All Blog Posts Tagged 'Family' (382)

Texts With Grandmonster: The Debut


Added by Kage Alan on January 7, 2017 at 10:12am — 8 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 — 12 Comments

Noticing The Differences Between Then And Now

I was still in a bit of shock at this time last year. My father had died a month earlier, my mother and I were physically and mentally exhausted, and I had to plan Christmas dinner for her, my husband, and my grandmother. His Majesty had lost his father two years earlier, my grandmother lost her husband a couple years before that, and we were all dealing with our grief. It didn’t exactly make for a happy holiday. Now, another year has gone by.

It seemed as if 2016 was going to ignore…


Added by Kage Alan on December 22, 2016 at 6:30am — 4 Comments


My grandmother is still recovering from surgery on her shoulder, which she had prior to Thanksgiving. Because of it, she probably won’t be able to come to our house for Christmas. But, as we did with Thanksgiving, we’ll take the small party to her. I asked just prior to digging into our Thanksgiving meal if Grandma would like to say Grace. She always made a habit of it in years past despite not being a hugely religious person, so I thought perhaps she might like to this year. She choked up,…


Added by Kage Alan on December 12, 2016 at 6:30am — 6 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 — 9 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 — 8 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 — 6 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

Grandmother? Let Me Tell You About My Grandmother

I mentioned a while back that my grandmother (not the Grandmonster) went in for surgery on her shoulder three weeks ago only to have it postponed because her potassium levels had dropped dangerously low. I mention it again because the rescheduled surgery was this past Tuesday, and it went off without a hitch. She’s recovering nicely and will hopefully be discharged in a day. From there, it’s off to rehab! Would you believe some folks are confused by this?

It started with a simple…


Added by Kage Alan on November 3, 2016 at 6:30am — 5 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

These Are The Voyages Of The USS Grandmonster

The designation NCC-1701 is common knowledge, isn’t it? Ah, and what a beautiful ship she is, especially the A version. But have you heard of the EVIL-666. It’s a kind of anti-sister ship, and her captain is my husband’s Grandmonster. She’s one tough cookie, let me tell you. And just when you think she hasn’t seen or heard something, she surprises you. Well, she surprises me. If this was ever filmed, it would definitely be sitcom material, only nobody would ever believe it was based…


Added by Kage Alan on October 31, 2016 at 6:30am — 8 Comments

Three Things…Including The Grandmonster’s Arrival

Okay, I DID finish cleaning the house and got it in impeccable order. This is one of the few times I’ll give myself a pat on the back for making the place look really good. The hubby sorted and gutted all the crap that had been sitting out for three years I couldn’t do anything with (because it was his), and then I did the 6-day deep clean. 6 friggin’ days. Finally, before I picked him, the Grandmonster, and my mother-in-law up Tuesday evening, I sat down for the first time in weeks and…


Added by Kage Alan on October 27, 2016 at 6:30am — 7 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 — 6 Comments

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