Catching Your Memories

Catching Your Memories

Everyone has a story to tell, a memory or two to share. That's what Catching Your Memories is all about — people reminiscing about the memories that have made a difference in their lives. The Catching Your Memories podcast is hosted and produced by Diane Atwood, a former health reporter from Maine. Diane also writes a blog called Catching Health and until recently hosted the Catching Health podcast. Before COVID, she spent a year traveling her homestate interviewing people 60 and older about their lives and views on aging. The project inspired her to shift the focus of her podcast to include people of all ages who want to share specific stories and memories. Diane also offers private audio-only and video interviews. For more information, check out CatchingYourMemories.com.

Episodes

June 21, 2023 49 mins
When Claire Jeffers and her husband Ben Lake found out that their infant son was deaf, she questioned her ability to be the kind of mother she thought he might need. Three years later, he is thriving and so are his parents. Claire tells their story in this episode of the Catching Your Memories podcast.
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Being a volunteer for Vet2Vet Maine is a win-win situation. That is what every single person I've ever asked about the program has said. In this episode of the Catching Your Memories podcast I put the question to volunteer Sam Kelley. He couldn't say enough. Neither could his wife Jean or Executive Director Sue Gold, who helped found the program in 2014.
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When physical therapy clients couldn't come to him because of Covid fears, Maine physical therapist Phil Finemore created a mobile practice. He tells us all about it in this episode of the Catching Your Memories podcast.
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The day after Labor Day, 2022, Jodie Lapchick rented a car and drove from Maine to Hilton Head, South Carolina to "rescue" her elderly parents. Over recent years, their mental and physical health had declined, and although Jodie and her two siblings did not live nearby, they tried to help manage things as best they could. Jodie says her dad had a plan for everything but not what to do when he and her mother could no longer care f...
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It starts with having a clear vision and then engaging 110% in living that vision. That is how Luanne Cameron approaches every aspect of her life. She even wrote a book about it - The 110 Philosophy. Luanne is my guest on this month's episode of the Catching Your Memories podcast.
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December 14, 2022 44 mins
When Gary Chalk retired, he informed some of his friends in an email. What he wrote made them laugh. So he wrote another the following week. The next thing he knew, he was writing a regular humor column and making lots of people laugh. Gary Chalk is my latest guest on the Catching Your Memories podcast.
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Claire Hersom considers herself blessed. She has wonderful children and grandchildren, a safe place to live, and although now retired, does good honest work. That work includes trying to break the stereotype of the poor by speaking the truth about what it means to live in abject poverty. When her three children were young, Claire suddenly became a single parent. Her own parents had passed away. Her father when she was 17 and her ...
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October 10, 2022 41 mins
It took several years for Christina Erde to understand and come to terms with her diagnosis of mental illness. Her struggle began as a child when she experienced sometimes crippling anxiety. Her transition into adulthood triggered severe depression and she began seeing a therapist and taking medication. About four years ago, a crisis landed her in the hospital, where she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. For a while, things we...
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Roland T. describes his childhood as chaotic. The biggest struggle he faced was his father's alcoholism. When he drank he would get angry and Roland never knew what to expect. As a result, he was often fearful and anxious. You might think that he would steer clear of alcohol, but as a teenager, Roland discovered it was a way to escape reality. That is until reality caught up with him several years later. Now in recovery, he share...
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Karyn Wing grew up in a home where physical, sexual, and verbal were the norm. She also grew up believing that it was all her fault. That if she were a good girl none of it would have happened. As an adult, she blocked out much of her childhood, but the scars were there, deeply embedded, along with the feeling that she was never good enough. It took several decades and a lot of hard work for Karyn to learn the difference between ab...
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In this episode of the Catching Your Memories podcast, 23-year-old Marena Koenka shares a story about her mental health struggles. Her experiences are her own and may not be like yours or someone else's, but she has learned that there is great value in sharing them. Doing so helps to connect people, as well as normalize and destigmatize mental illness. A warning: Some people may be triggered by some of Marena's experiences, particu...
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July 14, 2022 29 mins
How do you move from a traumatic childhood into adulthood without carrying the demons of the past along with you? How do you cope with the anger, mistrust, sadness and depression, anxiety, self-blame? So many emotions and I've only named a few. For some people, it takes a lifetime, and still, they may be triggered by something as innocent-seeming as a sound or a scent. Christina Huff learned early on that in order to move forward...
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June 30, 2022 35 mins
In her 80s, Rita Losee, from Maine, has lots of memories to share. What she'd much rather do, though, is make new memories. This year, she's already taken a January swim in a frigid ocean, gone whitewater rafting, and run a 5K. What else does she have on her agenda? Hang on, because she'll tell you all about it in this episode of the Catching Your Memories podcast.
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June 16, 2022 38 mins
Keegan Albaugh, from Burlington, Vermont, always knew he wanted to be a dad. He and his partner Stephanie happily welcomed their first child in 2016 and their second in 2018. Fatherhood has been as wonderful and as joyful as Keegan thought it might be. He also knew there would be challenges, but what he didn't realize is the lack of resources and support for new dads in his community. Stephanie had several resources at her disposa...

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July 2022 marks 23 years since Carole Starr was in a car accident that changed her life forever. She didn't even realize at first that she had suffered a brain injury. No one did. She had no marks, and she had no memory of hitting her head. But little by little the signs appeared and they interfered with nearly every aspect of her daily activities. She's learned some hard lessons on this long journey, but some inspiring ones as wel...
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May 19, 2022 34 mins
It was the trip of a lifetime. In the early 1970s, WGBH-TV tapped David Atwood to not only direct Julia Child in her French Chef television show but also oversee filming segments with her in France. He shares some memories of those experiences on this episode of the Catching Your Memories podcast. (Read a transcript of the episode and see some pictures from the trip at catchingyourmemories.com/podcast.)
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May 12, 2022 29 mins
One of the most profound experiences of Leo Couture's life was his time in the Navy. He spent it on a ship in the South Pacific during WWII. At 17, he didn't know fear, but it wasn't long before it became an ever-present companion.
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May 5, 2022 35 mins
Just in time for Mother's Day, Jen Boggs shares what motherhood is like for her. Her story begins before she became a mother — when she and her husband Mike decided they wanted to become parents. It didn't happen as easily as they thought it might. That was one of the first lessons Jen learned about parenting, and as you will discover in this episode of Catching Your Memories, she's learned quite a few along the way, thanks to her...
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September 13, 2021 40 mins
It's likely that each one of us knows someone who has Alzheimer's or is caring for someone with the disease. No matter how you look at it, it's a devastating disease that can take its toll on everyone. In this episode of the Catching Health podcast, I talk with Danielle Bernier, whose mother has Alzheimer's, and Tom O'Connor, who cared for his wife Deb until she passed away. Their experiences are both different and similar, but one...
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Imagine that your adult child has died from a drug overdose and you are the one who finds her. That is what happened to Ann Cookson. The grief never goes away, but Ann has been able to turn her pain into something positive. She wrote a book called Secrets: A Story of Addiction, Grief, and Healing. Listen to her story and how writing the book has transformed her thinking about drug addiction, as well as her entire life.
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