In which Nancy discusses the isolation of making art; the diverse occupations of pastamaking, art and graphic design, and running a business; her newfound political activism; and the influence of her Italian heritage on her daily life.
In which Trinishia discusses experiencing life as a native Washingtonian, learning Spanish in Mexico, scuba diving, her aspirations to live and work in Francophone Africa, reading her husband's mind, gentrification, her kids' fluency in Mandarin, and more.
In which Paul Douglas discusses the drama of breeding Siamese fighting fish as a teenager, being schooled in Scrabble by his sisters, unexpectedly visiting a Venitian church with a storied musical history, why people need to listen more and talk less, the importance of his Southern roots, how he would like to direct Candide, stage managing A Streetcar Named Desire, how the experience of dual consciousness of seeing A Long Day's Journey Into Night on stage inspired him to do theatre, and more.
In which Whitney talks about growing up on the Equator and smelling the outdoors, running half-marathons against her better judgment, what inspires her from civil rights movements then and now, feeling at home and spiritually connected in Ghana, her admiration for her parents and the faith they instilled in her, and the dinner party she'd like to have with Jesus, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, and Barack and Michelle Obama.
In which Wade talks about scoring a goal for the Carolina Hurricanes, being listened to by thousands of people, answering an email that changed his life, the importance of encouraging your kids, trying something you're not good at and doing it anyway, and discovering he wouldn't always be a misfit.
In which Betsy talks about dancing with Fred Astaire; finding the silver lining; the legacy of craftiness, creativity, and courage from her grandmother; replacing guns with musical instruments, and more. What do chocolate chip cookies, magic wands, paperback books, and flowers have in common? Find out from Betsy!
In which Trina discusses the beautiful and goat-filled island of Anguila, her strong faith, her network of friends who are more like family, the surreality of election night 2016 and how it motivated her and her friends to launch Revolutionary Sisters of the Diaspora to create space for women of color, and more.
In which David McDavitt, also known as my daughter's architecture teacher, talks about getting in character, playing reggae and Afrofunk music, why he calls his students Jujubear, whittling down one's dreams, and the historical surprise of his beard.
In which Anne discusses the implications of her decision to attend law school, having a stroke at her office, her return to the stage after many years away, and the influence that Anne of Green Gables' teacher had on her life.
In which Sumi talks about life in New York City (where she moved almost by accident), having a teeny dog (#teammouse), providing a theme for each year of her life (#yearoflaughter), doing stand-up comedy, her relationship with Mindy Kaling, and oh so much more.
In which my dad, Bob Rosenblatt, describes his exploits in Times Square in the middle of the night as a copy boy during college and his sunrise trips to take a nap on the beach.
In which Kristin talks about getting married, having two kids, and launching a business in just a few years, following her guru, moving to Boston and changing the direction of her life, the time her son locked her out of her bedroom to keep the bad guys out, watching Golden Girls reruns, and more.
In which Brian talks about collaborating with Prince, the effect that music could have on the entire world for 15 minutes, the lake in Austin by which he would like to sit but not swim in, why he'd like to visit England and Australia, and more.
In which Becky discusses why she's a bad military wife, how flying from Germany to the US with five children is easier than grocery shopping, what family means, the best way to teach your kids about Egyptian history, and more.
In which Terri discusses the unexpectedly paradoxical contrast between her childhood in DC and boarding school in Massachussetts and how it changed the course of her life, helping her daughter aim for Miss America, the music that moves and inspires her, and Maya Angelou's I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.
In which Sara shares an embarrassing story from elementary school in which she was played; how she'd like to go back in time; her ability to find things even from far away; and her dinner party with her grandmother, Fred Rogers, Anne Lamott, and others.
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.