The Henson Generation?– Millennials just don’t get it! How the Muppets created Generation X –Salon.Com

I cannot say I love the title of this piece, pitting as it does one generation against another, but I truly appreciated the insights regarding the stories we of Generation X grew up with and how they .

Millennials just don’t get it! How the Muppets created Generation X –

“Debuting in 1969, ”Sesame Street” was an experiment, to find out if public television could level class discrepancies and change the world. Airing free-of-charge in every home in the country and making learning fun, it undoubtably did. More than a simple lesson on the alphabet, for those of us raised by Big Bird, you couldn’t help feeling a sense of idealism about the future. It’s a message that’s hard to put into words, but you feel it if you watch Jimmy Fallon and the Roots sing “Can You Tell Me How to Get to Sesame Street” – as over a million viewers have. Just the opening bars of that song are enough to make me feel like a kid again.”

I certainly grew up on Sesame Street and my father, a Henson type (though older) was fascinated with what television and media could do to change our culture.

“From the ’60s on, Jim Henson’s work would reach nearly every child, whether it was “The Muppet Show,” “Emmet Otter’s Jug Band Christmas,” “Fraggle Rock,” “The Storyteller,” the Muppet movies, “John Denver and the Muppets,” “Labyrinth,” “The Dark Crystal,” “The Jim Henson Hour,” or “Muppet Babies.” Unlike Sesame Street, Henson’s later work did not have a “curriculum” created by Harvard psychologists at the Children’s Television Workshop. All the same, each show and movie had purpose.

Henson told his staff that with “Fraggle Rock,” he wanted to make a show that would help “stop war in the world” by teaching conflict resolution. “Muppet Babies” was made to encourage imagination. According to the show’s head writer, “[Henson] wanted children to believe anything is possible. That’s the only thing that’s going to save this planet — the power of imagination.” Though “The Muppet Show” did not have any overt “teaching objectives,” it had the implicit message that all kinds of weirdos and goofballs can work together in peace, give or take a few explosions. Underneath the screwball humor, “The Muppet Show” had a message of brotherhood.”

Indeed, reading through this article I saw myself over and over again, the idealism, the creativity, the focus on community and acceptance of difference.

It’s long but it’s worth the read, especially if you are a fellow X’er.

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Notable Posts: God Is Not A Christian: Desmond Tutu And The Dalai Lama’s Extraordinary Talk On God And Religion

From the Huffington Post, a recap of a conversation between the Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu. I personally love their back and forth, and willingness to doubt a bit.

God Is Not A Christian: Desmond Tutu And The Dalai Lama's Extraordinary Talk On God And Religion.

Do you think God is a Christian? I don’t. Whatever God is, if God is anything at all, is greater than the sum etc etc and far beyond one race, creed, gender, POV, or, heck, species. Yeah, I’ll go that far.

In other radical thoughts, read some of Jim Rigby.

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It’s been a while since I’ve posted.

I’ve been doing a great deal of speaking, conferencing, and producing. Between SXSW, Testify, Soundtrack Series, and BedPost Confessions (not to mention some fundraising conferences I’ve spoken at) I’ve found it hard to settle in to write meaningful posts, not that there haven’t been plenty of things to write about.

I’m going to give myself permission to do two things:

1) Write less but post news that’s notable.

2) Use an app to automatically post cool items I’ve seen online (short posts, but still posts).

I would say I’d get up earlier and write more but I haven’t been able to pull that off :)

Meanwhile, here are some cool things I’m working on.

The Movable Mob-We are gonna get us an RV and go around Texas, encouraging the unruly mob, hearing testimony, and singing songs. June 2014.

Lilith Fund-I’m going to be doing fundraising consulting and support of the amazing non-profit and supports Reproductive Justice all across Texas.

Bowling-I’m raising money for abortion funds while bowling badly and in costume. Support me here!

And of course, BedPost Confessions. We are starting to plan BedFest for fall, still producing Quickies, and plotting all kinds of world take-over.

This is why I have no time to write! But I’m trying :)

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South (by) BedPost (an unofficial event)


Presenting South by BedPost: An intimate night of storytelling with the sex-positive participants of SxSWi. This is an unofficial event.

The ladies of Bedpost Confessions are celebrating their participation in SxSW Interactive (Julie and Sadie are both leading Core Conversations) by hosting a FREE storytelling event at one of their favorite places – The Butterfly Bar Austin

9:00 pm-11:00 pm
Butterfly Bar at Vortex Rep.
2307 Manor

With stories told by these sex positive folks from different parts of the country:

☮ BedPost Confessions co-producer and author of the memoir Open All the Way –
Sadie Smythe

☮ Author of An Open Apology to All My ExGirlfriends – Stirling Gardner

☮ Rapper, writer and performer -

☮ Kink Academy Founder and FemDom Foot Goddess -
Princess Kali Erotication

☮ Sex worker’s rights advocate, sex educator and relationship coach -
Sabrina Morgan

☮ Writer and columnist –
Oscar Raymundo

☮ Emceed by BedPost Confessions co-producer, writer, performer and activist -
Julie Gillis

Come on out to the Butterfly Bar and enjoy hearing some amazing tales!

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The SXSW Premiere Of Above All Else


My husband Christopher Lucas has been a producer on an amazing documentary filmed and directed by John Fiege of Fiege Films and premiering at SXSW.

Above All Else “is an intimate portrait of a group of landowners and activists in East Texas who tried to stop construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, a $7 billion dollar project slated to carry tar sands oil from Canada to refineries on the Texas Gulf Coast. Risking financial ruin, their personal safety, and the security of their families, these unforgettable people and their stories become an exploration of the human spirit and a window into how social change happens in America.”

There are three screening times at SXSW.

Monday, March 10, 12 PM, Paramount Theater
Tuesday, March 11, 4:30 PM, Alamo Village
Saturday, March 15, 2 PM, Topfer Theater at ZACH

Help us fill the 1200 seats at the Paramount! $10 Individual tickets will go on sale 15 minutes before each screening at the venue box office. Arrive early in case of lines.

$12 advanced tickets can be purchased here.

SXSW Badge and Film Pass holders are given seating priority – you can purchase badges and passes here at SXSW.

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BedPost Quickies! March 4, 2014



BedPost Quickies is a NEW and FREE open mic night that occurs the 1st Tuesday of the month at the ND. Come and test out your story in a fun space with great people. At BedPost Quickies you will have 5 minutes to read your material and practice your performer skills with a live audience. You do not need any stage or writing experience, this is a safe and brave space to share your story.

Sign up is from 7:00 to 7:30 PM. We will take the first 15 performers. You’ll be assigned an order number and when it is your turn you’ll be given 5 minutes in the spotlight.

What Are The Rules?

5 minute maximum

Your piece should be about sex, sexuality, feminism, gender, relationship.

It can be political, personal, fiction or non-fiction.

No offensive, non-consensual or illegal material (please check with us before performing, but you should stay within the ethos of BedPosts Smart, Sexy Stories filled with ethics, education and entertainment)

You must bring a written copy of your piece!

Where and When?

The North Door
502 Brushy St., Austin, Texas 78702
7:00 sign up
7:30 start

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I’ll be reading a story at Testify tonight about mental health, motherhood, and the mayhem my brain got up to after a chance encounter at the Austin State Hospital.

“Touch has a memory.” – John Keats

Our lineup this month has an excellent collection of particularly palpable stories, ranging from heartfelt to comical, regarding touch – emotional, spiritual, physical, and imagined; its cold absence and its (at times) overwhelming presence.

Testify is proud to present the following storytellers live on stage:

Marcellus Cadd
Jessica Rue Wilson
Julie Gillis
Kate-Monster Ross

See you soon!

The Producers of Testify
(Abby, Erin, Genevieve, Kacey, and Kate)

Doors: 7:00 pm
Show starts promptly at 8:00 pm
Tickets: $5 cash at the box office ($6 for credit cards)

**PLEASE NOTE performances may contain strong language and adult content. No one under 18 will be admitted without a guardian.**

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Rouse The Unruly Mob


This will be the next three nights! There will be amazing performers and speakers and ways to get involved with reproductive justice!

Artists, performers, poets, musicians, dancers, activists, scholars, pundits, healthcare providers, filmmakers, photographers, journalists, feminists and freedom fighters! Join us for three nights of skits, sketches, schtick and succor.

Remember the filibuster!
Remember the Mob mentality!
Remember our voices!

Rouse the Unruly Mob will be curated performances, open-mic rants and rhymes, live forum fun, and a consciousness-raising romp!

When: February 27, 28, March 1

Vortex Theater

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BedPosts!!! 2/20/14


This is happening tomorrow night! Come on down!

It’s love month, BedPosties! Join us for some amazing sexy stories to celebrate love.

The February BedPost Storytellers are:

* BedPost Interpreter Mandi Chase-Wolf
* Superstar Adam Sultan
* Brad “The Other Half of Sadie’s Open Marriage” Walton
* Newcomer Stacey Hopp

Emceed by Mia Martina!
Human furniture by Danny Gee!!


BedPost Confessions is, each and every month, interpreted for the deaf by THE MOST AMAZING AND SEXY ASL INTERPRETERS IN AUSTIN!

The sponsors of our fabulous giveaways are Package Menswear, Little Shop of O’s, Sexy Delicious Things & Glo’s Goodies, so be sure and register to win one of several sexy, sassy prizes when you arrive!

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2/20/14 BedPost Confessions @ The North Door
[One block East of I-35 on the corner of Brushy Street and East 5th]
Tickets are $10 at the door
The ND Lounge opens at 6:30, show doors open at 7:15, show starts promptly at 8:00

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Despite my best efforts, I’m in a bad place. I was thinking about my exhaustion post, my tiredness, and I was reminded that the last time I felt quite like this I was having post partum depression. And I thought, well, I did just lose my mother and that death was a kind of labor.

Maybe there is something to it. I did go to the doctor, my body is in fine shape. My blood work is normal, good even. Depression and anxiety are old pals of mine. Most of the time it’s like I get a bad head cold, kind of cyclical, and related to hormones. I think this time I’ve been dealing with a bronchitis and its just been so long that I don’t recognize I have it.

Mornings are the worst of it, anxiety is pervasive, sadness abounds. My body feels tired, heavy, painful. Basic things have been hard to manage. Manicures, nice clothes, giving a damn. Things get nicer about 2 pm or so, and I start feeling much better about 5. Still, I know this is a problem.

There are some things I need to change and I’m not sure how to start. One is drinking. I don’t drink to excess, maybe a glass or two of wine a night, a whiskey here or there at a show. But what I’ve found is that the only time I wind up feeling “like me” or feeling good, happy, light, witty, engageable, open, is after I have had that drink or two. Three drinks? Start to feel sick, and actually, I start to feel sick now even after two, sometimes even after just one.

If one drinks to feel normal, that means the alcohol is serving as some kind of medication. That means something big is off. Seems ironic that the one thing that is getting me in the space where I feel good is the thing that has to go, but I guess I should pay attention to all the lessons I’ve learned over the years.

Twitter. It makes me feel like I’m doing good work. Amplifying change. Pointing out the things that need attention. And I guess it does do that. But mostly it feels like seeing more and more things that I can’t do anything about. There is a lot of pain on Twitter, at least the parts I’m seeing. Anger, despair, outrage, fear, a world breaking down from racism, sexism, economic injustice, abuse, you name it, it’s out there. I read and read posts, and really, there isn’t much I can do to address those particular things. Twitter activism isn’t working for me.

In the real world, meat space, I see it too. Much up close and personal, but somehow making a connection with someone and talking to them, that feels as much or more helpful. Still, I feel raw, exposed, like I’m seeing so much that has been rent or damaged and how are we all just walking around with so much going wrong?

Last week, I felt the world spin a little underneath me, and I worried I might just fly away, from thinking about it all.

Not thinking about it doesn’t change things.
Just thinking about it doesn’t change things.

I need some grounding in real action, real work.

A friend of mine, who recently lost someone very close to them said, “It feels extremely important just to be present with all these feelings, no matter how much I just want to shut them out.”

I feel that way too. But it feels a little costly somehow.

Post partum depression feels right to me. The trauma of that week with my mother was profound. I felt so alone and it was so hard watching her die. It was so hard being in the years prior to that death, her in a kind of living death. She’s gone and I’m released in a way, but it’s still as if the puzzle pieces aren’t fitting. It’s like backwards labor, a birth of myself, myself as a mother, it’s deep.

And the experience of seeing the world in a new way is challenging.

So, I’m going to be as present as I can with the feelings, and I’m going to try to find real grounding actions, real ways to make change, and a lot less getting swept into a maelstrom of tweets.

I hope, at least. I hope that it will bear better fruit than the past 6 months. Because I am still tired.


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