All Blog Posts Tagged 'Family' (340)


Narcissi...oh, heck - you know who it is!…


Added by marilyn sands on January 30, 2017 at 1:00pm — 11 Comments

Italians need to speak up against the anti-immigrant madness

by Tommi Avicolli Mecca

I’m tired of Italians in this country who either support the anti-immigrant/anti-refugee policies of the new ultra right wing administration in Washington, or who remain silent and don’t raise their voices in support of the immigrants being targeted.

Don’t these Italians remember or even know about their own family’s history in this country?

If you’re Italian and think that certain people, like Muslims or Syrian refugees, should be registered or…


Added by Tommi Avicolli Mecca on January 28, 2017 at 3:06pm — 5 Comments

Twas the Night Before Inauguration!

Posted on 19/1/2017 9:26:51 p.m. by Impala64ssa

Twas the Night Before…


Added by Doc Vega on January 25, 2017 at 3:50pm — 4 Comments

"TELL ME A STORY, GRANDMA"! Open Salon Expose! Repost - Scripted

Reposted in response to tr ig's recent nostalgic Open Salon post...…


Added by marilyn sands on January 5, 2017 at 9:00am — 11 Comments

The Gingerbread Man on the Metro

My secret weapon was a little wooden train.

I ordered it from IKEA, along with a shoe rack for our hallway. It was cheap, colorful, and compatible with my son Julien’s Brio track, and my plan was to keep it in my…


Added by Alysa Salzberg on December 11, 2016 at 4:00pm — 7 Comments

World AIDS Day

by Tommi Avicolli Mecca

Simeon, at 16 you helped desegregate lunch counters in your hometown of Kinston, North Carolina. You taught me so much about nonviolent struggle. You were my hero.

Saj, I'll never forget how you outsmarted that NJ state trooper who was so eager to bust us. Your words to me that final time I saw you will remain with me forever.

Steven, thanks for the flower in my hair at Philly pride 1972 and for the good times at La Maison…


Added by Tommi Avicolli Mecca on December 1, 2016 at 9:00am — 2 Comments

Hazzy Thanksgiving and a Merry Christmas and maybe a Happy Arbor Day!!!

Happy holidays to one and all!!

I know I don't post on here a lot but when I do, I wear a top hat and do a little dance!!

I hope each of you are having an awesome time.

I sure am.

I got Dr. Pepper and chicken.

French bread and coleslaw for a happy meal.

With my…


Added by Tinkerertink69 on November 24, 2016 at 2:22pm — 9 Comments

Thanksgiving - Remembering why We Observe the Ritual

The origins of the ritual: In the USA the holiday began as a harvest festival. Thanksgiving has been celebrated nationally on and off since 1789, after a proclamation by George Washington.

It has much less to do with the mythic celebration of Native Americans and the Pilgrims of the Plymouth Colony and much more…


Added by JMac1949 Today on November 23, 2016 at 6:00pm — 11 Comments

Thanksgiving is a big fat gluttonous lie

by Tommi Avicolli Mecca

There’s no denying that the popular story of the first Thanksgiving is a cultural myth, promoted by school textbooks that are anything but history. Just ask the Texas State Board of Education. It’s well versed in propaganda for the kiddies.

Many historians argue, as Richard Greener related in the Huffington Post, that the first Thanksgiving Day was declared by Massachusetts Colony Governor John Winthrop in 1637 “to celebrate the safe return of a band of…


Added by Tommi Avicolli Mecca on November 21, 2016 at 8:44am — 7 Comments

Post election manifesto



As a working-class, southern Italian faggot I have never felt in more danger.

I hear calls from the mindless mainstream media for the country to heal and unify. I won't heal. I won't unify with those who voted for the monster the mindless mainstream media helped create. This country can never be "healed" as long as racism, sexism, homophobia/transphobia, ageism, ableism, classism, etc. continue to make some…


Added by Tommi Avicolli Mecca on November 9, 2016 at 9:00am — 5 Comments

Back to Texas – Part Seven, a Curiosity in the Campaign

Like I wrote before I’m approaching Brother Bill’s home and health care slowly and building up a routine.  Once every day I drive the five or six miles to Bill’s trailer and make sure he takes his pills and then we go out for breakfast or late lunch.  Driving around Bastrop, Texas you can see dozens and dozens of campaign yard signs ranging from small hand-made signs tacked to telephone poles to professionally printed mini billboards that are four by eight feet.  What is most interesting is…


Added by JMac1949 Today on November 8, 2016 at 7:00am — 8 Comments



A hummingbird in the garage

No, not parked alongside the car

but hovering, frantically (they are frantic creatures)

Inches from the ceiling. It is darting back and forth

Against the white expanse as though a portal to

The natural world might appear but, actually, two very large

Portals, the open garage doors are there, just there

A few feet below where it - oh come on! -

Will not go.

Though I have no way of determining the…


Added by Rob Neukirch on November 3, 2016 at 7:25am — 3 Comments


It took me decades to stop wearing my father's underwear.  I asked my therapist the significance of that fact.  He's still working on it.

            Let me explain:

            I don't mean that for years, on up into my adult life, I was, at any time, wearing my father's actual underwear.  If that were so I wouldn't be asking my therapist about it.  I would be living at my therapists, curled up at night on the waiting room carpet and doing little chores during the day, like…


Added by Rob Neukirch on November 1, 2016 at 8:00am — 6 Comments

We Should Challenge Clueless "Politically Correct" Scolders of Art: Why I Left Aspirational Movie Making Group

I used to be in a collective of artists whose mantra is to make movies.  I spent four years among them to gain experience as an actor, having spent many years as a network TV writer.  The reasons I left encompass numerous factors, chiefly a growing disrespect for a slew of viewpoints expressed…


Added by Michael Russnow on October 26, 2016 at 11:56am — 5 Comments

Very sad news about a former OSer

I met Erica Herd, who blogged on Open as "Erica K.", at the big, lovely meet-up in Manhattan in 2012.  I was impressed by how kind she was - and how impeccably coiffed.  

Those of you who read her at Open, and/or who followed her to her Word Press blog, Suburban Hobo,  probably know about her warmth and…


Added by Alysa Salzberg on October 25, 2016 at 3:30pm — 7 Comments

Back to Texas – Part Six, Clean Bills of Health

Like most of my past efforts to maintain a journal of events my best efforts are intermittent at best.  Part of becoming a geezer is an increased focus on healthcare, so a couple of weeks ago Brother Bill and I went to see Doctor Yount, who is a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine and family practitioner.  He also is an adjunct professor at the University of North Texas and on the day of our appointment one of his students, a pleasant young man, was observing his practice.  With our permission he…


Added by JMac1949 Today on October 19, 2016 at 7:00am — 13 Comments

The Little American

That’s what some people here in France fondly call my son Julien.


But for a long time, I doubted he was very American at all.

Although I’m American, and although he’s visited the US a few times, he was born in a hospital in Paris, the city that’s been his home ever since. And as for me, the…


Added by Alysa Salzberg on October 15, 2016 at 7:12am — 19 Comments

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