About Me

Well, I started this site in 2004.  so as of today, May 17, 2019, that’s almost 14 years of writing here, and til now i’ve never had an “about me.”  it takes me a really, really long time to accomplish things sometimes. but if you’ve done any reading on the site, you’ve probably learned quite a bit about me already. so anyway, I’m Grace Hughes, and i live in springfield, illinois with my sweet husband kevin and our two darling kitties, lester, and riley, who we acquired in March. we used to have a wonderful dog, mollie, who i wrote about quite a lot, but she died in 2013, and our cat Chester passed away on January 4th of last year.  and then our sweet cat Winnie died on January 19th of this year.  But last week we added another kitty who we have named Sweetie, although that might change.  We also sort of have yet another cat, a beautiful feral  fluffy tuxedo cat who lurks around the in the front of the house and is always eager to gobble up the food that kevin puts out for her.

my friend christine created this blog for me, but as the years went by it sort of fell into disrepair, so i found this great guy named gary, who reinvented it for me.

i started writing this blog because for a brief moment i wrote a humor column for a local weekly paper.  my column was called “grace about town,” and i wrote about stuff going on in springfield, and about my escapades here.  but when i started writing the column i realized there was so much more i wanted to write about, hence “graceuncensored.”

i did enjoy writing the column, though, and every week i’d include a different goofy photo of myself along with it.  it seemed to be very popular; people would stop me on the street and say how much they liked it, and they’d write me fan mail, and one time a woman told me that they read my column about a decorative christmas ashtray that i’d made in high school out loud at christmas.

unfortunately, the powers that be at the paper didn’t like me, i don’t know why, and the editor fired me.  well, he didn’t actually fire me; he wanted me to write for the paper, but not my column anymore.  he told me he “didn’t like feature articles.”  hmm.  i got mad (i’ve only been mad about four times in my life) and said i didn’t want to write for them at all.

but it was a good experience because it made me start this website, and then a friend said that i should write a one-woman show.  that sounded fun to me, and i wrote and performed the first one in 2004.  kevin had read my column, and then my blog, and he wrote me a fan letter and then came to my first show, and introduced himself to me and the rest is history.  so really, even though it ended badly, that column was the catalyst for profound changes in my life.

up til now, today, the only really notable accomplishment (besides marrying Kevin) i’ve done is to make a movie.  that was over 20 years ago, though, so i think it’s finally time to get more things accomplished.  the movie, BTW, is called “Hope’s Happy Birthday,” and i did most of the stuff on the film by myself, and was quite proud of it, but then never had the wherewithal to actually get it out there in the world.  maybe i’ll make that happen, too?  i’m feeling very inspired and empowered this morning, but i could always sink back into my routine inertia/laziness.  but you never know.

and that’s about all of “about me,” although i realize i could go on and on, which i have a tendency to do…but i have to stop so i can start accomplishing!

ok then,