A Family Conversation: One Whole Year Later And We’re Exhausted AF!

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“A Family Conversation” is a storytelling audio series that features weekly discussions between blogging cousins LadyG and Ron Brown on current events along with favorite posts from each other’s blog.


Today, the cousins are talking about:

  • Colloquialisms/dialects and a man called “Rona Brown”
  • Where to start helping our community because it’s all just too much. 
  • Give up! Or is that the plan?
  • Passing the baton to younger generations… Do they want it?
  • Gen Z, born digital natives; how does this impact their interests and ability to organize politically?
  • Curating a personal media and entertainment reality
  • The word “woke” and how right wing media co-opts and denigrate terms from the black community 
  • Being asked to define sexual and/or racial harassment with academic precision
  • Ron, aka, “Rona” proffers a parable on deer tracking that parallels the ability to detect sexism/racism based on lived experience

Relevant Posts:

I Cannot Define It by Ron Brown


Tune in Friday, April 23, 2021 for the next installment of A Family Conversation

A Family Conversation: Waiting For That Ship To Come In

“A Family Conversation” is a storytelling audio series that features weekly discussions between blogging cousins LadyG and Ron Brown on current events along with favorite posts from each other’s blog.


In today’s audio, the cousins are talking about:

  • How winning the lottery is the plan
  • Mama working her cash three numbers…and so was Ron 😂
  • LadyG in Vegas–a net zero and no love lost
  • An unexpected disaster of monumental proportions
  • How 2020 looked great… from 2019 and before
  • Whether or not somebody else could play the hand that you were dealt better than you have?
  • How positive talk stresses Ron
  • How LadyG is setting SMART goals
  • Not giving a damn
  • Black writer, Octavia E. Butler 2010, Inductee Science Fiction Hall of Fame, predicts an eerily coincidental dystopia
  • The direct line from Reagan to Trump
  • How Reagan was a pretty good actor while Trump is not
  • Butler’s Kindred
  • Why listening to what you don’t want to hear could be educational
  • “Dis here our jook joint!”
  • Getting off the soapbox
  • How waiting for perfection is untenable
  • Closing it out


Previous Related Episodes:

Post are based of LadyG’s: Why waiting for the ‘best circumstances’ is a bad idea


Check out Ron Brown at The Time Tunnel

Stay tuned for next week’s edition of “A Family Conversation” on Friday, April 16th.

A Family Conversation: Before We Stop At Willoughby

“A Family Conversation” is a storytelling audio series that features weekly discussions between blogging cousins LadyG and Ron Brown on current events along with favorite posts from each other’s blog.


Contains adult language


In today’s audio, the cousins are talking about:

  • Too much stuff
  • Goodwill is sick and tired of that green vase!
  • A Stop at Willoughby. Spoiler Alert!
  • The killin’ part (a saying from the other LadyG!)
  • Have pride
  • NOTE: The conversation takes a hard left on education and equity
  • Worker bees and mules
  • Once again, there’s something off about “the dream”


Related Conversations and Links

AFC: Waiting on The Dream

Why Waiting for “the best circumstances” is a bad idea

The Time Tunnel (Ron’s Blog)


Tune In next Friday for the next edition of AFC: “Waiting for That Ship To Come In

A Family Conversation: Waiting On “The Dream”

“A Family Conversation” is a storytelling audio series that features weekly discussions between blogging cousins LadyG and Ron Brown on current events along with favorite posts from each other’s blog.


In today’s audio, the cousins are talking about what it feels like to wait on your dreams.

Inspired by LadyG’s post Why Waiting For The Best Circumstances is a Bad Idea, Ron and LadyG discuss:

  • Being on a writing tear
  • The cousins’ tendency to play the waiting game
  • The master of procrastination
  • Ron’s father’s favorite poem, Tomorrow (Written by Edgar Guest)
  • A certain number of Saturdays
  • Waiting with purpose
  • The distinction between “waiting” and “wasting”
  • The fact that something’s off about “The Dream”
  • Traveling light


Links to related posts

What’s in a Name

Do Your Dance


Come back next Friday, April 2, 2021 for a continuation of A Family Conversation: Before We Stop At Willoughby

A Family Conversation: Do Your Dance!

“A Family Conversation” is a storytelling audio series that features weekly discussions between blogging cousins LadyG and Ron Brown on current events along with favorite posts from each other’s blog.


In today’s audio, the cousins are talking about dancing–past and present:

  • Eric and Ronnie do “The James Brown– It doesn’t end so well for Eric!
  • That boy shole is good!
  • They don’t dance no mo’
  • Oh les do it
  • Mumble rap and sound effects
  • Cuthbert, Georgia’s own “Bubba Duke Stomp.”
  • Regional differences in Georgia with music and dance
  • Shuffling at the skating rink
  • The “next thing down”

A Family Conversation: What’s In A Name?

“A Family Conversation” is a storytelling audio series that features weekly discussions between blogging cousins LadyG and Ron Brown on current events along with favorite posts from each other’s blog.


In today’s audio, the cousins are talking about “The Godfather of Soul,” Little LadyG–the 3-year-old militant, 😂 Don Cheadle and Taraji P. Henson.

We’re also talking about names:

  • Nuances in our dialect and how some names were never meant to be written down
  • Spell it!
  • Nicknames vs. Government Names
  • Names with punctuation marks
  • Names that sound Greco-Roman and other creative name combinations
  • Our eldest sons didn’t escape the “name game”
  • Your Mother’s, Mother’s maiden name
    • NOTE: There’s an old saying in Georgia: In Atlanta, folks ask, “What’s your line of business?” In Macon, folks ask, “What church do you attend?” In Augusta, folks ask, “What’s your mother’s, mother’s name?” In Savannah, they wanna know what you drinkin’😂


Look out for the next episode:

A Family Conversation: Do Your Dance! on Friday, March 19, 2021.

A Family Conversation: We Need To Do Better, Crazy Conspiracy Theories, And The Man Who Incurred No Cost

“A Family Conversation” is a storytelling audio series that features weekly discussions between blogging cousins LadyG and Ron Brown on current events along with favorite posts from each other’s blog.


Catch up on the first part of this conversation, HERE.


Contains VERY Adult Language

In today’s audio, the cousins are talking about:

  • “Un-rehab-able”: More thoughts on the fools in Harlem that beat up a woman for not accepting their advances
  • Re-birthing (See links below)
  • Insurrection!  What is you so mad about?
  • Corey Ryan Forrester’s video RANT!
  • What was the real motivation? What was the plan?
  • Gird up the “democracy”
  • What have you done for Trump lately…Oooooh Yeah! 🎶
  • Fear of losing control of the country
  • Social Media Algorithms leading America to HELL:  “You might like this…”
  • Conspiracy theories are great for marketing merchandise
  • Fools came to town
  • Ebb and flow
  • Don’t argue, be compassionate- no ultimatums
  • Mad for no reason, LadyG keeps harping on this one point!
  • Cult of personality
  • You are of no use, You’re going to jail-no pardons
  • A “moral hazard” –The man who incurred no cost
  • Ron’s haunted lamp


Links:

Healthline: Is Rebirthing Therapy Safe and Effective?

NIH: Rebirthing therapy banned after girl died in 70 minute struggle

A Family Conversation: A Bottomless Pit, Gaslighting, Fools on Facebook and other Such Bull$h!t

“A Family Conversation” is a storytelling audio series that features weekly discussions between blogging cousins LadyG and Ron Brown on current events along with favorite posts from each other’s blog.


Includes Adult Language

In today’s audio, the cousins are talking about:

  • The bottomless pit of violence during 1960s Civil Rights protests
  • Gaslighting: We know it when we see it
  • Acknowledgement would go a long way
  • Eisenhower on documenting history
  • A clown named Tucker (See link below)
  • Fools on Facebook: Ron posts a woman’s lying vitriol after he declined her advances; his son, Adam, intervenes
  • Fools in Harlem: Violence against women– men beat up and rob woman who rejected advances (See link below)
  • Mob mentality
  • Lady G’s club policy back in the day


Listen to earlier parts of the conversation:

Part I

Part II

Catch Ron at The Time Tunnel and be sure to read The Murder of Jimmie Lee Jackson (Referenced in the post)

Stay tuned for next week’s conversation on Friday March 5.


Links:

Business Insider: Fox News won a court case by ‘persuasively’ arguing that no ‘reasonable viewer’ takes Tucker Carlson seriously

Madamenoire: Harlem Woman Beaten Up, Bitten And Robbed By Group Of Men After Rejecting Their Advances

A Family Conversation: The Khobar Towers Attack (1996) Family Love and Connection(Part II)

“A Family Conversation” is a storytelling audio series that features weekly discussions between blogging cousins LadyG and Ron Brown on current events along with favorite posts from each other’s blog.

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Contains Adult Language

Listen to the first part here.

In today’s audio, the cousins are talking about:

  • The rest of the letter
  • Changing education and career plans
  • Deadlifts and The Iron Cocks uncle whose nephew idolized him
  • Ron’s PTSD due to the attack aftermath and his duties as a Medic
  • “Monuments to procrastination:” The precursor to THIS blog!
  • Ernest Hemingway’s “little sister”
  • God’s timing
(2003) The precursor to Seek The Best Blog: This was going to be Ron’s spot to highlight some of his writings in the family newsletter that I created. I called his column: “The World According To Ron Brown.” Sadly, back then, it didn’t go anywhere–but, alas, God’s Timing!

A Family Conversation: The Khobar Towers Attack (1996)! A Story About Tragedy, Fear of Loss and Love (Part I)

“A Family Conversation” is a storytelling audio series that features weekly discussions between blogging cousins LadyG and Ron Brown on current events along with favorite posts from each other’s blog.

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February is Black History Month, but it is also the month of love.

This post is about tragedy, fear of loss, and ultimately, love shared between two cousins.

All of this takes place against the backdrop of The Khobar Towers attack (1996) in Saudi Arabia. Of course, we start with a bit of comedy about rent, mortgage and the fact that LadyG cannot pronounce the name “Dhahran.” We also joke about the importance of accuracy and the need for documenting historical events like what happened with the Khobar Towers.

Please enjoy our true family story. Part II will be posted next Friday.

You can learn more about the Khobar Towers attack, which resulted in the deaths of 19 U.S. Air Force personnel, HERE.

As an aside, I have heard it said that the Khobar Towers attack, along with the attack of the USS Cole (2000), were precursors to the devastation of 9/11.

Sadly, we had a family friend, Charone Gunn, killed on the Cole.

You can learn more about that HERE.

And please don’t come for me for talking about the projects; chile plenty of my folks came from the projects so LadyG got mad love for “da bricks!” 😂

R.I.P. To those lost at the Khobar Towers

R.I.P. To Charone Gunn

Peace and Love to the survivors!