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At Dropping In we’ll explore diverse stories about identity. What makes people unique? We’re done with shoe-horning ourselves into preconceived notions of who we should be or being told who we are. Dropping In Stories are stories of self-discovery. They enable us to find our truth, re-configure ourselves to that truth, and becoming stronger for it. It brings the juice to re-imagine who we want to be. By listening to others talk about their own path, ours becomes less fearful. We’re always supposed to know what we’re doing, where we’re going, but we often don’t, and there’s no shame in that. We need a compass. Drop into the conversation. Create a new dialogue. You might get clues on your direction, the answers you seek, or even the questions you want to avoid. The adventure continues on Dropping In where unique stories become part of the fabric of diversity.

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At Dropping In we’ll explore diverse stories about identity. What makes people unique? We’re done with shoe-horning ourselves into preconceived notions of who we should be or being told who we are. Dropping In Stories are stories of self-discovery. They enable us to find our truth, re-configure ourselves to that truth, and becoming stronger for it. It brings the juice to re-imagine who we want to be. By listening to others talk about their own path, ours becomes less fearful. We’re always supposed to know what we’re doing, where we’re going, but we often don’t, and there’s no shame in that. We need a compass. Drop into the conversation. Create a new dialogue. You might get clues on your direction, the answers you seek, or even the questions you want to avoid. The adventure continues on Dropping In where unique stories become part of the fabric of diversity.

    A Valentine: Child Free & Loving It!

    A Valentine: Child Free & Loving It!

    What does life look like when family is created by choice rather than blood? Kate Kaufmann notes the question of having kids is more nuanced and complex than ever, as women explore options that were previously un-contemplated, or accepted. How may a woman's life resonate when it's not including motherhood? What are the personal and professional implications of choosing not to have children? Our culture remains geared toward kids. Yet many factors weigh into the decision to not have kids: economics; infertility issues, impact on population and the possibility that future generations face intractable issues related to climate change and resource depletion; quality of life questions; professional advancement if you are a woman and would be the main caregiver as mother; freedom of time; focus on interests; fear of passing on genetic disease and more intangible fears such as being a good parent or transmitting family trauma. How can we find comfort in our own skin with these decisions?

    • 55 min
    Bouncing Back with N. John Shore Jr.

    Bouncing Back with N. John Shore Jr.

    N. John Shore writes, "When love enters your life, everything changes. When love leaves your life, nothing does. Love flies away today and tomorrow you're exactly where you were before it left...relentlessly and inexplicably, life without love continues," (p. 33, Everywhere She's not, 2019, Laughing Moon Books). And what of our ability to separate ourselves from the reality that doesn't change? To dissociate from the tough emotions? And to distance ourselves from pain? We compartmentalize but then something happens to breaks us apart and reassemble ourselves again. Take the trip from comparmentalizaing to allowing it all in with David, Shore's fictional character. The author's own tragic story forms the crux of his wisdom: He'll share both with us on this week's episode when we'll learn how he and his sister coped with the major loss of their mother in childhood, only to return to their lives. Question: Is it possible to bounce back, though not in the predictable ways to 100%?

    • 54 min
    Bound & Bonded

    Bound & Bonded

    This is the story of both bondage and bonding -- a sexual lifestyle and an enduring mother/daughter bond, as well as a tender end of life saga. In her memoir, Bound, Elizabeth Anne Wood tours her emotional landscape, that of a young woman who has learned that her mother has become, late in life, a Domme, a sexual dominitrix: “It hasn’t been an imposition or an embarrassment when she’s shared her Domme adventures. It’s been a celebration,” Wood notes, (Bound, 2019, p. 32, She Writes Press.) Early on, the author set boundaries and became herself through her own search for identity. Her mother had struggled with alcohol addiction and attained sobriety for the remainder of her life. Overcoming these dependency issues, Judy, the author's mother, embarked on a voyage of self-discovery through consensual BDSM relationships, some of which lasted until the end of her life. This is an often mythologized culture that resonates with many, yet it's understood by few to be both human and humane.

    • 53 min
    Knock Out: How Andre Dubus III Stopped Fighting & Started Writing Bestselling Classics

    Knock Out: How Andre Dubus III Stopped Fighting & Started Writing Bestselling Classics

    No false notes: Books that grip and twist and stay true are Andre Dubus' specialty. Townie, his memoir, is a story of survival, but also inter-connectedness. In a cynical world, Andre Dubus drives us straight into the emotional center of his life, omitting detours, often without seat belts. Transcending the urge to punch a bully in the face -- often sending him to the hospital -- Andre Dubus learned the verbal powers of persuasion: Knives were dropped, fists were lowered, and a tentative inner peace emerged. For anyone who has experienced anger management issues, this reckoning will resonate. It is one man's story of gaining mastery, awareness, self-control and access to his native talents. It's about tuning into becoming a vessel for creativity and intuition so as to channel characters, their drives and dreams and realizations of truth & lies. The writer knows what it means to be human; from boxing, loss, & living without, to deciphering what's real. We come away stronger for it.

    • 56 min
    Sex, Drugs, Rock n'Roll w/ Grammy win writer & performer D. L. Byron: Getting the Babes & the Blues

    Sex, Drugs, Rock n'Roll w/ Grammy win writer & performer D. L. Byron: Getting the Babes & the Blues

    D. L. Byron emerged as a singer songwriter, recording artist and record producer, who is acclaimed for writing the Grammy award winning song, "Shadows of the Night," and his Arista LP "This Day and Age." Yet he was in his forties when he first met his biological mother, of whom he'd gleaned an intuitive awareness, and his seven biological sisters! This upended his identity and previous definitions he'd had of himself. Having been raised by adoptive parents in New Jersey, D. L. experienced abandonment, self-sabotage, substance abuse, heartbreak, and failure along his journey to fame. We'll delve into the personas that imploded during his upbringing and then while navigating the world of the music industry. What enabled this man to find trust, a place of peace, and love? D. L. is also a visual artist who writes poetry, studies Buddhism and practices meditation. His 2019 memoir, Shadows of the Night, details a journey through sex, drugs, and rock n’ roll to authenticity and family.

    • 53 min

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