Category: Eclectalife

Why Stephen Sondheim’s ‘Assassins’ is essential viewing for every American

Why Stephen Sondheim’s ‘Assassins’ is essential viewing for every American

This bold musical depicts the dark side of the American Dream and reflects the work yet to be done to ensure life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness for all. “I did it to bring down the government of Abraham Lincoln and to avenge the ravaged South…” “I did it to prove to her my everlasting love…” “I did it […]

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How to change the world – A Mother’s Day essay

How to change the world – A Mother’s Day essay

That lady in the photo is my mom, Jacki Savage. If you’ve read my story “Two North”, already know a bit about her. She was born Jacqueline McCann and was at the top of her high school class taking Latin and basically shooting the lights out academically when she got pregnant with me and dropped out of school. She was […]

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“Two North” – A true Christmas story

“Two North” – A true Christmas story

“Two North” is a story about one Christmas when my mom was spending time on the psychiatric ward of our town’s hospital after trying to commit suicide to escape a physically-abusive husband. I was thirteen. It was a cataclysmic event in our lives but it brought us together into a two-person tribe like no other event ever has in my […]

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“Two North” – A Christmas Story

“Two North” – A Christmas Story

“Two North” is a story about one Christmas when my mom was spending time on the psychiatric ward of our town’s hospital after trying to commit suicide to escape a physically-abusive husband. I was thirteen. It was a cataclysmic event in our lives but it brought us together into a two-person tribe like no other event ever has in my […]

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Today is the day of my actual 10-year blogging anniversary – see my humble beginnings

Today is the day of my actual 10-year blogging anniversary – see my humble beginnings

Although we held our 10-year Blogaversary party last Thursday on May Day, today is the actual anniversary of my very first blog post. Yup, that’s me. With hair. My first blog was on a site called Modblog and you can view my very first, utterly lame post HERE. If this doesn’t get your attention, I could … … just… … […]

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PHOTOS: The Eclectablog 10-year Blogaversary party a smashing success!

PHOTOS: The Eclectablog 10-year Blogaversary party a smashing success!

Wow. Team Eclectablog: (l-r) LOLGOP, Charles Gaba (Brainwrap), me, Anne C. Savage, Amy Lynn Smith, and Emma White Last night’s Eclectablog 10-year Blogaversary party exceeded my expectations in so many ways. We had a tremendous turnout of over 100 people. Everyone who came received an Eclectagrog beer glass (pictured at right), we sold t-shirts, raffled off t-shirts and beer glasses, […]

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Join me in wishing Chris Savage the happiest of birthdays!

Join me in wishing Chris Savage the happiest of birthdays!

Let’s celebrate who he is and all he does. I can think of no better way to pay tribute to Chris Savage than to write a few words for him — here, on the blog he created and contributes to almost every single day of the year. I owe a lot to Chris. So do the countless Michiganders he stands […]

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PROGRAMMING NOTE: Team Eclectablog at the North Macomb County Dems meeting TONIGHT!

PROGRAMMING NOTE: Team Eclectablog at the North Macomb County Dems meeting TONIGHT!

Spreadin’ the Eclectagospel… If you are in the Macomb County area, Anne and I will be speaking to the North Macomb County Democratic Club this evening. During the talk, we’ll be showing a 30-minute slideshow of Anne’s amazing photos and she’ll have her historic Obama photomosaic posters on sale, as well. The event starts at 7:00 p.m. at the UAW […]

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A week of Being Dan Savage – My “Savage Love Letters of the Day”

A week of Being Dan Savage – My “Savage Love Letters of the Day”

And now I know what GGG, DTMFA, and pegging are As I mentioned last week, this week, I filled in for Dan Savage while he and his husband Terry (ooo la la!) are on vacation in Germany. It was a riot and only reemphasized that you literally cannot make everyone happy on the internet at the same time. For four […]

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Eclectablog takes over Dan Savage’s “Savage Love Letter of the Day” all next week

Eclectablog takes over Dan Savage’s “Savage Love Letter of the Day” all next week

There’s a new Savage in town… Wildly popular sex advice columnist Dan Savage (@FakeDanSavage on Twitter) is heading out on vacation next week. As he has in the past, he will have someone else answer his daily “Savage Love Letter of the Day”. Next week, that someone else will be me. “I think it would be hilarious to have another […]

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My Socialist Independence Day Vacation in the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

My Socialist Independence Day Vacation in the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

Ahhhh… I’m sitting here sipping on my water bottle this morning, the last piece of My Socialist Independence Day Vacation: it’s filled with the deliciously pure water from the D.H. Day Campground just outside of Glen Arbor, Michigan. Anne and I spent the past week there and I always return refreshed but also reminded that one of our greatest national […]

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