Heyyyy! Thanks for stopping by Ms. Mary Mack. I have posted less and less here, as you might have surmised. The short answer for why is this: Things have changed in the last couple of years. I’ve moved out of the parenting blog space (it was a good time indeed), and now I’m focused on writing books and a new podcast. Head over to my website for more on all of that: Nicole Blades.
As many of you know, I run nearly every morning. And for the last few years, I’ve listened to podcasts while out on those runs. Everything from “This American Life” and “Fresh Air” to “Hollywood Prospectus” and “The Treatment.” I usually come back from the run and post a link to the podcast, or some article that bubbled up out of listening to it, on my writer Facebook page.
I start with, “On this morning’s run, I listened to… ”
But on Monday, there was a little fun twist. It went:
On this morning’s run, I listened to… ME! haha! Pardon the weird meta moment (and braggin-telling™), but I had the honor of being a guest on the fab Lucrecer Braxton’s fun podcast, “Hello Friend.” She sent me the link this AM just as I was lacing up. Had a blast on the pod. We talked about writing, parenting, using your voice, dream vacations, and, of course, we laughed a lot! Here’s the link. It runs about an hour. Give it a listen. Thanks!
So very excited to share a bit of news! I’ve been invited to join Twigtale’s inaugural Parent Advisory Council. The company is about creating personalized parenting tools and children’s books to help our little ones process the bigger transitions happening in their young lives.
As the announcement blog post says, Twigtale aims to connect children and parents through storytelling.
“You see, we believe that everyone has a story. There are plot twists and obstacles, but the magic will always remain in how we make meaning of the journey.”
And, if you know how I move through this life, they kind of had me at “storytelling.” Actually, it was one of my earlier blog posts here on MMM — about talking the tiny human about big things — that really sold them on me! Always makes you feel good to know that something your wrote resonated.
I’m honored to be working with Twigtale, and look forward to the journey with this fine group of writers, creatives, thinkers, and parents.
More goodness to share …
My wise litter sister Nailah and I put together a global good panel that we’ve pitched for SXSW next year. And we’re so fortunate to have the superb Chrysula Winegar and Heather Barmore join us as speakers on the panel.
The pitch looks at how to use social media to turn compassion into ACTION. This feels timely and important — urgent, even — especially in this current climate in the U.S. and other parts of the globe. Hashtags can only go so far. It’s time to move beyond words and DO something.
But we need your VOTE. If you go to our panel link here, you’ll first be asked to sign in. Don’t let that be a turn-away thing. It’s easy; you can even sign in using your Facebook account. Once you do, you can vote (thumbs-up) for our panel.
Thank you for your support, friends!
One last piece of news … but this has to remain under the cloak for now. But I’ve been invited to speak at a major conference later this year, and I. am. hyped! Can’t wait to share this fun update with you soon.
That’s it, folks. Feeling pretty good. Although I’m still shaking my head about the fact that we’re already mid-August. *insert angry cat profile emoji*
So, two fun things to share about me — Nicole, not Ms. Mary Mack — that aren’t really about parenting:
1) I’m going to be a speaker at the BlogHer 15: Experts Among Us conference in NYC this summer. My panel is essentially about, one of my favorite things: storytelling. More specific, it looks to answer the question, Where Does Personal Storytelling Fit In Today’s Social Mediasphere. It’s on July 17, 2015, at 11:30 a.m. Hope to see you there. And do make sure you say hello.
And, oh, yeah… Ava DuVernay will be the keynote speaker! Of course this means I will meet her. Of course! I mean, I already brushed shoulders with her many moons ago when I was an editor at ESPN.com and worked with her then eponymous PR company a couple of times. I always remembered her. But then, you never really forget a name like Ava DuVernay, right? And she has clearly proven with her vision and filmmaking that you simply will not forget about her. Can’t wait!
2) I was so honored to have an essay included in the fabulous book, Tales from Another Mother Runner: Triumphs, Trials, Tips, and Tricks from the Road that came out in March. Then, even more sweetness. The book’s editors, Dimity McDowell Davis and Sarah Bowen Shea — the talented duo that brought you the popular Run Like a Mother — asked me to join them for the Connecticut leg of their book tour. I happily able to read an excerpt from my essay (the same section I read on Dimity and Sarah’s podcast) and felt the swell of support from a room full of wonderful mother runners at my local running shop in West Hartford. It was pretty great.
One of those women in the audience, the lovely M.A.C. Lynch, contacted me this month asking if I would be down for interview with my husband about how he and I met and became a we.
(Me + He beaming at The Youngster’s pre-K “graduation.”)
The result was published in the Hartford Courant on Sunday, and the man and I are definitely tickled by it all. It’s nice telling Your Story again, you know? Remembering, reliving, and relishing it. And I hope you enjoy something from reading it now, too.