A Tower Garden for Generation Z

Tower Gardens Galore

I go to the store and I bring home a cantaloupe. I cut it open and scoop out the seeds. It's stringy and sticky, like a pumpkin. Only not as fun. I can't do this without thinking about one of my old college pals. She hated cantaloupes. The site of the seeds made her dry heave. She'd run to the sink and act like she was going to throw up. That chick should have been an … [Read more...]

Picture of the Day: Stuffed Animal Hospital

Stuffed Animal Hospital

It's Turtle Tuesday! Time for adventures with my children! The other day Bridgy told me to come into her room quickly. All the animals were sick! She created a  hospital on her bed for some of her stuffed animals. She dressed these two in white shirts and made hats for them with red crosses. I have no idea how she knew to do this. She did not say what war the stuffed … [Read more...]

Fun Infographic: Furniture Design Through the Decades

1960s Design

It's Infographic Monday! I've scoured the Internet to find the best infographics relating to: Generations Demographics Pop Culture History Economics Enjoy! This first one is an interactive demographic sponsored by a British company, Harvey Water Softeners. This is definitely a click-over to the site. These interactive infographics are very cool. They have … [Read more...]

Picture of the Day: Where They Make Neon Signs

NEON "neon" SIGN

Today’s Picture of the Day is a neon sign. I'm assuming they actually make neon signs here. Location: Oklahoma City; Just west of I-35 somewhere near SE 15th or SE 29th Streets. Date: August 2012 Generation: GMC Pick-Up is a 1980s-something. Anyone know? Details: After 30 years living in Oklahoma City, there aren't very many things I haven't seen. This place is one … [Read more...]

Vintage Religion: Spitfire Grill, There Is A Balm In Gilead

Spitfire Grill poster

I had a different post planned today for the Sunday Vintage Religion feature, but decided to post this clip from The Spitfire Grill instead. Fast forward to about 2:25 where you can hear Percy (Alison Elliott) sing the vintage hymn, There Is A Balm In Gilead. This is such a great old African spiritual. I only sang it a few times growing up, but I always loved it. It … [Read more...]

Please Help My Husband Find His Missing Brother Guy Edward McCollum

Guy Edward McCollum

“He would never tear the wings off a butterfly.” For the last 11 years, I have been looking for my husband Robert's missing brother, Guy Edward McCollum. Despite many efforts including paid searches, online research, letters and phone calls, I've never been able to locate him -- until last night. Last night, I sat down at my computer and out of the blue performed yet … [Read more...]

Picture of the Day: Guy On A Unicycle

Guy on a Unicycle

Today’s Picture of the Day is a guy on a unicycle. Name unknown. Location: Northwest 23rd Street, just west of Classen Boulevard, Oklahoma City Date: December 2012 Generation: Millennial, Generation Y. Details: I was photographing the sunset when I turned around and saw coming toward me on a unicycle. … [Read more...]

New Look and Blogiversary

New Look 3

I have been rolling out a number of changes to Are You There God? It's Me, Generation X. I promise not to change the name until the next time I change it. The URL appears to be the constant around here. I just celebrated six years at jenx67.com. Click here to see how this site looked on July 30, 2008. Scary!! To my email and RSS subscribers, click on over and check out the … [Read more...]

Friday Blue Plate Special | July 18, 2014

MTV Man Moon

What are you doing this weekend? Tonight, Juliette and I are going to see a film at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art. On Saturday, Rob and I are taking all the kids to the Oklahoma Opry (now called the Rodeo Opry). On Sunday, we're going to church and we'll probably eat at Boulevard Cafeteria. The kids still call it Bull-a-bar, but they've added the word cafe to the end. They've … [Read more...]

Part 1: Generations in Pursuit of the American Dream

Real Median Family Income

Yesterday, Forbes launched a seven-part series with Neil Howe, Generations In Pursuit of the American Dream. Check out Are You Born To Be Better Off Than Your Parents? Howe is the author of numerous books about generations including the Fourth Turning. Excerpt: This graph reveals that today’s younger generations really do face a troubled future. Every cohort through … [Read more...]

25 Years Gone: Rebecca Schaeffer of My Sister Sam

Rebecca Shaeffer SEventeen

I am so wise to think love will prevail. I am so wise. -- Rebecca Schaeffer, 1989 Tomorrow, July 18, 2014, is the 25th anniversary of the death of Rebecca Schaeffer. Schaeffer was a 21-year-old Hollywood actress and model who was gunned down in the doorway of her apartment by a crazed stalker. She died of a fatal gunshot wound to the chest. My Sister Sam Schaeffer … [Read more...]

Josh’s Wall Asks: Do Fathers Turn Their Sons Into Bullies?

Josh's Wall Cliff Alspaugh

I'm a sucker for coming-of-age stories and Cliff Alspaugh's debut novella is just, but with an added bonus. It explores father-son relationships and the making of men. We hear the heart-rending news reports all too frequently about the consequences of children and teens mercilessly taunting and in some cases, physically harming others as a result of bullying behavior. What … [Read more...]

Jibo Robot: For Generations We’ve Dreamed Of You

Jibo Robot

Jibo, A Personal RobotFor generations we've dreamed of robots that can interact humans in meaningful and delightful ways. Now, that dream is one step closer to reality with the Jibo robot.  Dr. Cynthia Brezeale, MIT Professor and robotics engineer has invented the social robotic creature, which can act as a personal messenger, family cameraman, storyteller and charming … [Read more...]