Have you listened to The Moth Podcast?
Tagline: “True stories told live.”
The tales are a real mix; some from hosted story slams featuring amateurs, some from noted writers or storytellers.
Some are funny.
Some are sad.
All are usually poignant.
I caught up on a few episodes during my recent work trip to Florida, including one from writer/actor/director Andre Gregory (he of My Dinner with Andre fame, and I am embarrassed to say I have not seen this film, which is a situation I hope to rectify soon), in which he says that as a child, he was never touched, hugged or kissed.
The story isn’t a particularly sad one, but that line haunted me. Listen to it here.
Even though I often tell others that my own kids are driving me nuts, I make a big point every day to individually tell them that they are loved and that I am the Luckiest Mom in the World.
(This universally elicits eye rolls from said children).
Another great piece on human connection is Starlee Kine’s “Waiting for Marina Abramovic.” Way different from the piece by Andre Gregory, it’s funny and New York-y, and I absolutely loved it.