San Bernardino, California, USA
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Former Beatnik, former hippie, always bohemian and joyfully married and retired in San Bernardino, California.


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MAY 26, 2011 8:05PM

Rosies California Dream


mickeyMickey contemplating the view from our balcony in Anaheim.

 Flying over palm trees as our plane descends for our landing at LAX after our trip to New York, I find I am very happy to be coming back to what I nowRead full post »

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APRIL 29, 2011 12:43AM

Rosy And The Marlboro Man, A Love Story


From a 1929 portfolio of German printing arts.

 It was summer vacation, I was ten years old, and with my girlfriends Barbara and Patsy headed for the Loews (we pronounced it Lowees) Theater on Broadway and 181st Street for a matinee.  Loews, 181st Street, was… Read full post »

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APRIL 17, 2011 8:52PM

No Tobacco Road To Joplin And Points West



Thomas and the Yellow Devil, on the road to California, 1997.

Once again I find myself packing to move.  We have an “apartment sale” drawing lots of people to our door and we sell some things and lighten the load while raising much needed cash for… Read full post »

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MARCH 31, 2011 8:10PM

Going North To Schenectady, 1995-1997



 Postcard postmarked Schenectady, 1908, a yard sale find.

In May of 1995, Thomas and I with Shoe the dog drove north to Schenectady, New York to check out what was to be our new home. With the exception of the… Read full post »

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MARCH 15, 2011 9:38PM



subwayMy subway stop. 

In 1994, Thomas decided to quit his job as photo editor at the Village Voice amidst frequent and sometimes unfriendly shifts of editorial personnel and the need to devote more time to his personal work.  It didn’t… Read full post »

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FEBRUARY 13, 2011 3:34PM



Rosy with a patient at the office, 1988          Photo: Susan Kuklin

By the mid eighties our medical practice had grown beyond what Dr X could handle alone and even as we added both medical assistants and clerical help, his workload… Read full post »

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JANUARY 20, 2011 7:06PM

The Death Of My Parents


 My parents circa 1943

With the phone call telling me that my father had died, it was as if a heavy stone had been lifted from my heart.  I shocked even myself at how instantly I felt released.  It was no secret that my father and I had… Read full post »

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NOVEMBER 30, 2010 11:44PM

The Village Voice, Jimmy Olsen, Lois Lane & Brenda Starr

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Annie Sprinkle        photo: Thomas McGovern (

Thomas’ AIDS portraits were shown for the first time at the Neikrug Gallery in New York in the winter of 1988 as a fund raiser for the People With AIDS Coalition, better known as PWA Coalition.… Read full post »

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NOVEMBER 16, 2010 12:30PM

Love And Death In The Time Of AIDS, NYC 1980's

silencephoto: Thomas McGovern from the 1999 publication Bearing Witness (to AIDS), a ten year photography project on the AIDS crisis. This book is available  from and and signed copies are available directly from the author at

 The drearine… Read full post »

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JULY 7, 2010 8:22PM

My Abortion and Coming of Age as a Feminist, 1970-1975

android women

 Rosy's Android Women, circa 1973, pen and ink, 

 In 1972 my marriage was in serious trouble and I was thinking about going back to work when I discovered that I was pregnant.  This was my second experience with birth control failure.  Since I had lost confidence in… Read full post »

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JUNE 7, 2010 8:37PM

Bavaria, Luxembourg, Reykjavik, and Jewel Avenue 1968-69


Visiting friends in Bavaria 

Finally it was time to go home to New York and I couldn’t wait.   We had traveled on Icelandic Airlines, which at the time had been the cheapest way to fly ifRead full post »

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APRIL 26, 2010 9:37PM

1964 : A Very Bad Year And Why I Love New Jersey

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Not my finest hour. Rosy gets chubby.  Spring, 1965

In October of 1963, I found that I was once again pregnant.  In 1963, there was no pill and the only birth control options readily available were condoms or a diaphragm, both known for a… Read full post »

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APRIL 18, 2010 8:26PM

Happy Birthday Eva T, NYC 1962


Bringing my baby back home.  April, 1962

On the morning of April 25th, 1962, a gorgeous spring day in NYC, I went into labor and by four that afternoon, my beautiful little girl was born.  Happy birthday, Eva T.

After four days of being in the… Read full post »

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APRIL 13, 2010 12:41PM

1961, NY's Little Italy, W.4th St. Bookstore, $180.00 Baby


  Thompson St, 1961 before it became Soho

We arrived in New York flat broke.  We had done very well with our initial sixteen hundred dollars and calculated it so that by the time we boarded the Bremen we would have just enough cash left to… Read full post »

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APRIL 7, 2010 3:08PM

Germany, Amsterdam, Henry Miller & William Burroughs

Volendam 1960Vollendam, Netherlands, fall 1960 That's me on the far right.

Traveling in the chilly mountains in September with a cast on my leg was not great fun.  The scarves I had knitted while in the hospital in Cortina served us well but it was time to take a… Read full post »

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MARCH 29, 2010 8:52PM

La Dolce Vita On A Vespa


Florence, Italy on our new Vespa.  1960 

After a week or so in London, which I loved in spite of some very bad food, we took off for Paris where we met up with an old friend from the Village who was studying at the American Academy.  With her… Read full post »

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MARCH 24, 2010 1:03PM

Europe On Five Dollars A Day, 1960


April, 1960

After settling down in the loft and getting to know and be comfortable with B’s family, life was starting to feel quite domestic.  B was in and out of jobs, which was of some concern but it didn’t worry me much.  I was… Read full post »