A Family Conversation: THREE Cousins Discuss Family Traditions, Beliefs and Superstitions

“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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Happy New Year!

Welcome to the first “A Family Conversation” audio post of 2021.

This post is extra special because one of our other cousins is joining our conversation.

It took some doing to get her to join us so we were very happy that she agreed to round out the chat!

Now… join us as we use my post, Your New Year’s “To Do” List, to talk about:

  • How Ron jinxed Creek 
  • Some very superstitious people
  • Messin’ with folks’ luck
  • Every Southern Mom
  • How “doing” is just as important as “not doing”
  • Dragging trees
  • General sorry-ness
  • How “old” is NOT really “old”
  • Technicalities and clarifications on dirty clothes
  • Our major loss, “The Bon Vivant.”
  • Roy Clark
  • Pepto Bismol and where we got the gift of storytelling

Rest in Peace Uncle Leroy!

A Family Conversation (Part I): “Shattered”

“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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A mirror shattered into a thousand pieces;

A thousand different reflections;

A mystery which never ceases;

A future with infinite refractions.

-Ron Brown

In part I of today’s discussion, we discuss Ron’s poem, “Shattered.”

In this piece, Ron paints a sobering picture of how family violence can erupt into the unthinkable.

No doubt, this holiday season, with its additional stressors, will be exponentially difficult for victims of domestic violence.

We keep them in prayer.

Resource: National Domestic Violence Hotline

Halloween Edition of A Family Conversation: Hoodoo, Voodoo and “The Client” (Part I)

A Family Conversation, an ongoing conversation between blogging cousins, Ron Brown and Lady G, is celebrating the time of year when the veil between the physical and spiritual worlds becomes paper thin.

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For the remainder of this month, we are working with Ethereal Standard Time. That said, there’s no telling when these little ditties will be released.

But…

Posts will occur at the witching hour…..

The date is anybody’s guess so keep a watch….

HA HA HA HA HA HA HA…..*laughed LadyG using her very best Vincent Price transatlantic accent*

And so…

Today, we are discussing LadyG’s excerpt from her newest writing project that has yet to be named.

So, for the sake of sanity, we will refer to it as “The Client.”

Got it?

Good!

Now then, during this discussion, we touched on the following:

  • Popeyes chicken. C’mon….who would we be without talk of fried chicken?
  • Feeling protective of your writings
  • Voodoo, hoodoo, spiritual workers and all manner of magick and mystery
  • A reading of the excerpt (by LadyG)
  • Binding spells go all the way back to antiquity
  • Bounded and not knowing
  • Leave nothing to chance when dealing with magickal folks
  • Big strong ding-a-lings; yeah, we’re talking about that!

Enjoy,

A Family Conversation: The End of Eliza’s Grave…Or is it?

A Family Conversation, an ongoing conversation between blogging cousins, Ron Brown and Lady G, is celebrating the time of year when the veil between the physical and spiritual worlds becomes paper thin.

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Are we at the end of the story or is this…”only the beginning….only just the start?”

…said LadyG singing from Chicago’s “Beginnings.”

At any rate, listen in as we add just a bit more insight to the conversation on Eliza’s Grave.

We also discuss our own family’s history with the “unseen,” including the fact that one of our family members was born with “the caul.”

Don’t know what that is?

In the South, we call that phenomenon “VEILS!”

To learn more…listen up 🙂

Thanks for listening and follow Ron at The Time Tunnel

Halloween Edition of A Family Conversation: Eliza’s Grave (Part II)

A Family Conversation, an ongoing conversation between blogging cousins, Ron Brown and Lady G, is celebrating the time of year when the veil between the physical and spiritual worlds becomes paper thin.

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In this edition, Ron shares a bit more about the symbolism of “The Crow.”

We also ponder the following:

  • The mystery of a “real live” person’s grave and DNA Ancestry research… and yes I understand that this is an oxymoron-ish statement 😂
  • Whether Eliza’s ghost wants her story told
  • Transcending time and generational shared experiences
  • “Cassingles” aka cassette tapes usually featuring one song and possibly the “remix.”
  • Ron’s writing process

And…

Whether or not we believe that Universal ideas float around the atmosphere and are available to all.

Did Michael Jackson believe in this concept?

Does LadyG?

Ron has his doubts.

Anyway…

Click to read an excerpt from Eliza’s Grave on Ron’s blog, The Time Tunnel.

Enjoy the audio:

Halloween Edition of A Family Conversation: Eliza’s Grave (Part 1) Including Valuable Advice from The UK

A Family Conversation, an ongoing conversation between blogging cousins, Ron Brown and Lady G, is celebrating the time of year when the veil between the physical and spiritual worlds becomes paper thin.

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WARNING: I posted this after drinking a glass of Kendall Jackson Chardonnay, so God only knows how it’s going to turn out!

Forgive me!

Anyway…

In this week’s post, we discuss Ron’s upcoming book, Eliza’s Grave.

During our conversation we touch on:

  • Random trash talk about Church’s Chicken, beer, and fall being our favorite time of year
  • Why LadyG loves Halloween and Ron’s unforgettable night of trick or treating
  • Eliza’s discovery and an introduction
  • The challenges of writing a book and wonderful advice received from our friend Roger in the U.K.
  • 1961, The Year of the Crow

We also include our recommendations for Bloggers who can really write!

Roger is an awesome writer from Wales. We are huge fans and we highly recommend his blog.

Although we didn’t get around to talking about them in this post, we also HIGHLY recommend :

Dr. Katherin Garland, a professor who hails from Chicago. The professor owns an editing business y’all!

Best believe, editors are an invaluable part of the process! Well worth the money.

In addition, we happily recommend Ellie P., a fabulous Canadian author and grammar maven!

There are many more… and we will include those as we go along!

Anyway….

Enjoy the conversation and please feel free to comment below

Tune in Friday for Part II of Eliza’s Grave

A Family Conversation: The Cousins Discuss the Pandemic Part 2: Don’t Panic…The Stock Market

“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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In today’s conversation, we use my post “Pandemic: The Winds of Change” as a conversation starter on who’s making money during this time (and prior) as well as who is NOT…and hasn’t been for a LONG time.

Listen in as we discuss:

  • The importance of NOT “panicking”….. the stock market
  • How a pandemic is fruitful for a select few
  • Crazy logic when it comes to holding Trump accountable
  • The fact that most of us are “fans” on the sidelines
  • Reaganomics and how it stunted our growth
  • Benefits for American workers vs. workers in other countries
    • In the audio, I meant to say that you must be laid off and actively seeking a job… not fired
  • Our refusal to be guinea pigs for a fast-tracked COVID-19 vaccine
  • The Scientific Method/Listening to Scientists
  • Normal + Coronavirus = ?

Tune back in next Wednesday for Part 3

References from the audio

In this video, an American expat shares her experiences moving from the U.S. to Europe (including key differences): Life in Sweden/ Germany

In this link, pay attention to Table 15 (Wealth Inequity -Concentration of wealth in the U. S. between 1983-2007). Important statistics from Stanford Center of Poverty and Inequality

This article explores financial actions of U.S. Senators after January briefings on Coronavirus

Melodic Memories

I was just inspired to repost this as a result of a conversation with my cousin Ron. Maybe it’s just a yearning for my childhood days–when life was carefree. I hope you enjoy!

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I remember telling my cousin Ron about several memories that I had which seemed to lack any clear context–yet they continued to float around in my mind.

He chuckled and said, “I have those too, I call them ‘cryptic memories’.”

And so…

This post contains several ‘cryptic memories’ that may or may not have happened on the same day–though I presented them as if they did.

And, since I’m a music lover, each memory (event) is closely tied to a song from my early childhood years.

I hope you enjoy this quick exercise in dreamy quasi-stream of consciousness.

 🙂 🙂 🙂

Bus driver, please look for me

‘Cause I couldn’t bear to see what I might see

I’m really still in prison and my love, she holds the key

A simple yellow ribbon’s what I need to set me free

I wrote and told her please…

Tie a yellow ribbon ’round the old oak tree…”

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A Family Conversation: My Brother’s Keeper

NOT Ron’s brother and NOT Ron! Just some random little cute boys 🙂

“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. Warning: There is adult language used…mostly by LadyG 😊

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Black Brotha, I love ya,
I will never – try to hurt ya
I want ya, to know that,
I’m here for you, forever true

Songwriters: Raphael Saadiq / Robert Ozuna / Harold Lilly Jr / Glenn Standridge / Angela L Stone
Brotha lyrics © Universal Music – Careers, Emi Blackwood Music Inc., Ugmoe Music, Uncle Bobby Music, Soul Insurance Songs

Today, the cousins discuss Ron’s post, Am I My Brother’s Keeper?


Pt 1
My brother’s keeper
Ben and Fred: Childhood foes Adulthood friends
Little cousin crushes/Big cousin protectors
Proverbs and double teaming ‘em
Us and them
Leaving on that slingshot tree to Georgia pt 1

Pt 2
Leaving on that slingshot tree to Georgia pt 2
Mr Wynn, The Roller and The Ripper
My brother is the smart one
Sawdust, planks and sweeping ‘round your own front door
You got the ISH twisted on my gay friends

Find a fool, leave a fool?
Are you boxed in?

Pt 3
Anti-Everything is Anti-Christian
One John and Two Corinthians
Loving God but not your brother
You just might be a murderer
Family Factions
Closer than Twins 

Scriptural References from the audio

  • Proverbs 17:17
  • Matthew 7:35
  • 1 John 4:20
  • 1 John 3:15

A Family Conversation: Trouble We Ain’t Gon’ See

“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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No matter what happened that’s only once it’s shame on you
You come up in here and do it again then it’s shame on me
Sometimes we be gettin’ in trouble we didn’t wan’ learn or
Sometimes we be gettin’ in trouble we ain’t gon’ see…

-Mystikal

“Bouncin’ Back (Bumpin’ Me Against The Wall)”

This week, the cousins discuss:

“What Time Is It?” written by Ron’s Father, Fletcher Brown, around 1974.

Sadly, it touches on themes that are still very relevant today.

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