Thank you, Metro Detroit!

by angela on May 6, 2014

LTYM Metro Detroit
Time slid by too quickly the day of Listen to Your Mother: Metro Detroit.

I wanted to slow the second hand, just a little, too keep the roller coaster of emotions moving with less intensity. Big moments, the ones for which you plan and plan and plan, always speed by before you can inhale.

The morning of the show, I took a second to breathe. I paused, though I was running late, and I let the months of planning wash over me.

To our magnificent cast… You blew us away — the producers/directors, your fellow cast members, the audience — we are all walking around in a different place this week because of your stories. We all have stories, but we applaud your bravery in bringing your words and your hearts to our stage this weekend. You will inspire more people to do the same. More stories will be told because you were each brave enough to walk to that microphone and tell yours.

To our (mostly patient) families… Thank you to our children who scouted venues and made all sorts of unusual locations into opportunities to play with new friends, and thank you our husbands, the men who are often the first audience for our stories, our strongest supporters, and the people who bit their tongues while the three of us tried our hardest to break records for group texting our excitement, to-do lists, and anticipation about Listen to Your Mother: Metro Detroit.

To the Metro Detroit community… We appreciate your presence, your support, and the energy you brought to Saint Andrew’s Hall this weekend. You gave our storytellers a safe place to share their words, and for that, we are so grateful.

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Meet the cast – Kimberly Morand

by angela on May 1, 2014

LTYMMD cast

Meet Kimberly Morad!

1) What is your favorite location in Michigan?
I had never really travelled outside of the popular “Canadian shopping destinations” until I met my husband who is a half-breed (Canadian and American). His family owns a quaint cottage in northern Michigan and we spend a lot of summer weekends there. They have the best ice cream, cheap booze, and the most fabulous mullets you’ll ever see. Did I mention the beach? Absolutely peaceful and gorgeous.
2) Do you have a favorite book, author, or story? What is it?
Let’s Pretend This Never Happened: (A Mostly True Memoir) by Jenny Lawson
Jenny, also known as The Bloggess in the blogging community, makes me laugh so hard that I will never need to go to the gym to work out my abs again. From her dysfunctional childhood to her personal battle with depression, she has inspired me to try to find the funny in life’s struggles and if I can’t find the funny, make it funny… and then share it in the most awkward way possible.
3) Why did you decide to audition for LTYM: Metro Detroit? 
Coming forward and saying that you have a mental illness is not like admitting that you have diabetes or cancer. It’s one of those illnesses that dangerously teeters on a fine line between acceptance and rejection. We are labeled as crazy, weak, psycho, deranged, violent, etc. which creates fear in the public. It’s this fear that makes mental illnesses not readily “worthy” of sympathy, support, and proper and timely medical care that other societal accepted illnesses like cancer receive.
One in eight women will be diagnosed with postpartum depression and that is not including those who suffer in silence.
I wanted to share my story, our story, in hopes of reaching out to that one woman who needs that gentle push to get help and to show you that we are not our illness. We are damn good moms just like you.
Above all, this was for my sweet boy who saves me everyday. He inspires me to fight for this life and this life? Is beautiful.
4) Do you have a favorite memory from Saint Andrews Hall? 
I need directions to get there :)
5) What is the best piece of advice you’ve received from your mother or a mother figure?
My grandma was a master at gardening, far better than Martha Stewart ever will be. I was embarrassed to show her my very first garden because it was awful. I had no idea what was what and half of them were fried by the hot, summer sun.
“It’ll never seem to look quite like the way you had pictured it,” she said, “but that doesn’t mean it’s not beautiful. If you shut your left eye you will see its potential like that big ass weed in the corner.”
I always use that a metaphor for life… there will always be beauty in all the ugly that life throws at me. I just have to keep looking for it.

Don’t miss Kimberly’s reading this Sunday, May 4! Tickets available now.

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Celebrating successful women: Dr. Monica Lee

April 30, 2014

As part of Henry Ford Health System’s commitment to Listen To Your Mother: Metro Detroit, we are continuing our series highlighting some of their phenomenal physicians. Today we talk with Dr. Monica Lee, Director of Obstetrics for Henry Ford Hospital. 1.What is the most satisfying part of your role as a physician? The ability to provide care to women of all ages, throughout their various phases of life.  It is quite rewarding to take care of a patient in her teenage years that matures and goes on to have children of her own. 2. What is the number one thing women should do to protect their health? Protect our cardiovascular health. One in three women have heart disease, the number one killer in the United States. The leading female cardiovascular experts at The Mount Sinai Hospital in New York are recommending the following “Top 10 Things Women Need to Do to Protect their Hearts”. 3. What is […]

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Meet the cast – Ber-Henda Williams

April 29, 2014

Meet Ber-Henda Williams! She is doing amazing things with The Power of Girlhood. 1) What is your favorite location in Michigan? Cafe con Leche 2) Do you have a favorite book, author, or story? Khalid Gibran 3) Why did you decide to audition for LTYM: Metro Detroit? I wanted to express myself and share a defining moment in my life and career. 4) Do you have a favorite memory from Saint Andrews Hall? No, I was not a regular. 5) What is the best piece of advice you’ve received from your mother or a mother figure? Just be… Join us on May 4 to hear Ber-Henda’s story, and the stories of the other women in the Listen to Your Mother Metro Detroit inaugural cast. Tickets available now.

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Meet the cast – Satori Shakoor

April 28, 2014

Meet Satori Shakoor! 1) What is your favorite location in Michigan? The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, where every third Friday of the month I host The Secret Society Of Twisted Storytellers, a live storytelling event. www.secretstorytellers.com 2) Do you have a favorite book, author, or story? What is it? Currently, my  favorite author is Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, “Half Of A Yellow Sun.” 3) Why did you decide to audition for LTYM: Metro Detroit? I wanted to share, honor and immortalize my mother. 4) Do you have a favorite memory from Saint Andrews Hall? I was lead singer in an original rock band called, Cherubim. We played St. Andrews Hall many times. One of my favorite memories was opening for “Bad Brains” a reggae punk band. The lead singer would dive into the audience. I thought it was above and beyond the duty of a lead singer, but hey. 5) What is the best piece of advice you’ve received from your mother or […]

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