Here in my hometown of Rochester, New York…interviewing kin, taking copious HILARIOUS notes, and drinking coffee out of the same HEAVY restaurant cup that my immigrant great-grandfather, Augustino Cipro, used to use as a shaving mug in the early part of the last century. I am LITERALLY drinking him in…as I am drinking him in.
Goddamn…time and life are just BRILLIANT. This journey is SO MUCH more than I could have possibly hoped for or imagined:
My fearless and intrepid ancestors and all their hopes and dreams and failures and successes and tragedies and triumphs…unfurling themselves at my feet like an alluring mist from the past, swirling up and all around me, their voices whispering in my ears, “Tell our story, Daughter.”
Muffy Bolding is a mother/writer/actor/knitter/feminist/withered debutante who likes the smell of asparagus pee, and remains obsessed with the bathroom hygiene of her three children -- despite the fact that they are 23, 19, and 16. She is blissfully married to a cute Jewish boy who looks like Willie Wonka, but remains tragically in love with the dead poet, Ted Hughes. She has the mouth of a Teamster, and her patron saint is Rocco (pestilence relief.) Ms. Bolding lives in Southern California, where she enjoys typing words, making movies, and plucking the rings from the fingers of the dead. She was the co-creator and Editor-in-Chief of the award winning satire zine, Fresno Lampoon, and in between writing screenplays, carnival barking, and savagely threatening her trio of darling larvae with a wooden spoon, she currently publishes the zine, "Withered Debutante." More of her work can also be found in the anthology, "Mamaphonic: Balancing Motherhood and Other Creative Acts", the compilation zine, "Mamaphiles III: Coming Home", as well as in The Cortland Review and hipmama.com. She is currently writing and producing for film and television, and working on a book of essays entitled, "Inside A Chinese Dragon." She has slept around, but not nearly as much as she would have liked.
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