Field Notes Blog

An occasional shared audio memoir.

Field Notes: ‘Missouri is ready made for dramatic writing’

Steve Wiegenstein draws on real life settings from his native state when crafting his works of historic fiction. The Columbia, Missouri-based writer’s recent work – Scattered Lights – was nominated earlier this year for the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction. Here, Steve shares why ‘Walden’ inspires him, introduces us to a group of 19th century Missouri […]

Field Notes: ‘Charity, like in faith and hope.’

We’ve lost a lot in the pandemic to date. Many Americans have lost their jobs, their health, their loved ones. When the rent came due and her fellow Kansas Citians faced eviction, Diane Charity helped organize tenants to fight from losing their homes, too. In this Field Notes, Ms. Charity talks about her mother’s influence […]

Field Notes: ‘It was a lifetime of stuff that hit me at one time.’

The past year has presented previously unimaginable challenges. While many of us spent last year mostly stunned, Tanika Cherie’s lived life had conditioned her for what 2020 had to deal out. Here, the social worker, single mother, devoted Christian and motivational speaker explained what helped her live through the toughest years of her life. This […]

Field Notes: Explaining 2020

When you look back on this time in a generation or so, what will you tell those who came of age after the pandemic of 2020-21? How can you describe the fundamental ways that life on Earth changed while humans dealt with the coronavirus? Through my business, blog and podcast, I capture peoples’ stories. Often […]

Carol Romano with her new grandson: “Hugo was less than a month old. He had tummy troubles and would cry and cry. I was given the task of soothing him. When he did fall asleep, it was like familial heaven for me. This was taken in Melbourne, Australia (where he was born) and I had just been stupid about walking about without super sunscreen.

Field Notes: “I cleared away a lot of stuff.”

Carol Romano is a long-time Columbia, Missouri resident and my former neighbor. On the eve of her 75th birthday, she talked about running away from home, finding her tribe and the role of contemplation in managing the pandemic.

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