The Path to Authenticity
The Path to Authenticity
122. A Conversation with My Mom

A Good & Holy Life

Episode 122 is a special Mother’s Day installment of The Path to Authenticity. It features a conversation with my 90-year-old mother, Martha Gentry. I wanted an opportunity to ask her some of the questions I never asked my dad. She tells about when she first met my father, what dating him was like, and their wedding and honeymoon. We also talk about our family history as it relates to alcoholism. I definitely learned some things in this conversation. For those who are new to the podcast, or don’t know my family, the liner notes will help you have a better understanding of our conversation. Enjoy, and be nice. -tg

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In this episode, I mentioned episode 15, with Terry Shapiro, and episode 4, with Mimie Langlois. We later discuss episode 79, with John Snyder. Check out my inspiration for this, the episode of Blind Spots:Exploring What We Cannot See, in which Dr. Chantelle Thomas features her mother. If you enjoyed this, you might also like episode 23.

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