What's All This Then?


Mrs. G. is Heather Gattuccio.  She was born on a mountain top in Memphis , Tennessee, greenest state in the land of the free. Raised in Frayser so’s she knew ev’ry tree, she kilt her a b’ar when she was only three.  Hills, that is. Swimmin’ pools, movie stars.



Mrs. G. was a child of the seventies so she came from a broken home (they were all the rage), watched entirely too much television and learned to bake cake in a microwave.



Geraldine Ferraro was her hero.

At sixteen, Mrs. G. moved with her mother and her mother’s third husband (the good one—number two was the bad one) to Tigard, Oregon. She attended college in Eugene, Oregon and has lived the remainder of her adult life in Raleigh, North Carolina and Seattle, Washington, her home for the last decade.


The good one!

Mrs. G. is 47 and has been married for 24 years to her first husband. They have two kids, ages 19 and 23. 



She homeschooled them until her daughter went to college and her son went to public high school. Neither of them is a shut-in or improperly socialized. Really! They both believe in dinosaurs and are sweet on the idea of descending from monkeys. Honored, actually. Mrs. G. used to write about them regularly but now they are over being featured on their mom's "middle-aged woman blog" and Mrs. G. is on her own for material. It’s not as easy as it looks.




Mrs. G. was late to the internet. She invented it at the age of 40 when her husband gave her a laptop for her birthday. She started blogging a few weeks later and that was that

Mrs. G. retired from blogging three times. Once to create the now shuttered Women’s Colony, an online magazine for women. Once because some internet loons called her house late one night spouting Biblical quotes and made fun of her hair. And once because she suffered one of her periodic crises of confidence. After coming out of her last retirement of six whole weeks, she swore to readers she would never write another “Dear Jane” letter again. She never will. They are stuck with her.



Why can’t she stay away from writing about her life for any length of time? Her pen pal David Sedaris explains it best: The drama bug strikes hardest with Jews, homosexuals and plump women who wear their hair in bangs. These are people who, for one reason or another, desperately crave attention.


Mrs. G. taught creative writing and literature from 2002 to 2009 at an alternative school in the Washington Public School District.

She wrote and narrated two radio documentaries for NPR's Soundprint, one of which won the 2001 Gracie Allen Award, presented by the Foundation of American Women in Television and Radio.

She was a regular commentator on WUNC public radio from 1997 to 2000.


Her work has also appeared in Welcome Home, Hip Mama and Carolina Parent and she co-authored the handbook Release the Butterfly.

She dedicates all her past and present work to Johnny Depp.

In June of 2012, Mrs. G. drove 10,000 miles to meet many of her readers. She slept on their couches and in their guest rooms and was touched by their warmth and hospitality. In most cases, it felt like visiting old friends. Here is a small snippet of the trip. Hands down, it was one of the most meaningful experiences of Mrs. G's life. Thank you to all of you who opened your hearts and homes, and if you are ever in Seattle, dinner is on me (and you can even sleep in the Bad Cat Art guest room).

Happynewyear from Heather Copeland Gattuccio on Vimeo.





Reader Comments (14)

boo to the yah! I am FIRST! I could not even read the whole thing before commenting....I was THAT excited to hear you will no longer Dear Jane us! ;) seriously. good to hear.

November 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJulie

Excellent synopsis, and I loved the Sedaris quote. I don't wear bangs, but I am Jewish, so that explains a lot. Also? I LOVE that picture of you and Mr. G.

One question: when did you appear in Welcome Home? I treasured a pile of old copies of that magazine that someone gifted me - they were my lifeline before the Internet. I wonder if I read your piece?

November 19, 2013 | Unregistered Commentersuburbancorrespondent

It would have been in 92-93. I loved that magazine too.

November 19, 2013 | Registered CommenterMrs. G.

That picture before the video is gorgeous! Its true everyone looks fabulous while laughing or smiling!

November 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRegina

Now you went and made me cry. And it's not *all* hormonal.

November 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMiri

Love Love Love this. Have loved you since I started blogging away my evil divorce and found you and your readers and my self esteem. I don't blog or read like I used to but I will ALWAYS LOVE YOU!

November 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterThe Girl Next Door

Well Hello Beautiful! Seriously outstanding to hear that voice again! Yay you, yay us!

November 19, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterbramble

addendum to previous post (can I say addendum on your blog?) omg WAIT NOW I'M CRYING I made the video!!

November 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterThe Girl Next Door

So sweet. Glad you're back on the grid. xoxo

November 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterErin

Aw man. So glad you're back and that video really made me miss ya. Wish we could have another meal or two together. Hugs!

November 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLisaWinKS

Damn, woman, you know how to come back with a vengeance. The pictures are amazing, as are you.

November 19, 2013 | Unregistered Commentercardinal

Glad you are back! Have seriously missed your posts....xoxox

November 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterShannnon

Family!! I want to do it all again! It is like the best cake ever!

December 4, 2013 | Unregistered Commentermeredith@whynot

Mrs. G., I don't know how I overlooked this until now, but I did and I'm sorry because it is the essence of you, I would say. You are the best writer of honest, sometimes gentle, tender, often powerful, always humorous , observations on life and love and women. I watch for new posts every day, all day long.(No pressure, Mrs. G.) I feel secure now that you have sworn off the Dear Jane posts, so my thoughts aren't distracted by fear of loss. I'm honored to be among your followers.

May 12, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterCarolyn

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