100 people answer the question, “Going back as far as you can go, what is your very earliest memory?” The ages associated with memories range from being a baby to 12 years old.
This produced some interesting responses from 50 people or so. Most could answer the question. But there were definitely a few who were “readers” and wanted nothing to do with a video on how to boil eggs. Themes come through. Home and car repair and cooking are some examples. I was charmed by the way people often laughed as they responded.
We make up a story about how a painting of a fireplace ended up in our living room.
Searching for a mystery artist
We are looking for the real artist who made the painting that inspired our story. You can help us find this person by sharing this picture on social media.
Are you the artist?
Contact us! We would love to hear the real story behind this painting.
Can we recognize a city by its sound, sort of like recognizing the sound of a mother’s voice?
Sometimes Chicago sounded like a casino. Other times a war zone with its relentless wailing of sirens and the whirring of helicopters that hovered almost within reach of the crowds at Millennium Park. Black Lives Matter is trying to get our attention.
What are the barriers to being grounded in a culture filled with distractions and how can we separate the signal from the noise to get grounded?
Being grounded means that you’re self-aware, don’t put on personas, are down-to-earth and solid but open and probably kind. You have confidence (but you’re not cocky), which means that you’re not prone to taking things personally. You’re comfortable with making meaningful decisions because you have figured out how to separate the signal from the noise; being grounded means that you focus on the important stuff. You’re generally calm. Above all you are present! You’re living in the moment! You are not judgmental, but accepting of imperfections, including your own. This puts people at ease and that’s just one reason why they like you. Why can it be tough to be grounded in today’s world? What can we do to filter out the noise of smart phones, war drums and looping commercials that take us away from ourselves? Meditation, walking, yoga and even taking an improv class are just some ideas suggested.
National Podcast Post Month
November is National Podcast Post Month. Podcasters are challenged to post 30 episodes in 30 days. I’ll be posting super short episodes where I share clips from some old cassette tapes.
My sister and I recall hiding in the back of the family car.
I share a few messages from listeners. Plus, an invitation to produce a QuOTeD episode. Also, the vacation report. The Badlands get high marks. Wow! Beautiful! Go!
A continuation of episode #NaPodPoMo-25 where we listen to more phone messages. While my friend Dan makes arrangements to dramatically downsize, George W. Bush is elected president.
A Greyhound bus crashes into a semi truck just outside of Macon, Georgia. This is my mom’s story, which she retells when her grandson asks her about the shoe.
We gathered at the Canyon Lake Reunion Lodge in Rapid City, South Dakota for my dad’s 80th birthday.
Listening to these old voice messages brought me back to an old fourplex in Minneapolis. Good times. Good times.