Featured on NPR’s All Things Considered!

On Monday, January 16, 2023, my “My Unsung Hero” story was featured on All Things Considered and it’s been nothing but wonderful ever since!

So many friends and family have reached out. Some books have been sold. Some interviews have been scheduled.

A sincere, heartfelt thanks to everyone for your amazing support. Maybe, through the magic of social media, I’ll finally reconnect with “Moses” and be able to thank him properly for saving my life 35 years ago. That would make me very happy.

Click here to read/listen.

Stay tuned, cause it’s going to be a fun ride!

My “My Unsung Hero” Story

Each episode reveals what the news ignores: everyday acts of kindness and courage that transformed someone’s life.

Last fall, a good friend suggested I submit my unsung hero story to the Hidden Brain podcast. A short segment at the end of each episode where they invite people like me to tell the world about a time when someone, usually a stranger, demonstrated an act of kindness toward them.

I had the perfect story.

It took me a while to craft my two-minute audio pitch and hit submit. Then it took a while for them to listen to it and email me that they were interested. It took some more time to schedule an interview and go over more details with a producer. Then I waited.

In the meantime, Hidden Brain had apparently received so many submissions (so many stories of random acts of kindness!) that they decided to create a spin-off podcast, My Unsung Hero.

On December 30, 2021, the last released episode of the year, my story finally aired! Listen here. It’s surreal to hear the incomparable Shankar Vedantam tell parts of my story! Thanks to everyone on the Hidden Brain/My Unsung Hero team who helped shape my story and put it in the world.

After listening, I’m sure you’ll be hooked on the podcast just like me. And, if you want to know more about my story, you can buy my book, More Than Everything, here.

Holy Guacamole

There we sat. Three generations of strong, smart women — sharing bowls of queso, chips and delicious guacamole. My daughter and I on one side of the booth, my Mom on the other.

We barely had an hour for lunch, but we were making the most of it.  Angela, our oh-so-cute waitress took our orders and poured iced teas. It was a noisy Monday lunch crowd, but we managed to converse, laugh and enjoy each other’s company.

Until, when we were about half way finished with our meal, three 30ish men were seated in the booth behind us.

Their crass conversation halted my ability to hear anything but them. It centered on the Tinder App, and on-line dating in general. On conquests. On drinking. On swiping right, and on the preferred size of women’s breasts. They bragged and they shared, and it went on, and on, and on.

At one point, my daughter leaned in and whispered, “I can’t help but…“ “Eavesdrop?” I finished her sentence. We both laughed, rolled our eyes and did our best to maintain.

“I hope Grandma can’t hear,” she said.

“Me too.”

Soon, it was time to go. I asked Angela to bring me the check.

I was buying this lunch…

…until Angela returned moments later and announced, “Your check has magically been taken care of!” Her smile was bright, and it was clear she enjoyed delivering such news. And then she was gone.

The three of us shared a brief moment of confusion, exchanged questioning looks, and then burst into smiles. It was a first for all of us.  Holy Guacamole!  Someone had just paid for our lunch. I glanced around the crowded restaurant, searching for a familiar face, or one holding a secret.  But the generous benefactor remained anonymous.

“I guess we’ll all be paying this forward,” my precious child said as we stood to leave.

Yes indeed.

Merry Christmas!