In which Lesley describes her quest for the missing piece of a Venetian glass-blown chess set of Jewish holidays, living life with grace, the necessity of gun control, her family, and how to celebrate kindness.
In which Susan discusses the ideal town of Edwardsville and its unofficial mayor, how her life is organized around stories, the importance of giving people the benefit of the doubt, and owning awkwardness.
In which Michael discusses his enterprise restoring and renting vintage Airstream trailers (Nomad Mobile Motor Lodge), his dream to be a backup singer for Emmylou Harris, the fundamental energy that dogs give him, and being independently wealthy so he can use his magic litter wand.
In which Susan discusses how other people's successes make her feel, how music has shaped her relationships and made her "a piece of something larger," the heartwrenching experience of taking her daughter away from her foster mother, and more.
In which Osa talks about Nigerian parenting, leadership, and actually feeling invisible. Osa also introduced me to Nigerian activist and musician Fela Kuti. And if you want to hear Osa rap, check out this video--a collaboration between him and his friend and fellow rapper Ben Lasso.
In which Toby talks about making ephemeral art, being a karaoke superstar, the time it takes to recover from dancing, how to properly make tea, and how Katell Keineg would feature in the soundtrack of the movie of his life.
In case you're wondering, you can learn more about Noah Scalin and the art-a-day challenges here: https://makesomething365.blogspot.com
Toby also mentioned the excellent novel by Jeanette Winterson--Written on the Body.
Until this interview, I hadn't talked with Toby since 1989. This was so much fun.
In which the insightful and stylish Tracey discusses human rights, magical practices, having Clarissa Pinkola Estes whispering in her ear, the lessons of living in a cartoon forest, and more. Learn more about Tracey's work here.
In which you hear from Clay how his increasing understanding of how the world works affects the everyday choices he makes, how he's a "church junkie," why he would like to witness Lincoln giving the Gettysburg Address, and what exactly he believes.
In which D discusses taking on another's point of view, artistic collaboration, the idea that place can be a person, and what her favorite things are to make.
Check out D's #40for40 poetry project here: https://sites.google.com/site/dmropoetry/the-40for40-project-2015-2017
In celebration of Pride Weekend, I give you my interview with Matt Corey, who was my first-ever out gay friend, and who had a big influence on me as a writer and a human. Listen closely to hear Matt talk about people's unheard need for contentment, the perils of virtuosic talent, and missing the bus on September 11, 2001.
In which you'll learn about John's fantasy taco machine and his overall commitment to tacos, as well as finding a cure for childhood cancer.
During our interview, I neglected to mention that I met John at All Souls Church, Unitarian when my husband and I and he and his wife (previous Five Questions guest Danielle Henry were in a class together.
In which Gay proclaims her desire to ride a horse, perhaps while channeling Loretta Lynn and Taylor Swift as a country singer. Be transported into Gay's memories through the smell of camelias, cinnamon toast, and more.