The 2014 Listen To Your Mother Videos Are Here!

by Stephanie P. on August 5, 2014

Watch the 2014 LTYM: Raleigh-Durham show on our YouTube channel.

Thanks to LTYM’s video sponsor CollegeSavingsChillout.com by T. Rowe Price, we have added 400 new videos from the 2014 shows!! Check out EVERYBODY FREAKS OUT– their funny children’s-style book for parents–only five bucks and 100% proceeds benefit Junior Achievement USA.

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Meet Erin Duffy

by KeAnne on May 5, 2014

Erin Duffy exudes a quiet strength and possesses a dry sense of humor, qualities which are on display in her piece. She knows endurance well but is still able to reflect and ask tough questions about parenting her youngest daughter.  Meet Erin!
Erin Duffy

Erin Duffy lives in Raleigh with her husband Dennis and three daughters Maggie (13), Embree (9) and Beatrice (4). Erin grew up in Oklahoma and her parents, Chauncey and Joanna, and her younger brother, Chan, and his wife, Julie, still live there. They are expecting their first child in two weeks! Her identical twin sister, Leslie, lives with her husband, Ed, and their two boys, Samuel and Greer, in Rockville, Maryland.

Erin works as both a full-time mom and a part-time attorney, making her the third attorney in the cast.

Erin’s hobbies include enjoy reading and writing. She loves to cook, noting “food is a big way that I show affection for people.” She and her husband love to see movies together and love live music. Erin is another of our runners and while she has run two half-marathons, she admits she would rather read a book or eat than exercise! Erin also spends a lot of time with her daughters and finds being a mother, “very frustrating, challenging, and humbling but also magical, rewarding, and beautiful.”

Erin joins this year’s cast of Listen to Your Mother after attending and loving last year’s show:

I’m thrilled to be a part of Listen to Your Mother! I believe that sharing our stories is a powerful way to connect with one another and realize how much we have in common. We all have our struggles, but they are easier to get through if we can talk about them, through laughter and tears!

Erin’s list of writers she loves is long and includes Doris Kearns Goodwin, Candice Millard, Marilynne Robinson, Wallace Stegner, Richard Russo, Dave Eggers, Kent Haruf, Ann Patchett, Richard Ford, Amitav Ghosh, George Eliot, Louisa Alcott, L.M. Montgomery, Glennon Doyle Melton, Wendell Berry, Jane Austen, Charles Frazier, David McCullough, Vikram Seth, Reynolds Price, Mary Doria Russell, Barbara Kingsolver, Brian McLaren, Phyllis Tickle, Jonathan Franzen, and Mary Karr.

Erin was published in the WRAL “Moms Who Run” series in 2013.

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Erin’s piece touches on every feeling and moment of self-doubt we have had as mothers, especially during extremely tough times, and she offers a moment of grace.  Hear it for yourself on May 6 or May 8.

 

 

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Meet Joy Salyers

May 2, 2014

When Joy came in to audition, I mentioned something about it having been a wild day. She immediately replied, “Mercury is in Retrograde,” and I knew I had found a kindred spirit because I had just been telling Liisa and Marty about Mercury Retrograde. It turns out that astrology is only one of Joy’s many interests and hobbies.  Meet Joy! Joy Salyers came to the Triangle to attend graduate school in Folklore at UNC and now makes her home in Hillsborough with her family.  She has a six year-old daughter and an almost eight year-old son, as well as an adult foster son who lives nearby in Durham.  Joy is thrilled that her parents moved to Hillsborough to be closer to her kids and excited for her children to someday realize how incredibly lucky they were to have all their grandparents and one set of great-grandparents local. Joy is the Executive Director at […]

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Meet Stephanie Lormand

April 29, 2014

I don’t think I’ve ever seen Stephanie without a smile on her face. She’s funny, honest and self-deprecating, characteristics that carry over to her wonderful piece.  Meet Stephanie! Stephanie Lormand lives in Raleigh with her husband (a mostly successful union of an only child married to a middle son) and two children. Her oldest son, Zach, joined the family in November 2006, and his younger brother, Elliot, arrived in time for the party in November 2008. Her family also consists of two dogs that “have not yet forgiven me for the two sons”; one tree frog living a charmed life in a houseplant; and two bearded dragons that let the rest of them think they’re in charge. Stephanie describes her day-to-day as the following: As a biostatistically-influenced sociologist, I am a breed of geek rarely found in the wilds of suburbia. Finding myself hunted by collectors, I have assumed the identity of stay-at-home […]

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Meet Dana Hughens!

April 25, 2014

Dana Hughens is vivacious and full of energy and after hearing her read her piece, I knew exactly where that energy came from.  Meet Dana! Dana Hughens lives in Raleigh with her husband, son and dog: My 12-year-old son is a techno, artsy Lego reviewer and is known as Pugnacious10 on YouTube. Check him out! My southern gentleman husband gets all the credit for our son’s manners that are the envy of all the other moms. The baby of our family is a 104-pound black lab mix who joined our family from the Wake SPCA. He enjoys Saturday morning sniff adventures and swimming. Dana is the chief executive officer of Clairemont Communications, a PR agency in downtown Raleigh. Founded in 2010, the agency combines traditional public relations and social media. Impressively, the Clairemont team has received 75 local public relations industry awards during its first three years in business. It turns out, however, […]

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