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FROM THIS EPISODE

First… the story of Maureen "Mo" O'Neill. She spent her days mainly alone. She didn't have many friends, she was getting older, she didn't know who she was. After work she could never summon up the inspiration it took to get off the couch and leave the house. But that's when she discovered the solution that opened up the world to her, competitive air guitar.

Produced by Gideon Brower and Nick White. Thanks to Dan Crane and Eric Drachman.

You can see videos of Mo performing air guitar here or here.

 

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Mo with Bob Vaughan-Wheeler, her air guitar teacher and yoga instructor, in Bob's practice room.

Courtesy of Gideon Brower

 

Next… a family tale from Jessica Lee Williamson. She tells us about her sister, a self-described couch potato, who took a short walk that became an existential crisis.

Jessica Lee Williamson is a writer based in Los Angeles and a Moth GrandSlam winner.

 

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Jessica and her sister Rebecca
Courtesy of Jessica Lee Williamson

 

Finally…. After a three day pleasure cruise in 2001, Jane Houghton developed a condition that made her feel like the world was continually moving like a boat on rough seas. It made her physically ill, but all the doctors couldn't find anything wrong. She became depressed and suicidal. Eventually she discovered the name of what she had, plus how to make her symptoms more bearable. The unexpected solution is that Jane keeps moving. Cars, trains, planes, boats, roller coasters, any of them make her feel like the old Jane again.

Produced by Gloria Khamkar. Edited by Bob Carlson.

Jane Houghton lives in Warrington in the North of England. She developed a website with information and support groups about Mal de Debarquement syndrome. Here is a site in the US.

 

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Jane Houghton
Courtesy of Jane Houghton


Banner image: Maureen "Mo" O'Neill, photo by Timothy Norris

Producers:
Bob Carlson

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