Song: RISK! Theme by Wormburner and John Sondericker
Song: Fat Mama by Herbie Hancock
Livestream Story: The 40 Year Glitch by Lily Be
Live/Radio Story Hybrid: Life in Transition by Erica Blumfield
Song: Powaqqatsi by Philip Glass
Radio Anecdote: The Black Cat by Timon Van De Voorde
Livestream Story: The Returner by David Crabb
Song: Running Up that Hill by First Aid Kit
Great show, as always! And Erica, I personally LOVE “Flammable Nymphomaniac!”
Yes, I must admit that I too think Flammable Nymphomaniac is awesome. Not to mention that entire story! – Kevin
Your writing, your delivery, the RISK! production… Riveting and wrenching. I am so grateful that you choose to offer us your deepest, Erica Blumfield.
Thank you Blondrea! I’m so glad you like it!
I loved hearing your story Erica. It’s definitely one of my favourite Risk stories. I’m not bipolar, but I do have severe treatment resistant depression which has debilitated my life for 7 years now. I can deeply relate to your depressive episodes, not showering, the shame… I was glad to hear California has some help for mental health. I’m fortunate to live in Canada where I get decent care compared to the US. I hope your country will elect leaders who put money towards social programs, mental health care and basic medical for all.
About motgerhood… I am a mom, a single mom since the beginning, and I was able to be a good mom until my son was 12, then the depression took over. And I feel guilty, guilty for not being able to parent, not being able to be a good role model, not being able to provide more, to do things with him, to enforce routines. If I knew this is how my son would have to spend half of his developing years, I wouldn’t have had a child (even though it was events, stress, conflict, etc in my motherhood that brought on the depression.)
Our prime minister, Justin Trudeau, has a mom with bipolar disorder. Margaret Trudeau’s children weren’t born toxic9 with 2 heads (what a disgusting comment by that man), but she had a lot of support raising then prime minister’s (Pierre Trudeau’s) children into future prime ministers. I can’t imagine how much more difficult it would have been raising my son as a single parent if I had bipolar myself. I’d probably have had him taken away.
I hope you keep well and avoid the high of mania without drowning in the depths of depression.
I love your story; I love your creativity and talent; I’m going to have a look for your Instagram now.
Have to chime in that I ALSO loved Flammable Nymphomaniac! It reminds me a ton of 80s new wave, like The Waitresses “Square Pegs” and Moon Zappa’s “Valley Girl”! Your boyfriend was unkind and selfish to underestimate your talent, Erica.
Lily Be’s story helped me realize I’m asexual, so I just wanted to thank her for sharing!