I am launching a podcast tomorrow.
The timing feels weird, and I am doing it anyway.
Since I announced the launch it has become abundantly clear, that we are in the midst of what could be a profound change. After days of protests, riots, and police action across the United States, I had to ask myself… Is now the time?
I believe it is, and here’s why.
I started this podcast to examine the question of what it means to change and be changed (click to read the story). While the first few episodes won’t address our current circumstances directly, I do believe that by listening to stories of change both big and small… important and trivial, we can begin to reflect on our own experiences in new ways that feel simultaneously safe and challenging.
There is another reason.Years ago a rabbi shared with me that in Jewish tradition we do not cancel joyful events when there is tragedy and strife. Imagine if during the pogroms in Russia, they had canceled weddings. Imagine if during the holocaust, lovers ceased to make babies… we as a people would no longer exist.
Cancelling something filled with love and joy in the midst of pain would be a mistake.
It is within that frame that I want to bring you a sweet, light, lovely first episode that still triggers insight and reflection. We could all use a bit of both right now.
This project has been three years in the making (two and a half years of thought, a few months of action, one global pandemic… and public upheaval of the status quo)…but now it’s really happening and I am excited!
I wish you all well, and I deeply appreciate you getting excited with me in whatever capacity you are able.
The first episode of the Changed Podcast features Mary Jo Pehl
You may recognize Mary Jo from her time as a writer and actor, and the beloved arch-nemesis Pearl Forrester on the television show Mystery Science Theater 3000.
Her memoir, Dumb Dumb Dumb: My Mother’s Book Reviews, will be published later this year.