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Interview with Ann Brown

by The Next Family February 11, 2012

Interview with Ann Brown by The Next Family

The ever-funny Ann Brown answers TNF interview questions…

TNF: How has it been blogging for TNF?

I love it. TNF readers are smart and enthusiastic.

TNF: How is your family like every other family and how is it different?

When my oldest kid went to Reed College, each student was given a tee-shirt that read, “I’m unique. Just like everyone else.” Yeah, like that.

TNF: Did your family accept you and your lifestyle? If yes, explain and if not explain what you have done to help them to accept your decisions and your lifestyle.

My lifestyle as a blogger???? Well, my 87-year-old mom isn’t crazy about it when I write shit about her, but she’s learned to live with it. As far as lifestyle choices, really, the only way I have rebelled against my progressive liberal Jewish parents is to choose to be cremated.

TNF: How do you juggle the work at home with your jobs?

Hah. I don’t. I mostly stall and lurch. And panic.

TNF: What lessons do you feel are the most important to teach children in this day and age? Are there any lessons they, or perhaps we as parents should unlearn?

That there is a difference between tragedy and bummer. Too many people – adults and kids – believe that when shit doesn’t work out exactly the way they planned, that all is lost and they are deserving of a do-over. Learning to accept the vicissitudes of life with grace and humor is something that parents cannot sit down and teach their kids – they have to model it.

TNF: Any words of wisdom to pass on to our readers?

Carry on.

TNF: Anything you want our readers to know about you or your family?

My college grad, English major kid needs a job. Anyone have any leads or pull in publishing, editing or writing?

Thanks Ann, for keeping us laughing! (And nice tan!)

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