Join Us at The Indiana Historical Society on 5/3/15!

The 3rd Annual LTYM: Indianapolis will take place Sunday, May 3 at 1PM & 5PM

Tickets on sale soon!

Meet Our Extraordinary Cause: Second Helpings

by Judy on January 20, 2015

Second_Helpings_cause2015Michelle and I had a informative tour of and scrumptious lunch at Second Helpings recently. Although we were aware of what Second Helpings does in our community, we had no idea of the efficiency or scope. We were in awe of the great work they do with mostly volunteers, every day.

Second Helpings was created in 1998, the brainchild of three Indianapolis chefs: Kristen Cordoza, Bob Koch, and Jean Paison. They sought to address food waste, hunger, job training, and a source of skilled labor for the local food service industry—with one solution: turn unused food into meals and jobs. In their first full month of operation 37 volunteers helped rescue 7,000 pounds of food and prepare 3,074 meals.

17 years later Second Helpings has grown substantially. Over 700 volunteers help eliminate hunger, every day, by making 4,000 nutritious meals from the rescued prepared and perishable food from retailers, wholesalers and restaurants. The meals are distributed to 75 Indianapolis metro-area social service organizations, which in turn feed people in need. Jennifer Vigran, Second Helpings’ CEO, shared that they are on target to serve 1,000,000 meals this year.

In addition, Second Helpings helps break the cycle of poverty by helping unemployed and underemployed people become successful culinary professionals. Annually close to 80 people go through and graduate from Second Helpings’ Culinary Job Training program, an intensive 10-week training course each year, which is recognized as a “Program of Excellence” by the American Culinary Federation. Graduates receive 5 credits from the culinary program at Ivy Tech Community College, a certificate of achievement from the State of Indiana, and ServSafe Certification. Second Helpings also assists students with interview preparation and job placement. More below on how Second Helpings transforms lives through the power of food:


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by Judy on January 5, 2015

We want to hear YOUR stories!!!

LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER INDIANAPOLIS is now accepting submissions for the May 3rd show (two, at 1pm and 5pm). Judy Miller (@MamaMiller) and Michelle McNally (@gotchababy) are co-producing and directing LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER Indianapolis for their third season.

We are calling for your original, humorous, poignant, and soulful words about:

  • Being a mom
  • Having a mom
  • Being mothered
  • Mothering
  • Any theme where the star of the story is MOTHERHOOD

We want stories that take three to five minutes to read, roughly 750-800 words. Please check your word count before emailing your submission to us.

  • Not a writer? No problem.
  • No stage experience? No problem.
  • Not a blogger? No problem.
  • Not a mother? No problem.

Wondering what’s been read in the past? Click the “TV” button at the top of this page to watch the videos.

LTYM Indianapolis will take submissions until Friday, February 13, midnight. That’s just a few weeks away, folks!

Those selected for auditions will be notified by midnight, February 15th.

To be considered for Indianapolis’ Listen To Your Mother show submit your best to (by February 13th, midnight) and include:

1) In email subject line: LTYM Indianapolis, your NAME and TITLE of essay

2) Attach your 750-800-word essay: Include your NAME, TITLE of essay, PHONE number, and EMAIL address on the first page, in Word .doc format.

Confirmation of receipt emails will be sent within 24 hours.

(*Previously published work will be accepted as long as the author retains full rights or has express permission to read the work for this event.)

Mark your calendars: LTYM Indianapolis will be holding two performances on Sunday, May 3rd at the fabulous Indiana Historical Society. With your support and enthusiasm we’re going to give motherhood the spotlight it deserves!

Here is the PDF version of our submission guidelines:


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We’re B-A-A-C-K!!

November 23, 2014

Although we are wrapping up 2014, we welcome you to the 2015 Listen To Your Mother season! Listen To Your Mother (LTYM) continues to expand and positively impact people throughout the country. Michelle and I are thrilled to again produce and direct another Indianapolis show, our 3rd, along with 28 other returning cities and 10 new ones! Additionally, Listen To Your Mother’s first anthology, LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER: What She Said Then, What We’re Saying Now is now available for pre-sale. Save the Date! Our 3rd Listen To Your Mother show is on Sunday, May 3, 2015 (two shows at 1pm AND 5pm, at the Indiana Historical Society). Michelle and I look forward to curating and sharing another smashing show with new cast members and fresh heartfelt stories about all that is motherhood with you. Submissions and Auditions: We will put out a call for submissions and auditions after 2015 arrives, so please check […]

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Listen to Your Mother: Indianapolis 2014 Playlist

August 4, 2014

One of the best parts (ok, there are many best parts) of Listen to Your Mother is the ability to connect with others through the power of video and the Internet. If you missed our show, or if you have a favorite you’d like to share, here’s the entire show, in all its glory. ENJOY. by

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It’s a Wrap!!

May 2, 2014

“How did you know?!” “You spoke my words!” “I can’t wait until next year! I’m bringing all of my friends. Listen To Your Mother is amazing!” “I want to hear the stories again!” “Wow! Just… Wow!” “This is _________. She has a story to share. How does she get involved for next year?” The above are just a few of the many praises and wonderful feedback Listen To Your Mother Indianapolis received. We were so honored to share our stories, to be heard and also to validate the universal emotions that are entrenched in motherhood. Our cast read two times on Sunday, April 27th. Our cast gave 100% plus at both shows. We had a celebratory cast dinner (with families and friends) after the second show. We were elated, but exquisitely spent from the emotion shared and the connectivity that happened, the powerful magic. And proud, over-the-moon proud, of what we created at […]

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