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Potty training, guinea pigs, motherhood: Listen to Your Mother covers it all

Posted May 5, 2013

Listen to Your Mother, a national series featuring live readings from local writers about motherhood, sent the word out last year that they were looking for new cities for the show.

And when a local Facebook group of moms, who are bloggers, heard the news, they knew it had to happen here.

Marty Long and KeAnne Hoeg took on the challenge, which involved applying to host the show, selecting the readers and setting it all up. The final product is 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, at Kenan Auditorium at William Peace University in downtown Raleigh. Tickets are on sale for $15 a piece and going fast.

"Our goal this year was to make enough money to start a bank account," said Long, a Raleigh mom of three. "I think we'll do that." Marty Long Potty training, guinea pigs, motherhood: Listen to Your Mother covers it all

But the show also will bring together a collection of 15 local writers, including Long and Hoeg, who will share funny, sad, silly and thoughtful stories about motherhood. They aren't all moms. There's a dad and a woman with no children who wrote about her own mother. There are essays on everything from postpartum depression to guinea pigs.

And because motherhood isn't all about kittens and rainbows, because there are tough moments that come with the big hugs and kisses, Long rates the show at about a PG-13.

Ann Imig, a self-titled stay-at-home humorist, started the first Listen to Your Mother on Mother's Day, 2010, in Madison, Wis. It has quickly grown to include shows in May across the country. This year, there are two dozen.

Each show must donate 10 percent of its profits to charitable causes. Here in Raleigh, 15 percent of Wednesday night's proceeds will benefit SAFEchild, the Wake County nonprofit that works to prevent child abuse and help victims of it. I featured the group and the work they do here last week.

Long and Hoeg, a mom of one in Johnston County, both have been blogging about their life and parenting for several years. The two actually met online through Twitter and the blogging community before they met in person a few months ago. (Long also is a musician who plays piano and sings back-up with WRAL-TV's Bill Leslie).

Wednesday's show will feature long-time bloggers and others who are sharing their stories in public for the very first time.

"That is the idea," Long said. "Giving the community the opportunity to share their story. ... It's very validating."

For all the details about the show, to read about each of the local writers and to buy tickets, check the show's website.

"If you have a story, go ahead and write it up," Long tells me. "We're going to do this again."

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