For those who innovate, deviate, and create their own path–the place where I interview the brave few who step out of line.
Autism, Aspergers and Awesome Women
You've seen the puzzle pieces, the lighting it up blue, the walks...but autism is so much more than these well-intentioned, but sometimes harmful awareness campaigns. Don't get me wrong, I'm grateful autism is in the common lexicon now, but I am very passionate about telling the rest of the story. Or rather, letting autistic people tell the rest of their story. In this episode, I interview Heidi and Victoria, two Australian women who are also autistic. Their new podcast, Aspies Etc., caught my attention, and I wanted to pick their neurodiverse minds on everything from how to better raise my autistic daughter and what it's like to launch into the podcast world. I've been writing about my daughter and autism for years. I haven't always done it right. But I've done it. And I have no regrets. We need this connection of community, and I'm grateful I get to parent a neurodiverse child. And maybe, just maybe, I've lived inside a neurodiverse mind my entire life. Connect with Aspies, Etc.: linktr.ee/Aspiesetc Good Stuff: Tony Attwood: Like Victoria, seeing one of Tony Attwood's speeches online was an "ah-ha" moment. What Every Autistic Girl Wishes Her Parents Knew : Phenomenal book I'd recommend to anyone with an autistic daughter, friend, niece, cousin, etc. First Signs of Asperger Syndrome in Bright Young Girls Pre-school: When my daughter hit 38 out of these 40 indicators, I knew I needed better answers for her
Wisdom From My Momma Llama: Janet Patterson
“A third-degree burn to the soul.”This is how my mom describes the pain of losing a son to suicide after revelations of clergy sexual abuse and a cover up from the Catholic Church. She’s a fierce advocate for survivors and their families, and I’m so proud of the impact she’s had. As our family lit the candle of hope this week of Advent, I knew I needed to interview my mom, especially after I experienced a fairly severe mental health episode recently. Hope has a distinct meaning to our family. My mom was also a teacher for many, many years, and was happy to answer questions from former students. Growing up, I was known as “Mrs. Patterson’s daughter,” and that’s an honor I proudly carry. There’s so much more to unpack here. Our family’s story is…a lot. But there’s a whole book in the works here. Please listen, find out why “hope” is more than just a platitude.Learn more about our story at catpoland.com
Episode 6: Irene O'Garden - On Gladness, Gratitude and Transformation
"Risk is the tightrope that connects us to what we want."Those words. This woman. (Who took great delight in the fact that I'd gotten water stains and a honey crisp apple sticker on her memoir.)This week's guest is poet and author Irene O'Garden, who Elizabeth Gilbert calls a "walking, writing, beam of light." And she's right. Irene shares with us her wisdom on how gratitude can be transformational, and why, in spite of all that is falling apart around us, we should be glad to be human. We talk about her newest book, and about the memoir that brought us together. Enjoy this week's episode, and let gratitude fill as much space as possible in your life.Learn more about Irene at https://ireneogarden.com. Check out catpoland.com/podcast for all episodes and show notes, and subscribe on iTunes or Spotify.
Carving the Thanksgiving Dilemma
What’s so hard about giving up Thanksgiving dinner with family? While it may seem like an easy decision, for many people, it’s really not. Rather than just simply tell you not to do it, I thought it would be important to carve into this issue, and dissect it a little. Put the fear on the table, and instead of flight, fight or freeze…focus. This week’s episode is a monolog, just me myself and I talking it out. But I hope it helps.
Cherokee Myths, Truths, and the Importance of Storytelling
Art Coulson is a member of the Cherokee Nation and a fellow author at Raven Quill Literary Agency. His recently released book, The Reluctant Storyteller, is a coming-of-age story about Chooch, a young Cherokee boy who’s learning to forge his own path from a rich history and tradition behind him. We talk about his writing, the importance of diverse voices, and understanding more about our shared past. We also dig into the myths surrounding supposed Cherokee ancestry, and how we can better educate our youth on Native American history, culture, and presence in our society. Learn more about Art at https://artcoulson.com
Christie Tate: Sex, therapy, secrets, and telling your truth
“I’m going to need to get my own help for this conversation.” That. Truth. Bomb. Trust me, you’ll want to listen to this whole interview with author Christie Tate. In it, we talk not only about her new tell all (all all) memoir, Group (which is on the Reese Witherspoon Book Club, y’all), but about how secrets and shame are silent killers. We dig into motherhood, womanhood, writing, and yes, sex. A little. Leran more about Christie (and find out where to order her book) at christietate.com.
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I adore Cat's blog and anywhere that I get to read her perspective. I don't know how to give words for good writing, but I love her writing style. I always learn from Cat, so I love having another way to learn from her!