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A Passing in the Family
I have received several emails and instant messages from people asking why I have not released a new podcast this holiday season. I had planned to release a few episodes this month; I even recorded the audio for one early in the month. Unfortunately, an event occurred that has consumed my time and dulled my ability to produce the show.
My mother, who was an early fan of the site and even an occasional commenter, passed away this month. I might be a bit biased, but I believe everyone who knew her would agree that she was a remarkable woman. Opinionated yet quiet and strong, she was a role model whose influence will continue to guide my decisions and direction for the rest of my life.
She instilled in me an appreciation for the past and for the small things in life, which have served me well as I worked on the site and podcast. Therefore, she was a key member of this website in a very significant way.
I wasn't sure if I was going to mention her passing on the site, but I think I need to explain what has been happening with the lack of shows. Additionally, when I opened her computer this morning and saw that her homepage was The Retroist, with the podcast archive as the first link in her bookmarks, I thought she might appreciate a mention on what seemed to be her favorite website.
I'm unsure how long it will take me to record a new show. The story at the beginning is largely inspired by her, and it's difficult to approach this experience while grieving.
Yet, even as I typed that, I can hear her voice in my head. It's a calm New Jersey accent, telling me to focus on the positive and reminding me that life is too short to dwell on negativity for too long. It's the steady motherly advice she always managed to provide, even during the darkest times.
So, I might need a little time, but the show will be back, and the site will continue to grow. That's exactly what she would want.