“Remembering Charlotte” Licensed

Remembering Charlotte, In the Rain” was licensed today for broadcast by KRCB, a public radio station in Sonoma County, north of San Francisco. “Charlotte” is my short memoir piece about a grade-school friend Charlotte, who wanted to be called “Chuck” and who later committed suicide. The 3-minute piece has been played many times on my station in Chicago, but this is the first time it’s been licensed elsewhere (and I will get paid a royalty… at least a buck). Yay.

I’ve been copying old journal files from one place to another and found this manifesto I wrote 7 or 8 years ago. It fits with this week’s discontent theme… and my occasional role as revolutionary. I wrote it while contemplating an online magazine devoted to Restlessness, mostly but not exclusively for women.

  • Restlessness of the mind, heart, and spirit should be translated into action

  • But new lives begin in the mind… write it down, play it out.

  • Men have historically been able to do this more easily… time for women to learn

  • People who are content and self-satisfied: go elsewhere. If you think you’ve discovered the secret of happiness, go away.

  • Restless women, women in transition need a space for exploration, for figuring out how to turn anxiety into action

  • But men can’t be excluded (men in transition need compassion, too)

  • Trying on alternate identities and new personas is fair — to nurture the exploration.

  • To those who would have us waiting for them, to those who want us to believe their lives are so much more important than ours: Sorry. Gotta go.

You gotta love a manifesto.

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