“A jarring temporal dislocation.”

You know how sometimes something happens that makes time collapse on itself? This weekend was that for Jamie. Using his 25th college reunion as a framework, we (re-)connected with his little pack of people from that era of his life – including his first true love, with whom he hadn’t spoken in 18 or so years. Eeeep!

But it went amazingly well. Certainly as well as it could have. And it was revelatory. We spend a good hour talking through what it was like, what happened, and what it’s like now. Fair warning, there’s a story about smoking crack. You know, like you do.

And then in the end bit of the episode, we debut not one but TWO songs from Shannon’s upcoming new record, “Revolutionary Acts of Optimism!” Shannon takes some time to talk about where they came from for her, including a poignant and very relatable story about living in a version of your skin that feels like it doesn’t fit quite right. It’s a super cool episode.

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“This is our week-off podcast. Are we doing this right?”

If we’d had the time to think ahead, we would have taken a week off the podcast this week, because it’s been an absolutely wild week. We finished Shannon’s new album! “Revolutionary Acts of Optimism” is off to the plant to be made into CDs. Just like that. It sounds fantastic, and we’re thrilled about it.
Given that, this is basically a “week in review” type episode. We still manage to talk for half an hour! It’s just amazing what you can do with enough coffee. And we do talk about housing justice for a minute, because we are still us, after all.
If you’re not yet a subscribing member of the podcast, this would be a good time to change that … because we’re going to be debuting “Revolutionary Acts of Optimism” IN THE PODCAST over the next few weeks! And we’re going to be using that as an excuse to talk in-depth about the album and the songs and where we’re coming from with this new material. You won’t want to miss it. Head over to misfitstars.com and click on that second big pink button!
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“A love song to possibility.”

Welcome to our Silver Jubilee podcast episode! It’s been a month since last week. We’ll tell you all about it. With extra emphasis on intentionality, and on letting your heart lead the way in your deliberative process.

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“Can I share the peeing story?”

Yesterday was the 13th anniversary of the day that we met! So we used this episode as an opportunity to take a little trip down memory lane, telling the story of our meeting and the time that led up to it from alternating his-n-hers perspectives. Fair warning: there’s lots of giggling.
This is the last day to support our album fundraiser! It’s at shannoncurtis.net. Thank you. ❤️
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“It starts with the idea that it’s possible.”

Moving to a new place is an opportunity to redefine your relationship with what it is to live in a community. An opportunity that we’ve accepted wholeheartedly! Aided by the a-hole developers who are trying to build an unwanted storage facility in our neighborhood. There’s nothing like banding together to fight for a common cause to foster unity.

Misfit Star Katie R. posed an interesting Listener Topic to us last month that we’ve been holding on to until today: what have we learned, practically and about ourselves, since becoming homeowners? We realized that our answers to this question are very different now than they would have been even three months ago, and that we credit a lot of that to the sense of community we’ve found here. Our discussion starts there, and evolves into an impassioned rant about housing justice. Because when you break it apart, they’re inextricably intertwined topics.

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“All the monsters under the bed.”

Putting yourself out there is vulnerable and scary. And … guess what time of year it is for us! New-single-and-album-fundraiser-time is a fraught time at best. And when things don’t go quite as expected, as happened this week, it can throw us for a serious loop. 
This paired excellently with a Listener Topic from Terry B., about helpful versus hurtful inner dialog. Spoiler alert: it all worked out better than we could have possibly imagined. And there’s a valuable lesson in there.
The link to the Change.org petition about the stupid storage facility that they’re trying to build in our neighborhood is here: https://www.change.org/p/city-of-tacoma-who-sues-a-neighborhood-and-a-church-to-build-a-storage-facility-sign-to-voice-concern. Please sign it!
And please support our album fundraiser! It’s at shannoncurtis.net. Thank you. ❤️
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“The world was never changed by people sitting on their couch.”

It’s Album Fundraiser Time around here! What this means, in practical terms, is that for the next three weeks the podcast episodes are going to be shorter … because we’re also going to be doing Facebook Live broadcasts. Every. single. night! If you want in on the fun, those will be at facebook.com/shannonkcurtis – usually around 7pm west coast time.
Album Fundraiser Time always coincides around here with an album theme reveal and a first single. This year the album theme (and title!) is “Revolutionary Acts of Optimism,” and we spend the first part of the podcast talking about what that means to us.
We posted the album artwork and title in our Misfit Stars private Facebook group last weekend, which prompted Scott S. to ask, “What is an *act* of optimism – as opposed to an attitude?” Great question! We talk through our ideas about this in the second half of the episode.
Oh! And please support our album fundraiser. It’s at shannoncurtis.net. Thank you. ❤️
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“Straight into the sun for 3,000 miles.” (and new single premiere!)

So, hypothetically, if you had a new song you wanted to debut, and a new podcast, where would you debut the song? Yeah, us too! It’s called “Glorious,” and it’s out worldwide on Friday … but we wanted you to hear it first. We hope you love it.
And then in the second half of the episode, do you know what we do? We get into some politics! But don’t worry, it’s fine. You know us well enough to know that we can be trusted to be sensitive. Katie R. was curious to know what we’re looking for in our 2020 candidate … and we definitely have some thoughts.
Bonus content: see if you can hear when the neighbor’s gardeners arrive. It’s springtime in Tacoma, baby!
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“The fruits of our labor.”

We did a couple of seemingly unrelated things this week – having coffee with a parent-age friend, and seeing Michelle Obama speak. But they ended up feeling oddly connected, for reasons having to do with the essential nature of optimism, from an intergenerational perspective. In the first half of the episode, we explore what that connection felt like for us.
And then, in the second half of the episode … we got an intriguing listener topic from Kitty S., about our relationships with our fathers. So we talk about that! 
Bonus game: see if you can hear the moment when the mail comes through our mail slot. You know we record this in our living room, right?

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“You first; you’re more mad.”

Some a-hole out-of-town developers are trying to screw with our little neighborhood! And the neighborhood isn’t taking it lying down. We rant about this for the first part of this episode.
And then in the second half, we talk through a listener topic from Elaine N., on the ins and outs of being a married couple who work together. Elaine asked us to talk about the things about each other that drive us insane, and we oblige. Good fun.
Bonus content: Shannon makes a spontaneous run at the Guinness world record for longest utterance of the word “forever.”
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