Archive for the 'family' Category

22
Nov
08

Jon: Meet Freddy 10…

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To find out exactly who Freddy is, check out the first post of the series here.

To see all of the posts, click the link in the bar to the right.

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 33.) “Aug. 1986. Our three boys, Jonathan, Freddy, and Ryan.”

(Gaycondo side note: That’s me and my brother. I’m on the left.)

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 34.) “Grandma likes to hug Freddy. Do you like to be hugged? Go hug Momma, Daddy, and Brother.”

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 35.) “Freddy says, ‘Let me get up there also’. All-bran and Cheerio says ‘no’.”

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36.) “Freddy has a little sister now. Her name is Fredericka. We like to call her Ricky. Grandma thinks it is nice that Freddy has someone to play with.”

14
Nov
08

Jon: NY Times Surname ranking list…

My whole life I have been plagued by the knowledge that I have a boring name. A really, really, boring name. It’s okay. I’ve come to terms with it. I am now, and forever will be, Jon Miller. I always took solace in knowing that at least I had a sort of interesting middle name: Davis. Nothing too fancy, but at least it is not quite as yawn inducing as the rest of my name.

Well, it turns out I was wrong.

You see, today I found out about this report that the NY Times (via the Census Bureau) published on their website. It ranks the top 5000 (!!!) last names in America by how common they are. I typed in “Miller” to see where it ranked. Here are the results….

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I wasn’t too surprised to see that “Miller” was number 6 on the list, but the real shocker came when I looked a little closer….and saw that my middle name was number seven. So yeah. I basically have the Un-frosted Shredded Wheat of names.

But hey, I guess the glass half full way of looking at it is that at least I am the best at being boring.

Yeah! That’s right!

Suck it “Garcia” and “Rodriguez”!

Check out the list and let me know where you rank in the comments.

08
Oct
08

Jon: Meet Freddy 9…

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To find out exactly who Freddy is, check out the first post of the series here.

To see all of the posts, click the link in the bar to the right.

28.) “Freddy packed his suitcase. He would like to make a trip. Can he come and see you?”

29.) “Three strikes you’re out. Freddy likes to play ball. Grandma is the pitcher and Grandpa is the catcher.”

30.) “Freddy doing what little boys do.”

31.) “Freddy trying to get Darland’s attention (Grandpa’s).”

32.) “Andy is sitting in Freddy’s chair. He is telling him about how to plant and grow watermelon.”

06
Sep
08

Jon: Meet Freddy 8…

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To find out exactly who Freddy is, check out the first post of the series here.

To see all of the posts, click the link in the bar to the right.

24.) “Do you know that this is Grandpa? He told Freddy that it was too cold for him to help deliver the papers.”

25.) “Freddy said ‘I can draw a picture.’ Look what he drew. Do you like to draw?”

26.) “Andy came over to play with Freddy. He let Freddy wear his fireman hat. Freddy will let him sit in his chair next.”

27.) “Grandpa and Freddy think it is funny for Freddy to put Grandma’s bra on his head.”

23
Aug
08

Jon: Sage Sohier’s “Almost Grown”…

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I’m usually not a huge fan of straight forward portaiture, but Sage Sohier’s series Almost Grown manages to strike a resonant emotional chord for me in spite of its stark simplicity. The series is comprised of images depicting parents posing with their on-the-cusp-of-adulthood children. The majority of the images create a visual triangle of spectatorial gazing, where in one of the subjects stares at the camera (and therefore at us, ther viewer), while the other model gazes almost longingly at their familial partner in the image.

This not only creates a visually dynamic image, it also creates a physically dynamic experience for the viewer, who immediately feels personally involved in the obvious emotional connectivety taking place.

These images expolore both the unbreakable connections between family members, and the necessity to at some point, and to a certain degree, sever those connections.

You should really go to her site and look at more of her photographs….CLICK! CLICK! CLICK!

19
Aug
08

Jon: Meet Freddy 7….

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To find out exactly who Freddy is, check out the first post of the series here.

To see all of the posts, click the link in the bar to the right.

21.) ” ‘Merry Christmas to everyone!’ says Freddy. He wonders what is in the pretty box. Do you know?”

22.) “Grandpa and Freddy made a snowman. Do you think he looks like Grandpa? Freddy is so tired.”

23.) “Freddy likes to play hide and seek when it is too cold to play outside. Look! Grandpa found him. ‘There you are.’ “

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Aug
08

Jon: Meet Freddy 6…

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To find out exactly who Freddy is, check out the first post of the series here.

To see all of the posts, click the link in the bar to the right.

18.) “Grandpa said, ‘I will help you light this big red fire cracker. Little bears should not light fire crackers by themself.’ See Grandpa’s hat?”

19.) “Freddy is now six years old and he had a birthday party. Do you see that he has six candles on his cake? He thinks that birthday parties are fun”

20.) “Grandma said, ‘Freddy is old enough to go to school. I will take him to the school that Ryan’s and Jonathan’s mother went to.’ “