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

It’s A Ramble! Cheap Meat, Clutter, Birthdays and “Abs of Steel.”

In this rambling video I deal with some cheap meat and 30-year-old paper clutter.

I also plan a birthday tea for my daughter–her gift this year? “Abs of Steel,” of course! No seriously, I gave her this VHS as a gag gift since I noticed that a lot of gen z’ers love laughing at old boomer/gen x aerobic dance and workout videos.

Listen close for my impression of a British accent (an accent that I adore!)

Lots of memories here!

Thankfully, I finished decluttering and I had it all thrown out or donated by Jan 31!


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How To Stop Unsolicited Mail and Other Junk As Told By A Sentimental Paper Hoarder Who Is Afraid of Identity Theft

Recently, I talked about dealing with vast amounts of mail and papers that I’ve kept over the years.

Admittedly, I’m one of those folks who fear throwing away anything because “we might need it later.”

History and time has shown that I hardly EVER need it later.


Hell, even if I did, I wouldn’t have been able to find it due to the sheer volume of papers and mail that I had stashed since time immemorial.

So, this year, I decided that it is time to get rid of what I NEVER seem to need.

Ah, but then there’s stuff related to my children…you know what I’m talking about…things like:

Finger prints imprinted on a post card

Stick people drawings

Schoolwork and journals

Field trip permission slips–yeah I kept those too!

Hell, I even kept appointment cards from my pregnancies in the 1990’s and mid 2000’s; not to mention papers from undergrad and grad school.

Chile…when you add “paper hoarder” to “paranoid sentimental creature,” you get ONE HOT ASS MESS!

And so…

I found myself, during the first weeks of January 2021, locating, trashing and shredding all of the mail and papers that I had so cleverly hidden away.

Being the mistress of illusion that I am, my closet “looked” orderly, but if you were to open one of the many large plastic bins, you would have found oodles and oodles of mail, and other papers.

Some of it was junk and I knew it, so I left it unopened and stowed it.

Some of it was mail that I had already dealt with online, so I left it unopened and stowed it.


Because it had my name and address on it and I didn’t want to trash it lest someone steal my identity, open up a line of credit and purchase the whole entire world!

And that’s how I got HERE!


In order to change my ways, I’ve decided that I need to stop some of that craziness before it enters my door.

So, I found this nifty link that leads to the Federal Trade Commission where you can sign up to stop unsolicited mail, e-mails and other stuff from coming your way.

This is my gift to folks like me who “might need it later,” or who worry about identity theft.

There ain’t a damn thang to help a sentimental Mama know what to keep and what to throw away when it comes to her babies.

But I digress!


I apologize to my followers outside of the U.S.

Is junk mail even an thing in other countries?

Comment below!

Anyway, I’m about the follow the link so I can get my life!