25: Andrew Binion — Cherry Boy Meets a Real Woman

Ed McDonald
Ed McDonald. Photo courtesy of the Kitsap Sun.

Ed McDonald, aka “Cherry Boy,” had one job to do to make his shipmates happy; become a real man. There was a catch Ed couldn’t reveal, but eventually he lived a life free of secrets.

This story first appeared in the Kitsap Sun in October of 2015 and received first place in Personalities Reporting from the Pacific Northwest Regional Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. It was well deserved. In addition to the story, you can find more pictures of Ed when you go to the link.

By request, Andrew Binion, the story’s author, read this piece at Story Night on February 2, 2017. The night’s themes were numerous, all coming from the book A Sudden Light by Garth Stein.

Thank you for listening, we look forward to hearing your story.

5: Josh Farley — A grandmother’s defiance and devotion

SNgmarevengeWho am I to say how justice gets meted out? A woman loses the love of her life for a few years and her way of exacting revenge is to bring home an ash tray.

Josh Farley tells the story of a grandmother who spent more time with him than almost any grandmother other than the ones who raise their grandkids. Josh’s grandma fed his curiosity and every so often revealed one character flaw.

This week’s podcast is sponsored by the book Surpasses Understanding by Vicki Talmage. One day Vicki’s decision to not go home at her father’s command saved her life. For more information go to vickitalmage.com.

Music in this podcast comes from Sammy Kaye and U2.

4: Steven Gardner — That’s no caroler

SNep4In 1996 I was faced with a dilemma. I could whine like a little baby or try to do what I could to make my wife glad she married me as we faced our first Christmas together. I concocted an ingenious scheme that would prove my worth as a man, and even as a person. That things didn’t turn out the way I’d hoped was beside the point.

This week’s episode is sponsored by my book, Spill Your Guts’ Guts. Music is by the Vince Guaraldi Trio, Johnny Cash and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, accompanied by the Orchestra at Temple Square. The illustration here is by Sascha Gardner.

Happy Holidays, everyone.