Thank You Baltimore!

by taya on May 7, 2014

The inaugural Listen To Your Mother Baltimore show took place on Saturday, April 26, 2014 and it was a success.  A smashing success!!

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I don’t yet have all the words to describe all the feelings that have hit us since last Saturday.   Arlene and I must give heartfelt thanks to our cast. They shared their truth with us at auditions, opened themselves again during rehearsal and then bravely stood in front of a packed auditorium to give of themselves again.  We are so honored that we got to know these 16 women.

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To all that attended our show, you warmed our hearts.  We mounted a Herculean task in a city where many nay-sayers said we couldn’t make it happen.  But, 600+ people proved those detractors wrong.  Gratitude to our amazing sponsors, Everclear Video Productions, Bodyguard Plus, Inc, Photography by Jenni, DJ Miss Tiff Entertainment, The Laffin Afro, and the Stoop Storytelling Series.  Thank you for believing in us!

Our charity partner, House of Ruth Maryland, has been a pleasure to work with. Their mission to help women in the state of Maryland is one that we respect and applaud. We can’t wait to tell them, and everyone, just how much of a donation we will be making to their programs!!

And last, but definitely not least, thank you to our family and friends for their unwavering support, passion and energy as we tackled this project. Knowing that your team, named and unnamed, is there to handle whatever might cross your path is a feeling that not everyone knows but it is magical and remarkable.  We’ll be soon with a recap of the show, donation totals and information about the videos from this year’s show, as well as info for next year’s show!

 

 

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Meet Our Cast: Laurie White

by taya on April 24, 2014

LTYM: Who IS Laurie?

Laurie: I’m a left-handed, right-brained writer, editor, and occasionally profane storyteller who talks way too fast, because my mouth is always ten steps ahead of my brain. Or something. I love photography, flat-faced dogs, babies, the beach, concerts, and cooking when I don’t have to clean up. I’m more socially awkward than I act, and less of an extrovert than I appear. I dislike lying, littering, spitting, and overhearing your loud cell phone conversation. I’ve been a teacher for a long time. I was born in Maryland, left for awhile, talk about leaving all the time, but it’s home and I love it here. Music is very important to me. I frequently make people laugh on purpose and accidentally, and that’s probably my favorite thing in life. I love my family and friends more than anything else. Nothing else matters as much. I’m always trying to do and be better. I’ve come through some things that make me think there’s a reason for me to be here, so I’m doing what I can with what I’ve got. 

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LTYM: How did you discover LTYM?

Laurie: I met Ann Imig at a small gathering of writers and creators in Ojai, California in…2010? And I’ve been following her around on the internet in a hopefully not-entirely-weird way ever since, so I don’t remember exactly when I learned about her project, but I feel like I’ve just always known about it. Probably because I follow her around on the Internet. I’m also a longtime editor at BlogHer.com, and I went to her first Listen to Your Mother open mic salon at the annual conference.  Many of my friends have been in the shows around the country and are among the producers and directors. I can’t believe I’m actually going to be in one myself. I’m happy about this.

LTYM: What is one of your favorite things you’ve ever written?

Laurie: I will always like a piece called Stones. It reads a little pretentious to me now, but I like remembering that girl, and Virginia Woolf. I owe a lot to my two Voices of the Year posts, one from 2008 and one from last year at BlogHer Food, because they each pushed me forward when I thought writing didn’t mean anything anymore.  My piece for this show is the first thing I’ve been proud in quite a while.  I can’t tell you how important this makes it–and Listen to Your Mother–to me. It’s more proof that telling my story will always save me in the end.

LTYM: What are your first memories of your mother?

Laurie: I was a kid with some medical needs, and I remember being wheeled away in a hospital hallway, and the look on her face as that happened. It was traumatic, but I understand why we are bonded. The other early ones are better. We always sang in the car. She had a powder blue Volkswagen bug. I remember music and that car. The car is still my favorite place to sing.

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LTYM: What do you wish most for the children in your life?

Laurie: I want the kids I love to be healthy in body and mind, at ease with themselves, and to give and receive love every day of their lives. I wish my godson and my nephew the ability to do good work that they love that fulfills their purpose on earth, loving and giving hearts, and a sense of humor that will serve them in all kinds of trials and joys. I want them to have fun. I also hope that my nephew is not a Philadelphia Flyers fan. I’m grateful that my brother-in-law is not as invested in hockey as he is in football and baseball, so the Caps and I may have a shot.

LTYM: What would you do if you really listened to your mother?

Laurie: Note – these are all direct quotes from 43 years of field research.  Slow down and check my work. Speak more slowly. Help someone who needs it more than I do. Tuck that shirt in. (Never. Sorry, Mom.) Go to the party and the funeral. Call that boy, except when it’s really time for him to call me, in which case I should probably go shopping and buy myself something fun and forget about it. Stay on the beach an hour longer. Leave everywhere better than I found it. Pray. Take the side roads instead of the Beltway. Shake it off. Smile. Cry when it’s time. Celebrate milestones. Come home. Be brave. Know that “I am Laurie, and I am awesome.” Believe that love always wins, and if it doesn’t come easy, you’d better let it go.  Call my mother.

Read more on Laurie’s blog, Laurie Writes,  and you can follow her on Twitter.  We have truly enjoyed sharing each of our cast members with you.

The show is in 2 days!!!  Have you purchased your tickets yet?? Why not???  Click HERE and handle that today!  Can’t quite commit yet? There will be a limited number of tickets available at the door. You’ll be so happy that you did!

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Welcome Local Sponsor – Bodyguard PLUS, Inc.

April 22, 2014

As the daughter of a police officer, I’ve always had a healthy respect and reverence for members of law enforcement.  Within my family, many members have served in law enforcement and the armed forces.  The efforts and sacrifices that those on the front lines make on behalf of the greater good are often taken for granted.  The Listen To Your Mother  Baltimore team does no such thing and we are so very happy to have Bodyguard PLUS, Inc. as a local sponsor of our show.  Mr. Henri Burris Sr. has been a trusted friend of Arlene and I for many years. Henri has been providing security services for over 25 years. He is a family man and successful businessman.  Henri served almost 23 years with Baltimore Police Department as an officer and a Detective.  As a detective he worked as a burglary and larceny investigator for over 4 years and was part of […]

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Meet Our Cast: Jen Snyder

April 18, 2014

LTYM: Who IS Jen? Jen: I am sentimental, I am quirky, and I am always looking for those idyllic moments in life with my kids. You know– those times when you just breathe it all in and everything feels perfect. I live in Harford County, MD and I’m a mother to 3 crazy kids– 6, 4, and the baby will be 1 in May.  I’m also a family photographer, and my passion is helping Moms see the unconditional love their children have for them. My hair has a pink streak and I swear to you it’s natural–that’s my story and I’m sticking to it. I’m equal parts scifi nerd and gym rat. I own way too many flavored coffee syrups. Really, it’s like a mini Starbucks in my kitchen. LTYM: How did you discover LTYM? Jen: It was a late-night nursing session gone wrong! Ha! The baby was having a bad streak of […]

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Meet Our Cast: Hilary B. Sigismondi

April 17, 2014

LTYM: Who IS Hilary Sigismondi? Hilary: When I was a little kid, I remember telling people I wanted to be three things: a writer, a pediatrician, or a stripper. I have NO idea what that says about me, but I can tell you that I’ve been asking myself the question “Who am I?” for as long as I can remember.   I am a truth seeker, a lover of words, a loud talker, a creative thinker, a Sun Sign Sagittarius, a Libra Rising with a Moon in Aries, a teacher, a doodler, the owner of the House of Transformation, a Wilbur walker, a Mai Tai lover, an avid reader, a friend who doesn’t mince words, a proud mother, a cranky daughter, a pretty darn good sister, and one crazy Aunt Hilary! I am also someone who never wants to go anywhere, but I am always glad I did. LTYM: How did you discover LTYM? […]

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