52 episodes

Blink of an Eye, a new podcast with Louise Phipps Senft, explores stories of trauma, grief, awakening, and epiphanies. Ms. Senft recounts her family’s experience navigating a life-changing accident that rendered her son, Archer, paralyzed from the neck on down. Told through real journal entries and inspiring guests, Blink of an Eye will inspire you to explore the true nature of our relationships and interconnectedness in the face of an event that changes everything.

Blink of an Eye blinkofaneye

    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 21 Ratings

Blink of an Eye, a new podcast with Louise Phipps Senft, explores stories of trauma, grief, awakening, and epiphanies. Ms. Senft recounts her family’s experience navigating a life-changing accident that rendered her son, Archer, paralyzed from the neck on down. Told through real journal entries and inspiring guests, Blink of an Eye will inspire you to explore the true nature of our relationships and interconnectedness in the face of an event that changes everything.

    Bonus: A Conversation with James, Danny, and Parker

    Bonus: A Conversation with James, Danny, and Parker

    In this bonus episode, you’ll hear the story of Archer’s accident from the perspective of three of his friends who were right there with him in Cape May: James Schmucker, Danny Giannascoli, and Parker Mitchell. James was the one to pull Archer out of the water, Danny was on the beach, and Parker was visiting from Baltimore that week. They reflect on the moments when they first realized something was wrong, the call to beach patrol, and the rescue efforts and aftermath on the beach and in Cape May.


    James, Danny, and Parker share their memories of that day, including the moments when they first realized something was wrong and the rescue that followed, as well as their memories with Archer throughout high school, and their reflections on how Archer’s accident has impacted their lives.


    To hear more about the day of the accident, listen to episode 1, “The Call”: https://blinkofaneyepodcast.com/e/episode-1-the-call-1595863847/ 


    Listen to the interview with Davis Barsby, another eyewitness to the accident and a friend of the family: https://blinkofaneyepodcast.com/e/bonus-episode-davis-barsby/  


    Season 2 of Blink of an Eye will launch in three weeks, on June 23! Support us on Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/blinkofaneyepod to help us continue making the podcast.


    To find out more about Archer, Louise, and this podcast, visit our website at blinkofaneyepodcast.com, and follow us on Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/blinkofaneyepodcast, Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/blinkofaneyepodcast, and Twitter at https://www.twitter.com/blinkofaneyepod 


    Music in this episode is from Blue Dot Sessions. Theme music is by Victoria Vox.


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    • 35 min
    Bonus: Interview with Mary Ellen McNally

    Bonus: Interview with Mary Ellen McNally

    Mary Ellen McNally is one of Louise’s Cape May “beach friends,” and in this conversation they revisited events from the early days after Archer’s accident. They also explored broader themes of faith, prayer, relational awareness, and how their careers helped them learn more about themselves and how to relate to others. 


    When Louise collapsed at mass, just a few days after the accident, Mary Ellen was in the right place at the right time to catch her as she fell. And, later, Mary Ellen woke up in the middle of the night feeling compelled to pray for Archer, so she got on her knees and prayed.


    To hear more about that Sunday mass at Our Lady Star of the Sea, where Louise and Mary Ellen met for the first time after the accident, listen to episode 26, “Little Angel”: https://blinkofaneyepodcast.com/e/episode-26-little-angel/ 


    You can learn more about Louise’s book, Being Relational, at www.beingrelational.com


    Season 2 of Blink of an Eye will launch on June 23! Support us on Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/blinkofaneyepod to help us continue making the podcast.


    To find out more about Archer, Louise, and this podcast, visit our website at blinkofaneyepodcast.com, and follow us on Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/blinkofaneyepodcast, Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/blinkofaneyepodcast, and Twitter at https://www.twitter.com/blinkofaneyepod 


    Theme music is by Victoria Vox.


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    • 1 hr 4 min
    Bonus: A Conversation with Bobbie, Robby, and Mike

    Bonus: A Conversation with Bobbie, Robby, and Mike

    In this bonus episode, you’ll hear the story of Archer’s first days in the ICU from the perspective of three of his friends. Robby Black and Bobbie Austin visited Archer on Day 3, along with a few other friends. Mike Determan, one of Archer’s childhood friends, also visited him in Atlantic City, and later in Atlanta. 


    Each young man shares his story of how he found out about the accident, what it was like visiting Archer in the hospital, other experiences and milestones in the months that followed, and their reflections on how Archer’s accident has impacted their lives.


    To hear more about that third day, when Robby and Bobbie visited Archer in the ICU, listen to episode 12, Some Things Stay The Same: https://blinkofaneyepodcast.com/e/episode-12-some-things-stay-the-same 


    Mike Determan first appeared on the podcast in episode 5, Prayer Warriors Unite!: https://blinkofaneyepodcast.com/e/episode-5-prayer-warriors-unite/ 


    Season 2 of Blink of an Eye will launch on June 23! Support us on Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/blinkofaneyepod to help us continue making the podcast.


    To find out more about Archer, Louise, and this podcast, visit our website at blinkofaneyepodcast.com, and follow us on Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/blinkofaneyepodcast, Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/blinkofaneyepodcast, and Twitter at https://www.twitter.com/blinkofaneyepod 


    Piano music in this episode is from Blue Dot Sessions. Theme music is by Victoria Vox.


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    • 23 min
    Bonus: Special Announcement (Patreon)

    Bonus: Special Announcement (Patreon)

    For as little as $3 a month, you can support the trauma healing work that we're doing, and help us keep making the podcast. To find out more and join our Patreon community, visit patreon.com/blinkofaneyepod.


    Our next bonus episode will be released on Wednesday, May 5, and will feature interviews with three of Archer's friends.


    To find out more about Archer, Louise, and this podcast, visit our website at blinkofaneyepodcast.com, and follow us on Instagram and Facebook @blinkofaneyepodcast, and Twitter @blinkofaneyepod


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    • 2 min
    Bonus: Interview with Davis Barsby

    Bonus: Interview with Davis Barsby

    In this bonus episode, you’ll hear Louise’s full interview with Davis Barsby, a lifelong family friend who was with Archer when Archer had his accident. That summer, Davis was working as both head lifeguard and assistant manager at the Cape May Beach Club.


    Davis takes us back to that sweltering August afternoon, recounting his interactions with Archer earlier in the day, the moment in the water when he realized something was wrong, and the rescue efforts that followed. Davis called Louise and broke the news to her, then raced to the hospital in Atlantic City to meet her there. In addition to describing what happened and who else was on the beach that day, Davis also reflects on faith, guilt, and the impact the accident has had on him.


    To hear more about that first day, August 5, 2015, listen to episode 1, The Call. 


    Season 2 of Blink of an Eye is coming in June. Support us on Patreon to help us continue making the podcast.


    To find out more about Archer, Louise, and this podcast, visit our website at blinkofaneyepodcast.com, and follow us on Instagram and Facebook @blinkofaneyepodcast, and Twitter @blinkofaneyepod


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    • 1 hr 15 min
    Episode 34: Death Be Gone, Part 2

    Episode 34: Death Be Gone, Part 2

    This is the final episode of season 1, and the conclusion of the “Death Be Gone” two-parter. Just like the night before, Louise wakes up to a crisis: an alarm blaring, a slew of medical staff running into the room, an urgency to bring Archer back from the brink. This time, though, it’s more serious, and everything is on the line. Louise takes listeners into the heaviness, the fear, and the evil in that ICU room, both during the moments of chaos and the moments of breathless waiting, sharing the text messages she wrote and the prayers she prayed while waiting for Archer to turn the corner. Now that she sees even more acutely how things can go wrong in hospitals, and the culture of silence that keeps families in the dark, Louise wrestles with two seemingly insurmountable tasks: How to get answers, and how to forgive.


    In this episode, you will hear excerpts from Louise’s interview with Dr. Raymond Talucci, who was the Acting Chief of Trauma at AtlantiCare Hospital in Atlantic City, New Jersey, while Archer was a patient there. This is the episode where Dr. Talucci meets Louise and more visibly becomes a part of the story. 


    Join Louise for this episode of Blink of an Eye: Episode 34: Death Be Gone, Part 2. August 13. Day 9. 


    Listen in afterwards to the companion episode for tools to navigate your own traumatic experiences: Trauma Healing Learning: Death Be Gone, Part 2, where Louise takes a closer look at forgiveness, generational wounds, and the consequences of medical errors on trauma healing.


    To find out more about Archer, Louise, and this podcast, visit our website at blinkofaneyepodcast.com, and follow us on Instagram and Facebook @blinkofaneyepodcast, and Twitter @blinkofaneyepod


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    • 57 min

Customer Reviews

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21 Ratings

21 Ratings

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Transparent, uplifting and life changing. Breath-taking, worth the time.

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This is real stuff!!

Thank you for sharing your raw and unadulterated story. This pod provides many lessons to learn re: hope, faith, struggle and patience. Extremely humbling!

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Powerful

What a powerful podcast. The honesty, vulnerability and resilience from such a difficult time is remarkable. And the willingness to be so transparent about one’s life for others’ healing and growth is so humbling and amazing. Stories like this should be a reminder for many of today’s current challenges and the love that’s needed all around to collectively get us through the difficult times we’re in. What a timely podcast.

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