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Meet Stacey Gill

by deborah on March 21, 2017

Stacey Gill headshotSTACEY GILL is an award-winning writer, the mastermind behind the humorous parenting blog, One FunnyMotha, and contributor to two parenting anthologies in a New York Times best-selling series: I Still Just Want to Pee Alone and I Just Want to Be Perfect. Her work has appeared on The Washington Post; The Huffington Post; Good Housekeeping; BlogHer; Babble; Brain, Child; and Scary Mommy among others. She has been featured repeatedly on the funniest parents/best of lists for TODAYParents, The Huffington Post, Babble and BuzzFeed.

She’s also an instructor at The Writers Circle in Montclair, N.J. But perhaps her most important work is as the proud founder of the Detached Parenting Movement, a child-rearing model she single-handedly developed without any guidance or advanced degrees in child psychology. Currently, she’s at work on a memoir based on this radical theory. 

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BROOKE’S ACCOUNT OF OUR FIRST REHEARSAL

by deborah on March 20, 2017

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Photo credit: Joy Yagid Photography

As one cast member astutely pointed out, this year’s Listen to Your Mother North Jersey participants include a roller derby queen, a yogi, and a self-proclaimed Vagipreneur –don’t ask– among many other talented folk. All their stories are equally eclectic.

The first rehearsal for any LTYM show is always filled with excitement and fear of the unknown. What will the cast members be like? Will there be chemistry? Will nerves or calm prevail when the reading moment arrives?

LTYM 2017 read through pic 1As we went around the room introducing ourselves, we heard several people say they “weren’t real writers,” as if they were imposters, fearing the giant hook anytime. But no matter what road they’ve taken to get into that room, they’ve already proven they’re all writers, with beautiful stories to tell.

Making yourself vulnerable– no matter what kind of story you’re sharing– is the scariest part. Getting the words on the page is its own effort, but then reading them aloud and standing by them is another.Yet every time, Deborah, Sandy, and I are impressed, moved and inspired by our cast members’ willingness to tell their stories.

Most learn quickly that the rehearsal room is a safe space. Because we’ve all been in that circle, baring our souls, at some point. And we’re all rooting for each other. The tissue box made the rounds, and there were many belly laughs and nods of recognition. There’s always some part of every story that feels familiar and true.

You’ll discover it for yourself if you get your tickets soon for our May 13th shows. They’re selling out fast!

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Meet Gary Forman

March 17, 2017

While GARY FORMAN is not a mother, he is the son of a mother and the husband of a mother. When he’s not justifying his qualifications to be part of Listen To Your Mother, Gary runs a consultancy, Gary Forman Creative, that provides speechwriting, copywriting, and communications strategy services for tech companies, non-profits, and others. Gary hails from Brooklyn, spent most of his adult life in Manhattan, and for the past dozen years has lived in South Orange with his wife, Amy, and two teenaged kids. He has written for several boldface names, including Jon Stewart (who told Gary, “that sounds like a joke except it’s not funny”) and Alec Baldwin (who described Gary’s writing as “wordy.”) In 2004, Gary wrote and performed a one-man show, Because I Can, at the Greenwich Street Theater in NYC. After a decade-long hiatus from creative writing, in 2016 Gary co-founded Sheilah, a randomly-named South Orange/Maplewood writers group. […]

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ANNOUNCING OUR 2017 CHARITY – REAL HOUSE, INC!

March 16, 2017

  Every year, Listen To Your Mother North Jersey partners with a local charity to support mothers and families in our area. It is our great pleasure to announce our partnership with REAL HOUSE, INC. Since 2004, REAL HOUSE, Inc. has been a safe haven for women who have nowhere else to turn. REAL HOUSE, Inc. is a licensed program with locations in Montclair, Bloomfield, and Newark, New Jersey that provides substance abuse treatment for women who need shelter, intensive outpatient, or halfway house lodging. The 36-bed facility is not operated like a typical homeless shelter. REAL HOUSE, Inc. provides a home-like environment, complete with bedrooms, large kitchens, dining areas, living rooms etc. Along with supplying shelter, residents can receive treatment for substance abuse, job training, help with school enrollment and assistance with finding permanent housing. With REAL HOUSE, Inc.’s support, women who were once homeless can begin to heal and transform their lives. Listen […]

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Meet Sandy Castor

March 15, 2017

SANDY CASTOR is a lifelong resident of Montclair, daughter to Serge and Josette Castor who emigrated from Haiti to pursue the American dream. Her parents’ sacrifices and tireless pursuit of the American dream provided her as well as her brother with infinite possibilities as they serve as living examples of their dreams personified. As a resident of the culturally rich and socioeconomically diverse town that is Montclair, Sandy developed a deep passion for politics and serving her community. It has fueled a career that has led her from New Jersey to the nation’s capital and back again. Sandy has served in several administrations from Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (Washington, D.C.) to Governor Andrew M. Cuomo (New York) further deepening her desire to be about the change, beyond the campaigns, beyond the politics; with people and good policy being the driving force behind the work she has done. Sandy is currently serving as a […]

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