All in Family

Confessions: "Rebel" Music

The benefit (well, benefit) of having an almost-decade-older sibling is that there weren’t a lot of pop-cultural limitations growing up*. This isn’t to say we were sitting down as a family to catch that new movie on Cinemax or anything; we were down with Cliff and Claire. Still, I don’t remember being told “you can’t watch that**,” "you can't read that," or “you can’t listen to that.”

The Legend of the Jackers

I think I’ve talked about this before, but my brother and I had a “band” in the 80s (didn’t everyone) called The Jackers. Our hook? We wore jackets. Also, we played plastic badminton rackets as guitars and sang into a Fisher Price radio-tunable microphone. We played our gigs on the staircase landing in our house in Bellevue off Sawyer Brown Road. It was, in a word, awesome.

God, Family, Country

During the winter, I came up with a set of questions that I wanted to ask my Grandparents and mailed them with SASEs...I thought it would let me learn more about their "past lives" but also give them something to do during the cold months. On this Memorial Day weekend, I thought it would be fitting to share some of my Grandmama's answers with you: