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.
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.