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8. Katie Dehner | Where does the time go?

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Release Date: 08/06/2019

15. Ed Augustine | 15. Ed Augustine | "I had a mission."

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Many men can tell good stories but only a few among them are brave enough to be vulnerable. Ed has been brave throughout his life in more ways than one. A recently retired director of compliance at my husband’s work, I had met Ed briefly at work holiday parties, so briefly that I had forgotten what he looks like. After hearing that Ed likes to tell stories of living in Germany and his time in the military, I had this thought that Ed would make a great guest on the show. There was only one way to find out.

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14. Jenny Yarbrough | 14. Jenny Yarbrough | "You can't judge."

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After exchanging introductory pleasantries at a chili cook-off, Jenny and I met again and talked. I've been thinking about life and the meaning of it all recently and what do you know, the topic of faith and religion came up during our conversation. I talked about myself more than usual and I cringed at the possibility of having taken attention away from my guest. But I decided to get over myself as I realized it was the connection between Jenny and I that made both of us feel comfortable enough to open up.

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13. Richard Jones | 13. Richard Jones | "It's a beautiful thing."

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If the one who tells the best story wins, Richard will surely come out on top. Richard is a married father of three I met through my children’s school. He seemed like someone who could hold a great conversation with just about anyone so I invited him on the show. And I was not disappointed. Richard and I each shared stories about the families we grew up in. Richard told me about his personal, unique and ongoing challenge he faces as a parent, how that shaped his family and influenced his marriage.

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12. John (Henry) Miller, Part 2 | 12. John (Henry) Miller, Part 2 | "I made a new friend."

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As John and I continue our conversation, we finish each other’s sentences while talking about John’s mom, our favorite movies, how we define ‘love’, 'privilege’, ’pet fish boyfriend’ and share the words we hate. We also try to come up with John’s pen name. And we both wonder if we'll ever be free of our hangups.

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11. John Miller, Part 1 | 11. John Miller, Part 1 | "I made a new friend."

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(Mild Adult Language) On the surface, John and I couldn’t be more different from each other. John is a 24-year-old single gay guy living in Chicago. I’m a church-going, married mom of 3 living in the south. John was a guide on the architecture tour our family took during our tip to Chicago. Within literally a minute of meeting him, I invited him on the show. I was nervous he may think I was strange for being so forthright but John said "yes". We met in the Langham Hotel the next day and talked and talke

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10. Lindsay Bertelli | 10. Lindsay Bertelli | "If they succeed, I succeed."

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This conversation with Lindsay was one of the first few I recorded for the show. So when Lindsay agreed to be a guest, there was no episode for her to check out. But Lindsay said yes anyway. Lindsay shows up and steps up for people. And as you'll hear she's humble and generous. And a lot of fun, too. We sat down in her not-too-shabby downtown office and Lindsay told me what she considers success, what she wants to teach her daughter, the ever-present mom/parent-guilt and whether she’ll marry again.

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9. Brent Fruin | “…our lives are suddenly intertwined.” show art 9. Brent Fruin | “…our lives are suddenly intertwined.”

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Brent is a surgeon and was one of the first guests and the first complete stranger to record for the show. My earlier guest Alex Strnad had gotten Brent and me in contact via email but when Brent first walked into my living room we had never met or spoken before.

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8. Katie Dehner | Where does the time go? show art 8. Katie Dehner | Where does the time go?

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I first met Katie 5 years ago after we both had dropped off our daughters at the preschool. Since then, I made ‘small talks’ with Katie at kids’ birthday parties and their weekend soccer games. Katie always had a genuine smile on her face and seemed sincere and generous. But I realized that after 5 whole years had passed, I never really got to know Katie. So we finally sat down in my living room and talked. We had a wonderfully effortless conversation that day. I hope you’ll enjoy this, too.

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Alex Strnad | Fun and Funner show art Alex Strnad | Fun and Funner

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Having a nasty day? Play this one. I promise, it’ll make you feel better. Alex is a stay-at-home dad of 2 and he told me about his marriage, challenges of raising a teenage girl, his religious evolution, a story involving a feral cat and another involving a dog placenta. Mina and Alex wonder why children don’t heed their parents’ advice no matter how simple or wise and Alex told me how people respond when he shares that he’s a stay-at-home dad. Alex and I had a blast with this. I think you will, too

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Hannah McNeil | Hannah McNeil | "You cannot be loved without being vulnerable."

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If you ever met Hannah in person, I think you’ll agree - she’s never met a stranger. I first met Hannah at a fundraiser concert in Nashville where Darius Rucker from 'Hootie & the Blowfish' was performing. Hannah is someone that instantly puts you at ease. She spoke with me with warmth and sincerity. She laughed easily. Hannah told me she wrote songs. I invited her to be a guest on the show and we met at her home. I didn’t know what we were going to talk about. Here’s how we got to know each other.

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I first met Katie 5 years ago after we both had dropped off our daughters at the preschool. Since then, I made ‘small talks’ with Katie at kids’ birthday parties and their weekend soccer games. Katie always had a genuine smile on her face and seemed sincere and generous. But I realized that after 5 whole years had passed, I never really got to know Katie. So we finally sat down in my living room and talked. We had a wonderfully effortless conversation that day. I hope you’ll enjoy this, too.