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Do you have any old family scandals that can't harm anyone anymore?
I don't mean your twin sister's affair last year with a married person. I mean the older kind where there's nary a living soul who would give a damn.
One side of my family has them aplenty. Some originated in Victorian shame, and some from political necessity.
The city of Vancouver unexpectedly contacted me a few days ago to say they'd soon be returning the 20 banker-sized boxes of historical documents I lent them about my great grandfather almost a decade ago. He had once been a U.S. expat who contstructed a political career in Canada while on the run from the law here. That was in the 1890s.
So what have I got? I've got a great grandfather who rebuilt his life in another country after running away from the law here. He married again in Canada while still married to my great grandmother here = bigamy. My great grandmother became an opium addict (sipping it with a spoon) in response.
One of her two sons ended up as a guard/newspaper editor at the Santa Anita Internment Center (read concentration camp) for Japanese-Americans during WWII. Sadly, the last one wouldn't be a big secret in most families in the 1940s, but in mine it was a cause of deep shame and a very hush-hush topic. That generation of my family had lost close friends in Spain fighting Fascism. The other side of my family had folks in concentration camps in Europe at the time. I share in the shame my family felt about one of our own's participation in the internment of American citizens of Japanese descent. At the same time, I have a feeling of pride that my grandfather knew that what his brother was doing was wrong, despite the apparent approval of the larger society (and despite my great-uncle's belief he had no way out). Shame and pride at the same time. I could go on and on (sometimes I do), but I think you get the point.
All the folks that lived before us really weren't two-dimensional figures. Trust me on this one. Despite such phrases as "simple, god-fearing folk," they all had their personality quirks. Isolated groups of humans may appear homogenous to outsiders for periods of time, but individuals within those groups have never been. Unique humans...our family trees are full of 'em. And they all messed up in some way, and then tried to hide it. It is what we do.
If I have a personal religion/philosphy, it involves a type of filial piety. On some level I have to assume that my ancestors walked around with a bit of myself in them, just as I walk around carrying some of them. They came first and I owe them (as I do future generations). For me that means the debt of rememberance. They lived and felt as I do when gazing at the stars or into the eyes of love. They cried and died as I will one day with my eyes turned to the ground. Maybe 200 generations of them between myself and the political assassignation of Juilus Ceasar. Maybe 400 between myself and the erection of the Egyptian pyramids. Maybe 800 between now and the first villages. The exact number isn't that important. All of them had their own scandals and secrets they tried to hide until the information, and later they themselves, were forgotten about. If I cannot remember all their deeds, the good and the bad ones, at least I can remember that they had them as part of their birthright as humans. Today I'm thinking about their less than stellar deeds. In my personal religion/philosophy, that doesn't dishoner them.
So what old family scandals are floating around in your head?
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Let's build communities!
Every region needs a meatspace community like SFKossacks.
We take care of each other in real life.
I urge YOU to take the lead and organize one in your region.
Please tell us about it if you do and we're here for advice.
THINK GLOBALLY, ACT LOCALLY
NEW GROUPS IN THE PROCESS OF ORGANIZING:These are the groups that have started since * NEW DAY * began. Please Kosmail navajo if you have started a group before that.
Send a Kosmail to the organizers and ask for an invitation to the group.• Northern Indiana Area: Kosmail Tim Delaney
• Long Island: Kosmail grannycarol
• Northern Michigan: Kosmail JillS
• Nebraska: Kosmail Nebraska68847Dem
• Westburbia Chicago Kossacks: Kosmail Majordomo
• New York Hudson Valley Kossacks: Kosmail boran2
• North Carolina Triangle Kossacks: Kosmail highacidity
• Caprock Kossacks (Panhandle/Caprock/Lubbock/Amarillo area) : Kosmail shesaid
• West Texas Kossacks (including Big Bend Region and El Paso) : Kosmail Yo BubbaNote to the above new leaders: Feel free to leave a comment any day reminding readers about your new group. Also, tell us about your progress in gathering members. Kosmail me when you've chosen a good name for your group and have created a the group. Then I'll move you to the NEW GROUPS LIST. When you've planned a date for your first event I'll make a banner for you to highlight your event in our diaries and your diaries.
NEW GROUPS LIST:
• Kansas City Kossacks - Formed Oct 15, 2012, Organizer: [Founder stepped down]
ESTABLISHED GROUPS LIST: (List will grow as we discover them)
Saturday, August 31st
Houston Kossacks Meet-up
TIME: 1:00 PM
LOCATION: Hollywood Vietnamese-Chinese & French Cuisine
2409 Montrose Boulevard • Houston
ORGANIZER: Send Chrislove a kosmail to attend.
Latest diary: Houston Area Kossacks: Meet-Up Scheduled for Saturday, August 31!
4. mister mustardhead
5. Bree Davis
6. Libby Shaw
8. mr. suesue
Sunday, Sept 15th
Chicago Kossacks Meet-up at a Powwow!
TIME: 11:30 AM
LOCATION: Chicago's 60th Annual American Indian Center Powwow
Busse Woods Forest Preserve • Elk Grove Village
ORGANIZER: Send figbash a kosmail to attend.
Latest diary: Chicago Kossacks Go To A Powwow: Sunday, Sept 15 2013
3. Mr. broths
5. Liberal Granny
7. Expat Okie
DeKalb, Illinois KossacksSaturday, September 21st
DeKalb, Illinois Kossacks Dinner & a Show!
TIME: 6:00 PM
LOCATION: Rosita's Mexican Restaurant
642 East Lincoln Highway • DeKalb
TIME: 7:30 PM
LOCATION: The Stage Coach Players Theater
126 South 5th Street (2 blks. from dinner) • DeKalb
ORGANIZER: Send NormAl1792 a kosmail to attend.
Latest diary: Northern IL Kossacks Dinner and a Show - Saturday, Sept. 21
1. NormAl1792 (on stage as Henry II)
4. Mr. luvs
Saturday, October 19th
DKos Asheville Kossacks Meet-up
TIME: 1:00 PM
LOCATION: The Bywater
796 Riverside Dr. • Asheville
ORGANIZER: Send randallt a kosmail to attend.
Latest diary: DKos Asheville - Weekly Open Thread
7. Sandy on Signal
8. Mr Sandy on Signal
11. Mr Alecia
people power granny
One Pissed Off Liberal
Christian Dem in NC
Phil S 33
Sunday, October 20th
MEGA Philly/NJ/NYC Kossacks Meet-up!
LOCATION: Stuff Yer Face
49 Easton Avenue • New Brunswick, NJ
ORGANIZER: Send mconvente a kosmail to attend.
Latest diary: Philly/NJ/NYC Mega Meetup! Initial Information & Interest Diary
2. belinda ridgewood
11. blue jersey mom
aravir and son
Friday, October 25th
LAKossacks & SoCal Inland Empire See Lewis Black!
TIME: 9:00 PM
LOCATION: Agua Caliente Casino Resort & Spa
32-250 Bob Hope Dr. • Rancho Mirage
ORGANIZER: Send 714day a kosmail to attend.
Latest diary: L.A. Kossacks, Lewis Black Fans in So Cal
Friday, October 25th
Meet the Daily Kos Editorial Staff!
TIME: TBD in the PM
LOCATION: Daily Kos HQ
Address given privately to RSVP'ers • Berkeley
ORGANIZER: Send navajo a kosmail to attend.
You will need to bring Potluck. Stay tuned for assignments.
2. Susan Gardner
3. Meteor Blades
4. Faith Gardner
5. Will Rockafellow
and many more staff... stay tuned
8. side pocket
15. remembrance +TLO?
16. Glen the Plumber
21. Dave in Northridge
SFKossacks BBQ in the Wine Country
LOCATION: Andrew McGuire's home in the Wine Country
Address to be given privately to RSVPs • Windsor
1. Andrew McGuire
6. Hunter/elfling offspring
14. Mr. dksbook
17. side pocket
18. Mrs. side pocket
20. ceebee7's sister
21. leema (will carpool from Marin)
22. Meteor Blades
Glen The Plumber
Send navajo a kosmail if you post a diary about an event so we can update our round-up.
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Tell us what you are doing on this NEW DAY?