Posts 2021

4/14/21
Who doesn’t wanna be loved? Who doesn’t crave being seen & heard and yes, noticed? Who doesn’t long for someone to say: you’re beautiful, you’re necessary, you’re invaluable? Who doesn’t want their heart to be held in the palm of a hand after it’s been broken? Who doesn’t want to be thought of? Thought kindly of? Who doesn’t wish that their mistakes and their foibles and their flaws weren’t thought of as the totality of their life? Who doesn’t wish that their imperfections were thrown in their face by someone who is just as imperfect? Who doesn’t wish they can take back a word or two or an email sent in the middle of the night because sending it out was better than holding it in? Who doesn’t wish that humans were kinder, more gentle, more thoughtful, more tolerant, more generous, more accepting, more capable of loving better? Who doesn’t wish on the first star they see at night? Who doesn’t wish for strength under their breath when life is hard and bones are weary? Who doesn’t wish for more days with the folks we love? Who doesn’t wish for the right person to come along and sweep us off our feet and say: through everything, every single thing, I will love you & cherish you no matter fucking what? Who the fuck doesn’t wish to be loved and wanted and needed unconditionally – not strings – no sitting on ceremony – no bullshit – because conditionally isn’t love and I wish you all unconditional good love, the kinda love that yes, makes you feel warm, the sun warm, like you swallowed the sun kinda love.

Thank you, Stacey Powells for surprising me and loving me up this morning and for making me feel like yes, I swallowed the sun.
Please excuse all typos, I wrote this really fast.

4/14/21
Art on the walls.
Shadow dancing.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

4/13/21
I don’t know why this fab photo popped up but it made my day and I’m surely going to share it….The ever-gorgeous Ken and Amy Ferris… FFE!!!!! ♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️

 

 

 


 

4/12/21
A perfect Facebook memory:

She woke up.
She decided that her life was more valuable than the jewelry she was given to keep quiet.
She woke up.
She realized that the guilt and shame and fear she carried were not her own.
She woke up.
She decided that the secrets she tossed in the back of her drawer needed some airing out.
She woke up.
She would no longer blend into the background, or disappear into the night, or crawl into a corner.
She woke up.
She would no longer keep herself small.
She woke up.
She would no longer stay silent, she would no longer wilt or wither, she would no longer take the blame for shit she did not do; she would no longer allow others to trample on her goodness or kindness or generosity or her mistakes.
She would no longer keep herself tidy. She would flaunt her flaws and foibles because they were and are her beauty marks.
She would no longer hide. Or cower. Period.
She woke up.
She stood up.
She spoke up.
She stretched her weary tired arms and said, come with me, be loud.
Be louder.
Louder.
Be a voice for others.
Give it all you’ve got.
She woke up.
She decided to speak – utter – the truth because without speaking, or sharing it, or spilling it or uttering it she could never really truly heal.
She woke up. She decided that her life was worth saving, and that she would save it.
She woke up and declared:
Fuck you.
FUCK. YOU.
FUCK. YOU.
You don’t get to tell me what I can do or can’t do with my heart or my body or my words or my soul; my language; my love.
She woke up.
She lit a fire under her own sexy beautiful luscious ass and it kept her warm and kept her awake. Wide awake. She stayed awake.
She was not going back to the life that someone else wanted her to live, or have; that someone else wanted her to own, take comfort in, that someone else wanted her to wrap herself in.
She was not going back.
She woke up.
She woke the fuck up.

 
4/10/21
Amy’s Art
 

 
4/9/21
Please, whatever the fuck you do… don’t settle. We’re not on this earth to take less than. We’re not here to master suffering, we are NOT here to live mediocre lives. We are not here to give someone else – or allow someone else to take – the credit for what we say, do, accomplish. We are here to be fucking huge, epic, glorious, magnificent. We are here to show the world what we’re made of.
 
 
 

4/8/21
Here’s a hard-core fact.
There are plenty of Americans who stand and salute the flag; place their right hand over their heart while they sing the National Anthem: Oh, say can you see by the dawn’s early light.
Twilights last gleaming.
The same folks who go to church on Sunday wearing their Sunday best and say a whole lot of Amen’s; and a whole lot of these folks come home from church and they take that very hand, the one they held over their heart and they use it to beat the living shit outta their wives, to batter and bruise and rip the life outta them and then they take the fear of God, almighty God, and they drum it, pound it, into their kids day fucking in and day fucking out until that fear is embedded, engrained, and tattooed on their very soul – and if they happen to be of the real creepy variety, they tip-toe up the stairs late at night, and they sneak into the bedroom and sexually abuse their little girl, their baby – covering her mouth while they whisper in her ear: God will punish you if you say a word, you hear me? If you say one word: God. Will. Punish. You.
And then you got a lot of folks who hum the national anthem under their breath – for the cred factor – while they hold special secret KKK meetings in their kitchens under a perfectly hung, perfectly draped, confederate flag while practicing ink-drawing swastikas in spiral notebooks for show and tell.
A man takes a knee for injustice, for truth, for his fellow humans; he kneels into his power; his religion is kindness, his practice is compassion.
He’s called a son of a bitch, UnAmerican. His livelihood is threatened, his life is in danger.
One unbalanced blowhard racist, who yes, was pretending to be a Police Officer – pretending to defend the law – decided that someone’s life was no longer worthy, valuable – the color of Mr. Floyd’s skin made him hated, vilified, wished dead.
If you’re still reading, still with me: there aren’t just a couple of bad apples out there, there’s an entire orchard.
Wearing a Police uniform – a badge – doesn’t make you a good man or a good woman, it’s the heart that beats under that uniform, that badge – the heart that you place your hand over when you pledge allegiance when you recite the National Anthem – when you take your oath to protect & serve the people, to safeguard lives – that heart, what is that heart made of.
And while I still have you, if I still have you, because this nasty ugly mean shit keeps me up at night…. STANDING doesn’t make you a good decent human – STANDING UP – that’s the fucking ticket – standing up for injustice, for racism, for homophobia, for genocide, for sexism and misogyny, standing up to hate and violence and cruelty, for Black Lives and yes, Asian Lives and yes, Jewish lives and any life that has been diminished annihilated disrespected knocked down beaten raped trafficked – any life whose life has been squeezed out of them until they can no longer breathe – that’s what we stand up for, what we kneel for.
Two men took a knee:
One for Black Lives, one to end a Black Life.
It is not what you’re wearing that makes you powerful, not a Jersey or a uniform, it’s what’s beating under that clothing that tells the whole entire truth of who you are.

4/1/21
Here’s the deal: I’m on meds and imma feeling mighty shitty from my 2nd vaccine, mighty shitty, but anyone – ANYONE – hurts a human I love & cherish, says nasty shit about someone I love behind their FaceBack – you know it’s gonna come back to me… any person says nasty shit about someone I love…YOU IN DEEP MOTHERFUCKER TROUBLE.
Do Not Talk Shit About Anyone I love.
Trust me, the shit has a way of circling back and finding me.
I am the last person ‘mean’ wants to come face-to-face with.
Kindness.
Wear it.
Spritz it on.
It goes with everything.
Gossip:
It circles back like curdled milk.
Be kind.
Mean doesn’t age well.


4/1/21
So, the 2nd day really sucks. Truly deeply. No sugar coating. Yes, I’m taking Tylenol, yes, I’m drinking Gatorade (and yes, I’m making believe it’s Sauvignon Blanc Gatorade after 5 pm) and yes, I’m resting, in bed…and I know, I know… I know… this too shall pass, I know, but this too… really fucking sucks.
Sending you all my love & deep gratitude for the love you’ve sent my way.

Love & kindness & generosity with a hefty side of compassion – real good medicine.

3/31/21
You all have been loving me up so much, Good Goddess… the love pouring in is extraordinary.

 

This came into my message box, I promised the author I would let her remain anonymous until she’s ready to share it on her page but she gave me permission to post it, and yes, this just cracked me wide open.
Between all your love & this private message, whoa…this chick/woman/girl/feminist/warrior/Goddess/Badass/Goddass is gonna keep her body in bed & say thank you to the Universe and all the Goddesses & Buddhas in all directions for each and every one of you.
Kristine Patterson

this gorgeous private message I share with you:

Dear Amy … On a day I know you’re worried about that second jab, I want to share this with you. A couple years ago when Bean Pole Pottery offered their mug with the wonderful Amyism, “Wear Your Scars Like Stardust,” I immediately ordered one. You see, about a year earlier, after the third glass of wine, my husband unwittingly described my breasts, scarred over the decades by three benign biopsies, as “deformed.” I ordered that mug to remind myself that I’m beautiful and fierce as fuck in all my wonderful, sexy flaws and battle scars. Just last month, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. At 73, I opted for a simple mastectomy without reconstruction or, as my surgeon calls it, “One and done.” I’m lucky — all the cancer’s been removed and now I’ve got a whole lotta juicy living ahead of me. All of a sudden, that mug with its beautiful Amyism, “Wear Your Scars Like Stardust,” took on a brand new meaning. Now, with every morning coffee, I celebrate my scarred chest, my warrior spirit, and my courage, knowing full well that stardust is something magical and beautiful that sparkles from within. And from here on in, I will wear it proudly and scatter that shit all over the place. So I just wanted to thank you, Amy. Much love …

3/27/21
Where the fuck is Molly?
Well, she does not want her photo taken.
She had a “PETicure” this afternoon and now hates that her long pointy “Imma gonna scratch you if you fuck with me’ nails are just a teeny bit shorter.
She is not a happy pussy today.
But:
Here’s to all of you gorgeous creatures out there on this Saturday that actually, yes, feels like a Saturday.
Wear your dreams out-loud.
Do not take shit from anyone.
Love big and love better, be kind and be generous.
And for the sake of humanity:


 
3/26/21

 

I wish you all kindness.
I wish you all a lighter heart, one that doesn’t hurt so much today, even if just for today. I wish you all love; unconditional love; no strings attached love. I wish you all a voice that both sings and shouts and is never silent. I wish you all comfort & compassion, in both your own skin and the skin of others.
I wish you all the opportunity to fall madly in-love with your own lives so that you can see yourself through my eyes.
I wish you all the commitment to stand in your truth, to hold tight to your convictions, to believe in the beauty and greatness of your own life.
I wish you all a tribe of humans who forgive you your flaws, accept your imperfections, cherish your foibles, appreciate your fuck-ups & fuck downs because those humans know that your scars are stardust, and your wounds are beauty marks.
I wish you all that one moment – that one moment – when it hits you, when you feel it in your soul, in your gut when it sweeps over you and you understand with every single fiber in your being that you are one glorious gorgeous necessary fierce as all-mighty fuck creature, and the world would just not spin the same without you.
I wish you all the absolute knowing that you make a difference.
And for all those who celebrate:
Happy Passover/Pesach.

3/26/21
Pssst: You with the ‘abortion is murder’ post – a heads up:
20 people were massacred this week who lived outside the womb.


3/25/21
This just came up in my feed – I was tagged on this post- and even I’m inspired by my own words.

“HATE HAS AN EXPIRATION DATE”
Written by – and compliments to – Amy Ferris writer and editor.
More than anything – fuck you – seriously FUCK YOU – for instilling fear & hate in our hearts and in our Country, for inciting so much anger & violence – animosity and bitterness. Fuck you for making us despise our neighbors and co-workers and acquaintances, for attacking the best of us with the worst of you. Fuck you for perpetuating LOCK HER UP four fucking years after the fact; fuck you for sullying America – for grabbing her by the throat and her pussy every single motherfucker day. Fuck you for making lying and deceit a way of life; for teaching our children that they can get along in this world by being a bully – by intimidating and harassing. Fuck you for dismantling & discouraging our better selves – for standing up for the worst of us, the worst in us. Fuck you for making me lie awake at night scared to death that my friends will not live another day because they have COVID. Fuck you for treating our lives with such disrespect and for saying this pandemic is a HOAX. Fuck you for not once saying you grieve with the two hundred thousand plus who have died. Fuck you for not being empathetic and compassionate. Fuck you for not being kind. Fuck you for not once – not once – saying Black Lives Matter. Fuck you for making America one of your bankrupt businesses and for treating her like one of your mistresses. Fuck you for battering & bashing those who don’t side with you. Fuck you for abusing the privilege of the Oval Office. Fuck you for gleefully wanting to strip away, tear away, remove the rights of the LGBTQ community and women’s rights and healthcare: I believe that’s called aborting the rights of others. Fuck you for being so vindictive that you’re willing to leave millions and millions of people stranded, helpless, sick and dying. Fuck you for pushing through a handmaiden in place of a woman who stood up for the less fortunate, who fought like a motherfucker for both men and women and children – for others, who did not back down even when looked down upon; she was a champion of humanity and Miss Barrett may be filling her seat but she will never fill her shoes. Fuck you for not honoring RBG’s very last wish.
But we are Goddesses and Warriors, Heroes and SHEroes and yes, we have your number and yes, your days are numbered and we will not lie down or be defeated.
Love NEVER spoils or goes out of fashion, but hate – HATE HAS AN EXPIRATION DATE.
 

3/23/21

 

“Write a story to save your life.”
– Don Hahn
What an extraordinary class today @ Story Summit Writer’s School
#ProudCoDirector

 

3/20/21
While iKen was on the phone this morning explaining to his doctor why he needed his Cialis refill, I was scrolling through emails & text messages and thinking about how in 28 years he & I have experienced all sorts of life. And by all sorts, I mean every single bit: ups & downs & sideways. I mean life at its very fucking best & juiciest and holy shit worst and scariest. I mean blood-curdling screaming – tossing fuck you’s like frisbees; to kissing, loving passionately, deeply. I mean all those middle of the night moments when you think, why did we get married, to all those moments when you know deep in your soul that forever will never be long enough. So, while he was negotiating his refill (successfully), and I was negotiating the world wide wild web (unsuccessfully), I came to the realization – which, by the way, this is not a new realization, I’ve had it numerous times before – that life is never gonna be a straight line. Never. Ever. This brings me to this: go for it. Go for what it is you want in life. Don’t wait for it to show up. Don’t. Be a motherfucker dog with a bone. Be the kinda person who makes waves and makes a ruckus and demands the best for your own life, and the best for the ones who you love. Be the kinda person who stands up and declares their worth, their value, because a) you showed up, and b) you shine up. Period. Be the kinda person who fights like a motherfucker for every single thing you want in life and know when to step back and know when to back down and know when to walk away because not everything we want is good for us, or the best for us. Be the kinda person who roots for others & champions others and hoots & hollers for others, but not at your own expense – don’t give away the goods or goodie bag to please someone else, or make someone else happy who doesn’t make you happy because 9 times outta 10, seriously, those folks – the ones you wanna please, jump through hoops for – are gonna up and leave, hit the road at some time. Trust me on that.

Be the kinda person who loves good, and loves big and loves hard and loves mighty, and loves fiercely but doesn’t sell their own soul to just any Jack or Jill or Jackass. Be the kinda woman they name hurricanes after, and the kinda men they name groovy film festivals after or Awards for.
Be the kinda folks who make the world better & sexier, bigger & kinder, who can shake & rattle the universe and make it spin like a fucking dreidel.
And let me just say for the record, you, reading this: you’re not just anybody, you’re not just someone, you’re not just anyone. You’re a warrior, a Goddess, a buddha, a bodhisattva. A queen. A King. You are it – all & everything plus a side of delicious. And every single storm, detour, bump, the wrong turn; every single fucking obstacle that rears its head, throws you down, catches you off guard is for you to prove what you’re made of, for you to see for yourself that you are made of beauty & magic & awesome & all that fucking glitters.

Open carry your life.
You are a powerhouse.

3/19/21
I have heard numerous – numerous – folks over numerous years share their opinions over what they like or don’t like whether it’s a piece of music or a painting or film or a play. It used to be that you could not like something and were not dragged through the mud. I didn’t like the movie Mank, thousands & thousands of folks loved that film. I loved LOVED Nomadland, others didn’t. I loved One Night in Miami – thought it was fucking brilliant, the guy down the road couldn’t get through the first hour. I love Cat Stevens but recently I was slammed for whatever reason for loving him. I adore Beyonce. Not so much Rap. I’m pretty fond of Musical theater, can’t stand opera. I also do not like Reality TV, so not sure where on the face of the five senses map that puts me. Recently I was taken to task and told my reactions to ‘music’ are based on a patriarchal system. I call bullshit. Not everything I like or don’t like is based on a patriarchal jumping-off point. It makes women seem that our own beating heart can’t make a decision or have a feeling on its own. And for the record, anyone who doesn’t like My Cousin Vinny better not argue with me about that. I’m not sure being so fucking woke is so fucking good, maybe we need to hit a snooze button every so often and then hit the re-charge mode and come back willing to be less in attack mode.

PS!
*Please know I just tagged
Dale Launer in the comments – he wrote My Cousin Vinny; here in our house, we bow at the altar of Dale Launer & My Cousin Vinny.


3/18/21
Simon & Schuster has paid Kellyanne Conway “millions & millions of dollars” for her tell-all book deal about her time in the Trump White House.
Millions of fucking dollars, a bundle of millions.
I have friends who are brilliant writers – stunning writers – who can’t give away their books, and this kinda shit gets millions upon millions.
Stop rewarding nasty cruel vile famous people.
Reward brilliance, not bullying.
Mike Pence got a loaded deal and a shitload of folks who worked in the Trump White House. Do not reward these people. Do not. They’re cowards & liars & they wanted to burn the house down.

My fucking god.

3/18/21
This is my friend Beth Broday’s magnificent daughter. She’s living in fear. Beth is living in fear. Please, let’s hold each other up and hold each other tight.
Do not be silent when it comes to hate crimes. Our voices must be louder & stronger than hate and bullets.


3/17/21
As I expected, I got a lot of nasty shit for my post. Some were PMs, some were comments and a few were in emails. I don’t regret one word that I wrote, but I will share what makes me so very, very sad.

We live in a world where we are reminded daily that we must believe all women – but we also are living in a world that vilifies certain women for speaking their truth, for sharing their lives. We live in a world where me too has become me only and no, you don’t know what the fuck I went through; when not liking a song becomes ‘being a racist’ and sharing our opinions has become an opportunity to cancel our feelings.

A few years ago a friend of mine wrote about her children – she adopted 2 children – both are black. She shared how scared she was when they go, or drive, or walk down a street. She shared her pain. Her fears. She also shared that she was a white woman and the hate that came her way was unbearable to read. One person actually said she, my friend, couldn’t imagine what it was like because she is a white woman. She removed the post and disconnected from social media. That comment landed her in such a deep emotional hell. She adopted two babies who were in foster care, bouncing around from one home to the next until she & her husband came along and gave them a good safe loving life. She was petrified for her children but that didn’t seem to matter to some folks.

No, I do not know what it is like to be a Black woman or a Latino, Latinx woman, or an Asian woman or a gay woman or Native American woman or a trans woman or a disabled woman. I only know what it’s like to be me, and that may not be good enough for some of you, and that’s okay, and yes, I hope to fucking god I learn every day how to love better, do better, be kinder, listen more… pay attention. I hope every fucking day I become better at this thing called life. I hope to stand on the right side of life and if I slip off, I hope folks grab my hand and pull me back in. I hope that my voice raises others, encourages others. All others. I hope that at the end of the day, when all is said and done, that I am remembered by my words, which no, aren’t always perfect and often clumsy and misspelled, and yeah, I ramble, and I wish us all more empathy.

Years & years ago my friend’s husband died unexpectedly, he had a massive stroke on a flight and died on the plane coming home to her. She picked up his body at the airport instead of him walking through the gate. At the shiva call – at her house – a young girl, maybe 16, 17, was tucked into the corner of the room – her niece – and my friend walked over to her and knelt down, cupping the young girl’s face in her hands asking her why she was crying… her niece said these words: my boyfriend broke up with me and I’m so ashamed that I feel so sad when you just lost your husband… my uncle… and … she was weeping, weeping… and my friend said this to her: we both lost people we loved, now we both know that kind of pain.

How extraordinary.
We both know that kind of pain.|
Whoa.
Is.
Me.

No, no… I don’t know what it’s like to be a Black woman or Latino/Latinx – or Native American or Asian or Gay or Trans or Disabled… but my heart – my messy cracked crazy-glued heart – will always break and crack and split into a million fucking pieces for anyone who is made to feel like they don’t belong on this earth and in this world.

Please, be kind to yourself.


3/11/21
This is what I know
This post is from 3 years ago – the storm that devastated our county.

It hits you hard.
I don’t give a shit who you are – it hits you where you breathe. My husband, my glorious kind sexy messy – house bound slash bed-bound – husband is more Zen. He tells me death is life. This is after I – we – my gorgeous goddess friend and I – bury Lotus right outside Ken’s garden, right next to the rose bushes and the tulip beds and the Hibiscus tree and more. More flowers. Death is life, he tells me while the snot is running down my nose and I can barely breathe because I did not expect her to die, I expected her to live another 4, 5 – 6 years – and sleep with me at night, next to me, her purring keeping me safe from hardening my heart. I tell him to fuck himself. He tells me he can’t because, you know, his ankle is in a full leg metal contraption, which prevents him from, yes, fucking himself, and to be blatantly honest, fucking me. A much-needed laugh. I love this man for a million reasons.

 

Opposites not only attract; they often create the sexiest messiest clumsiest love dance of life together.
She brings a shovel and a pitchfork and we dig a grave. We dig and dig and dig because the ground is hard and winter is still here and we put Lotus’ covered body into the earth and cover the earth with her now in it and I refuse to say good-bye; I say I love you & thank you.
 
She, my angel #1.
And now that very spot where Lotus is buried, where she is deep down in the earth, Mother Earth, is the exact spot where another massive monster tree falls and decimates Ken’s magnificent garden; his altar, his life-blood. This is where he prays & thinks & communes with the goddesses & gods, Buddha’s & Bodhisattva’s for forty years plus now – creating a magnificent garden; beauty & bounty; and asparagus with names like Henry and Henrietta and Prince and Sexy Thang.
Flowers from seeds.

 

It hits you hard. I say this – write this – with the fierce absolute belief that there are angels everywhere.
 
Yesterday, I was walking through mounds & mounds of snow that was our driveway, and no, that is not an exaggeration, mounds of fucking snow on our unplowed driveway where more trees had fallen, to get to our road so I can assess the damage, and a man pulls over in his truck, and asks if I need help. He has a cell phone that is working and tries calling the township for me to see if I can get some gasoline for our generator which was now running on fumes, soon to run out. The township building is closed due to a “massive storm.” Four cars are idling behind him while he makes that call for me; a woman, in the car directly behind him, is irritated and impatient and gives me the finger. I don’t return the gesture. Kindness wins out. He apologizes for not being of any help, I thank him for being kind and thoughtful, and he drives away. Angel #2. However, if looks could kill, I would have been massacred right then and thereby the woman in the old Chevy Impala.
Three cars down, a guy in a plow truck. He pulls over, rolls his window down, and asks me if I need any help. I tell him, yes, yes… my driveway needs to be plowed and I need to get out and find some gasoline so I can run the generator because my husband is housebound … and he stops me mid-sentence (smart man) and says, instantaneously: I can plow your driveway, and then I can run back to my house and bring you some gasoline to get you by for a few hours. He plows our driveway and 20 minutes later, he brings us enough gas to keep us going, and he reminds me to buy more gas so that the generator keeps on ‘keeping on’ for the night. Our house, and my heart, is now up and running. I ask him how much I owe him and what his name is, he says and I quote: you owe me nothing, nothing; just think of me – his exact words, verbatim – as an angel for the day.

 

You bet, Angel #3.
Goodness, unconditional generosity.
It hits you hard.
I drive to the one gas station that is open, miles & miles away. I drive through devastation the likes of which I have never seen. Biblical. War-Torn. It looks like something out of a Cormac McCarthy novel; trees and phone lines and cable lines down and strewn every fucking where. Cars left abandoned. Trees on top of wires on top of trees on top of more trees. From the news reports, thousands upon thousands are left without power or phones – no electricity – for possibly days, maybe even weeks. Roads are impassable; drivers are clutching their steering wheels, and fear is palpable. No doubt, in most of those cars, prayers are being offered up out-loud and silently.
 
Please, help us.
It hits you hard.
 
I manage to get to the gas station; a 20-minute drive takes over 2 hours. Cars are lined up like the 1970s when there was a gasoline shortage, odd and even days. This was most definitely an odd fucking day.
 
Thirty or more cars are lined up – three deep – some needing to fill their cars, most needing to fill gasoline containers for generators. One woman and one man are screaming at the top of their lungs at the few men who are helping others to move the fuck forward; men who were at the pumps – just everyday ordinary guys getting their cars filled – helping other folks, like me, fill their gasoline containers. I ask one guy if he can help me since I have never done this before. He was a little rough around the edges: what’s up with that, you never filled your gas container before? Nah, I say, never had a generator before. Good thing you got one now, this storm is a mother. Yep, it is, a real motherfucker. I’m not quite sure what shocks him more, having never filled a gasoline container, or hearing the word motherfucker come out of a woman’s mouth. But the combination endears him to me. I notice that he has an unopened carton of cigarettes, Marlboros, resting on his truck. You oughta quit, I say. Are you nuts, sister? You want me to quit today, with this friggin’ storm, I got no power running yet, and I got a wife at home who wants me to get some food, pick up a friggin’ pizza, and you want me to quit today? Today? Are you nuts, sister?
 
How much gas did you need? I tell him I need to fill up two containers. He asks me where they are, I say in the trunk of my car. He walks over with me, I notice he has a limp; he takes both containers, and brings them to the pump, and starts filling them. Another woman steps out of her car and starts in with a major nut-dance at the guy in front of her, what’s your problem, buddy, you gotta move move move move, can’t you see there’s a line here, move it, buddy, this ain’t no movie line, move it. The guy gives her the finger, she returns the favor, and a dueling finger “fuck you fuck you” takes place. She appears to win the round; huffing and puffing and ready to blow the entire station down. My guy just shakes his head and carries both containers back to my car. They’re heavy, he says, wouldn’t want you to carry them, as he loads them into the trunk of my car. I thank him profusely. He tells me: nice is needed. Nice is needed; it’s got a good ring to it. I tell him to quit smoking, He starts up with the ‘you want me to friggin’ quit today’ shit, and I cut him off: listen, I say, listen, the world needs men like you: good men, kind men, generous men, so stop fucking smoking, you need to stick around – be around – for a long, long time. Speechless, he rests his hand over his heart, and honestly, I’m not sure if it’s a gesture of thanks, or he’s touching his heart out of sheer emotion.
 
#MarlboroMan angel # 4.
Words have reached down deep – earth deep – mother earth deep. It hits you hard. I drive back home knowing a few things about myself that I hadn’t known when I first woke up. I know for sure that I am capable of shit I have no idea I am capable of because I have never had to do any of it before, and there is absolutely no room, none, for the word no. And I felt stronger, bigger. Doing shit I didn’t wanna ever do – prairie girl stuff, country girl stuff, darling I love you but give me Park Avenue stuff – and it makes me feel taller and braver and dare I say, sexier.
 
Because in the midst of devastation and cruelty and loss; in the midst of folks being agitated and cranky and unkind, there are hearts that beat a bit more for each of us.
That extra beat.
It hits you hard.

 

3/6/21
“I don’t know you, but I am lifting you up.”
What one woman wrote/said to another woman – commented – on my post in an exchange they were having. What an exquisite thing to say to someone; I don’t know you but I’m lifting you up.
May we all say those exact words to a human in need of comfort & kindness.-

Amy Ferris
 
 
 
 

3/5/21
So, this. From all the gorgeous comments I can see y’all love our house. It’s a pretty stunning magical house but get this: 30 plus years ago it was a hunter’s cabin in the middle of the woods. A tiny small get-a-way for Ken to come to after hours & hours & hours working on a film set, he came every Saturday AM (pre-Amy) and slept a few hours and started his garden. Gardening the whole weekend. Building beds from stones on the property and filling the veggie & flower beds with soil made from his own composting. And then from seeds grew so much beauty. Good beauty. Healthy beauty. Pretty beauty. As an aside, no doubt, while he was on his knees midday steeped in mud – because yes, this was pre-Amy – I was trying on sexy kitten heels @ BarneysNY or Bendels. The house was super tiny. Perfect for one. A great place to lay his head and then … that one little room (now yes, with Amy) with a swell gorgeous growing garden became a thing of beauty. Growing expanding – filled with art & kindness and so much love. A room here, a room here, a bathroom/sunroom there… Ken grew the house the same way he grew his garden knowing that seeds have the potential to bloom into so much beauty and that everything – no matter the state they’re in – has the potential to be magical. He saw the magic of a tiny little house, the same way he saw the magic in me when he first laid eyes on me. And his love helped bring all that magic to light.

Please, find the magic.
Find it.
Unbury it.
Strut it, and use that magic every fucking single day.
Do not hoard your magic.
The world needs you.


3/5/21
March 22nd, Audie Awards. Old School Love has been nominated for a BEST of #AudieAward
I am so thrilled, over-the-massive-moon thrilled to be the Co-Author with RevRun (RunDMC) and Justine Simmons.
#HipHopLove
A book about love. Good love, kind love, generous love, unconditional love, messy love, complicated love, faith-filled love, sexy love, remarkable love, pay it forward love, epic love, forgiving love, crazy-glue love, crazy-ass-magic love.
I am so thrilled.
This book was such a joy to collaborate on.
Please, wish us well.


3/3/21
Since it is Women’s History Month and you all know how I feel about that since my post 3 days ago – all together now: Every Fucking Day is Women’s Day – I decided instead of honoring one woman, in particular, each day because truth be told I have so many extraordinary women in my life and I would feel goddess fucking awful if I left out any or forgot to mention or skipped over any woman who changed my life, lifted me out of the darkness, held my hand, championed me, or just plain loved me so I could love myself better. So, this month I’m gonna tackle some issues we women have and hopefully inspire and encourage all women to awaken to their greatness. Speaking of being left out: that’s a hot-button issue for many women and me, yes. Being excluded, being left behind… being discarded. Holy fuck. We, women, have a tendency to do that to our female-fellow-SHEroes. And it is god awful fucking painful to be set aside, left out. That goes under the category: not seen. I know some women who have a ton of success who would not have that success if it weren’t for another woman championing her, but…sometimes, many times, the “championeer” gets pushed to the background or the side and is replaced by a newer version, a hipper version. And that’s called human nature. But Mother Nature would like all women to stand together to fight the storms that come our way. Shoulder to shoulder. When one rises up, we all rise up, when one falls and crumbles we all help pull her up, help her stand. I don’t know anyone who hasn’t been left out or set aside or forgotten who doesn’t have the scars from that. And some of us, stoically, will say oh, no big deal, doesn’t bother me, some will say, I didn’t wanna do it anyway, and some of us will poo poo it, and some of us will silently stew, and some of us will feel the pain of child hurts – reliving, replaying, rewinding being forgotten. So, on this day, every fucking day is women’s day, let us make a pledge to ourselves that we will try our very best to never make another woman – a friend – a colleague – a good neighbor – a co-worker – a human woman that yes, we like very much – feel unwanted, unseen, unnoticed, invisible. Let us dig into our own hearts and remember what it was like being the one left behind, not invited, not included, and let us take that pain that we felt and make sure we don’t ever spread that unnecessary unhappiness around. Love yourself more. Share the goodie bag, no-one needs 50 lip glosses. Champion others., it’ll make you feel like you swallowed the sun. Lift someone so high they can reach for the stars. And please, please… wear your scars like stardust, you are the whole fucking SHEbang.

3/2/21
Coupla very very cool things are happening on March 22:
We’re kicking off Our Disney Animation week @ the Story Summit Writer’s School with the super extraordinary Tab Murphy; and…Linda Schreyer
is beginning a brand new Slipper Camp on March 22nd through the month of March, and …Old School Love (the book I proudly co-authored with Rev Run of RunDMC fame & Justine Simmons) may just win an AUDIE Award that evening (it’s been nominated). And it also happens to be the birth DAY of the Glorious Goddess Alexia LaFortune

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So, a good day/night to celebrate & spread tons of good love around.

3/1/21
In the damned, if I do, damned if I don’t world of posting, I’ll go for the damned if I do…
Time for us to draw a line about what is sexual assault and what is sexual abuse and what is a really shitty come-on and what is a really bad stupid joke. Being a 66-year-old woman in the world, I can say with utmost truth that sitting at a bar – years & years & years ago – asking for a light, because, yes, I smoked back in the day – I would get some pretty crude, ridiculous responses like: hey, baby, you need a light, how about I light you up, and I would say fuck you asshole and move to the other end of the bar. Did they harass me, sexually offend me – no, they were being stupid assholes and they thought they were charming. When men complimented me, telling me I looked beautiful – or even sexy – did I think they ALL wanted to sexually assault me? No, I didn’t. No. Some men were assholes, yeah, sure, and some were genuinely complimenting me, and some were fumbling trying to say something to actually get my attention. And by the way, a lot of guys are insecure and try real hard to sound like they have all the confidence in the world. My husband, Ken, you know all him… fumbled on our ‘first’ official date… telling me I was so pretty and sexy and even said I was luscious… luscious … and he also said something that cracked my heart wide the fuck open: he said I wasn’t the most beautiful women he had ever seen but I was indeed the most joyful. And let me tell you, that compliment – which some would think wasn’t a compliment at all – that knocked me outta the world. I suppose many of you are saying that kind of flirting couldn’t happen now, and all I have to say: what a shame. The only man who truly deeply ever hurt my soul & my self-esteem was the man who beat me. And I left that relationship in pieces… but I crazy-glued myself together and let others help me and I decided I didn’t want to be a victim of someone else’s demons. And years later, many years later – I was married by that point – I received a letter from that man, the man who hurt me – a handwritten letter – that was so profound and filled with unbearable truths and pain – his – and he had been to rehab, and got himself into a few more bouts of ugliness and finally was able to dig himself out of the horror of his own life; he shared with me that he was married with two daughters, and he wanted his daughters to know that he was once an angry bitter mean man who was filled with rage but even men like him were able to rehabilitate and find redemption. I believed he called it ‘breaking the chains of awfulness’.

 

Some men are really, really shitty and bad and evil, and some men are yes, insecure – their arrogance replaced by fake confidence, some men are really awkward, some men abuse because abuse is all they know about love, and some men say stupid things and some men do silly things to get attention.
Not all men should lose their jobs and security and livelihood because we think they should know better. We don’t always know better ourselves.
Let’s educate, not vilify.
Let’s educate, not nullify.
Let’s educate, not destroy.
In the evil shitty bad category, there are many men walking around who deserve our utmost attention and should not be walking around – men who deserve to be knocked off their pedestals. Evil men. Real fucking evil awful men. And while I have you – if you’re still here – let’s please, stop putting men up on pedestals – let’s take them down from there so we can look them straight in the eye – so they can be equal to US.

3/1/21
Leaving you with a brand new hot off the conveyor belt word/hashtag:

Any woman – any woman – who tells another woman that it is time to quiet the fuck down, stop making noise, to let this shit go, to accept what is, to take up baking, to go downward dog; to join haiku zoom groups to find solace, to get way beyond the grief & the sadness & the bitterness through therapy shopping & amazon prime; to lose the anger & resentment by joining a secret, or maybe closed, hot mineral soak slash volleyball group with a side trip to the hot springs; to roll over & play fucking dead because… this is so fucking over, so give it the fuck up.

 

We have been silent for too long, quiet for too long, we have held on to our pain and sorrow and unhappiness for too long. We have been pushed into corners and dismissed and discarded and shushed for too long. We have been told to calm down, to not be so emotional, to lose the edge.

Uh, I don’t think so.

 

We have much to say. Much.

And by the way: we’re here for the fight – whatever fight it is that keeps us small & tidy, unseen, invisible, not heard – the whole motherfucker fight.

3/1/21

Oh my goddessIt’s Women’s History Month.
How about we give one month to the guys, and eleven months to the women, and then… we share those months with every single human who needs some extra days/weeks to feel mighty good about their contribution to this world.
And by the way, while I have you:
Every single fucking day is Women’s Day; we birth you – you are here because of us – don’t even try to underestimate us.
 

3/1/21

Last night, wearing a stunning white power suit and eyes that sparkled and a soul that fucking glowed – Jane Fonda stood on the stage and talked about the irrefutable beauty & power of storytelling. The importance of storytelling. The necessity of storytelling, “Stories let us have empathy, to recognize that for all our diversity, we are all humans.”
 
How extraordinary on a day when Marta F. Kauffman and I were zooming at an event together (thank you, Marta!) earlier in the day, about that very subject. Storytelling. Marta, as you all know, co-created Grace and Frankie and she is, dare I say, the GoddessQueen of story. #GoddessQueenMiracleFriend
Then, to watch Jane on that stage – to share the morning with the magnificent Marta – I woke up this morning filled with conviction and determination with a side of fierce as all-mighty fuck that we must share and tell our stories. The stories that are lodged in our hearts, afraid to share; the stories stuck in our throat, afraid to speak them; the stories that keep us from freeing our own souls from a pain that we tucked away hoping and praying and wishing that it would never re-appear or rear its ugly end. Stories that are filled with unlimited joy & passion and ferocity. Stories that will give others hope. Inspiration. Stories that lift and hold a heart. The truth is we are all so deeply connected. We don’t even need to know someone for someone to feel like they know us through a story we have told, shared. That connection – of not feeling alone any longer. The moment we let loose what has kept us small, hidden, in the background, inevitably someone will say: me too, here, that was me, I know that pain… thank you. Thank you. This has been a hard brutal year, the solitude and isolation, the fear, so much loss, but… it has also been a year filled with magic and beauty – learning to love ourselves a bit more, fight a bit harder for what we believe, protecting the world around us a bit better, finding common threads. I think of my friend Jeff Arch whose new book Attachments comes out in May and how many times he went back to that manuscript – editing, rewriting, honing… changing, tightening. Stringing new words together. And now another beautiful glorious story will be born into the world.
That’s what we do.
 
We string new words together with the fervent wish that they reach in and touch a heart, move a soul, change a life or two. Lift, encourage, inspire.
So, today, on this Monday that actually feels like a Monday, I cheer on the storytellers, the word magicians, the word maestros, the folks who sit down at a blank page or blank screen and create worlds that we get to curl up with, worlds we get to disappear into, worlds that take our breath away, worlds that make us wanna be better kinder more generous loving humans.

 

Today, I cheer you all mightily.
All storytellers in all forms & mediums.
Thank you.
With so much love.

2/28/21

Cuomo.
I’m asking this and I want serious answers, not flip answers. Upfront: I am not a fan of his; I find him to be a bully. But, that said, that doesn’t mean I believe he should step down or resign. Yes, I thought he had done – and has done – a great job as Governor of NY during this Pandemic – with the major MAJOR exception of what is now coming to light, re nursing homes – he has done the job a Governor is elected to do during a crisis.
But…
He has now been accused of sexual assault/misconduct by two women. This is not the first time he has been accused.
Questions:
 
  • Why is he not stepping down?
  • Why are folks not demanding his resignation?
  • Why is he getting what feels like a pass?
  • Why does he get to ask for an investigation from the NY AG and still stay in his position of power?
Do you think this is a hit job ie: a political hit job?
Again, I’m not a fan of him as a man – his bully tactics aren’t appealing to me in the least, BUT my personal feelings about him never affected my cheering him on as the NY Governor.
Whatdya all thinking of Governor Cuomo and these sexual assault allegations?
 

2/17/21
This is for the guy/person who commented: So, you wished him dead? That’s not very nice of you. People like you are hipocritical. (Yes, he/they misspelled)

My response:
Let us not forget that Rush Limbaugh ignited hate. He inspired violence with his rhetoric. The names he called women – demeaning their looks and their character – the way he spoke about gun violence and the thousands and thousands of times he perpetrated lies. He was indeed a racist.

I try not to wish people dead, but I do wish more than anything that folks who carry intolerance and hate and racism in their hearts and a meanness and a nastiness that stains others – I wish them to understand another heart that beats differently. Seventy is not old. Not at all. It is long enough to know better, to do better, to be kinder, to be more compassionate and more tolerant. It is long enough to change your heart. It is long enough to stop and think about the rest of the life you wanna lead and leave behind.

And he certainly did not deserve the medal he received, but I do believe he received the ending to his life that was appropriate.


2/16/21
Late last night, really late last night, I received a private message from a woman, Terry, who follows me on FB to let me know that I saved a young girl’s life because I write about my depression and my suicide attempt and I use the word fuck, which she loves, and she wanted me to know that I make a difference in the world and helped a young woman navigate through her pain.

  • Holy fuck.
  • Holy fuck twice.

And I stayed up, and I thought about why I write about what I write about and why I do it, and I turned to my gorgeous sleeping man who was snoring and content as can be and I thought about how messy love is, and how hard it is, and how some days I wanna hit the road, Jack and how some days are so fucking gorgeous, and some are so excruciating, and some days – like yesterday with Marta & all the Story Summit humans – are magnificent and filled to the brim with beauty and joy and hope. My god, some days take my breath away.

Inspire. Encourage. Lift. Share your story. Tell your truth. Be your own best advocate. Share the goodie bag. Give away words of love. Offer up paragraphs of confidence and courage and bravery.
If I had a chance to tell my younger self something of great value I would tell her, do her/our life the exact way I did ours/mine. Make mistakes, they become your mission. Sleep with mistakes, they bring you closer to loving your own life. Wear your mistakes so others know they are not alone in this world. Double down on your mistakes so that you really fucking learn the fucking lesson. And treasure those mistakes, they make us human and vulnerable and keep us humble and if worn as an accessory they’re right up there with pearls – yes, wisdom.
I wish you all love, kindness, self-love; I also wish you could see yourself through my eyes – you would fall madly in-love with your life and your own messy cracked edgy broken sexy as all get out heart. I wish you tenderness and comfort on hard days.

Please, be good to yourself.

2/13/21
Good morning humans! Last night I posted about asking for what you want. What I want. I gotta say, that was a hard motherfucker post to write because it is excruciating for me to ask for what I want/need. Holy fuck massive hard. So, this: let’s ask for what we want, need this weekend, this coming week. Let’s ask for help, ask to be lifted. Let’s step outta our comfort – or better yet, discomfort zone – and put our very lives front & center and say: hey, I can use… hey, I need some help… hey, I want… hey, could you do me a favor? Hey, I need a hand, a shoulder, an ear…
If I have learned anything during these god-awful COVID months, going back to ‘what was’ isn’t gonna work. Normal was never fucking normal and we get to create & make our own magic. We get to choose who we wanna be. We get to do this thing called life better, we get to set boundaries and get to say no to the folks who don’t reciprocate our love & generosity and kindness and we get to say yes to folks who stand by us, who love us, who hold our hearts in the palm of their hands, whose shoulders we lean on. I keep telling folks to stop taking crumbs, so let’s stop doing that. Let’s stop selling ourselves short, let’s stop accepting less out of fear we won’t get what we want, let’s stop diminishing & demeaning our own lives, let’s stop standing on fucking ceremony and start standing up with power and brilliance and beauty – let’s stop making others more important than us and start seeing how invaluable our lives are, let’s stop giving shit away to folks who will NEVER love us. Hold tight to those trinkets, they probably look mighty gorgeous on you. Let’s stop devaluing our own lives and let’s open our very own eyes in seeing how immensely worthy & magnificent we are.
And please, remember this: if you ask and someone says no, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have it or do it or be it, it just means you gotta work that ask muscle. Pump it up.
I send you all my love, I am so grateful I get to share my shit on here knowing that others are nodding and saying, yeah… me too, me too, sister… me too.

Please, wear your life to the nines.

2/11/21
I refuse to go to bed angry and bitter and filled with bile. I fucking refuse. It’ll just eat away at me and cause me bad nasty dreams and who the fuck needs bad nasty dreams?
I just wanna reach out here, on FaceBook, and let you all know that you’re not alone in the pain, and the trauma, and the fear and the rage; you’re not alone in being triggered by the events that took place on January 6th. Most everyone I know who watched – or caught the Impeachment hearing at some point today – were mortified and horrified and sickened. To watch & witness the violence and the unbearable hate and the near-death and the death – to hear the screams, the gunshots, the beatings.
For those who were violated, sexually assaulted, raped, beaten, held at gunpoint… for those who lost loved ones to gun violence and hate, to those who lived their entire lives pushing aside and pushing down and silencing the memories of being battered… to witness the videos this week and especially today were more than traumatizing.

  • You are NOT alone.
  • We need so much hope.
  • So much.

We need so much kindness and so much goodness. We need to hold each other the best we can while distancing to keep us healthy and safe. We need to keep reminding each other that love wins even though love is so fucking hard and messy and complicated and yes, brutal at times and sometimes it doesn’t feel like it’s winning at all. We need to encourage each other, inspire each other, light the way for each other. We need to show up for each other even if showing up means a text or message just to say: I got you, I do, but I gotta take care of myself today because I need to fill the emotional tank which holy fuck is running on empty; we need to be each others GPS when we get lost and can’t find our way, we need to know that right now, this very minute, we are the huddled masses… yearning… we are yearning to be free from hate and bigotry and racism and antisemitism and sexism and so many isms I can barely count them all.
Let us hold tight to each other, let us remind each other that mountains are meant to be climbed and yes, that is fucking hard, and the moon can, yes, be lassoed but it takes a few times or a hundred to get it right, and there is a light at the end of each tunnel and yeah, fuck yeah, sometimes it’s hard to find the tunnel… but hold tight we will, and let’s love each other a bit better and be a bit more generous, and share the goodie bag and wear kindness because kindness goes with everything and let’s never forget that on January 7th – at a little after 4 AM in the morning – both Democracy and the good guy & the good woman won.


2/10/21
Emails, Benghazi… you ripped her to shreds, you dragged her through the mud, you vilified her; you spread vicious rumors and screamed lock her up & wished her worse.

 

On January 6th the Capitol was breached, seized. Thousands of men & women stormed onto the floor with weapons in hand and hate in their hearts. Chaos and destruction ensued. Leaving six people dead and more injured. Police officers beaten with flag poles. Representatives hiding, cowering – fearing for their lives. Sending goodbye texts to their loved ones.
One man invited this horror. One man provoked hatred and violence. One man. One man invited masses, his cult followers, to support his lies, to attack our Country. One man. Millions of lies. Leaving wreckage in his wake. One man. One tweet inviting unstoppable rage. One man.

 

  • These were not immigrants, these were not Mexicans or Muslims, these were not Black Lives,
    • these were not the ‘Chinese flu’ spreaders, these were not the fake news journalists,
    • these were not whacked out people trying to steal jobs. These were not his enemies.
  • These were his people.
  • These were his followers, his loyalists, his minions.
  • These were homegrown motherfucker terrorists who wanted to desecrate and destroy and kill for him.

This is on him.
One man hell-bent on destroying democracy.


2/8/21
Unlimited self-esteem doesn’t mean you never have doubts or fears or don’t experience moments of self-loathing, or periods of what the actual fuck, or hours that seem like fucking days where you feel so overwhelmed and so intensely burdened that your back screams out because of the load you’re carrying; days where you feel you’ll never succeed or write that book or play or TV series or poem or compose that song or fall-in-love again or for the first time … unlimited self-esteem means all of that and still, YOU RISE,

  • still, you stand the fuck up,
  • still, you write with everything you got,
  • still, you create beauty,
  • still, you move forward,
  • still, you push away the cobwebs,
  • still, you move that mountain,
  • still, you sit down and tap away at your computer,

and while the voices in your head say “no fucking way” your fingers & your heart and your soul say: “way” and still and still and still and STILL you make magic and show up in your own life for your own life so that others can show up in theirs… still.


2/7/21
A little Sunday SuperBowl SHErmon:
I am a big – massive – supporter and champion of collaborating and collaboration. A huge champion of completing each other NOT competing with each other. I believe, without a doubt, there is more than enough pie and cake and chips and dips to go around; I believe we can make more pie and more cake and dole out larger pieces to others. Not just slivers. I believe that jealousy & envy destroy not only relationships but fester inside our own bodies filling us with a bad taste that turns sour and makes us feel sick to our stomach.

To stand up for others who may feel a bit shaky standing up for their own lives, to hold up another human so they can speak their truth and share their story, to have another human’s back so they know they are not alone. This is the very best of who we are. To say to someone I got you and mean it. Fucking mean it. To say to someone I will hold your secret deep in & never spill it; to make others feel safe so they can share their down & dirty and cleanse their own soul just a bit, to shine a light so someone can glow up, to be able to offer up a word or two or three that will fill another heart with compassion and courage. To share the worst of you – your experiences – so others can be braver, stronger, less afraid.

And by the way, showing up doesn’t mean never fucking up, we all fuck up, we all say shit we don’t mean, we all lash out in a fit of untamed passion, we all break promises at times because life gets in the way and all we wanna do is crawl under the covers and hide. We are in fact oh so very human. But if we’re lucky the humans in our life will give us a few passes so that we can stand up a bit taller, be a bit braver ourselves, wear our scars like stardust and our worst scary awful days become the stories that yes, save other lives.

Please, don’t hoard your heart. Expose it. Let others see the cracks and broken pieces and the edges and the wounds. Open carry your life. Know that your mistakes and fuck ups are not who you are but actually make your life more glorious, more magnificent, and oh, so relatable; and please… for the sake of every fuck, share the goodie bag – how many lip glosses do you really need? Share, be generous, don’t hold a grudge, and recycle all that keeps you at arm’s length into an embrace of others who are trying their best to make the world kinder, better, more loving.


2/5/21
From Amy Ferris
Let’s be sure to thank these Republicans…
Here are the names (and States) of the 11 Republicans who voted YES with Democrats to removing Marjorie Taylor Greene from two committee assignments:

Adam Kinzinger – Illinois
Brian Fitzpatrick – Pennsylvania
John Katko – New York
Fred Upton – Michigan
Nicole Malliotakis – New York
Carlos Gimenez – Florida
Chris Jacobs – New York
Young Kim – California
Maria Elvira Salazar – Florida
Chris Smith – New Jersey
Mario Diaz-Balart – Florida

 

I have sent each one a thank-you email for standing up to hate & violent horrific dangerous rhetoric.

And the 199 Republicans who stood with her, supported her – stood up for her – I have no fucks, none, not a one to give them.

2/5/21
She is grateful for the folks in her life who fill her with hope, who fill her with courage, who sustain her good habits, and who forgive her bad ones. She is grateful for the folks who offer up love & compassion.
She is grateful for the folks who lift her when she’s blue – deep blue or baby blue.
She is grateful for the folks who cool her down when she’s a little steamy, who encourage her when she’s conflicted, who inspire her when she feels like throwing in the towel, who write & send her cards & emails & texts that make her laugh and think and yes, cry.

 

She is grateful for the folks who call her just because… they’re thinking of her, who loan her a shoulder to lean on, who hands her a box of Kleenex so she can blow her nose or wipe her tear-stained eyes.
She is grateful for the folks who don’t always take her advice or listen to her.
She is grateful for the folks who tell her that she looks beautiful on her worst days, who hold her hand when she’s scared, who remind her to never give up, who support her when she makes a ruckus, who stand with her when she needs their back, who love her unconditionally.
She is so fucking grateful for the folks who remind her that everyone makes mistakes & messes & yes, has two or three or more junk drawers.
She is oh, so very grateful to all the folks who see her imperfections as beauty marks, who fill her to the brim with generosity & kindness & goodness, who remind her often that yes, there is a huge difference between being a good girl and becoming a great woman, who encourage her to speak her truth, who inspire her to speak her truth, who says at the end of a phone call: I love you to the moon & back.
She is grateful.
She is grateful for the folks in her life who stand up for others, who stand tall for others, who love their partners & their wives & their husbands & their children with every fiber in their being, who want the world to be bigger & kinder & safer & more compassionate day after day after day after day.
She is Holy mother of #GoddessGrateful.
She raises her coffee cup and says: here’s to all of you.

1/30/21
This is for anyone & everyone feeling the weight & sorrow & pain of estrangement on this day, week, month… year: many of my friends – and yes, MyKen, iKen – are estranged from their families; parents, children, siblings, and I’m right there with you, I know this feeling, this pain, this sorrow too well. I live it.
Estrangement, or as I like to call it now: e-strange.
And what I can tell you, what I know – most of the guilt & shame & regret I carry around – schlep around – is not my own. It’s a collection – a greatest hits album – an entire history of family stuff. Disownment & discard and all the anger and all the shame and all the guilt – years & years & years of he said, she said, they said, I said, you said – that goes along with it. All the: fuck you, no, no, no fuck you, fuck you more.
Years of nasty ass crazy-ass crap. Years of garbage piled on top of more garbage. Years of mistakes & wrong turns and misunderstandings and miscommunication and no communication that are treated like felonies instead of misdemeanors. And god knows there is nothing worse than having the past thrown up in your face over & over & over again, Rubbing, smashing up against your skin. To be reminded of all the crazy-ass crap you did when you didn’t know any better; when all you wanted was to be seen, to be heard, to be held, to be loved. And the truth is – the rub is – everyone has their own shit. Everyone. Everyone has their own guilt. Everyone has their own crap that they have dealt out, that they spewed, that they tossed into the heap.

Everyone has stuff that they need and want to hide, keep secret. Everyone has stuff they want hidden deep – way deep – kept in the darkness.
Everyone.
We are all broken. We are all filled with shards and jagged edges and sharp pointy pieces that can hurt like a motherfucker. We are all imperfect creatures. Deeply scarred.
Each & every one of us – and my heart breaks, cracks, for all my friends and my husband – all the folks I know, who long for forgiveness from folks who are incapable of forgiving, incapable of loving unconditionally, incapable of owning their piece of the wedge, the tear, the broken-ness; incapable of owning their piece of the destruction.
We treat our own so unkindly and we wonder why the world is so deeply chaotic, so deeply troubled, so deeply wounded, so deeply steeped in pain & suffering; so unforgiving, so horribly mean-spirited.
We wonder.
So for all my friends out there who are deeply pained, who feel the unbearable weight of sorrow because they have been discarded, dismissed, forgotten, left out – please know this – please – we get to choose who we wanna share our lives with. We get to choose who we want in our lives.
We get to choose the folks who lift us, inspire us, make us feel like we swallowed the sun.
We get to choose who we walk side by side with, and stand with.
We get to choose who we love.

I choose you.

 1/29/21
Hate speech is not really – not really – freedom of speech, and yes you can argue with me on this, but I am sitting here watching videos from January 6th and the days that followed and I can tell you right now that hate speech COSTS lives, nothing free about it.
When you promote destruction, when you encourage killing, when you support massacres and rampages …those are not words of goodness, kindness, humanity.
Hate-filled words shouted and spewed COST lives.
Period.
It cracks humanity at its core. It destroys and desecrates and it breaks hearts. The words we say, the words we use, the words we write, the words we put out into the world are power tools, pen swords; they can save a life or destroy a soul. Hate-filled words are meant to rip apart. Tear. Bully. Kill.
If your words cause someone to take their own life, that is hate speech. If your words cause someone to hide or cower, that is hate speech. If your words prevent someone from speaking their truth, standing up, then those words went inward & caused self-hate – that IS hate speech.
Rep. Majorie Taylor Greene bullied & harassed David Hogg, a Parkland teen survivor calling him a coward, only weeks after the horrific rampage – spewing vile lies – that he and others were ‘paid actors’ referring to the Parkland massacre. She is a supporter of Q-Anon – where unbearably bizarre and vile conspiracy theories live & breathe, but more than all of that, more than that – she supported the execution of Democratic politicians. Her involvement with the January 6th insurrection caused five people to die – two were police officers who died by suicide, her dozens and dozens and dozens of tweets and FB posts have since been removed.
If someone’s words – someone’s cruel vicious intended words – cause another human to take their life, cause people to die, encourage people to kill, that is NOT freedom of speech, that is full-on hate.
Under the First Amendment, there are specific categories given little or no protection, some are Fraud, Child Pornography, Speech that incites imminent lawless action, Speech that violates intellectual property law, True threats. Limits on free speech are rooted in the principle that we are not allowed to harm others.
ANOTHER lie that needs to be reframed and rewritten: Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never harm me.
In the words of the Parkland teens, I call bullshit.
Please, use your words wisely.
Use them to encourage, to inspire, to create magic, to save a life or two, to feed someone love, to nurture a broken heart, to fuel goodness and kindness and humanity.
 

 1/28/21
Praise for Another
I wanna talk about love. The kinda love that wraps around you and holds you tight and makes you glow and shine. No, not romantic love. I am so fortunate to have friends… humans … women & yes, men… who take such amazing care of my heart.
Folks who want me to shine, who want me to stand tall, who want me to breathe clean air and exhale all my nasty fears & doubts & worries and inhale all the goodness coming my way… good fucking god, I am surrounded by goodness. All you need is one human to make you believe that your life is glorious, that your words matter, that your heart is so sexy because it’s cracked and broken and chipped, one human who holds you up and puts your face toward the sun.

Today I want to honor someone, who has loved me up for over 12 years now.
Brooke Warner – she took what was on the page – my messy heart spilled words – and she made sure that they were read and seen and heard and yes, published. She took a chance on me at Seal Press, she and a few other amazing women who believed that what I had to say was of great value. We are lucky if we get our words published, yes… but we are so much luckier, so much more fortunate, if we are able to call our champions our friends. I have had the amazing fortune of having Brooke in my life all these years. She is a woman of her word (no pun intended), she is a warrior – for both herself and the folks she loves, she is a champion of humankind, she is also a fighter – and if she loves you, she will fight for you like nobody’s business – willing to walk through all the bullshit and all the nasty – she will have your back and then she will be there to stand right next to you or in front of you to lead the way. She will never abandon you or your dreams. I am fortunate beyond words that Brooke is not the only women – or human – in my life who does that for me, but today… this day… after walking up from a class that she led last night – a class that dug deep into my heart I wanna honor her, a woman who is my friend, dare I even say, one of my secret keepers – my life is so very safe with her. How extraordinary to even be able to write that.

I wish you all that kind of love.
And I send you all love on this day.

 

1/27/21
Because they were Jewish, they perished. Because they were Jewish they were massacred. Because they were Jewish they were thrown into ovens: incinerated, burned, howling while the flames engulfed their bodies and the bodies of their family members and their newfound friends. Because they were Jewish they were gathered up like cattle – their possessions taken from them, their memories and their trinkets and their life removed, forever removed. Because they were Jewish. Jewish men and Jewish women and Jewish boys and Jewish girls; gay men and gay women and artists and shopkeepers and scholars and writers and athletes because yes, yes, they were Jewish. They were not Aryan master race perfect. Because they were Jewish they deserved to die. And not just die, but to become skin and bones; their shoes and their clothing and their wedding bands thrown into a heap, their bodies tossed – one on top of another – until the mounds were filled with broken bones and broken teeth and bodies tangled and ash. The numbers that were burned into their skin, forearm. Because they were Jewish they had numbers, not names.Today is a day we remember the Holocaust; the horror, the unbearable, the unspeakable for millions of humans.
And for those of us who had relatives who perished in Buchenwald and Auschwitz-Birkenau – for those of us who had relatives who survived the horrors – we light candles and say prayers and offer up these words: Never Again.
Human life is so very precious.
Strip us down to our hearts – take away our skin – and pile our hearts in a mound: one heart on top of another heart, on top of another heart, on top of another heart; would we continue being so very cruel, so very brutal, so very intolerant, so very violent, so willing to take human life and toss it in a heap if all we ever saw were hearts beating and pounding and longing?

Because they were Jewish.

1/26/21
This is Wednesday’s #WhoaIsMe tip:
Having one girlfriend – or two girlfriends – you can share secrets with, your deepest pain with, your fears & heartaches with – that is called a gift; four of five or six other women sharing one woman’s secrets is called fucked up nasty cruel.

 

Be the type of woman who can hold someone else’s heart in theirs without breaking it.
And no, this isn’t about me, but it is about a friend who found out that her secret, the one she shared, was spilled by 3 gossiping mean girls.
Mean does not age well.
Kindness, on the other hand, goes with everything.

1/23/21
I witnessed something today & I wanna share it with you because it sorta kinda rattled me in both a bad way and then in a good way.

I went food shopping this morning – our big weekly shop – and while I was waiting online at the ‘Fresh Seafood’ department, an older gentleman – and by older I mean mid-to-late 80’s (shhh, don’t tell Ken) and by a gentleman you’ll soon realize why I say that – was not wearing a mask. Just as I was about to say something to him, the woman in front of me reamed him a new asshole – literally, tore into him – both mortifying him and probably a few folks standing around – he immediately covered his mouth and he got emotional, “Oh my god, I forgot… it so easy to forget these days…” he was wearing a small LGBTQ flag pin on his Perry Como sweater and his eyes welled up. I asked the woman behind the counter if they had an extra blue paper mask, she shook her head. I turned to him and said, I’ll go get you one – stay right here, I’ll be right back… and asked him to please watch my cart – which was semi-full – and he stepped up and nodded while his hand stayed planted firmly over his mouth… and I ran to the pharmacy kiosk – or whatever the fuck it’s called – and asked if they had a paper mask, they didn’t, they told me to go to the courtesy desk – I ran – and there behind the counter was a woman – a cranky woman – who told me that the man himself needed to come and ask for it; oh, come on, I said, gimme a mask, the guy is by the seafood counter and before I could get in another word – you know, like fuck – she handed me a paper mask and I ran – yes, ran – back to the seafood department where he was manning my cart; I handed him the mask, he put it on and I turned to the woman who reamed him and said: maybe not everyone deserves a verbal lashing. I winked at the man, he returned the favor, and off I went with my cart. The gentleman came after me: Excuse me, miss – (as an aside: I like being called Miss and not Ma’am) thank you so much for being – he pointed to my mask, which says BE KIND on it. And then he told me how he was so exhausted, so exhausted, he had just picked up his dog from the Vet and he was in the back of the car, and how he needed to rush in and pick up some food and oh, God, how easy it is to forget to put on a mask and while he caught his breath – I said it sounds like you’re a really good human, and he said, sounds like we both are. We probably would have hugged, two strangers, but maybe the next time when we run into each other and yes, I’m hopeful we will … I’m so fucking hopeful.
Please, remember this:
Assumption is the mother of all fuck ups.
And yes, I ran today, not miles but a few aisles, and even Ken was mighty impressed.
And sorry for rambling on & fragmented sentences and any and all fucking typos.


1/22/21

  • Be brave – it wears well & never goes out of style.
  • Be courageous – it’s a good contagious.
  • Be bold – it never gets sloppy.
  • Be audacious – it’s a sexy accessory.
  • Be kind – it goes with everything.
  • Be goodness- it multiplies.
  • Be generous- it doesn’t have an expiration date.
  • Be a hand up – it will return as a hug.
  • Be a hug – it will keep another heart beating.
  • Be truth – it’ll set you free.
  • Be freedom – it’ll set you on your way.
  • Be hope.
  • Be someone’s best day.
  • Be love.

1/20/21
Shine up.
Really, shine the fuck up.
Polish your life.
Be shiny & glow.
The world needs us to shine & stand out. Stand out and stand up and be seen and yes, for fuck sake, be heard. Raise that voice of yours. Words change lives – spoken words, written words, words hidden deep in journals and diaries – words matter. Use your words to change hearts and lives and remember that the pen is mightier than the sword so use your #PenSword to cut through the nasty and the cruel and the foul that may come your way. Listen to your own heart, your own beating heart, it doesn’t lie to you. I mean really fucking listen to it. It could become your very best friend if you pay enough attention to the rhythm of it, the beats of it. A heart lets you know if you’re in trouble, if your fear is real or imagined, it lets you know if the person standing in front of you is true or spewing some bullshit; if the person lying next to you is loving your heart the way to should be loved. Your heart tells you when it hurts when it’s time to leave when it’s time to shut the fucking door on bad and awful and abusive. Listen to your heart. Take this life of yours and make it what you want – repeat that: what YOU want. Take your flaws and your foibles and the ragged edges and spin all of that into beauty; recycle the frayed edges into gorgeous braids, take your mistakes and turn them into your mission – use your worst days, your saddest days, your ‘can’t get outta bed stop fucking calling me days’ and make those days someone else’s saving grace. Your worst can become the very best medicine for someone else’s heart and soul. We are here to be huge, to be mighty, to be almighty powerful.
Release your untamed power out into the world. Don’t look for permission, don’t seek validation – the only place we need to be validated is a parking garage – take that heart of yours and do your life. Your life. Do it up, do it big. Feel the fucking fear but don’t let it move in with you. Greet your trepidation but don’t let it sit down for too long. Welcome your worry but don’t let it consume you.
Today is a great fucking day to decide who you wanna be in this crazy-ass fucked-up but on it’s way to, yes, a better world and grab hold of it, and don’t let any human, not one, ever tell you that you don’t have what it takes. Trust me, you have what it takes.
The world needs us to step the fuck up, speak the fuck up and shine the fuck up.
Go on, strut it… the runway is waiting for you.


1/19/2021
A Facebook memory.
My grandfather – the beautiful man wearing all black – sitting right next to Trotsky and you all wonder where I get my fierce as fuck from…
Here’s a little story – to accompany the photo of my grandfather with Trotsky – it’s the kind of story that can turn you into a believer.

She fell in love with him on the streets of Russia.
He traveled in a horse-drawn carriage; she had a window.

He sat in the carriage, she sat on the windowsill.
She would watch him; it’s easy to fall-in-love with someone from afar. You can daydream all you want. Imagine all you want. Close your eyes and drift off – drift away – all you want.
He was a Socialist, a Trotsky-ike; through & through & deep through. Politicized & activated. He left Russia & his horse-drawn carriage (right after Trotsky left). She stayed. She gave up the windowsill & the hope of ever seeing him again.
Years later, in Connecticut, her sister, Dora, brought home a man to meet the family; a Russian man. Dora was in-love; he, not so much, and Dora knew that. The door swung open to the apartment and there he stood; tall and lean and sexy and he was the man who Bessie watched every day in Russia from that windowsill. He took one look at her and said: You, I saw you every day. She took one look at him and said: You, I watched you every day.
My grandfather once said it took a moment – just one moment – for his heart to never be the same, to never recover.
Dora never married. As you can imagine, her heart cracked & crumbled; pieces.
On the day of Bessie & Samuel’s wedding, Bessie and Dora’s mother – my great grandmother – died in an accident shortly after the vows were exchanged.
As you can imagine, more heartache, more tears; more crumbled pieces. Bessie and Samuel never celebrated their actual wedding anniversary date; they celebrated the day they met at that apartment in Connecticut. They had five children, my mother the youngest, and they stayed married until Samuel died on 7/17/71.
He died as he lived – a man of profound passion and unwavering truth – and yes, a Socialist.
Bessie took care of Dora until Dora died; undoubtedly guilt played a big part, but so did love.
My grandmother told me to always do three things:

  • Moist skin. Always, always use a moisturizer, gobs of it, and make sure at night that the moisturizer is a bit cold – keep one jar – moisturizer – refrigerated; that will keep the skin from wrinkling. Check.
  • Love a little more; even if you think you’ve loved as much as you can, there’s some extra. Use it up. Love should be used up. Check.
  • And never overcook the chicken. Rubber chickens don’t taste good no matter how much salt you add. Check.

I spent almost every weekend with my grandparents, they raised me good, they loved me plenty, they taught me to not be stingy with my heart.
So, my advice today: Do not hoard your heart; a heart – no matter how messy or cracked or frayed – is meant to be shared.


1/18/2021
Today is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

  • It’s not just a holiday.
    It’s about someone grand, fierce – yes, all mighty.
  • It’s about making a ruckus.
  • It’s about putting your life on the line so other folks can stand tall.
  • It’s about giving a voice to the voiceless.
  • It’s about dignity & respect & integrity & courage.
  • It’s about decency.
  • It’s about making waves and riding those fucking waves.
  • It’s about brotherhood & sisterhood & and no, no, fuck no, not the blood kind.
    • And so today, while I’m honoring Martin Luther King, Jr., I’m also gonna honor every single extraordinary, stunning, courageous Black Man & Black Woman whose backs we stand on – and don’t kid yourself, we do stand on their strong, glorious magnificent backs. They didn’t just stand up from shackles & slavery for segregation & apartheid, for civil & human & women’s rights for their own good – they stood up so that we – each of us – could have those freedoms.
    • Freedom of choice, freedom of speech. Freedom.
    • Period.

       

  • Look at Rosa Parks. Look at Frederick Douglas. Look at Medger Evans.
  • Look at Nelson Mandela. Look at Harriet Tubman & Sojourner Truth & Jackie Robinson & Jesse Owens & Paul Robeson & Fanny Hamer & Shirley Chisholm & Angela Davis & Marion Wright Edelman.
    • Look at John Lewis.
    • Look at Elijah Cummings.
    • Look at Barack Obama & Michelle Obama.
    • Look at Colin Kaepernick.
    • Look at August Wilson.
    • Look at Aretha Franklin.
    • Look at James Baldwin.
    • Look at Carol Jenkins.
    • Look at Jamia Wilson.
My god…the list is endless.
Look at all the men & all the women whose music & songs & voices get us up on
the dance floor – songs we sway to, make love to; look at the men & women whose words – books & plays & poetry – have stirred our souls, our lives so deeply, so profoundly; look at the men & women whose art has created revolutions & cultural change; look at the men & women whose films & television & documentaries make us wanna be better humans. And look at the men & women who play sports and get us up off our feet cheering, rooting for the home team.
 
Today is a day I’m gonna honor the limitless power of the human spirit and to say thank you for making me know that massive courage, epic courage, comes from standing in front of fear & hate and saying out fucking loud: please, step aside, I have a dream that I need to share, so others can dream.
 

Wear kindness today,
it goes with everything.


1/17/2021
And the world is filled with so much goodness.
So much.
Even on the days when we are blindsided and crushed, flattened… even on the days when all we wanna do is curl up in bed and even on the days when loss seems to creep up and creep in and stay longer.
So much goodness.
I am so fucking blessed to have this grand amazing gig where I get to lift folks and champion folks and invite friends/folks to teach and write and share their stories. I am so amazingly fortunate to work side by side with the magnificent David Paul Kirkpatrick and the Goddess known as Debra Engle and the bad-ass angels known as Mariah and Vanessa and Rodrigo and Christian and all the folks – all – who make Story Summit Writer’s School magical.

On days that feel so scary and fear-filled and crazy-ass, there is beauty.
I have said it once and I will say it a million times: we are not here on this Earth to master suffering, we are here to master love.
Thank you all for being in my life.
You are all a gracious plenty.


1/17/2021
Today’s Sunday SHErmom:
Marriage is hard and messy.
Two humans – a man and a woman, or a man and a man, or a woman and a woman – come together to this thing called love & matrimony with baggage. Plenty of baggage. For me, I schlepped many valises into my marriage house. I was 38 years old, had many many one night stands – many nameless one night stands – and a few long term relationships. I met Ken and my heart burst wide open and seven months later I was walking down an aisle – well, a ‘restaurant’ aisle – in a Carmen Marc Valvo sexy as all get out backless wedding dress popping Xanax because I was pure fuck-show petrified. I had no idea what I was doing. None. I loved the dress & the shoes & the ring we picked out and… I loved adored swooned over the guy standing at the end of the aisle, the restaurant aisle, waiting for me, but marriage… whoa whoa whoa Nelly.

Two humans under one roof forever.
Geez.
Back then, all I knew: we were sharing a closet & a couple of dressers and a one-bedroom on the Upper West Side and he was a vegetarian & into recycling and I loved meat & couldn’t separate plastic from paper. He liked beer and I loved wine; he liked smoking joints and I loved smoking cigarettes. He was one joint a day guy. I was a two-pack a day girl. He loved hiking & the outdoors & oohing & aahing nature and I loved Barneys NY and Bergdorf’s and Henri Bendel’s and MoMA and being on a couch curled up with a good book. Thankfully, we both loved sex but truthfully – the two of us – complete opposites.

Complete.
I inherited my mother’s opera length pearls along with her stubbornness and I walked out on Ken at least six times over 28 years. A couple of times were due to menopause & emotional and hormonal breakdowns. I spent a couple of nights at a Hampton Inn off the side of a road and one or two nights at a swanky hotel – watching reruns and old movies and hanging at the groovy bar & chit-chatting on the phone with my girlfriends who were convincing me to stay and make it work. But, that’s a whole book and I won’t bore you with that now.

But love won.
And it won big.
My feisty sexy man wasn’t gonna let me go so fast.
Marriage is hard. Relationships are hard. It takes courage & brave & guts & grit and passion and yes, a fire to keep it burning. You gotta add a lot of logs when the heat is dying down and keep stoking it. My guy is the best guy human creature I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing and sleeping with and sharing my life with. He calls me out of my bullshit and holds me tight when I’m shaking from fear. He inspires me and encourages me and roots me on and believes in me like crazy-ass wild. Marriage is hard. Love is hard. Working at this shit day in & day out is hard. But I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world. In 28 years, I learned to fight like a motherfucker for the folks I love & cherish and have their back no matter what. In 28 years I’ve learned to let go of the riff-raff. In 28 years I learned to stand up & speak up & stand tall for the folks who mean the world to me. In 28 years I learned to love better and be kinder and be more generous and hold someone tight when they’re scared to death and mostly I learned that imperfection is all out crazy-ass sexy.

And here’s the very best lesson I learned: sometimes when you’re in someone’s arms and the only sound you hear – the only sound – is the sound of your heart’s beating & you start swaying just a little bit – that’s just like dancing.
Thank you for indulging me.
You all make me swoon; thank you for teaching me something groovy & necessary every single day.

1/13/21
Unity?
For four years you screamed & chanted LOCK HER UP, for four years you turned your back on children and friends and family being massacred by gun violence in schools, in places of worship, at nightclubs, in shopping malls; for four years you did nothing – nothing – when Black men and Black women were murdered right before your eyes in cold blood by men who believed their badge made them supreme. You demanded Colin Kaepernick be strung by his balls for kneeling for justice all while you knelt on Sundays pretending to love thy neighbor. You threatened and bullied, disgraced, and demeaned. For four fucking years you stood by and supported anti-semitic homophobic racist misogynist men and yes, women carrying flags of hate. “Jews will not replace us.” Fine people on both sides. Fuck you. You stood on the sidelines when lives were threatened. “We’re coming for you.” You said nothing when one of your own had her life threatened by thugs. You did nothing when something was necessary. “Let’s have trial by combat.” Your passion for stripping long-held rights – fought for and earned – only matches your passion for indecency and destruction. And now you want unity, you want us to put all this vile shit behind us, you want us to turn the other cheek and let bygones be… you want calm and peace and gee it’s only what, nine more days… you wanna break bread and shake hands and forget that we’re in the middle of a horrific pandemic where touching is deadly. “MyBodyMyChoice” Fuck you. You refuse to wear masks but white hoods are still very much in fashion. Unity? You want unity? You instilled fear and hate and incited violence and you did nothing; you stood with a man who will not give one shit about you in 10 days. He will do to you what you did to the people murdered on January 6th – he will turn away from you.

Unity?
The definition: being joined as a whole.
Oneness.
A condition of harmony.
Do not ask for unity when you stood with a domestic terrorist who pretended to be a president as we watched our house ransacked and desecrated, human feces spread on the walls of the chamber, urine sprayed on the floors.
Terrorism – homegrown terrorism – took hold on the floor of the United States Capitol incited and encouraged and inflamed by one man who urged folks on to create a horror show for Americans.

Unity?
Mind your own hate.


1/12/21
Facebook wants to know what’s on my mind: love is on my mind. Good love kind love unconditional love sexy love generous love reciprocal love straight up no bullshit love; kindness is on my mind – kindness that multiplies, kindness that gets worn and accessorized, and kindness that is yes, flaunted because kindness is so fucking sexy. Wear it. Flaunt it. Goodness is on my mind. Goodness with a hefty side of generosity. Because goodness is like kindness, it is way better than nice. Nice is rooted in pleasing others, a bit of fear happening in nice. So, if you could move the dial to kind. But what’s really on my mind today, this day, this late afternoon… is empathy, compassion, lifting others, and when I say lifting others I mean to shine a light on the folks who spend their days championing & lifting – as a dear #BuddhaFull friend said to me the other day: we ALL – ALL – need to be seen. Those who lift get tired, those who carry the weight of the world need to rest, those who are always giving need to be on the receiving end, those who give the shirt off their back might very well be shivering right this minute… empathy, compassion, generosity… thoughtfulness…on these days when darkness comes early when hate makes room at the table, when cruelty struts the runway, when fear takes up residency, let us be the folks who offer up hearts filled with glitter to those who desperately need a spike of beauty, to those whose ‘fierce as fuck & mighty’ chip need re-charging, to those who need a shoulder and a hand. Let us be those humans who offer up goodie bags to friends and co-workers and neighbors and lovers who feel the weight of fear and worry – the relentless drumbeat of racism and sexism and homophobia and anti-semitism – right now.

Today, I offer you up love, so much fucking love, and I am grateful – wholly grateful – that it comes back a million fold.

Let us make sure that none of us deflate or deplete our lives. Let us breathe life into each other.

The world most definitely needs us.
 
 
 

1/9/21
Many of you know about iken, myKen through me, my eyes, my words. What you may not see or feel or witness is his gorgeous pounding luscious delicious sexy heart. It is such a grand heart, filled to the brim with goodness & generosity & a deep love for what is right.

He has witnessed so much in his 80 years beginning with the sadness & pain & humiliation of his mother at the hands of her husband, his father. He – Ken – wanted so badly to help her, save her often; to be the hero, the superman/guy/kid, the kid who came in and swept his mom away from all the bad nasty, cruel moments. But very often he would just hide, or cower, he was, after all, a little tiny boy. But as he told me one day, “I was glad that I wanted to save her, help her when he was mean… I was glad I even thought that way.” He did, once, get in the middle and the push he got and the fall he took is what he mostly remembers. He swore & promised himself that he would never be like his dad, and I can tell you straight up that he has kept that promise ten-fold. He sure did. He learned who he didn’t want to be through his dad’s example. He chose to be the opposite of that. He cultivated a deep & glorious admiration for women & girls. He is a champion for all & everything women-centric. He even helped create a ballet company in NYC – New York Theatre Ballet – (many, many years ago) with his delightful & brilliant ex-wife (she was a ballerina) for underprivileged boys & girls – and homeless kids – so they could learn the beauty & power of dance. That’s who he is. He is a true blue friend and mentor. He raised many folks up in the film business & he did it without even realizing it. He just, you know, showed up with a desire to make the best films and wanted all the folks he worked with to be oh so proud of the work they were doing. Mentoring came as an accident. Truthfully, it’s not really his thing, but he’s just so fucking good at it, you hardly even know he’s given you an opportunity that will change your life forever. He’s a grand cheerleader. He’s subtle and loves watching folks rise up. Boy, does he love watching folks rise up – it brings him immense joy. He hasn’t always been the very best guy or the best human or the best husband (I am number 3 after all) and he can be as imperfect as the next imperfectly perfect creature. He’s not always good with money, but what he lacks in funds he makes up for in kindness & goodness. He despises injustice, any and all kinds of injustice. He’s a silent activist, but an activist all the same. He is a gardener, a nester, a home builder, a fire maker, and yes, a retired cameraman. He has made some gorgeous films in his lifetime and I know he has tremendous pride for being able to have done that.

He has lived and worn his life well.

So today is his day, his 80th year on this planet, I will make sure that it is filled with beauty, kindness, love, good food, massive kisses, much appreciation, and my personal favorite: a wish for 80 more.

It’s on days like this when I know – I just fucking know – that forever isn’t long enough, but hey a girl can dream, and I am convinced – thoroughly convinced – that I possess some very sexy & powerful magic.

Thank you all from the bottom of my heart for loving & appreciating myKen iKen.

It means the world to me.


1/6/21
What I know:
Do not underestimate the sheer magnificent power of Black Women.
In 1968 Shirley Chisholm became the first Black woman elected to Congress; we stand on her shoulders. Here is a list of other Black women – leaders – whose magnificent & audacious shoulders we stand up on –

  • Vel Phillips
  • Pamela Carter
  • Vikki Buckley
  • Denise Nappier
  • Karen Freeman-Wilson
  • Jennette Bradley
  • Velda Jones Potter
  • Sandra Kennedy
  • Jennifer Carroll
  • Kamala Harris
  • Jenean Hampton
  • Sheila Oliver
  • Barbara Jordan
  • Fannie Mae Hamer

We will soon be standing on Kamala Harris’ shoulders.
We are now standing on Stacey Abrams glorious strong fierce as all-mighty fuck shoulders.
These women have shown us time and time again the power of determination, the beauty of standing up and standing for; they have shown us decency in the face of defamation and indecency, they have demonstrated courage in the face of racial abuse and horrific injustice, they have shown us grace in the face of gratuitous vulgarity, and they have shown us dignity through their actions and words and courage and brave and impeccable strength.

It is our turn to show them respect and appreciation and thank them – each and everyone – for leading us to our better selves.

Meet Molly!


Monday 1/4/21
This week is iKen Week.
MyKen, iKen – OurKen – is turning 80 on Thursday and I wanna spend this week celebrating him the best way I know how: loving him through words. So, please, bear with me while I share some good love about a good man who stole my heart and has kept it warm & beating for 28 years.
MyKen had a slew of women – amazing sexy gorgeous dynamic women – before he met me. I, fortunately, am his last girl – third time’s a charm – and yes, I say that with absolute conviction. 100%.

But, truth be told, he had some very groovy and wonderful women
along the way.

I’m a firm believer that each one of us is made from the pieces of others; the humans in our lives who stop in. Share some meals. A bottle or two or three of wine or whiskey. Share a bed or two; a night or longer. Some stay, some hightail it out of here, some hang around and leave and come back and hang out and leave and come back. Some love us good but not enough. Some love us the only way they know-how and it doesn’t fill the glass. Some can’t love at all. Some folks teach us, through not loving us, to love ourselves better, more, mightier. Some folks leave stains that take years & years to remove, bleach, fade, disappear into the fabric.
MyKen has made some good choices in his life; some of the women he chose made him a kinder man. A more thoughtful man, a more generous man in all ways. The ones who were good women taught him something; left him something; added to the beauty of him.
At a memorial a few years ago for a fallen cameraman, a co-conspirator in the film business; a fabulous human who died way too young and unexpectedly, Ken was chatting with an old girlfriend, someone he loved very much years & years ago, someone I knew about and heard about and liked plenty because of the way he talked about her; a relationship that went sour and left them both sad; she’s a real sassy human, fierce & mighty and still beautiful.
I walked over to them, while they were catching up, and while I had the chance, the opportunity to butt in, I said to her: Thank you so much for contributing to the goodness of Ken.
We hugged. I was so very grateful, hugely grateful, to meet one of the women who made him a better man.
And his second wife, the one before me – his last wife, Diana, is such an amazing human – she founded the New York Theater Ballet Company – and get this: she was named one of the 10 Humanitarian Heroines: Women-over 50 in 2018, the very same year I was named one of 21 Leaders for the 21st Century by Women’s eNews.

MyKen, iKen, MyGuy: my mighty fucking amazing guy.
 

Sunday
1/3/21
The worst thing you can tell a human who is suffering from depression and fear is ‘to get over it.’ We don’t get over depression or fear, we go through it. And most likely we will go through it the rest of our lives and hey, while I have you, depression is very much a disease and not a yearly seasonal cold. Please, understand that folks who suffer from depression, get down in the dirt with fear, they wrestle that dirt, and this shit is painful. This shit can have you in a head lock, this shit keeps humans from living their life full-on some days. This shit can keep you bed. So, please, right now folks are scared and worried and fear is a constant companion. Be kind, pay attention, reach out. Fill a bucket with LOVE and leave it on their porch. Make them know they’re loved as best you can.

I love you all.

Saturday
1/2/21
I think this is mighty extraordinary. Our refrigerator died on December 29th – up and died. Suffice it to say that there was crap in that refrigerator from 1998. I was thin in 1998, I had bushy eyebrows and wore heels. I shopped at BarneysNY and travelled first class to LA.

And as we – iKen & I – cleaned out the refrigerator because, no, Lowes would not haul it away with all that shit in it, it really truly deeply dawned on me that I DON’T NEED MUCH. I do not need much now, in 2021. And truth be told: I never needed much. I wanted much. I craved much. Much meant that I was important. But that’s a whole other thing: need vs. want. It dawned on me that back in those days, the thin heeled sexy hail a cab days, I believed that life was mighty easy. But life really wasn’t easy. It was faux easy. And it dawned on me as I was asking Ken what the actual fuck was in a jar that coulda been pickles or maybe pickled salsa or maybe even some kinda jam….that life – a good life, a lived life, a life worth sharing – is all about cleaning up messes. The ones we make, the ones left to us, the ones that get in our way, the ones that others toss in our path, the ones that are self inflicted and the ones that we create for attention.
We cleaned out the entire refrigerator and freezer except for two jars that seemed to be crazy-fucking-glued to the shelves. Seriously stuck. At 2:30, on the dot, today – New Years Day – Lowes pick up & delivery came – two big strong men who were going to haul away the old and bring in the new and hook up the new one and Ken and the two guys fidgeted with the water line and pulled out the old one. And oh my fucking god, what a fucking mess under the fridge, years worth of messy hiding in corners and underneath and one of the guys, all masked up & gloved up – taking full COVID precaution – pulled the two jars off the shelf as if they were crumbs. BAM. Whoa, I said. Whoa, he said, and then he said: we are wasteful people. Whoa, I thought, while the lump in my throat gathered steam. So many have so little, he said. And with that BOOM. On New Years Day, 2021, as if an Angel, albeit a big sturdy angel, came to my house to remind me that I have all that I need and less is so much more and generosity is what makes a life great and kindness is contagious and love makes the world go round and… don’t be fucking wasteful.
Do not waste a moment – not one – on folks who break your heart, on situations that cause you unnecessary pain, on humans who make you go through fucking hoops, on crap you don’t need, on people who don’t love you.
Don’t waste a moment waiting for that text, that call, that email to validate you.
I’m here to tell you – on New Years Day – that we are all fucking stunning awesome creatures, magnificent. Messy and gooey and fucked-up and magnificent.
Don’t waste one moment believing that you’re not extraordinary.
I love you all.

Friday
1/1/21
2020 was a year that kicked our asses so let’s make 2021 the year we kick ass – kick ass not kiss ass; let’s stand tall & stand up brave, let’s fulfill the dreams that we tucked away out of fear and self-doubt and shake them out and bring them to fruition – they need to be born; let’s bring others joy and buckets of courage – two wonderful accessories to wear every day; let’s not take shit from anyone. No shit from anyone. Let’s speak our truth and wear our scars like stardust. Let’s hold tight to each other – making sure that when darkness comes we are holding each other’s hand and have each other’s back. Let’s love better, be kinder, be more generous. Let’s share the goodie bag. Let us champion and support and nurture each other’s dreams and adventures and hearts.

Let’s shine the fuck up & illuminate as many humans as we can so that they too can be seen and heard and shine.
Let us be the light.
I love you all.
I wish you all a gracious plenty.