A podcast for readers, listeners and writers of true life stories and memoir lovers.
In each episode, I lift the veil on journaling โ€” as therapy on the page โ€” by embracing literary tools to release your stories into the world and break the spell on what’s holding us back. Sharing our stories has a healing power, and I want to hear yours!

Episode 6

Podcast Cover Dee Ryan for Mayor of Limerick

Dee Ryan for Mayor of Limerick

In this episode, Vig sits down with Dee Ryan, a Castleconnell native running to become the first directly elected Mayor of Limerick.

Dee shares the journey that ignited her political ambitions, rooted in her experiences as a business owner and five years as CEO of Limerick Chamber. Reflecting on her deep connections to Castleconnell, recalling fond memories in the village’s vibrant community. Dee’s passion and commitment to Castleconnell and Limerick shine through her vision, making this an inspiring listen for all supporters and residents of Limerick.

See the photos and read the transcript here.

In this episode, I talk about the Irish Care and Family Referendum held on International Womenโ€™s Day 2024. Motherโ€™s Day and female role models. The episode is dedicated to the former Prime Minister of Norway, Gro Harlem Brundtland and my grandmother, who believed โ€œThe only way out of poverty is to have fewer childrenโ€.

In this bonus episode, I reveal my method for reviewing the year that was to renew for the future. It’s a little like a recipe for living a good life. I also talk about heartache and longing. Inner critics and dreams for the future. There are three gifts for you in this episode, so give it a listen and let me know what you think.

In this bonus episode, I talk a little about recording my memoir as an audiobook and then I read the first chapter for you.

โ It is hard to love oneself when the evidence that a parent does not love us is stacked against us. โž

In this episode, I delve into the essence of my memoir, โ€˜Speak #TRUTH Liesโ€™, and reflect on the emotional turmoil caused by my father’s passing, and the impact of family estrangement and childhood trauma on my self-esteem and sense of worth.

I always feared my father and knew I needed to confront my past to overcome this fear. 

Going deeper, I delve into the topic of writing the memoir, my personal struggles, and the battle with self-doubt and imposter syndrome.

In this episode, I tell the story of how a small childhood trauma impacted much of my life until I figured out where the “trauma” came from.

You can โ read the Edward Scissorhands A Trauma Theory storyโ , see the photos and learn more about how this story morphed from a draft to the story you hear today.

In the first episode of the Life and Memoir Writing Podcast, I talk about the four reasons top reasons I am launching a writers’ and readers’ podcast. Who knew a podcast could cure dyslexia?