listener essay

Clifton Park, NY – Betsy Bitner is a writing living in Clifton Park, NY. She has learned to share her daughter's love of beats.

Listener Essay - Reflections On A Life Well Lived

Dec 15, 2014

  Mary Jo Hebert lives, writes, and misses her cousin Dave in Clifton Park, New York.

Listener Essay - It's Over!

Dec 12, 2014

  Barbara Redfield lives in Big Indian, NY.   She is a teacher, writer and artist.

It's Over!

  Jackie Mercurio lives with her husband, five children, and black Lab in New York. She was recently named Winner of the Good Housekeeping Memoir Contest (2014). Her website is

Listener Essay - Thanksgiving Conversations

Nov 25, 2014

  Diane Cameron is a public intellectual who writes and speaks about her private life with courage, compassion and humor from the Albany, NY area.

Listener Essay By Jim Crowe

Nov 13, 2014

Today's listener essay comes from Jim Crowe.

Listener Essay - And Also Our Thanks

Nov 11, 2014

  And Also Our Thanks

One Sunday in Paris with my friends Garry and Martine, we searched for the remains of the old Bastille. What’s left of this fortress today is a few foundation stones, forming an outline of the building in Paris’s cobbled streets. Despite connotations of revolution and war, the Bastille really isn’t all that big.

In no time we had rounded the block to find ourselves in front of a pharmacy. I quickly went in to buy something. I walked out to find my friends talking with an older gentleman on his way to the market. As I was introduced, he asked if I was an American.

“Je suis Américain” I replied in my cobbled-together French.

Then he thanked me for saving France.

Listener Essay - All Hallow's Eve

Oct 31, 2014

  Susan Comenzo is a life long resident of the Capital Region.

Listener Essay - Bob Dylan And The Aurora Borealis

Oct 28, 2014

    Carole Owens is a writer living in Stockbridge, MA.

Listener Essay - Domestic Violence Awareness

Oct 23, 2014

  Kathryn Allen is a communications consultant and writer who lives in Menands.

Listener Essay - The Call

Oct 22, 2014

  Kathy Cohen lives in Guilderland, NY. She is a retired teacher's assistant from Albany High School. She is also a memoir writer, storyteller, and visual artist.

Listener Essay - Apples

Sep 30, 2014

  Anne Decker’s essays and observational humor have appeared locally in newspapers and magazines and on public radio. More of her work may be seen at

Listener Essay - Lost Hours

Sep 17, 2014

  Elisabeth Grace, an almost-retired Clinical Social Worker, a writer, birder and gardener, has lived in the United States since 1972 but has deep roots in England and Scotland.  She now shares her Columbia County home with Cole, a retired therapy dog, and Molly, a polite blue-eyed cat.

Listener Essay - In My Own Time

Sep 2, 2014

  That Thursday morning in June, I awoke up before my 6:30am alarm. I was sixty-three years old and beside myself with anxiety and anticipation––full-blown first-day-of-school jitters. According to the directions on the Bennington College website, the drive should take me only two hours. Dinner for new students and their mentors was at five-thirty, and I wanted time to get settled in my dorm room beforehand. By noon, I began loading up my car with clothing for any occasion, toiletries, and bedding including the egg crate topper for the mattress that my student mentor, a Southerner who charmed me with her drawling description of my coming adventure, said I’d need.

Listener Essay - Surprise In The Attic

Sep 1, 2014

  This listener essay is by Jean Bolgatz.

Listener Essay - Red, Brown, And Navy Blue

Aug 14, 2014

  Kathy Curto is an Adjunct Professor of Writing at Montclair State University and her work has been published in The Inquisitive Eater, The Asbury Park Press, Italian Americana, VIA-Voices in Italian Americana, Lumina, The Mom Egg, Splash of Red and several newspapers covering the Hudson Valley. She holds a BA and an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College and an MSW from Hunter School of Social Work. In 2012 she was selected as one of the cast members of the first NYC Listen to Your Mother show, a national series of original live readings. Kathy lives in the Hudson Valley with her husband and their four children. This essay is also featured on Junk.

Listener Essay - Remembering Peter Matthiessen

Jul 2, 2014

    In this essay, Jeanne Hunter remembers her friend, American novelist, naturalist, wilderness writer and CIA-agent Peter Matthiessen who passed away in April of this year.

Listener Essay - Softball Brain

Jun 27, 2014

  A listener essay by Maxine Schmidt about aging and Summer fun.

Listener Essay - Mover's Dilemma

Jun 20, 2014

    Mover’s Dilemma Ken Appleman Downstairs in the basement, stacked on the dusty concrete floor, cold, lit by the glare of bare bulbs, is my life.

Well, not my life, exactly, but my life’s history. Papers. Books. Toys. Games. Old computers. Defunct cameras. A pair of binoculars so out-of-alignment no crossing of the eyes can eliminate the double image. All of it packed, securely, wrapped in newspaper or old junk mail, and stuffed, neatly, into plastic bins and cardboard boxes.

My life’s history.

Listener Essay - Grandest Lady Suit

Jun 13, 2014

  Kathleen McCabe is retired from St. Peter's Hospital, where she was a Nursing Supervisor in Home Care. She lives in Guilderland.

    Joyce Miller is a college librarian in Queensbury, New York. She created the website, offering a slideshow about fragrance sensitivity, links to medical research, information about unscented alternatives and more. She has also traveled to 25 countries on six continents, primarily in search of birds and other wildlife.

Listener Essay - Mother's Day Retort

May 9, 2014

  Kate Cohen is a writer and editor in Albany, New York. You can find more of her work at

Listener Essay - In Ten Years

May 1, 2014

  Mary Clement is currently working on her BFA in Creative Writing at Southern New Hampshire University. She has been published in the Times Union and in the literary magazine, THREADS, at Hudson Valley Community College . She is the mother of eight.

A Listener Essay To Welcome The Spring

Apr 14, 2014

    Martha Holmes is a writer living with four chickens, four cats, two horses, one dog and one husband, in Gallatin, NY.

Listener Essay - Folding Laundry

Apr 3, 2014

    Pamela Ethington is a writer who divides her time between Syracuse, where her home is, and Woodstock, N.Y., where her heart is. Her work has been published in New Millenium Writings. She is a student of author Martha Frankel in Woodstock.

President Jimmy Carter Commentary

Apr 3, 2014

   Helen Desfosses is an Instructor in Public Policy at the Osher (pronounced OH-sher) Lifelong Learning Institute at George Mason University, Fairfax, VA.

Albany, NY – Judith Lechner reminisces about her mother and the import of clothing in her life.

Listener Essay - Party of One

Feb 21, 2014

    Elisabeth Grace is a semi-retired Clinical Social Worker, writer, birder and gardener who has lived in the United States since 1972, but who has deep roots in England and Scotland.  She now shares her home in Columbia County with Cole, a Welsh Corgi whom she trained as a therapy dog, and Molly, a polite, blue-eyed cat.

Listener Essay - Planning Ahead

Feb 12, 2014

  Kate Cohen is a writer and editor in Albany, NY.

Listener Essay - The Magic Hands At The Table

Dec 27, 2013

  Carol Rudin Hegeman now runs Hegeman Consulting which provides grant writing services, grant writing training and training with a non-exclusive focus on elder care. She was Director of Research at the Foundation for Long Term Care in Albany for more than 30 years and lives in Columbia County.