Pigeons, pigeons, PIGEONS! Welcome to 2021! Hopefully, the wackiness of this episode will be enough to distract you from current events. Mother Pigeon is a NYC performance artist who can often be found at Union Square feeding live pigeons and selling felt ones. She has been called “a beautiful witch”, to which I wholeheartedly agree. Mother Pigeon may not be a granny per se, but she definitely radiates strong granny energy, and that’s enough for me (plus it’s my podcast and I do what I want 😊). We talk about the pros and cons of being a performance artist in New York City, how crafting impacts her lifestyle, Nikola Tesla and his love for pigeons, Tina’s secret seed mix (made by the Amish), illegal pigeon netting, and her recently “viral” pandemic art piece which included masked rats with a sign saying “Eww Run! Humans are spreading disease!”. Tina and her husband also shared one of their puppet shows (which you can watch on my Instagram!) and music from their upcoming album, which I absolutely loved and can’t get out of my head. Thanks again to Mother Pigeon for inviting me into her studio for this (socially distanced) interview, it was very… coo-l.
Youtube: Mother Pigeon's Impeckable Musical Puppet Show
In the holiday season, who better to interview than my own grandma! This episode sort of serves as a part two to episode 2 where I interviewed my grandpa, so you might want to listen to that first. Oma Marjolaine was born in a truck in the Netherlands during WWII. She hitchhiked her way to the South of France at 18 and never turned back! When she joined a hippie commune, she had to learn how to grow her own vegetables, mill grain, raise sheep, tan hides, make cheese, spin yarn, and everything in between. She even had to send telegrams back in the day when she didn’t have a phone on her farm. Basically, she was homesteading before it was cool. We talk about her travels around the world, her friendship with the late Diana Ross, and visiting America for the first time. Pick the coziest bale of hay and gather round the fire in this joyous episode that might just convince you to go live on a farm in the mountains, which honestly doesn’t sound half bad right now.
At 62 years old Lynette decided to become a YouTube sensation. When you watch her cooking channel you can smell the chili through the screen and you feel just like you are sitting at granny’s house at thanksgiving. Lynn is everyone’s grandma, her passion for cooking and good food is infectious! She gives her top cooking tips, where she learned it all, and what she has in store for the holidays. This episode is all about family, love, and delicious food. Lynette survived a stroke and found the meaning for her life at 58. If that doesn’t inspire you, I don’t know what will!
We laugh we cry and we get real hungry in this cozy episode of SYGNT.
This month’s episode is a special collaboration with Lynn’s Kitchen on YouTube. You can find the full, unedited, episode on her channel (terrible lighting and all) as well as on the Stories your granny never told YouTube channel. Don’t forget to like and subscribe!
Lynn’s Kitchen: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC15lopZNoEHMzs4a9tMn3Ig
Lois is 70 but has been in the health care industry since she was 12 years old! She first volunteered as a kid, then went to nursing school despite her severe dyslexia, and went on to became top of her field. At 50 years old she discovered her true passion, which is teaching people how to get rid of shame and guilt. We go through how tap-dancing helped her conquer Irlen syndrome (thanks Fred Astaire), paying 25 cents for a black and white movie, her near-death experience, and how now, she decided to go on tour and make a movie at 70 years old. Lois will put you in a good mood, that’s a guarantee. Cozy up to the fire with a cup of tea and have a listen to the stories your granny never told.
Lois’s website: www.loishollis.com
Lynn Ruth Miller calls herself the oldest comedienne on either side of the pond. She’s 86 and her life is full of stories! Lynn Ruth has had seemingly endless good and bad luck simultaneously, from starting her own CBS show with no experience, to trying to get a journalism job as a woman in the sixties, to her fight against society and her eating disorder. Her struggle with ageism and sexism will make you angry and her perseverance is endearing as hell. Though she never did get that dream job, she did write eleven books, three television shows, a number of comedy sets and is still going strong! Lynn Ruth is tough as nails and she will crack you up all through this episode.
Lynn’s book: mybook.to/lynnruthmiller
Lynn’s website: www.lynnruthmiller.net/
Lynn’s Instagram: www.instagram.com/lynnruthmiller/
SYGNT is six months old, YAY!
This month, Dr. Angie Benham (formerly Angie Evans) tells the story of and helping fight for integration as a junior at Van Buren High School in 1958. This was just a year after the “Little Rock Nine” had to be escorted to school by federal troops thanks to Brown vs. the Board of Education supreme court ruling. We discuss the parallels with today’s Black Lives Matter movement and how we hope for change. We also get into her life as a missionary on the Navajo reservation, her career as a psychologist (she is still working at 77!) and the psychology of God and our parents. Angie tells us about how the best moment of her life happened only recently and as always, provides us with great advice. This is certainly a worthy sixth anniversary episode folks, enjoy! Don’t forget, BLACK LIVES MATTER!
Greta got interested in pole dancing as a sport at age 60, when she was searching for a solution to combat osteoporosis. Two years later, she won her first world championship in pole sports and has since won eight more times! Featured on American Ninja Warrior as the oldest competitor to attempt the course at the time, it is needless to say that age is not an issue for Greta. Her extremely positive attitude and passion for her sport is *ahem* contagious. Learn about the secrets the pro pole athletes use to stick to the pole, and which Ivy League school has a competitive pole team. As always, Greta provides insightful life advice for us youngin’s, so grab a pole and spin into this episode!
Find Greta on: www.aerialzen.com
Even as a great-grandmother, Ann can’t seem to stop herself from thinking up business ideas. Join us as Ann walks us though her life story, from moving all over the US to opening one of the first major daycare centers in Texas. She has started multiple other woman-fronted business, all in a time before cellphones, computers, printers, or fax machines! In this lighthearted episode, Ann inspires us with her positivity and gumption, and as usual, gives us youngsters some great advice. Put on your power suit and dig in!
At 88 years old, Miss Gypsy holds the Guinness World Record for oldest working drag queen. James “Gypsy” Haake started out his career as a Broadway dancer, then became the owner of “Gypsy’s Cabaret” in New York City, and later stared in shows and films like Dynasty, Married with Children and To Be or Not To Be. Gypsy’s stories offer us a voyage into old Hollywood, where she entertained stars like Lucile Ball and Stevie Wonder as MC of La Cage aux Folles in Palm Springs, up to recently, when he starred in a music video with Miley Cyrus! We also talk about what it was like to live through Stonewall and the AIDS pandemic, all while staying hopeful about the current pandemic. This queen does not mess around! Get ready to gag, because the library is open, darlings!
With my grandpa Cees
In this socially-distant episode, I interview my very own grandpa, whose stories are one of the main inspirations for this podcast. We talk about going to war in the jungles of Papua New Guinea and how it led to his love for navigation. Then we discover how spilled onions can ruin your university career. A multitude of sailing stories cumulate with my favorite one, when my grandpa met Clint Eastwood and Janet, my unofficial grandma, made him “the world’s best apple pie”. Of course we conclude with Cees’ wise advice for a younger generation. Stay home and enjoy!
Meet Edna, she's older than the Empire State Building, and just as tough! We discuss Hebrew vs. Yiddish, being a New York pubic school teacher, and remembering Pearl Harbor or 9/11 as a kid. We also talk about sexual harassment through the decades and Edna's timeless solution, a hat pin! Her stories cover world travel, from Turkey to Peru and all the archaeological ruins in between, all that in a dress of course. We end the episode with some much needed advice for the younger generations.
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