Oh, David Johansen Posted by Amanda Welch July 6th, 2010

For those of you who have read the book, you know that I had a real thing for him.  Even I haven’t figured out why I loved him and his music so much back in the day.  But I did, and you know what? I still do. The new Dolls album is great! I’ve been wearing it out.

So, when I saw that they were coming to Norfolk last spring, I had to go.

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Happy Father’s Day! Posted by Diana Welch June 20th, 2010

Since Jesse and I had our son Harvey, I think a lot about the memories we are making for him. When I see Jesse kiss Harvey’s soft belly, and smile at the uproarious giggle-fest that inevitably ensues, I wonder if Harvey will recall the feeling of that prickly mustache tickling his stomach.

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The Real KIDS Posted by Diana Welch May 28th, 2010

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For the past several months, in association with the New York Foundling, Liz has been running a workshop for kids in foster care who are living apart from their siblings. In honor of May being National Foster Care Month, the Foundling invited us to do a fundraiser reading to help them continue programs like Liz’s. So, on May 4th, all the Welches convened in NYC to share a stage with the young writers in Liz’s workshop. But first, we all met up for dinner at Mickey Mantle’s to get acquainted. Read more →

Memory Lane Posted by Liz Welch May 18th, 2010

**author’s note:  after posting this entry, I realized that today is our mother’s birthday!!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY MOM!  She would be 75….

This book has reconnected all of the Welches with so many familiar faces.  They pop up at readings, and most often make us laugh out loud with with a flood of memories that the familiar face elicits–“Remember that time when…. ”   A few times, though, I have fought back tears.  And once I choked down panic.  Our book has been out for ten months now.  I personally have done readings in Bedford, New York and Brooklyn; San Francisco and the deep South; Essex Vermont and East Hampton.  One in Coral Gables and four in Connecticut.  And every single one of them has surprised me somehow.

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Happy birthday, liz! Posted by Diana Welch February 3rd, 2010

While our sister is incommunicado, celebrating her birthday in Mexico with her husband, I thought it prudent to publish a slightly embarrassing photographic journey of a life filled with a whole lotta love, intelligence, kindness, generosity, beauty, and grace. (To ensure that she won’t be TOO mad at me, I included a pretty picture of her in which I have a double chin.)

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Happy New Year! Some highlights from 2009… Posted by Liz Welch January 4th, 2010

2009 was a good year for the Welches:  Dan met Lindsay, his fiance, I married Gideon, the love of my life, and Diana had Harvey–the first Welch of that generation–making Amanda the coolest grandmother/aunt in the universe.  And that was all BEFORE our book was published on September 29th, 2009.

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24 years ago today… Posted by Liz Welch December 13th, 2009

our mom died.  Christmas 1985 was the worst ever, and 1986 to 1990 were pretty sad too as my siblings and I were separated. Our memoir ends with the four of us reunited, after five long painful years apart.  That Christmas 1991 was a happy occasion–Diana’s stocking hung stuffed to the cuff next to Amanda’s, Dan’s and mine.  We played Santa for each other then, and continued to do so for many years afterward.  In fact, many people who have read our book have asked, what happened next??   Read more →

Food Glorious Food Posted by Amanda Welch December 4th, 2009

We just had an amazing Thanksgiving together at Diana’s. They have a big pot luck with all of their friends; it was a ton of fun.

thanksgiving feast

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dead babies Posted by Diana Welch November 23rd, 2009

The title of this series, “Dead Babies,” refers both to the term writers often use to describe the often painful act of editing scenes we love — “killing our babies” – and the Alice Cooper song.

(For those of you who feel frightened or disgusted by the linked video, perhaps you’ll be comforted by what Alice is up to now.)

When we handed The Kids are All Right over to our editor, we knew that the monstrous manuscript we were giving her was way longer than it was supposed to be. But it’s hard to fit four childhoods into one book, and we just couldn’t bear to up and trash those memories that are so strong or scrap those incidences that still hold such importance for each of us.

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reader responses Posted by Diana Welch November 10th, 2009

This is a letter we received from Kristin, who eloquently wrote about the importance of orphaned siblings staying together…

“When I heard about your book on Good Morning America, I couldn’t wait to pick up a copy and start reading.

Although our family story is slightly different, we too recently lost both of our parents. Cancer never ran in our family but, suddenly, our father was diagnosed with colon cancer and after a short, painful battle, he passed away less than 4 months after his diagnosis. Our mom struggled with the loss – she had just lost her mom (our grandmom) only 9 months before her husband (our dad) passed away. Needless to say, we were all shocked to learn — just 7 months later — that our mom had stage IV breast cancer.” Read more →