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Of the hundreds of stories shared at Listen To Your Mother shows across the country over the past three years, 56 were chosen for the very first Listen To Your Mother anthology, titled “LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER: WHAT SHE SAID THEN, WHAT WE’RE SAYING NOW,” being published by Putnam. Book will be released April 7, 2015. You can pre-order* now.
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Today Is the Day: Listen To Your Mother - I’m writing this on my flight from Kansas City to Philadelphia. I was supposed to write it last night—last week, even—but I didn’t. I let time slip away because of poor planning and procrastination and probably another p word that I’m not awake enough right now to conjure up. Today is a big day. It’s […] Blink, Mama - I always win the staring contests. It used to make my kids giggle—“look how long mom can stare at you!”—as they took turns trying to make me blink. It was a badge of honor, a sure thing. Comforting in a goofy way, I hoped for them, how they could count on mom to never blink. […] Bird Watching - She loved the birds. In the last place she called home, she’d ask to be wheeled out to the lobby area so she could sit and watch them. Even though I’d spent time in this place–a lifetime ago, when the old and infirm were people I didn’t know–I didn’t remember the birds. I thought it […] The House Where Merry Died - I live in the house where merry died. I knew it before, but it hit me hard tonight. I went grocery shopping late—my idea of fun when I have a free hour or two—and it was after dark when I got home. I pulled into my parking spot and killed my lights, and that’s when […] #Reverb14: Best Intentions - December 11, 2014 prompt: What tiny rituals: signal that your day is starting; help you ease into a creative project; give you closure from an intensive task; or mark other significant milestones in your day? What new rituals would you like to create in the new year? If rituals were wishes and mornings were fun, […] #Reverb14: Chapters - December 5, 2014 prompt: what is the sound of your own voice? I hear it all day, every minute. Rapid fire, comma infested run-on sentences peppered with notes to myself, as if I’ll remember them once I’m in a place to write them down. My voice is almost always talking at me; storylines and dialogue […] #Reverb14: Stories - Today’s prompt: We are all lightning rods, conduits for that which the Universe wants born into this world. What energies did you channel this year? Prompt courtesy of Noël Rozny. Stories. For me, it always comes back to the stories. Listen To Your Mother was about the stories. The profiles I write for people hinge on […] #Reverb14: Loving What Is - Today’s prompt: It’s all too easy to put off loving where we are until everything is perfect. What can you love about where you are now? Prompt courtesy of Kat McNally. Fuzzy slippers, homemade jam, freshly brewed coffee. Soft blankets, stacks of books. Hugs that last too long, fights that make no sense, giggles. Random calls for […] #Reverb14: Release - Today’s prompt is this: What unfinished projects from 2014 am you willing to release now? (Regret not required.) Prompt courtesy of Max Daniels. I’ve been thinking about this prompt since I read it yesterday. I wrote something not long ago that feels like what I should share here, and I’ve turned over ideas in my head as […] #Reverb14: Certainty - Others look forward to December for the obvious reasons: Christmas, snow, winter break. I look forward to December because gorgeous souls like Kat McNally offer what’s been come to know as #Reverb. It’s a series of daily prompts that encourage me to reflect on the past year and what matters to me. It’s a deep […]