Join Me For A New 5 Minute Podcast -July 14, 2021

I am having fun with another social media opportunity to talk about Main Street Rocky Mount, NC. It’s called Podcasting! The basketball expression…let the game come to you…has proved to be true when it comes to the subject of each episode. Something is happening downtown or the latest book I’m reading jump starts my imagination.

I must say that two weeks in the mountains with a five year old great-grandchild drained my imagination battery. “Grammy, tell me a story.” This request comes with directions. “I want a story about a queen who has scraped her knee and is in the forest.” I introduced a new story line about fairies. We each added our ideas to the telling. Annaclaire has learned to whistle, so the stories had parts when she whistled in the background while I spoke. The stories must start with Once Upon a Time, but soon have a life of their own. The questions are important. “Grammy, do you believe in fairies? Are they real?”

When I tell stories about Main Street it is because I do believe in repurposing the commercial architecture in historic downtown. I am fascinated with the world of preservation. And yes, the results are real.

When it came to this week’s episode, I reread a book my mother read to me called, A Tree for Peter. I’m not sure what became of the original copy of the book but I will explain further during the podcast. Whether it is writing the blog, or creating a new podcast, my reading life has come into play more than I could have imagined. How grateful I am that my interior life is cluttered with books. These books are there when I need them. When I began creating the podcasts, I hoped that storytelling would add to the perspective I bring. A favorite book from childhood was the backdrop for Episode #13.

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Episode 11: Celebrating the 4th of July with Patrotic Hearts

I suggest celebrating this 4th of July, 2021, in a mindful way in the light of the war within the country over the mind and soul of America. Most of you know I started a weekly, 5-minute podcast, Talking Main Street with Stepheny. Though a few days early, Episode 11 is about Celebrating the 4th with a patriotic heart. I hope my point of view will cause you to do your own remembering of what the 4th symbolizes in your experience and the preserving of our nation.

Episode #14: Listening to Armand Gamache and the Choices We All Must Make Talking Main Street With Stepheny

Once again Stepheny's reading life influences her approach to the 5-minute podcast, Talking Main Street with Stepheny. She suggests an independent watch dog committee over the $1.4 million Hud grant coming Rocky Mount's way. She begins with a  conversation in a mystery novel about making choices. President Reagan makes an appearance as does Shelby Steele, Sr. Fellow at Stanford's Hoover Institute. Implicit in Stepheny's view is living together in peace and harmony and love with our brother's and sister's who deserve safe housing and safe neighborhoods. 
  1. Episode #14: Listening to Armand Gamache and the Choices We All Must Make
  2. Episode 13: If only Planting a Tree Were Enough
  3. Episode 12: The Bungalows of Rocky Mount – Another Architectural Asset That Needs Advocates
  4. Episode 11: Celebrating the 4th of July With Patriotic Hearts
  5. Episode 10 – $1.4 million – Grant Money From HUD

Podcast Day: “Every Brick Wants to be Something.”

I hope you have started listening to the 5-minute podcast, Talking Main Street with Stepheny. The brick of Rocky Mount is near to my heart. I would like you to appreciate the beauty of brick in the commercial architecture of Main Street and beyond. I’m learning ‘more better’ with each episode. Put brick on your radar and enjoy the scene.

Living Above The Store – A Brick Wall in Play

HERE IS THE AUDIO FOR EPISODE 9 – “Every Brick Wants to be Something

:https://anchor.fm/stepheny-houghtlin/episodes/Episode-9-Every-Brick-Wants-To-Be-Something-e12qu73

Listen on Wednesdays

A new episode of my podcast: Talking Main Street with Stepheny, is ready for you this Wednesday. Peter Pan is part of this story. You’ll have to listen in to find him on Main Street. I hope you will. If you enjoy these five minutes, please share with your friends on social media to help me build an audience. I have found I can say a lot in five minutes or less, about preservation, restoration, and repurposing. Storytelling and my point of view weave through each episode. I’ll be waiting for you on my Main Street bench.