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Francesca Biller

Francesca Biller
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Award-Winning Investigative Journalist, (Edward R.Murrow Recipient) and 5 Others), Essayist, Short Story writer, Historian, Humorist, Poet and Author. Interests of Passion I write about: Musings & Studies about the human condition, family history, memoirs & humor, Japanese & Jewish Culture, adult and parent-child relationships, political satire, art, writers, inspirational-themed studies, the 442nd Infantry, the empowerment of both men & women, music including jazz and rock and roll, the culture of the 1970's and more. ______________________________________ Recent Published Work For: The Japanese American National Museum- (including articles featured in exhibit.) The Chicago Sun Times The Huffington Post ElephantJournal.com The Jewish Journal of Los Angeles Empowering Parents.com The Lakeview House International Journal (Poetry) The Jewish News Weekly ofSan Francisco USA on Race.com Discover Nikkei.org (Japanese American National Museum) Senses Magazine The Printed Blog The Benicia Herald The Daily Buzz Interfaithfamily.com Babyzone The Syndicated News . . . and others _____________________________________ My essays are now published in a series of Textbooks about multiculturalism called "Multiculturalism in America: Opposing Viewpoints." Currently -- I am writing a book of poetry, as well as a compilation of short stories and essays ______________________________________ Radio & T.V. includes appearances on syndicated national talk radio programs, including for CBS Radio and others wherein I have discussed politics, parenting, anti-aging/health as well as comedy appearances about pop culture. _____________________________________ Journalism Awards: The Edward R. Murrow Award, 2 Golden Mike awards, 4 Society of Professional Journalists First awards and The Los Angeles Press Club. Awards were granted for Excellence in Reporting for both print and broadcast reporting. ______________________________________ Blogs & Sites : Open Salon.com I've Got Issues ---  www.francescabiller.org  The Elephant Journal The Huffington Post ____________________________________ Social Media Website: www.francescabiller.com Twitter @francescabiller  Facebook @francesca biller Facebook Writer/Fan Page - @francescabiller-humorist-writer-author

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NOVEMBER 6, 2012 12:46AM

"Not Voting" made my Grandma dump her Boy-Toy

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My grandmother was a whippersnapper alright!

Even at the ripe young age age of 95, she dumped her much younger boyfriend of 78 because "he didn't bother to vote in the presidential election."

My grandmother passed away at the age of 95 just a year after Obama was elected during the historic Presidential 2008  Presidential Elections, but god almighty, I will never forget what she said.

She said she could put up with "boring" dinner conversations that made her want to go to bed early-- something she rarely does, his inability to cut a mean rug on the dance floor, and his not very cultured taste in food and the arts.

But she said that not voting took the cake, and that made her want to throw one at him, as well.

Living for decades in a Republican neighborhood of Orange County, California where her father bought fields of fragrant orange groves in the 1920's, and originally from Oklahoma where her father was a newspaper publisher, 95-year-old Anna Lee has seen and experienced a lot, but she has always remembered to vote.

She lived through the depression; through several wars, a difficult divorce from her first husband during the 1950's, attended art school, and became a top-notch antique clothing, car and doll collector with her second husband, who passed away more than 20 years ago.

Since then, she has traveled by herself all over the world, cooked pot roast dinners and ate chocolate every day, shopped for Ferragamo shoes and played golf with the boys.

And of course, there's the matter of her boyfriend she kicked to the curb, right next her rows of healthy cabbage roses she tended to of every hue and color.

She had been complaining about him for awhile since the initial first honeymoon dating season had come and gone. This was her second boyfriend in three years, but who's counting?

At first she had been flattered that he had chosen her over all of the other elderly ladies who were much younger than her by a decade or two.

She said to me, "What's there not to like?" After all, she did look great in a bathing suit and cute 'Esther Williams style' cap, and at 95, she claimed to be the best catch at the swimming pool where she does her daily spa exercises.

She said her secret is that she is "just herself" and that men just can't seem to keep away from her.

Some of her friends have become jealous and ignore her since she won the heart of this dashing man; the Don Juan of the Senior Center.

When I became excited about the possibility of Barack Obama as president of the United States, I was not sure what her opinion of him might be as her political views I thought had always leaned to the right.

After all, she had always reminded me of the Town and Country set who might dine and have tea with the likes of Nancy Regan or Martha Stewart.

She is even a proud member of the society group 'Daughters of the American Revolution.'

Ever since I can remember, I had admired her perfectly matched designer outfits, her mink stole furs in the closet, coifed blonde hairdo, her Chanel No. 5 Perfume scent, and the canary yellow convertible Jaguar she drove through town well into her late eighties with flowing Grace Kelley-esque scarves.

When she told me one day about how great Obama would be for the country and "so much better than Bush," I was more than pleasantly surprised.

This elegant, smart and cultured woman from my father's side was passionate when she spoke about him and said, "Won't it just be great to finally have someone in the White House again who is actually smart and has some class?"

The last night that I spoke to her was a phone call to the grandma everyone says I inherited my flirtatious genes from.

She told me that it is "definitely over" now between her and the latest boyfriend because he "couldn't be bothered to vote."

I asked her if maybe she wasn't being too hard on the poor fellow as he just broke his hip a few months before, and that maybe it was just too difficult for him to think about politics.

"There's no excuse," she said. "He could have voted by mail, this was important. I told him I was really mad at him. This would have made things better for all of us."

"Thanks Grandma," I said. "Thanks for being the great role model you have always been."

If I am only lucky enough to live to be 95 and energetic enough to have a 78 year-old boyfriend, I only hope that I also still have the chutzpah and good sense to break up with him on moral grounds.

And as she said, "It's better to be alone and know you did the right thing then to be with someone who doesn't now the difference."

 

 

 

 

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Grandma, I am thinking of you today and I wish you all the best, you are my true hero and everything that I hope to be. Love, Checka
Good for her! Clearly, your grandmother never stoped living! Sounds like she must have been a very fun, interesting woman.
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ah yr grandma sounds alot like my Mother.
staunch Republican lady.
Mayflower descent.
But...a bit of a crush on swarthy men...her knee dr

her heart dr
and her gastro guy (a jew).

"Won't it just be great to finally have someone in the White House again who is actually smart and has some class"
has always been my own wish.
i am 45 and have survived
10 or 11 elections
and never got
what i wanted.
til obama.

he's a nerd, and a damn compromiser, but so what.
"
ah yr grandma sounds alot like my Mother.
staunch Republican lady.
Mayflower descent.
But...a bit of a crush on swarthy men...her knee dr

her heart dr
and her gastro guy (a jew).

"Won't it just be great to finally have someone in the White House again who is actually smart and has some class"
has always been my own wish.
i am 45 and have survived
10 or 11 elections
and never got
what i wanted.
til obama.

he's a nerd, and a damn compromiser, but so what.
"
James Emmerling, As always, you make my heart sing with your sweet and witty commentary. It seems like my grandmother was like your mother, and that you understand that well, indeed.
Peace to you on this day, and for being you :)
I just noticed that these pieces are written by a "humorist." No wonder I am always smiling when I read!
I just noticed that these pieces are written by a "humorist." No wonder I am always smiling as I read!
Well, hell. These hand-cranked OpenSalon servers are something. Perhaps you could kindly delete the first version of that comment and then this one.
Brassawe, I am glad that I make you smile! It has been harder for me to smile as late with the insanity of these elections, but I promise to be well in a few days:) Peace