leader Norman (Chadwick Boseman) and search for a shipment of gold they buried in the jungle decades ago.
4. Never Rarely Sometimes Always
 Why it’s great: The Port Authority bus terminal provides the backdrop for a good deal of the drama and the waiting in Eliza Hittman's powerful portrait of a teenager traveling from Pennsylvania to New York to have an abortion, a procedure she can't receive in her home state
.3. Time
Why it’s great: Phrases like "time is what you make of it," "time flies," and "time heals all wounds" get turned inside out by this exquisitely constructed documentary. Time chronicles the life of entrepreneur and activist Sibil “Fox” Rich as she lobbies for the release of her husband, Robert Richardson, from the Louisiana State Penitentiary, otherwise known as Angola. (The prison is shown from the sky in a chilling drone shot, emphasizing the enormous scale of the facility.)
2. Bacurau
Why it’s great: When a movie tells a story about a community joining together to fight off outside invaders, there are certain shots, moments, and heroics you want to see. Bloodshed, vengeance, and justice all have a place in Bacurau , a feverish, quasi-dystopian genre mash-up centered around a fictional Brazilian city in the country's Northwestern region, but the film doles out its cathartic showdowns in an inventive, dizzying manner.
1. First Cow
. Why it’s great: First Cow , Kelly Reichardt's evocative and wise tale of frontier life, begins with the discovery of two skeletons in the woods. An unnamed young woman (Arrested Development's Alia Shawkat) and her dog -- echoing the human-and-canine pair at the center of Reichardt's 2008 road story Wendy and Lucy -- come upon the bones in the modern day Pacific Northwest. Then we flash back to a time when the Oregon territory was far less developed, an era of perilous opportunity and rampant exploitation, and meet Cookie (John Magaro), a bashful and unassuming cook for a team of unruly fur trappers.
Social Distance
Netflix, October 15
As if you didn't get enough of your own lockdown, now you can watch somebody else's! This anthology was put together remotely earlier this year and features stories about people trying hard to stay connected while isolated. Hashtag relatable. -- SB
 Star Trek: Discovery
CBS All Access, October 15
Get ready to board the USS Shenzou and the USS Discovery for yet another intergalactic mission in the series' third season. -- SB
Grand Army
Netflix, October 16
A drama about the lives of students at Brooklyn's largest public school as they come of age and come to terms with their identities in the process. The show is a loose adaptation of showrunner Katie Cappiello's theater production Slut: The Play. -- SB
.Marvel's Helstrom
Hulu, October 16
While Marvel's Runaways may have wrapped up, Hulu's got another superpowered teen show from the comic book giant coming down the pipeline. Helstrom focuses on Daimon and Ana Helstrom, the children of a serial killer who use their dynamic fighting and murderous skills for hunting down bad guys. -- SB
 Someone Has to Die
Netflix, October 16
From Manolo Caro, creator of The House of Flowers, comes a new telenovela about a family in 1950s Spain who request their son living in Mexico come home to meet his arranged fiancé, but are shocked when he returns with a male dancer. -- SB
Supermarket Sweep
ABC, October 18
People who got excited when old episodes of Supermarket Sweep hit Netflix (who have already finished their rewatch) will be pleased to know that a new version hosted by Leslie Jones is headed
 Unsolved Mysteries
Netflix, October 19
Netflix's reboot of Unsolved Mysteries proved to be a mega hit when it dropped its first six episodes this July, and to satisfy internet sleuths even more, another six installments are on the way this fall. -- SB
HBO Max, October 22
This four-part docudrama features historical footage and reenactments from stars like Samira Wiley, Cheyenne Jackson, and others to chronicle the LGBTQ+ movement in the 20th century leading up to the Stonewall Uprising of 1969. Billy Porter narrates. -- SB
The Queen's Gambit
Netflix, October 23
Anya Taylor Joy (The Witch) leads this miniseries adaptation of the book of the same name by Walter Tevis about an orphan who turns out to be an incredible chess prodigy. -- SB
. The Eric Andre Show
Adult Swim, October 25
History's most destructive late night talk show is returning after a three-year break to baffle more guest stars, like Adam Rippon, Luiz Guzman, and Omarion, for our entertainment. Eric debuts a shaved head and Blannibal, Hannibal Burress's clone, joins. -- Leanne Butkovic
 The Undoing
HBO, October 25
Nicole Kidman re-teams with Big Little Lies writer David E. Kelly for this miniseries adaptation of a novel about a successful marriage therapist whose life unravels after a murder. Hugh Grant plays the missing husband -- there's always a missing husband! -- and each episode will be directed by Bird Box filmmaker Susanne Bier, so expect plenty of twists and suspense from this one. -- Dan Jackson
Truth Seekers
Amazon Prime, October 30
Shaun of the Dead collaborators Nick Frost and Simon Pegg are at it again for another horror comedy. Truth Seekers is about a group of ghost hunters who happen to discover a conspiracy while out detecting the supernatural that could trigger the apocalypse. -- SB
PBS, November 1
Dr. House is no longer a doctor, now he's a British politician. In PBS' latest Masterpiece, Hugh Laurie plays a Conservative Party minister aiding Helen McCrory's prime minister, whose power-hungry career starts to fall apart as his personal life unravels and is made public. -- SB
Moonbase 8
Showtime, November 8
Tim Heidecker, John C. Reilly, and Fred Armisen star as three morons preparing to launch themselves into space to get away from the messes they've made for themselves down on Earth. -- LB

HBO, November 9
An investment banking drama where a batch of recent college grads compete for jobs at a top company, presenting an unvarnished look at the kinds of things people will do to keep it together and blow off steam in this high-stakes, cutthroat world. Lena Dunham directs the pilot. -- LB
The South Westerlies
Acorn TV, November 9
Come for the pretty Irish scenery, stay for the drama. When a woman arrives to a small Irish town with the intention of selling her Norweigen company's plans to build a wind farm to the locals, she is surprised to find a personal connection to the town, as well as competition from another developer. -- SB
. A Teacher
FX on Hulu, November 10
This melodramatic miniseries sounds like a doozy: Kate Mara plays a high school teacher who succumbs to an illicit and ver illegal affair with one of her students played by Nick Robinson. -- SB
 The Crown
Netflix, November 15
Olivia Colman is sticking around for one more season of Peter Morgan's historical drama, but as history continues to progress in the show and it moves into the '80s, a few new, exciting faces are joining Season 4. Make way for Maggie Thatcher and Princess Diana, played by Gillian Anderson and newcomer Emma Corrin, respectively. -- SB
 Big Sky
ABC, November 17
Big Little Lies showrunner David E. Kelley's got another salicious drama up his sleeve with this adaptation of C.J. Box's crime novels. The series follows a pair of private investigators and an ex-cop trying to catch a truck driver who kidnapped two young girls, who turn out not to be the first of his victims. -- SB
 No Man's Land
Hulu, November 18
A war epic about a French soldier who is in search of his missing sister in the Syrian civil war and joins forces with a group of Kurdish female fighters to find her. -- SB
Hulu, November 20
'90s kids may have missed the Warner Bros. lot-dwelling Dot, Yakko, and Wakko, but because nostalgia is a hell of a drug, they won't have to miss the Spielberg-created cartoons any longer because a reboot is headed to Hulu. This time around, they'll also be joined by Pinky and the Brain for one big Warner cartoon fest. -- SB
Black Narcissus
FX, November 23
Adapted from the 1939 novel by Rumer Godden, this tense-looking three-part miniseries follows a young nun's efforts to establish a remote convent in the Himalayas, a topic that will surely be ripe for commenting on historical British colonialism through a modern lens. This BBC co-production features the late Diana Rigg in her final TV role. -- LB
Saved By The Bell
Peacock, November 25
It's alright, 2020: We're going to be saved by The Bell. The beloved '90s sitcom is coming back. Stars like Mario Lopez, Mark-Paul Gosselaar, and Tiffany Thiessen are reprising their roles, but it largely returns to Bayside High in present day as the school's been rezoned and now wealthy students are clashing with their lower income classmates. Also, Zach Morris is governor of California. -- SB
Selena: The Series
Netflix, December 4
A biographic series about the life and rise to superstardom of legendary Tejano singer Selena Quintanilla. Christian Serratos of The Walking Dead fame will take on the tragic titular role in this miniseries, which is produced in part by the late singer's family to offer a more well-rounded telling of her life, as opposed to the recent Telemondo series El Secreto de Selena, which focused largely on her 1995 murder. -- SB
The Stand
CBS All Access, December 17
Perhaps no Stephen King book has been called "unadaptable" more than his cinderblock The Stand, and considering how well it went the first time, that may very well be true. That doesn't mean we'll stop trying, and, with the world looking more apocalyptic by the day, maybe there's no better time than now. King himself is directly involved in this adaptation, which will star James Marsden, Amber Heard, Whoopi Goldberg, and Alexander Skarsgård as the villainous Randall Flagg, who plots a hellish takeover of a world ravaged by a catastrophic plague. -- Emma Stefansky
Disney+, December
It's Scarlet Witch's (Elizabeth Olsen) time to shine. One of many, highly anticipated shows coming to Disney+, WandaVision focuses on the Scarlet Witch and The Vision, seemingly stuck in a TV land time loop, and Darcy Lewis (Kat Dennings' character Marvel fans know from the Thor movies). Kathryn Hayn is also there, so consider this a good one. -- SB
Alice in Borderland
Netflix has dabbled in live-action anime and manga movies, but never a season of television. An adaptation of a manga series written by Haro Aso that ran in Weekly Shonen Sunday between 2010 and 2016 will be the streamer's first. Think of the premise as Sword Art Online, except for adults: Some salty high school boys get transported to the Borderlands, where they have to play survival video games to stay alive. Notably, Alice in Borderland is directed by Shinsuke Sato, who made Netflix's actually pretty good live adaptation of Bleach, so we expect it to deliver. -- LB
The Boondocks
Aaron MacGruder's hilarious Adult Swim anime-inspired staple is getting rebooted for HBO's streaming service on a two-season order and a 50-minute special. Details are light, but we do know that Granddad and his grandsons, Riley and Huey, will have to deal with the neo-Nazis that have established a tyrannical regime in their comfortable suburb. The Boondocks never tiptoed around its bold leftist and racial politics, and we can't wait to see what's in store with MacGruder back as showrunner after stepping away from Season 4. -- LB
 The Flight Attendant
Kaley Cuoco produced and stars in this series adaptation of Chris Bohjalian's novel of the same name about a flight attendant who wakes up after a layover in Dubai in a hotel room next to a dead body. As she carries on as if nothing happens and keeps the incident a secret, she wonders if she could be involved in the death, having no recollection of the night before. Definitely not your typical flight attendant! -- SB
Genius: Aretha
Nat Geo
Nat Geo's Genius biographic anthology series previously covered Albert Einstein and Pablo Picaso, and now it's turning its focus to one of music's greats, Aretha Franklin. Cynthia Erivo (Harriet, Widows) will be taking on the iconic soul singer, meaning she'll definitely be putting some R-E-S-P-E-C-T on her name. -- SB
Maniac Cop
Nicolas Winding Refn, fresh off the visually stunning and wildly overlooked 2019 Amazon Prime crime thriller Too Old to Die Young, adapts William Lustig's gory 1988 slasher cult classic as a (no doubt) visually stunning miniseries. -- JS
Midnight Mass
Director Mike Flanagan can't stop churning out that creepy Netflix content. The Haunting of Bly Manor may be due out this year, but so is a new, original series about a desolate island community that starts to experience disturbing occurrences once a mysterious young priest arrives on shore. -- SB
. Mr. Mayor
Good news, The Good Place fans. (Or Cheers fans, we guess. Or Becker fans.) Ted Danson will not be leaving your TV screens for every long. He's back on NBC later this year in a new sitcom from 30 Rock creators Tina Fey and Robert Carlock. The familiar-sounding storyline as a billionaire who gets elected as Los Angeles mayor. It's not at all about Schmichael Schloomberg. -- JS
Not to be confused with 30 Rock creators Tina Fey and Robert Carlock's new untitled project starring Ted Danson, Mulligan is yet another series the two that they have in the works with Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt writer Sam Means. This one is animated and imagines the world post-alien attack as humans try to figure out how to rebuild society (and also survive). -- SB
Nine Perfect Strangers
If Big Little Lies Season 2 didn't hit like you wanted it to, Nine Perfect Strangers might just fill that void. Not only is it another adaptation of a book by BLL author Liane Moriarty, it brings back BLL showrunner David E. Kelley and Nicole Kidman. Kidman stars as the director of a wellness resort where nine strangers check in for a 10-day retreat that doesn't turn out to be like what any of them expected. -- SB
The Old Man
Jeff Bridges, a major movie star who has yet to make a play for prestige TV glory, stars in this thriller series about a retired CIA officer who wants to live "off the grid." But -- you guessed it -- he keeps getting pulled back into the shady world he thought he left behind. It's adapted from a novel by veteran genre writer Thomas Perry, and also features John Lithgow, Amy Brenneman, and Alia Shawkat in supporting roles. Think True Grit meets The Americans. -- DJ
Pieces of Her
Toni Collette leads the cast in this adaptation of Karin Slaughter's popular thriller about a woman who tries to stop an active shooter, and the effects it has on her relationship with her daughter, who feels she witnesses a change in her mother after the traumatic interference. -- SB
This three-part miniseries documents the story of the iconic Uptown Records, which helped launch the career of huge names in R&B and hip-hop like Mary J. Blige, Notorious B.I.G., Sean "Diddy" Combs, and others. Casting has been kept under wraps, so it's unclear which label signees will be portrayed, but founder Andre Harrell is on as executive producer so this will offer up an insider's look. -- SB
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