047 Long-winded Storyteller: Natascha Boland

I feel like I’m perhaps poised to be the most creative I’ve been in a very, very long time. Now that I’ve have time and now that I’ve actually, I’ve got substance what’s going to build up more shit that I’ve got to get out than terminal cancer? I’ve got material for days.

That’s Natascha Boland. Self-proclaimed over-sharer. Sometimes writer. Private vlogger. Dance-party-maker. She shares her vulnerable tale of facing her mortality through living with cancer. She reached out to her Facebook friends to help her fill her days with happy distractions, so I challenged her to think about her creative legacy for posterity in an interview with me. I wanted to say that I don’t have practice talking about the heartbreak of a shortened life; my personal experience is actually that of losing a friend suddenly. So my tone of voice is one of huge appreciation and not of missing the weight of the conversation – I hope it reads that way to you as well.  

Follow the story via Facebook post slideshow below, starting from April 9, 2020 up to January 25th, 2021 with results of the PET scan she references in the episode (she had not heard the results at the time of recording).

Natascha’s blog post contributions can be found at shadowboxing.org and Department of Dance.

Lauren Taylor, the curator of the Faris Foundation reached out to Natascha about a project called Art is Hope.

She mentioned the book In-Between Days: A Memoir About Living with Cancer by Teva Harrison, that she found originally through a New York Times article.

Her daughter, Zoe, is a beautiful musician and singer/songwriter. Natascha credits School of Rock for teaching her how to play and building her confidence as a performer. Her youtube page is Yuh.me.

046 The Craft of Sleep

Oh my God, this is so much mom porn. You’re going to have to put an advisory up the front of this episode. Say, “Look out, we’re going to be talking about naps. We’re going to be talking about enjoying yourself before bed. We’re going to be talking about sand…and the beach. Yeah. -Amber

It’s so relaxing… -Angelica

It’s been a minute since I release an episode. I actually recorded this with Amber Moreno, Diana Stahl, and Genevieve Saenz back in August, but because of 2020, I needed to rest. You may be experiencing something similar. If you’d like to snuggle in and think about sleep hygiene and bediquette, please get in your favorite position under a soft blanket and join us for this week’s episode.

Amber’s sleepy Spotify playlists:

Late night: warning: more for bedtime than going to sleep, if you know what I mean

Shhhh: tracks curated to help you fall asleep

Angelica’s sleepy podcasts:

The Empty Bowl – a meditative podcast about cereal from cereal eater Justin McElroy and Cerealously.net creator Dan Goubert

Nothing Much Happens – bedtime stories for grown ups by Kathryn Nicolai

My Brother My Brother and Me – The McElroy brothers are here to take your questions and turn them, alchemy-like, into wisdom.

Genevieve’s sleepy instagram recommendation:

The Nap Ministry – by Tricia Hersey and is an organization that examines the liberating power of naps. 

037 Manic Maker at Testify: Angelica Norton

And what I learned was: anytime my hands were busy, I could think the thoughts I needed to think instead of having my smartphone dictate what I should think and feel.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

For my birthday today, I recorded a quick episode of the story I performed on the stage at Spiderhouse Ballroom on Thursday, October 24th for Testify (a monthly storytelling group in Austin) for October’s theme, Craft.  My story I recorded tonight (which is better audio than I captured on my camera) is about this podcast, so if you want a 16 minute sampler of what Chatty Crafties is all about, have a listen.

IMG_3697

005 Daydream Believer: Aaron Saenz

So, I’ll try to engage people around me more – and that is not in my nature. That is the nurturing aspect of being told that I’m funny, and that people will come watch me, and that people want to be in shows with me.  You know, if you stroke someone’s ego enough, it gets healthy.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

That’s Aaron. Improvisor, writer, and reluctant physicist with the voice of a news castor. Stay tuned for a human interest story about the cult of improv, building realities, and how to play nice with other grown-ups.

Aaron Saenz’s writings can be found at Strange But False.  He can often be found doing improv at Austin’s Hideout Theatre.

Do you perform improv?  Are there ways a novice could get started?  Tell us about your love or fear of making it up on the fly in front of strangers in the comments, or via #chattycrafties on Instagram and Twitter.

Some of Aaron’s press includes:

Wanderlust – 2018

Hideout Theatre’s The Kindness of Strangers – 2017

Date Night – 2017

The Sunday Interview: Aaron Saenz – 2013

The Big Bash – 2013