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Being a mother is an attitude. Not biology. All our stories begin with her. No matter how you slice it, if it's not 1 thing, it's your mother.

Being a mother is an attitude. Not biology. All our stories begin with her. No matter how you slice it, if it's not 1 thing, it's your mother.
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Being a mother is an attitude. Not biology. All our stories begin with her. No matter how you slice it, if it's not 1 thing, it's your mother.

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Ep 23 - Ben Barnz - excerpt from the memoir, We

4/25/2019
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We’re telling stories Imagine being instantly 8 months pregnant. In this adoption story, our guest Ben Barnz reads an excerpt from his book We: an adoption and a memoir. He shares how he and his husband came to be parents and how the birthmother of his child made them a we. Ben Barnz, in addition to being a memoirist, is an independent film and television producer. He frequently collaborates with his husband, filmmaker Daniel Barnz. Together they formed We’re Not Brothers Productions, so...

Duration:00:27:27

Ep 22 - Linda Freund - Tripping with Mom

4/11/2019
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We’re telling stories Here’s a question we are curious about: do you teach your kids how to party responsibly? Did your mom teach you? Shouldn't we talk about how to parent when it comes to teens’ drinking and drug use? We all know "just say no" is neither an effective nor a realistic tactic. Today’s story opens up an honest conversation about drugs, alcohol, teens and our roles as mothers. Linda Freund shares her day of mushroom trippin' with Bonnie, her mom. And she looks back fondly on...

Duration:00:29:30

Ep 21 - Chanel Brenner - Navigating Loss

4/4/2019
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We’re telling stories Life is a beautiful thing if you can navigate all the loss. Once your child dies you’re still their mother. In this episode our guest shares the death of her 6 year old son and her journey of navigating that loss. Chanel Brenner shares how she listened and trusted her inner voice, “You know how to survive the loss of your child. Everyone has their own grief journey.” She reminds us to be respectful of each others grief process. Putting boundaries around grief, helped...

Duration:00:22:28

Ep 20 - Parker Lulu Sacavitch - A Different Teenage Mother Story

3/27/2019
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We’re telling stories A take on motherhood from a girl who is just entering womanhood. What happens when you are a teen, terrified to leave the nest and go to college? You create your comfort zone, your college family. Parker Sacavitch is a college freshman at Emerson College in Boston. She's currently studying screenwriting, but she's tried writing everything from angsty poetry to horoscopes and everything in between. Her goal is to one day work in the world of children's animated...

Duration:00:28:01

Ep 19 - Dan Moore - His Mom is a Star

3/21/2019
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We’re telling stories The power of letting the ones you love, know what they mean to you is what we are talking about in this episode. Sometimes our children see us as whole humans and not just “Mom”. And that exchange deepens and enriches the relationship. Dan Moore is a writer based in San Francisco. His work has appeared in many places online. He is also editor of the online magazines P.S. I Love You, The Bold Italic, and Minutes. You can follow him on Twitter @dmowriter and read more...

Duration:00:25:50

Ep 18 - Tanya Davis - Patterns Repeating... or not

3/13/2019
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We’re telling stories We talk about the sadnesses that can be passed on to our children. Or sadness of our mother's that we sometimes take on as our own. How do we ease a burden and not take it on ourselves? Eternal questions. Tanya Davis is a writer, performer, and musician currently based in Montréal, Québec. She has released 4 albums and 2 books of poetry, including an illustrated version of the widely popular videopoem on YouTube, How to be Alone (made in collaboration with Andrea...

Duration:00:20:24

Ep 17 - Jennifer Hamm - Embracing the Space Between Us

3/6/2019
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We’re telling stories Jennifer Hamm’s story is about learning to raise the child she was given. Her second son was not like her first. She and her husband needed to figure out how to understand him and how to parent him. Through this process she discovered that his emotional intelligence exceeded his ability to articulate and communicate what he was feeling. She shares how she and her husband had to go to therapy so they could get on the same page to effectively parent this son. As mothers...

Duration:00:20:08

Ep 16 - Debora Perez - The Seashell

2/27/2019
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We’re telling stories Debora Perez, shares a sweet story of her mother and a parenting trick she used involving a conch shell. She talks about the memories captured in snapshots of sound. We discuss raising adults, as opposed to raising children. And we take a look at what it is we would like our children to remember us for. If it's not 1 Thing, explores the topic of 'mother' from every angle imaginable and some you have not thought of. Each week, we share a new story and have great...

Duration:00:30:32

Ep 15 - Tess Wheeler - Mother Courage

2/20/2019
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We’re telling stories Tess Wheeler went to school in Newcastle upon Tyne, England, and read English Literature at the University of York. After working as a financial editor in Hong Kong and London, she eventually surrendered to the pull of the beautiful Northumberland coast and returned home. Tess writes short stories and non-fiction articles for Medium and in 2017 she completed the first draft of her children’s novel, Codename Granbag. Two of her stories are included in anthologies...

Duration:00:17:15

Ep 14 - Bird Sizelove - 3 Stages of Parenting

2/15/2019
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We’re telling stories Bird Sizelove is the lucky mother to her son Boston Powers- 25.5. She refers to him as her "voodoo-doll" because when he's cool, she's cool.... when he's not, she's not. Bird has been writing poetry from bar napkins to lap tops all through her course with her hands on work with everyone from gang members, to cancer support to Oscar winners. All the while seeing the poetry in it all. If it's not 1 Thing, explores the topic of 'mother' from every angle imaginable...

Duration:00:20:42

Ep 13 - Kay Bolden - A Loose Woman

2/7/2019
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We’re telling stories Kay Bolden is a writer, speaker and Assistant Editor at PS I Love You, the largest publication on Medium.com focusing on essays, fiction and poetry. Always dreaming of faraway places, Kay finally picked up her backpack at age 55 and hiked out to see the world. Since then, she has solo trekked through Europe, South America and the United States. Her children share her wanderlust, and ran off as soon as it was legal--absolute proof, she says, of effective parenting....

Duration:00:24:35

Ep 12 - Tori Time - Gypsy Grandma

1/30/2019
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We’re telling stories Our writer this week shares her gypsy grandma with us and how she embraces the bits of free spirit she's inherited from her. Tori Time is a writer, director, actress, and poet living in Los Angeles. After graduating from The University of Southern California where she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in acting, Tori worked for renowned film director, Sam Taylor-Johnson. Tori studies writing in Jack Grapes Method Writing classes and is a member of the Los Angeles...

Duration:00:12:55

Ep 11 - Jon Wise - A Mother Obscured - a different kind of ghost story

1/24/2019
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We’re telling stories "To begin with, this is not a story about my mother. She and I were not to enter the picture for a number of years. It’s another mother's story- of a ghost, a shadowy presence that moved along the distant edges of my childhood, whose memory was in the custody of others reluctant to part with it or even let it see the light of day." -Jon Wise Jon Wise lives in Metairie, Louisiana, a suburb of New Orleans, with his wife Gail and their Australian terrier Owen. He has...

Duration:00:36:05

Ep 10 - Cathie Borrie - the long Hello - A different dementia story

1/13/2019
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We’re telling stories Cathie Borrie, is our guest. She reads from her family memoir, the long Hello ~ memory, my mother, and me. Cathie Borrie finds magic and poetry in her mother’s language during her phase with Alzheimers. Find out the important lessons she has to teach us all, about the human experience and caregiving and the gift dementia makes possible. Cathie received high praise from writers Maya Angelou and Lisa Genova. She is graduate of the Writer’s Studio at SFU in Vancouver,...

Duration:00:18:28

Ep 09 - Kelly Grace Thomas - How The Body Is Passed Down.

1/10/2019
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We're telling stories. Kelly Grace Thomas, is our guest today. We are discussing body image, how it is passed down through the generations, and what we're teaching our kids about it, especially in our silent moments. We also explore when it is that parts of us begin to die. All because of the 2 poems that Kelly Grace reads for us today. Kelly Grace Thomas is the winner of the 2017 Neil Postman Award for Metaphor from Rattle, a finalist for the Rita Dove Poetry Award, a two-time Pushcart...

Duration:00:20:21

Ep 08 - Elya Braden - How To Be A Bad Mother

1/6/2019
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We’re telling stories A writing teacher told her that everyone is an expert at something. That is how this story came to be. She says you can't give what you didn't receive. Elya Braden, former corporate lawyer and entrepreneur, is now a widely-published poet and collage artist. Her writing and art are expressions of her healing/spiritual journey that she shares to connect with others and open their hearts. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and her cat. You can find her on the web...

Duration:00:19:37

Ep 07 - Bellina Logan - Confessions of a Mulatto Love Child

1/3/2019
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We’re telling stories. Imagine if you got to have one more conversation with someone you love after they died. This writer keeps her free spirited mother alive through her funny touching writing and performance. Our guest today is Bellina Logan. We are sharing excerpts from her magnificent one-woman show, Confessions of a Mulatto Love Child, which she has been performing in LA and NY for the past year and a half. (Sequel to her Conversations to a Mulatto Love Child. Bellina Logan is a 25...

Duration:00:17:13

Ep 06 - Alexis Rhone Fancher - Cruel Choices

12/29/2018
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We're telling stories. Raw honest unapologetic episode about life after the death of this writer's son. She holds nothing back. Alexis Rhone Fancher is an award winning poet and photographer. She has been published in Best American Poetry 2016, Rattle, Hobart, Verse Daily, Plume, Tinderbox, Cleaver, and elsewhere. Her books include: How I Lost My Virginity to Michael Cohen…, State of Grace: The Joshua Elegies, Enter Here, and Junkie Wife. Next up? The Dead Kid Poems, the follow up to...

Duration:00:22:23

Ep 05 - Eric Mann - Corporal Punishment

12/18/2018
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We're telling stories. Spare the rod, spoil the child. A funny story about discipline and respect and his mother's unique brand of justice Eric Mann is an author, actor, musician and non-profit executive director. He currently resides in Las Vegas, Nevada, with his wife of 38 years, Susan. He is the author of the highly-popular book The Delmont Street Gang, which is described as "The Wonder Years" on steroids. A collection of short stories about a group of boys growing up in small-town...

Duration:00:16:58

Ep 04 - Molly Hagan - No Regrets

12/14/2018
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We're telling stories. In her piece for the podcast, No Regrets, Molly Hagan writes very honestly about her own decision Not to become a mom, and the surprising realization she had about her own mother. A woman she loved but pitied for having been “stuck” mothering 7 children. Molly Hagan has amassed an extensive resume as an actor over the past 35 years. Molly recurs on Jane the Virgin, iZombie, the upcoming Apple TV Are you Sleeping with Octavia Spencer, and a new Netflix series No...

Duration:00:21:56