Category Archives: Audio Commentary

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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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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Audio Commentary on Hugging Strangers

Here is some audio commentary that you can read about.And now, a bit of “audio commentary” from the author. Most of the time my stories come from innocuous events. So, there is a little bit of truth surrounded by a lot of fiction. For this one, the truth is that I was outside eating lunch and I saw a woman on the porch who resembled a good friend of mine. When I looked again, I realized it was a different person. (This is in stark contrast to the time my neighbor of two years was waving to me in a grocery store and I was afraid to wave back to him because I didn’t recognize him away from our apartment building.)

I think the part about all designers liking the colors orange and lime green is fairly accurate though.

Have you ever failed to recognize someone in public that you should know well? Leave me a comment (or an audio commentary of your own).

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