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LTYM on NBC Nightly News! Our stories are everywhere.

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photo courtesy of Erika Angulo

Nightly News flew a crew to Chicago to film a segment about LTYM at the 2nd annual (and FABULOUS) LTYM: Chicago show. The segment will close the newscast tomorrow night, Friday May 10th.

The photo above shows Janet Shamlian interviewing me. I’m wearing a dress very hard to mic–you can’t see the clips and duct tape securing the mic pack on the flimsy material. You also can’t see my mom sitting on a stool watching, just outside the frame. I’m so glad she joined me–not just because she’s my beloved mom (and who better to see an LTYM show with) but because I needed a witness for what proved an extraordinary day.

photo by Sabrina Luster Persico

My 2013 tour-de-LTYM began with a superb trip to DC for their show. I got to see family, meet lots of cast members, and reunite with blog friends I’ve known pre-LTYM–like Anna from An Inch of Gray.

Right now, I’m sitting on Jennifer Sutton’s couch in Austin. She co-produced the first Austin show in 2011 with current co-director/producer (and brilliant humorist friend) Wendi Aarons. Her cat sits on my lap as I try to type– very on-brand of him (Jennifer is the face of Purina Cat Chow. Clarification: The human face of Purina Cat Chow). Tonight we’ll attend the 3rd annual and SOLD OUT Austin show.

So tonight I get to go listen to more stories and see co-director/producers dear Liz and Wendi, plus other online friends old and new. Then, THEN, I get to share the terrific Madison stories with our audience this Sunday at The Barrymore. (ticket info here). I need to go make myself presentable, but I needed more to say–do you see what is happening here? Beyond a “show?” Our stories are everywhere, and all of this sharing brings us together online and in real life–through celebrating our commonalities and expanding our perspectives–empowering us in our personal and professional lives.

The amplification of stories and the broadening of the LTYM community has me brimming over with adrenaline, excitement, and gratitude. My online life, and increasingly my real life’s work, involves bringing women together and building community–one story at a time. Please share yours–you can link up your own LTYM-style essay here and participate at home.


photo by Sabrina Luster Persico


Giveaway winners!
Motherhood Comes Naturally (and other vicious lies) goes to Kayla S.
Lost In Suburbia goes to The Empress
Who Peed On My Yoga Mat goes to Andrea
TMI Mom Oversharing My Life goes to Pauline
Strong Like a Butterfly goes to Deanna
The Obvious Game goes to Anna See
Five Summers goes to Tracey Sellabit Mom
Congratulations, winners! Please email me your mailing address [annimig@yahoo.com]

20 comments… add one

  • Joanna Jenkins May 9, 2013, 7:30 pm

    You are a ROCK STAR! Congratulations!!!
    xo jj

  • Theresa Kim May 9, 2013, 7:46 pm

    I am so proud of and happy for you!!!

  • The Empress May 10, 2013, 6:35 am

    NBC is right to capture this, and they can spread the word because after seeing and being at a performance, they know this isn’t blahblahblah.
    LTYM is real.

    It sounds all meta and hokey until you sit in the audience, or read your piece, or bring a show to your town… no matter what part of LTYM you are in, it CHANGES your structure. You grown, you see, you understand, you belong.

    LTYM is very, very real.

    Thank you for knowing this, Ann… how you were sparked, I’m sure you can’t put into words but somehow you knew, this is missing from our lives, and we want to have it never leave. THANK YOU.

  • Marinka May 10, 2013, 7:22 am

    I can’t wait to see this. xo

  • dusty earth mother May 10, 2013, 7:53 am

    Jumping for joy!

  • tracey becker May 10, 2013, 8:04 am

    DVR is all set to record it for me tonight as I’ll be en route to the NW Indiana show tonight!! So excited!

  • Marianne May 10, 2013, 8:27 am

    Geez I hope this new-fangled DVR thing works. Can’t wait! And so great to meet you!

  • Kate Hopper May 10, 2013, 10:00 am

    You are AMAZING! I was so honored to be a part of the Twin Cities show last night. What a night!!

  • charleneaross.com May 10, 2013, 12:16 pm

    Wow! What an amazing experience. Just fabulous. So happy for you and so glad you could share it with your mom. (And that dress looks smokin’!)

  • Zakary May 10, 2013, 12:17 pm

    YAY for NBC Nightly News!

    And ditto everything The Empress said.

  • Heather May 10, 2013, 1:35 pm

    Can’t wait!!!

  • Marta G May 10, 2013, 1:36 pm

    Definitely going to watch the segment tonight. Congratulations on all the work you and the stars of LTYM have done! So fantastic!

  • julie gardner May 11, 2013, 10:53 am

    I attended the LTYM show in LA two years ago.
    I brought my sister with me as a Mother’s Day gift to her.

    But it ended up being a bigger gift for me.
    I wanted to let you know – from the perspective of a mere audience member – how amazing the experience was.

    So thank you. From the peanut gallery.
    You’re a gift.

  • Lady Jennie May 11, 2013, 12:41 pm

    I’m proud of you sounds too condescending and I admire you sounds a little pathetic (?) so I’m saying all the other things that are exactly that and not that at all. :-)

  • Melisa May 11, 2013, 5:32 pm

    We’re so excited about it. ALL OF IT.

    Thank you for coming to our show this year. xo

  • KM OSullivan May 12, 2013, 11:55 am

    Being a part of the LTYM Twin Cities cast was one of the best things to happen to me in years. Truly an amazing experience. I am honored to be a part of this movement. Mothers are so much more than we see in the media. We all have a story to tell.

  • bernthis May 14, 2013, 12:45 am

    Amazing. How quickly LTYM has grown is a reflection of your passion and dedication. You are amazing.

  • Elaine Alguire May 15, 2013, 10:43 am

    So many Congratulations on this amazing thing you have created. I hope we can get and or bring a show to my area, because it NEEDS it. We all need something like this…

  • Heidi May 22, 2013, 2:37 pm

    I saw this all over FB and the Twitter a while ago and I am so, so happy for you!! So exciting, Ann. You just glow. You know that, right? You do.

  • Arnebya May 23, 2013, 7:42 am

    That is exactly it, the most apt description: “beyond a show.”

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