My public radio interview

Perhaps some of you remember that I am headed out on the “Giving Motherhood a Voice” Upper Peninsula book tour later this week.

Three of us will be reading our contributions from An Anthology of Babes:  36 Women Give Motherhood a Voice, edited by Suzi Banks Baum.  Singer/songwriter Terri Bocklund will perform.  We’ll talk about motherhood and creativity with time for audience participation.

This morning Stan Wright from Northern Michigan University Public Radio interviewed me.

I was so nervous!  My heart pounded and fingers tingled.  I haven’t been interviewed on the radio in many years and felt sure it would be a fountain of stuttering, nervousness and dire mistakes.

The Anthology of Babes

The Anthology of Babes

However, the dire mistakes were few. (A couple minor goofs.) I remembered to relax and breathe from the abdomen and stay somewhat centered.

Here is the nine minute interview if anyone’s inclined to listen.  One of my good buddies, another Susan, said it felt easy and natural, like sitting across the table from me.  Hope you enjoy.

Would LOVE to see any friends who might be in the following places later this week:

Thursday, August 14, Escanaba Public Library, Escanaba, Michigan  6:30 p.m.

Friday, August 15, Peter White Public Library, Marquette, Michigan  2 p.m.

Saturday, August 16, Joy Center of Ishpeming, Ishpeming, Michigan, 6:30 p.m.

It should be a lot of fun!

About Kathy

I live in the middle of the woods in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Next to Lake Superior's cold shores. I love to blog.
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69 Responses to My public radio interview

  1. Fountainpen says:

    I delighted in hearing your voice!
    and yes your wisdom comes through
    I have heard such deep needs from
    Women who have not learned how
    To nurture and nourish themselves!

    • Kathy says:

      Fountainpen, thank you so much for listening. It was a pleasure to do the interview. And isn’t it interesting how voices can sound the same or different than we imagined?

  2. Dear Kathy, You sound terrific! Thank you. Please let your readers know that the Escanaba reading is at 6:30 PM not 6. See you on Thursday! Hurray! xoxo S

    • Kathy says:

      The change has been made, Suzi! Only you will know the goofs I made. One of my friends says it’s lucky if I remember anything. Glad you enjoyed this. This whole week is gonna be fun!

  3. lisaspiral says:

    Have a great time on your tour.

    • Kathy says:

      Thank you so very much, Lisa. Have you gone on book tours before with your books? I’ve never been on one before. Just looking forward to spending time with all these wonderful women.

      • lisaspiral says:

        I haven’t, but I’m hoping to soon. Debated coming up there in September and asking you to set something up. 🙂 I’ll be about halfway for a wedding, so my twisted mind immediately pops up possibilities. I’ve also considered just driving through to Toronto for the deaf restaurant And I still won’t be really eating! It will be good to have the company of some of the other authors in the anthology. Have fun!

        • Kathy says:

          Suzi’s the expert setter-upper, ha ha. I wouldn’t even know how to do this book tour thing! By the end of the week might have some idea, though, how people do such a thing. I heard about that deaf restaurant. It sounds fabulous! But you probably will want to be eating before you go, lol.

  4. Susan D says:

    Oh, I’m so glad you’re able to share this amazing interview with everyone, Kathy! You were wonderful. What an exciting and inspiring adventure this is, and what an honor for you to be part of it. Wishing all three of you a fulfilling, delightful tour!

    • Kathy says:

      Susan, if it wasn’t for your gushing praise and support and friendship about this–I would have been nervous to share the link. Thank you, always, for being you. I do love you.

  5. Yay, Kathy. It was terrific…see you soon!

  6. Becky says:

    Hello Kathy, I just listened to your radio interview. Well done! Enjoy the tour! Best, Becky (Banks) Moulton

    • Kathy says:

      Becky, you must be dear Suzi’s sister. Thank you for listening to the interview. I suppose you can’t be here for part of the tour? Thanks again for pausing with your good words. I’m sure we’ll thoroughly enjoy the tour.

  7. Vickie says:

    Yay, Kath ! Good goin’. !
    Thanks from a mom up here in Canada.

  8. Great to hear your interview and you sounded the way I thought you would…upbeat, knowledgeable, graceful and thoughtful. Hope you three have a great tour and sell many books. My sister always goes to these events and always buys a book. I do not know if we have such things here.
    Returning to nature is such a great thing and having that time for yourself is crucial, I think, not only in motherhood but also throughout life.

    Good reading and good luck!

    • Kathy says:

      Hi, Linda–thank you SO much. I was just having a conversation with another woman–do you think we all think the sound of our voice is strange? Because we never really hear it except from the inside out. Thanks for your well wishes. Totally agree with you that time for ourselves and returning to nature is not only a mom-only thing. It can be a lifeline for ALL of us!

  9. Brenda says:

    Oh my goodness, Kathy! I loved hearing your voice on this interview! Susan got it right by saying that it felt easy and natural, like sitting across the table from you. I hope this book is a huge success and I see a tremendous value in the message within the book. ❤ Thank you for sharing the interview here—it was such a delight for me to hear today.

    • Kathy says:

      Brenda, thank you. It felt so easy during the interview–like grace. (As for before and after–not so much–lol.) There is tremendous value in what Suzi has put together in this book. And I do appreciate that you took the time to listen to the interview. Hugs.

      • Brenda says:

        ❤ Thank you for the hugs, Kathy—I'm sending hugs to you too 🙂 ❤ I wish I could buy the book because it would touch my soul right now.

  10. oldbuffalo says:

    Kathy …I was reading an article/profile in the Shambhala Sun today. It was about Gina Sharpe. When you mentioned supportive partner in your interview…I thought about what Gina said in her profile.”Marriage is the dharma of sex and money and work and relationships all contained in one situation. If we look at it as practice then we learn from the conflicts that naturally arise.” And through that, everybody involved in that situation grows and prospers.(me) I enjoyed listening your interview….nice and folksy and warm.

    • Kathy says:

      Dear Old Buffalo–what a wonderful name–I have read your comment very carefully and thought about the dharma of marriage. It can be the work of the world. Thanks for feeling that the interview was genuine and real and warm. It feels like a gift that people would hear it that way. Namaste.

  11. coastalcrone says:

    Wow! What a treat to hear your voice! You did great and have a very nice laugh! Have fun with the readings.

  12. Lori D says:

    Great job, Kathy. It was so good to hear your voice. I felt like I was listening to one of my closest friends. You have a warm, nurturing voice. I was waiting to hear an accent similar to mine (midwest), and while I did hear it, I also heard a touch of Minnesohhta in there. Loved it. Thanks for sharing.

    • Kathy says:

      Lori, I’m amazed that the voice sounded so warm and nurturing to so many people. So glad! Read Barry what you said about that touch of Minnesohhta and laughed! My son Chris said I even sounded a bit like a Yooper. Thank you so much for listening. It means a lot. By the way, you were the one who requested that I share the interview if it was available? Must go back and look.

  13. dawnkinster says:

    Great job! Was so fun to listen to you! Have an excellent time on the book tour!! I can’t wait to read the book. Wonder if I can order it through Dog Ears….

    • Kathy says:

      I am so glad you listened, Dawn. In our busy world, it’s sometimes hard to carve out nine minutes to listen to a radio broadcast. Glad you enjoyed! I had sent Suzi’s information to Pamela–so you never know. She may be able to get it for you.

  14. Kathy – Oh how fun to listen to the interview! I love — absolutely love! — your voice. Like a balm, it’s ever-so-soothing.

  15. Pattijo says:

    Kathy, I realized that I am one of the lucky ones who has known you forever and would have known your voice anywhere! I agree, we could’ve been sitting across the table from each other in the local Yale resturant or anywhere! It was a wonderful interview and there are no mistakes when speaking from the heart! Enjoy your book tour and let me know where I can get the book! In my fairly new role as nana I hope to be supportive and helpful in every way possible! Love you Kathy!

    • Kathy says:

      Why, Pattijo, how lovely to find you here at my blog–and thank you for listening to the interview. Can’t wait until we can sit across the table from one another again and share what’s happening in our lives. So happy that you are such a devoted nana. Love the pictures of you with the little ones. Sheer magic shines forth!

  16. rehill56 says:

    Fun to hear your interview! You did great! I’m excited about your tour. Wish I could be there! Enjoy!

    • Kathy says:

      Ruth, I wish you could be there, too, but totally understand about your commitment to your visitor. You will be having a blast yourselves! Thanks for listening and being such an encouraging friend. Phew…fun to do, but also a bit nerve-wracking.

  17. You sound just as I thought you would. Voice matches your writings and blogger personality. Loved thenterview on radio.

    • Kathy says:

      Yvonne, how fun that you thought there was match between the blogger writings/personality and the voice. Wonder what you would have said if I was stammering? lol. Glad you enjoyed the interview. I know I’m not supposed to comment…but did enjoy the poem on your blog. Thanks for posting it.

      • Kathy, some of my posts are in the same category of Pet Loss so those are repetitive and there is no need to burn out followers who comment. I get lots of views from search engines looking for pet loss poems and I have several. more to add to that category.

        I’m only commenting on my most favorite blogs because I have limited energy. I was in hospital x 4 days waiting for ;labs to get right for pacemaker which was done last Thursdays. Also on new med to control afib and that is kinda problematic. Pacemaker keeps heart from dipping into the twenties.

        I should do a post about heart problems. Maybe I can educate a bit. Ha-ha. I feel as if I’ve gone to hell in a hand basket and back again. 🙂

        • Kathy says:

          Yvonne, so sorry to hear about your health challenges. Truly. But glad that you were able to get a new pacemaker and hopefully your afib medicine will work. Barry’s on meds for afib, too. They found out about that right before they did the knee surgeries. Yes–a post about heart problems would probably be beneficial and help others who read. Many blessings…

  18. sonali says:

    Yay!!! I heard you! I heard your beautiful voice Kathy 🙂 You sound so sweet, you have a very young voice! Thank you so so much for sharing this audio. You have a talent to convey your thoughts very clearly and precisely.
    I am sure to listen to this more number of times. I’m so glad to hear from you 🙂

    • Kathy says:

      Sonali, thank you! How cool that you listened. Yep, when people call sometimes they ask for my mother. Ha ha, the advantages and disadvantages of having a “young” voice. As for conveying the thoughts clearly and precisely, it was a gift of God that it turned out OK. If my nervousness was talking, it would have been awful. Thank you again, my friend.

  19. It was such a treat to hear your voice, Kathy! You did a great job and sounded very natural and down-to-earth. When I can get a copy of the book I’m going to read it and pass it on to my daughter, a gift of voices of wisdom and encouragement from her mother’s generation as she begins her journey into motherhood.

    • Kathy says:

      How wonderful,Barbara, that you would like to pass along this book to your daughter. Thinking now of how much we have to “feel our way” into motherhood, and how helpful can be the voices of those who have gone through it. Thank you for listening to the interview and enjoying it.

  20. Elisa says:

    Big smiles and hugs! I appreciate dearly your responses to requests for wisdom 😀 Giggling into my tea. (if you don’t understand what I mean I can explain it in private if you wish)
    I liked the interview.

  21. Karen says:

    Enjoy your tour, it should be lots of fun. It was nice to put a voice to your words…you did a wonderful job and sounded very relaxed. I was interviewed once on the radio when my lobster pot pie was named best recipe of the year by a Denver radio station. As the time approached, I was so nervous I didn’t think I could go through with it.

    • Kathy says:

      Gosh, Karen, I can’t believe how many readers took the time to listen to the audio clip. Thank you! I totally get it about being nervous. I had to do deep breathing before–and afterward. Congrats on your lobster pot pie success! Very cool.

  22. P.j. grath says:

    You sound wonderful, Kathy — your wonderful self and an excellent spokeswoman for the book!

    • Kathy says:

      Pamela, the depth and compassion and expression of many writers in the anthology proved to be truly inspirational. It was fun to be able to offer my little piece, and will be to spend time with these other creative women on a book tour. Of course you know all about book readings!

  23. bearyweather says:

    Nice to put a voice with the pictures and words .. Your interview was well done!

    • Kathy says:

      Bearyweather, thank you. I am really awed by the fact that so many took the time to listen and to say they enjoyed the interview. That really means a lot to me.

  24. MARION DRUE says:


  25. Christie says:

    Sounded good my friend, enjoy the tour.

  26. Heather says:

    This is terrific! Was overjoyed for you when I saw your post pop up on FB. I’ll have to give your interview a listen. I am sure I would stutter at least once. The first day back to school always got me, but somehow, when it was “go time” I always went with no hiccups.

    • Kathy says:

      Heather, you made my early morning when I saw that you’ve been here visiting at the blog. And you’ve been so busy lately! Have you moved into a new place yet? Or are you still in transition? My son and I were talking about the similarities and differences between interviews and teaching. Fascinating. Well, taking off for Marquette and Escanaba soon. Hope the summer is treating you well!

  27. pearlz says:

    Great to hear from you and to see an anthology of creative work including blogs. Awesome!

  28. msmcword says:

    Congatulations on taking another step in being published. And I listened to your radio interview-you did fine.

  29. debyemm says:

    LOVED hearing your voice. You were AWESOME !! I relate strongly to children growing up in the woods. My sacred special time for myself is the hour & a half I spend hiking alone in the forest each day. I miss our occasional telephone conversations. I’ve lost ALL my phone numbers. That’s a bit of a long story but it has to do with the identity of my minor child (heavily involved in an online life) blurring with my own – thanks to Apple & Google policies. 3 more years . . . and I can un-teeter him from me, in the virtual world ONLY.

  30. Janet says:

    Well done. I remember talking to another Mom in the grocery store for over an hour when our children were little. I didn’t know who she was and we didn’t become friends but it was nice to have the brief outlet. Good to hear your voice (and accent) too.

    • Kathy says:

      Janet, that is an interesting story–and it really didn’t even matter if you became friends. Just a wonderful encounter that provided some beauty in your day. How fun that you listened to the interview! It can be so cool to actually hear another’s voice. A different layer of knowing a person…

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