Author Archives: Lauren Markman

Lauren Markman is a writer, a wife and a mother. On her good days, she is entertaining. On her bad days, she is only mildly entertaining.

Audio Commentary: The Weight of Our Objects

Here is some audio commentary that you can read about.In today’s audio commentary on the podcast, I am going to make a confession: I watch a lot of those home cleaning television shows. Some of them intrigue me. Others (like Hoarders), scare me. They frighten me into getting rid of excess stuff and challenge my reasons for holding onto things that I don’t need anymore. I guess that is a good thing.

What scares me more than the people who hoard their stuff, is the people who enable them. Why does that happen? Is it love? Devotion? Passive-aggressive acceptance? Shouldn’t we challenge the ones we love when they display behaviors that aren’t typical – even when it is hard to do?

So now it is your turn to confess: What are you still holding onto?

Note to my husband: Please don’t let me hold onto things I don’t need.

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My story: The Weight of Our Objects

My story today is about too much stuff.My story today is about the longstanding battle that goes on in so many homes.

Every day, men and woman battled for home territory with their personal knickknacks. In The Weight of Our Objects, Christina thinks of the house as “hers,” except for the contents of Edgar’s rooms — those are definitely “his.”

She gave him his room and kept out of it, decorating the rest of their home in mottled greens and soft blues. She kept out of his den, respecting his privacy – never entering to clean or nag about chores or pry. Never asking him about why he locked the door.

Do you have a room of your own in your house? Tell me about it in the comments.

That’s my story. Tell me one of yours.

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Audio commentary: Everyday Lives

I’d like to preempt the “audio commentary” on this story for a brief science lesson on hyperthymesia.

Hyperthymesia is a rare condition that causes people to remember every day of their lives. Think about the mundane details of your day: Reading email, watching TV, cleaning the house, talking with telemarketers. Would you want to remember it all?

If it is audio commentary, then why do I have to read it?And that is where the idea from this story came from: I was thinking about all the little moments in my life that I regularly forget. And I’m glad that I forget them, as I am sure they would just clog up my brain.

Leave me a comment on something in your life that you always forget (hopefully, it’s not an important anniversary or birthday!)

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My story: Everyday Lives

My story today is about memory. Although I can’t really tell you how to remember everything, I can offer this challenge instead: Would you really want to? What would it be like to really remember every moment of your life? Everyday Lives takes a look at a woman’s unique and precise relationship with the passage of time.

AMy story today is about everyday lives.manda liked Julia’s open manner enough to explain her “little time idiosyncrasy” as she referred to it. Rather than being put off, Julia had asked several questions (as only a psychology major would) and it wasn’t until 27 days later that Julia started testing Amanda’s ability for fun — asking her about what clothing was worn on a specific day, what the weather had been like or what food they had eaten.

That’s my story. Tell me one of yours.

What’s your first memory? Tell me in the comments.

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My story: Boring (not really)

My story is not boring.The title of my story for you today doesn’t tell the whole picture.

Boring features a woman who doesn’t know how to make friends, so she goes about the process in a more unconventional manner.

It was in the third shop that I saw her — the woman in the red trench coat. I had been examining a particularly ugly handcrafted incense burner. It was in the shape of a swan (I think)…

That’s my story. Tell me one of yours.

What do you do to fight boredom?

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