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Where Worlds Collide (Or Overlap Perfectly)

by mariannelonsdale on April 15, 2015

My son Nick and I shoved our way onto the F train at the Times Square subway station. At 6:15 pm, the train was standing room only. We needed to arrive at Book Court in Brooklyn by 7:00 pm for the launch of Listen To Your Mother’s anthology. I still couldn’t believe that the April 8th event coincided with our trip to New York.

All of us who are mothers and writers know that getting those two labels to line up can be tough. And during spring break I don’t even try; my focus is on my husband and my son. We usually take a short road trip within Northern California – Point Reyes, Lake Tahoe or Calistoga. My husband owns a small business that’s hard to detach from for more than a few days, and he detests flying. So only three of our family vacations have involved a plane.

This year was different. My son, a senior in high school, has applied to colleges all over the country. We planned a twelve-day adventure to Chicago, Washington DC and New York City. My husband opted to stay home. I was excited to take this grand tour, and spend time with my son.

And then, in a moment of serendipity, Listen To Your Mother announced the date and location of the book launch. April 8th in Brooklyn! I’d be across the bridge in Manhattan. I could go and I could meet my LTYM colleagues in person!

We exited the station, walked two blocks to Book Court and snagged the last two seats. I started chatting with a woman next to me who’d travelled from Nyack, New York. I mentioned we were from Oakland. A grey-haired gentleman in front of me turned and said, “I came from Madison, Wisconsin. Ann Imig is my daughter.” (You all know Ann is the founder of LTYM, right?) I don’t think I was the first one he told. Melisa Wells, another national LTYM team member sat in front of him. I’d only met her virtually and we shared a hug and a hello.


Ann Imig and Marianne


Ann kicked off the night. Ann is energetic, smart, witty, gracious and gorgeous. She could easily have commandeered center stage for the evening but she quickly turned the launch over to five readers. Each story captivated the crowd. I was particularly interested to hear Taya Dunn Johnson read as she’s also on the national team. I’m not going to tell the short version of her story here – it deserves your reading (pages 67 to 69) but it stunned me, and I felt like I knew her so much more after hearing her words. And a hug and kiss from her beaming son Marcus sealed the deal.


Taya Dunn Johnson and Marianne


I pushed my way to the front of the crowd after the readings, eager to meet Ann and have her sign my book. A long line snaked down one side of the store. I had no intention of waiting. After all, I was an associate producer and I’d travelled all the way from California. I wanted to meet Ann now. My son put me in my place. “Mom, you have to wait in the line. Don’t be rude.” Boy did he have a tone in his voice. I eased my way to the end of the line and then just calmed down and took in the pleasure of the moment, of my worlds colliding and overlapping in such a wonderful way.

The just-released book will be on sale at our show and is available now from your favorite bookseller!

Epilogue: Not only did we make it to the book launch, but also we scored entry to the BlogHer celebration at nearby La Vara. My son, with a wristband identifying him as under age 21, still felt like the coolest 18 year old on the planet by getting to attend an exclusive after party.

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Pier 39 is a Local Sponsor of LTYM SF

by mariannelonsdale on April 12, 2015

Teri Stevens, a support member of the LYTM SF team, wrote this blog about local sponsor Pier 39.

LTYMSF welcomes local sponsor PIER 39! From amazing views and a sea of sea lions to chowder bread bowls and California wines, a visit to San Francisco starts at PIER 39, the most visited destination in San Francisco. The PIER offers two levels of dining, entertainment, shopping and attractions, all surrounded by unbeatable views of the city and the bay. Located along the historic San Francisco Waterfront, PIER 39’s location provides the picture perfect backdrop for postcard views of the Golden Gate and Bay Bridges, Alcatraz, Angel Island and the famous City skyline.

Don’t miss the sea lions that camp out in PIER 39’s West Marina. The aquatic attraction has been an international sensation for more than 24 years. A few California sea lions began “hauling out” in PIER 39’s West Marina shortly after the 1989 San Francisco Loma Prieta earthquake. The boisterous barking pinnipeds started arriving in droves and took over K- Dock in January 1990. At first they numbered from 10-50, but due to a plentiful herring supply, the available dock space and protective environment, the population soon grew to more than 300 within a couple of months.

With more than 60 specialty shops located throughout two levels of PIER 39, visitors are treated to a memorable shopping experience like none other in San Francisco. There is a variety of merchandise suitable for everyone that includes gifts, collectibles, body care, apparel, accessories, jewelry, games and even a tattoo studio.


Get a FREE PIER 39 Fun Pack containing discounts to many of the shops, restaurants and attractions at PIER 39, and two hours of free parking in the PIER 39 Parking Garage.Click here for the printable coupon redeemable at the California Welcome Center located on Level 2 by Fog Harbor Fish House.

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Flax is a Local Sponsor of LTYM SF

April 2, 2015

Flax San Francisco  Meghen Kurtzig, a support member of the LYTM SF team wrote this blog about local sponsor Flax: This spectacular collection and beautiful presentation of art and craft supplies is a San Francisco landmark that is not to be missed. Called a “candy store for the creative” it has been part of the city for the last 77 years. They provide 20,000 square feet of creative space to indulge your imagination and they have every item needed to make that vision a reality. It is family owed and has been both a tourist stop and an essential source for locals in search of inspiration. My own wedding invitations came from Flax and I spent hours roaming the aisles debating between one beautiful piece of paper or the other. It is where I turn when I need special gifts for far away family that give a hint of San Francisco and it is […]

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March 27, 2015

Hold on to yer hats ‘n glasses folks and get ready for a wild ride, Listen to Your Mother-style. Rehearsals are underway! We laughed, we cried, we LISTENED as our 2015 LTYM San Francisco cast came together for their first show rehearsal last weekend. In space generously donated by The Sports Basement Presidio store, our amazing cast of thirteen led us on a story-telling journey of passion, hilarity and heart-felt emotion. We were blown away! We already knew this was going to be GREAT show, but with one rehearsal under our belts,we can now honestly say it is going to be a rip roarin’, take-no-prisoners, not a dry eye in the house kind of show! Our production and artistic team was on hand as well, serving up wine and tasty snacks. It was truly magic for us to witness the way in which our cast bonded. They walked through the rehearsal doors as […]

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Auditions Are Over, We Have A Cast and Tickets Are On Sale!

March 17, 2015

 Auditions Are Over! We heard amazing pieces at three libraries in diverse parts of the San Francisco Bay Area. Our first day was at the Temescal Library in Oakland, an historic building in an area that’s been transitioning into a hipster hangout over the last few years. The second day was in the Main Library of San Francisco, a modern glass and concrete building that borders a gritty neighborhood known as the Tenderloin. Our last day was in bucolic Mill Valley where readers looked out large glass windows to a grove of redwood trees. We wish we were able to cast many more of the talented storytellers we met through the audition process. But we only have 90 minutes. And only 13 spots. And we agonized over each and every decision that was made. We Have A Cast! Our fabulous cast hails from the all over the Bay Area and beyond. Their stories are rich […]

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