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.
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.
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.
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