Tag Archives: Introspective

My story: Afternoons in the Park

My story today is about growing up.My story today is about growing up and moving on.

Women often forget who they are and begin measuring life by the events of their children. In Afternoons in the Park, a young mother realizes her own childhood is sitting in a box at the bottom of her closet and her closest friend was lost to her a long time ago.

But then there was the wedding, the job changes, the big move and the smaller moves in between. And then pregnancy, childbirth and rediscovering holidays. Losing myself a bit in the process, or maybe just becoming someone new who I didn’t recognize yet. Excuses, all of them. Some a bit more valid than others.

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

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Audio commentary: Her Mother’s Last Words

All audio commentary is actually written. Haha.Today’s audio commentary is a little personal. You see, I write my son letters. Sometimes it is hard, because I don’t know if he will ever want to read them. Other times, I fear what he will think of me when he does read them. But, I write them anyway, in the hopes he will understand how much I truly love him.

One day, while writing him, I started to wonder what it would be like if these letters were the only interaction he ever had with me and how that would affect him. Boom — story time.

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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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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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