“It felt good to finally talk about my cooking after being married for 40 years!”

Just over a month ago I shared with you a story about our new Quiz Show readership that included a trip through the trees, some underwater photography, and a few impressions of the “messy apartment” I shared with readers. All of which have reminded me that our panelists are much more than commenters.

I have had the privilege of working closely with incredibly talented people at NPR since the beginning of my tenure in 2007. I’ve started on the telephone with people who in the past, though now retired or only occasional visitors, filled several roles at NPR: local station manager, producer, and host of shows. We’ve been finalists, winners, and presenters. This round may be the most challenging of all.

Many of you have come back to share with me that some of you don’t “rethink the matrix,” but I’m afraid that doesn’t “accomplish anything.” I started reporting on this series two weeks ago; I don’t know how long it will take for the contents to arrive, but I know for a fact that I couldn’t get to this page without answering your emails. You’ve participated in every part of this project – sharing a smile, a shared memory, an opinion, a query, a wit, or a comment. On the low end, I only saw one of your emails response in order to upload and edit a different story; on the high end, I’ve included 10 pieces of you opinion in our first live show, and at the very least I know that you’ve gotten in touch with each of our panelists at least once. And the ice was broken by our first trip – months of unresolved ice – to Our Mother of Sorrows.

I can’t thank you enough for all the emails, tweets, blog posts, and social media posts that have helped to produce this piece. I wrote to the editors and stayed in touch with all of the different team members, though it really has been my experiences and ideas that have spurred this first effort. As I shared in the first post, writing about family often means going home.

Please find some suggestions for getting started on learning some of the answers to your own questions. And remember – only those who really want to know the answers will contribute to this series. If you enjoy sharing a story or some tips, I invite you to send that to me as well. I look forward to hearing from you as we go into this new journey together.


Jill Bennett

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