Hello, my name is Ali and I am the creator of Buster & Ellie. Welcome and thank you so much for joining us here!
If you’ve found your way onto this website you probably already know that Buster & Ellie is a new online magazine for people like myself, who are figuring out their 20s. I’ll tell you a little bit about that real soon, but first let’s talk about Buster & Ellie.
Who are Buster & Ellie? Well, they are my maternal grandparents. I’m a little biased (okay a lot biased) but they are pretty incredible people. Buster and Ellie were married for 43 wonderful years and spent each and every day in love. They shared their love not only with each other, but their combined seven children, twenty grandchildren, twenty great grandchildren and their dozens of friends and acquaintances. It’s more complicated than that, but that’s the important part, the love they shared.
I was just beginning this website when my grandfather Buster passed away in November of 2012. He was tired. At 93 years old he had lived a long full life and often talked about how he was ready to go home. It didn’t make it any easier for us, but no one more than his Ellie. She was devastated, but the love he gave us all pulled us through and closer than ever.
At the time I had come up with dozens of names for this website, but nothing felt like a good fit. One evening, my mother and I were wrapping Christmas presents when she said, “What about Buster & Ellie?” “For what,” I said. “The online magazine,” she exclaimed. That was it. It felt right. Buster & Ellie it was.
There couldn’t be two better people to name this magazine after. My grandfather and grandmother extended their love and kindness to everyone they met. My grandfather never passed a homeless man without giving him something. One time while he driving, he came across a homeless man living under a bridge with no shoes. He stopped his car and gave the man $20 to go buy a pair of shoes. Then he watched as the man walked into the nearby strip mall and shortly thereafter he came out wearing a pair of shoes.
I can’t think of many people who would do that today. People often say, “Oh, don’t give any money to a man standing on a street corner, he’s just going to use it for drugs.” And maybe he will, maybe he won’t, but the lack of compassion these people display is really startling to me. It truly is just one example of the lack of compassion and empathy people have in this world today.
Which is one of the reasons I decided to create this website. All you hear on the news these days is about unemployment, the lack of jobs, student loan debt and about how special millennials think they are. That last one really gets me angry. The mass majority of millennials I know are extraordinarily hardworking, only to be let down time and time again by a society that has failed us. We didn’t create this mess and yet it seems no one wants to do anything about it. No one is really talking about how the lack of entry level jobs for millennials leads to long-term unemployment and underemployment, which could quite possibly create a generation of unemployed and underemployed citizens. We’re falling farther and farther behind and no one is coming back to save us.
I was frustrated and I was annoyed at how there was really nowhere for millennials to talk about their struggles, desires, and dreams. So I thought, why not create an online magazine for twentysomethings who are figuring out life and at the same time provide an outlet for aspiring writers to share their work.
But it’s not just about struggles and passions, it’s fun too. There’s stuff on here about emerging musicians and the best beers for summer. There’s opinion pieces about sports and affordable and cute fashion. There’s writer’s you might love and others you might hate. It’s not just the hippy dippy stuff I’m into, there’s something for everyone.
And if you are interested in contributing please feel free to reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
One of our writers Collin, put it best in his bio, “We’re not too young to wonder whom we are becoming, and we’re not old enough to feel like we’ve figured it all out. The figuring is the fun part.”
Figuring it out is fun and depressing and happy and sad and majestic and gloomy and euphoric and wonderful.
Thanks for joining us.
I’ll talk to you soon. Xoxo, Ali