I was listening to National Public Radio (NPR) (Channel 88.5 FM) yesterday as I made some items for our family cook-out. This show came on called “The Moth”. It’s a radio show where folks tell compelling stories, live, usually about life events.
Mark Lucak told a painful story about his wife and their struggles with her bi-polar disorder. He opens with how one day when he came home from work, she mentioned her concern over where to put the Vespa key after she jumps off the Golden State Bridge. I did a double take as I sauteed some onions for the baked beans. Did he really just say that? Yes, he did and so began their story. He is an impressive storyteller and simply put, a wonderful human being for the way he supported and continues to support her -“no matter what.” It’s a truly moving story. Coincidentally, I am reading a great novel about a woman with bi-polar disorder called If You Left and featured that book in this past giveaway. If you or a loved one struggles with bi-polar disorder, Mark’s story is one of hope and inspiration. Here is a link to his story, “No Matter What.”
If you prefer to watch the story teller, The Moth has a You Tube channel filled with folks telling their short stories. Here is Gretchen Waschke’s short story. This one made me pause and think about how fortunate I am to have the family and the security that I do.
Not all Moth stories will leave you with tears in your eyes. This story by Alfonso Lacayo should leave you laughing. I think everyone can relate to getting that one bad haircut!
Have you ever listened to live storytelling on The Moth?
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