Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Dishing "the Dirt"

Okay, Greg you asked for it, so here it goes...

1. I have unusual parents. Both my parents were anti-war activists in the 1960's and very involved in the Men's and Women's Movements. They attended rap groups and delved into things. As a result, my Dad realized he was gay and my parents got divorced. I feel pretty certain that having a gay Dad has made me empathize with minorities and oppressed groups more than I might have otherwise. I've always identified with the underdog. And let's face it, when it's your Dad and someone makes a homophobic comment, it's personal.

2. Steve and I are going to try and swing getting engaged and married this year! We've been together going on 6 years now and I cannot believe how the time has flown by. From the very beginning, we both have felt very set on each other. It's kind of a formality to us and I am not sure how we are going to do it as we aren't church-goers but then I'm not too keen on Vegas either.

3. I love reading memoirs and plan to write my own someday. I've actually started one, but I have a long way to go. Also, I was an English Major and studied Creative Writing in College. I was particularly adept at Poetry, although I don't really write it anymore.

4. I used to have a drinking problem and I do not drink anymore. I haven't had a drink for over 15 years now. It's a long story, but suffice it to say I didn't play nice when drinking and I don't want to revisit that again so I don't drink anymore.

5. Some of you may know this already, but I am pretty politically oriented. I come from a liberal background, many of my Mother's best friends were all activists and are incredible role models. I care alot about neighborhood politics and am prone to "getting involved" in local causes. I pick up the litter on my block regularly, attend community meetings and CAPs, and am planning to start a Block Club and send letters this year to owners that do not pick up the litter.

I hope we can all still be friends now :)

and now Tag you're it!(if you have time- no pressure)
Pigeon Point, Folksy Lady, Hillsdale House, Brooklyn Row House, and This Old Chicago 2-Flat


Leslie said...

I always love reading the various house blogs on houseblogs.net, but I'm really enjoying this "tag" game that's helping to put a much more personal face on so many of the home owners!

And regarding your first comment, I've always said that sometimes all it takes is knowing one gay person to make someone realize that homophobic comments and discriminatory attitudes aren't ok. And "coming out" as the friend or family member of someone gay is an equally important step in eliminating that discrimination and hatred. Thank you for that!

BTW, you might want to check out www.colage.org, which is geared more for kids of LGBT parents, but which has a lot of supporters, members, volunteers, and newsletter contributors who are adult children of LGBT parents, who have things to say that are helpful both to the kids and to the parents. Since you're a writer, maybe I'll see an article by you in a future newsletter!

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jm@houseinprogress said...

I already knew you were cool, and now I know that you are even cooler still! You rock Jocelyn :)

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Emerld said...

Thanks for sharing Jocelyn! You are very special and missed here in Missouri.

Christina said...

Well, as you know, I'm a big proponent of CAPS and successfully planned a wedding with house chaos going on (aka a new roof 2 weeks before). Thanks for sharing!