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A Message From Helen’s Grandson

Hi everyone.  I grew up listening to my grandmother laughing with her best friend Margaret on the phone.  Grandma was never at a loss for words and her stories were priceless.   Then Margaret moved to Maine…

I started this blog for my grandmother for two reasons.  First, I wanted to capture her words and stories for our family to have as a tribute to her for many years to come.  I told her it would be like scrapbooking with a computer.  Second, I thought it might give her something fun to do with her friend and keep her young at heart.  I think it is working.

I encourage you to consider starting a blog for yourself or your family.  It’s easier than you think.  Just go to www.wordpress.com and follow the directions.  It’s free.  I think there are other blog services out there as well.  And if you have someone like Helen in your life, it doesn’t take long to show them how to do it.  Trust me, you’ll never regret it regardless of what they blog about.

I never thought it would get this popular because there are lots of blogs out there (like my personal one) that never get seen by more than just the blogger(s) who write them.  However, if you are worried about that, it is very easy to make your blog private or only available to an approved list.  So don’t be scared.   Get your own blog and then get your parents and even your grandparents to start blogging as well.  Your family will have a keepsake for years to come.

Happy blogging.

With love to my “cool” Grandma,

PS.  If you do have a Helen in your life and she has a blog, post a link below.  I know Maraget and Helen will enjoy reading them.

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  36. Ever wonder why the donations page makes it clear that the dear grandson won’t share a penny of the donations with Helen or Margaret?

    Because it would be felony consumer fraud to accept donations under the pretense they are going to fictitious people.

  37. Hi, Kara – And welcome to the Porch!

    One of the best comments I read, somewhere else, in reply to an article about how Mittens was assuring a bunch of Republicans that he’s “not going away,” but will still be available to “help” (!?), was…

    “Oh, drat! I was hoping he was going to put himself out of our misery.”

    Dontcha love it?


  38. I just stumbled upon your blog today as I was obsessing about Mitt and Ann Romney – I’ve worked with their sniveling little liar of a nephew and adored your comments about the whole damn family.

    Anyway, now that I’ve been introduced to your great stories and style, I’ll be a big fan. I sent the link on to other friends of mine – the 4 other liberals here in Utah.

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  41. Margaret and Helen…… I love your blog…. I am 53 and wish I could tell my yourg adults the way you do…..you both have BALLS……

  42. It’s Thanksgiving and I’ve just come across your blog… It’s been making me smile for the past 10 m I’ve been reading it. Actually it got me running on a whole bunch of emotions and thinking, since I don’t have my grandmas or mom anymore, how cool would it be to be as cool of a mom or grandma one day! We have a blog, pearoo.com, and we have a Emma, who got her own section in it, rootopia. We really love it. That being said, I look forward to reading more of M&H. Happy Thanksgiving!

  43. Great stuff! I blog about boring stuff like Real Estate in Northern Virginia! This is a whole lot more fun! Keep up the great work!

  44. OMG! I just found you! Don’t worry, I’m not going anywhere!

  45. Just came across your blog and I will be one of your newer followers!!! Ladies, I wish I had found your earlier. Keep it up.

  46. My sister (chronologically close to M&H) led me to this blog. I think it’s wonderful. I think Margaret and Helen are wonderful, and I think you, Matthew are a wonderful grandson. Your affection for your Grandma and her best friend shines through everything you do here.

    Keep up the great work, you three!


  47. Hello to Helen and Margaret! A friend posted Margaret’s rant about Mitt Romney and I absolutely loved it!

    Both of my grandmothers were named Margaret. Given that I was I was their first grandchild of either side AND that I am female, it was decided that I, too, would be another Margaret. I even had two Aunt Margie’s, one my father’s sister, the other my Mother’s sister. I have a cousin known as Margie, too!

    When I read something about having a Helen in my life, I decided to write! Yes, I had an Aunt Helen, my Mother’s older sister. Helen and my Aunt Rita lived together and never married, so they showered their nieces and nephews with lots of love, trips, and generous gifts over the years.

    Alas, that whole generation is gone. And my generation lost my sister Mary Ellen last year. She was 53, the same age as our mother was when she died in 1976.

    So, I am Peg and I’m 64. I was “Little Peggy Anne” when I was very small, best said with a bit of an Irish accent. That evolved into just Peggy. When I started working professionally, i chose to be just Peg. :-)

    I had a stroke in 1998 and I drive an electric scooter to get around, too.

    You sound like such lovely ladies!

  48. Hi kids — just shared your latest on Facebook. Great stuff!


  49. My amazingly witty grandfather has a website of his stories, drawings, and photos from his past as well as from an alternate universe. Originally he started it to lure ladies (Grandma passed a few years ago, and sometimes makes appearances in his drawings), but I think its more for his entertainment now!

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  50. I love Margaret and Helen. Every blessed time I see a new post from them it makes my day.

    The Margaret half of my blog’s Margaret and Helen line-up is my Five-Year-Old daughter, who asks the most entertaining questions, like “Did dinosaurs have bellybuttons?” and “How did they make old-timey ketchup?”

    I blog about life with The Five-Year-Old at caterpickles.com. It would be an honor to have Margaret and Helen stop by. Regardless, keep blogging ladies! You always lift my spirits. Thank you!

  51. Margaret, Helen, and Matthew – thanks so much for making me laugh out loud every time you post. I’m a reviewer of lesbian literature, and I blog my work at http://rainbowreader.blogspot.com

    Please stop by, pull up a chair, and sit for a while – each review begins with an original essay that covers a few of the more interesting bits of my life and my thought process.

    Very best to you. Warmest regards, Salem

  52. I would like to suggest http://www.bananasimple.wordpress.com. My Helen is my daughter.

  53. Guess I’m just at the end of my patience with the republihadists. And would like to give the electorate a shake. People, the only welfare queens in this country are the very rich and super rich who empty the public trough without contributing. When is enough money enough? These selfish, people have more money than could be spent in many, many lifetimes. When do THEY begin to give back? The budget proposed by Romney and Ryan won’t work. It has already failed. It would add close to $6000 to seniors’ medical costs per annum. It will COST hundreds of thousands of jobs. And in addition, when is Romney going to stop lying? Not just half truths, but outright lies about President Obama’s programs. And in addition, the GOP has decided that they will scream”voter fraud” to keep people who will vote against them from voting at all. Shame shame shame. Most of the people targeted are American citizens who have voted in many elections. I truely pity those miserable little people in the GOP who would turn this great nation into something few would wish to live in. Do we really want politicians dictating each aspect of our lives? NO NO NO

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  54. Wonderful idea!

    Margaret and Helen may enjoy a tribute post I did for my grandmother not too long ago…


  55. Ooops! I stuck in a period where it doesn’t belong in my post below. Let me see if this link to my blog comes out right:


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  56. I love this blog! I was sent here by friends (several of them, each separately), and now I see why! I, too, have a blog and love the freedom it gives me to laugh and complain and wonder my way through retirement. I welcome visitors!

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  57. The Feminist Grandma blogs about raising a grandchild, aging, friends, family, and things that thrill or irk her.

  58. One of my friends sent me a link to this blog several months ago and I’ve been reading it ever since.

    One of my best friends and I write a blog together, but it will never match the verve of these. My grandmother was a Helen. :)


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  61. Omg! These women must think John Edwards and Bill Clinton were Republicans that cheated on their wives. Yikes, they are allowed to vote? And I guess they forgot that Obama is a Democrat that is pro-gay marriage. Dementia?Geesh, hope they don’t drive to get their sour cream. Haha, they pretty much got it wrong, getting their parties mixed up.

  62. HI Matthew: Just discovered this blog created for Margaret and Helen and and it occurred to me that they might enjoy Mrs. Bundle, a lovely woman of a mature age like yourselves. She, too, likes to share her recipes at the end of each mystery. Here’s the Facebook link—enjoy! https://www.facebook.com/pages/Mrs-Bundle-Mystery-Series/334559971736

  63. Hi Matthew,

    I remember listening to my mother talking with her sisters the same way you remember your grandmother and her friend. This blog helps me recapture those conversations, and the firebrand personality of my mother. Thank you so much for this.

  64. I am so happy I found this blog!! I have been reading all the old posts and just having a great time laughing and cheering. I lost my 90-year old Mother 2 months ago and this really helps. I mean it. Really.

  65. I love this. Helen says what is on my mind and in a way I never can. I even got my ‘Harold’ to read this and he thinks it is great. Keep sharing! Please!

  66. My hip daughter found this blog and introduced me. What a treat!

  67. I live in Texas too and want t meet your Grandma!! My BFF Celeste and I want to be Helen and Margaret when we grow up. We are only 50 right now. :(

    Keep it up ladies, we LOVE you!

  68. You ladies need to post your blog posts to Twitter. Thx!

  69. Loved this blog entry! You are right on, Margaret…..I am now following this blog! I love your insight and your frankness…..so glad I saw this on my FB page through NARAL New Hampshire….they posted the link to this blog! Can’t wait to continue to follow this blog!

  70. Is that the Midway in San Diego?

  71. A friend just sent me the link to this blog…I love it! I am a grandmother 6 times over and my best friend and I have been BF for 50 years. I look forward to reading your blogs…rock on!

  72. I am a mother and grandmother. The attempts of the christian right through the republican party to trample on reproductive rights is appalling. These uninformed morons are so busy trying to tell everyone how to think that they have forgotten how to think themselves. Wake up! Your rights END where mine begin. And their rantings are racist as poor women are the ones who lose. Too bad the men who shriek the loudest are less than pure and also they refuse to make any provisions to help poor women. In fact, they would end what care poor women get now. And they call themselves Christians? Nazis is a much more apt term.

  73. Just found my way here and am very happy for that! Reminds me of the dearly missed writing of the wonderful Molly Ivans. Thanks all of you.

  74. Thank you Matthew for the blog. This is a truly inspiration for me and definitely for others.

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  75. Fantastic – my friend told me about this blog and I’m so happy she did – love the humor – and the truth! My blog is: http://www.livinglifemakingchoices.wordpress.com

  76. Thank you so much Matthew for presenting the idea of blogging to your grandmother-this blog site is gift for your family and for the world–it is great!

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  79. Margaret and Helen inspired me to try my own hand at blogging. I had to do it because of the current political state in this country. I hope the dear ladies might enjoy some of my comments.

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    i write for my family because they all talk to me. i may have to push more for a family blog like this. it doesn’t seem to happen with the facebook. there is not enough thought behind the comments and posts that i have been getting from family members

  81. I have a Wilda. She went travelling overseas and then moved to another country permanently, and I was having kids and couldn’t send emails very often. But I could comment on her blog! And she is actually quite poetic on her blog, and philosophical, and other good stuff. I’m glad Helen has a blog, it is very down to earth and good to see.

  82. I don’t know if she quite qualifies as a Helen, but my younger sister has recently started a blog, and so far I think it’s something that Helen and Margaret might enjoy. She seems wise beyond her years, but then, she will always seem 16 to me.


  83. What a delightful website to stumble upon…hope you keep up the great work! :)

  84. Lovin’ some Helen here in the big queen city! :) Remind me of my “cool” grandma and I love it!

  85. love the blog, hope to be just as feisty in another 15 years or so. Wanted to wish to share a message but without an e-mail to send to will try to embed the site instead. If it works pass it on to both lovely ladies.


  86. Hi Margaret, Helen, & Matthew,

    Thanks *so much* for a great blog–great because it’s written so well and is an entertaining, refreshing, smiling liberal voice, and great because it’s a brilliant idea. I know that my own 91 year-old grandmother has a lot to say that I want to remember, so maybe I’ll be able to follow your example…and I *love* the “best friends for sixty years and counting.” I hope that in 50 years (when we’re 85), my best friend Megan and I will do something together that’s “best friends for 80 years and counting.”

    Cheers to your whole team,
    (your newest fan)

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  91. ATTN: Tanya, Becky & any other Nazis who have invaded this lovely blog. You are BATTSCHITT crazy. The Nazi like spelling BATTSCHITT is just for you losers.

  92. I love the broads, I wish more folks had that kind of clear, strong, intelligent voice at ANY age.

    Keep it going until it’s gone – don’t stop, just keep going!


  93. Dear Ladies,

    I don’t know and don’t care if you are actually a real couple of friends. I am just rather desperate for contact with anyone that is not going to scream JESUS at me or threaten to shoot me because I have a Democrat bumper sticker.

    Besides you are often funny!

    I live in a very red state with a very red mentality which translates into “Let’s All Celebrate Stupidity”. I actually have neighbors who have flown their flags at half mast since the inaugeration of Pres. Obama.

    You might like my Blog listed above. PossumPatch is a combo of my farm tales, a rather hysterical and maudlin family history and the political views of a yellow-dog Democrat who remembers too often and too well.

    Thanks for the BLOG. As for why one BLOGS..I blog because I am now 70ish and the houseful of kids that didn’t listen to a word I said has been replaced by the whole danged world!! I think my Possumpatch has four readers but hey!!! They are quality people being my relations.. Keep Writing

  94. Haven’t heard from Helen in so long. Hope that she’s well. We miss her.

  95. Helen, Margaret, we need your sage words of wit and wisdom. Where have you gone? Please be well, and know that you have unknown numbers of childen, grandchildren and great grandchildren willing to be adopted into your families and clear observations. Personally, I need wit against “heartland grit” and wisdom against soundbite.

  96. Thank you to a good friend that sent me here. Got me moving!

  97. Enjoy the political writings of your Grandmother, Matthew. She sure does, as the old expression goes, ‘shoot straight.’

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  102. Hi Matthew, I’m 63 and have been blogging since October 2009. I love the Margaret and Helen site! It’s on my favorite blog links on my website.

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  105. I still smile everytime I log into this blog and read what everyone is doing. Blogging is such a wonderful way to exchange ideas, memories, and just plain fun stories.
    My Grandmother’s best friend lived just down the street from us and I remember them going for walks together every evening.
    Grandma always came home with a smile to share with her grandkids becasue of her friend and their walks.

  106. Wow, I’m going to print this for my my 88-year-old mom to read. You’re great role models. Keep it up!

  107. That’s awesome. I’ve done the same thing for my mom and a friend of hers. It’s called ElderChicks. (www.ElderChicks.com). I love your blog so much we put a link to in on the ElderChicks blog. I hope that’s okay!

  108. To Helen, Margaret, and Matthew,

    Thank you for all your efforts! I can’t get my grandmother anywhere near a computer, so I think I will have to print out some of your columns for her so she can enjoy the laughs. You give all of us some much-needed perspective.


  109. OMG I was linked here by a friend and I LOVE you ladies!

  110. Matthew,

    What a great idea you can up with! We lost our father 03-09-09 at the age of 84, and one of his greatest gifts to his 4 boys was a CD he made for the Library of Congress in the summer of 08.

    Dad was a World War 2 combat vet, and went through some of the worst battles of the European theater. He went in on D-day and fought all across France, Belgium, and Germany. He was involved in the Eber Canal, The Bridge at Remagan, The Liberation of Auschwitz, and the Battle of the Bulge to name just of few of the more well know battles.

    He earned two Bronze Stars for valor, and two purple hearts due to wounds received in combat.

    The reason I mention this are so many people have no idea what treasures our parents and grandparents are. When we lose them, so much is lost if it’s not preserved in some fashion.

    We, (my three brothers and I), could never really get him interested in the computer. Funny, he used to call me all the time to get reference material about some of the battles he participated in. From the web of course.

    Anyway we talked him into participating in the Library of Congress, World War 2 conical project. This is being done with, and for, the “Greatest Generation”, so their stories are not lost in the mists of time. The CD that was made from his conversations with the historian is now one of our greatest treasures.

    Your grandmother, Margaret, and others of that age ARE the greatest generation. They’ve seen so much more then we have, and to lose that wisdom and knowledge is something we can’t afford to do. Like your grandmother, my dad was very outspoken, and had a wonderful sense of humor. At 84, almost 85, he was still sharp as a tack. His body may have finally failed, but never his mind or spirit.

    Reading the posts on this blog bring back many great memories. We only wish dad would have become interested and gotten involved with the cyber age.

    Thank you for giving us your grandmother, and allowing her voice to be heard by many. It’s a gift to all of us and we appreciate it.

    One final thing…Cesar Q, Kiss my skinny, white, 54 year old ass, you freaking moron. Save your Bull-shit for a Fundamentalist, Far Right, Tea-Partying, Neo-Con, Talking in Tongues, complete Ass-Hat blog or site!

    These two ladies are National Treasures, where-as you by comparison are a total ass-hole and completely dead-brain to boot! Go party with Sarah and speak in tongues at that cult church she belongs to, you freaking idiot!

    Sorry Matthew and thanks again for giving us your grandmother and Margaret!


  111. Matthew.

    Your Grandma is great! Thx for sharing her with us.

    Greg Ferrer
    Seattle, WA

  112. I came across this blog looking for information on blogging contests. I’ve only read a few snippets here and there but I have to post this link to my Facebook page. Ladies! You write mah-velous!!!

    I have two blogs. One is called Over A White Picket Fence at http://www.212guernsey.blogspot.com
    and it’s just general musings about some of the things going on in my life.

    My other blog is http://www.11501truth.blogspot.com and I am using it to expose the corruption that exists in the Village of Mineola, in Nassau County NY. I’ve only just touched the surface so far but I am looking to spread this blog far and wide and I need people to become fans. So if you have the chance, please check it out and feel free to comment. But most important, if you feel so inspired, do become a follower!

    God bless you ladies! Keep pounding those keyboards!

    PS: I’m gonna go out on a limb and wish you both a Merry Christmas!

  113. As a courtesy to all sides of the political spectrum, I have provided a brief summary of tonight’s Presidential speech. It hits the highlights and themes sure to be in President Obama’s address to the nation.

    President Obama:

    My election was historic.

    I am smart.

    Bush very very bad.

    Bush no plan.

    I, President Obama, have a very good plan.

    My election was historic.

    (slight pause – TOTUS has a problem)

    The situation in Afghanistan is unprecedented.

    My election was unprecedented….and historic.

    My general demanded help. I have delivered the help I think he needs.

    Good night America, and God Bless me.

  114. No new snow!
    Vacation over! Internet has been working well too.


    Right wingers sure are stupid!!!!! and hateful!!!

    Right wingers are fine with people dieing because they do not have health insurance!

  115. Great post, Cesar Q.

    That is one long vacation, JJ.

  116. You sir, are an idiot and a fool!


  117. It’s funny how many people use the line, “…oh poor Americans spend more than any one on the face of the planet for their healthcare, poor dumb Americans”.

    What they won’t tell you is we spend more on everything else as well, because….we can.

    We as a society live large compared to our more civilized European cousins.

    We have bigger cars, bigger houses, bigger yards, eat bigger meals,….etc.

    We don’t always make the healthiest choices, but that’s our freedom.

    If I want to eat McDonalds everyday, that’s my business. If I end up paying more for healthcare because I need to pay for those special pills to offset the quarter pounders, so be it.

    Bit of advice for you Margaret and Helen,

    Mind your own business you old bags. You know that battleship you old bitties are riding around on? That’s most likely an American battleship that was used to save our more civilized inbred cousins from themselves as they appeased and squirmed uncomfortably while they let mad dogs like Hitler, Mussolini & Tojo have their way in the world, while old burned out pacifists like yourselves cried and cried for restraint, dialogue, and treaties. Oh, that reminds me, you got a reincarnation of Nevill Chamberlain himself sitting in the Whitehouse now, that must make you two very happy.

    Also, I don’t think empty headed old bag ladies like yourselves have anything to teach Sarah Palin or Michele Bachman about the constitution either. Old morons like yourselves would love nothing better than treat the constitution like a chalk board, and make do with whatever crazy schemes you and your ilk can come up with.

    In a way Margaret and Helen, I wish Obamacare would get voted in, but just for you two, the moron twins. And then you can see for yourselves what over 400 billion in medicare cuts will do to your medical services.

    It’s a sad state when people like you two hold any sway in this country, and are determined to bring us down to the level of old Europe, where they don’t matter in the world anymore, where they can’t even defend themselves anymore, and are reliant on uncouth bruts like us Americans to constantly save them from their own foolish mistakes.

    No thanks Margaret & Helen, go ahead and go back to your delusional world of the commune, and share your wealth with each other, but leave us out of your mad ideas..

  118. All my friends and family are about to get your blog address as a holiday gift. They’re tired of reading my blog, so maybe this will be a nice change for them. We could swap: I’ll send your blog out to all my followers and M&G can reciprocate…hey, seems fair to me!

    Thank you! You’re fabulous!

  119. I just started a website with a blog too…..


    Come join the movement….go Grandma’s!

  120. You seriously did inspire me to write my own blog.

    It is all about politics.


    PLEASE come and visit, ladies. It would be an honor.

  121. My mother-in-law (who is very cool) suggested that I check out your blog, and I am glad that I did. I really do need to get more active and political. Your Grandmother’s impressions, humor, and comments are excellent ‘mind material’ for me to chew on. I rank her up there with the ‘New Yorker’ and ‘CNN’! Thanks! I have just recently started experimenting with blogging, and have become hooked. Uh oh.

  122. No blog yet but I am trying. Margaret and Helen are my heroes. I just wish I grow up to be half as cool.

  123. Matthew,
    One of the reasons I enjoy your Grandmother’s blog is that she combines so well her distaste for fools, grifters, and charlatans with a deep love of this country that seems too often in thrall to these very types. During the time your Grandmother and my Mother grew up, women weren’t supposed to have opinions, thoughts, or brains. Fortunately that time has passed, though we still have a long way to go. Common sense is not universal, but it helps all who will listen to it. The best to you this day and always.
    Tom Cannon

  124. Matthew,

    I told everyone who reads my blog about your grandmother’s blog, although I may have misidentified her. I love that these women have maintained a friendship for so long and have so much common sense to pass along. I wish President Obama would appoint them as advisors to his cabinet. A “Common Sense Commission” perhaps?

    If Margaret and Helen are ever in Northern California, the drinks are on me!

  125. I think if Margaret and Helen could have mated I am their long lost child….I am enamored by strong women as these…missing my Grandmother, knowing her blog would be just as wonderful.


  126. Check out my friends blog in honor of her 7th decade.


  127. Matt, you’re a good grandson, and I hope someday to have one just like you. And your grandmother is a peach – pretty much the only lady my mom’s age who can make me holler, “Hell, YES!” especially after the dogs have gone to sleep… (It’s risky business, hollering after the bedtime of two spoiled rotten rat terriers who are, at least functionally speaking, your basic three-year-old kids.)

    You might want to pass my blog along – CynthiaC54.blogspot.com. Margaret and Helen are bookmarked there, as well as some other interesting folks. Love to have you all drop by!

  128. Dear Margaret & Helen,
    I have enjoyed so much reading your recent blogs because it’s a wonderful change from what passes for civil and reflective “discourse” here in Savannah, Georgia. I’m retired Army and I was the City Manager for Tybee Island (Savannah’s beach resort), so I’ve developed a thick hide, but the aggressive ignorance here has been wearing. I write a column for The Tybee News called “Over The Horizon,” so I’ve got a chance to reflect on events affecting Tybee and the nation. I’ll be checking your blog out on a regular basis; Molly Ivins took a level headed look at the world and I miss her. I don’t know if you’re familiar with the educator John W. Garner, but your blogs seem inspired by one of his quotes: “I sometimes think that history might easily say about this nation: It was a great nation full of talented people with enormous energy who forgot that they needed one another.” Ladies, my best to you and good blogging!!

  129. I was just introduced to Grandma Helen’s blog and I’ll be reading it regularly from now on. Matthew, you’ve given new life to the phrase “respect your elders”. If more people thought and spoke with the same clarity and wisdom as Helen, I’d argue less about that phrase. I never knew my grandmothers, but this is exactly how I envisioned a really wonderful one. Helen, if you don’t mind, I’m adopting you as my grand-blog-ma!

  130. Its all new to me but it great fun reading everyones blog

  131. What a fantastic blog, and an inspiring friendship! Helen and Margaret (and their many fans) might enjoy a website I write for, all about sisterhood, in its many incarnations (“real” sisters, sister-friends, and so on.) I hope you’ll check it out.

    The Sister Project

  132. Well done all! I have been a faithful follower since last year. I laugh and enjoy it all.

  133. Thankyou for creating a space for these wonderful women. I laughed til I cried. I hope they value each other’s friendship as it is very rare.

  134. Thank you – it makes me smile and laugh out loud. I loved hanging out with my grandmother but unfortunately she passed before I finished college. She was great about just saying things as she saw them including a touch of foul language. Margaret and Helen you don’t only make me laugh you warm my heart as I read your post.

    Much Aloha

  135. Love this, love them. Margaret doesn’t say much, but her personality shines through Helen’s words to her and in her rare responses. This blog shows how older people can revel in the power of the Internet better than anyone. And, seriously, I have never seen a better opening photo than the two of them in their motorized chairs — perfect.

  136. I just discovered this brilliant blog. Now, I will probably going to drop out of school, because while I’m about to read EVERY SINGLE entry on this page. OMG, they are so funny. This is how I want to be in another 50 years! Love it – thanks!

  137. M & H -

    Thank you for your fantastic contribution to the internet. My grandma spoke in a manner much in the same vein as the two of you. She helped to raise me with a quick wit and a sharp tongue for idiocy wherever it reared its ugly head.

    Thank you very much for bringing your wit and wisdom into the public eye, for both the public’s and my own benefit.


  138. Margaret and Helen are just wonderful! Keep up the wonderful work!

    Matthew – thank you for encouraging them to blog. I only wish this technology had been available when my grandmother was still alive.

    Ladies, again I want to thank you for the wonderful reading material!

  139. This is the best idea ever! I only wish my grandmother knew what a computer was. In this day of social networking and blogging, it’s refreshing to see the “older” generation take part in something us “whippersnappers” enjoy so much. So I say to you Margaret and Helen…thank you for your wit and humor. From my corner of the world, your outlook is damn enjoyable.

  140. this blog is hilarious! i love grandma humor.

  141. Thanks, Matthew, you’re awesome!! I volunteer in the Mountain View Historical Association (Ca.) and am trying to encourage our members to do oral history, whether it be a written short story, a recorded remembrance, or a video recording of them. Everyone has a story; everyone has history; its so important, not to mention entertaining. So thank you, thank you for getting your grandma going (though from the sounds of it, it didn’t take too much coaxing. She’s a real ham!! Lucky you; luck us!!)

  142. This blog is priceless. I got the link from a freind of mine and we are really enjoying it in Denmark. Wisdom and loads of humor. Reading this blog can really save the day and put a huge smile on my face.

  143. Oops! Guess I should have left my blog website address in the message’s text. It is:

    I will also add that I am a 77 year old Grandpa and one of my four sons runs a webhosting service as a spare time activity. He set up my blog at WordPress.com also.

  144. Matthew, you do indeed have a cool Grandma. I have been reading her blog for over a year and enjoying her wit, humor and insight.

  145. This is the most fun I’ve had (reading-wise) in ages. Just discovered the site and am loving it. As a resident of Maine, I am so glad that Margaret is now “one of us”. I have several long-time friends with whom I stay in close contact with now via internet. I just hope that our friendship lasts as long as Margaret and Helen’s has. Cheers to them and to you!

  146. Matthew
    I’m only a year younger than your grandmother so I have a good idea how she sees things, – honestly and without a lot of bullhockey tossed into the mix. I’ve been a blogger for many years, actually started when they were called discussion groups or webrings. When they first started they were filled with so much mindless blather that I was bold enough to predict that they would go out of business. Unfortunately I didn’t count on the low expectations of the blogger class.
    Mostly I’ve stuck with political blogs but they have become completely predictable and practically uninformative. I’ve been on Huffpost pretty much since it started but am about to give it up because it is essentially unmonitored and the whackos have taken it over. There are so many idiots taking one-line pot shots at other idiots that it is almost worthless because the actual subject gets lost in the flurry of insults.
    But since redsicovering your site, I think I might be around for a while.

  147. good job, Matthew!

  148. All the best to the grand mothers! Great blog! :D Came here from WP home page!

  149. This is great. I thought about getting my grandparents a blog before, but they don’t have a computer (at least one that doesn’t require 5 1/2 floppies and runs off basic). Once again this is awesome.

  150. HEEELP! how do I get the responses to stop coming into my mailbox?????

  151. I absolutely LOVE this blog and am always a little disappointed on the days when I log in and don’t see an update. Sigh….

    The comedian Louis Black said about blogging: “ Blogging is like masturbating into a mirror while you videotape yourself so you can watch it later while you masturbate. ”

  152. A friend sent me the link to your blog, specifically your book review of the DAnn Coulter book. Yep, I typed DAnn because I think this is a man dressed as a woman. S(He) not only has huge feet but has an Adam’s apple to match!

    I posted a link to your book review and a friend immediately came back and accused me of doing this blog! My name happens to be Margaret and my friend thought I was pulling a fast one by posting as Helen! LOL Don’t I wish I had Helen’s talent!

    The part that made my friend think it was me was the blog entry entitled “Kiss my 83 year old ass”! LMAO! I am 65 and one of my favourite comments is “Kiss my ample ass”! I hope I can write something so inspiring when I am 83!

    I do have a blog:
    http://grandmamaggies.blogspot.com/ and a web site: http://www.ProudLiberalBitch.com (seriously in need of an update)

    I admit that I did both to antagonize some nasty repugs! Now that they are being so nasty to President Obama I will be updating them very soon. Both will have a link to your blog.

    Love your blog!

  153. Hmm, very cognitive post.
    Is this theme good unough for the Digg?

  154. Margaret and Helen, I want to be your friends too! Thanks for sharing your “friendship” with all of us.

  155. This is one of the most unique blogging ideas I have ever seen. And the banter is priceless. Keep it up ladies!

  156. Hey ya reddirt! I know you from my place!

    Thank you, Matthew, for your brain child here. It was good one. I’m new today and will sign up for getting new posts delivered fresh.

    I started my blog so I wouldn’t be so lazy and getting all my exercise from just shootin’ my mouth off. I decided to move my fingers instead. That way, everyone can know what I think forever. Even if they’d like to forget. Especially my children.

    So drop by anytime at:
    http://www.robynnsravings.blogspot.com/ This might be a fun post for you:


    Thanks for my belly laugh today. Can’t wait to share this with others. I thought maybe I was the only one feeling fed up with Ann’s voluminous venting of vitriol!

  157. I am a Helen, albeit only a 64 year old Helen and I do have a blog. I have a few stories, but I don’t know that I am anywhere near as funny as your wonderful grandmother.

    Thank you for allowing us to enjoy your grandmother’s wonderful sense of humor. It gives me, as a Helen, a height to strive for…

    Helen G. a/k/a:


  158. Matthew, your grandmother’s wit is evident in her posts so I can see why you want to preserve examples of it in a blog.

    My website started as a means to promote my novel STAY SAFE, BUDDY (A Story of Humor and Horror During the Korean War). However, it has evolved into more of a listing of “Helpful Hints” that I find here and there but mostly on the Internet. For example I posted this subject today: “How to Save $50.00 per Day.”

    Thanks for providing the means for us to enjoy the wit of your grandmother and her lifelong friend.


  159. Dear Matthew,

    First, thank you for what you have done here. What a gift to us all.

    Second, I have edited and will soon have published a book titled “I Didn’t Get Old Being Stupid!” It’s a collection of true short stories about profound learning experiences from all stages of life written entirely by self-described Elders. The book’s subtitle really tells it all: Directions For Life’s Journey From Folks Who’ve Made The Trip.

    I’d love to have a story in there from Helen. I have tried to invite her to contribute, but I don’t know if my e-mail ever reached her. I will certainly respect any decision she makes regarding participation in the project. Could you please forward this note to the correct location for her to read it?

    Anyone who cares to can get an overview of the book by visiting elders-wisdom.com (don’t forget the dash). There are some sample stories there that are worth the visit just on their own, I promise.

    Thanks, again.

    Frank Miles
    Valley Glen, CA

  160. I’ve been reading the posts for a few months and I love these two ladies. You have proven true to your name Matthew and you are a gift from God!

    Thank you for all that you do and putting these two classy ladies on their own blog! I just love their common sense and humor. Ya rock my friend.

    Worcester, MA
    Papamoka Straight Talk


  161. I don’t know if I have a specific “Helen” – per se. But I do like to share some quips with the world.


  162. A big thumb’s up to “the girls.” I’ve just turned fifty and hoping I’m learning to be as outspoken as much a “Helen-Wheels” as your grandma when I catch up to her age (she doesn’t seem to be getting any older). I was mad enough to spit nails when Sarah Palin came on the scene, and it prompted me to include one of the few political posts on my blog too (not nearly as humorously or well-written as Helen’s). If that blasted woman did nothing else, she DID bring us all together. You could go to “Helen-Back” and not find another (thank goodness!) I was afraid we were headed to “Helen A Handbasket” for a while, but thanks to good senses of humor like your Granny, we got through it. Hugs from Alabama,
    “Ms. Bobbyesox”

  163. I just have to agree with all the positive responses here.
    Like a lot of people on here, I am starting a blog myself. I’m one of those outspoken Grandma’s too…and I’m sure one grandson will be really shocked when he gets the link to MY blog….LOL…

    Thanks to all of you for your openess and insight. President Obama will be a LARGE part of MY blog…how I see him, his wife, his grandma, his darling girls…he changed my life in 2004…I KNEW then that he would be OUR PRESIDENT!

    Think I will put in some ideas on volunteering..cause before 2004, that’s the LAST thing I ever would have done…found a good cause/person/platform, and have never veered from that direction.

    Thanks again…

  164. I do want to thank the creator or “World Press” for making possible the format that allows ordinary people to start blogs. A story about him today in USA Today was interesting. He sure made Helen and Margaret possible. One of my favorite things to do is visit this site, which, I am sure, millions treasure as I do. So, thanks again!

  165. I’m going to start a blog today, thanks to you. Your suggestion of starting a blog as a scrapbook on a computer made sense to me. My theme will be my marriage and my husbands trials and turmoils of dealing with Rheumatoid Arthritis. Wish me luck.

  166. cool blog, peace from Sydney Australia

  167. This is so cool. Grandmothers are great, but we wern’t born that way. !! Thanks Lucas.

  168. I want to join in.

  169. This blog is a bright spot in my life!

  170. rock star. i’m sending this page to my grandmother – an equally cool woman of wisdom. maybe she will see that she could do this too!


  171. Nothing cures the ills of cancer like laughter. This blog will cure me quicker than any medicine could have!

    Thanks to Matthew for getting this going and Thanks to Helen and Margaret for sharing!

  172. I just happened to stumble across this blog and I love it. It is so good to read and actually be able to laugh and have fun with the content.

    I am also a grandmother and I have a blog at
    http://yellow6347.wordpress.com. I think it is good to leave our memories for our children.

    Come on over…Brenda

  173. I enjoy reading your take on things. I have a blog and post on politics, news and just anything that happens to cross my mind. Sometimes it is my words, sometimes I use others.

    Come visit anytime.


  174. Wonderful — I love it!

    I have a 93 year old friend who has a blog too. She is an artist and author (working on her third book) and is so inspiring.

    Her blog, where she gives art lessons, is at


    You can link to her website from there too…

    Especially liked the blog about Prop 8. Right on!

  175. Just discovered Margaret and Helen a few days ago and I was laughing so hard I was near tears and wheezing – they are just hilarious and wonderful – just the way you’d expect best friends to be! I’m going to be checking this blog daily for updates because it’s so much fun! Matthew, thanks for setting up this blog because it’s a gem!

  176. My grandmother was named Helen and my mother is named Margaret! I think this will make my mom like technology. YAY!

  177. On my father’s 80th birthday, I bought him a computer. He went to the local community college to learn the basics and just had a blast. It was wonderful emailing with him. He passed away in 1999, sharp as a tack at 84 and I miss him (and his emails!) very much.

  178. Hi Matthew I just discovered your grandmother’s blog today via a link. I am 73 and have been blogging now for almost two years.

    When my mother died I felt there were so many things I never learned about her and now I could not even ask. So I decided that I would write a blog that perhaps my two children might be interested in after I am gone. Neither of them read it now.

    It is called Nobody Important and that’s the truth but I think of it as places I’ve been, things I do/did and hopefully they will be of interest to my children and maybe even a few more people. Somehow it ended up as so much more, although I don’t blog about politics but I do blog about books on occasion.

    I started it off myself, with the help of a book and online research and have learned as I went along. I never hesitated to ask someone and bloggers are amazingly helpful people. Somehow I even ended up as a the administrator of a group of international bloggers so it has been an interesting experience.

    Not only that but through blogging I met someone who got me interested in Second Life, a virtual world where I also spend a lot of time. I rent a house there and attend lectures and poetry readings and find it a fascinating place.

    I think your grandmother is a very admirable person and it is great that she has so much verve and she has something interesting to say to more than your family. I’m very glad I found her blog and will add it to my bloglines feed.

    jmb of http://nobodyimportant-jmb.blogspot.com/

  179. Love the blog! What a grandma!

    With your expertise, why not set up a site giving us all the opportunity to help Rove out with his new book which promises to “name names” of all of the people who didn’t support Bush when the supreme court decided he won the election. You could help Rove save research costs by allowing us to sign our names up. Might add a few more pages to his book though.

  180. Great ladies….great words. The blog is funny, refreshing, and honest. I love it.


  181. I love it! Great Blog G’mas!

    I blog about our family as to capture it while we can:


  182. “I would be thrilled to have either (or both!) of these ladies as my grandmother. Are either of them open to adopting a middle-aged lesbian?”


    Hey, here’s a fund-raising idea…H&M could start a “Virtual Grandma” website, where granny-less people could sign up to be grannied by professional grandmas, like H&M.

    If the virtual grannies didn’t want to make any money off of it, they could “charge” a donation to their favorite charity.

    Just an idea…

  183. Great stuff. Thank the Lord you good folks didn’t vote for her.



  184. I just love this. You remind me of my own Mom who was Italian-American (but born in NY). If there was something to be said, she said it, and if you did not like what she said ‘then you needed to hear it’…

    Just wonderful, !

  185. awesome blog! keep it up and come visit! http://cre8tivegirl.blogspot.com/

  186. Matthew,

    Looks like your grandma has riled a few hate-mongers w/ her spot-on, speak-the-truth, call-a-dog-a-dog comments. We may need you to monitor, delete, & block a few of the more hateful commenters….you know, the dittoheads and Caribou-Barbie-Worshipers who spew hatefulness, hurtfulness, and deviseness.

    Thanks for helping us keep this blog a place for thoughtful reading & insightful commenting rather than a place for spewing bigotry, racism, and hate.

    As Helen has graciously stated in the past, even idiots are welcome to post comments here – but there’s no need for the likes of swittersb, history chaser, indievoter, dan, and all their troll-buddies to come here and spew hate.

  187. This is a hoot and a half. I’m going to make my grandma a blog, and when she gets mad at me, I’m going to point her over here.

    thanks for the laughs!

  188. Why blog? Because I love it! I’ve recently become wrapped up in the world of blogs.
    I have one entry in my digital art blog, I’d love Margaret and Helen to see…


    plus my new blog on working at an Assisted Living facility. I just started it–only one entry to date…..


  189. http://www.pursuitofHappinessYoga.com Blog

  190. I would be thrilled to have either (or both!) of these ladies as my grandmother. Are either of them open to adopting a middle-aged lesbian?

    In fact, it is my goal now to be this kind of “cool” granny one day. I’ve got to get my son working on this …

    Keep it up, ladies!

  191. I’ve loved every blog I’ve read so far. Thanks for sharing your insights and wisdom. Seems often times that common sense and getting to the root of an issue is too complicated for most people. I blog on a disabled site and have run into this too often. Comprehension seems to be the biggest problem. People read but they don’t comprehend.

    Thanks to you also Matthew. I lost both my grandmothers when I was very young. I don’t want to adopt yours but I do thank you for “lending” her and Margaret to all of us.

  192. I am a Helen –and just found this blog.. and love it!

  193. I am Helen Philpot too… and I think that maybe we might be the same person given our opinions and writing are so similar… did you time travel… or maybe me?

  194. my grandmother passed away in 2005 but Helen, your voice, it reminds me of her and I love you for it! Thank you.

  195. Dear Margaret and Helen:

    thank you so much for writing as you do.
    You have inspired me to start a blog of my own with wordpress and I am having such a good time!
    So much to get off my chest, this is way better than therapy!

    Regarding the real estate agent who made a lot of money until two years ago: it is amazing that he has not connected the dots…his making a lot of money, along with banks who did not do their homework and financial institutions who packaged and sold wothless paper, was a direct cause of the demise of the housing and financial markets! Does he not understand that had he and a lot of other people made a little less money then, he would probably be able to hold on to his job now? Does he not know that the Republican administration was directly involved in believing that a completely unregulated market would regulate itself and not falter? Not that Democrats are blameless, but what planet is this man living on if he does not understand how the first 6 years of Bush contributed to the last two years?
    I just do not get these people…

    There, I got it off my chest…

    With affection and admiration,

    Beatrice Imperiali
    New York City

  196. OHMIGOD, thank you so much for being perfectly you. I just found you this morning, and truly, you have brought me a smile from ear to ear today. Ubnbelievable. What I would do to sit at YOUR Thanksgiving table! Thanks again.

  197. Oh, damn. http://musingandrambling.wordpress.com/

  198. It took quite a while, and there’s no need to hurry over since site is still “under construction.” But thanks for giving me a kick in the butt to do this.

  199. I just came across your blog today for the first time and am loving it. It really is a great idea; I moved abroad to Japan 2 years ago and really would have loved to get something like this started with my own friends but I doubt it would have taken off like this. Good for Margaret and Helen and good for you for loving them enough to help them stay in touch.

  200. Delicious idea!
    Deliciously smart Grandson!
    Two Delicious Ladies!
    Delicious Blog!

    I’m 70, an author, I live in France, and think I’ll join you gals every day.
    My the Sun shine on your shoulders,

  201. [...] Helen’s grandson makes a fine case for starting your own blog. [...]

  202. My best friend just forwarded me this link with nothing but “Look! It’s future US!” I had to check it out — and I agree! Hillary and I have only been best friends for 12 years now, so we’re new at this comparatively, but we hope for another 80 – 90 thousand years…

    Thanks so much for sharing. <3

  203. Helen and Margaret’s Blog just made the Nov 2nd “Blog of the Week” list in the San Francisco Chronicle.

    Congratulations to you Matthew for setting it up. Your grandmother is a “Light in in the wilderness” of politics. I am grateful I took the time to check it out. Like many, it makes this 65 year old grandmother consider that blogging might be a good way to share a legacy of ideas and stories for my “grands” who are age 3 and 5.

    Matthew, Helen and Margaret – Thank you from the bottom of my heart. “Live well and prosper!”

  204. Nice goin’, Matthew!
    Margaret and Helen are fabulous. Thank You for having ut together the great technology of blogging, and their great wisdom. I started a blog for my mother, and couldn’t get her to contribute to it regularly. Do you have any suggestions?


  205. Thank you to Matthew for getting Margaret and Helen’s blog up and running.

    I lost my grandmother ten years ago, but I still miss her humor and her giving nature.

    Here’s our blog that Obama helped inspire. We are hoping to list it here and get others involved as well.


    Also, since I turned my partner on to Helen’s writing, I suddenly have competition for his affections.

    Lori and Ben

  206. Matthew:

    This is such an innovative way to honor your grandmother and to preserve her abundant gifts of wit and wisdom.

    And what’s even better is that she’s willing to share herself with the world.

    Your grandmother’s words “fill me up;” sometimes making me laugh, sometimes making me cry, but always leaving me feeling better than I did moments before I read her latest post.

    What a great family! Thank you all, so much!

  207. Hello Helen & Margaret — Wonderful site – I found you thanks to http://www.feministing.com and I love your sarcasm and wit! YOU ROCK!

  208. What a brilliant idea! Oh, how I wish I’d have thought of this before my beloved Father passed away. BUT…I still have my Mom.

    As soon as I read this post, I called her (she’s in Atlanta) and I’m in the midwest. I asked her if she’d be willing to get her thoughts/opinion and ideas out on the internet and her answer was an immediate YES!

    She has a computer, yet, doesn’t have anyone close that can help her navigate through WordPress. So, I told her if she can just email her thoughts/opinions/stories, etc…to me, I’ll get it up and running.

    To simply say thank you for such a wonderful idea is an understatement of vast proportions.

    Kindest Regards,


  209. Matthew you did a great thing for your cool Grandma and you did a great thing we readers. I’m so thankful to have seen the link on Andrew Sullivan’s blog. This is my favorite new blog and I’ve shared the link on my blog and with all my friends. I share your Grandma’s ideology on politics but even my right wing friends have gotten a kick out of reading the blog. -Jim in Atlanta

  210. Matthew,

    your grandmother is awesome and so is Helen!! Thank you so much for sharing them with us. JuneauJoe is right: they are a national treasure.

    Here’s what I did today after discovering your blog (thank you Andrew Sullivan): I emailed a bunch of people with your link, I posted your blog on my Facebook page and i joined the Margaret and Helen fan page on Facebook. I’m thrilled that you’re catching on.

    I wish my grandmother Beatrice were still here. Here’s one of her sayings which I live by: “I’ve never been ashamed to know something and I’ve never been proud to not know something.” Maybe you could get M&H to tighten that up.

  211. Ann the thinking woman in Oregon. I agree with you 100% he is angry I do not want an angry leader. He has not worked out his war time problems if he ever can. He scares me. He woudl push the botton if he could and we all would be gone.

  212. THIS SITE IS GREAT!!! A co-worker sent it to me and I laughed so hard . She (the co-worker) said this reminded her of me. (blush) But I have said abotut he same thing about Sara. She has not done a good job on her daughter or be close to her. NOt learning even in Alsaka to use protection , that is just plain stupid. Her running mate and her willhave lots of time to sit around and figure out were they went wrong.
    Vie keep it going ( 66 years young also)

  213. My Aunt Helen passed away 2 years ago. She was a very funny person who lived a very rich life and was very fiesty. I like to think she would have loved to meet your Gramma and Margaret. I can hear them laughing together now.

    What a great idea, Matthew.

  214. I just discovered your website or blog, or whatever it’s called. Love love love it!!!

    Here is some food for thought. I’m a physician who treats patients who are injured in auto accidents. In addition to their back and neck injuries, many of them have what we call “mild traumatic brain injuries” (MTBI). Some of them recover almost completely, but some of them are never quite the same. It’s not uncommon for such a patient so say, “I just got stupid”.

    If a patient has had more than one MTBI, the affect is not additive, it is exponential. Each new brain trauma multiplies the deficits of the previous injury.

    So why am I bringing this up. Well, my patients have only been injured in auto accidents. Bad enough, God knows.

    Now let’s look at John McCain’s health history. I’m not talking about his recurrent Multiple Myeloma. I’m talking about his MULTIPLE TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURIES (MTBI). After all, he crashed jets–at least 4 of them, maybe 6. The last crash in Viet Nam was the biggie. Even broke his leg and both arms. Can’t imagine that he escaped that crash without a significant brain injury. Make sense?

    And then, there are his 5 years at the Hanoi Hilton. I don’t know how often he was tortured. Let’s give him a pass and say that it was only 1 time a month for 5 years. That would be 60…let me repeat…SIXTY savage beatings. I seriously doubt that there was a rule that said, Beat a prisoner anywhere you like, but spare the head. So we can assume that John, God help him, was beaten unconscious at least 60 times during that 5 years. That would constitute 60 TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURIES, on top of those caused by the jet crashes. On top of the 1964 car crash in which (it is whispered) someone in the car with him was fatally injured. He was taken to the Navy hospital with serious injuries. Another MTB!?

    Medical literature has a description of people with multiple traumatic brain injures. They are impulsive, emotionally unstable, quick to flash to anger and suffer with anxiety and depression. They also have a hard time multi-tasking. I guess that’s why John had to leave the campaign trail so he could “concentrate” on the financial crisis in Washington that he helped to create… He couldn’t do TWO THINGS at the same time. Under extreme conditions of stress, multitasking is almost impossbile for someone with multiple MTBI’s. Being President might be just a little stressful. Ya think??

    McCain’s reputation precedes him. He is the poster child for people with multiple MTBI’s.
    So if you want to keep calling John McCain an ass, be my guest. But I give you permission (not that you needed it or asked for it…) to call him a BRAIN INJURED ASS. That is actually a more accurate and medically correct label. And in my medical opinion, that makes him even more dangerous than George Doubya. And that’s sayin’ something.
    And don’t get me started on Ms. Alaskan Barbie…
    Thanks for listening. I feel better already.

  215. (What I mean by “I had a Helen” was that my grandmother’s name was Helen.)

  216. Well, I had a Helen in my life, but Sarah Palin looks like an intelligent, thoughtful individual compared to her…

  217. [...] 30 October 2008 .. like scrapbooking with a computer. [...]

  218. This blog is great. I’m a member of Birth Pangs, and we have some strong opinions regarding Sarah Palin too.

    Just out of curiosity, I was wondering why there were no posts archived here at Margaret and Helen from December 2007 to September 2008?

  219. Matthew,
    Three years ago I got my mother to use the internet, which was tantamount to teaching the Amish to fly the space shuttle.

    She was bombarded with porno pop-ups and terrified of the web! LOL

    I’ll get her back online someday. She’d be a great blogger.

    Thank you for bringing you grandmoms online! I love reading them!

  220. Dolores – “there’s a place in hell for women who don’t support other women” I’m guessing based on the nasty things you said to Helen that you are “supporting” the woman named Palin in the name of supporting all women. For me women, as members of the human race, are a wonderful mix of ideas and actions. Your requirement of supporting any woman just because she is a woman is asking me to abdicate our sex’s membership in that larger human race group – which is sort of sexist don’t you think?

    You mention a paper by Michelle Obama – first I’ve heard of it why don’t you post link. Isn’t she a woman? Maybe she doesn’t count as one for you due to her race? Does not supporting her mean you’ll spend eternity in hell?

    What if we just deal with Ms. Palin and Helen – hmm here we have two women with different ideas and attitudes. How do I know which one I should “support” to keep myself out of hell? Or do you not view Helen as a woman due to her age? I do, I’m proud to support her and have no worries about the after life. Helen and I will be OK as she lives in TX not FL and I live in CA – both have dry heat (like hell) and we all know what a brain stopper humidity is.

    Thanks again Matthew and Helen!

  221. I’m the managing editor for a blog known as “The Moderate Voice.” My wife loved your blog so much, she pointed it out to me. In turn, earlier today we sent a little blog love (and hopefully traffic, at least one new reader) your way. Link here:
    http://themoderatevoice.com/at-tmv/take-a-peek/23857/not-moderate-but-very-funny/. Keep up what you’re doing. Your voices are remarkably refreshing.

  222. If Sarah Palin is a bitch, what do you call Michele Obama whose college thesis was a rant against the white race. Obviously your age is destroying your ability to judge people of true character, and you have chosen to go down the path of the uninformed, lying left. Try to organize your brain cells and remember that there is a place in hell for women who do not support other women. Of course, living in Florida, you should have no problem dealing with the heat when you get there.

  223. Why’d you erase our comment?

  224. My mother has a blog you might enjoy reading: Momma’s Corner.

    Keep up the good work!

  225. HELEN/OBAMA ’08!

    I’m in love.

  226. Thank you so much for getting your grandma blogging. I was just introduced to her blog from another cyberspace blogger friend. Oh my goodness! She is absolutely wonderful. I LOVE IT and have added her to my Favorites list. I’m going to read her everyday.


  227. Man, I wish this had been around when my grandmothers were still alive. Helen reminds me of my grandma Block. I would have loved to see what she would have written about this election.
    Great job, I love the blog, my husband and I both get a kick out of your posts.
    My husband has his own political blog
    and I just started my own with my friend Chris

    Hope I have as much fun as it seems these ladies do!

  228. I came via Kenju above and am thrilled to find a blog so witty, funny and irreverant! I am 61 and love blogging and meeting bloggers online. You are a good grandson to give your grandmother such a wonderful gift!

  229. I’m a dork, that was the wrong address. Apparently my blog name and another are very close. Try this one. And, I still love your blog.


  230. I love your blog. I hope you’ll stop by mine.

  231. A friend just sent me the link to your blog, and I love it already! I’ve been blogging for about 4 years now and I recommend it for everyone!

  232. matthew – you are one right on young man and boy do i wish there were more like you! your inspiration for your grandmother hasn’t just kept her young, it’s keeping a lot of others young AND bringing some half-dead folks back to life. i live in austin and in my top 100 things to do before i die is to meet you and your family! you rock!
    54 next week and hope to have the best birthday present EVER on the 4th of nov.

    p.s. where is YOUR blog?

  233. Matthew, I wanted to let you know I found your site on Rosie O’Donnell’s blog :)
    Way to go. I have not laughed this much in a long time.
    Love to the Grandma’s!!

  234. Keep it up. Matthew, Helen/Margaret…

  235. Good job Matthew. Greetings from Singapore. Do Harald and Howard read this blog?

  236. How about … I AM a grandmother, and I started my own blog back in July! Nothing like Helen’s, but no one is!! (I LOVE your blog, Helen, and thanks to Matthew for helping you get started!)

    I am communications central for the South Coast of Big Sur, California, and we have had a horrific Summer of Fire. My blog primarily covers that, and in 4 months of blogging, I have had 45K hits — nothing like Helen, but I agree, it is easy, and creates a living history record.

    My blog is:


  237. Well done Matthew.

    I’m definitely doing my share to spread the word about your grandma’s blog bc it is seriously entertaining. I actually wrote a blog post the other night featuring your grandma in a post title How you Know Blogs are Here to Stay. If this blog isn’t a testament to blogs I don’t know what is.

    Here’s the post I wrote about your g. in case you’re interested.


    Keep it up Helen, this is good stuff!

  238. Dear Matthew,

    thank you for introducing Helen and Margaret to the world. I want to be just as feisty, naughty and funny as they are when I grow up.

    Trudi Brown (aged 34 and a half)

  239. I discovered your grandma’s blog yesterday, featured on WordPress. She is my idol. What a great sense of humor. I am trying to put her on my links, for my blog (I’m 60) htttp://savanvleck.wordpress.com I’ll get it to stick in there yet.

    I started a blog for my mother, featuring her poetry. She is 86 and still writing, but does get confused about blogging. The thing is, she really gets a kick out of people commenting on her poetry; so I post a poem every day and she can check it and see the comments: She is at: http://padairvanvleck.wordpress.com

  240. Oh, and I forgot to write it out, but my site is: http://politicalmorsels.com

  241. Matthew, Glad you yanked that Nasty Thing’s post. Yank mine in response they don’t need to be here now.

    Thanks for watching out for your grandma. And thanks again for sharing her with the rest of us.

  242. I only discovered the blog last weekend through WordPress, and boy am I glad I found it. Bless your heart Matthew for bringing this amazing talent to the world. I want to be just like her when I grow up! (I’m only 66 and counting.) I discovered blogging nearly two years ago, and while I intended it to be a little hobby, it’s become far more. I tried to quit but couldn’t stay away. While my blog pales by comparison, I’d love Helen & Margaret to know I’ve included a link to their blog in my sidebar blogroll at: http://wintersong.wordpress.com

  243. I save Helen’s blog until the end of the day-makes me go to bed giggling and happy. After the election,PLEASE publish her blogs in a BOOK. It will sell and bring laughter into so many lives.Will this blog continue after the election?

  244. Hi Matthew-
    My grandma is 104 and very feisty and fun – she lives in her own apartment, is very independent, and takes very good care of herself (nails perfect, never let her hair get gray!, fashionable). She’s really an inspiration. Feisty is good!!!

    My 76 year old mom has her own political blog (she never blogged before this election – or should I say before Sarah Palin was nominated).


    I’m so glad you taught your grandma how to blog – I taught my mom as well!

  245. [ Note from Matthew: eskimo, you are free to leave your comments - good and bad - if you wish, but not on this page of the blog. This page has a specific purpose. Feel free to repeat your message on an appropriate post commentary. Thank you.]

  246. I don’t know why I’m listed as anonymous…obviously need a tutorial from you about sending comments to a blog :)

  247. Thank you for teaching your Grandmother how to give a virtual shout out! She must be very proud of you.

  248. NICE IDEA

  249. Matthew, you’re awesome for putting these ladies online. My Mom, 63 but not a grandmother yet, also blogs. Hers is at http://www.connyvandyke.com
    Bronson Page

  250. Matthew, thanks for the info. As I was reading this blog, I wanted to start my own for my far-flung family. It’s better than communicating with one person at a time. When I get it set up, I will definitely post my link; although, I don’t think it will be nearly as insightful or entertaining as your grandmother’s blog.

  251. Matthew,

    Thank you so much for starting this blog for your Grandma and her friend. Your grandma and Margaret have got to be the hippest coolest grandmas in history. I only hope I can be even half as cool with my grand children and leave them as a wonderful legacy. Thanks!!!

  252. This is a great blog. Reminds me of my own grandmother

  253. A friend of mine gave me your address. She thought you sounded like my grandmother, whom I misse dearly. She was right…I absolutely love coming here, it is nice to know there are people out there who sound like her.

  254. Hey Matthew,

    Thank you for getting your Grandma Helen into the blogosphere. Clear writing that is also funny is so rare it’s great to be able to read it! For those of us who don’t have the joy of still having grandparents in our lives it’s an extra treat. Maybe you could set up a spot for some pie recipes too!

    BTW what is it with Helens? My grandma was one too and also fiesty. My favorite story is pre-pre my birth. My grandfather was involved in getting the autoworkers union going in their city and some “guys” were sent to dissuade him from this by using a car to break both his legs. Gaga Helen spent that night sitting on the porch with an axe in her lap and I know if they’d been stupid enough to show up at the house I’d have an even better story to tell!

    Love your Helen everyone, tell her that you do and hug her as often as you can that’s something you’ll never regret!

  255. Matthew…Thank you for blessing and inspiring us all by starting this blog! Thank you for having the wisdom and insight to recognize and cherish your grandmother’s wit, wisdom, humor, and value!

    I wish Margaret and Helen two more decades of health, happiness, friendship, joy…and political commentating!

  256. Matthew-
    Thanks for getting your grandmother and Margaret to blog. Helen’s a hoot. A friend in FL send me the site and I sent it on to almost everyone in my address book-primarily in the NE but also to CA, AZ, CO and AK.
    BTW, a new study that has come out says that seniors who use the Internet are more likely to stay mentally sharp longer. (I’m 64.)

  257. The beauty of blogging is that we can all be enlightend by Helen, Matthew and Margaret’s wonderful spirits and devilish humor….. you all made my day!
    I’m going to start a blog myself… .TODAY!

    THANK YOU and Cheers!

  258. Thank You very much for getting Helen and Margaret to blog. This blog is a national treasure!

    I am so pleased that I and many that I know, can have access to the brilliance of your grandmother.

    Thank you Matthew

  259. http://tubbotwins.wordpress.com

  260. Matthew-
    Thank you for getting your grandmother blogging!!! Neither of my grandmothers would (will) even touch a computer.

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