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Candle Podcast

I recorded my first podcast the other day. Here’s how it happened.

A year ago, I wrote an essay at Janis Jaquith‘s Saturday-morning workshop on radio essays at WriterHouse here in Charlottesville. I hadn’t expected to write an essay that morning. I thought she’d give us info on how to do it, which we’d apply later on, sometime.

If I had vague thoughts about subject matter, if she asked our class to jot down some notes, they concerned food and wellbeing.

Turns out, there was time, and expert guidance from Janis, and we all drafted essays that morning. As I sat at the workshop struggling to write something jaunty about food, I could not get past the reality that it was the ninth anniversary of the death of a dear friend of mine. So, because life is like that, I wrote about two suicides.

Here’s the essay, recorded last week as a podcast for the local NPR affiliate, WVTF.

Thanks to Sandy Hausman for making the experience so lovely.

Listen here, If you have 2 minutes and 50 seconds available. You can read a transcript of it here.

AM Carley at the WVTF Studio in Charlottesville

AM Carley at the WVTF Studio in Charlottesville