The Videos Are Live!

by Kelli on July 13, 2014

With each audition and rehearsal and blog post and anxiety dream we shook up the proverbial soda bottle of Listen To Your Mother, Portland. The energy rose to the surface. Then on Mother’s Day we unscrewed the cap and stories came bubbling out in front of a live audience. It was delicious. Now, please join us as we continually enjoy sip after sip of these wonderful stories on YouTube!

You can watch the whole Portland playlist here, and then peruse the Listen To Your Mother YouTube channel to watch shows from the other 31 cities, and those from past years. A huge thank you to to the incredible national LTYM team for getting 32 cities’ worth of videos up for public viewing! And thank you to LTYM video sponsor by T. Rowe Price!  

We give to you … Listen To Your Mother, Portland.


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Portland’s Gratitude

by carisa on May 13, 2014



We were compelled to the stage by the human connection that storytelling facilitates. Craving a sense of unity, seeking humanity.

Through the eyes of motherhood, our storytellers shared their lives. They made us feel the experience of finding ourselves pregnant and single, putting ourselves together after a brutal divorce, cheering on gay rights progress in order that our own beloved children might live as equals, battling infertility while recovering from anorexia, fighting and winning a battle against postpartum anxiety, being given up for adoption and reconnecting with our biological family, navigating a foster child’s discovery of sexuality, finding a connection with our own mother through an unusual baring of souls and strengthening our resolve by refusing to suffer under the demands of motherhood.  With laughter, we invented a new word, to name the awkward transition to first-time motherhood, threw our arms up and cried ‘Uncle!’ when we realized our children outnumbered us, resorted to fantasizing about ourselves as flight attendants in order to make it through yet another taxing day with young ones, taught our children the value of swearing and tenacity and admitted to ourselves that our mothers have had sex, maybe even more than once.

Each story lasted only a few minutes, but we who heard the stories, will carry them with us for a lifetime. We are changed. Our compassion is increased, our human bond enhanced.


To the women who told their stories, here in Portland: you are beautiful, brilliant souls, each and every one of you. We love you, Melissa Sher, Jenny Forrester, Tracey Barnes Priestly, Jessica Peyton Roberts, Sage Cohen, Nadia Martinez Chantry, Deb Stone, Renee Butcher, Meghan Yow, Clarissa Moll,  Leanne Goolsby and Nikki Schulak



To those who stood with us in spirit: the producers, directors and cast members of our thirty-one sister cities, we FELT you. The energy from your shows and the support you offered, carried us and made us strong.

To the family and friends who propped us up, encouraged our efforts, took on extra duties at home and helped care for our children while we built our show, we could not have done this without you and we promise to take a break soon.

To our incredible national sponsors, Blogher and Chevy and our spectacular local sponsors, Zenana Spa and Wellness Center, Women’s Healthcare Associates, Crafty Wonderland, Radio Room, Toro Bravo Cookbook, Bolt Fabric Boutique,  Johann Leiter at JML Foto and Tracey Whitney: thank you for believing in this project and for lending such tremendous support. You brought us to the stage.

To Alberta Rose Theatre, not only for the exquisite venue, but for holding our hands while we learned how to put on a show . You were the stage.

To the Portland Women’s Crisis Line, thank you for partnering with us and for the tremendously important work that you do, advocating for victims of sexual and domestic violence.

To our audience: thank you for choking-up and busting-up with us. You received us with open arms and wrapped us in a warm embrace. Ya’ll come back now, ya hear?

To the Listen To Your Mother crew: Deb Rox and Stephanie Precourt, thank you for keeping us on track and looking good,  Melisa Wells, your title ‘mentor’ is so deserved.

To  Ann Imig, Listen To Your Mother creator, national director,  mother to a world-enhancing phenomenon: your amazing vision is equaled only by your extraordinary grace. Thank you for believing in us, for this incredible opportunity.


Carisa & Kelli



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It’s Showtime, Portland!

May 8, 2014

Three, two, one….Listen To Your Mother:Portland is THIS Sunday, Sunday, Sunday! (<–To be read in the voice of a monster truck show announcer.)  Haven’t yet made up your mind to join us at the Alberta Rose Theatre? We’re happy to help you decide… 1) If you’ve always wanted the experience of feeling every possible human emotion within a 90 minute time frame, our show is the place for you. 2) If you are a mother, have a mother, want to be a mother, know a mother or have never even heard of a mother, our show is the place for you. 3) If you go over to the LTYM homepage and see the gorgeous photos and commentary on all the shows around the country that have already taken their turns on stage these last two weeks,  and you think to yourself, ‘That’s incredible,’ our show is the place for you. 4) If you click […]

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Local Sponsor Spotlight: Crafty Wonderland

May 2, 2014

Do you remember when Alice fell down the rabbit hole? Scary, right? And then she entered this “wonderland” that was filled with confusion and a queen who wanted her head! I’m sorry, but if you ask me, that’s no wonderland. A wonderland to me is much more like this: But short of eating a candy daffodil and drinking from a chocolate river, I would much prefer my wonderland come with over 200 vendors showcasing and sharing their handmade arts, crafts and whimsical tidings of happiness. That, my friends, is a real wonderland. And it’s happening HERE in Portland. It’s so close you can practically reach out and feel the felted goodness. Crafty Wonderland’s Super Colossal Spring Sale is happening on Saturday, May 10th, at the Oregon Convention Center. It’s going to be amazing. And if you’re among the first 200 through the doors, you’re getting a goodie bag. Oh yeah. Crafty Wonderland started […]

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Local Sponsor Spotlight: Zenana Spa

April 22, 2014

Synergy. That’s what can happen when people come together with a shared passion, combining their unique contributions to produce a result that is greater than the sum of its individual parts. Listen To Your Mother is about celebrating the ever-familiar yet infinitely diverse stories of motherhood. Zenana Spa and Wellness Center is about celebrating the mother herself, and in so doing strengthening families and reinforcing community. So when Zenana Spa answered the call to become a local Portland sponsor for Listen To Your Mother, there it was: Synergy.   Zenana Spa is specially suited for expecting mothers, but is designed for everyone. They offer massages, facials, nail services and here-comes-summer hair removal. Come for any of these experiences and you’re sure to leave refreshed and better prepared to conquer your world … gently. And as Mother’s Day is right around the corner, the opportunities for treating Mom (and yourself!) are abundant at Zenana […]

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